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JediTricks
10-20-2011, 10:32 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 November 11th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 95 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 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?
- 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?
- 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, we have already seen that your plans seem to have multiple versions of Qui-Gon, Ep 1 Obi-Wan and Maul in different lines at the same time. 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?
- 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?
- While we were pleased to see the return of Titanium Series at NYCC 2011, it was not as exciting to see that all of the 3-packs shown contained only previously released vehicles, and of those, it appeared to be all straight repacks without even new paint schemes, much less any new toolings. Is Hasbro planning to release any new tools or any "new" repaints as well, and can we expect to see some new ships from more recent seasons of The Clone Wars (and if so, which ones)? Will Titanium Series continue in 3-packs only, or return to single packs?
- After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" in 2010/2011 for plain white ROTS Clones, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not 1, but 3 plain white ROTS Clonetroopers between the Movie Heroes line and Clone Wars line in just the part of the 2012 line that we know about. With as badly as those white ROTS Clone figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: if this is going to further oversaturate the line, why do it, especially when adding any number of squad paint jobs is so cheap and easy and helps immensely with sales to casual and hardcore consumers?

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

Battle Droid
10-21-2011, 10:31 AM
5 & 6 for now.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
10-21-2011, 05:58 PM
The questions we submitted on 9-16, which were already delayed until past NYCC, have now been canceled. Yakface posted this message on their Facebook page:

Thank you for your continued participation in Hasbro's Star Wars Q&A program. Hasbro understands that you've been waiting patiently for your outlet's responses from the team for this last round of the Q&A dating back to September 16, and it's appreciated. Following Hasbro's fun and exciting debut at New York Comic Con this past weekend, which included a successful Hasbro Star Wars panel, the team has decided to forgo the current Q&A round and focus on the next round.

Hasbro apologizes for the last-minute notification and hopes that you'll submit questions for the next round.
- Hasbro, Inc.

That's so annoying. Here were the questions we voted in; maybe we could add them back to the list.


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.

JediTricks
10-22-2011, 03:15 PM
Yup, that's what we got as well. So very annoying. I hope this isn't a repeating pattern, it was SUCH a problem in the first year or so of Q&A when things would get delayed and canceled due to holidays and such.

Anyway, I've put the questions back into the poll to be voted upon. Normally, I would have just returned them to Hasbro for the October round, but their message came in hours AFTER the submission deadline.

JediTricks
11-02-2011, 04:55 PM
It's been a week and participation is still the worst ever. While I fully understand how disheartening having the last round's questions canceled is, we still have to send in questions on the 10th, which is NEXT WEEK. So, if you'd like to help decide which questions we'll be asking, hit us up - as you can see, right now it's pretty easy to sway the results.

DarkJedi5
11-02-2011, 05:06 PM
I'll go with 2 and 8.

Snowtrooper
11-02-2011, 08:22 PM
I'll select 5 and 8.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-02-2011, 09:56 PM
I'll go with 7 and 8.

On 7, we already have a Movie Heroes reference, but we could mention something about how there will be four each of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul out at around the same time next year, and that's just the basic figure lines. I suspect they might say how the Movie Heroes line is more focused on play while TVC is for collectors, but I think it's still worth asking.

Darth Duranium
11-02-2011, 10:44 PM
I'd like to suggest a question for Hasbro:

While we were very pleased to see the return of the Titanium Series at NYCC 2011, we were quite disappointed to see that all of the 3-packs shown contained only previously released ships (straight repacks).
Is Hasbro planning to release any new tools (or any "new" repaints) and can we expect to see some new ships from more recent seasons of The Clone Wars? If so, please give us some details.

El Chuxter
11-02-2011, 11:52 PM
Is it possible to add a question about the Target exclusive Tauntauns? Maybe something along the lines of:

"Currently, there are two different Tauntauns available--both Target exclusives, and both priced at $24.99. Han's Tauntaun comes with two figures in window packaging, but Luke's Tauntaun comes by itself in Vintage packaging (which is cool, but doesn't show off the toy very well). It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to sell two very similar items (the only difference being a broken horn) for the same price when one includes two extra toys that retail for $9 themselves. Was this Hasbro's decision, or Target's--and, if it was Hasbro's decision, what was the reasoning behind it?"

I'll vote #8 either way, and, if the Tauntaun question isn't added, #7 as well.

mtriv73
11-03-2011, 10:20 AM
4 and 7 for me. I like Darth Duranium's titanium question and will vote for it in the next round if it's added.

bigbarada
11-03-2011, 11:49 AM
#7 for now and here's a new question idea:

After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" for plain, white ROTS Clones in 2010/2011, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not one, but four, plain white ROTS Clonetroopers in 2012. Granted, one of them is for the Clone Wars line, but why are we getting two realistic versions in the Movie Heroes line as well as a third as a pack in for the BARC Speeder? With as badly as these figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: why?

mtriv73
11-03-2011, 02:32 PM
New question inspired by something Tycho wrote earlier in another thread...

The vehicle with figure line seems to be a perfect outlet to give fans something they have been clamoring for for years now, namely the death star turbo laser (similar to the one released with the original Death Star playset.) Additionally, the cannons seen in the initial ship to ship battle in ROTS would sell well to collectors and kids as well. While the cannons themselves would require some new tooling, the pack-in figures themselves (Death Star gunners, clones, and battle droids) are already designed. Are there any plans to add this type of set to the line-up in the near future?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-03-2011, 02:55 PM
Is it possible to add a question about the Target exclusive Tauntauns? Maybe something along the lines of:

"Currently, there are two different Tauntauns available--both Target exclusives, and both priced at $24.99. Han's Tauntaun comes with two figures in window packaging, but Luke's Tauntaun comes by itself in Vintage packaging (which is cool, but doesn't show off the toy very well). It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to sell two very similar items (the only difference being a broken horn) for the same price when one includes two extra toys that retail for $9 themselves. Was this Hasbro's decision, or Target's--and, if it was Hasbro's decision, what was the reasoning behind it?"

I'll vote #8 either way, and, if the Tauntaun question isn't added, #7 as well.
Final pricing is only ever the store's decision. At SDCC, Hasbro stated that both the landspeeder and individual tauntaun would be $16.99; you can see the landspeeder's info tag here (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/vehicles/p38915-hasbro.html). I'm thinking that Target wanted this year's vintage vehicles to be the same price as last year's (the snowspeeder and TIE Fighter). It's a weird situation, but it's Target's issue.

El Chuxter
11-03-2011, 03:50 PM
Final pricing is only ever the store's decision. At SDCC, Hasbro stated that both the landspeeder and individual tauntaun would be $16.99; you can see the landspeeder's info tag here (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/vehicles/p38915-hasbro.html). I'm thinking that Target wanted this year's vintage vehicles to be the same price as last year's (the snowspeeder and TIE Fighter). It's a weird situation, but it's Target's issue.
So, an $8 markup? I think Ice Cube and Chris Tucker said it best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95SYdjRVCR0

JediTricks
11-03-2011, 08:11 PM
On 7, we already have a Movie Heroes reference, but we could mention something about how there will be four each of Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul out at around the same time next year, and that's just the basic figure lines. I suspect they might say how the Movie Heroes line is more focused on play while TVC is for collectors, but I think it's still worth asking.I'll bolster the Movie Heroes sentence with that reference, but not only is your counterpoint likely, they'll also point to the movie's 3D release as well.



I'd like to suggest a question for Hasbro:

While we were very pleased to see the return of the Titanium Series at NYCC 2011, we were quite disappointed to see that all of the 3-packs shown contained only previously released ships (straight repacks).
Is Hasbro planning to release any new tools (or any "new" repaints) and can we expect to see some new ships from more recent seasons of The Clone Wars? If so, please give us some details.I'll add this.



Is it possible to add a question about the Target exclusive Tauntauns? Maybe something along the lines of:

"Currently, there are two different Tauntauns available--both Target exclusives, and both priced at $24.99. Han's Tauntaun comes with two figures in window packaging, but Luke's Tauntaun comes by itself in Vintage packaging (which is cool, but doesn't show off the toy very well). It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to sell two very similar items (the only difference being a broken horn) for the same price when one includes two extra toys that retail for $9 themselves. Was this Hasbro's decision, or Target's--and, if it was Hasbro's decision, what was the reasoning behind it?"

I'll vote #8 either way, and, if the Tauntaun question isn't added, #7 as well.

Final pricing is only ever the store's decision. At SDCC, Hasbro stated that both the landspeeder and individual tauntaun would be $16.99; you can see the landspeeder's info tag here (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/vehicles/p38915-hasbro.html). I'm thinking that Target wanted this year's vintage vehicles to be the same price as last year's (the snowspeeder and TIE Fighter). It's a weird situation, but it's Target's issue.Thanks for finding that JabbaJohn. Obivously, based on that evidence, I won't be adding the question as it is now.


So, an $8 markup? I think Ice Cube and Chris Tucker said it best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95SYdjRVCR0I suspect what happened is that Hasbro sold it to them as ~$8 per piece and shipped it at the same time as the exclusive Battle Pack at ~$12 per piece, and the Target buyer mistook the 2 sets and priced them per the BP cases rather than separately, and once the holidays get closer, they'll lower it to the $17 price it should be.

Even then, at $17 that Tauntaun feels expensive.





#7 for now and here's a new question idea:

After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" for plain, white ROTS Clones in 2010/2011, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not one, but four, plain white ROTS Clonetroopers in 2012. Granted, one of them is for the Clone Wars line, but why are we getting two realistic versions in the Movie Heroes line as well as a third as a pack in for the BARC Speeder? With as badly as these figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: why?I've touched up the end a little and added it.



New question inspired by something Tycho wrote earlier in another thread...

The vehicle with figure line seems to be a perfect outlet to give fans something they have been clamoring for for years now, namely the death star turbo laser (similar to the one released with the original Death Star playset.) Additionally, the cannons seen in the initial ship to ship battle in ROTS would sell well to collectors and kids as well. While the cannons themselves would require some new tooling, the pack-in figures themselves (Death Star gunners, clones, and battle droids) are already designed. Are there any plans to add this type of set to the line-up in the near future?Have they done anything static in the line so far? The line is now called "Class 1 Fleet Vehicle" which definitely isn't static, so I'm wondering if there's anything to bolster the idea. There's a lot of set pieces we've wanted that they haven't done, so I'm hoping to see something that sways it towards possibility.

El Chuxter
11-03-2011, 08:14 PM
Even then, at $17 that Tauntaun feels expensive.
IIRC, the originals were $15 over ten years ago, and Han's was impossible to get for less than $20 (since it was danged near nonexistent at retail), so $17 isn't bad.

I kinda balked at $50 for two. It would've been nice to stagger these just a bit.

JediTricks
11-03-2011, 09:21 PM
IIRC, the originals were $15 over ten years ago, and Han's was impossible to get for less than $20 (since it was danged near nonexistent at retail), so $17 isn't bad.

I kinda balked at $50 for two. It would've been nice to stagger these just a bit.They were $15, but they were with figures, these are not. So far, I've passed on both Tauntaun sets. The Tauntauns from the '90s aren't outstanding, but the scene isn't terribly exciting from a display/play standpoint, so I certainly cannot see where $50 would be going, or even $25 for the Han set (the Luke's Tauntaun set was a non-starter from the beginning).

Droid
11-03-2011, 11:59 PM
I'll vote for #10, the too many clones question.

Darth Windu
11-04-2011, 06:56 AM
I'll vote for number 9, titanium please.

bigbarada
11-04-2011, 09:19 AM
I've touched up the end a little and added it.

Thanks! And please add my vote for #10.

Darth Duranium
11-04-2011, 11:14 AM
I'll add this.

Cheers, JT!
This may be a tad redundant but I'll vote for #9, natch.

JediTricks
11-04-2011, 04:08 PM
Cheers, JT!
This may be a tad redundant but I'll vote for #9, natch.Not redundant, with just 2 votes per person, I made it a policy to not assume votes, that users now have to actively support questions regardless of whether or not they created them.

cloneemperor
11-04-2011, 09:07 PM
You got my vote for #9

mtriv73
11-05-2011, 01:44 PM
4 and 7 for me. I like Darth Duranium's titanium question and will vote for it in the next round if it's added.

I'd like to change my vote for 4 to 9





Have they done anything static in the line so far? The line is now called "Class 1 Fleet Vehicle" which definitely isn't static, so I'm wondering if there's anything to bolster the idea. There's a lot of set pieces we've wanted that they haven't done, so I'm hoping to see something that sways it towards possibility.

I haven't paid much attention to that whole subline because there has been nothing that interested me to this point, but no I don't think any static toys have been put into circulation. Nonetheless, precedents are meant to be set. The closest we've seen is the rebel trooper transport (which ironically, I've never seen at retail.) I still think the cannons would sell well, many collectors want it and if my 4 year old is any indication, kids like to pretend to blow stuff up. Since they won't fit in the current battlepack format, the class I vehicle packs is about the only appropriate option.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-05-2011, 08:44 PM
As for question 10, it's not completely clear that the non-jetpack clone in Movie Heroes will be the white ROTS one. The slide (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/hasbro-panel-hi-res/p40801-hasbro-star-wars.html) shows a white one but says "Shock Trooper." (The same slide shows a Clone Wars Battle Droid with the Movie Heroes figures, which is obviously incorrect.) This StarWars.com article (http://www.starwars.com/news/hasbro_nycc_2011.html) mentions that the Shock Trooper will have a quick-draw attack, leading me to believe it will be a repack of this figure (http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS0506clonetrooper2.asp). The figure wasn't shown in-person at NYCC, but the evidence points in that direction. Still, there will be at least three white ROTS clones, so it's not that much of a difference, but there it is.

El Chuxter
11-05-2011, 09:38 PM
I'd missed that bit about action features.

Howsabout we ask, "Really, what the %^&* about 'No one like the $#@!ing action features!' don't you guys understand?"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-07-2011, 12:11 AM
I'd missed that bit about action features.

Howsabout we ask, "Really, what the %^&* about 'No one like the $#@!ing action features!' don't you guys understand?"
They understand the fact that kids like them, and collectors don't, which is why they're aiming Movie Heroes at kids and Vintage Collection at collectors. And not all Movie Heroes figures will have built-in features; some like Jar Jar, Padmé, young Anakin, and a number of the existing sculpts will have firing launchers, backpacks, and so forth.

bigbarada
11-07-2011, 01:00 AM
Here is a question that I've wanted to see asked for a long, long time; but no one seems to want to actually ask it:

Over the last few years, some notable sellers on Ebay have been offering new figures, unannounced figures and out of production figures for sale and these sellers seem to originate from Asia or the Philippines. The figures themselves are usually loose or incomplete and many buyers report receiving figures that are defective in some way (missing paint apps, mismatched limbs, damaged parts, etc.). One of the oddest things about these sellers is they usually offer brand new figures, that most of us can't find in US stores to save our lives, in large quantities (over 100 at a time). Now, frankly, this all seems a little suspicious and there is no shortage of guesses and conspiracy theories within the collector community as to the true source of all of these action figures. Some claim that these sellers are factory workers who are stealing from the factories. Others claim that they are simply factory reject figures that are being pulled out of dumpsters by the truckload. Still others claim that these sellers are actually Hasbro employees who are unloading excess stock from the factories or that they are factory workers who are allowed to legally purchase factory rejects and it is a standard practice overseas. Considering the sheer volume of figures that these Ebay sellers are offering, it seems difficult to believe that all of this has simply escaped Hasbro's notice. Since we've been told that sales are down almost across the board on the Star Wars line, something like this seems like it could do some serious damage to the long-term health of the Star Wars brand if these toys really are the equivalent of stolen property. So can we get an official answer as to who these sellers are and exactly where they are getting such massive volumes of action figures?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-07-2011, 03:41 AM
There was an answer to a similar question a few years ago that addressed this, saying they couldn't comment due to an ongoing investigation, I believe. I doubt you'd get anything different this time.

bigbarada
11-07-2011, 01:26 PM
There was an answer to a similar question a few years ago that addressed this, saying they couldn't comment due to an ongoing investigation, I believe. I doubt you'd get anything different this time.

That kind of supports the "stolen property" theory. However, I'm hoping that they might be able to divulge some more information.

El Chuxter
11-07-2011, 03:23 PM
They understand the fact that kids like them, and collectors don't, which is why they're aiming Movie Heroes at kids and Vintage Collection at collectors. And not all Movie Heroes figures will have built-in features; some like Jar Jar, Padmé, young Anakin, and a number of the existing sculpts will have firing launchers, backpacks, and so forth.
Could we ask a question about what they're basing "kids like action features" on?

I'm not being flippant. Kids tend to say in marketing research studies what they think they're expected to say. On the other hand, having been a kid, knowing other kids then, and still knowing kids now, most kids seem to hate most action features, and want the same features we want: more joints, and more accessories.

JediTricks
11-07-2011, 05:09 PM
I'd like to change my vote for 4 to 9Done.


I haven't paid much attention to that whole subline because there has been nothing that interested me to this point, but no I don't think any static toys have been put into circulation. Nonetheless, precedents are meant to be set. The closest we've seen is the rebel trooper transport (which ironically, I've never seen at retail.) I still think the cannons would sell well, many collectors want it and if my 4 year old is any indication, kids like to pretend to blow stuff up. Since they won't fit in the current battlepack format, the class I vehicle packs is about the only appropriate option.I checked, couldn't find anything. They've been quite vocal about set-pieces being something they're not into doing right now because the market doesn't support it. They've released some set-pieces in Battle Packs of the past, but now that BPs are $25 for 3 figures, it seems like that idea is doomed. That's why I asked if there was precedent, I don't want to ask about something we're very likely not going to see happen unless we can try to shoehorn the idea in proving they've done something similar in the recent past that wasn't a total failure. The Rebel Troop Transport is obviously a vehicle, thus not a precedent. So the question needs to go back to the drawing board, it definitely doesn't seem to be a possibility from the Class 1 Fleet line.



As for question 10, it's not completely clear that the non-jetpack clone in Movie Heroes will be the white ROTS one. The slide (http://photos.sirstevesguide.com/hasbro-panel-hi-res/p40801-hasbro-star-wars.html) shows a white one but says "Shock Trooper." (The same slide shows a Clone Wars Battle Droid with the Movie Heroes figures, which is obviously incorrect.) This StarWars.com article (http://www.starwars.com/news/hasbro_nycc_2011.html) mentions that the Shock Trooper will have a quick-draw attack, leading me to believe it will be a repack of this figure (http://www.rebelscum.com/ROTS0506clonetrooper2.asp). The figure wasn't shown in-person at NYCC, but the evidence points in that direction. Still, there will be at least three white ROTS clones, so it's not that much of a difference, but there it is.An interesting point, and ultimately it could undermine the question leaving it as-is if that mistake is accurate. I've rewritten the middle to cover it a little better, since the crux of the question is still quite valid. So now from:
After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" in 2010/2011 for plain white ROTS Clones, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not one, but four plain white ROTS Clonetroopers in 2012. Granted, one of them is for the Clone Wars line, but why are we getting two realistic versions in the Movie Heroes line as well as a third as a pack in for the BARC Speeder? With as badly as these figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: if this is going to further oversaturate the line, why do it, especially when adding any number of squad paint jobs is so cheap and easy and helps immensely with sales to casual and hardcore consumers?

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After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" in 2010/2011 for plain white ROTS Clones, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not 1, but 3 or possibly 4 plain white ROTS Clonetroopers between the Movie Heroes line and Clone Wars line in just the part of the 2012 line that we know about. With as badly as those white ROTS Clone figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: if this is going to further oversaturate the line, why do it, especially when adding any number of squad paint jobs is so cheap and easy and helps immensely with sales to casual and hardcore consumers?




I'd missed that bit about action features.

Howsabout we ask, "Really, what the %^&* about 'No one like the $#@!ing action features!' don't you guys understand?"They're busy pandering to kids now that the collectors have proven they can't keep the line afloat on their own, I would assume. Also, it's existing tooling in a kid-focused line, and the figure is not that bad, doesn't have any preposed nature, has a good deal of limb joints for an action-feature figure.



Here is a question that I've wanted to see asked for a long, long time; but no one seems to want to actually ask it:

Over the last few years, some notable sellers on Ebay have been offering new figures, unannounced figures and out of production figures for sale and these sellers seem to originate from Asia or the Philippines. The figures themselves are usually loose or incomplete and many buyers report receiving figures that are defective in some way (missing paint apps, mismatched limbs, damaged parts, etc.). One of the oddest things about these sellers is they usually offer brand new figures, that most of us can't find in US stores to save our lives, in large quantities (over 100 at a time). Now, frankly, this all seems a little suspicious and there is no shortage of guesses and conspiracy theories within the collector community as to the true source of all of these action figures. Some claim that these sellers are factory workers who are stealing from the factories. Others claim that they are simply factory reject figures that are being pulled out of dumpsters by the truckload. Still others claim that these sellers are actually Hasbro employees who are unloading excess stock from the factories or that they are factory workers who are allowed to legally purchase factory rejects and it is a standard practice overseas. Considering the sheer volume of figures that these Ebay sellers are offering, it seems difficult to believe that all of this has simply escaped Hasbro's notice. Since we've been told that sales are down almost across the board on the Star Wars line, something like this seems like it could do some serious damage to the long-term health of the Star Wars brand if these toys really are the equivalent of stolen property. So can we get an official answer as to who these sellers are and exactly where they are getting such massive volumes of action figures?It's been asked before to some degree, including in-person, and the official word is that they're not allowed to comment on their ongoing internal investigation and legal actions. I discussed it with them in person at 2010 Comic-Con and got uncomfortable, almost constipated looks in return. I would have no problem asking it in Q&A if I thought we could get any sort of answer, but as I'm sure we won't get an answer and yet it'd be a vote-magnet, I am not inclined to include it at this point. I am not saying no, if you can rewrite it or just make an argument to sway me, I'll put it up, but right now I'm not feeling it.



Could we ask a question about what they're basing "kids like action features" on?

I'm not being flippant. Kids tend to say in marketing research studies what they think they're expected to say. On the other hand, having been a kid, knowing other kids then, and still knowing kids now, most kids seem to hate most action features, and want the same features we want: more joints, and more accessories.Hasbro has said they do extensive market testing on the matter (they refer to it as "research" in most of their answers), those hardcore-collector-based assumptions are mostly wrong on the matter, that kids these days do want action features and they don't want more joints, they find that after a certain amount of poseability, it hampers play. Play patterns from when we were kids don't hold true anymore, it's part of being a fashion-based industry, tastes change. Playsets used to be in vogue, now they're not. It's just a part of the way things go.

JediTricks
11-07-2011, 05:15 PM
As for my own votes, I'm going to go with:

4 wave planning
9 titaniums

And I guess I'll complain again that we only get 2 votes now.

El Chuxter
11-07-2011, 08:59 PM
I was half-joking (even if we asked the question, they wouldn't be able to answer). But the kids I know want figures who can be posed.

Blue2th
11-07-2011, 11:17 PM
Questions #7 and #9

mtriv73
11-08-2011, 05:35 PM
I checked, couldn't find anything. They've been quite vocal about set-pieces being something they're not into doing right now because the market doesn't support it. They've released some set-pieces in Battle Packs of the past, but now that BPs are $25 for 3 figures, it seems like that idea is doomed. That's why I asked if there was precedent, I don't want to ask about something we're very likely not going to see happen unless we can try to shoehorn the idea in proving they've done something similar in the recent past that wasn't a total failure. The Rebel Troop Transport is obviously a vehicle, thus not a precedent. So the question needs to go back to the drawing board, it definitely doesn't seem to be a possibility from the Class 1 Fleet line.




Had to go back to 1999 to find it, but the gungan assualt cannon with Jar-Jar binks may be the only precedent for this type of weapon sold in this format. Of course since it was from TPM, it probably didn't sell well. The radar laser cannon from '97 or so would also be in the same category.

JediTricks
11-10-2011, 06:16 PM
I was half-joking (even if we asked the question, they wouldn't be able to answer). But the kids I know want figures who can be posed.Unfortunately, there's a weakness in arguing with a basis in personally-observed data alone, the other party can simply trump it by arguing a greater scale of data. If we know 10 kids who like something, but Hasbro knows 1,000 kids who don't like it, and Hasbro is ultimately the one putting their money at risk on the market, they're going to go with their larger-scale information.
- or -
Some kids these days still have good taste,
while many others prefer to eat paste.



Had to go back to 1999 to find it, but the gungan assualt cannon with Jar-Jar binks may be the only precedent for this type of weapon sold in this format. Of course since it was from TPM, it probably didn't sell well. The radar laser cannon from '97 or so would also be in the same category.Yeah, that didn't sell well at all, and it was actually an add-on for the Fambaa (in the movie, 1 Fambaa had a shield emitter, the other had a power supply that fired a beam into the first one's shield emitter). The Radar Laser Cannon was in the deluxe figure line, which didn't have any vehicles at all, so it's not terribly analogous. Both are well outside the time range anyway though, only something from around the time between Eps 2 and 3 would really count with the current brand management, hence pointing out how many playsets they did between '95 and 2002 doesn't seem to carry any sway in current arguments for playset-creation.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
11-10-2011, 06:18 PM
An interesting point, and ultimately it could undermine the question leaving it as-is if that mistake is accurate. I've rewritten the middle to cover it a little better, since the crux of the question is still quite valid. So now from:
After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" in 2010/2011 for plain white ROTS Clones, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not one, but four plain white ROTS Clonetroopers in 2012. Granted, one of them is for the Clone Wars line, but why are we getting two realistic versions in the Movie Heroes line as well as a third as a pack in for the BARC Speeder? With as badly as these figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: if this is going to further oversaturate the line, why do it, especially when adding any number of squad paint jobs is so cheap and easy and helps immensely with sales to casual and hardcore consumers?
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After Derryl DePriest has admitted in more than one interview that we seem to have finally reached the "saturation point" in 2010/2011 for plain white ROTS Clones, it seems a little perplexing that you are planning to release not 1, but 3 or possibly 4 plain white ROTS Clonetroopers between the Movie Heroes line and Clone Wars line in just the part of the 2012 line that we know about. With as badly as those white ROTS Clone figures have pegwarmed (and are still pegwarming in many areas), the logic behind this decision seems baffling. So, the question is: if this is going to further oversaturate the line, why do it, especially when adding any number of squad paint jobs is so cheap and easy and helps immensely with sales to casual and hardcore consumers?
Just to continue to bug you with no real reason, Sandtroopers.com put up images from the latest Hasbro image dump (and I assume we, and other sites, will do the same soon), but yup, it's a Shock Trooper (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20111110/target0.html). There's still the Movie Heroes figure (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20111110/target23.html) and the Clone Wars figure (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20111110_cw/target1.html), both of whom have missile-firing backpacks, in addition to the deluxe Clone with BARC Speeder. So, I suppose just get rid of the "or possibly 4" part. :p

JediTricks
11-10-2011, 06:28 PM
Just to continue to bug you with no real reason, Sandtroopers.com put up images from the latest Hasbro image dump (and I assume we, and other sites, will do the same soon), but yup, it's a Shock Trooper (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20111110/target0.html). There's still the Movie Heroes figure (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20111110/target23.html) and the Clone Wars figure (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20111110_cw/target1.html), both of whom have missile-firing backpacks, in addition to the deluxe Clone with BARC Speeder. So, I suppose just get rid of the "or possibly 4" part. :pAlright, out it goes. Actually, I'm thinking of pulling the whole question in the next round (it doesn't have the votes this round to get asked), the jetpack figure has its own gimmick to explain itself, and the BARC Speeder figure is a pack-in, so neither have the ROTS-not-appearing-in-this-film problem that the basic version does; and the Clone Wars figure is representing the show, which has plain white phase 2-armored clones in general.

JediTricks
11-11-2011, 12:48 AM
Annnnnnnd... scene. That's it for this round, thanks to everybody for participating.

Here are the questions we're asking this round:

- While we were pleased to see the return of Titanium Series at NYCC 2011, it was not as exciting to see that all of the 3-packs shown contained only previously released vehicles, and of those, it appeared to be all straight repacks without even new paint schemes, much less any new toolings. Is Hasbro planning to release any new tools or any "new" repaints as well, and can we expect to see some new ships from more recent seasons of The Clone Wars (and if so, which ones)? Will Titanium Series continue in 3-packs only, or return to single packs?
- 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?


Look for a new round of voting soon.