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JediTricks
07-19-2011, 11:29 PM
Please post your VOTE for up to 2 {two} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on August 19th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 92 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 suggest new questions, but please keep in mind that due to the now extra-limited nature of the program, we cannot use every suggestion.

Current questions (vote for up to 2):


- 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?
- A few years ago, we asked about the chance for updating the role-play Han Solo Blaster and Stormtrooper Blaster accessories, and your response was a not at that time because they weren't supported by then-current entertainment. The existing role-play Stormtrooper and Han blasters are molds from the late '70s, now technically 5 decades old. While they do have some pretty decent design for items from that era, compared to Hasbro's newer role-play blasters, they come up a bit lacking in accuracy and features. We don't expect all-black movie accuracy due to safety concerns, but on those 2, the seams are a bit uncomfortable to hold, the lights and sounds don't deliver all that effectively and don't rapid-fire nicely; and on the Stormtrooper blaster, the stock is still missing in action, and there's never been a clip. With ANH being re-released next year on Blu-Ray, and in theaters in a few years, it seems like there are going to be opportunities to deliver updated versions of those 2 iconic blasters in the role-play lineup, so is there any chance of seeing that happen?
- Sgt. Bric's initial cartoon outing turned out to be kind of a bust. The character was an unmemorable jerk and didn't really add anything to his storyline. In fact, if not for the action figure you guys did, he'd be a complete nobody in 2010. And on top of that, the postage on his set when it arrived in Los Angeles was a whopping $5.15, so after the cost of the box and the handling, just getting it out the door probably ate the entire $6.99 right there. Combine that with the fancy packaging and the battle mat, and the fact that he's 100% new tooling with some pricey-looking (for CW) paint, and it seems like Bric's quite an expensive promotional venture for Hasbro to have undertaken... all for a minor jerk of a character. What is it about Bric that made you choose him for a big Clone Wars mail-away promo figure?
- The new R5-D4 figure does not have the painted red panels on his back. That might sound like a minor issue, but the panels are clearly visible in the film when the droid's motivator blows up, and they help give the little guy a bit more visual pop. Neither the 1996 nor the 2006 versions of R5-D4 had these painted either, so it's disappointing to see that the third time is not the charm (though it remains a detail that the original vintage figure got right). Given the number of running changes we've seen so far in The Vintage Collection, is it at all possible that this oversight might be changed on future shipments?
- The Force FX lightsabers are targeted at adult collectibles, for a group who generally desire accuracy in their prop collectibles, and yet the latest ROTS Obi-Wan's lightsaber with removable blade suffers a big inaccuracy due to the blade needing to be securely anchored. However, with your removable-blade designs, you've started using dummy parts to fill in the removed blades, and we wonder if you'd consider for future thin-necked lightsabers like Luke ROTJ and Obi-Wan having the removable blade take the entire thick "neck" with it and having a more accurate thin-necked dummy design replace it. That much weight anchoring has been accomplished before in the thick metal coupler for the Maul saber halves that screwed together, on these thin-neck sabers the neck could screw down to the top part of the grip. That would let collectors have their cake and eat it too by giving an accurate hilt prop display with the thin neck, while still having the light-up blade play using the thick neck. So has there been any consideration for that sort of thing, and might it be seen in future Force FX sabers when needed?
- The plethora of white clones and sandtroopers that have shipped with every wave so far this year are having some problems getting out the doors of major retailers. Also, repainted clones such as Gree and the orange clone trooper do not seem to have the same problem building up on the pegs. A while back you told us that Hasbro bean counters were cracking down on running-change figures, but having different pauldron colors for the sandtrooper in different waves, and repainting the episode 2 (sergeant and officer colors) and episode 3 clones (many different units to choose from) in different color schemes for different waves would have almost definitely helped alleviate the oversupply/under demand problems for these figures. Please don't read this as us asking for more clones and sandtroopers as right now we do think it's overkill, but since recent and future waves still seem to be pushing these stalled figures, do you think the recent issues are enough to give the "no running changes" policy another look for troubled trooper figures?
- The 2009 Count Dooku with Speeder Bike figure featured a fabric cloak with a sculpted plastic clasp, meaning he had the free range of motion provided by the cloak with the accuracy of the clasp. This year though, instead of a plastic clasp, your TVC General Lando Calrissian figure has a thick elastic strap that doesn't really look anything like the fabric braid the character wore in the film; it seems like that is a case where a plastic clasp would have been preferable. The plastic clasp holding closed a fabric cloak solution could also be a possibility on future Darth Vader figures, or movie-based Count Dooku figures, or other figures where appropriate and the material allows it. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando?
- Since the release of the ROTJ wave last Fall, there really hasn't been much product for either line making a big appearance on shelves at any major retailer. Many waves have come and gone in very small, sporadic, scattered numbers. Your recent answers about some figures slowing things up doesn't fully account for what seems to be extremely-low retailer orders or problematic case assortments that continued even a year after figures were showing problems to continue pushing slow-moving product rather than focusing on newer and more popular stuff. Beyond the slow-moving figures, what is happening with the spotty distribution and case assortment planning for this year so far? You've always told us that you monitor what's selling and adjust future case assortments to address problems, yet we haven't seen that lately, why not slip in Wedge and the Gamorrean and the like, truly sought-after figures, instead of just another pass at recarded figures?
- Last Fall, Hasbro finally had to bite the bullet and raise pricing across the line, both movie product and Clone Wars. Retailers seemed to take an odd approach with the raised prices, showing many instances where they'd set a price even a dollar or two higher than what Hasbro was aiming for. Now the main line Vintage Collection figures go for $9 to $11 at the major retailers, Clone Wars figures go from $7 to $9.50 at the major retailers, and pricing on bigger stuff that was still key to the line, like Starfighter Vehicles and 4-figure Battle Packs, are jumping up around $25 to $30 at the big retailers. Pricing has always been a challenge, it's even part of what killed the original Kenner line back in '85, but it seems to some collectors like right now that pricing has gone beyond what the market will bear for little 3.75-inch Star Wars figures. Saga Legends, once a powerhouse for the Star Wars line with casual collectors and kids, now seems to be struggling, and throughout spring through the summer reset, both Target and Walmart stores in many areas were clearancing them out and taking the SKU off their shelves. Both casual collector interest and even fan interest seems to have finally found the "make or break" point with the new pricepoints, or at least making them far more discerning about what they were considering buying. Does Hasbro view the pricing situation for Star Wars anywhere near the view we collectors are seeing?
- Lucasfilm is all of a sudden talking about the February 2012 cinema release of Episode I in 3D as an experiment, one that, should it not live up to their expectations will end the Saga's re-release train then and there. They've also said that the live-action TV series is on hold a few more years. Should the 3D release not pan out, that would leave only the Blu-Ray release coming up this Fall as major entertainment support for the realistic incarnation of the brand. Granted, Hasbro's Star Wars line has survived plenty of waves without entertainment support, but the state of the toy industry seems more brutal, more dire than before. What is Hasbro looking forward to using as support for the main Star Wars movie line should the 3D movie release not pan out? Hasbro hasn't done any major advertising for the main Star Wars movie line in a while, might there be a renewed push into that realm?
- Most collectors still haven't really gotten a significant experience with the new Vintage Collection waves that do away with theming. Can you touch a little more on how those new non-themed waves are planned out? Is it harder to find a "voice" for creating a wave that way, or is it freeing not to have to come up with a bunch of figures all centered around a single concept that have to be ready to go at the exact same time?
- At the SDCC panel, Hasbro talked about the new Battle Droid and even a new ROTJ Speeder Bike in the works. Both these items are ones that previous iterations have suffered significant wilting on, their plastics were too soft to support their long, thin designs for any real amount of time. Dave Vennemeyer during the Convention mentioned the Battle Droid, that he slightly thickened up the legs to accommodate the transformation scheme and to add a little more articulation, but he did not not specifically say it was to counter the wilting. The wilting, we've been told by Hasbro, is softer materials being used by the factories, and that team Hasbro Star Wars has been talking to them for some time about addressing the soft plastics issue. So, with the new Battle Droid and Speeder Bike, is something going to be done to avoid that frustrating wilting?
- In the foreseeable future, can we expect to see the Neimoidian Separatist Shuttle released, seeing how it's appeared in three films, and in 12 Clone Wars episodes so far? It has a unique shape and certainly seems as useful as a Mandalorian Shuttle, which is getting a release.
- Concerning the Clone Wars Battle Droid figure, will you ever release a regular infantry version that sports the Firefighter Battle Droid's extra-articulated arms, and the Class 1 Fleet Separatist Speeder Pilot Battle Droid's extra-articulated legs, so that we'll have a more articulated animated Battle Droid?
- At 2010 SDCC, we interviewed Derryl and asked a question about the philosophy behind the very successful Hasbro Star Wars Q&A, to which he responded:

"It does take a lot of time to answer questions and not be glib. It's actually very easy to be glib, with Star Wars we set out from the very first session to try and solve a problem we had with the fan base, which was a real wall that seemed to exist. So we wanted to smash down a wall which had built up between corporate Hasbro and the fanbase at large. Our mission to do the Q&A was really precipitated by kind of a lack of insight or understanding into our actual processes that we used when creating the line, when making the decisions we do, and balancing the fact that we're fans but at the same time we're working at a company and we have financial obligations to the company to deliver on a certain target, what was promised, and we have to balance that. We hope that we've made that kind of corporate financial aspect almost invisible to the way we approach the line, it's a necessity that's always behind us. But that's why you see things, I talked about, like, we had to balance the costing and here's what goes into costing. We'll make a character selection or wave selection or vehicle selection based on balancing all the aspects of how big these characters are, how much deco they're gonna take, how much tooling - you know, that's always a big one - how much tooling a wave consumes, and by doing so we're able to give fans the ability to communicate, to write and talk about things in the same way that we do, and we've seen an evolution in the way fans perceive the line, which means that we've done a good job helping fans understand the things that we have to balance. So my appreciation goes out to the fans too for responding to that, which means that we can move on to other questions of character selection or things like that that we know people really want to get to. [Q&A as an education,] you're right, and getting back to the point where it would be easy to be glib to answer questions, to be short and say "no" or "yes" to some questions. The Star Wars fanbase is the most passionate fanbase on the planet. We exist, our jobs exist because of the fans. Our approach to the Q&A is when somebody asks an impassioned question, to respect that question, right? Sometimes they may not be things we want to be asked, but it's our job to answer them, to not show an emotional response, to answer them with the respect the question deserves, and we treat everything equally. Some people want very specific answers, some people very broad, but everything really deserves an answer, and that's we approach it. So, our answer back to the fans is to show an appreciation of the passion and respect that they bring to Star Wars."

Derryl's comments there impressed us quite a bit and showed a stark contrast to what we had been experiencing at the time with Hasbro's Transformers Q&A, where answers did come off seeming glib and lacking repect for those fans. This year, with Jeff taking over SW Q&A from Derryl, the first few batches of answers have come off with somewhat of a brief, glib, vague, even mocking tone - more PR-styled answers than giving fans a real understanding of how the brand works. We hope this is a misunderstanding of each other, just a breaking-in period and not a repeat of the ultimately pointless Transformers Q&A. If so, what can we fans do to help smooth this transitional period? If not, what's the new intention of this Q&A, what's the point?
- The issue of characters appearing in the Saga Legends line around the same time that they appear in The Vintage Collection is something that in the past Hasbro said they were trying to avoid, but lately has changed gears on. For the Saga Legends figures under the TVC line, out of 32 figures 15 of them were repeats of TVC figures on shelves around the same time, such as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Luke ESB Pilot, the AOTC and ROTS Clones, the Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Vader, Grievous, Jango Fett, Mace Windu, and the Super Battle Droid (who is identical aside from a slight change in deco, and a pistol). The Saga Legends versions are often $2 cheaper than their TVC counterparts, and sometimes are even superior in some ways - look at the helmet situation on the TVC Episode III clones compared to the properly-sized, never-green, correctly-painted Saga Legends clone that's also cheaper and comes with a stand. What is the cause of those counter-planned characters, and are they cannibalizing sales from each other as we suspect? Is there any concern that having the same figure out in 2 movie-based lines accelerating its market ceiling being reached?

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

El Chuxter
07-24-2011, 01:21 AM
Here's one that I thought of and probably won't have a chance to ask at Comic-Con tomorrow:

"At Comic-Con, you confirmed the Daultay Dofine figure coming out next year. While collectors will definitely welcome another Neimoidian (even if kids may not flock to buy him, based on previous Neimoidian sales history), it seems a bit odd that you picked a character with a few seconds of screen time (who's better known for being called a "stunted slime" than for anything he actually said or did) over Tey How, who has a far larger role in the film and a more distinctive look--and is consistently highly-ranked in fan's choice polls. To be honest, even a resculpt of one of the two most important Neimoidians in the movie (Nute Gunray or Rune Haako) would seem to make more sense than Daultay Dofine. We're not complaining, but could you explain why you picked Dofine over Gunray, Haako, or How?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-24-2011, 02:02 AM
I wouldn't say that he has less time than Tey How; after the opening bridge scenes, where they both get a fair amount of lines, they typically appear together. I do kind of wonder why they picked him over How, though, given that she ranked higher in the fans' choice poll. And there's still more TPM announcements to be made, though I bet that Tey How would have appeared in TVC over the Episode I movie line.

Battle Droid
07-26-2011, 11:18 PM
Tey How has been rumored for a while, maybe we'll get here next year as well.

I have a question,

Hasbro, can we ever expect to see the Neimoidian/Separatist Shuttle released, seeing how it's appeared in three films, and in twelve SW:TCW episodes?

bigbarada
07-27-2011, 09:38 AM
New question:

There seems to be a lot of confusion and speculation on the status of TVC "wave 4" (which includes Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Nom Anor, Aayla Secura and the 501st Clonetrooper) and it's relationship to the Walmart exclusive Ep1 wave scheduled for early 2012. In the SDCC slideshow, "wave 4" is listed as a part of The Vintage Collection, and it includes: Aayla Secura, Nom Anor, Kithaba, Dr. Evazan, Naboo Pilot, Mawhonic, Aurra Sing, and the Gungan Warrior. Now we understand that this wave has been moved to early 2012, however, who exactly is in the wave? Four of those figures were listed on another slide as being a part of the Walmart Exclusive Ep1 wave, which would not be on Vintage packaging. Was your slideshow mistaken? Are Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Aayla Secura, Nom Anor and the 501st Clone going to be a part of the Walmart exclusive wave and, thus, NOT on vintage-style cards (which would be a giant punch to the gut for many collectors)? Or are Mawhonic, Aurra Sing, Naboo Pilot and the Gungan Warrior going to be available simultaneously as a part of the Walmart exclusive wave AND a part of the Vintage Collection (which would defeat the purpose of them being exclusives)? What's going on here? Can you clear some of this up?

DarkJedi5
07-27-2011, 09:43 PM
Are Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Aayla Secura, Nom Anor and the 501st Clone going to be a part of the Walmart exclusive wave and, thus, NOT on vintage-style cards (which would be a giant punch to the gut for many collectors)?

Now, I wasn't there but the slides suggest to me that the Walmart wave will be on Vintage cards. The opening slide lists those figures as part of the Vintage line and the slide with the photos has "Vintage Figures Assortment" at the top. Did I miss something that was said in the panel?

Ranger565
07-27-2011, 11:06 PM
I dont post much here but I have been around a long time. My question for Hasbro is this.

With the fact that the VC 28 Vintage Wedge Antillies has been so popular, will we ever see a Updated figure with the Correct Painted Helmet? His helmet is not Silver, Its Green. With everyone trying to swipe up the new figure and paying a lot of money for it. you would expect it to be correct?

Carl

kenkraly2010
07-28-2011, 03:43 AM
Dear Hasbro , When will you release the millenium falcon on the vintage collection packaging? I own 2 versions of the falcon , the power of the force version from 1995 and the one from the 2002 Saga collection but I would love to own one on the vintage collection packaging.

bigbarada
07-31-2011, 02:56 PM
New question:

The BMF vehicles are becoming a welcome staple of the Star Wars line and the electronic lights and sounds of those toys are some of their most notable features. Unfortunately, those same lights and sounds get repetitive and boring after just a few hours. Would you consider equipping each toy with a USB port that would allow them to be hooked up to a computer so that new sound-effects and voice clips can be downloaded from your website? It would be a great way to create a level of upgrade-ability, customizability and long-term appeal for the toys. Also, retrofitting the existing BMF vehicles, like the Millenium Falcon, with this feature would be a good excuse for a rerelease and would allow collectors to choose which scene they want their toy to represent. For instance, collectors wanting their Falcon to recreate the space slug scene from ESB could download the sound clips specific to that scene and delete the ANH sound clips from their toy. Or if a vehicle like the AT-TE shows up in an episode of The Clone Wars, then fans would be able to get online immediately after watching the show and download a new batch of sound clips relevant to that particular episode. With online interactivity being so popular these days, it seems that something like this would add some extra perceived value to your higher priced vehicles. Is this something you would consider or do you believe would it drive development costs up too much?

sonofsokol
08-01-2011, 02:18 PM
Possible question idea:
Have you (Hasbro) ever considered involving the leaders/operators of the larger fan sites in a roundtable setting as a way to gauge fan interest? Once or twice a year you could give these "super fans" a top secret, confidential sneak peak at the upcoming plans of figures and/or figure line-ups and use their input to help decide which figures should be carried forward in multiple waves and which figures may need more limited release. I know the people who operate these websites, like our own JediTricks, have a finger on the pulse of fan base. They could provide a wealth of information and help limit some "mistakes" in under and over production. As a way to protect your information from spreading, you could exclude fan sites that leak information from Q & A sessions and/or future involvement in roundtable events. This would seem to be a great way to get the fans involved in the process while providing you with valuable information.

JediTricks
08-03-2011, 07:42 PM
Ok, so I'm going to take the shreds of what I was originally going to ask Hasbro at SDCC and jam them into our Q&A voting. Please feel free to make additions/suggestions on them.

BTW, nobody has voted yet.


Here's one that I thought of and probably won't have a chance to ask at Comic-Con tomorrow:

"At Comic-Con, you confirmed the Daultay Dofine figure coming out next year. While collectors will definitely welcome another Neimoidian (even if kids may not flock to buy him, based on previous Neimoidian sales history), it seems a bit odd that you picked a character with a few seconds of screen time (who's better known for being called a "stunted slime" than for anything he actually said or did) over Tey How, who has a far larger role in the film and a more distinctive look--and is consistently highly-ranked in fan's choice polls. To be honest, even a resculpt of one of the two most important Neimoidians in the movie (Nute Gunray or Rune Haako) would seem to make more sense than Daultay Dofine. We're not complaining, but could you explain why you picked Dofine over Gunray, Haako, or How?"

I wouldn't say that he has less time than Tey How; after the opening bridge scenes, where they both get a fair amount of lines, they typically appear together. I do kind of wonder why they picked him over How, though, given that she ranked higher in the fans' choice poll. And there's still more TPM announcements to be made, though I bet that Tey How would have appeared in TVC over the Episode I movie line.Yeah, that's how I see it as well. Until NYCC, I'm going to hold off on demanding to know why we're getting Daulty Dofine and not Tey How.


I have a question,

Hasbro, can we ever expect to see the Neimoidian/Separatist Shuttle released, seeing how it's appeared in three films, and in twelve SW:TCW episodes?There's actually 2 shuttle designs (windows, and no windows) and 2 paint schemes (Trade Federation, and CIS) that I know of. Hasbro will likely say something about how it's not aggressive enough since it's shown doing nothing exciting in the entertainment support. So can you (or anybody else reading this) come up with a strong counter-argument against that? I can't, so until I hear one which can strengthen the question, I'm going to hold off on it.


New question:

There seems to be a lot of confusion and speculation on the status of TVC "wave 4" (which includes Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Nom Anor, Aayla Secura and the 501st Clonetrooper) and it's relationship to the Walmart exclusive Ep1 wave scheduled for early 2012. In the SDCC slideshow, "wave 4" is listed as a part of The Vintage Collection, and it includes: Aayla Secura, Nom Anor, Kithaba, Dr. Evazan, Naboo Pilot, Mawhonic, Aurra Sing, and the Gungan Warrior. Now we understand that this wave has been moved to early 2012, however, who exactly is in the wave? Four of those figures were listed on another slide as being a part of the Walmart Exclusive Ep1 wave, which would not be on Vintage packaging. Was your slideshow mistaken? Are Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Aayla Secura, Nom Anor and the 501st Clone going to be a part of the Walmart exclusive wave and, thus, NOT on vintage-style cards (which would be a giant punch to the gut for many collectors)? Or are Mawhonic, Aurra Sing, Naboo Pilot and the Gungan Warrior going to be available simultaneously as a part of the Walmart exclusive wave AND a part of the Vintage Collection (which would defeat the purpose of them being exclusives)? What's going on here? Can you clear some of this up?Wow, that is a very confusing situation. The slide was simply mistaken, wave 4 was always listed up until that slide as:
Evazan,
Kithaba,
Aayla Secura,
501st trooper, and
Nom Anor
The SDCC slide simply added some of the WM-exclusive 2012 figures to the wave by accident, they are UNRELATED, the WM wave is only Ep 1 figures. What's shown in the slides at the 2012 preview are what the waves will consist of...
2012 Mainline wave 1:
http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/data/6203/Slide384.JPG
http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/data/6203/Slide374.JPG

2012 Mainline wave 1.5 (the numbering is somewhat confused, and this wave will actually be out BEFORE wave 1):
http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/data/6203/Slide394.JPG

2012 Mainline wave ??:
(Slide not shown at SDCC but consists of Evazan, Kithaba, Aayla Secura, a 501st trooper, and Nom Anor)

And the WM-exclusive wave is these figures:
http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/data/6203/Slide414.JPG

My live notes should detail this:
http://www.sirstevesguide.com/content.php/328-Hasbro-Star-Wars-SDCC-2011-Panel

Bottom line, Mawhonic and the other Ep 1 figures now exclusive to WM were never part of 2011 wave 4 and thus weren't moved to the 2012 mainline.


Now, I wasn't there but the slides suggest to me that the Walmart wave will be on Vintage cards. The opening slide lists those figures as part of the Vintage line and the slide with the photos has "Vintage Figures Assortment" at the top. Did I miss something that was said in the panel?They will be part of TVC, but exclusive to WM. The question BB was asking was whether, by listing them as being part of wave 4 moved to 2012, they'd be both WM exclusive and mainline, and I am confident that's a no, just a mistake in the typing of that slide.


I dont post much here but I have been around a long time. My question for Hasbro is this.

With the fact that the VC 28 Vintage Wedge Antillies has been so popular, will we ever see a Updated figure with the Correct Painted Helmet? His helmet is not Silver, Its Green. With everyone trying to swipe up the new figure and paying a lot of money for it. you would expect it to be correct?

CarlI can almost guarantee you that the answer will be along the lines of "Lucasfilm insisted that it was dark gray and their supplied source materials supported that". I just went to my pre-SE copies of the films and although it has a greenish tint, it is dark gray not dark green, and many of the comics draw it as dark silver because of that. The pics I see on google images show green mainly from the lighting, so it's not even where the other tones are. If you can find me better proof that there's notable green in there, I'll reconsider, but for now it's too specific and too iffy for me to use.


Dear Hasbro , When will you release the millenium falcon on the vintage collection packaging? I own 2 versions of the falcon , the power of the force version from 1995 and the one from the 2002 Saga collection but I would love to own one on the vintage collection packaging.The mold for the Millennium Falcon you're talking about is no longer usable, that's why Hasbro developed the new Big Millennium Falcon. Plus, in '04, they did release the old Falcon with new features on the OTC packaging which is vintage-inspired graphics, but only on the front. I just don't think there's enough demand for that idea to warrant it as a question right now, but I'll listen to more arguments in its favor.


New question:

The BMF vehicles are becoming a welcome staple of the Star Wars line and the electronic lights and sounds of those toys are some of their most notable features. Unfortunately, those same lights and sounds get repetitive and boring after just a few hours. Would you consider equipping each toy with a USB port that would allow them to be hooked up to a computer so that new sound-effects and voice clips can be downloaded from your website? It would be a great way to create a level of upgrade-ability, customizability and long-term appeal for the toys. Also, retrofitting the existing BMF vehicles, like the Millenium Falcon, with this feature would be a good excuse for a rerelease and would allow collectors to choose which scene they want their toy to represent. For instance, collectors wanting their Falcon to recreate the space slug scene from ESB could download the sound clips specific to that scene and delete the ANH sound clips from their toy. Or if a vehicle like the AT-TE shows up in an episode of The Clone Wars, then fans would be able to get online immediately after watching the show and download a new batch of sound clips relevant to that particular episode. With online interactivity being so popular these days, it seems that something like this would add some extra perceived value to your higher priced vehicles. Is this something you would consider or do you believe would it drive development costs up too much?I believe Steve and I discussed this with Mark Boudreaux either in '09 or last year at SDCC and his answer was that it was too expensive on 2 fronts: A) the technology to do that is far more expensive than what they're currently using for sound boards; and B) licensing the USB system would add even more cost on top of all the new tech they'd have to invest in. They have looked at it though.


Possible question idea:
Have you (Hasbro) ever considered involving the leaders/operators of the larger fan sites in a roundtable setting as a way to gauge fan interest? Once or twice a year you could give these "super fans" a top secret, confidential sneak peak at the upcoming plans of figures and/or figure line-ups and use their input to help decide which figures should be carried forward in multiple waves and which figures may need more limited release. I know the people who operate these websites, like our own JediTricks, have a finger on the pulse of fan base. They could provide a wealth of information and help limit some "mistakes" in under and over production. As a way to protect your information from spreading, you could exclude fan sites that leak information from Q & A sessions and/or future involvement in roundtable events. This would seem to be a great way to get the fans involved in the process while providing you with valuable information.Heh, I appreciate the confidence in my superfan-representative skills there. They actually do listen to the stuff we have to say at SDCC, so informally we already do that to a degree. But Hasbro is VERY secretive about how their information is handled, I don't think a simple NDA will stop their fears that somebody might leak their ideas, or try to sue them for stealing that person's input for financial gain (Derryl has outright stated that's one reason they're so closed to this sort of thing). The SW team members are well paid to figure out what we want and weigh that against their budgetary limitations. I can't say the idea isn't a good one, but I really don't see any chance of this being anything other than a very polite negative response from the team REGARDLESS of whether or not they think it's a good idea. I am not saying outright "no", but I am not ready to put it in the list either, more discussion needs to be had before I'm pulling that trigger.

JediTricks
08-03-2011, 08:07 PM
I didn't include these SDCC questions in our voting thread, but if anybody wants to suggest that we do put them in the voting, or has fixes for them, give it a shot...

- Hasbro's boys toys were really on a roll the last few years, not just Star Wars, but Transformers and GI Joe as well. Then over the last 9 months or so, distribution on all 3 of those iconic action figure lines seemed to take a significant tumble with the big retailers. Lots more backed up product, canceled items, and limited releases abound. It's to the point now where if it doesn't have immediate entertainment support, it seems like it is falling to the wayside. Has this been a systemic problem for Hasbro, or 3 separate cases of unfortunate problems all culminating around the same time? Is something being done to address the issue(s)?

- What happened with the electronic Funeral Pyre Darth Vader set you showed off the prototype of a couple years ago? Last we heard, it was being shopped around to various retailers, but hadn't quite found a home. That news is pretty old though, so are there any updates on the set, good news or bad?

- A question a lot of our readers have been kicking around in our Q&A voting thread is the issue of characters appearing in the Saga Legends line around the same time that they appear in The Vintage Collection - Anakin and Obi-Wan, Luke ESB Pilot, and the AOTC and ROTS Clones immediately spring to mind. The Saga Legends versions are $2 cheaper than their TVC counterparts, and sometimes are even superior in some ways - look at the helmet situation on the TVC Episode III clones compared to the properly-sized, never-green, correctly-painted Saga Legends clone that's also cheaper and comes with a stand and a pack of extra weapons. What is the cause of those counter-planned characters, and are they cannibalizing sales from each other as we suspect? Do you think a ceiling has been hit on the number of Anakins and Clones the casual consumer market will bear?

- Ok, Saga Legends is the line for the kids and casual collectors, so a white ROTS clone makes sense there. But why was a white clone put out in the collector-focused Vintage Collection line when only 2 white clones are seen in the film, the rest being a myriad of other unit paintjobs?

- what happened to mini muggs?


-with jeff taking over q and a from derryl, the first few batches of answers have been brief and less nuanced than what we've grown used to from the brand, they're more p.r styled answers than giving fans a real understanding of how the brand works. We hope this is just a breaking in period and not a repeat of the frustrating transformers brand q & a. What can we fans do to help smooth this transitional period?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-03-2011, 08:36 PM
- Hasbro's boys toys were really on a roll the last few years, not just Star Wars, but Transformers and GI Joe as well. Then over the last 9 months or so, distribution on all 3 of those iconic action figure lines seemed to take a significant tumble with the big retailers. Lots more backed up product, canceled items, and limited releases abound. It's to the point now where if it doesn't have immediate entertainment support, it seems like it is falling to the wayside. Has this been a systemic problem for Hasbro, or 3 separate cases of unfortunate problems all culminating around the same time? Is something being done to address the issue(s)?
For SW, at least, they seem to be addressing it now with the line reset, at least at Targets. But the last few years have seen distribution issues for much of the first half of the year and then a ton of new stuff around late July/early August; they have previously said that they like to have most of it in the fall and holiday season, so I doubt it's going to change much there. They've also said they can't always tell which figures are going to pegwarm, and at this point it sort of seems like it's just going to happen every now and then. It's just that both things were happening simultaneously this year. I don't know what else they could really say on the subject, but I don't really know much about other lines or their distribution woes.

As to the white ROTS clone and the ceiling on figures, Echo Base News (http://echobasenews.com/interview-derryl-depriest.html) interviewed Derryl and he spoke on it:

Our next question is about a figure that's been carried forward many times in The Vintage Collection that hasn't been too popular with some fans. It's the Revenge of the Sith plain white Clone Trooper. A lot of people have noticed it reaching the pegs with the helmet already yellowed. Is that something Hasbro's aware of?
"We are very aware of that. We've been aware of this for months now. Actually, the collectors on the fan sites brought this to our attention. The samples that we have back at Hasbro, the early production samples, they weren't like that. So, the fans alerted to us to this, so thank you, and we found the nature of the problem very quickly and have made a change so at some point once that new change starts to hit you'll see that the helmets aren't yellow. So we fixed it. The second thing is we've learned that we might have reached the ceiling on plain white clone troopers, right? We might have found the saturation point, finally, after years of releasing millions of these figures. Fans have kind of said it's enough and we're now turning our attention to different color versions of the clones rather than just the plain white to get some variety."

Battle Droid
08-03-2011, 08:56 PM
Obi-Wan and Anakin use a Separatist Shuttle to shoot down Dooku in SW:TCW, I'd say that's pretty aggressive.

We'll no doubt be seeing it appear in even more episodes of SW:TCW, with even more agression shown.

The Mandalorian Shuttle did nothing agressive at all and they made it. It's not even armed in the show, Hasbro just gave it missle lauchers.

Battle Droid
08-04-2011, 04:35 AM
Another question,

Hasbro, will you ever release a regular SW:TCW infantry Battle Droid with the Firefighter Battle Droid's arms, and the Separatist Speeder Pilot Battle Droid's legs so that we'll have a more articulated animated Battle Droid?

bigbarada
08-04-2011, 08:40 AM
-with jeff taking over q and a from derryl, the first few batches of answers have been brief and less nuanced than what we've grown used to from the brand, they're more p.r styled answers than giving fans a real understanding of how the brand works. We hope this is just a breaking in period and not a repeat of the frustrating transformers brand q & a. What can we fans do to help smooth this transitional period?

I like this question and, seeing as how all sites are complaining about the non-answers from the latest rounds, I think we really need to ask them about it.

Here's my rework of it:

With Jeff taking over Q&A duties from Derryl, the first few batches of answers have been brief and less nuanced than what we've grown accustomed to from the brand. Previously, it seems that the answers returned were intended to give fans a real understanding of how the brand works. Now, fan sites are getting subjected to generic PR-styled doublespeak, which we can only assume is intended to artificially generate hype for a brand that people are already hyped about (otherwise they wouldn't be participating in the Q&A), or poor attempts at humor, which makes many fans feel that Hasbro is mocking us. We hope this is just a breaking-in period and not a repeat of the frustratingly pointless Transformers brand Q&A. If so, then what can we fans to do help smooth this transitional period? If these last few rounds of vague non-answers are an indication of what we can expect from here on out, then what's the point of even participating in the Q&A?

sonofsokol
08-04-2011, 12:36 PM
Heh, I appreciate the confidence in my superfan-representative skills there. They actually do listen to the stuff we have to say at SDCC, so informally we already do that to a degree. But Hasbro is VERY secretive about how their information is handled, I don't think a simple NDA will stop their fears that somebody might leak their ideas, or try to sue them for stealing that person's input for financial gain (Derryl has outright stated that's one reason they're so closed to this sort of thing)...

No worries, I just feel like Hasbro has made some pretty bad decisions recently about which figures to carry forward and think that some input from the collectors before the waves were set would help.


A question a lot of our readers have been kicking around in our Q&A voting thread is the issue of characters appearing in the Saga Legends line around the same time that they appear in The Vintage Collection - Anakin and Obi-Wan, Luke ESB Pilot, and the AOTC and ROTS Clones immediately spring to mind. The Saga Legends versions are $2 cheaper than their TVC counterparts, and sometimes are even superior in some ways - look at the helmet situation on the TVC Episode III clones compared to the properly-sized, never-green, correctly-painted Saga Legends clone that's also cheaper and comes with a stand and a pack of extra weapons. What is the cause of those counter-planned characters, and are they cannibalizing sales from each other as we suspect? Do you think a ceiling has been hit on the number of Anakins and Clones the casual consumer market will bear?

Even my wife, who spends more time in the toy aisle with me than she would like, has noticed this trend and asked me this very question. If it were to be added, I would certainly vote for it.


with jeff taking over q and a from derryl, the first few batches of answers have been brief and less nuanced than what we've grown used to from the brand, they're more p.r styled answers than giving fans a real understanding of how the brand works. We hope this is just a breaking in period and not a repeat of the frustrating transformers brand q & a. What can we fans do to help smooth this transitional period?

Here's my rework of it:
With Jeff taking over Q&A duties from Derryl, the first few batches of answers have been brief and less nuanced than what we've grown accustomed to from the brand. Previously, it seems that the answers returned were intended to give fans a real understanding of how the brand works. Now, fan sites are getting subjected to generic PR-styled doublespeak, which we can only assume is intended to artificially generate hype for a brand that people are already hyped about (otherwise they wouldn't be participating in the Q&A), or poor attempts at humor, which makes many fans feel that Hasbro is mocking us. We hope this is just a breaking-in period and not a repeat of the frustratingly pointless Transformers brand Q&A. If so, then what can we fans to do help smooth this transitional period? If these last few rounds of vague non-answers are an indication of what we can expect from here on out, then what's the point of even participating in the Q&A?

I like this question too. I worry that it may come off a bit harsh on Jeff, but I think that if they know that we are asking out of real concern and not just trying to be mean it could work. I like BigB's inclusion of "...which we can only assume is intended to artificially generate hype for a brand that people are already hyped about (otherwise they wouldn't be participating in the Q&A), or poor attempts at humor, which makes many fans feel that Hasbro is mocking us." It gives them some idea of exactly what we are complaining/asking about.


Obi-Wan and Anakin use a Separatist Shuttle to shoot down Dooku in SW:TCW, I'd say that's pretty aggressive.
We'll no doubt be seeing it appear in even more episodes of SW:TCW, with even more agression shown.
The Mandalorian Shuttle did nothing agressive at all and they made it. It's not even armed in the show, Hasbro just gave it missle lauchers.

Good point about the Mandalorian Shuttle. I also think that the Separatist Shuttle would help to balance the "good guy" and "bad guy" ships a bit. With all the Jedi Star Fighters, the bad guys get pretty outnumbered, though the Tri-Fighter and Separatist Gunship helped this out tremendously.

Tycho
08-09-2011, 03:03 AM
New Questions:

How does Hasbro feel now about making "non-action" Clone Wars figures given that War Plans Padme and War Plans Chancellor Palpatine have shown up on another reputable fan site's rumored figures list? Could figures like Senators Far, Tutchi, and Bail Organna, and Separatist Leaders like Nute Gunray make it into the CW line, perhaps as exclusive figures included with battle packs?

Has Hasbro looked at ships like Hondo Ohnaka's flying saucer, the Rapier-One for inclusion in the $24 basic fighter ship assortment?

Enough with Republic ships for a while, as the Solar Sailor is a good choice, too - as is Ventress' ship from the Gennedy series (the Republic Fighter Tank was not from the new cartoon show), but that angel fish ship the Jedi use (Lego made it) does beg for consideration - however that's too big for the $24 price range - isn't it? Maybe the bounty hunter ship that Seripas and the others arrive in is plausible. On Naboo, Padme uses a yellow HazMat version of it when the blue shadow virus strikes. Repaint anyone? It could come with Padme and JarJar in EV suits, and maybe "Peppy" the pink female Gungan. Everyone wants a pink, female Gungan figure!

@JediTricks, regarding the Niemoidian shuttle: when Count Dooku got away (and later crashes on Bantchor where he meets Hondo Ohnaka) Anakin and Obi-Wan fly a stolen Niemoidian shuttle in pursuit of Dooku - who's solar sailor is protected by vulture droid fighters. The Niemoidian ship is seeing firing (in action in other words) and being used by the hero characters. While the ship doesn't top my list of wants - there does lie some possibility for Chuxter's preference with cartoon support. The 2 paint schemes (TF and CIS) lend itself to being profitable for Hasbro, too. I might purchase this if only to hang it in the Battle of Geonosis, representing Nute Gunray fleeing the fighting in AOTC. I think that would be a TF paint schemed ship - but I'm not that particular.

Battle Droid
08-09-2011, 04:26 PM
New Questions:

How does Hasbro feel now about making "non-action" Clone Wars figures given that War Plans Padme and War Plans Chancellor Palpatine have shown up on another reputable fan site's rumored figures list? Could figures like Senators Far, Tutchi, and Bail Organna, and Separatist Leaders like Nute Gunray make it into the CW line, perhaps as exclusive figures included with battle packs?

This one gets my vote! :)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-09-2011, 08:18 PM
For now, I'll vote for 9 and 12. I'd still like to take a crack at writing some more of the SDCC questions; I'll have more time tomorrow to do so.

JediTricks
08-09-2011, 09:14 PM
Question 6 cut.

Nobody has voted, so nobody is refunded a vote.

Let me restate that, NOBODY HAS VOTED YET FOR AN EXISTING QUESTION. I have been in this thread for 2 hours and still have 0 votes in my tally sheet.


For SW, at least, they seem to be addressing it now with the line reset, at least at Targets. But the last few years have seen distribution issues for much of the first half of the year and then a ton of new stuff around late July/early August; they have previously said that they like to have most of it in the fall and holiday season, so I doubt it's going to change much there. They've also said they can't always tell which figures are going to pegwarm, and at this point it sort of seems like it's just going to happen every now and then. It's just that both things were happening simultaneously this year. I don't know what else they could really say on the subject, but I don't really know much about other lines or their distribution woes.This is the worst I've seen it since 2003 though. I don't know what they COULD say, but if Derryl were still answering questions, I would have liked to have seen him address it. That said, it's a question that was really only going to work up until SDCC, which is why I didn't throw it back in the mix afterwards.


As to the white ROTS clone and the ceiling on figures, Echo Base News (http://echobasenews.com/interview-derryl-depriest.html) interviewed Derryl and he spoke on it:Thanks for the 411, I'll cut that question. That said, the yellowed helmets issue hasn't been as fixed as Derryl's been led to believe, I just yesterday saw a fresh case of figures with 2 yellowed helmets, the Utapau Clone and the new Stormtrooper.



Obi-Wan and Anakin use a Separatist Shuttle to shoot down Dooku in SW:TCW, I'd say that's pretty aggressive.

We'll no doubt be seeing it appear in even more episodes of SW:TCW, with even more agression shown.

The Mandalorian Shuttle did nothing agressive at all and they made it. It's not even armed in the show, Hasbro just gave it missle lauchers.I'll add it, I guess. I may be instituting a new policy concerning questions' lifespans though, cutting questions after 3 or 4 rounds if they don't show long-term support. That's not just about your question, I have one that's for sure coming off next round barring a voting miracle (which isn't saying much, as of right now nobody has voted and there's just 11 days left in the round).



Another question,

Hasbro, will you ever release a regular SW:TCW infantry Battle Droid with the Firefighter Battle Droid's arms, and the Separatist Speeder Pilot Battle Droid's legs so that we'll have a more articulated animated Battle Droid?Yeah, sure, why not.



I like this question and, seeing as how all sites are complaining about the non-answers from the latest rounds, I think we really need to ask them about it.

Here's my rework of it:

With Jeff taking over Q&A duties from Derryl, the first few batches of answers have been brief and less nuanced than what we've grown accustomed to from the brand. Previously, it seems that the answers returned were intended to give fans a real understanding of how the brand works. Now, fan sites are getting subjected to generic PR-styled doublespeak, which we can only assume is intended to artificially generate hype for a brand that people are already hyped about (otherwise they wouldn't be participating in the Q&A), or poor attempts at humor, which makes many fans feel that Hasbro is mocking us. We hope this is just a breaking-in period and not a repeat of the frustratingly pointless Transformers brand Q&A. If so, then what can we fans to do help smooth this transitional period? If these last few rounds of vague non-answers are an indication of what we can expect from here on out, then what's the point of even participating in the Q&A?Thanks, I wrote it on my phone while waiting for another panel to start. :D I was just in the middle of working on a different tack to that question when I decided to start working this thread, so I'll take some ideas from your reworking along with my unholy-long quotations (for once, it's not my fault! I used our first, and last, use of paragraph breaks in a Q&A question. :p) and throw together question 15. I'm hoping Derryl's words will help explain to Jeff what we've grown to expect.



No worries, I just feel like Hasbro has made some pretty bad decisions recently about which figures to carry forward and think that some input from the collectors before the waves were set would help.No, I absolutely agree with you, in a perfect world it'd be a brilliant idea. The problem is more one of the reality of the situation, logistics and corporate interference.


Even my wife, who spends more time in the toy aisle with me than she would like, has noticed this trend and asked me this very question. If it were to be added, I would certainly vote for it. Ok, I'll rework it and put it back in. We've had it before and pulled it due to lack of interest, but I'll put it into the cycle. I am however worried about the Anakin question at the end being a bit loaded and could blow up in our faces (the clone part was already answered recently, they do).


I like this question too. I worry that it may come off a bit harsh on Jeff, but I think that if they know that we are asking out of real concern and not just trying to be mean it could work. I like BigB's inclusion of "...which we can only assume is intended to artificially generate hype for a brand that people are already hyped about (otherwise they wouldn't be participating in the Q&A), or poor attempts at humor, which makes many fans feel that Hasbro is mocking us." It gives them some idea of exactly what we are complaining/asking about. I agree with his sentiment, but the way it's put is pretty harsh and I don't want to push our relationship with them that hard. Hence I used Derryl's words to do the job instead. But now seeing your post, I do feel like I may have been too soft at the end in my own words, so I've bolstered it a little.



New Questions:

How does Hasbro feel now about making "non-action" Clone Wars figures given that War Plans Padme and War Plans Chancellor Palpatine have shown up on another reputable fan site's rumored figures list? Could figures like Senators Far, Tutchi, and Bail Organna, and Separatist Leaders like Nute Gunray make it into the CW line, perhaps as exclusive figures included with battle packs?1) SSG has a policy not to deal in rumors if it's going to be in our news. I don't subscribe to the idea that, without presented evidence, there is ever a "reputable" rumor list, even if it's on SSG somehow.

2) They addressed that in a few answers late last year, like this one from Nov 22nd:
GalacticHunter.com: Our Features Editor (ahem) spoke to the Line Lead for The Clone Wars at Celebration V, and there was some difficulty in working Duchess Satine into the line. Now that she's had several appearances in, frankly, powerful episodes, is there room for a refined lady in a gown? (The skirt can be "break-away" as a compromise - just make sure she has something on underneath, of course!)
Hasbro: There are no plans for a Satine figure in the line. Aside from Ahsoka, kids just don't respond to female figures all that well. With kids being the vast majority of the Clone Wars audience, we don't have the luxury of a lot of collector-targeted figures in the line.


and

Sandtroopers.com: If Clone Wars is such a smash hit, is there a chance we'll see a better development of new figures next year? It seems like much of what we are seeing this year is existing sculpts with minor tweaks. IE Senate Guards, various Clone Troopers. Will Hasbro put more behind completely new figures for not only Clone Wars but Vintage?? In a nutshell, does ratings effect the resources Hasbro puts into a particular brand?
Hasbro: Ratings don't affect what we put into the figures, but sales do; more importantly, our understanding of what audience is actually buying the figures is a key factor in what we do. Clone Wars is a very successful line for us, and the vast majority of people buying it are kids. This, combined with the fact that there are fewer collectors engaged in Clone Wars than in Legacy (Vintage), means that we are focusing on major characters for Clone Wars and trimming back on the more obscure characters. We've found that kids don't value these tertiary characters, so there is a high risk of bottling up the line when they don't sell. Also, kids don't care about whether their figures are made with existing sculpts or not: they concentrate on the biggest characters. This helps us ensure that we put our focus where it makes the biggest different for collector, and that's Vintage. Vintage will have many more new figures than Clone Wars in 2011.


and from Sept



KittysPryde.forumotion.com: Many fans love the articulation featured in the 'super-articulated Clone Trooper', but most figures continue to use tooling with less mobile joints. Why have the designers chosen to utilize articulation (especially in new molds) that allows for less movement than articulation already developed?
Hasbro: We assume that you are referring to Clone Wars figures, since the Legacy figures continue to be super-articulated. The simple reason for Clone Wars figures taking a bit of step down in articulation is due to the fact that the vast majority of Clone Wars figures are bought by kids who do not place value in articulation, and in fact find highly-articulated figures a lot more fussy to control and pose. We want to make sure that we are putting our cost investments (tooling, etc) in the right place and we want to make sure that we aren't over-developing figures for the target audience.


It goes on and on like that, there's a pattern which developed in answers over the last year that Hasbro's seeing Clone Wars as struggling with figures like those you're suggesting and thriving when they're minimized. None are "off the table", but their chances are surely lower. As such, I don't feel it's something to pursue in Q&A right now, baseless "is this coming out" sort of questions are very specific when we have such a limited resource, since literally everything could be asked that way.


Has Hasbro looked at ships like Hondo Ohnaka's flying saucer, the Rapier-One for inclusion in the $24 basic fighter ship assortment?Unless it's currently on the plan for the next 6 months, I'm sure the answer will be of the "yes, but we're not doing it right now" variety.


Enough with Republic ships for a while, as the Solar Sailor is a good choice, too - as is Ventress' ship from the Gennedy series (the Republic Fighter Tank was not from the new cartoon show), but that angel fish ship the Jedi use (Lego made it) does beg for consideration - however that's too big for the $24 price range - isn't it? Maybe the bounty hunter ship that Seripas and the others arrive in is plausible. On Naboo, Padme uses a yellow HazMat version of it when the blue shadow virus strikes. Repaint anyone? It could come with Padme and JarJar in EV suits, and maybe "Peppy" the pink female Gungan. Everyone wants a pink, female Gungan figure! What is this, are you just typing everything that pops into your head into 1 question?

As for Ventress' ship, it was asked and answered. And the bounty hunter ship Halo is at least as implausible as the Jedi T-6 Shuttle, both of which have been made by LEGO and both are outside the Hasbro Class 2 Fleet (that's the new name for $25 vehicles) scale as-is.

JediTricks
08-09-2011, 09:17 PM
For now, I'll vote for 9 and 12. I'd still like to take a crack at writing some more of the SDCC questions; I'll have more time tomorrow to do so.OH MY GOD, SOMEBODY VOTED WHILE I WAS WORKING ON THE THREAD! It's an August miracle!

Don't worry too much about the SDCC questions right now, we're swamped with questions anyway, 15 live questions and we're only losing 2 at the end of the round instead of 4.

DarkJedi5
08-09-2011, 10:11 PM
#5 for now.

Battle Droid
08-10-2011, 02:20 AM
#13 and #14 get my votes!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-10-2011, 02:36 AM
I'd actually like to change my vote from 12 to 15. Last round's answers across all the sites were showing a bit of improvement, but this one was full of "not right now"s, misunderstanding of simple questions (about the Walmart exclusive TPM wave) and outright false information (Kit Fisto's nonexistent running change, unless there's one coming later that nobody knew about). I'd like to nip this trend in the bud as soon as possible, and seeing Derryl's passion for this brings it home.

sonofsokol
08-10-2011, 02:43 AM
I really like quite a few of the new questions.
I'd like to vote for 15 & 16

bigbarada
08-10-2011, 09:22 AM
So many good questions to choose from this time. I'm going to go with 8 and 15; but I might change my mind later on.

El Chuxter
08-10-2011, 11:08 AM
(Kit Fisto's nonexistent running change, unless there's one coming later that nobody knew about)
The Mighty GrinTM!!! Please, God, let it be The Mighty GrinTM.

mtriv73
08-10-2011, 11:46 AM
I'm voting for 15 for now

sonofsokol
08-10-2011, 01:05 PM
In regards to question 16, which asks about figures appearing in both TVC and Saga Legends: Rebel Scum (http://www.rebelscum.com/TVCsagalegends.asp)shows that there has been 32 Saga Legends figures since the packaging was changed to the "shadows of the dark side" style, which also maked the beginning of the Vintage Collection. This numbering started with Bossk as SL01 and the SpaceTrooper as SL32. I did a quick comparison and it appears that 15 of these 32 figures have also appeard in the Vintage Collection. I realize that the Vintage Collection figures have been improved/updated and in some cases are quite different than the Saga Legends version, but it still surprises me how many duplicates there are.
Here is the list that I came up with:
-Anakin (episode III)
-Boba Fett
-C-3PO
-Clone Trooper-Phase I
-Clone Trooper-Phase II
-Darth Vader
-General Grievous
-Jango Fett
-Luke Skywalker (Snow Speeder Pilot)
-Mace Windu
-Obiwan Kenobi (episode II)
-R2-D2
-Stormtrooper
-Super Battle Droid
-Yoda

JediTricks
08-10-2011, 03:02 PM
Question 9 needs to be modified. Target has placed Saggy Legends SKU back on their pegs. I haven't been to WM yet, but I'll bet they'll go back to it as well.

Question 16 modified to add more examples. I'm still not happy with the last sentence though, without the Clones (who were addressed), I think it may have to be cut as it's too specific and sorta weak.


My votes:
9
15



I'd actually like to change my vote from 12 to 15. Last round's answers across all the sites were showing a bit of improvement, but this one was full of "not right now"s, misunderstanding of simple questions (about the Walmart exclusive TPM wave) and outright false information (Kit Fisto's nonexistent running change, unless there's one coming later that nobody knew about). I'd like to nip this trend in the bud as soon as possible, and seeing Derryl's passion for this brings it home.Yeah, I just read that TPM answer, and I felt like Hasbro was trying to bore a white-hot drillbit into my brain... sideways.



The Mighty GrinTM!!! Please, God, let it be The Mighty GrinTM.Sorry, just a card change from AOTC to ROTS. For it to be the grin, they'd have to change the head in general (it has the awful ROTS headtails and likeness).



In regards to question 16, which asks about figures appearing in both TVC and Saga Legends: Rebel Scum (http://www.rebelscum.com/TVCsagalegends.asp)shows that there has been 32 Saga Legends figures since the packaging was changed to the "shadows of the dark side" style, which also maked the beginning of the Vintage Collection. This numbering started with Bossk as SL01 and the SpaceTrooper as SL32. I did a quick comparison and it appears that 15 of these 32 figures have also appeard in the Vintage Collection. I realize that the Vintage Collection figures have been improved/updated and in some cases are quite different than the Saga Legends version, but it still surprises me how many duplicates there are.
Here is the list that I came up with:
-Anakin (episode III)
-Boba Fett
-C-3PO
-Clone Trooper-Phase I
-Clone Trooper-Phase II
-Darth Vader
-General Grievous
-Jango Fett
-Luke Skywalker (Snow Speeder Pilot)
-Mace Windu
-Obiwan Kenobi (episode II)
-R2-D2
-Stormtrooper
-Super Battle Droid
-YodaThat is excellent, thank you, I'll change the question. Wasn't the Ep 2 Obi-Wan a mistake though, and they've since switched it to the Ep 3 figure? I'm not using

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-10-2011, 03:25 PM
That is excellent, thank you, I'll change the question. Wasn't the Ep 2 Obi-Wan a mistake though, and they've since switched it to the Ep 3 figure?
Yes, the AOTC Obi-Wan was only in Legends for a brief time before changing it to the ROTS version, which had more articulation than the Vintage version.

sonofsokol
08-10-2011, 04:50 PM
Question 16 modified to add more examples. I'm still not happy with the last sentence though, without the Clones (who were addressed), I think it may have to be cut as it's too specific and sorta weak.

I might be confussed as to the end goal of this question. What I want to know is why are there so many "duplicates" between the 2 lines, not necessarily if they think they hit the "Anakin threshold".

What do you think of this?
There seems to be more redundancy between the Saga Legends and Vintage Collection lines as of late. In the past, we have been told that Hasbro tries to avoid duplications such as these, but that seems to have changed. Since the beginning of the Vintage Collection/Shadow of the Darkside era, 15 of the 32 Saga Legends have been on the pegs around the same time as a similar Vintage Collection counterpart. These “duplicate” figures include Boba and Jango Fett, ROTS and AotC Clone Troopers, Stormtrooper, Super Battle Droid, General Grievous, Darth Vader, Anakin, Obi-wan, C-3PO, R2-D2, Mace Windu, and Yoda. Serious collectors can easily recognize the improvements and/or updates to the figures in the Vintage Collection, but casual fans would seem far more likely to purchase the Saga Legends version since it comes with a stand (and Battle Mat game accessories) and is $2 cheaper. It seems that sales from Saga Legends would cannibalize sales from the Vintage Collection; this much overlap seems counterproductive. Is there a reason for this redundancy? Is Hasbro trying to prevent this overlap between the 2 lines or are these frequent duplications the new standard?

I think I have been the only one to vote for this question thus far, so it it is too weak and you want to cut it, I'll understand. There are other questions I could easly vote for if 16 were to be removed.

Tycho
08-11-2011, 02:33 PM
JT - there are votes on the previous page.

BattleDroid backed my question about "non-action" CW figures like Bail and Senator Farr.

I have to see if you've updated the questions list before I vote.

I wasn't inspired to support the questions you'd listed previously or I would have already posted my response.

sebillba
08-12-2011, 04:24 AM
BattleDroid backed my question about "non-action" CW figures like Bail and Senator Farr.

I would also support any question asking for Onaconda Farr. ;)

JediTricks
08-13-2011, 12:57 PM
I might be confussed as to the end goal of this question. What I want to know is why are there so many "duplicates" between the 2 lines, not necessarily if they think they hit the "Anakin threshold".

What do you think of this?
There seems to be more redundancy between the Saga Legends and Vintage Collection lines as of late. In the past, we have been told that Hasbro tries to avoid duplications such as these, but that seems to have changed. Since the beginning of the Vintage Collection/Shadow of the Darkside era, 15 of the 32 Saga Legends have been on the pegs around the same time as a similar Vintage Collection counterpart. These “duplicate” figures include Boba and Jango Fett, ROTS and AotC Clone Troopers, Stormtrooper, Super Battle Droid, General Grievous, Darth Vader, Anakin, Obi-wan, C-3PO, R2-D2, Mace Windu, and Yoda. Serious collectors can easily recognize the improvements and/or updates to the figures in the Vintage Collection, but casual fans would seem far more likely to purchase the Saga Legends version since it comes with a stand (and Battle Mat game accessories) and is $2 cheaper. It seems that sales from Saga Legends would cannibalize sales from the Vintage Collection; this much overlap seems counterproductive. Is there a reason for this redundancy? Is Hasbro trying to prevent this overlap between the 2 lines or are these frequent duplications the new standard?

I think I have been the only one to vote for this question thus far, so it it is too weak and you want to cut it, I'll understand. There are other questions I could easly vote for if 16 were to be removed.Originally, the anakin ceiling aspect was Anakins and Clones and stuff that wasn't selling, but they answered the specific clone aspect. I do take what you're saying to mind though, and have changed the question a little. I don't think removing question 16 is good though, I like the question, moreso than ever now that the Stormtrooper is shipping on both TVC and SL at the exact same time and the TVC helmet is still not a color match but is $1 or $2 more.



JT - there are votes on the previous page.

BattleDroid backed my question about "non-action" CW figures like Bail and Senator Farr.

I have to see if you've updated the questions list before I vote.

I wasn't inspired to support the questions you'd listed previously or I would have already posted my response.Support for a question not added isn't necessarily a vote. I'm generally not adding these specific item questions, and I'm certainly not adding questions to which we've gotten answers for. Derryl told us several times last year in our convention interviews that they'd be doing a lot less - look at this question I wrote for Steve at Celebration V:
SirSteve: Since it started, Hasbro has been vocal that the Clone Wars action figure line is aimed primarily at kids, and that is the justification for less articulation and big spring-loaded gimmicks such as weapons. However, last year saw an upsweep in articulation outside the Clone Trooper figure, and an increased focus on design accuracy as more material became available. This year, Clone Wars quality is hitting a lot of highs with figures like Pre Vizsla - who all but perfects the ball-hinged wrist and ball-jointed torso - as well as accuracy such as General Grievous mark 2, and Mace Windu mark 2. Those are areas where collectors are focused though, not so much the kid market, and there also seems to be an increased focus on collector-themed characters such as Thi-Sen, Darth Sidious, and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Is the addition of collector-focused characters, design, and features meant to be hedging your bets as to what markets will respond to the line, or is it more about putting a little wink and nod towards the hardcore collector base that has stuck with the line? And how is the line doing with those 2 markets these days, the casual consumers/kids and the hardcore collectors?
Derryl DePriest: This question is really about who our target market is, and do we build figures to appeal in Clone Wars, to appeal to both collectors and kids. What a lot of fans should realize is that we work so far in advance on the line that sometimes we're giving future guidance about the trends that they're gonna see that doesn't exactly match what's at the shelf right now. Case in point with Clone Wars, we've done a lot of consumer research on who's actually responding, who's actually taking away the figures that we send out to retail, and the vast majority is kids. Now, there are collectors, but they're not as many collectors in Clone Wars as there are in the Legacy line, by a pretty decent margin. It seems like the large majority of collectors - I won't say "vast majority" - but large majority of collectors prefer or collect the Legacy line over the Clone Wars line. So that's changed our thinking a little bit, that we've investing a lot in articulation that we really should be pulling it back. It doesn't mean that we won't do figures here or there that really hit on what collectors like, or we're not going to go away completely from kind of the more obscure characters like Ki-Adi-Mundi - who is also a Jedi so that's very good, kids do like Jedi - but it means that we're going to really be kinda trimming down our focus. But when I say we that design the line so far ahead, it means that, what we're talking about when we say there will be less articulation coming, we're really talking about 12, 18 months ahead of when we started talking about it. So that was something that we started getting out to fans maybe 6 months ago, it's really affecting future development. Everything that fans are seeing now, some of these figures, the more articulated figures, really reflect characters that were designed a year or 18 months ago, so long ago in our past that now we have a new sensibility for the line, and it really reflects going forward, what fans are going to see.



They are trimming down focus on those sorts of figures. So why would we ask about them doing more of those figures when they told us to our faces, as well as several times in Q&A answers, that they were doing less of them?

Tycho
08-14-2011, 10:43 PM
Another new question:

For the figure w. vehicle packs, have you considered more offerings from the actual movie such as the Kamino patrol vehicles with a Kaminoan pilot (whom you could single-card later)? What about the Hoth Ice Cutter with a Echo Base Trooper? Because the mold was already made, would the Wookiee Flyer see re-release, as well as Obi-Wan on Boga?

I still have not voted quite yet, but am waiting to see what the final offerings are closer to the time this poll closes.

JediTricks
08-15-2011, 03:06 PM
4 days left to vote in this round!


Another new question:

For the figure w. vehicle packs, have you considered more offerings from the actual movie such as the Kamino patrol vehicles with a Kaminoan pilot (whom you could single-card later)? What about the Hoth Ice Cutter with a Echo Base Trooper? Because the mold was already made, would the Wookiee Flyer see re-release, as well as Obi-Wan on Boga?

I still have not voted quite yet, but am waiting to see what the final offerings are closer to the time this poll closes.They'll probably just say that they will do them when appropriate and when they think their target audience (kids) will buy them. I'm not saying no to this question but it's pretty weak as-is, and I also don't know which Kamino vehicle you're talking about and what Kaminoan pilot there was, you need to be more specific, was it one of these?:
Kamino Submarine http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kamino_submarine
Kamino Spacecraft http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kamino_spacecraft
KE-8 Enforcer http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/KE-8_Enforcer

I definitely wouldn't be inclined to ask about the Boga again unless it appears in the show, it's one of those prequel creatures that just doesn't seem to have an audience, doesn't capture the imaginations of the kids that the Class 1 Fleet line is focused on.

Tycho
08-16-2011, 08:28 PM
JediTricks, thank you for your responses.

And the links.

I mean the KE-8 enforcer (from AOTC) with a realisitc movie figure of a generic Kaminoan. I'd buy maybe up to 3 of these things!

The submarine from Clone Wars could also work (hopefully with an animated Kaminoan, as another Obi-Wan might be good for the kids, but the collectors have him already - though he actually does use this vessel in the show). Also - note how much this vessel has features similar to Zam Wessel's speeder on Coruscant in AOTC. Interesting continuity. But I never suspected her vehicle to be Kaminoan.

The Kamino spaceship looks really boring IMO.

As to your previous answer from SirSteve's Q&A (and why do I suspect YOU and not Steve posed that question?), I still question whether there's merit in "reminding" Hasbro that we want certain items (like Jocasta Nu's case is being pressed, as is the Sailbarge vehicle, and since back in the day - this is a successful (see Wuher, the cantina bartender) way to do things.

That would mean, asking about Anaconda Far, Senator Tsutchi, Bail Organa, Nute Gunray, Padme as a Senator, Palpatine etc. if even to get another "no" response, only to ask them again in another year. Obviously begging the question for real. In this game, I'd allow the question to be voted for once a year. That way it won't waste other questions' chances, but can achieve its purpose for why it's being asked in the first place. But aren't many of the questions being asked to beg for specific new products anyway?

JediTricks
08-17-2011, 03:03 PM
I am sending the questions in tomorrow, so make sure to get those votes in before that deadline.


JediTricks, thank you for your responses.

And the links.

I mean the KE-8 enforcer (from AOTC) with a realisitc movie figure of a generic Kaminoan. I'd buy maybe up to 3 of these things!Well, the KE-8 is actually kinda big, nearly 2/3rds the length of Slave I, not terribly recognizable as it blends into the CGI background, and it doesn't really do much of anything, so I'm not seeing it as a great candidate for the Class I Fleet vehicle with figure line. Maybe if it showed up and did something notable in the Clone Wars.


The submarine from Clone Wars could also work (hopefully with an animated Kaminoan, as another Obi-Wan might be good for the kids, but the collectors have him already - though he actually does use this vessel in the show). Also - note how much this vessel has features similar to Zam Wessel's speeder on Coruscant in AOTC. Interesting continuity. But I never suspected her vehicle to be Kaminoan.Well, it does look like Zam's speeder, but they're seemingly not related. And it's not really from the movies, so putting a movie-styled Kaminoan pilot in there seems pretty difficult to sell. Plus, there is no approved artwork for a Kaminoan pilot that I know of, so Hasbro would either request concept artwork be created by Lucasfilm, or have to come up with multiple concepts and have Lucasfilm approve one of them - which is all very expensive for a figure and a vehicle that doesn't really have much of a chance of grabbing its main audience.


The Kamino spaceship looks really boring IMO.I agree there.


As to your previous answer from SirSteve's Q&A (and why do I suspect YOU and not Steve posed that question?)Because I said as much in the post? "look at this question I wrote for Steve at Celebration V"


, I still question whether there's merit in "reminding" Hasbro that we want certain items (like Jocasta Nu's case is being pressed, as is the Sailbarge vehicle, and since back in the day - this is a successful (see Wuher, the cantina bartender) way to do things.I also question whether there's merit in reminding them, but I'll assume you are simply misspeaking there and taking the opposite tack. Wuher was a pretty big failure, we begged and pleaded and they made him and figure tanked, since it was an exclusive their retail partner (the fan club) got stuck with a bunch and eventually had to liquidate them, so it makes a weak example. That's not to say I believe that they are so in touch with every Q&A that I expect them to remember EVERYTHING, we ended up having to remind them of the Titanium Series Outrider promise they made to ensure it got produced before they ended that line - but that example is of a specific, desired item that had notable support and interest, it's special and it had support and it had a good chance of being made, that's the sort of "business model" that we need for questions in Q&A. What we have with Q&A is an extremely limited resource, 2 questions per month, and to spend it reminding them of stuff we've already discussed or they're already aware of, or to spend it reminding them of random stuff that virtually nobody cares about simply because it was in the film, that would be extremely wasteful and irresponsible use of our resource.


That would mean, asking about Anaconda Far, Senator Tsutchi, Bail Organa, Nute Gunray, Padme as a Senator, Palpatine etc. if even to get another "no" response, only to ask them again in another year. Obviously begging the question for real. In this game, I'd allow the question to be voted for once a year. That way it won't waste other questions' chances, but can achieve its purpose for why it's being asked in the first place. But aren't many of the questions being asked to beg for specific new products anyway?And that's why you're not Q&A editor. :p Getting merely another obvious "no" response is a waste of the resource, it gains us nothing. Go bother them at Comic-Con about all your ideas - put in the face time, make your arguments, and use THAT opportunity as a separate resource, but save this resource for something more important than repeating yet another list of tertiary figures. How is that any different from asking for every individual character to have a Super Articulated figure?

El Chuxter
08-17-2011, 03:34 PM
Funny, last time I had a tough time finding two I cared about, and this time I'm having a hard time settling on two.

That said, 8 & 9 for me.

JediTricks
08-17-2011, 05:31 PM
Funny, last time I had a tough time finding two I cared about, and this time I'm having a hard time settling on two.

That said, 8 & 9 for me.SDCC helped focus things, we've more than doubled the number of questions to vote on since then.

mtriv73
08-17-2011, 08:29 PM
I'll use my second vote for 16

DarkJedi5
08-17-2011, 08:53 PM
I want my second vote to go to 15.

El Chuxter
08-18-2011, 02:00 AM
Would it be too specific to ask:

"The final sequence of Revenge of the Sith is one of the most iconic in the saga. We've gotten figures of most of the characters from the finale over the years, but one is still missing: Owen Lars, wearing the same white outfit that Luke Skywalker wears in Episode IV. Given that this figure could probably be produced with a simple headswap between the existing Owen and any of the many Tatooine Lukes produced over the years, what are the chances, we might see him eventually?"

Tycho
08-18-2011, 06:30 AM
How is that any different from asking for every individual character to have a Super Articulated figure?

I don't think you can super-articulate the Mouse Droid and Salacious Crumb is also too small for that to work. It'd make the latter figure too fragile.

*JediTricks scratches his head and wonders why Tycho gave a serious response to his rhetorical question that he would have seemed to have reasoned out*

Q: Why?

A: Tycho's just having fun - this is a kids' hobby site and we're overgrown kids afterall :P

JediTricks
08-18-2011, 01:58 PM
We're inside 8 hours for voting in this round. Almost any new vote could sway what we ask this round, it is that close.


Would it be too specific to ask:

"The final sequence of Revenge of the Sith is one of the most iconic in the saga. We've gotten figures of most of the characters from the finale over the years, but one is still missing: Owen Lars, wearing the same white outfit that Luke Skywalker wears in Episode IV. Given that this figure could probably be produced with a simple headswap between the existing Owen and any of the many Tatooine Lukes produced over the years, what are the chances, we might see him eventually?"Yeah, that's pretty specific, haven't seen any real outcry for another prequel Owen either, so it doesn't have the "support factor" to get it past that.


I don't think you can super-articulate the Mouse Droid and Salacious Crumb is also too small for that to work. It'd make the latter figure too fragile.

*JediTricks scratches his head and wonders why Tycho gave a serious response to his rhetorical question that he would have seemed to have reasoned out*

Q: Why?

A: Tycho's just having fun - this is a kids' hobby site and we're overgrown kids afterall :PThis is just you wasting my time again though. This thread isn't a "fun" thread, it's a resource thread, it's work to me and the other folks who put in a lot of effort to make it operate. I'm going to have to go back to deleting your posts in here if this is the stuff you're going to pull.

Droid
08-18-2011, 03:00 PM
I vote for 8 and 15.

Darth Metalmute
08-18-2011, 03:12 PM
3 & 9 for me.

JediTricks
08-18-2011, 03:28 PM
Thanks guys. Counted!

LTBasker
08-18-2011, 05:29 PM
12. & 16.

I know how they could avoid a wilting problem of the speederbike, though. The outriggers and legs/pedals should be diecast pieces. :D I think that may be the only way to avoid it, and at this point that thing is going to have to come out abso-freaking-lutely perfect, otherwise it will be one of their biggest missed opportunities ever.

JediTricks
08-18-2011, 11:19 PM
Ok, that's it for this round. Thanks to everybody who participated!

Here's what we're sending in for this round:
1) Last fall, Hasbro finally had to bite the bullet and raise pricing across the line, both movie product and Clone Wars. Retailers seemed to take an odd approach with the raised prices, showing many instances where they'd set a price even a dollar or two higher than what Hasbro was aiming for. Now the main line Vintage Collection figures go for $9 to $11 at the major retailers, Clone Wars figures go from $7 to $9.50 at the major retailers, and pricing on bigger stuff that was still key to the line - like Starfighter Vehicles and (now-discontinued) 4-figure Battle Packs - have been jumping up around $25 to $30 at the big retailers. Pricing has always been a challenge, it's even part of what killed the original Kenner line back in '85, but it seems to some collectors like right now that pricing has gone beyond what the market will bear for little 3.75-inch Star Wars figures. Saga Legends, once a powerhouse for the Star Wars line with casual collectors and kids, now seems to be struggling, and during spring through the summer reset, both Target and Walmart stores in many areas were clearancing them out and taking the SKU off their shelves. Both casual collector interest and even fan interest seems to have finally found the "make or break" point with the new pricepoints, or at least making them far more discerning about what they were considering buying. Does Hasbro view the pricing situation for Star Wars anywhere near the view we collectors are seeing?

2) At 2010 SDCC, we interviewed Derryl and asked a question about the philosophy behind the very successful Hasbro Star Wars Q&A, to which he responded:

"It does take a lot of time to answer questions and not be glib. It's actually very easy to be glib, with Star Wars we set out from the very first session to try and solve a problem we had with the fan base, which was a real wall that seemed to exist. So we wanted to smash down a wall which had built up between corporate Hasbro and the fanbase at large. Our mission to do the Q&A was really precipitated by kind of a lack of insight or understanding into our actual processes that we used when creating the line, when making the decisions we do, and balancing the fact that we're fans but at the same time we're working at a company and we have financial obligations to the company to deliver on a certain target, what was promised, and we have to balance that. We hope that we've made that kind of corporate financial aspect almost invisible to the way we approach the line, it's a necessity that's always behind us. But that's why you see things, I talked about, like, we had to balance the costing and here's what goes into costing. We'll make a character selection or wave selection or vehicle selection based on balancing all the aspects of how big these characters are, how much deco they're gonna take, how much tooling - you know, that's always a big one - how much tooling a wave consumes, and by doing so we're able to give fans the ability to communicate, to write and talk about things in the same way that we do, and we've seen an evolution in the way fans perceive the line, which means that we've done a good job helping fans understand the things that we have to balance. So my appreciation goes out to the fans too for responding to that, which means that we can move on to other questions of character selection or things like that that we know people really want to get to. [Q&A as an education,] you're right, and getting back to the point where it would be easy to be glib to answer questions, to be short and say "no" or "yes" to some questions. The Star Wars fanbase is the most passionate fanbase on the planet. We exist, our jobs exist because of the fans. Our approach to the Q&A is when somebody asks an impassioned question, to respect that question, right? Sometimes they may not be things we want to be asked, but it's our job to answer them, to not show an emotional response, to answer them with the respect the question deserves, and we treat everything equally. Some people want very specific answers, some people very broad, but everything really deserves an answer, and that's we approach it. So, our answer back to the fans is to show an appreciation of the passion and respect that they bring to Star Wars."

Derryl's comments there impressed us quite a bit and showed a stark contrast to what we had been experiencing at the time with Hasbro's Transformers Q&A, where answers did come off seeming glib and lacking repect for those fans. This year, with Jeff taking over SW Q&A from Derryl, the first few batches of answers have come off with somewhat of a brief, glib, vague, even mocking tone - more PR-styled answers than giving fans a real understanding of how the brand works. We hope this is a misunderstanding of each other, just a breaking-in period and not a repeat of the ultimately pointless Transformers Q&A. If so, what can we fans do to help smooth this transitional period? If not, what's the new intention of this Q&A, what's the point?


Look for a new round of voting soon.