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JediTricks
06-23-2010, 10:57 PM
Please post your VOTE for up to 4 {four} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on August 20th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 84 do not count in this round, so if your question is still on the list you may want to vote for it again.

Also, feel free to post new questions. For reference, here are Hasbro's answers to previous SSG questions (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=2665); and from other sites (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=13&p2_articleid=2676). The questions we asked last round can be found here (http://forums.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php?p=729175#post729175).

Current questions (vote for up to 4):


- Have you considered sealing magnets into figures' feet and including metal stands to avoid the numerous problems that have come up with footpeg holes over the years? Kotobukiya is doing that with their new ARTFX+ line of statue kits to great success, and although 3.75" figures are a smaller medium, magnetic feet would go well with your action figure line with all its challenges keeping figures standing.
- We now have the deluxe Anakin with Desert Sport Skiff, and us old-fogey collectors who have been around since 1996 are quite surprised to see that accessory's return. It wasn't exactly popular back in the day, its styling wasn't that Star Warsy, and its wobbly guns didn't help much, yet now we have it back for a whole new generation of Star Wars collectors. The other 1996 deluxe releases - Crowd Control Stormtrooper, Han Solo with Flight Pack, and Boba Fett with Mega Jetpack of Doom - weren't exactly crowd-pleasers either, but will we be seeing any of them re-released? Though the idea of a small vehicle for Anakin makes sense, re-releasing this piece seems like such an odd choice. Could you guide us through the thought process on this one? Did the failure of the original influence the decision at all?
- On the latest TIE Interceptor's packaging, the box art on the front has a highly-detailed ship which is not actually representing the toy, the back of the box imagery does that. However, while the new cockpit pod is a great improvement, that art highlights the wings being the same existing designs we've had for the last 3 decades, and their size and lack of detail really shows compared to the new pod. Granted, you've just released a TIE Interceptor so it's not like we're going to see new wings next week. But hypothetically, how far in the future might fans have to wait to get a set of updated TIE Interceptor wings to match the quality of the new pod?
- With the 2008 Medical Frigate Luke figure, the figure almost fits the bill for Echo Base recovery scene Luke, if not for the open mechanical arm, and the different likeness with scars and Hoth hairstyle. That scene also has another character whose figure is in dire need of updating: 2-1B, who hasn't seen a new figure design in over a decade. With a Recovery Luke figure, it'd just be a new head required (the body and undamaged forearm tooling already exists from the VOTC figure) so you could also include the mask he wore in that scene's less-infamous cut footage (we're not asking you to make kissing Luke & Leia, you'll have to decide if you're twisted enough to go there ;-) ). So, any chances of knocking the Echo Base Recovery scene out of the park by making new 2-1B and Luke recovery figures?
- Seeing as how the McQuarrie concept figures have been re-released in boxed sets to decent reception, has there been any consideration of doing a similar boxed set for the other concept figures out there? The Doug Chiang General Grievous, the Joe Johnston Snowtrooper, the McQuarrie IG-88, and the 2 Episode III concept Anakin and Ki-Adi-Mundi would make a nice 3rd set to the concept figure series, don't you think?
- The Clone Wars series has given Hasbro the opportunity to release many cool vehicles that both collectors and kids have been asking for. These vehicles are especially great due to the fact that they work for both the animated and realistic figure line. Given the popularity of the series, what additional vehicles would you look to do from seasons 1 and 2? Are there any vehicles from the OT, PT, and EU that you would like to see used in season 3 so they could use that as a springboard to make their toys? (For example, would you like to see the StarViper/Virago show up in the show so you could make a Virago vehicle toy?)
- The idea of the ball-hinge wrist has a lot of potential, but one of the drawbacks of using it on such a small joint is that it intrudes deep into the hand, using up space in the palm. That, in turn, ends up mangling some accessories, especially those clear-banded into their hands in the packaging, warping blaster grips to the point of making them bent and twisted beyond imagination. Was any consideration given to making the weapons fit that hand design, or just doing away with the wrist articulation on the first generation CW Clone mold which is still in use for some of the new Clone Trooper figures? Considering the aesthetic issue, the lack of space, and the greater expense, is this point of articulation pretty much dead after the CW Commander Stone mold takes over the rest of the new clone figures, or are there other animated or realistic figures that could still get this articulation in the future?
- What's with the new smaller-hilt electronic role-play lightsabers Hasbro is now offering? These are in open-box packaging somewhat similar to the blasters, but far more compact, yet they aren't cheaper than other electronic sabers in the line. Are these smaller to better fit hands of younger kids, are they trying to be more accurate to the original props than previous Hasbro sabers? Don't they seem too small for the pricepoint, is there any concern they may cannibalize sales from the existing role-play electronic sabers, and why have open box packaging without a try-me feature?
- Why is it that when figures, especially Jedi, have separate soft-plastic "skirts", some figures will have slits designed into the sides so they can enjoy a full range of hip motion for sitting, action poses, or piloting vehicles, while other figures with similar "skirt" elements do not have those slits up the sides? Examples of this immobile skirt design include the TAC ROTS Mace Windu, the very recent EU Jaina Solo, last year's Stass Alie. Those figures would all be better served with either a split plastic skirt, or a more free soft-goods skirt when costing allows it, wouldn't you agree?
- The initial Force Unleashed figures were released well before the actual game, and many of the cooler figures sold quickly and were hard to find by the time the game was released. Of the major characters, the Jumptrooper, Evo Trooper, Vader, and Galen Marek have seen a few re-releases, while Juno Eclipse (sadly) still languishes on store shelves in many areas. One figure that was never re-released though is Rahm Kota, who was one of the first figures to vanish upon the initial release, and has since appeared in other Star Wars media, including a different video game. Given that he is likely to appear in a major role in The Force Unleashed II later this year and the 2 exclusive TFU 5-packs were released in May, are there any chances Kota might be re-released as a Greatest Hits figure, or perhaps even updated with a new, more actor-accurate and 'blinded' head sculpt, as well as a deactivated saber hilt for his shoulder scabbard?
- The Clone Wars line has been a great addition to Star Wars collecting, but with all Hasbro's focus on Clone Trooper figures, there has been a lot of focus on command-level trooper figures (Gree, Cody, Rex, Bly, Stone, Thire) while lower-ranked clones, especially generic white clones, haven't seen pegs in a while. Will we be seeing more standard white grunts on pegs anytime soon to give the numerous commander figures more troops to lead? Running changes on headsculpts for grunts could make for a broader, more exciting collecting and army-building experiences, and you already have a broad library of head designs to choose from (which can be swapped in and out as needed elsewhere since they wouldn't be named-character clones), they could even be offered either as single packs or multi-packs. Will we be seeing the new helmet designs, the new Cmdr Stone armor designs, new headsculpts under the helmets, other weapons and accessories mixed into the grunt-level troopers put out there?
- The prequels have introduced a number of new alien species to the Star Wars universe, and Hasbro has been good about making figures of most of them. Aside from pod race pilots which have already been discussed with Hasbro, there are several other visually interesting alien species that Hasbro hasn't yet added to the lineup including Roonan, Sarrish, Zeuolin, Holwuff, Tarnab and Sy Myrthian. While these are admittedly background stuff and mostly represented as senators in the films, as action figures they would add another dimension of unique aliens to the line. Can you tell us if any of these species will find their way into the lineup in the foreseeable future?
- You've confirmed your interest in a modern update to vintage figure Lumat, and have also said that while it won't be in the next year, there will very likely be one in the not too distant future after that. Lumat will be the last vintage Ewok to get a modern upate. However, due to retcons and EU murkiness, the "Lumat" situation is complicated. The official word is that Lumat is a black & white striped Ewok, and the tan Ewok formerly known as Lumat as seen in the Kenner line has no canon name as of now. An Ewok that suspiciously looks like the vintage Lumat figure - from the expression, to the shape of the hood, to the bows and arrows - was released in different colors as Graak back in 2007 (colors that, coincidentally, are also that of the "new" Lumat character). So when you are talking about making a new Lumat figure, which will that be? A tan & brown repaint of Graak to fully update the original, or the new black & white character? If the original, will the tan & brown Ewok formerly known as Lumat get a new name?
- While we know Hasbro doesn't control the retailer distribution on the products, might there be a way for Hasbro to exert a little more control over the retailers' handling of their exclusives? For instance, Wal-mart is notorious for incredibly uneven shipping, some stores getting mountains while others see none, with seemingly no basis in collector population in the area or kid sales (the upcoming Jabba the Hutt set is a high-demand item that is putting fear into collectors over distribution problems). Target meanwhile usually has more even distribution but will sometimes place exclusives on clearance just weeks after getting them, disappearing quickly and sometimes arbitrarily returning months later. And Toys R Us always seems to be swamped with their higher-priced exclusives while their lower-priced ones disappear instantly (the EU wave of Legacy Collection is a frustrating example of this). And none of them seem to allot enough of them to their online outlets for those who can't find product in-stores. While we're not against the idea of exclusives at all, it would be nice if Hasbro could convince any/all of your retail partners to be more consistent with exclusives. Is something like that possible, beyond the existing efforts you already have in place, or is it something beyond the scope of your powers?
- In the past when there's been a new movie line to support, street dates have helped to hold back items until they can all be released together simultaneously, helping to build excitement for upcoming releases and to ensure a good amount of product on shelves to satiate casual consumer interest. That worked for the movie releases over the last 11 years, aside from a few stores that released products early. However, with Vintage Collection and the blue "shadows of the Dark Side" themed Clone Wars and Saga Legends products, stores have been under orders to not be put on shelves until the week of August 6. Why exactly are these late-Summer hard street dates chosen used when there's no entertainment releases to support them, especially when there's a lack of products in the previous year's lines in the first half of the year similar to what hindered the '08 hard-street-date release of The Legacy Collection? This year it seems to coincide with Hasbro's other main boys lines, Transformers and GI Joe, leaving stores' Hasbro shelves for these 3 major brands largely bare after months of no new product. Isn't it better to take advantage of the keeping the line's momentum going by releasing new product as it comes in instead of having them sit in the back room for up to months at a time (especially while some retailers and individual stores end up breaking street date anyway)?
- We've seen several C-3PO figures over the years, but there's one relatively distinct version that has yet to be done in the modern line properly - battle-damaged 3PO from ESB. After he gets blown to bits on Cloud City, Goldenrod has a prominent blast mark on his chest, perhaps seen best while R2-D2 repairs him aboard the Falcon. Of course, such a figure would also have to feature a left leg removable at the knee (so Threepio could properly complain about everyone's "delusions of grandeur"), and a removable right foot as well. While a bit unorthodox of a figure to produce, it's one of C-3PO's biggest moments in the saga, so how about it? Is this version on your radar at all? And if not, what about making a new removable-limbs C-3PO making sure to accommodate those specific elements for the most ESB-accurate Threepio ever?
- In a recent answer, you said that batch sizes for the last few waves of Clone Wars '09 were the same as previous waves so they didn't suffer from last-wave syndrome, and that slow releases of older figures were simply obscuring the releases of the newer figures, but that didn't address production numbers on specific figures. Some areas got almost no Hondo Ohnaka and Aayla Secura, and an even wider spread problem was a lack of Thi-Sen, Darth Sidious, TX-20, and Caped Magnaguard figures which were not included in their respective wave revisions so while the cases might have gone out to all areas, those great Clone Wars figures don't show any signs of actually getting the distribution they should have. As such, many fans across the country have been left without a chance at them. With the new '10 CW "shadows of the Dark Side" packaging theme now on shelves, its first 3 CW waves show no signs of those short-shipped figures. Will we be seeing some of '09's more sought-after figures such as those mentioned above make a return in the new packaging, and will they be produced in numbers good enough to not cause a repeat problem?
- The new Vintage Collection C-3PO figure has some great sculpting and a nice shiny gold paint job, as well as plenty of articulation, it's a big improvement in those areas. However, the figure seems to have a larger overall issue, the size. While Lucasfilm claims 3PO is 1.67 meters tall and this figure is the right scale to that (1:19.2 is the 6' to 3.75" scale), the figure just looks way too small next to even Luke Skywalker figures, who in the films is actually roughly the same height as 3PO - as evident in ANH. Do you feel the figure turned out too small? It's not just height, even if you pop the torso joint out (which seems to be set deeper than the figure was designed for, making the black stomach too short and visually throwing the rest of the torso proportions off), the whole scale of the figure from the shoulder width, the thickness of the limbs, the size of the head, and of course the height seems to be a step down to 1:20, especially disregarding the Lucasfilm height for the character is 5' 4" which is clearly wrong since actor Anthony Daniels' height is 5' 7" outside the costume that adds a little height. Would there be any possible way to correct this figure's scale issues, perhaps through stereo-lithography, or would it require starting again from scratch with a completely new mold (which would be a shame considering how much promise this figure has otherwise)?
- You recently stated that you were very interested in updating all of the Jabba's Palace/Skiff Guard figures from the vintage Kenner line. This brings up a question in regards to the vintage action figure of Barada. There has been some confusion as to who this figure actually represents and most collectors believe that he is actually Kithaba, the Klatooinian on the first skiff. However, on closer inspection it become pretty clear that the figure is sculpted to match the Barada character (since Barada is the only one of the two that wears a backpack), but is just painted incorrectly using Kithaba's color scheme. So, where would the Hasbro design team stand on this? Do you guys consider the vintage Barada figure to actually be Kithaba? And if/when it comes time to update this figure, exactly which Skiff Guard would we be getting?
- The upcoming Vintage Collection Sandtrooper figure lacks all weathering. Originally when this figure's mold first came out last year, it was in the Dewback exclusive set and was the first use of the new ball-hinged hip joint design, so it had a lot of new tooling and we understood the figure's deco probably couldn't make the budget. But this is a re-release on basic card, and it's the basic line that's a dollar more than Saga Legends no less, a line that you've said you want to get every figure right the first time, you want no need for do-overs. There are no new tooling costs involved with this figure, and the card art shows a weathered movie sandtrooper's armor, and you've churned out plenty of clean sandtroopers over the last few years in the Saga Legends line, so another clean sandtrooper makes no sense. This wave isn't even particularly budget-heavy since only 2 figures are all-new and the others are just tweaks of existing molds, so why isn't this Sandtrooper figure coming out with any type of weathered deco?
- Why do so many of your Rebel Hoth and Endor trooper figures have vandyck facial hair (a goatee and mustache)? The mustache-and-beard look can be seen on several Hoth and Endor Rebel figures, including the Rebel Commando from The Vintage Collection. The Mark Boudreaux-inspired Endor Rebel Trooper from 2002 makes sense, but why is this look chosen for so many others? Source material from ROTJ shows almost all clean-shaven troopers, while ESB shows a few mustaches but mostly clean-shaven as well. So far, we've seen it on four Hoth figures and two Endor figures. Granted, there are a few babyfaced troops in the line, but why don't we have more smooth-faced characters, and why not any with just a mustache, or perhaps a full beard? And why not more blonde-haired troopers? The source images show plenty in both regions.
- Over the years, pretty much all of the core prequel heros and villains have gotten their own vehicles of some type to zoom around in and do battle, even some of the secondary Jedi characters. But a big exception is Asajj Ventress, who in the micro-series used the nifty and distinctive Ginivex-class Fanblade Starfighter, it's also been in some comics and books so that should break it out of Lucasfilm's "no micro-series items" edict. Starfighter-pricepoint vehicles are a big portion of Hasbro's Star Wars gameplan, and while the flow of new vehicles in it has been outstanding lately, there is definitely a mismatch of good-guy Republic starfighters to bad-guy CIS starfighters, with the CIS certainly not ruling the skies for kids and collectors. The vehicle is a unique design, built on a gimmick concept that also makes it fairly simple, mostly just a simple ball cockpit, very small engines, and the gimmick wing, so it might not be too difficult to deliver in the pricepoint. Bottom line, it's a new Starfighter vehicle, it has name character recognizability, it's a good co-sell to the large good guy library of vehicles, and it already is basically in the existing scale. Obviously, current entertainment would help a lot, and a recent trailer of Clone Wars season 3 appears to show the Fanblade starfighter for a moment, but we don't know for sure what the future holds in that regard. So, what are the chances of seeing Asajj Ventress' Fanblade Starfighter get added to the line?
- Force FX has entered a new phase with the removable blade series, and so far we've seen the first couple waves. Thanks to Clone Wars, female characters are back on the rise in Star Wars and bringing in more female collectors - Ahsoka especially has been selling very well. What does the future of Force FX look like? What are the chances of Ahsoka's lightsaber being added to the Force FX line, better opening that market up to female consumers and getting Clone Wars main character recognizability?
- After a year and a half of anticipation after seeing the package prototype at '09 Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair, the new Galactic Heroes AT-AT has finally hit market and is a very satisfying item. The toy has reignited fans' and casual consumers' interest in the Galactic Heroes brand, and has become a centerpiece for GH Hoth displays. With that in mind, what are the chances of getting more Hoth-themed Imperial figures to go with it, such as a re-release of the Snowtrooper as a 2-pack, and perhaps a Scout Trooper and Speeder Bike pack repainted to Hoth colors? There are lots of ideas possible, the AT-AT's release seems like a great reason to build GH Imperial Hoth armies, so how about it?
- A lot of action figures in the various Hasbro boys toys lines use a soft type of plastic material - PVC we think - for a lot of their joints, especially thin peg joints like wrists, and ball-hinge joints like elbows. Unfortunately, that sometimes leads to the smaller joints sticking together, especially if the joint has paint on it as well, and even if the joint doesn't fail as soon as it's used, that stuck joint can often feel like it's moving properly right up until it tears off because of the amount of give in the thin PVC parts. It's obviously impossible to see this problem in-package, and frustrating when a hard-to-find figure breaks right out of the package since Hasbro customer service cannot guarantee an exact replacement and often has to substitute a different toy. Are you aware of this stuck joint issue? How common do you perceive it to be? Have you looked into any methods of totally preventing it happening? (This question came from someone who is sad that they tracked down the new Jabba the Hutt set only to have Oola's leg immediately break off, and right now the retailer shows no signs of having replacements since it's a hard-to-find exclusive.)
- When discussed with Derryl at Comic-Con, the subject of the rubbery Clone Wars 2nd generation Grievous figure came up, and Derryl said the amount of feedback they've heard from fans about this figure being unable to stand up on its own may lead to it being retired after its initial run, and a return to the 2008 Grievous who stands for longer periods. However, this new Grievous is a better figure, and its problems are mainly only with the claws on its feet. Since the feet are already a separate piece of tooling, might you consider just redesigning the feet so that the main foot surface acts as the foot instead of the very small and rubbery claws? Visually, the claws would still be there, but they wouldn't be doing the lifting as they wouldn't go below the bottom of the main foot. Would something like that be feasible? We'd really like to see this mold salvaged, and while you're at it, you could move the shoulderpad pegs down so they look more accurate and don't pop off as much. We'd just hate to see such a cool figure as this go down in history as a missed opportunity when a few tweaks might save it, wouldn't you agree?
- Despite several denied fan requests for an update of her "classic" look in the basic line, as well as a flat out "not happening" for the somewhat necessary inclusion in the Galactic Heroes line (considering we have the other two in the classic trio) some fans are getting the idea that Hasbro has something against Sy Snootles. Does she rank up there with Ben Quadinaros, Jaxxon, and Jocasta Nu as being too far out there, or are those fans just reading too much into your lack of movement on this? Has Lucasfilm had any role in your decision not to pursue anything representing the classic puppet, or is there hope that we can convince Hasbro to change their stance? Now that the Vintage line is back this would be a perfect opportunity to get this classic alien into the hands of collectors, even if not as a basic figure but an exclusive. Consider that the existing Sy Snootles figure has some of the most useless articulation ever, its pose is incredibly awkward, and its paint is the only one of the band to be this inaccurate. We're not even asking for Max Rebo's organ to be corrected with the horn on top, just a better Sy Snootles. Shouldn't the frontman of the band get the best figure instead of the worst?


Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-25-2010, 11:00 PM
Talking in another thread inspired this question:

*So far, we've seen modern (or semi-modern) updates to all the vintage Ewoks except for Lumat. Thanks to retcons and EU murkiness, however, this situation is needlessly complicated - now, the official word is that Lumat is a black-and-white striped Ewok, and that the tan Ewok formerly known as Lumat has no canon name. An Ewok that suspiciously looks like the vintage Lumat figure - from the expression, to the shape of the hood, to the bows and arrows - was released in different colors as Graak back in 2007 (colors that, coincidentally, are also that of the "new" Lumat character). That said, what will become of Lumat? Was the Graak figure originally supposed to be Lumat? Will we see a tan and brown repaint of the Graak figure to fully update the original? Will the Ewok formerly known as Lumat get some kind of new name - perhaps an unpronouncable, artist-formerly-known-as-Prince-inspired symbol?

ChukhaTrok76
06-28-2010, 09:21 PM
Yeeahhh...how 'bout that Lumat??? I'd vote for this question.

ChukhaTrok76
06-28-2010, 09:24 PM
And here's another. There have been rumors of an upcoming Wicket and Kneesaa 2 pack. Is this confirmed, or are you just planning on releasing a single carded Wicket on a VC card? If so, will he be a new sculpt? All the new Ewoks use Graak or Romba's body.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-29-2010, 01:35 AM
There was a question about Lumat this round, courtesy of Raving Toy Maniac:

QUESTION: With all of the Ewok figures we've received in recent years, we now have every vintage Ewok figure represented in the modern Star Wars line except for one -- Lumat. Since Lumat is the final Ewok needed to complete the vintage lineup of Ewoks, it seems logical for him to be included in The Vintage Collection. Are there plans to complete our Ewok rosters with Lumat within the next year or so?

ANSWER: Lumat will not be out within the next year or so, but there is near-100% certainty that he will be out not too long after that. Whether he will be on a Vintage card or another format has yet to be seen.
But I still think mine is different enough to be interesting.

bigbarada
06-29-2010, 08:08 AM
And here's another. There have been rumors of an upcoming Wicket and Kneesaa 2 pack. Is this confirmed, or are you just planning on releasing a single carded Wicket on a VC card? If so, will he be a new sculpt? All the new Ewoks use Graak or Romba's body.

Looks like we're not getting a Wicket/Kneesa 2-pack:
1) In recently revealed case assortment details, we see Wicket is listed as coming with Kneesaa - can you confirm this? If so, you'll be making many fans very happy. Did you include a second figure because collectors have previously stated that a single Ewok might not do well at retail because of its perceived value?

Answer: Unfortunately, Kneesaa was dropped due to some production issues; we did not replace Kneesaa with another figure. Instead, Wicket is comes with his movie version poncho as well as a version inspired by his animated series appearance. He is a very cool figure.

I'm not exactly sure which site this question came from though. I just found it on RS.

Darth Metalmute
06-29-2010, 10:49 AM
6 and 9 for now.

Cane_Adiss
06-30-2010, 12:28 AM
New question:

In response to your answer in the latest Q&A regarding the disappointing fate of the Mon Calamari female dancer figure, and in light of there being few "background" characters left from ROTS that have some significant fan backing, does this mean that we will likely not see more background characters from Revenge of the Sith made? From here on out will this film be mined primarily for redo's of main characters, Clone repaints and droid retreads?

This question was crafted out of sheer frustration (and possible desperation, lol) generated by the MOST disappointing news the Q&A has ever given me. Hasbro got my hopes way up back in '07 for a Mon Cal dancer, saying she was "on the bubble" for release in the next few years. Now, it looks like I'll have to wait several more years for her to even be considered.

I think I'm asking a pretty general question however and it isn't just about this particular figure, so it could be useful to gain insight on how Hasbro views this particular film.

bigbarada
06-30-2010, 01:03 AM
New question:

In response to your answer in the latest Q&A regarding the disappointing fate of the Mon Calamari female dancer figure, and in light of there being few "background" characters left from ROTS that have some significant fan backing, does this mean that we will likely not see more background characters from Revenge of the Sith made? From here on out will this film be mined primarily for redo's of main characters, Clone repaints and droid retreads?

This question was crafted out of sheer frustration (and possible desperation, lol) generated by the MOST disappointing news the Q&A has ever given me. Hasbro got my hopes way up back in '07 for a Mon Cal dancer, saying she was "on the bubble" for release in the next few years. Now, it looks like I'll have to wait several more years for her to even be considered.

I think I'm asking a pretty general question however and it isn't just about this particular figure, so it could be useful to gain insight on how Hasbro views this particular film.

I haven't gone through all the Q&As yet, but what site did Hasbro burst your Mon Calamari Dancer bubble on? (sorry couldn't resist the pun)

I had a similar experience when Kithaba showed up on the rumor list for 2008, 2009, then was almost confirmed by one of the spies on RS for this year only to be retracted a couple of weeks later. So I know how it feels to really want a figure made only to hear that they are getting pushed further and further back year after year.

Cane_Adiss
06-30-2010, 10:14 AM
Yeah my bubble was completely blown out of the sky with this one. From Jedinews.co.uk:


2) A while back, during one of these Q&A sessions, you indicated that the
Mon Calamari female dancer was on the bubble for release. Years later and obviously she still hasn't been released yet. Have you abandoned your plans for this figure or is she still in the works? Any chance we'll see her on the new Vintage style cards?

Yes, we have abandoned plans for her. With fewer slots for relatively obscure characters in the lineup, she doesn't have the clout to work her way in. Perhaps in future years, but we'd put her pretty far off.

Thanks for the sympathy! I too would really like a Kithaba (and a Castas)!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-30-2010, 10:59 PM
I don't think it means they won't do any more background characters. The Mon Calamari dancer is just so, so obscure - you literally can't even tell that there are any in the film, as it really just looks like some ribbon floating through the bubble. So they're just not considering her for now. Sorry about that, though.

vger
07-03-2010, 06:31 AM
9, 10 for now

El Chuxter
07-03-2010, 01:22 PM
Here's one that I'm not sure about even proposing, since it's technically out of Hasbro's hands, I think.

"Is there a way Hasbro can exert more control over the handling of store exclusives in the future? For instance, Wal-Mart is notorious for heavily shipping items to some stores, while others get none. (With the upcoming Jabba the Hutt, many collectors have already expressed concern that they may be unable to find such a high-demand item.) Target, on the other hand, generally has more even distribution, but sometimes places items on clearance within a few weeks of receiving them. (In the case of the Wedge X-Wing, Target stores across the country received them in the 3rd quarter of 2009, almost immediately removed them from shelves for several months, then put them back on the floor, for up to 75% off, in June 2010.) And Toys R Us always seems to be either completely swamped with an item, or it's next to impossible to find it--just ask anyone who's looking for the Expanded Universe wave of Build-A-Droid figures.
While we're not against the idea of exclusives at all, it would be nice if the stores had some policies regarding the exclusives that were consistent across the board, or even within a particular retailer. Is it in Hasbro's power to ask this of them in the future?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-06-2010, 04:04 PM
Howsabout:

*In the past, street dates have helped to hold back items until they can all be released together simultaneously, which helps to build excitement for upcoming releases. This worked well for the prequels and The Clone Wars movie, aside from a few stores that released products early. Now, products from The Vintage Collection and the blue "shadows of the Dark Side" packaging are under orders to not be sold until the week of August 6. However, several retailers (both in-store and online) put these items on shelves as early as June. Is anything being done to punish the retailers that sell the products early, or is it really their own choice? And why, exactly, was a hard street date chosen for this fall, a time when there really isn't anything to promote? Isn't it better to just sell the products as they reach stores instead of having them sit in the back room for several weeks while other stores sell the items early?

This may have to be all past-tense, depending on if/when it gets asked.

And another one, while I'm at it:

*We've seen several C-3PO figures over the years, but there's one relatively distinct version that has yet to be done - a proper battle-damaged version from The Empire Strikes Back. After he gets blown to bits on Cloud City, Goldenrod has a prominent blast mark on his chest, perhaps seen best while R2-D2 repairs him aboard the Falcon. Of course, such a figure would also have to feature a left leg removable at the knee (so Threepio could properly complain about everyone's "delusions of grandeur"), and a removable right foot as well. So, how about it? Is this version on your radar at all?

JediTricks
07-09-2010, 05:11 PM
Questions 13 - 16 added.

I'd like to point out that this round is going to be especially difficult to handle, since it passes right through Comic-Con. As such, if you feel something is not being addressed in a timely fashion, please PM me about it. And please vote, more votes mean less editorial choices for me to fuss with.


Talking in another thread inspired this question:

*So far, we've seen modern (or semi-modern) updates to all the vintage Ewoks except for Lumat. Thanks to retcons and EU murkiness, however, this situation is needlessly complicated - now, the official word is that Lumat is a black-and-white striped Ewok, and that the tan Ewok formerly known as Lumat has no canon name. An Ewok that suspiciously looks like the vintage Lumat figure - from the expression, to the shape of the hood, to the bows and arrows - was released in different colors as Graak back in 2007 (colors that, coincidentally, are also that of the "new" Lumat character). That said, what will become of Lumat? Was the Graak figure originally supposed to be Lumat? Will we see a tan and brown repaint of the Graak figure to fully update the original? Will the Ewok formerly known as Lumat get some kind of new name - perhaps an unpronouncable, artist-formerly-known-as-Prince-inspired symbol?Alright, I'll add that.


Yeeahhh...how 'bout that Lumat??? I'd vote for this question.Then I will count your vote for #13.



Looks like we're not getting a Wicket/Kneesa 2-pack:
1) In recently revealed case assortment details, we see Wicket is listed as coming with Kneesaa - can you confirm this? If so, you'll be making many fans very happy. Did you include a second figure because collectors have previously stated that a single Ewok might not do well at retail because of its perceived value?

Answer: Unfortunately, Kneesaa was dropped due to some production issues; we did not replace Kneesaa with another figure. Instead, Wicket is comes with his movie version poncho as well as a version inspired by his animated series appearance. He is a very cool figure.

I'm not exactly sure which site this question came from though. I just found it on RS.DroidsAndEwoks.weebly.com



New question:

In response to your answer in the latest Q&A regarding the disappointing fate of the Mon Calamari female dancer figure, and in light of there being few "background" characters left from ROTS that have some significant fan backing, does this mean that we will likely not see more background characters from Revenge of the Sith made? From here on out will this film be mined primarily for redo's of main characters, Clone repaints and droid retreads?

This question was crafted out of sheer frustration (and possible desperation, lol) generated by the MOST disappointing news the Q&A has ever given me. Hasbro got my hopes way up back in '07 for a Mon Cal dancer, saying she was "on the bubble" for release in the next few years. Now, it looks like I'll have to wait several more years for her to even be considered.

I think I'm asking a pretty general question however and it isn't just about this particular figure, so it could be useful to gain insight on how Hasbro views this particular film.Hasbro's original answer to us about the Mon Cal dancer wasn't about background characters, but just about her. Stuff changes, and their new answer is too specific to apply to anything else. Can you give me examples of ROTS background characters that have significant fan backing though? That could sway me on this.



Here's one that I'm not sure about even proposing, since it's technically out of Hasbro's hands, I think.

"Is there a way Hasbro can exert more control over the handling of store exclusives in the future? For instance, Wal-Mart is notorious for heavily shipping items to some stores, while others get none. (With the upcoming Jabba the Hutt, many collectors have already expressed concern that they may be unable to find such a high-demand item.) Target, on the other hand, generally has more even distribution, but sometimes places items on clearance within a few weeks of receiving them. (In the case of the Wedge X-Wing, Target stores across the country received them in the 3rd quarter of 2009, almost immediately removed them from shelves for several months, then put them back on the floor, for up to 75% off, in June 2010.) And Toys R Us always seems to be either completely swamped with an item, or it's next to impossible to find it--just ask anyone who's looking for the Expanded Universe wave of Build-A-Droid figures.
While we're not against the idea of exclusives at all, it would be nice if the stores had some policies regarding the exclusives that were consistent across the board, or even within a particular retailer. Is it in Hasbro's power to ask this of them in the future?"I'll add this on a trial basis for now, though I rewrote it since I know they already try to do this.



Howsabout:

*In the past, street dates have helped to hold back items until they can all be released together simultaneously, which helps to build excitement for upcoming releases. This worked well for the prequels and The Clone Wars movie, aside from a few stores that released products early. Now, products from The Vintage Collection and the blue "shadows of the Dark Side" packaging are under orders to not be sold until the week of August 6. However, several retailers (both in-store and online) put these items on shelves as early as June. Is anything being done to punish the retailers that sell the products early, or is it really their own choice? And why, exactly, was a hard street date chosen for this fall, a time when there really isn't anything to promote? Isn't it better to just sell the products as they reach stores instead of having them sit in the back room for several weeks while other stores sell the items early?

This may have to be all past-tense, depending on if/when it gets asked.I may ask it at Comic-Con, but I'll put it on the list anyway.

I'm not sure of the thrust of the question, I don't think punishing the stores that break with the street dates is really what we're concerned with, is it? I know they have contractual powers to enforce, LEGO came down on K-mart in '99 for releasing Ep 1 sets early, but it's rarely enforced since it's hard to prove intent.

Anyway, I reworked it because it's become a pattern and I'm curious about the larger decision-making behind that pattern, not just this year's version of it.


And another one, while I'm at it:

*We've seen several C-3PO figures over the years, but there's one relatively distinct version that has yet to be done - a proper battle-damaged version from The Empire Strikes Back. After he gets blown to bits on Cloud City, Goldenrod has a prominent blast mark on his chest, perhaps seen best while R2-D2 repairs him aboard the Falcon. Of course, such a figure would also have to feature a left leg removable at the knee (so Threepio could properly complain about everyone's "delusions of grandeur"), and a removable right foot as well. So, how about it? Is this version on your radar at all?Added.

Ando
07-09-2010, 06:02 PM
I haven't voted in a while, not sure why -- probably just busy with work...

Anywho...

My votes are for:

#1 Magnetic feet. (I love this idea...)

# 6 CW vehicles/OT vehicles.

#14 Exclusives.
I wish the question was a little rougher on WM and Hasbro because in Portland, at least in my experience, a WM Star Wars exclusive is something I will NEVER see. I don't know what it is about WM, but they completely BUNGLE it so I don't even bother with WM anymore.

On the flip side, if it's a TRU Star Wars exclusive, I will see it for MONTHS. With the exception of the EU LC figures (I found what I wanted even though they were gone in a flash), I never have a problem finding a TRU exclusive. And because of this, I am over the moon that the Rise of Boba Fett UBP is a TRU exclusive which means it will not be a chore to find it and get it.

#15 Street Dates.
I was at TRU at lunch time today and one of the employees graciously pulled a case of the Vintage figures for me so I could get Dak, Leia, and Luke and I asked him about the street dates and he said that he had put them aside as directed by the boxes and the Hasbro rep called him and told him to ignore the street dates and put them out. I really want to know the answer to this one and I am very much in favor of the spirit of the question in terms of "sell the new stuff as it comes in because it's been suck-***** lame for too long". I am paraphrasing of course.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-09-2010, 10:08 PM
I'll vote for 13, 14, 15, and 16.

In #15, I'm not sure why you added the part about the 2008 release being arbitrary - it was a month before The Clone Wars movie came out, and was pretty obviously done to coincide with that. And I can argue that the Legacy Collection stuff was put out then so non-animated collectors would have something to get excited about, to know that Hasbro wasn't forgetting them. The current one is the one that makes little to no sense.

El Chuxter
07-09-2010, 11:00 PM
I'll add this on a trial basis for now, though I rewrote it since I know they already try to do this.

Kudos to you; this is why you're in charge of the wording and not me. :D

Cane_Adiss
07-10-2010, 01:27 AM
Well, just going off of Rebelscum's current figure poll, I'd say other background characters with significant fan support include:

Merumeru
Coleman Kcaj
Tikkes / Senator Tundra Dowmeia
GH-7 & EW-3 Midwife Droids
BD-3000 "Betty Bot"
Senator Bana Bremu
Queen Apailana
Senator Fang Zar (shudder)

Plus a couple other unique aliens (and personal favorites) that didn't quite make the poll such as Eeusu Estornii and Veedaaz Awmetth.

In my mind this is about as deep as Hasbro can concievably go into the background of ROTS. While there are definitely more than what I listed, the polls at Rebelscum have generally been a good indicator of overall fan interest. Since the Mon Cal dancer placed in that poll I would say that shows significant fan support, and if Hasbro doesn't think she has much "clout" than what does that say about the rest of them? Now I will admit she placed slightly below average in this poll. But the line isn't ending anytime soon (knock on wood) and Hasbro can only do so many hero and trooper retreads (I suppose not entirely true). I just would like to hear what Hasbro has to say about their plans for this movie in the line going forward.

The upcoming Vintage wave seems destined to be the last truly ROTS dedicated wave in the line - and it's all core heros and villains. The previous three ROTS waves in recent memory (two from Legacy and one from TAC) had fan-requested background figures that really tanked at retail, (I'm looking at you Colton, Breha and Po Nudo) so perhaps that demonstrates that backgrounders from ROTS just regularly underperform to the extent the Hasbro isn't considering any more for a long while. Even if there is initial fan support. I just want to hear them confirm that suspicion.

Cane_Adiss
07-10-2010, 01:42 AM
my votes for now:

12, 14, 16

thanks!

El Chuxter
07-10-2010, 10:38 AM
They released Merumeru already. Aside from Tarfull, Chewie, and Itchy, all Wookiees at the Battle of Kashyyyk look exactly the same.

Another reason Ewoks are cooler.

Cane_Adiss
07-10-2010, 12:51 PM
They released Merumeru already. Aside from Tarfull, Chewie, and Itchy, all Wookiees at the Battle of Kashyyyk look exactly the same.

Another reason Ewoks are cooler.

No, they haven't actually. The Wookiee warriors they've released are similar to Merumeru but the armor, fur and weapons have subtle differences. Here is the description given in the Rebelscum poll:

Merumeru is one of the Wookiee elders that led the battle against the droid forces on Kashyyyk. Specifically, Merumeru led the beachfront defense, and is seen prominently as the Wookie to stand-up and rally his troops as the battle begins. Like the other Wookiee elders, Merumeru wears a crested head dress. The only shot we have of him is his rallying cry, and in this scene he appears to be holding a pole arm of some sort, he is also wearing shoulder armor and a forearm shield on his right arm. Like the ewok figures, each Wookiee is unique and therefore really requires new sculpts for each one. Another action-scene oriented figure, articulation would be key!

Like you stated, the Wookiee's are so similar it is hard to tell them apart even though there are differences. I think because this one has a name he was able to get more support. I think what fans really are looking forward to though is a truly SA Wookiee warrior and that's what this guy represents.

I myself am not a huge fan of the Wookiee subset of figures and don't care if this one is made or not.

vger
07-10-2010, 01:28 PM
9, 10 for now

Adding 16 to my votes.

El Chuxter
07-10-2010, 01:47 PM
I was kidding. :)

Except the part about the Ewoks being cooler than the Wookiees.

bigbarada
07-10-2010, 10:05 PM
13, 14, 15 for now

bigbarada
07-10-2010, 10:10 PM
Except the part about the Ewoks being cooler than the Wookiees.

At least the Ewoks had some believable (if somewhat ineffective) battle strategies. Instead of the "stand up, wave your arms up in the air like a giant target, then run head first into a barrage of computer-controlled laser fire" tactics of the Wookiees.

Cane_Adiss
07-11-2010, 12:00 AM
At least the Ewoks had some believable (if somewhat ineffective) battle strategies. Instead of the "stand up, wave your arms up in the air like a giant target, then run head first into a barrage of computer-controlled laser fire" tactics of the Wookiees.

Honestly, (and I know this is another thing you'll disagree with me on BigBarada ;) so I'll just go ahead and be blunt) I think both sequences were equally dumb. I never understood the need to tie Kashyyyk into the prequels. We didn't need to see where Chewbacca came from or that he somehow knew Yoda personally (what a coincidence :rolleyes:). The action sequences were too busy and you couldn't tell the good ships/droids from the bad it was just so much going on at once. Just a totally forgettable part of the saga. Oh and for some reason, Chewbacca's facial structure just looked totally off to me. Like somehow the shape of his skull and mouth changed in the time between ROTS and ANH.

As for the Ewoks, they were just unconvincing as a threat to a "legion of my (Emperor's) best troops" and yeah even though they were more of a distraction than an actual fighting force, the whole sequence just (to me) seemed overly campy and played for humor and awww-cuteness. But it wasn't just them, even the core characters were just as difficult to watch on Endor, especially Han.

bigbarada
07-11-2010, 07:38 AM
Honestly, (and I know this is another thing you'll disagree with me on BigBarada ;) so I'll just go ahead and be blunt) I think both sequences were equally dumb. I never understood the need to tie Kashyyyk into the prequels. We didn't need to see where Chewbacca came from or that he somehow knew Yoda personally (what a coincidence :rolleyes:). The action sequences were too busy and you couldn't tell the good ships/droids from the bad it was just so much going on at once. Just a totally forgettable part of the saga. Oh and for some reason, Chewbacca's facial structure just looked totally off to me. Like somehow the shape of his skull and mouth changed in the time between ROTS and ANH.

As for the Ewoks, they were just unconvincing as a threat to a "legion of my (Emperor's) best troops" and yeah even though they were more of a distraction than an actual fighting force, the whole sequence just (to me) seemed overly campy and played for humor and awww-cuteness. But it wasn't just them, even the core characters were just as difficult to watch on Endor, especially Han.

Well, of course they were both dumb, but the Endor battle was at least entertaining. Especially observing the various ways to kill an AT-ST. :D It was also critical to the plot of the film, unlike the Kashyykk battle. Which we're told is an important system that the Republic can't lose control of; but it's never explained WHY it's so important. Plus, it was so unnecessary to the overall plot of ROTS that I don't even remember if the Wookiees won or lost the battle.

I also agree that Chewbacca looked funky in ROTS and the whole thing with him and Yoda was beyond dumb, especially since the relationship was never followed up on in the OT.

I still want some better Wookiee figures though. :upset:

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-11-2010, 03:17 PM
Well, of course they were both dumb, but the Endor battle was at least entertaining. Especially observing the various ways to kill an AT-ST. :D It was also critical to the plot of the film, unlike the Kashyykk battle. Which we're told is an important system that the Republic can't lose control of; but it's never explained WHY it's so important. Plus, it was so unnecessary to the overall plot of ROTS that I don't even remember if the Wookiees won or lost the battle.

I also agree that Chewbacca looked funky in ROTS and the whole thing with him and Yoda was beyond dumb, especially since the relationship was never followed up on in the OT.

I still want some better Wookiee figures though. :upset:
To me, the Kashyyyk battle is also at least "entertaining" since it's an interesting-looking planet and there are some cool ships there (ie, the turbo tank). And I love the two Wookiees flying down to blow up the tank droid. They don't really show the end of the battle or who wins, as the focus moves to Yoda and how he escapes, and how the clones are looking for him. As a plot device, it helped further the idea of the Clone Wars being spread throughout the galaxy and showed how different cultures dealt with it.

Chewie does indeed look a bit strange in ROTS, though. I think they gave him more lip articulation, which was a bizarre, unnecessary choice. The eyes are also "off" a bit. But it's worse and more obvious in production photography; in the film, he doesn't bother me much.

Maerj2000
07-11-2010, 07:06 PM
The official site says:

During the time of the Galactic Republic, the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk was represented in the Galactic Senate by a number of Wookiee potentates. Loyal to the Republic, Kashyyyk was of prime strategic importance, serving as a major navigational point for the entire southwestern quadrant of the galaxy. This made it a target of the Confederacy, who invaded Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars. Republic forces, under the command of Yoda, were dispatched to protect the Wookiee homeworld. Yoda had fostered a good relationship with the Wookiees over his many years, and they trusted his leadership. Jedi, clones and Wookiee forces fought fiercely to protect the tree cities of Kashyyyk.

So there you go. Maybe someone can write an Expanded Universe story expanding Yoda's adventures with the Wookies? Maybe even someone on this very message board! :thumbsup:

bigbarada
07-11-2010, 08:32 PM
The official site says:

During the time of the Galactic Republic, the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk was represented in the Galactic Senate by a number of Wookiee potentates. Loyal to the Republic, Kashyyyk was of prime strategic importance, serving as a major navigational point for the entire southwestern quadrant of the galaxy. This made it a target of the Confederacy, who invaded Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars. Republic forces, under the command of Yoda, were dispatched to protect the Wookiee homeworld. Yoda had fostered a good relationship with the Wookiees over his many years, and they trusted his leadership. Jedi, clones and Wookiee forces fought fiercely to protect the tree cities of Kashyyyk.

So there you go. Maybe someone can write an Expanded Universe story expanding Yoda's adventures with the Wookies? Maybe even someone on this very message board! :thumbsup:

It didn't show up onscreen for ROTS, thus is it irrelevant. Besides that little blurb was most likely written after the fact to cover up the "why the heck do the Jedi suddenly care about Wookiees?" plot hole.

Maerj2000
07-11-2010, 08:58 PM
Since it wasn't onscreen it doesn't count? Then what's the point of discussing it at all? There can be no answer to this then according to those rules. Maybe it was just an excuse to show the Wookie's planet and sneak in Chewie into the movie? So what? It was fun seeing him and getting to see a bit of the planet outside of the Holiday Special.

bigbarada
07-11-2010, 09:07 PM
Oh okay. Sorry I didn't know what your rules were as far as discussions like this go. Since it wasn't discussed onscreen I guess there can be no answer to this then.

Yes, exactly my point. It's simply one of the many flaws in the plot of the film.

That being said, I still do find the scene enjoyable (just not as satisfying of a movie going experience as the Endor battle), and some new, non-crappy Wookiee figures are still at the very top of my prequel wishlist.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-11-2010, 09:45 PM
Does it really matter why Kashyyyk is important? The Jedi should already know why, and they wouldn't need to tell each other. Movies don't have time to explain absolutely everything or they run the risk of getting bogged down in boring minutiae. We know that it is important, and that's enough here.

ChukhaTrok76
07-12-2010, 03:26 AM
Wow. Wow, we're uh, we're really arguing about the fictional battles of Endor and Kashyyk? Hmm. I-I don't really care one way or the other myself. BUT, for the nerd record here, the "Young Jedi" novellas, which admittedly came out before ROTS, but are set after the Battle of Endor, has Kashyyk playing an important place as a major shipping planet of computers and hyperdrives and spaceship parts, and it had long been an important trade route. The Wookies are manufactures of these things. That could be another reason they were important?...as for the Ewoks, they wear the heads and bones of their enemies! And just for the record I'd rather die from a quick laser burn to the heart from a wookie blaster than impaled on a wooden spear with a crudely fashioned stone tip or crushed by a big ol' redwood...tree. Because that's how the Ewoks play: not well with others! But I digress. They're both cutesy bear-things. Wait, what were we discussing? Girls, right? Yeah, I like 'em. :) Also, Ewoks are better.

bigbarada
07-12-2010, 07:30 AM
Does it really matter why Kashyyyk is important? The Jedi should already know why, and they wouldn't need to tell each other. Movies don't have time to explain absolutely everything or they run the risk of getting bogged down in boring minutiae. We know that it is important, and that's enough here.

It doesn't matter if the Jedi know why it is important, the audience needs to know if they are going to be engaged in the story and actually care about what is going on onscreen.

bigbarada
07-12-2010, 08:23 AM
Wow. Wow, we're uh, we're really arguing about the fictional battles of Endor and Kashyyk? Hmm. I-I don't really care one way or the other myself. BUT, for the nerd record here, the "Young Jedi" novellas, which admittedly came out before ROTS, but are set after the Battle of Endor, has Kashyyk playing an important place as a major shipping planet of computers and hyperdrives and spaceship parts, and it had long been an important trade route. The Wookies are manufactures of these things. That could be another reason they were important?...as for the Ewoks, they wear the heads and bones of their enemies! And just for the record I'd rather die from a quick laser burn to the heart from a wookie blaster than impaled on a wooden spear with a crudely fashioned stone tip or crushed by a big ol' redwood...tree. Because that's how the Ewoks play: not well with others! But I digress. They're both cutesy bear-things. Wait, what were we discussing? Girls, right? Yeah, I like 'em. :) Also, Ewoks are better.

I'm discussing the two battles as plot elements in their respective films and how successful those plot elements are in progressing the overall story. I'm not sure what everyone else is arguing. :p

DarkArtist
07-12-2010, 09:08 AM
I vote for the following : 1, 6, 10, & 11.

DarkArtist
07-12-2010, 09:11 AM
also have a new question to add... feel free to re-word it as you see fit:

2010 has seen some Great Clone Wars figures... Darth Sidious, TX-20, Hondo, Aayla Secura etc however distrubution on these figures has been very poor in some areas. (have yet to even see signs of this wave in NJ or even NY). with the new packaging out on the shevles now we will see this wave repacked on the Blue Sky design or will this wave be similiar to the Expanded Universe wave at TRU where it's first come first served and never to see the light of day again.

Darth Metalmute
07-12-2010, 10:55 AM
also have a new question to add... feel free to re-word it as you see fit:

2010 has seen some Great Clone Wars figures... Darth Sidious, TX-20, Hondo, Aayla Secura etc however distrubution on these figures has been very poor in some areas. (have yet to even see signs of this wave in NJ or even NY). with the new packaging out on the shevles now we will see this wave repacked on the Blue Sky design or will this wave be similiar to the Expanded Universe wave at TRU where it's first come first served and never to see the light of day again.

I would vote for this.
I think you can add that for any item, clone wars, Expanded Universe, Galactic Heroes..... Distrubution this year is as bad as I can ever remember.

El Chuxter
07-12-2010, 03:43 PM
Another proposal:

The new Vintage C-3PO is an amazing figure, and we're glad to get one with this level of articulation. However, one detail seems a bit odd. Though the figure was released with a wave of Empire Strikes Back figures, he doesn't have removeable limbs. Instead, he has three removeable panels, which, though quite cool and nicely executed, seem like a rather unusual choice given that he's an ESB figure. Why did you choose to go with the panels instead of the removeable limbs?

DarkJedi5
07-13-2010, 12:48 AM
How about a question about why the new 3PO is so short and if it's a trend Hasbro plans to continue despite him being of fairly average height in the films.

Darth Metalmute
07-13-2010, 07:33 AM
Another proposal:

The new Vintage C-3PO is an amazing figure, and we're glad to get one with this level of articulation. However, one detail seems a bit odd. Though the figure was released with a wave of Empire Strikes Back figures, he doesn't have removeable limbs. Instead, he has three removeable panels, which, though quite cool and nicely executed, seem like a rather unusual choice given that he's an ESB figure. Why did you choose to go with the panels instead of the removeable limbs?

And why did you make him with an enlarged codpiece?

bigbarada
07-13-2010, 07:50 AM
How about a question about why the new 3PO is so short and if it's a trend Hasbro plans to continue despite him being of fairly average height in the films.

Actually, I measured it out and, assuming that 3.75" is intended to represent 6 feet, then Threepio is the correct height. His official Lucasfilm height is 1.67 meters (5 feet, 5.75 inches tall), which when scaled down, is roughly 3.42 inches tall. I measured my Threepio figure at 87.5 millimeters, which converts to 3.44 inches. So, technically, this new Threepio figure is .02 inches too tall; but what's 1/50th of an inch between friends? ;)

DarkJedi5
07-13-2010, 12:21 PM
Actually, I measured it out and, assuming that 3.75" is intended to represent 6 feet, then Threepio is the correct height. His official Lucasfilm height is 1.67 meters (5 feet, 5.75 inches tall), which when scaled down, is roughly 3.42 inches tall. I measured my Threepio figure at 87.5 millimeters, which converts to 3.44 inches. So, technically, this new Threepio figure is .02 inches too tall; but what's 1/50th of an inch between friends? ;)

Well, I had just compared him to the Dak figure which is taller but Dak should be shorter (according to the guide to characters he's 1.62M). Since the Dak figure is just a kit bash it seems more likely that he's too tall than 3PO being too short.

JediTricks
07-13-2010, 02:30 PM
Question 17 added.


In #15, I'm not sure why you added the part about the 2008 release being arbitrary - it was a month before The Clone Wars movie came out, and was pretty obviously done to coincide with that. And I can argue that the Legacy Collection stuff was put out then so non-animated collectors would have something to get excited about, to know that Hasbro wasn't forgetting them. The current one is the one that makes little to no sense.My thinking was that CW and TLC were released without strong entertainment support after 6 months of barren shelves, and it really doomed TLC into the troubles it suffered for the rest of its life. I will make changes to accommodate the CW movie release date though, I was thinking more about the show air date which had a stronger showing than the movie's flat-on-its-face release. But if Hasbro doesn't get called on this pattern, it'll be a shame. I'll probably just ask them at Comic-Con though.



Well, just going off of Rebelscum's current figure poll, I'd say other background characters with significant fan support include:

Merumeru
Coleman Kcaj
Tikkes / Senator Tundra Dowmeia
GH-7 & EW-3 Midwife Droids
BD-3000 "Betty Bot"
Senator Bana Bremu
Queen Apailana
Senator Fang Zar (shudder)

Plus a couple other unique aliens (and personal favorites) that didn't quite make the poll such as Eeusu Estornii and Veedaaz Awmetth.

In my mind this is about as deep as Hasbro can concievably go into the background of ROTS. While there are definitely more than what I listed, the polls at Rebelscum have generally been a good indicator of overall fan interest. Since the Mon Cal dancer placed in that poll I would say that shows significant fan support, and if Hasbro doesn't think she has much "clout" than what does that say about the rest of them? Now I will admit she placed slightly below average in this poll. But the line isn't ending anytime soon (knock on wood) and Hasbro can only do so many hero and trooper retreads (I suppose not entirely true). I just would like to hear what Hasbro has to say about their plans for this movie in the line going forward.

The upcoming Vintage wave seems destined to be the last truly ROTS dedicated wave in the line - and it's all core heros and villains. The previous three ROTS waves in recent memory (two from Legacy and one from TAC) had fan-requested background figures that really tanked at retail, (I'm looking at you Colton, Breha and Po Nudo) so perhaps that demonstrates that backgrounders from ROTS just regularly underperform to the extent the Hasbro isn't considering any more for a long while. Even if there is initial fan support. I just want to hear them confirm that suspicion.Significant fan support means vocal, not just clicking a button. But in terms of polls, for every person who clicked they really wanted the Mon Cal Dancer, for example, there was 1 who clicked they absolutely would not buy it. Aayla Secura on the other hand has over twice as many "absolutely would buy" votes as any other choice, that in my book is significant fan support.

After this year, Hasbro isn't doing more ROTS waves because after this year, theme waves are out, they are going to do figures based solely on their perceptions of what the market will bear vs what the fan base wants.

I am just not seeing the great outpouring of support for these characters, beyond a few folks' personal tastes, certainly not enough to claim Hasbro is purposefully going to avoid making background characters from ROTS simply because these aren't on-deck. Based on what I've seen, only Queen Apailana has any notable vocal mass support, and it gets more detractors than supporters. I'll keep thinking about this one, and see how things look next week at Comic-Con, but for right now it's not gelling for me.

(PS - thanks so much for calling RS's forum poll into this, making me go reactivating my old CSW account - with its 4000 posts before RS bought them - just to find out about poll data. And man, based on what I'm seeing, GNT must be on cloud 9 being the only one allowed to start threads after his turn here. :p)



At least the Ewoks had some believable (if somewhat ineffective) battle strategies. Instead of the "stand up, wave your arms up in the air like a giant target, then run head first into a barrage of computer-controlled laser fire" tactics of the Wookiees.:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup: I never would have thought I'd think Ewoks > Wookiees, until ROTS I thought Lucas totally blew it by not putting Wookiees in the battle on Endor, then it turned out he doesn't know how to make Wookiees interesting or compelling as a battle force (which seems unfathomable to me).



Honestly, (and I know this is another thing you'll disagree with me on BigBarada ;) so I'll just go ahead and be blunt) I think both sequences were equally dumb. I never understood the need to tie Kashyyyk into the prequels.Lucas' regrets. Almost everything in the prequels is about Lucas' regrets after the limitations of the OT made him so frustrated. He wanted airwhales, stilt cities, Kashyyyk, even crazier aliens, and so forth, in the OT and when they proved unpractical, he got bitter. Then when he decided to go forward with the prequels even though they stood in the face of what the OT was saying, he realized he could put all his regrets into these new movies, and never stopped to consider their merits as storytelling implements so they came off shallowly.


We didn't need to see where Chewbacca came from or that he somehow knew Yoda personally (what a coincidence :rolleyes:).LA LA LA LA I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!
Ugh, don't remind me of that abomination, that was the point where Lucas raped the shark.


Oh and for some reason, Chewbacca's facial structure just looked totally off to me. Like somehow the shape of his skull and mouth changed in the time between ROTS and ANH.He got fatter, well, the person inside the suit did, and they changed the whole suit to be a more modern material that moved, combed, and had a different internal structure than the original. Same with C-3PO in AOTC and ROTS, he is thicker than the other protocol droids just a little bit. But it showed more with Chewie because he's an organic character, I guess.


As for the Ewoks, they were just unconvincing as a threat to a "legion of my (Emperor's) best troops"That was Lucas' point though. Originally, he conceived of it as Wookiees being perceived as too simple a people to take up arms against their oppressors, and wanted a "simple vs technologically advanced" nod to the Vietnam war, but by the time he got to the point there, he felt Chewbacca had done too much technologically and the Vietnam point wasn't as strong in the '80s so he had to take it to the next level with "cute" and seemingly unthreatening. Personally, I think only the cutesiness of Wicket (designed to draw children's interest into the characters) undoes the Ewoks as a convincing distraction. They had good numbers and a tactical environmental advantage, and the Emperor's legion of his best troops were at the bunker front door, not the back door quite a distance away where the battle took place (this point isn't properly sold in the film, and it's clear there's a detachment at the back door waiting to ambush, but it's also obvious that's not a full legion).



Well, of course they were both dumb, but the Endor battle was at least entertaining. Especially observing the various ways to kill an AT-ST. :D It was also critical to the plot of the film, unlike the Kashyykk battle. Which we're told is an important system that the Republic can't lose control of; but it's never explained WHY it's so important. Plus, it was so unnecessary to the overall plot of ROTS that I don't even remember if the Wookiees won or lost the battle.All true! And nobody won the battle for Kashyyyk, the CIS was dissolved and the Republic forces turned into the Imperial forces who took Kashyyyk for themselves. And all of this was poorly explained on-screen.



Since it wasn't onscreen it doesn't count? Then what's the point of discussing it at all? There can be no answer to this then according to those rules. Maybe it was just an excuse to show the Wookie's planet and sneak in Chewie into the movie? So what? It was fun seeing him and getting to see a bit of the planet outside of the Holiday Special.It doesn't count for the purposes of the storytelling merits of the film itself. When we speak of how the film portrays something, EU elements cannot supercede that because the merits of the film have to stand alone to the audience without supplementary knowledge.

Tossing Kashyyyk and Chewie into the film without storytelling merit is bad moviemaking and exactly the sort of thing that Lucas used to rail against. Remember, this is the man who said a special effect is a bad thing if it doesn't fulfill a purpose to the story.



Does it really matter why Kashyyyk is important? The Jedi should already know why, and they wouldn't need to tell each other. Movies don't have time to explain absolutely everything or they run the risk of getting bogged down in boring minutiae. We know that it is important, and that's enough here.Yes, it matters why we the audience are watching characters we're invested in risking their lives over a planet and its inhabitants who seem to have no greater purpose than to simply be a plot point.



Wow. Wow, we're uh, we're really arguing about the fictional battles of Endor and Kashyyk? Hmm. I-I don't really care one way or the other myself. BUT, for the nerd record here, the "Young Jedi" novellas, which admittedly came out before ROTS, but are set after the Battle of Endor, has Kashyyk playing an important place as a major shipping planet of computers and hyperdrives and spaceship parts, and it had long been an important trade route. The Wookies are manufactures of these things. That could be another reason they were important?...as for the Ewoks, they wear the heads and bones of their enemies! And just for the record I'd rather die from a quick laser burn to the heart from a wookie blaster than impaled on a wooden spear with a crudely fashioned stone tip or crushed by a big ol' redwood...tree. Because that's how the Ewoks play: not well with others! But I digress. They're both cutesy bear-things. Wait, what were we discussing? Girls, right? Yeah, I like 'em. :) Also, Ewoks are better.No, we're discussing action figures based on cheesy sci-fi flicks. ;) What forum do you think you're on? Look at your username and avatar! :p (And Wookiees are more dog-things than bear-things.)



also have a new question to add... feel free to re-word it as you see fit:

2010 has seen some Great Clone Wars figures... Darth Sidious, TX-20, Hondo, Aayla Secura etc however distrubution on these figures has been very poor in some areas. (have yet to even see signs of this wave in NJ or even NY). with the new packaging out on the shevles now we will see this wave repacked on the Blue Sky design or will this wave be similiar to the Expanded Universe wave at TRU where it's first come first served and never to see the light of day again.OH MY GOD, VOTES AND QUESTIONS! I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT THOSE LOOK LIKE! ;)

I'll have to reword the question because those are all '09 figures, and Hasbro gave some dopey answer that those figures were distributed in even numbers as the other '09 CW figs which IMO is a load of crap. But question added.


I would vote for this.
I think you can add that for any item, clone wars, Expanded Universe, Galactic Heroes..... Distrubution this year is as bad as I can ever remember.I'll count your vote for #17 then.

I'd like to keep the question focused on "missing" CW figures though, it centralizes the issue to a specific enough problem that they can't use a broad answer to address. EU, GH, those have their own unique problems in distribution, CW is treated differently (or it's supposed to be).



Another proposal:

The new Vintage C-3PO is an amazing figure, and we're glad to get one with this level of articulation. However, one detail seems a bit odd. Though the figure was released with a wave of Empire Strikes Back figures, he doesn't have removeable limbs. Instead, he has three removeable panels, which, though quite cool and nicely executed, seem like a rather unusual choice given that he's an ESB figure. Why did you choose to go with the panels instead of the removeable limbs?Please remind me about this in the next round. I would think this will come up at SDCC, but if it doesn't, then we'll ask. Also, part of me wants to shoehorn it into question 16, but another part fears it'd undermine the request. I could be convinced to integrate it into 16 though, so if you don't want to wait, LMK your thoughts and give integrating it a shot.



How about a question about why the new 3PO is so short and if it's a trend Hasbro plans to continue despite him being of fairly average height in the films.Anthony Daniels is not a tall fellow, he's listed as 5' 9", the same as Mark Hamill.


Well, I had just compared him to the Dak figure which is taller but Dak should be shorter (according to the guide to characters he's 1.62M). Since the Dak figure is just a kit bash it seems more likely that he's too tall than 3PO being too short.Well, that Luke figure body is sculpted a little bigger than scale IIRC.



And why did you make him with an enlarged codpiece?I have to admit, the crotch piece on that figure is a notable part of what hampers my interest in the figure, especially the way the hips were designed wrong with a flare out making him look dumpy.

El Chuxter
07-13-2010, 03:05 PM
Eh, I'm in no hurry, especially with Comic-Con being just a few weeks out. The cynical part of me thinks the answer is "since there were two different C-3PO's on ESB cards, and, this way, we can release them both!"

Mister Roboto
07-13-2010, 03:10 PM
And why did you make him with an enlarged codpiece?

I'd tell you, but this is a family site.

El Chuxter
07-13-2010, 03:23 PM
For that matter, I think a better question is to ask why Dengar has a removable codpiece. That didn't make sense, and the way it pops off if you rotate his torso is the only flaw on an otherwise perfect figure.

Really, I saw no reason for a Dengar update, and only got the new one for its meme value. And I was totally blown away by the little guy.

JediTricks
07-13-2010, 04:05 PM
For that matter, I think a better question is to ask why Dengar has a removable codpiece. That didn't make sense, and the way it pops off if you rotate his torso is the only flaw on an otherwise perfect figure.

Really, I saw no reason for a Dengar update, and only got the new one for its meme value. And I was totally blown away by the little guy.
There's something vaguely inappropriate in the way this starts and ends. :p

El Chuxter
07-13-2010, 06:55 PM
Woah.... Did not make that connection. :grin:

Gothiczartan
07-15-2010, 04:11 AM
I have a question about one of the background characters, the extras for star wars movies.

I was wondering if we will be this character from jabba's palace be made into a action figure.

Laudica is a woman with dark hair, red suit, white belt.


http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Laudica

JediTricks
07-15-2010, 04:23 PM
A note about this round, due to SDCC and CV coming within 3 weeks of each other right when this round was originally due, Hasbro is pushing the date back to August 20th. While not ideal, this is quite understandable.

This also means tho' that unless they absolutely deny me access, I will be asking a lot of questions at SDCC. :thumbsup:



Woah.... Did not make that connection. :grin:The second sentence too, I guess it's years of making sure the forums are kept clean... yeah, that's it. :p


I have a question about one of the background characters, the extras for star wars movies.

I was wondering if we will be this character from jabba's palace be made into a action figure.

Laudica is a woman with dark hair, red suit, white belt.


http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/LaudicaWhile no question has been asked of the creepy Laudica, I am going to pass on this question because it's very specific, and unless she's already planned which seems highly unlikely, the answer will be the same as all the other background guys we've asked about the past 4 years, it could be in the long term, they plan on doing them all, but no immediate plans.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-15-2010, 08:24 PM
As for #15, Jedi News (http://jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=3741) got what I think could be a similar answer:


2) It's great that we have the new Saga Legends, Clone Wars and Vintage figures available to buy NOW in the UK along with the new vehicles (inc. AT-AT, Snowspeeder and Cloud Car) but the street date for these was the week commencing 6th August. How and why has this happened? With previous ?shelf dates the retailers have, for the most part, stuck to the dates asked for and this creates an uneven playing field for those retailers that were playing by the book.

There was no shelf date at all for retailers outside of North America; this was changed earlier this year and all marking were taken off of our master cartons. The reason for this is that there was no entertainment event that set up the new line launch in other countries; in the U.S. and Canada it is part of the lead-up to the launch of Clone Wars Season 3 and all licensees were held to the August date to create an event-feel to the launch.
So I'm not sure if there's much left in our question.

JediTricks
07-16-2010, 02:33 AM
As for #15, Jedi News (http://jedinews.co.uk/news/news.aspx?newsID=3741) got what I think could be a similar answer:


So I'm not sure if there's much left in our question.
Good find. I wouldn't have gotten to that until Sunday.

We could change it to ask if these hard street dates are really necessary or are doing more harm than good for the brand. It's mostly all there now as is, easy change.

bigbarada
07-16-2010, 02:59 PM
New question ideas:

The new TVC See-Threepio figure is really great! You did an excellent job with the detail and articulation on the figure, but there seems to be a problem when he's compared up to other figures: his height (or lack thereof). Technically, (assuming that 3.75" is meant to represent 6 feet across the board), he is correctly scaled using Lucasfilm's official height of 1.67 meters; but that doesn't change the fact that he just feels small when compared up to just about every other figure in the line. Do you feel that the figure turned out too small? It's pretty clear that Lucasfilm's height for the character is wrong when compared to how tall Threepio appears in the films (also we know that Anthony Daniels is 5'7" and the Threepio costume would add some height to him). So would there be any possible way to correct this, or would it require starting again from scratch with a completely new mold (which would be a shame considering how good this figure is otherwise)?

You recently stated that you were very interested in updating all of the Jabba's Palace/Skiff Guard figures from the vintage Kenner line. This brings up a question in regards to the vintage action figure of Barada. There has been some confusion as to who this figure actually represents and most collectors believe that he is actually Kithaba, the Klatooinian on the first skiff. However, on closer inspection it become pretty clear that the figure is sculpted to match the Barada character (since Barada is the only one of the two that wears a backpack), but is just painted incorrectly using Kithaba's color scheme. So, where would the Hasbro design team stand on this? Do you guys consider the vintage Barada figure to actually be Kithaba? And if/when it comes time to update this figure, exactly which Skiff Guard would we be getting?

I could actually come up with a new Skiff Guards related question every round, which makes me wonder how I would go about getting my Skiff Guards site signed up for the Hasbro Q&A. Does it have to be a certain type of website to qualify for that?

Darth Metalmute
07-16-2010, 03:13 PM
Possible new question:

The first half of 2010 has been terrible for collectors and fans concerning finding figures and they have been reduced to shopping on ebay. The apparent trends have shown that the retail stores are not interested in keeping up with the stock demands of the figures. The most sought after figures sell out quickly on HasbroToyShop.com and never seem to get restocked as well. With concerns that retailers breaking the street date on the Star Wars line will result in the second half of 2010 mimicing the first half, has it been considered to keep more stock on the Hasbro website?

El Chuxter
07-16-2010, 03:15 PM
Another "not sure" question:

"Regarding labels (and this seems to be an across-the-board issue with all Hasbro's boys' lines, not just Star Wars), we've noticed a trend over the years: if a label could be applied very easily by the consumer, it's usually already put on by the factory, often very crooked; but, if the label fits inside a sealed cockpit, requires tools like a magnifying glass or tweezers, or is just cut too large to fit in the designated location, it's almost always left to the consumer to struggle with it. While we don't mean to sound ungrateful for the extra work required to place labels on (mostly) vehicles prior to their packaging, would it be possible to simply have all labels, even the easy ones, on separate label sheets so the end user can decide whether or not to include them?"

Admittedly, SW does seem a lot better about this lately, and the problem is mostly from GIJoe at the moment (with some vehicles actually missing stickers or including ones on the sheets that have no place on the vehicle), the SW team usually provides better answers.

Cane_Adiss
07-17-2010, 11:01 AM
I like Big Barada's question about Kithaba!

DarkJedi5
07-18-2010, 02:26 PM
Here's a question (though it may be better asked at one of the summer conventions in person):

I would like to know why the upcoming Sandtrooper lacks any weathering. I know originally it came with the Dewback which was a ton of new tooling and even the trooper itself probably ate up a bit of the budget with it's ball-jointed hips so I forgave the trooper's cleanliness at the time. But now that the figure is being rereleased why no weathering? It cost zero tooling dollars to put him on a card so why not dirty him up a bit? I know we get the answer about costing out as a wave but frankly this wave doesn't seem to have cost much. Only two figures are all-new and the others all have been tweaked just a bit (new joints, heads, capes, belts that are right-side-up) so where'd the budget for this wave go that a little extra paint couldn't be spared?

bkusna
07-18-2010, 02:29 PM
I agree.....any trooper builder enjoys weathering....looks better in dioramas...nothing worst than a bunch of "shinys" to ruin a display:(

El Chuxter
07-18-2010, 02:32 PM
If it's okay with DarkJedi5, we could modify the question and ask why there seems to be no weathering on anything lately.

Especially with GIJoe finally introducing weathering. Does Hasbro have a fixed budget for weathering across the lines?

El Chuxter
07-23-2010, 01:55 PM
Two more minor questions come to mind:

"Why did you pick a street date of August 6 for the new Star Wars products? What made you choose to not allow sales starting with Comic-Con weekend?"

And....

"Many of the comic packs simply have less widespread appeal than movie figures, like it or not. With this in mind, why did you choose as the extremely limited Celebration V exclusive the Camie & Fixer set, the only one with actual ties to the movies?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-23-2010, 05:22 PM
I thought about this while looking at the new Rebel Commando figure:

*Why, exactly, do so many Rebel trooper figures have goatees? The mustache-and-beard look can be seen on several Hoth and Endor Rebel figures, including the Rebel Commando from The Vintage Collection. The Mark Boudreaux-inspired Endor Rebel Trooper from 2002 makes sense, but why is this look chosen for so many others? So far, we've seen it on four Hoth figures and two Endor figures. Granted, there are a few babyfaced troops in the line, but why don't we have any with just a mustache or a full beard? (The Hoth Rebel who shouts "Come on!" sports a thick fu manchu and would actually make for a proper update to the vintage version.) Or were these soldiers simply unable to grow any facial hair on their cheeks?

El Chuxter
07-23-2010, 05:49 PM
Maybe we could retool that one and ask about the blonde Endor Trooper, too, who's not been made in the 3.75" scale.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-23-2010, 08:11 PM
Maybe we could retool that one and ask about the blonde Endor Trooper, too, who's not been made in the 3.75" scale.
Which one? There was a blonde, clean-shaven guy made as an alternate head sculpt to the Mark Boudreaux goatee version in 2002.

El Chuxter
07-23-2010, 08:28 PM
Nik Sant, but in Endor Trooper fatigues, like the one Sideshow made.

bigbarada
07-24-2010, 09:27 AM
Nik Sant, but in Endor Trooper fatigues, like the one Sideshow made.

They made a pea-headed version of Nik Sant in a Biker Scout disguise, but I would love to have a figure of that guy in his Endor uniform. He was one of the more recognizable and distinctive looking Endor troopers.

Cane_Adiss
07-25-2010, 09:37 AM
New question:

Over the years, pretty much all the core heroes and villains (and even some secondry Jedi) have gotten their own vehicles of some type to zoom around in and do battle. A big exception is Asajj Ventress, who in the Micro-Series had the super cool and distinctive Fan-blade starfighter. Even though Lucasfilm has poo-pooed the idea of any more micro-series focused figures, the Fan-blade isn't a figure and would work with the current Clone Wars line. And if your worried that Asajj alone wouldn't sell the vehicle, Anakin also piloted it (briefly). So what do you say, a possibility or will this never happen?

El Chuxter
07-27-2010, 02:49 PM
And another one came to me this morning, based on little details that have always bugged me.

"Currently, Hasbro makes three of its four most popular boys' lines in a similar scale: Star Wars, GIJoe, and Marvel Superheroes. However, the three lines are markedly different. GIJoe figures are based on a slightly larger scale and, therefore, as a whole, are taller than Star Wars figures; Marvel Superheroes are even taller than GIJoes. (This makes any hypothetical "Wolverine vs Darth Vader" displays look downright silly.) Common sense would indicate that the Marvel figures, being larger, would be more detailed, but most Joe and Star Wars figures far surpass the Marvel line in terms of detail. Construction is another major difference; Star Wars figures have neck ball joints that vary widely in size and are built to hide most of their joints, while Joes use a more consistent (line-wide) construction that allows for easier customization and more movement but also shows joints and screws more clearly, and Marvel seem to be based on a scaled-down version of the Marvel Legends style of articulation that often isn't especially efficient in their smaller size.

We're not asking anyone to reinvent the wheel, but can you shed some light on why the major differences in sculpt style, construction, and scale came about?"

Ando
07-27-2010, 05:59 PM
As prompted by JT in the SDCC Coverage Thread, please add a question regarding the future of the Force FX saber line, specifically the possibility of an Ahsoka saber.

You also asked me to remind you to pose it hypothetically and make mention of how well Ahsoka is selling to girls.

Thank you!

El Chuxter
07-27-2010, 07:00 PM
Sorry to be piling on hypothetical questions, especially after Comic-Con. Not sure at all about the phrasing of this one.

"Convention exclusives have evolved over the years, going from cool mementos of one's visit to a particular convention that wouldn't necessarily be missed in the collections of people who were unable to attend (like Jorg Sacul or the various silver, shadow, and hologram figures) to items that, if someone isn't at a convention or if a particular item sells out, leave gaping holes in many collectors' collections. Figures like the 2010 Camie/Fixer and Cyborg Maul/Owen comic packs, last year's Vader and holographic Emperor, or, in other Hasbro lines, Sergeant Slaughter or the only unmasked movie Destro produced, come immediately to mind. They're difficult for non-attendees to find, and often very expensive to get on the secondary market. Would you consider some alternative for people who, for whatever reason, cannot attend a particular convention, such as perhaps producing more of the figures without the convention stickers for sale on hasbrotoyshop.com or another site?"

sonofsokol
07-29-2010, 12:15 PM
New question about galactic heroes... This is my first attempt at writting one of these questions, so any editing is appreciated. The question has two purposes:
1) to thank them for the amazing galactic heroes AT-AT
2) to request some more galactic heroes Hoth troopers.

The new Galactic Heroes is a superb toy. It is very satisfying to have this amazing beast in our collections after all the anticipation that many fans have felt since images first surfaced in January 2009 at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair. Thank you for making such an outstanding toy. This toy has reignited my son's love for the Galactic Heroes line. Now a request, with all that room for troopers in the body of the AT-AT, what are the chances that we could get a re-release of the Snow Trooper in a 2-pack, perhaps paired with a repainted Endor Scout Trooper to the Hoth colors? Or maybe a repainted Hoth Scout Trooper with the Hoth-colored Speeder Bike pack, similar to the Endor Luke with Speeder Bike pack that is in the newest wave? I am itching to army build My son and I would love to have a big Imperial "Hoth" Army to go along with our AT-AT(s).

If added I would like to vote for it. Thanks!

El Chuxter
08-02-2010, 12:57 PM
Here's another suggestion, which might sound bizarre:

"Have you considered possibly making cardboard inserts that look like pilots to place in the cockpits of various vehicles with closed cockpits? Some of the pilot figures are just too cool to have inside vehicles where they are partially or totally obscured. And some of them aren't always easy to find. An insert of some sort would prevent the vehicles from appearing 'driverless' and still allow the pilots to be displayed separately for those folks who can't get multiples for whatever reason."

Gothiczartan
08-05-2010, 07:02 AM
I have a question about the new and fully articulated Luke Jedi for the vintage collection. will we see this new luke jedi sculpt again this time around comes with a removable jedi tunic (soft plastic or cloth), soft goods jedi robe, blaster, alternated hands (gloved hand and hand), lightsaber?

JediTricks
08-05-2010, 02:03 PM
Several questions are being cut thanks to getting answers at Comic-Con, so if you have voted for any of the below, consider yourself refunded 1 vote per question.

Question 1 cut - Steve got the answer for this in the booth, Hasbro feels they're too expensive and they're a safety liability since they're so small.

Questions 2, 8, 9, 11, 15, and 17 cut - got these answered in the Hasbro SDCC interview.

Darth Metalmute
08-05-2010, 02:47 PM
It might be easier to just start the count over.

JediTricks
08-05-2010, 03:36 PM
Now, onto new business...

Questions 18 - 24 added.


New question ideas:

The new TVC See-Threepio figure is really great! You did an excellent job with the detail and articulation on the figure, but there seems to be a problem when he's compared up to other figures: his height (or lack thereof). Technically, (assuming that 3.75" is meant to represent 6 feet across the board), he is correctly scaled using Lucasfilm's official height of 1.67 meters; but that doesn't change the fact that he just feels small when compared up to just about every other figure in the line. Do you feel that the figure turned out too small? It's pretty clear that Lucasfilm's height for the character is wrong when compared to how tall Threepio appears in the films (also we know that Anthony Daniels is 5'7" and the Threepio costume would add some height to him). So would there be any possible way to correct this, or would it require starting again from scratch with a completely new mold (which would be a shame considering how good this figure is otherwise)?I reworked this a little and added it.


You recently stated that you were very interested in updating all of the Jabba's Palace/Skiff Guard figures from the vintage Kenner line. This brings up a question in regards to the vintage action figure of Barada. There has been some confusion as to who this figure actually represents and most collectors believe that he is actually Kithaba, the Klatooinian on the first skiff. However, on closer inspection it become pretty clear that the figure is sculpted to match the Barada character (since Barada is the only one of the two that wears a backpack), but is just painted incorrectly using Kithaba's color scheme. So, where would the Hasbro design team stand on this? Do you guys consider the vintage Barada figure to actually be Kithaba? And if/when it comes time to update this figure, exactly which Skiff Guard would we be getting?I will add this without changes.


I could actually come up with a new Skiff Guards related question every round, which makes me wonder how I would go about getting my Skiff Guards site signed up for the Hasbro Q&A. Does it have to be a certain type of website to qualify for that? I think they have stopped accepting new sites right now, but the key is to have some level of readership and it helps to have fan interaction like forums.



Possible new question:

The first half of 2010 has been terrible for collectors and fans concerning finding figures and they have been reduced to shopping on ebay. The apparent trends have shown that the retail stores are not interested in keeping up with the stock demands of the figures. The most sought after figures sell out quickly on HasbroToyShop.com and never seem to get restocked as well. With concerns that retailers breaking the street date on the Star Wars line will result in the second half of 2010 mimicing the first half, has it been considered to keep more stock on the Hasbro website?I've gotten this addressed in the SDCC interview in our news.



Another "not sure" question:

"Regarding labels (and this seems to be an across-the-board issue with all Hasbro's boys' lines, not just Star Wars), we've noticed a trend over the years: if a label could be applied very easily by the consumer, it's usually already put on by the factory, often very crooked; but, if the label fits inside a sealed cockpit, requires tools like a magnifying glass or tweezers, or is just cut too large to fit in the designated location, it's almost always left to the consumer to struggle with it. While we don't mean to sound ungrateful for the extra work required to place labels on (mostly) vehicles prior to their packaging, would it be possible to simply have all labels, even the easy ones, on separate label sheets so the end user can decide whether or not to include them?"

Admittedly, SW does seem a lot better about this lately, and the problem is mostly from GIJoe at the moment (with some vehicles actually missing stickers or including ones on the sheets that have no place on the vehicle), the SW team usually provides better answers.It doesn't apply to our brand well enough for me to add it, but also, most casual consumers don't want to put labels on at all, so your idea would be a step backwards for Star Wars.



Here's a question (though it may be better asked at one of the summer conventions in person):

I would like to know why the upcoming Sandtrooper lacks any weathering. I know originally it came with the Dewback which was a ton of new tooling and even the trooper itself probably ate up a bit of the budget with it's ball-jointed hips so I forgave the trooper's cleanliness at the time. But now that the figure is being rereleased why no weathering? It cost zero tooling dollars to put him on a card so why not dirty him up a bit? I know we get the answer about costing out as a wave but frankly this wave doesn't seem to have cost much. Only two figures are all-new and the others all have been tweaked just a bit (new joints, heads, capes, belts that are right-side-up) so where'd the budget for this wave go that a little extra paint couldn't be spared?Ugh, I really wish I had read this before I went to Comic-Con, I definitely would have asked this. I'll rework and add it.


If it's okay with DarkJedi5, we could modify the question and ask why there seems to be no weathering on anything lately.

Especially with GIJoe finally introducing weathering. Does Hasbro have a fixed budget for weathering across the lines?
Please cite specific recent examples of figures (vehicles it's been answered in the interview) and I will consider it, though that Sandtrooper question is very strong as it stands now.



Two more minor questions come to mind:

"Why did you pick a street date of August 6 for the new Star Wars products? What made you choose to not allow sales starting with Comic-Con weekend?"Answered in the interview.


And....

"Many of the comic packs simply have less widespread appeal than movie figures, like it or not. With this in mind, why did you choose as the extremely limited Celebration V exclusive the Camie & Fixer set, the only one with actual ties to the movies?"Answered in the walkthrough interview.



I thought about this while looking at the new Rebel Commando figure:

*Why, exactly, do so many Rebel trooper figures have goatees? The mustache-and-beard look can be seen on several Hoth and Endor Rebel figures, including the Rebel Commando from The Vintage Collection. The Mark Boudreaux-inspired Endor Rebel Trooper from 2002 makes sense, but why is this look chosen for so many others? So far, we've seen it on four Hoth figures and two Endor figures. Granted, there are a few babyfaced troops in the line, but why don't we have any with just a mustache or a full beard? (The Hoth Rebel who shouts "Come on!" sports a thick fu manchu and would actually make for a proper update to the vintage version.) Or were these soldiers simply unable to grow any facial hair on their cheeks?Alright, I'll add this. I remember hearing someone, I think Steve, talking with them about this, but I don't remember a solid answer.


Maybe we could retool that one and ask about the blonde Endor Trooper, too, who's not been made in the 3.75" scale.There's actually a number of blonds in my research in both Hoth and Endor, so I guess I can add that, but it feels a little undermining of the existing question. And I see in later responses you mean Nik Sant, who I definitely remember hearing discussed in the booth in the aforementioned conversation as something they want to do.



New question:

Over the years, pretty much all the core heroes and villains (and even some secondry Jedi) have gotten their own vehicles of some type to zoom around in and do battle. A big exception is Asajj Ventress, who in the Micro-Series had the super cool and distinctive Fan-blade starfighter. Even though Lucasfilm has poo-pooed the idea of any more micro-series focused figures, the Fan-blade isn't a figure and would work with the current Clone Wars line. And if your worried that Asajj alone wouldn't sell the vehicle, Anakin also piloted it (briefly). So what do you say, a possibility or will this never happen?I'll add this.



And another one came to me this morning, based on little details that have always bugged me.

"Currently, Hasbro makes three of its four most popular boys' lines in a similar scale: Star Wars, GIJoe, and Marvel Superheroes. However, the three lines are markedly different. GIJoe figures are based on a slightly larger scale and, therefore, as a whole, are taller than Star Wars figures; Marvel Superheroes are even taller than GIJoes. (This makes any hypothetical "Wolverine vs Darth Vader" displays look downright silly.) Common sense would indicate that the Marvel figures, being larger, would be more detailed, but most Joe and Star Wars figures far surpass the Marvel line in terms of detail. Construction is another major difference; Star Wars figures have neck ball joints that vary widely in size and are built to hide most of their joints, while Joes use a more consistent (line-wide) construction that allows for easier customization and more movement but also shows joints and screws more clearly, and Marvel seem to be based on a scaled-down version of the Marvel Legends style of articulation that often isn't especially efficient in their smaller size.

We're not asking anyone to reinvent the wheel, but can you shed some light on why the major differences in sculpt style, construction, and scale came about?"This has been addressed before to a degree:
Oct 23, 2009
ImperialShipyards.net: Is there a reason designers of the SW figures don't follow the example of the Joe designers and use a standard-sized neck-ball? Also, with SW arms being *almost* the same as Joe arms, why not make that little design change and give us more compatibility? Having Joe and SW figures closer in compatibility would let us customizers have a much wider field to play in. Are there manufacturing drawbacks to this approach that we don't know about?
Hasbro: The simple answer is that while GI Joe uses a standard articulation "buck", Star Wars is different for every single figure. As such, the sculptors create the figure with the aesthetics they need to achieve the best results. We are trying to better control the ball-size for future compatibility,. It is something we have heard time and time again from the customizing community.
As for Marvel Universe following Marvel Legends, I am not seeing that so well, since the elbows, torsos, and especially hips are widely different. Also, keep in mind that the Marvel 4" lines are different from the other Marvel 4" lines at Hasbro, so it's basically about team management responding to their specific markets.



As prompted by JT in the SDCC Coverage Thread, please add a question regarding the future of the Force FX saber line, specifically the possibility of an Ahsoka saber.

You also asked me to remind you to pose it hypothetically and make mention of how well Ahsoka is selling to girls.

Thank you!Thanks, I've thrown something together, LMK what you think.



Sorry to be piling on hypothetical questions, especially after Comic-Con. Not sure at all about the phrasing of this one.

"Convention exclusives have evolved over the years, going from cool mementos of one's visit to a particular convention that wouldn't necessarily be missed in the collections of people who were unable to attend (like Jorg Sacul or the various silver, shadow, and hologram figures) to items that, if someone isn't at a convention or if a particular item sells out, leave gaping holes in many collectors' collections. Figures like the 2010 Camie/Fixer and Cyborg Maul/Owen comic packs, last year's Vader and holographic Emperor, or, in other Hasbro lines, Sergeant Slaughter or the only unmasked movie Destro produced, come immediately to mind. They're difficult for non-attendees to find, and often very expensive to get on the secondary market. Would you consider some alternative for people who, for whatever reason, cannot attend a particular convention, such as perhaps producing more of the figures without the convention stickers for sale on hasbrotoyshop.com or another site?"I addressed this in my Comic-Con thread, how if it has a sticker, it can't be sold again through another venue without one. They generally put product up on HasbroToyShop, that's the very alternate venue you're talking about. But they don't want to get stuck with a bunch of Camie & Fixer packs, so it's a balance.



New question about galactic heroes... This is my first attempt at writting one of these questions, so any editing is appreciated. The question has two purposes:
1) to thank them for the amazing galactic heroes AT-AT
2) to request some more galactic heroes Hoth troopers.

The new Galactic Heroes is a superb toy. It is very satisfying to have this amazing beast in our collections after all the anticipation that many fans have felt since images first surfaced in January 2009 at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair. Thank you for making such an outstanding toy. This toy has reignited my son's love for the Galactic Heroes line. Now a request, with all that room for troopers in the body of the AT-AT, what are the chances that we could get a re-release of the Snow Trooper in a 2-pack, perhaps paired with a repainted Endor Scout Trooper to the Hoth colors? Or maybe a repainted Hoth Scout Trooper with the Hoth-colored Speeder Bike pack, similar to the Endor Luke with Speeder Bike pack that is in the newest wave? I am itching to army build My son and I would love to have a big Imperial "Hoth" Army to go along with our AT-AT(s).

If added I would like to vote for it. Thanks!I generally don't do "thanks" questions, I can give praise to them but it seems not organic to the process to thank them in a question, it slows it down. The rest I'll add though, and I'll count your vote.



Here's another suggestion, which might sound bizarre:

"Have you considered possibly making cardboard inserts that look like pilots to place in the cockpits of various vehicles with closed cockpits? Some of the pilot figures are just too cool to have inside vehicles where they are partially or totally obscured. And some of them aren't always easy to find. An insert of some sort would prevent the vehicles from appearing 'driverless' and still allow the pilots to be displayed separately for those folks who can't get multiples for whatever reason."They did this on a set a few years ago, collectors complained, I don't want to bring up that sore spot again.



I have a question about the new and fully articulated Luke Jedi for the vintage collection. will we see this new luke jedi sculpt again this time around comes with a removable jedi tunic (soft plastic or cloth), soft goods jedi robe, blaster, alternated hands (gloved hand and hand), lightsaber?It's not exactly fully-articulated, it has standard waist articulation instead of newer ball-jointed mid-torso articulation. Also, they did a Luke Jabba's Palace only 3 years ago. I'm not going to add this now, but I will consider it for the next round after we've seen what Hasbro has at Celebration V, so come back then and ask it again.



It might be easier to just start the count over.That would scrub more votes from surviving questions, it would not be fair to those voters who aren't affected.


I'm a tad annoyed that in the course of 3 weeks there hasn't been 1 single vote for an existing question.

El Chuxter
08-05-2010, 03:41 PM
They did this on a set a few years ago, collectors complained, I don't want to bring up that sore spot again.

When was this? I'm not doubting you; I just don't remember.


I'm a tad annoyed that in the course of 3 weeks there hasn't been 1 single vote for an existing question.

Can't speak for everyone, but I want to wait until closer to the deadline to see what had been added. :)

Didn't realize how many of my immediate post-Con questions turned out to be answered in the interview.

El Chuxter
08-05-2010, 03:42 PM
BTW, did the question about why they opted for a non-"breakable" ESB C-3PO with removeable panels that don't actually appear in the movie come up?

JediTricks
08-05-2010, 04:01 PM
When was this? I'm not doubting you; I just don't remember. http://www.rebelscum.com/sw04xwingredleader.asp And that thing even CAME with the pilot, but people still complained.


Didn't realize how many of my immediate post-Con questions turned out to be answered in the interview.Well, I am that badass.


BTW, did the question about why they opted for a non-"breakable" ESB C-3PO with removeable panels that don't actually appear in the movie come up?No, question 16 is still in the running. I just didn't think to ask it, I got thrown by Parrish not being there.

DarkJedi5
08-05-2010, 04:03 PM
I believe JT has already counted one of my votes for #20 the Sandtrooper Q so my other three votes are for:

4 - 2-1B
7 - wrists
12 - Alien species

Ando
08-05-2010, 04:04 PM
Thanks, I've thrown something together, LMK what you think.

I'm a tad annoyed that in the course of 3 weeks there hasn't been 1 single vote for an existing question.

Thanks! You wrote a good question and hopefully it will get a good answer.

Please swap it for my vote for #1 (magnetic feet... bummer of an answer...).

I voted early on (PAGE 2) this session, all for existing questions.

El Chuxter
08-05-2010, 04:17 PM
Ah, one of the first vehicles I not only passed on, but didn't even pay attention to. That explains why I didn't know about it.

I can see why folks complained about it, as they sort of did a craptacular job of it. Then again, how hard is it to take it out and throw it away if you don't like it?

bigbarada
08-05-2010, 04:50 PM
13, 14, 15 for now

Can you drop my vote for 14 and add in votes for 18, 19 and 20? Thanks. :)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-05-2010, 04:52 PM
Since #15 got cut, change my vote to #21.

vger
08-05-2010, 05:34 PM
9, 10 for nowAdding 16 to my votes.

Since 9 is out, my votes are now:

10, 16, 18, 21.

18 and 21 are the new votes.

XmasDVD
08-05-2010, 06:24 PM
Question Suggestion - Back in the 'heyday' of Star Wars collecting (the 1980's for me) Kenner used to include little booklet/catalogs in their toys to advertise their toys and upcoming figures. "Collect all 77!" and such. Any chance to either making these for the new collections and/or re-releasing the originals as collector items?

I found pictures of it here (http://yesterville.blogspot.com/2010/04/kenner-star-wars-empire-strikes-back.html)

bigbarada
08-05-2010, 07:47 PM
Question Suggestion - Back in the 'heyday' of Star Wars collecting (the 1980's for me) Kenner used to include little booklet/catalogs in their toys to advertise their toys and upcoming figures. "Collect all 77!" and such. Any chance to either making these for the new collections and/or re-releasing the originals as collector items?

I found pictures of it here (http://yesterville.blogspot.com/2010/04/kenner-star-wars-empire-strikes-back.html)

Modern equivalents of those catalogs are still included in most of the big vehicles. I just never understood why they only show 5 or 6 action figures and not the entire line anymore. Did they decide that showing 40-50 action figures on the back of a card would "overwhelm" customers and seem too intimidating for new collectors just getting started?

I would construct that as a question, but I have a feeling that Hasbro has already addressed it.

bigbarada
08-05-2010, 08:05 PM
I reworked this a little and added it.

Thanks, I thought I might be laying the praise on a bit thick. :D


I will add this without changes.

Thank you again. I think I'm mostly worried that Hasbro would repeat the same mistake, especially now that I've read about how easily they got Giran and Wooof mixed up, and we'd get a Kithaba figure on a vintage Barada card with Barada's photo. I haven't been too vocal about correcting the misperception of Kithaba being the "vintage Barada" because I really want a figure of Kithaba; but an SA update of Barada is a very close #2 on my most wanted action figures list (#3-6 were the Gamorrean Guard, Ackbar, Wooof and Wicket, so you can understand why I'm so excited about the ROTJ wave). So, I want figures of both of them and, unless this confusion is corrected, I'm worried that Hasbro will produce one in such a way that it will eliminate the possibility of ever seeing the other one.


I think they have stopped accepting new sites right now, but the key is to have some level of readership and it helps to have fan interaction like forums.

I'm seriously considering adding a forum to my site just to get more fan interaction and provide a way for people to post their own photos and behind the scenes info, without having to wait for me to find the time to update the site. But I don't want to appear that I'm trying to compete with any of the existing sites, I just think that a community of fans asking for Skiff Guards carries a lot more weight than one lone fan with too much time on his hands.

Droid
08-05-2010, 10:28 PM
13 and 19, Lumat and Kithaba.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-05-2010, 11:15 PM
Modern equivalents of those catalogs are still included in most of the big vehicles. I just never understood why they only show 5 or 6 action figures and not the entire line anymore. Did they decide that showing 40-50 action figures on the back of a card would "overwhelm" customers and seem too intimidating for new collectors just getting started?

I would construct that as a question, but I have a feeling that Hasbro has already addressed it.
I think it has to do with only wanting to show confirmed, actual products that are coming out. As we've seen, so many figures can delayed or dropped (beardless Hoth rebel, second Scanning Crew Tech, second Utai, Cad Bane in Clone Disguise, etc.) so it's probably better for them to just show what they definitely have. They do, however, usually put big ol' checklists on the backs of those booklets; the newest one has several waves of Clone Wars figures listed, including a few I'm sure Lucasfilm would have preferred they wait to reveal. :D

bigbarada
08-05-2010, 11:33 PM
I think it has to do with only wanting to show confirmed, actual products that are coming out. As we've seen, so many figures can delayed or dropped (beardless Hoth rebel, second Scanning Crew Tech, second Utai, Cad Bane in Clone Disguise, etc.) so it's probably better for them to just show what they definitely have. They do, however, usually put big ol' checklists on the backs of those booklets; the newest one has several waves of Clone Wars figures listed, including a few I'm sure Lucasfilm would have preferred they wait to reveal. :D

But they didn't even include entire waves on the back of the Legacy cards. They could have at least put in the existing wave, in it's entirety, along with the last 3-4 waves of figures that came previously. I don't like only seeing 3-4 figures on the back of the card, it makes the line seems very small and narrowly focused. When you looked at the back of the vintage cards and saw those 77 or 92 action figures, it felt epic and grand. Which is what Star Wars is supposed to be.

A text checklist just isn't the same.

El Chuxter
08-05-2010, 11:45 PM
They could at the very least have something that says, "For other great Star Wars toys, check starwars.hasbro.com/niftyawesomelist." And have a decent checklist there for a change.

Speaking of which, reckon we could ask if there's a way the core vehicles (TIE, X-Wing, Falcon, maybe Speeder Bikes) might be kept in constant production for sale on the website?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-06-2010, 12:17 AM
But they didn't even include entire waves on the back of the Legacy cards. They could have at least put in the existing wave, in it's entirety, along with the last 3-4 waves of figures that came previously. I don't like only seeing 3-4 figures on the back of the card, it makes the line seems very small and narrowly focused. When you looked at the back of the vintage cards and saw those 77 or 92 action figures, it felt epic and grand. Which is what Star Wars is supposed to be.

A text checklist just isn't the same.
The blue Legacy figures had the entire wave on there, but the red ones didn't. It's a trade-off - I love the character image and bio on the back, but I do also love the images of other figures. The blue Legacy ones didn't have an image of the character on the back, due to the other figures and build-a-droid information and window. I wish the Vintage figures would have individual character bios on the back, though.

Also, the market is just so different now, so putting 70+ figures on a cardback is not going to fly from a marketing standpoint as there are never that many figures out at the same time anymore. Remember that the vintage figures were re-released on the new cardbacks for the new films all the time and constantly available (or pretty close to it, as far as I know), and now, the only comparable thing we have is the handful of core characters in Saga Legends and sporadic re-releases in the main line. They've made posters to commemorate the entire line the last several years, but that's more to commemorate it for collectors than sell it to kids.

So I understand your view from a nostalgic point, but it's not going to happen nowadays.

bigbarada
08-06-2010, 11:17 AM
The blue Legacy figures had the entire wave on there, but the red ones didn't. It's a trade-off - I love the character image and bio on the back, but I do also love the images of other figures. The blue Legacy ones didn't have an image of the character on the back, due to the other figures and build-a-droid information and window. I wish the Vintage figures would have individual character bios on the back, though.

Also, the market is just so different now, so putting 70+ figures on a cardback is not going to fly from a marketing standpoint as there are never that many figures out at the same time anymore. Remember that the vintage figures were re-released on the new cardbacks for the new films all the time and constantly available (or pretty close to it, as far as I know), and now, the only comparable thing we have is the handful of core characters in Saga Legends and sporadic re-releases in the main line. They've made posters to commemorate the entire line the last several years, but that's more to commemorate it for collectors than sell it to kids.

So I understand your view from a nostalgic point, but it's not going to happen nowadays.

Well, the cardbacks didn't always show every single figure currently available. Of the 92 figures on the POTF cards, only about 30 or so (including 13 of the 14 new POTF figures) were available at any one time in the US. Of course, Kenner had plans to rerelease them all, but the line was cancelled too soon.

I'm not asking for all 1000+ modern action figures to be pictured on the back of the cards (I'm assuming we've crossed the 1000 mark by now). However, I think that wave 5 of Legacy (for example) should at least show waves 1-5 of Legacy on the backs of the cards. Wave 6 should show 1-6 and so on until the line resets.

Personally, I find the character bios pretty pointless. Although they would be preferable the "historical tributes" on the back of the vintage cards. They were fine back in 2004 when it seemed that Vintage was just going to be a one-time thing, but now they really need to do something else with all of that cardboard real estate.

RENDAR LIVES
08-06-2010, 10:14 PM
I have a problem with question 16. Why not just ask for a full on redo of 3P0 with removable limbs and a cargo net? If we wanna go that route then why just ask for one removable limb? Also I liked the light-up eyes on the 3P0 pack in with Chewy. Maybe they could include that feature again on a full figure or at least light-piping. If we ammend 16 then please put in my vote for it.

I also vote for 23.

El Chuxter
08-07-2010, 02:20 PM
We're not supposed to ask about particular characters, right?

Reason I ask is there's somehow a question to be made about the fact that Heater and Mosep Bineed both served as Jabba's stand-ins at various times, and neither has been made. I'm just not coming up with any wording that's not just, "When you gonna make Heater, huh, huh, huh?"

El Chuxter
08-08-2010, 12:32 AM
I feel like a questioning fool here. (Don't respond in the way that I left myself open for. :D)

"Many figures in the various Hasbro boys lines use a very soft plastic for a lot of their parts. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to the smaller pieces in more intricate joints sticking together, especially if a joint is painted, and breaking or tearing when the figure is first posed, as there's no foolproof way to determine if a particular joint is 'stuck.' It's obviously impossible to determine when the figure is still in the package, and it's frustrating when a hard-to-find figure breaks right out of the package. Are you guys aware of this issue, and have you looked into how to possibly prevent it from happening? (This is coming from someone who is very sad that he finally tracked down a Jabba the Hutt, and Oola's leg immediately broke off.)"

JediTricks
08-08-2010, 02:58 PM
Question 25 added.

Question 16 modified.


I believe JT has already counted one of my votes for #20 the Sandtrooper Q so my other three votes are for:

4 - 2-1B
7 - wrists
12 - Alien speciesIt doesn't work that way anymore since Hasbro lowered the number of questions from 3 to 2, you have to actively voice your vote for a question even if you add it. Luckily, in that post, you have.



Thanks! You wrote a good question and hopefully it will get a good answer.

Please swap it for my vote for #1 (magnetic feet... bummer of an answer...).

I voted early on (PAGE 2) this session, all for existing questions. Sure thing. You have another refunded vote from #15 as well.



Ah, one of the first vehicles I not only passed on, but didn't even pay attention to. That explains why I didn't know about it.

I can see why folks complained about it, as they sort of did a craptacular job of it. Then again, how hard is it to take it out and throw it away if you don't like it?Some fans like to feel insulted, I guess.



Question Suggestion - Back in the 'heyday' of Star Wars collecting (the 1980's for me) Kenner used to include little booklet/catalogs in their toys to advertise their toys and upcoming figures. "Collect all 77!" and such. Any chance to either making these for the new collections and/or re-releasing the originals as collector items?

I found pictures of it here (http://yesterville.blogspot.com/2010/04/kenner-star-wars-empire-strikes-back.html)As some of the others have mentioned, they are doing both mini-catalogs with the figures and larger catalogs with the boxed toys. The reason they don't show more of what's coming out though is addressed in my Hasbro Comic-Con interview: http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=61&p2_articleid=2988
bottom line is that they don't want to take away some of the feeling of newness by releasing too much info too soon, it deflates market interest.

What else would you like to know on this one? Can you craft another version of the question that bulletproofs against the existing answers?



Modern equivalents of those catalogs are still included in most of the big vehicles. I just never understood why they only show 5 or 6 action figures and not the entire line anymore. Did they decide that showing 40-50 action figures on the back of a card would "overwhelm" customers and seem too intimidating for new collectors just getting started?

I would construct that as a question, but I have a feeling that Hasbro has already addressed it.Actually, they haven't, that I know of. I think it just wouldn't leave space for it, but if you feel it's worth asking, throw something together, I'll consider it. Plus, back in the Kenner days, the figures were in rotation longer and there were less figures. In the course of 2 years, our modern line can outpace all of the Kenner line.



Speaking of which, reckon we could ask if there's a way the core vehicles (TIE, X-Wing, Falcon, maybe Speeder Bikes) might be kept in constant production for sale on the website?I'm almost sure this was asked (minus the website part, HTS is not that kind of outlet for them, they treat it no different than a regular retail outlet) but I can't think of a way to search the massive list that will find me the result. I don't foresee this working out, they respond to existing market demands, and don't want to lose money on existing stock (after a year they have to pay shelf taxes) and they won't be eager to carry that stuff if it's not in the newest packaging style. Thoughts?



I have a problem with question 16. Why not just ask for a full on redo of 3P0 with removable limbs and a cargo net? If we wanna go that route then why just ask for one removable limb? Also I liked the light-up eyes on the 3P0 pack in with Chewy. Maybe they could include that feature again on a full figure or at least light-piping. If we ammend 16 then please put in my vote for it.That is what question 16 is asking about, I'll go back and see if I can punch up the wording a little.



We're not supposed to ask about particular characters, right?

Reason I ask is there's somehow a question to be made about the fact that Heater and Mosep Bineed both served as Jabba's stand-ins at various times, and neither has been made. I'm just not coming up with any wording that's not just, "When you gonna make Heater, huh, huh, huh?"We're not forbidden from it, I just try to avoid it. That said, we've already asked about Heater back on Dec 8, 2006:

Q: Any chance of getting a figure of "Heater", the character name given to the human actor stand-in for Jabba in for A New Hope played by Declan Mullholland?
A: Very low probability of us ever doing him. He was always meant to be a stand-in and be replaced, so he would be behind a long list of on-screen figures that we would do before him.
And a year ago, RS asked about Mosep:

Rebelscum.com: Would you ever create a figure based on the original stand-in Jabba the Hutt from ANH deleted scenes? I'm talking about the fat guy in the furry vest! Since we have gotten some figures based on deleted ROTJ scenes, this version of Jabba would be a nice addition.
Hasbro: This figure, Mosep, does show up in the Marvel run of Star Wars comics. While he's not high on our list, it's an interesting possibility and we could get to him some day.
UPDATE: Hasbro: Our mistake - you are referring to the character known as "Heavy" played by Declan Mulholland. Sorry about that - the history of Jabba from concept to screen has been an interesting one with the human always being meant as a stand-in, and a humanoid alien populating the comics before the Hutt we know and love was finally visualized in EpVI. Honestly, we doubt we'll get to him.

I feel like a questioning fool here. (Don't respond in the way that I left myself open for. :D)Agreed. ;)


"Many figures in the various Hasbro boys lines use a very soft plastic for a lot of their parts. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to the smaller pieces in more intricate joints sticking together, especially if a joint is painted, and breaking or tearing when the figure is first posed, as there's no foolproof way to determine if a particular joint is 'stuck.' It's obviously impossible to determine when the figure is still in the package, and it's frustrating when a hard-to-find figure breaks right out of the package. Are you guys aware of this issue, and have you looked into how to possibly prevent it from happening? (This is coming from someone who is very sad that he finally tracked down a Jabba the Hutt, and Oola's leg immediately broke off.)"I will add this, I may pull the part about you being sad over Oola, but I'll leave it in until I decide.

El Chuxter
08-08-2010, 03:22 PM
Not insisting it needs to be in, but the vehicle question was intended to possibly alleviate the necessity to have every large item as a store exclusive. For instance, the TIEs have been tough to find in some areas, and probably cost more than they need to. However, TIEs will always sell if the price is reasonable. If they ran an extra, possibly smaller, run each year (so as to avoid the tax issue), they could theoretically keep them on their website in generic packaging.

The joint thing may not be super-duper common, but I've had a Tessek, Snake Eyes, Biohazard Viper, and now Oola suffer from it. Thankfully, I was able to replace the Snake Eyes and Tessek almost immediately, and the Biohazard Viper was in a multipack I got on clearance for custom fodder, so that was no big deal.

JediTricks
08-08-2010, 04:07 PM
Not insisting it needs to be in, but the vehicle question was intended to possibly alleviate the necessity to have every large item as a store exclusive. For instance, the TIEs have been tough to find in some areas, and probably cost more than they need to. However, TIEs will always sell if the price is reasonable. If they ran an extra, possibly smaller, run each year (so as to avoid the tax issue), they could theoretically keep them on their website in generic packaging.

The joint thing may not be super-duper common, but I've had a Tessek, Snake Eyes, Biohazard Viper, and now Oola suffer from it. Thankfully, I was able to replace the Snake Eyes and Tessek almost immediately, and the Biohazard Viper was in a multipack I got on clearance for custom fodder, so that was no big deal.
The only large item lately that's been a store exclusive is the big wing TIE Fighter. The Falcon, AT-TE, Turbo Tank, AT-AT, and Clone Wars Y-wing Bomber have all been mass-retail, the market dictated how long their runs were.

The TIEs never sell, $40 is reasonable for the large wing format and yet there have been a mountain of clearanced ones every time. And a smaller run would raise the price, not lower it.


I've had some trouble with stuck joints in the past, a few Indiana Jones figures most recently. It's fairly uncommon so the answer is likely to be that they do their best.

El Chuxter
08-08-2010, 06:45 PM
The only large item lately that's been a store exclusive is the big wing TIE Fighter. The Falcon, AT-TE, Turbo Tank, AT-AT, and Clone Wars Y-wing Bomber have all been mass-retail, the market dictated how long their runs were.

The proper-scale X-Wing has only been a store exclusive since 1999, and the new AT-ST is also an exclusive. And, unless I miss my guess, the STAP's only been an exclusive since the red-box TPM release.

JediTricks
08-09-2010, 12:35 AM
Oh, yes, that's true. I don't think any of those are making a strong case for your idea though.

DarkJedi5
08-11-2010, 06:15 PM
22. - Over the years, pretty much all of the core prequel heros and villains have gotten their own vehicles of some type to zoom around in and do battle, even some of the secondary Jedi characters. But a big exception is Asajj Ventress, who in the micro-series used the nifty and distinctive Ginivex-class Fanblade Starfighter, it's also been in some comics and books so that should break it out of Lucasfilm's "no micro-series items" edict. Starfighter-pricepoint vehicles are a big portion of Hasbro's Star Wars gameplan, and while the flow of new vehicles in it has been outstanding lately, there is definitely a mismatch of good-guy Republic starfighters to bad-guy CIS starfighters, with the CIS certainly not ruling the skies for kids and collectors. The vehicle is a unique design, built on a gimmick concept that also makes it fairly simple, mostly just a simple ball cockpit, very small engines, and the gimmick wing (Kenner even produced something similar in the early '90s with the Batman movie line Batjet this same size), so it might not be too difficult to deliver in the pricepoint. Bottom line, it's a new Starfighter vehicle, it has name character recognizability, it's a good co-sell to the large good guy library of vehicles, and it already is basically in the existing scale. Obviously, current entertainment would help a lot, but we don't know what the future holds in that regard. So, what are the chances of seeing Asajj Ventress' Fanblade Starfighter get added to the line in the future?

So, I was just watching another CW season 3 promo over at starwars.com and saw what I'm pretty sure is Asajj's fanblade starfighter flying with the rest of a Separatist fleet. If so, do we want to punch up this question to make a future appearance in future entertainment less speculative? Below are a couple screen shots.

El Chuxter
08-11-2010, 09:05 PM
You gonna hate me, JT, if you don't already:

"From the neck down, the new Clone Wars Boba Fett could pass as a realistic figure, and is light years beyond the 2002 Attack of the Clones Boba. While we realize young Boba Fett probably isn't the highest priority, have you considered releasing an update of the young, movie version of Boba Fett using this body and a new head?"

Gothiczartan
08-14-2010, 09:10 AM
http://www.rebelscum.com/c5/hasbro2/image78.asp

http://www.rebelscum.com/c5/hasbro2/image88.asp

I see they are going to have a new Y Wing Pilot for the pilot figure pack and use the same figure sculpt as the B Wing Pilot/Ten Numb figure.

the rest of the remaining Y Wing Pilots from ROTJ that has not yet made.

I have a question you can pass it on and hasbro might answer this.

Will other Y Wing Pilots from ROTJ will have their own figure molds all new sculpt instead of use of a same sculpt from B Wing Pilot figures?

Gothiczartan
08-14-2010, 09:13 AM
i also see there is the vintage style lando figure going to be re released again with two other figures of vintage collection luke bespin and the wing guard.

this time around will lando have a removable cape or will we see him again possible with retooling for ball jointed elbows and have a cape to be removable in the future figure line?

vger
08-14-2010, 12:39 PM
Why did you make the decision to go ahead with the ROTS Anakin/Vader figure when his arms went down to his knees (monkey arms)? Wouldn't this figure (like Wedge) have benefitted from a delay to really knock the sculpt out of the park, making a truly definitive Anakin/Vader?

JediTricks
08-17-2010, 07:50 PM
Ok, so first things first. I've just finished transcribing the Q&A Steve did with Hasbro at Celebration V. It's not published yet, but since we're just 2 days away from sending in questions, I feel it's best to get these off the list ASAP so folks can get their votes refunded and used for something else.

The following questions have been stricken:


5
6
14
16
20
21
24
25

If you voted for these questions, consider yourself refunded 1 vote per stricken question.

And thanks to everybody for your patience and understanding in this situation. It's rather unusual to have 15 out of the 25 questions answered in the course of a month, I know, but it's worth a little extra effort on our parts.

DarkJedi5
08-17-2010, 08:05 PM
I'll apply my refunded vote towards question 19 about Barada and Kithaba.

JediTricks
08-17-2010, 08:15 PM
Question 26 added (it's mine).

Question 22 modified.


So, I was just watching another CW season 3 promo over at starwars.com and saw what I'm pretty sure is Asajj's fanblade starfighter flying with the rest of a Separatist fleet. If so, do we want to punch up this question to make a future appearance in future entertainment less speculative? Below are a couple screen shots.Good find. I'll change the question.



You gonna hate me, JT, if you don't already:

"From the neck down, the new Clone Wars Boba Fett could pass as a realistic figure, and is light years beyond the 2002 Attack of the Clones Boba. While we realize young Boba Fett probably isn't the highest priority, have you considered releasing an update of the young, movie version of Boba Fett using this body and a new head?"Hmm, I haven't seen a lot of close-up shots of this yet, but the ones I have have a cartooniness to them. Can you find me shots that are more realistic?



http://www.rebelscum.com/c5/hasbro2/image78.asp

http://www.rebelscum.com/c5/hasbro2/image88.asp

I see they are going to have a new Y Wing Pilot for the pilot figure pack and use the same figure sculpt as the B Wing Pilot/Ten Numb figure.

the rest of the remaining Y Wing Pilots from ROTJ that has not yet made.

I have a question you can pass it on and hasbro might answer this.

Will other Y Wing Pilots from ROTJ will have their own figure molds all new sculpt instead of use of a same sculpt from B Wing Pilot figures?I have not seen definitive evidence of the ROTJ Y-wing costume being significantly different from the figure they're offering there. Do you have strong evidence to suggest otherwise?



i also see there is the vintage style lando figure going to be re released again with two other figures of vintage collection luke bespin and the wing guard.

this time around will lando have a removable cape or will we see him again possible with retooling for ball jointed elbows and have a cape to be removable in the future figure line?It's unchanged from the VOTC.



Why did you make the decision to go ahead with the ROTS Anakin/Vader figure when his arms went down to his knees (monkey arms)? Wouldn't this figure (like Wedge) have benefitted from a delay to really knock the sculpt out of the park, making a truly definitive Anakin/Vader?I'm not seeing what you're talking about. I'm looking at the carded figure, the loose figure, even the figure it's based on, and I'm not seeing arms that go down to his knees. I haven't heard this complaint before, so I would need to see more substantial evidence first.

JediTricks
08-17-2010, 08:19 PM
DarkJedi5, I will count that vote.


Oh, and before I forget, here are my votes:


18 3PO
19 Barada
22 Fanblade
26 Grievous

Gothiczartan
08-17-2010, 09:06 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4246342635/sizes/o/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4247116782/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4246342673/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4902821649_ce26da59f7_z.jpg

can you see the difference on the y wing pilot uniform?

I think a new torso should work out.

here is the old figure, see the chest? that's what the y wing pilot figures would have.

http://www.rebelscum.com/toys/potfarvelfront.jpg

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-17-2010, 10:48 PM
I had voted for 14, 16, and 21, but now they're gone. I'll now vote for 4, 19, and 26. My vote for 13 remains the same.

As for #18, as in my discussion with Hasbro thread, they told me this was a conscious decision to get it in-scale and they seemed pleased with it. So I don't know what the question will add to this. Also, if you put him next to some of the more recent C-3POs, including the 2007 Salacious Crumb version, he's only shorter by a few millimeters so it's really not that much of a difference.

El Chuxter
08-18-2010, 12:58 AM
10
12
19
22

As for Boba, uhhhhh.... My phone has a really crappy camera on it, and I've no room for a third Slave I. My thoughts are, even if it's slightly cartoonish (which, aside from the head, it didn't look to be to me in the store), it might actually work with a kid figure.

El Chuxter
08-18-2010, 01:22 AM
New question proposal, and, yes, I am 100% serious about this, even if it is hugely character-specific:

"Jar Jar Binks is, love him or hate him, hugely important in The Phantom Menace. However, it's been almost a decade since we've seen a new version of him, and that one was too scene-specific to be used for any other purpose. Given what's possible with figures now, there's a lot of potential for a really awesome Jar Jar figure (because the figure could definitely be awesome, no matter what anyone's thoughts are on the character). Have you considered updating the Episode I Jar Jar, or is the prevailing attitude of disdain for the goofy Gungan enough to make him an unspoken taboo?"

sebillba
08-18-2010, 03:52 AM
Just these 3 for me please JT:

12 Prequel Aliens
13 Lumat
19 Barada/Kithaba

Gothiczartan
08-18-2010, 04:39 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4246342635/sizes/o/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4247116782/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4246342673/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4902821649_ce26da59f7_z.jpg

can you see the difference on the y wing pilot uniform?

I think a new torso should work out.

here is the old figure, see the chest? that's what the y wing pilot figures would have.

http://www.rebelscum.com/toys/potfarvelfront.jpg

look at the chest box on one of the y wing pilot (who is about to get blown up) carefully. Their chest box on y wing pilot gear is different from b wing pilot. that may be why the new y wing pilot shouldn't have a b wing pilot figure mold it's the torso the most. look at the collar difference on a y wing and b wing.

Gothiczartan
08-18-2010, 04:43 AM
my vote

13
19 (Kithaba and updated Barada)

vger
08-18-2010, 06:32 AM
I'm not seeing what you're talking about. I'm looking at the carded figure, the loose figure, even the figure it's based on, and I'm not seeing arms that go down to his knees. I haven't heard this complaint before, so I would need to see more substantial evidence first.

Here are a few pictures I found at Bantha Skull.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v498/Castle15/Action%20Figs/ResizeofIMG_8060.jpg

http://banthaskull.com/images/CV/sol_anakin_003.jpg

It's more obvious to me in the first picture.

bigbarada
08-18-2010, 08:36 AM
New question proposal, and, yes, I am 100% serious about this, even if it is hugely character-specific:

"Jar Jar Binks is, love him or hate him, hugely important in The Phantom Menace. However, it's been almost a decade since we've seen a new version of him, and that one was too scene-specific to be used for any other purpose. Given what's possible with figures now, there's a lot of potential for a really awesome Jar Jar figure (because the figure could definitely be awesome, no matter what anyone's thoughts are on the character). Have you considered updating the Episode I Jar Jar, or is the prevailing attitude of disdain for the goofy Gungan enough to make him an unspoken taboo?"

Hasbro has already confirmed that there is a new Jar Jar on the way. I believe he will be in the upcoming TPM wave at the beginning of the year. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing a super-articulated Ep1 Jar Jar.

El Chuxter
08-18-2010, 09:06 AM
Then never mind. ;)

Now that you mention it, I vaguely remember reading something about it. Must've been swept to the back of my mind with all the other recent SW stuff.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-18-2010, 02:27 PM
Hasbro has already confirmed that there is a new Jar Jar on the way. I believe he will be in the upcoming TPM wave at the beginning of the year. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing a super-articulated Ep1 Jar Jar.
Where was that? I don't remember saying anything on this.

JediTricks
08-18-2010, 04:37 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4246342635/sizes/o/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4247116782/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/79488406@N00/4246342673/in/set-72157622637196888/

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4093/4902821649_ce26da59f7_z.jpg

can you see the difference on the y wing pilot uniform?

I think a new torso should work out.

here is the old figure, see the chest? that's what the y wing pilot figures would have.

http://www.rebelscum.com/toys/potfarvelfront.jpgI am not seeing it, it's hardly clear in those shots, and except for the collar being closed, I think Yong's costume is accurate to the figure. It's definitely not "clear" at this point. Maybe when the Blu-Ray comes out, or we find some HD sources, but for right now, I'm passing on this question.



As for #18, as in my discussion with Hasbro thread, they told me this was a conscious decision to get it in-scale and they seemed pleased with it. So I don't know what the question will add to this. Also, if you put him next to some of the more recent C-3POs, including the 2007 Salacious Crumb version, he's only shorter by a few millimeters so it's really not that much of a difference.I had considered that when I read the answer you got, but the question as we have it now addresses that. The scale difference is a whole step down, and a lot of collectors are still bothered by it. Just because Lucasfilm has the 5' 4" measurement as the so-called "official" height doesn't change the facts or even what's shown on screen.



As for Boba, uhhhhh.... My phone has a really crappy camera on it, and I've no room for a third Slave I. My thoughts are, even if it's slightly cartoonish (which, aside from the head, it didn't look to be to me in the store), it might actually work with a kid figure.Well, I'm not going to add it in this round, but when more pics get out there so voters can make more of an informed decision, I'll reconsider it.



New question proposal, and, yes, I am 100% serious about this, even if it is hugely character-specific:

"Jar Jar Binks is, love him or hate him, hugely important in The Phantom Menace. However, it's been almost a decade since we've seen a new version of him, and that one was too scene-specific to be used for any other purpose. Given what's possible with figures now, there's a lot of potential for a really awesome Jar Jar figure (because the figure could definitely be awesome, no matter what anyone's thoughts are on the character). Have you considered updating the Episode I Jar Jar, or is the prevailing attitude of disdain for the goofy Gungan enough to make him an unspoken taboo?"
Dec 10th, '09:
SWcollector.com: I am really glad that you have made much needed updates to two of the core characters from the Phantom Menace (Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan) and I am hoping that there will be more coming soon. Do you have any plans to add new Episode I versions of Anakin, Padme, Jar Jar and a much desired super articulated Darth Maul to the line in the next year or two?
Hasbro: For most of these, the answer is yes. Anakin is one character who won't likely be updated. His sculpts are very good, even though they have not been back in circulation, and it's tough to justify adding any more articulation to smaller figures like his. If we decide to get young Annie back out there it might be one of the existing sculpts.

look at the chest box on one of the y wing pilot (who is about to get blown up) carefully. Their chest box on y wing pilot gear is different from b wing pilot. that may be why the new y wing pilot shouldn't have a b wing pilot figure mold it's the torso the most. look at the collar difference on a y wing and b wing.I don't think you can see his chest box in the pic of Yong, it's covered by the Y-wing's controls near the camera, that's why they're blurry on the sides, they're too close to the rounded lens.



Here are a few pictures I found at Bantha Skull.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v498/Castle15/Action%20Figs/ResizeofIMG_8060.jpg

http://banthaskull.com/images/CV/sol_anakin_003.jpg

It's more obvious to me in the first picture.It's not enough for me to get behind the question at this time. The new arms do appear longer, but they don't reach his knees, that first shot is from above slightly which will make things look different. When more folks have the figure and can judge for themselves, I'll reconsider asking it, but for now it's a bit too subjective to be voted upon.

If you'll note, it looks like they upsized his head slightly too, but that also may be a trick of the camera.

mtriv73
08-18-2010, 05:05 PM
Voting for question 18


With the success of another EU based starfighter assortment vehicle, the republic tank, what is the likelihood of ever seeing the super aggressive and (as an Imperial starfighter) instantly recognizable TIE Defender in 3-3/4inch scale? It's been done in titanium, lego, and micromachine formats and apparently has done well in at least 2 of those 3 (it's hard to tell with the lego set.) Would it ever be considered for the starfighter line (or as a store exclusive)?

Gothiczartan
08-18-2010, 06:46 PM
I am not seeing it, it's hardly clear in those shots, and except for the collar being closed, I think Yong's costume is accurate to the figure. It's definitely not "clear" at this point. Maybe when the Blu-Ray comes out, or we find some HD sources, but for right now, I'm passing on this question.


I had considered that when I read the answer you got, but the question as we have it now addresses that. The scale difference is a whole step down, and a lot of collectors are still bothered by it. Just because Lucasfilm has the 5' 4" measurement as the so-called "official" height doesn't change the facts or even what's shown on screen.


Well, I'm not going to add it in this round, but when more pics get out there so voters can make more of an informed decision, I'll reconsider it.



Dec 10th, '09:
SWcollector.com: I am really glad that you have made much needed updates to two of the core characters from the Phantom Menace (Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan) and I am hoping that there will be more coming soon. Do you have any plans to add new Episode I versions of Anakin, Padme, Jar Jar and a much desired super articulated Darth Maul to the line in the next year or two?
Hasbro: For most of these, the answer is yes. Anakin is one character who won't likely be updated. His sculpts are very good, even though they have not been back in circulation, and it's tough to justify adding any more articulation to smaller figures like his. If we decide to get young Annie back out there it might be one of the existing sculpts.I don't think you can see his chest box in the pic of Yong, it's covered by the Y-wing's controls near the camera, that's why they're blurry on the sides, they're too close to the rounded lens.


It's not enough for me to get behind the question at this time. The new arms do appear longer, but they don't reach his knees, that first shot is from above slightly which will make things look different. When more folks have the figure and can judge for themselves, I'll reconsider asking it, but for now it's a bit too subjective to be voted upon.

If you'll note, it looks like they upsized his head slightly too, but that also may be a trick of the camera.

it is the chest box just like the figure pilot 3 pack of the pilot (one in red). that is why they should make y wing pilots near movie accurate just add a new torso that look similar like the movie pilot 3 pack figure from POTF2.

check out a custom figure of a Y wing pilot, his chest box looks movie accurate just like in the pic of the pilots i've post.

http://www.erikstormtrooper.com/ywingpilot.htm

all they need is a new sculpt torso like the first y wing pilot for 3 pack endor that should of need and have instead of a b wing pilot torso.

also check out one of the kubrick figure

http://kubricknation.com/forum/download/file.php?id=3

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i306/DSJcdn/Kubrick%20Boba%20Fett%20Collection/Y-WingPilot.jpg

here is another website showing other y wing pilot gears and take a look at their chest box/vest, they don't look like the y wing pilot figure for endor pilot pack.

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17166&sid=6e5b00ab67c4184856b663623938d16d

at least you can ask hasbro one question why did a y wing pilot didn't have a new sculpt torso and just have a b wing body and ask them if this y wing pilot will get his new torso that is movie accurate like other y wing pilots in those pics/inks and will all other y wing pilots to have retooled b wing pilot figures with just a new torso.

could you at least add a question for possible y wing pilots with retooled b wing pilot figures with new torsos?

Cane_Adiss
08-19-2010, 01:03 AM
My final votes minus the ones that were axed:

4, 12, 19, 22

finally some great questions in this round!

Here's another one for consideration next round:

Despite several denied fan requests for an update of her "classic" look in the basic line, as well as a flat out "not happening" for a seemingly no-brainer inclusion in the Galactic Heroes line (considering we have the other two in the classic trio) it seems like Hasbro has something against Sy Snootles. Does she rank up there with Ben Quadinaros, Jaxxon and Jocasta Nu as being untouchable or are we just reading into the Q&A too much? Has Lucasfilm had any role in your decision not to pursue anything representing the classic puppet or is there hope that we can convince Hasbro to change their stance? Now that the Vintage line is back this would be a perfect opportunity to get this classic alien into the hands of collectors, even if not as a basic figure but an exclusive or mail away offer!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-19-2010, 01:22 PM
My final votes minus the ones that were axed:

4, 12, 19, 22

finally some great questions in this round!

Here's another one for consideration next round:

Despite several denied fan requests for an update of her "classic" look in the basic line, as well as a flat out "not happening" for a seemingly no-brainer inclusion in the Galactic Heroes line (considering we have the other two in the classic trio) it seems like Hasbro has something against Sy Snootles. Does she rank up there with Ben Quadinaros, Jaxxon and Jocasta Nu as being untouchable or are we just reading into the Q&A too much? Has Lucasfilm had any role in your decision not to pursue anything representing the classic puppet or is there hope that we can convince Hasbro to change their stance? Now that the Vintage line is back this would be a perfect opportunity to get this classic alien into the hands of collectors, even if not as a basic figure but an exclusive or mail away offer!
When they re-released her along with the other band members a few years back, they didn't sell well, so it doesn't look likely that they'll update her. Her non-inclusion in the Galactic Heroes line is due to the fact that they're moving toward more kid-oriented characters now. Let's not turn this one into a big deal, eh?

JediTricks
08-19-2010, 03:15 PM
Today is the last day to get your votes in, I'm closing this round at 8pm PST.


With the success of another EU based starfighter assortment vehicle, the republic tank, what is the likelihood of ever seeing the super aggressive and (as an Imperial starfighter) instantly recognizable TIE Defender in 3-3/4inch scale? It's been done in titanium, lego, and micromachine formats and apparently has done well in at least 2 of those 3 (it's hard to tell with the lego set.) Would it ever be considered for the starfighter line (or as a store exclusive)?Sept 10th, 2009:

YodasNews.com: Since the Expanded Universe has proven to be successful on store shelves, are there any plans to expand the TIE fleet to include 3.75 inch scale versions of the TIE Advanced (from the mid-90s LucasArts game "TIE Fighter") and the TIE Defender?
Hasbro: Most any other EU-based TIE we would do (such as TIE Defender, or TIE Crawler) would require a substantial amount of tooling and a leap of fiath that these would be popular enough that we could justify all of the mew development work. We have tried out hand at a few repaint-type EU vehicles, but these would be all new. As cool as these new TIEs are, a number of fans still stick to on-screen appearances for their vehicle purchases and we're hoping that the new Clone Interceptor Tank turns enough heads to justify future continued expansions into the EU vehicle ranks.



it is the chest box just like the figure pilot 3 pack of the pilot (one in red). that is why they should make y wing pilots near movie accurate just add a new torso that look similar like the movie pilot 3 pack figure from POTF2.

check out a custom figure of a Y wing pilot, his chest box looks movie accurate just like in the pic of the pilots i've post.

http://www.erikstormtrooper.com/ywingpilot.htm

all they need is a new sculpt torso like the first y wing pilot for 3 pack endor that should of need and have instead of a b wing pilot torso.

also check out one of the kubrick figure

http://kubricknation.com/forum/download/file.php?id=3

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i306/DSJcdn/Kubrick%20Boba%20Fett%20Collection/Y-WingPilot.jpg

here is another website showing other y wing pilot gears and take a look at their chest box/vest, they don't look like the y wing pilot figure for endor pilot pack.

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17166&sid=6e5b00ab67c4184856b663623938d16d

at least you can ask hasbro one question why did a y wing pilot didn't have a new sculpt torso and just have a b wing body and ask them if this y wing pilot will get his new torso that is movie accurate like other y wing pilots in those pics/inks and will all other y wing pilots to have retooled b wing pilot figures with just a new torso.

could you at least add a question for possible y wing pilots with retooled b wing pilot figures with new torsos?I'm still not entirely convinced, but I'll consider it tomorrow when I start the next round.



My final votes minus the ones that were axed:

4, 12, 19, 22That was confusing because I almost counted your vote for #12 again. Next time, please list just the NEW votes unless you are exchanging a standing vote for a new one (like "I want to change my vote from #3 to #4").


Here's another one for consideration next round:

Despite several denied fan requests for an update of her "classic" look in the basic line, as well as a flat out "not happening" for a seemingly no-brainer inclusion in the Galactic Heroes line (considering we have the other two in the classic trio) it seems like Hasbro has something against Sy Snootles. Does she rank up there with Ben Quadinaros, Jaxxon and Jocasta Nu as being untouchable or are we just reading into the Q&A too much? Has Lucasfilm had any role in your decision not to pursue anything representing the classic puppet or is there hope that we can convince Hasbro to change their stance? Now that the Vintage line is back this would be a perfect opportunity to get this classic alien into the hands of collectors, even if not as a basic figure but an exclusive or mail away offer! Based on their Feb 3rd answer, they don't think there's demand for Sy Snootles or any of the Max Rebo band:

EchoBase.d2i.net: Why have the original Rebo band members, as well as the cantina band members, never been released individually? They are all in major need of an upgrade. They seem like they are popular enough characters, so any chance that you could be making some new versions of these guys in the near future? An original Sy Snootles would be really nice too!
Hasbro: Based on the sluggish response to the 2007 Max Rebo Band re-release, demand for these figures appears to be very low. As such, we don't have any plans to update them any time soon. If we did do a new version of any of these figures, the Cantina Band members would be the first choice.
(There was a similar answer for RS in the next round.)
And on August 10, '09:

DewbackPatrol.com: Hasbro, you recently expressed interest in redoing all the Kenner figures that are in need of a refresh. Does that include figures from multipacks such as: Max Rebo, Sy Snootles, Droopy McCool, Uncle Owen, Oola, Labria, Nabrun Leids, Dr Evazan, Klaatu, Nikto, and Barada? These figures really have not stood the test of time as well as some others and could use the update.
Hasbro: Most of these we do see as needing an upgrade and plan on getting to them a bit at a time over the next few years. First up, in our books, would be Dr. Evazan, followed by Jabba's skiff guards. Of lesser importance would be the Max Rebo band. We honeslty don't see updating these guys, since articulation isn't the be-all end-all for all figures, and they already have some very nice sculpts.
And besides them, the only questions are from us from '06 and '07, same basic answers.

That said, I will add the question right now since it didn't require much work on my part because it deserves a solid answer and I can see an avenue to punch it up.


When they re-released her along with the other band members a few years back, they didn't sell well, so it doesn't look likely that they'll update her. Her non-inclusion in the Galactic Heroes line is due to the fact that they're moving toward more kid-oriented characters now. Let's not turn this one into a big deal, eh?Having read all of Hasbro's answers about Sy Snootles just now, I don't think they've done enough to really carry home the issue, so I'm giving our voters the chance to decide if it's a big enough deal to ask.

Gothiczartan
08-19-2010, 08:48 PM
i have a question about a luke skywalker as pilot from return of the jedi and in the movie shows his putting on his black glove to hide the gun shot wound on his hand.

could you add the question for luke x wing pilot from ROTJ, a vintage style luke x wing pilot with new head sculpt (same as the upcoming luke jedi knight figure), new hands, removable black glove to fit on a right hand.

bigbarada
08-19-2010, 09:01 PM
i have a question about a luke skywalker as pilot from return of the jedi and in the movie shows his putting on his black glove to hide the gun shot wound on his hand.

could you add the question for luke x wing pilot from ROTJ, a vintage style luke x wing pilot with new head sculpt (same as the upcoming luke jedi knight figure), new hands, removable black glove to fit on a right hand.

"Removable black glove"? On a 3.75" figure? I don't think that's possible. Interchangeable hands is as good as you're going to get.

Gothiczartan
08-19-2010, 09:57 PM
"Removable black glove"? On a 3.75" figure? I don't think that's possible. Interchangeable hands is as good as you're going to get.

ok that's fine with me. just a different head that match his movie likeness is most important.

JediTricks
08-20-2010, 12:03 AM
GZ, remind me of the questions you have suggested in the next round please.


Ok, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated!

Here are the questions we're asking this round:


Questions from SirStevesGuide.com:
1) You recently stated that you were very interested in updating all of the Jabba's Palace/Skiff Guard figures from the vintage Kenner line. This brings up a question in regards to the vintage action figure of Barada. There has been some confusion as to who this figure actually represents and most collectors believe that he is actually Kithaba, the Klatooinian on the first skiff. However, on closer inspection it become pretty clear that the figure is sculpted to match the Barada character (since Barada is the only one of the two that wears a backpack), but is just painted incorrectly using Kithaba's color scheme. So, where would the Hasbro design team stand on this? Do you guys consider the vintage Barada figure to actually be Kithaba? And if/when it comes time to update this figure, exactly which Skiff Guard would we be getting?
2) The new Vintage Collection C-3PO figure has some great sculpting and a nice shiny gold paint job, as well as plenty of articulation, it's a big improvement in those areas. However, the figure seems to have a larger overall issue, the size. While Lucasfilm claims 3PO is 1.67 meters tall and this figure is the right scale to that (1:19.2 is the 6' to 3.75" scale), the figure just looks way too small next to even Luke Skywalker figures, who in the films is actually roughly the same height as 3PO - as evident in ANH. Do you feel the figure turned out too small? It's not just height, even if you pop the torso joint out (which seems to be set deeper than the figure was designed for, making the black stomach too short and visually throwing the rest of the torso proportions off), the whole scale of the figure from the shoulder width, the thickness of the limbs, the size of the head, and of course the height seems to be a step down to 1:20, especially disregarding the Lucasfilm height for the character is 5' 4" which is clearly wrong since actor Anthony Daniels' height is 5' 7" outside the costume that adds a little height. Would there be any possible way to correct this figure's scale issues, perhaps through stereo-lithography, or would it require starting again from scratch with a completely new mold (which would be a shame considering how much promise this figure has otherwise)?
3) At Comic-Con, when asked about the white mark on the Vintage Collection Vader's unmasked chin, Derryl gave this answer: "Brian Parrish isn't here to answer that question, but we don't think it's a mold mark like some fans are saying. I believe it's meant to be scar tissue, so there's some different coloration to show on his face. But we can get Brian to confirm that, throw it in as an official bonus Q&A and we'll answer that." So, with that in mind, what officially is the white stripe on this Vader's unmasked chin? If it is scar tissue, was it designed to be that significant a color difference to the rest of the skin color, or was it intended to be more subtle?
Questions from CollectionStation.com:
1) You've confirmed your interest in a modern update to vintage figure Lumat, and have also said that while it won't be in the next year, there will very likely be one in the not too distant future after that. Lumat will be the last vintage Ewok to get a modern update. However, due to retcons and EU murkiness, the "Lumat" situation is complicated. The official word is that Lumat is a black & white striped Ewok, and the tan Ewok formerly known as Lumat as seen in the Kenner line has no canon name as of now. An Ewok that suspiciously looks like the vintage Lumat figure - from the expression, to the shape of the hood, to the bows and arrows - was released in different colors as Graak back in 2007 (colors that, coincidentally, are also that of the "new" Lumat character). So when you are talking about making a new Lumat figure, which will that be? A tan & brown repaint of Graak to fully update the original, or the new black & white character? If the original, will the tan & brown Ewok formerly known as Lumat get a new name?
2) When discussed with Derryl at Comic-Con, the subject of the rubbery Clone Wars 2nd generation Grievous figure came up, and Derryl said the amount of feedback Hasbro has heard from fans about this figure being unable to stand up on its own may lead to it being retired after its initial run, and a return to the 2008 Grievous who can stand for longer periods. However, the new Grievous is a better figure in many ways, and its standing problems are chiefly with the claws on its feet. Since the feet are already a separate piece of tooling, might you consider just redesigning the feet so that the main foot surface acts as the foot instead of the very small, rubbery claws? Visually, the claws would still be there, but they wouldn't be doing the lifting as they wouldn't go below the bottom of the main foot, so their sagging wouldn't topple the figure. Would something like that be feasible with this mold? We'd really like to see this figure salvaged, and while you're at it, you could move the shoulderpad pegs down so they look more accurate *and* don't pop off as much. We'd just hate to see such a cool figure as this go down in history as a missed opportunity when a few tweaks might save it, wouldn't you agree?


Look for a new round of voting soon.