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JediTricks
08-18-2011, 11:28 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 September 16th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 93 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):


- 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 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 up until September. 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. We understand that you are trying to do something about it. 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?
- 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?
- 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. We understand Saga Legends is being replaced by "Movie Heroes" line, but the question remains for that as well. 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.

JediTricks
08-18-2011, 11:31 PM
So you might notice a few of the older questions are missing. Because we're only able to cycle out 2 questions a round, the queue fills up very fast. I've decided to test out the idea of pulling questions if they don't receive enough support. I'll try to hold them as long as I can, but I'm looking about 3 or 4 rounds right now. They can be re-added, but it will require the request and a seconding, both with votes, to return a removed question to the queue. My apologies in advance for the frustration this may cause, but it's the only way to keep the thread from ballooning out of control.

DarkJedi5
08-19-2011, 12:13 AM
I'll vote once more for number 3 right out of the gates.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-19-2011, 12:18 AM
I'll go with 7 and 11.

Battle Droid
08-19-2011, 10:59 AM
9 and 10 for my votes.

mtriv73
08-19-2011, 11:17 AM
I think 11 really needs to be asked so I'll go with it for now and save my other vote for later.

JediTricks
08-19-2011, 02:39 PM
I'll go with 7 and 11.Thank you, come again!

LTBasker
08-20-2011, 10:49 AM
Hmm, I think I'll go with #8, for now.

Leaning toward voting for #5, although I'm not sure they can say anything about Wedge that doesn't make my eye twitch.

Battle Droid
08-20-2011, 04:05 PM
I want to change my #10 vote to #8.

JediTricks
08-20-2011, 04:32 PM
Leaning toward voting for #5, although I'm not sure they can say anything about Wedge that doesn't make my eye twitch.That'd be one I'd vote for, but I won't vote for it until AFTER we get the answers for this round back, the outcome of those answers really will swing whether or not I can trust that it would be taken seriously.


I want to change my #10 vote to #8.Done. That was quick! :D

Blue2th
08-22-2011, 05:11 PM
#5 and #11 for me.

sonofsokol
09-06-2011, 01:43 PM
#9 and #11
Thanks

Also, I like your idea of dropping questions that have not received significant support for several rounds.

mtriv73
09-08-2011, 11:59 AM
I think 11 really needs to be asked so I'll go with it for now and save my other vote for later.

I'd like to use my second vote for #8

bigbarada
09-08-2011, 01:02 PM
Also, I like your idea of dropping questions that have not received significant support for several rounds.

I agree, I was getting to the point where I was only reading the last few questions as I knew that the first 10 or so questions were ones that I had passed on several times before.

8 and 11 for me.

JediTricks
09-08-2011, 05:56 PM
Cool beans.

The current round of answers just came in and are posted.

We're a week away from sending in our questions, so more votes would only be good.

JediTricks
09-13-2011, 06:53 PM
It's only a couple days from when I send the next questions in, so any votes will likely sway the tides on these results.


Questions from other sites are now posted. Nothing really spurring my imagination in any of them yet (except "I'm still incredibly confused by your answer about the WM-exclusive wave packaging, WTF?"), so I'll just vote now instead of trying to come up with something new.

JediTricks
09-13-2011, 06:55 PM
My votes:

7 wave planning

8 wilting

It's still so much harder choosing just 2 now.

bigbarada
09-13-2011, 07:08 PM
I did come up with a new question, but it can wait until next round:

We all understand that the lead time for action figures is about 12-18 months. So, now that we are going into the final months of 2011, we can hazard a guess that you will be starting to make your plans for the 2013 Star Wars line right about now. We were originally told that TVC would run for at least 2 years, with the emphasis being on "at least." So, has TVC performed well enough that we can expect to see it return in 2013? Or will 2012 mark the end of the line for the Vintage Collection?

JediTricks
09-13-2011, 07:49 PM
I did come up with a new question, but it can wait until next round:

We all understand that the lead time for action figures is about 12-18 months. So, now that we are going into the final months of 2011, we can hazard a guess that you will be starting to make your plans for the 2013 Star Wars line right about now. We were originally told that TVC would run for at least 2 years, with the emphasis being on "at least." So, has TVC performed well enough that we can expect to see it return in 2013? Or will 2012 mark the end of the line for the Vintage Collection?It's an interesting question, but one I don't think they'd answer til at least Toy Fair in February. Also, keep in mind that while they design the FIGURES 18 months ahead, the packaging turnaround can be a lot quicker, so product planned for TVC 2013 could end up in a new line just as easily.

sonofsokol
09-14-2011, 12:36 PM
Hey JT,
It is being reported around that Saga Legends will be ending in 2011 and will be replaced with a new line called "Movie Heroes". I guess Star Wars Action News got this info in the latest Q&A. This makes me wonder if we need should remove question 11. Seems like it may be a bit of a waste to ask about a line that will be ending so soon.

JediTricks
09-14-2011, 02:39 PM
Hey JT,
It is being reported around that Saga Legends will be ending in 2011 and will be replaced with a new line called "Movie Heroes". I guess Star Wars Action News got this info in the latest Q&A. This makes me wonder if we need should remove question 11. Seems like it may be a bit of a waste to ask about a line that will be ending so soon.Yeah, I just heard that answer right now. However, the existing question doesn't really change, even if the line does. "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?" None of that actually concerns itself with Saga Legends or not, only a secondary movie-based line. I'll add a sentence just before the question to let them know we already know about Movie Heroes and don't need to bother playing around with another announcement.

LTBasker
09-14-2011, 04:14 PM
Hmm, although I know they'll give a not-really-an-answer that makes the blood boil, I'll confirm my second vote for #5.

El Chuxter
09-14-2011, 11:23 PM
11. Not really excited about the others, but someone can try to convince me. :)

DarkJedi5
09-15-2011, 03:56 AM
11. Not really excited about the others, but someone can try to convince me. :)

I'm not above a shameless plug for question 3.... I don't know if you're into the FX sabers at all but it's a pretty solid question that has been languishing on the list for a while and may be a candidate for removal if it isn't selected soon. I really think that now is a good time to ask about the FX line since there was no new product shown at SDCC to try and help show that there is interest in the line and to plant the seed of improvement moving forward.

JediTricks
09-15-2011, 02:27 PM
Last 8 hours to vote in this round.


I tweaked question 5 a little as it's not quite as timely now that, come September, the line is finally starting to see some drive behind it and I don't want them to answer it with a stock "we're taking measures" generic answer.

JediTricks
09-15-2011, 11:09 PM
Well, without fail, the ol' "last day to vote" thread has ensured no more votes. It's like a friggin' curse.

Anyway, that's it for this round. Which questions won the day?

1) 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. We understand Saga Legends is being replaced by "Movie Heroes" line, but the question remains for that as well. 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?


2) 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 on 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?


Thanks to everybody who participated! Look for a new round of voting soon.