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JediTricks
11-11-2011, 12:53 AM
With Hasbro's Q&A program seemingly dead, we're going to repurpose this thread into questions for us to ask Hasbro at conventions this year. Voting is not needed, Steve and I will make the final editorial decisions of what gets asked, so just suggest REASONABLE questions - the kinds of questions you'd be able to say in public to another person - and I'll add the ones that seem most ask-able to this list. I'll likely also eventually rewrite them to a more conversational style, but the clearer you make it, the more likely I'll be to understand it.

If you'd like to voice support for an existing question, feel free, I'll definitely take any support like that into account, but we're not going to make this an official voting thread anymore.




- 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. Recently 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?
- 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 got 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?
- what's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage.
- Speaking of cancelled items, whatever happened to the second Utai and Imperial Scanning Crew figures?
- I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?
- We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013?
- Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. In the last Q&A, Hasbro hinted at new releases for the Fall but we haven't seen anything about them. Also, the "Shadow Squad" 3-pack appears on Wal-Mart's website (which includes a new TIE Crawler tooling, apparently) but information is limited and it hasn't seen release, either. So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad?
- Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores?
I picked up a Wedge Antilles when I was at Walmart and a friend of mine bought Nom Anor and Aayla Secura. The store's computer didn't recognize any of the figures. Fortunately I had two 2011 R5-D4s with me that the cashier was able to use to ring everything up. However, that store's computer now thinks it sold 5 R5-D4 figures even though there were only two in stock. That has to cause some problems somewhere.
I just find it a little bothersome that we're now 6 months into 2012 and Walmart's computers still don't recognize the new merchandise.
At the beginning of the year, when the Deleted Scene wave first showed up, we had the same problem and I used an old Qui-Gonn figure to let the cashier ring up the new figures. So, that store reported selling 5 Qui-Gonn figures in one night, even though there was only one Qui-Gonn in stock (it listed each figure as Qui-Gonn Jinn on the receipt) and that Qui-Gonn went right back onto the shelf when I was done buying the new figures.
I understand that Hasbro is going to say that this is an internal issue at Walmart that they have no control over, but it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.
- According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this true? It seems that this change was made pretty late in the figure's production, because the red bandana versions are very difficult to track down. Was there a similar request from Lucasfilm about Dr. Evazan's scar or was that a change that you guys decided to do on your own? From a collector's standpoint, while it is cool that Lucasfilm will step in occasionally to ensure accuracy in the line; it's also a little perplexing that they would focus on a minor character like Kithaba while allowing you guys to put sleeves on Jedi Luke's cloak for the Deleted Scene figure released earlier this year. You would think that they would be more focused on the accuracy of the main characters above everyone else. Or do they just let major screw ups like Luke's cloak slide because they know it will give you guys an excuse to sell us another Jedi Luke at some point down the line? Also, are you guys aware that neither bandana color for Kithaba is the correct color for the character? It should be closer to a deep burgundy red, rather than a bright red or dark brown.
- What’s the idea or theory behind the most recent Battle Packs? There’s severely reduced articulation, done to save money and appeal to very young kids (who can’t manipulate the articulation without getting frustrated), plus reduced paint for the same reasons (plus “they’re supposed to be an homage to the vintage figures!” given as a reason). But then, the head sculpts are some of the best the line has ever seen – across the board (with Obi-Wan and Darth Maul having also been released in Movie Heroes). So, what was the actual initial reason for creating these figures? If it was cost – would or wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just cast figures from the late 1990s or early 2000s, as you already were doing in the line as of January 2012? If it was to give something to the kids – same reason as before? If it was to offer the best sculpts of these figures ever, was the lack of articulation a conscious desire (to get rid of unsightly ball joints - but then there are those massively ugly T-crotches in the Naboo set)? And why weren’t any of these amazing new heads released on the pre-existing Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon bodies?
- Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the majority of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions? (Such a pack – like an AT-ST/Ewok-style Special Action Figure Set two-pack – with a Han that could ride the Tauntaun a la the version in the Target exclusive Search for Luke Skywalker set pack but with his hood sculpted up, which already exists on several versions, could be a real hit.)
- Why is TVC Tarkin so green? Yes, sometimes the film lighting causes the gray outfits to look a little green, but the figure takes it to another level and looks significantly more green than any other movie-based officer figures ever have, and he looks out of place next to them. Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any point?
- Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack?
- how has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?
- Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing – mostly in the 2008 Target exclusive Order 66 packs. We haven’t seen much of this since then, but Darth Malgus has this feature in the neckline of his cape. Will we see more of this at all, or has its time basically gone? Why haven't we seen more of this?
- Speaking of robes, when will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? The first attempt was on the 2003 Secret Ceremony figure, which was sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind. The only other option that comes close is the 2005 deluxe Anakin to Vader figure, but it is enclosed at the top and not quite right. Could this be included with the new AOTC Anakin in time? (And perhaps those aforementioned wires could give it some shape so it doesn’t just fall right off?)
- Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?
- Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless? Both the Movie Heroes and Vintage Collection figures, as well as the majority of previous versions, are stone-faced and serious. Is this to appeal to the Binks haters out there, or something? Might we see a smiling, scared, or slack-tongued Jar Jar at any point? They could easily reuse one of the new bodies and just replace the head.
- Will Droid Factory feature any straight repacks, like the Greatest Hits figures from the 2008-2010 Legacy lineup that were done to give buyers an option who perhaps didn't want some of the new figures but still wanted the piece to complete the droid? Or will the pieces all be specific to one figure and one figure only, as seems to be the case so far (with quite a few repacks/repaints in the line already)?
- What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers? The helmets are just reused, and the AOTC version shows that you are clearly capable of sculpting a better-fitting, more accurate, less rubbery one, and yet we've already gotten all the big ROTS units in this big-helmet style.
- The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year, with TVC waves 1 and 2 online around the time they hit retail, but wave 3 not hitting until late July/early August (and Movie Heroes wave 2 listed as "Coming Soon" with no sign of post-wave 1 Clone Wars). The entire cases have been available, but that doesn't really help people who don't want (or can't afford) all 12 figures, especially when most case assortments have more repacks than new figures. With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore?
- The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate – the character in the film has Imperial logos on both sides of his helmet, but the figure only has one, as it was seemingly based on a still photo of the character that obscures the right-side logo in shadow. Will this be fixed?
- What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Did you just license the molds, as seems to have been the case for R2-MK? Will we see the unique R6, R8, and R9 heads coming in the main line or as Droid Factory pieces (presumably without the hole for the hats)?
- With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fans can't really make this version properly. This version would look great with an unmasked Vader image on a vintage card, if/when the line ever returns.
- In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. We've gotten three molds of this figure (plus a current repaint/re-release of the 2006 version in the Target exclusive sets), and none of them have these panels - though the 1978 figure did. These ones are only good for his brief AOTC appearance. Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?
- Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why.
- At Comic-Con, Jeff told another site that the MTT's performance will significantly dictate how the 2013 line views another large vehicle launch. The MTT is not an exciting vehicle in general, it's slow and doesn't shoot in the films, it's not that "aggressive" style that Derryl has looked for in the past, the toy is built around a very specific gimmick which may only have limited appeal, it's higher-priced than the other big vehicles that size, and it was released half a year after Ep I in 3D came and went in theaters with little resonating impact. In short, the MTT was a risky choice and if it doesn't do well, why should its specific shortcomings be an indictment of big Star Wars vehicles in general?
- could the more high-demand figures from the last Vintage wave be re-released on whatever card they're doing next? I'm thinking that Emperor's Guard figure is going to be a pain to get, being an army builder and all.
- Hasbro corporate policy requires retailers to order monthly minimums to start with Hasbro, several thousand in purchases a month supposedly, which favors high volume retailers over small and niche retailers, and by doing so that limits the types of items Hasbro likes to focus on, going for mainstream audiences over smaller audiences, non-collectors and such. Force FX lightsabers have become an icon in our society, they're well-known with fans who would never buy a Star Wars action figure or toy of any kind, and those people buy from places that wouldn't move a lot of Hasbro product so they can't get wholesale orders from you. Some of those stores can go through Diamond for distribution but others aren't comic shops - mall video stores used to be a good place to buy FX sabers, for example, but now they are not able to get in on the marketing which limits Hasbro sales and limits Force FX's exposure outside the hardcore fan view. Is there anything that can be done for small-market-focused items like Force FX beyond buying them from a 3rd party distributor, or is the Hasbro business model simply too rigid to allow that?



Thanks for participating!

Battle Droid
11-11-2011, 09:46 PM
4 and 5 for now.

JediTricks
11-12-2011, 05:08 AM
Ok, so I just got word from Hasbro that they've changed the schedule again, that the November questions we just sent in are to be the last of this year, and they haven't given us a schedule for next year. I will keep you guys up to date as I know more.

AmanaMatt
12-07-2011, 07:49 PM
Nice QA this month; wasnt aware that a ROTJ speeder bike was a 'for sure' next year - glad it is, provided its all new

Tycho
12-18-2011, 04:05 AM
3 and 4.


And "Will Hasbro re-release CW Asajj Ventress?"

And "Was a prototype made for the Noghri and can he be released on an EU card?"

And why not have a "will you make [insert name of vehicle here]?" if we're going to ask about the Niemoidian shuttle. The SSG Jabba Sailbarge Crew stands ready to go (again). But we could ask about a scaled-down Republic cruiser... from TPM and seen in CW.

El Chuxter
12-19-2011, 02:01 AM
I'm still tinkering with this, but the problem plagues both Star Wars and GIJoe (and possibly Marvel, though they seem to re-use older figures far more often) and has for some time. I guess it applies to Transformers, too.

"One issue that has affected Star Wars (as well as other boys' lines, especially GIJoe) for quite a while is the difficulty in finding the final wave or two of new figures immediately prior to a packaging change. Often, these final, tough-to-find figures on a particular packaging style are never released again, adding to the headaches for collectors. For example, figures like Ree Yees, R2-D2 with Holographic Leia, Sio Bibble, and Jacen Solo are legendary in how difficult they were (and still are) to procure at a reasonable price. Sometimes, these later figures show up at discounted rates at closeout stores (though this seems to happen more often with GIJoe and Transformers than Star Wars) months later, doing no real good to the line or to Hasbro. Would you consider looking into consistently carrying forward the final figures on a given card style onto the new packaging, provided the demand is there? (This was done with three of the final GIJoe: Pursuit of Cobra figures, who were released within the first wave of the 30th Anniversary packaging style, and this appears to be successful.) Or perhaps allotting a larger number to hasbrotoyshop.com?"

I dunno about the rest of you, but I'm sick of having no problem finding most of the figures, and then having to decide on one or two from the final wave whether I want to buy them from a third party or continue to pay my mortgage.

sebillba
12-19-2011, 01:41 PM
Maybe someone can already answer this for me, if not, could it be considered as a question for Hasbro please....

The upcoming Movie Heroes line includes three characters which have been significantly upgraded over previous releases, but still lack the full super articulation we've come to expect in recent years. These figures are Jar Jar Binks, Queen Amidala in Naboo battle dress and Anakin Skywalker in Pod Race gear. You have already confirmed that Jar Jar will be released again in the Vintage Collection, as an all new SA figure. Will the other two be receiving similar treatment for the vintage line, or are they to be the best versions available for the foreseeable future?

JediTricks
12-20-2011, 04:56 PM
wasnt aware that a ROTJ speeder bike was a 'for sure' next year - glad it is, provided its all newYou can thank our friend and fellow forum member Bikerscout for that knowledge, he asked it at Comic-Con and got a definitive yes, which is what made our question about the plastics possible, since we don't work in rumors.



And "Will Hasbro re-release CW Asajj Ventress?"

And "Was a prototype made for the Noghri and can he be released on an EU card?"

And why not have a "will you make [insert name of vehicle here]?" if we're going to ask about the Niemoidian shuttle. The SSG Jabba Sailbarge Crew stands ready to go (again). But we could ask about a scaled-down Republic cruiser... from TPM and seen in CW.Which CW Ventress, the current cartoon one? They re-released it several times plus another in battle pack, one case this year had her. The character doesn't even look that way anymore on the show.

The Noghri question was answered just this round, it's in the Other Sites questions article, short version: they never tooled it up.

I'm not even understanding your 3rd question. The question we have up there is one that hasn't been asked, and has current entertainment support as well as movie support (including a movie hitting theaters again soon) and an argument against a recent release. And even then, it's obviously going to go down in flames as a big no. Also, what Republic Cruiser are you talking about?



I'm still tinkering with this, but the problem plagues both Star Wars and GIJoe (and possibly Marvel, though they seem to re-use older figures far more often) and has for some time. I guess it applies to Transformers, too.

"One issue that has affected Star Wars (as well as other boys' lines, especially GIJoe) for quite a while is the difficulty in finding the final wave or two of new figures immediately prior to a packaging change. Often, these final, tough-to-find figures on a particular packaging style are never released again, adding to the headaches for collectors. For example, figures like Ree Yees, R2-D2 with Holographic Leia, Sio Bibble, and Jacen Solo are legendary in how difficult they were (and still are) to procure at a reasonable price. Sometimes, these later figures show up at discounted rates at closeout stores (though this seems to happen more often with GIJoe and Transformers than Star Wars) months later, doing no real good to the line or to Hasbro. Would you consider looking into consistently carrying forward the final figures on a given card style onto the new packaging, provided the demand is there? (This was done with three of the final GIJoe: Pursuit of Cobra figures, who were released within the first wave of the 30th Anniversary packaging style, and this appears to be successful.) Or perhaps allotting a larger number to hasbrotoyshop.com?"

I dunno about the rest of you, but I'm sick of having no problem finding most of the figures, and then having to decide on one or two from the final wave whether I want to buy them from a third party or continue to pay my mortgage.We've discussed this with them before in Q&A to no avail. Steve discussed it with Derryl at C5:
SS: When you guys at team Hasbro Star Wars sit down and design the basic figure program for the next 18 months, you create waves of figures knowing that you'll have to ramp up production to a figure's full run, so some figures will have to be carried over into later waves' case assortments. For example, Pre Vizsla is from Clone Wars 2010 wave 1, but also is showing up in wave 3 cases to get the full run of the figure out there and fill the perceived market needs. However, sometimes Hasbro cannot perceive every market demand and a figure doesn't get released into enough later waves when its initial run finishes up, so a figure has to have a second run and shoehorned into a revised case assortment later in the game. These case assortments are purchased in advance by retailers who agree to what's inside, so does adding those market-demanded figures out there cause strife with the retailers since they didn't know it was coming? How long in advance does something like that have to be planned to react to unexpected market conditions? And why is Hasbro usually so reticent to put end-of-the-series figures - which you know will have shorter runs due to the nature of the market - from one line like 30th Anniversary Collection into the new line's cases such as The Legacy Collection?
DD: That is an outstanding question on how we manage our case packs, and especially how we react to short-packed figures. So let me... heh heh, let me first say that we're... fans are giving us a lot of credit for very fast reactions to market trends, for example there's a specific question there about Pre Vizsla showing up in 2010 wave 1 as well as wave 3. Well, those case packs that are done within a couple month time frame were designed probably a year in advance, a long time ago, based on what we perceived to be the consumer demand for those figures, so it takes us actually a long time to respond to demand. For instance, the last waves of the red and white packaged line look for both the EU wave in the Legacy and the last wave of Clone Wars, were very difficult for a lot of fans to find because the demand for those waves has actually increased in the last few months, and there are more people looking for them than had been involved in looking for Legacy or Clone Wars in the months that had preceded it. I think it's due to both the strength of the figure offerings as well as like a renewed resurgence or interest in Star Wars right now which could be due to the Vintage line, or people feel better about coming back into the line. For us to react to changes and demand, it actually takes quite a while, we typically make our figure releases 5 to 6 months in advance. So right now here we are in the middle of August, we're actually planning for what figures are going to be on the shelf right now in February, January/February are the generally the releases we're making right now. So right now, we could be looking at what's going on with wave 1 and potentially making the new black and the blue line case pack revisions based on that. And that's typically what we do. What's very very difficult to do are to re-release the figures that appear at the end of the line, so the figures that appeared at the end of the red and white line look, we literally do not have more slots to release those figures because our lines for the entirety of 2011 are locked in place already. The company hasn't approved us to go add 6 more items to the Vintage line to repack the EU figures, they haven't allowed us to do another wave of Clone Wars figures, that all entails new packaging, that new line look, we have to redo that, and we've already agreed with the company on the Star Wars items we're going to make. So that's why it often takes us a very long time to re-release figures, especially basic figures, on basic figure cards, just because of the logistics of getting that done. We work so far in advance and we have to manage the item count that we have available to do it. Sometimes it's easier for us when we have an exclusive opportunity like bringing up the McQuarrie basic figures in the McQuarrie set, a lot easier for us to do because Toys R Us was looking for a couple of great multi-figure sets, it seemed like a natural and we were able to get all those highly-demanded figures out. But again, that was a couple of years after the McQuarrie figures actually came out. So hopefully fans will be patient with us, we completely understand the demand of the end-of-the-line figures, we want to get those out. I will tell you that the Spacetrooper from the EU wave will be coming out in Saga Legends next year, it's something we designed in advance, we said we will not be able to make enough of these figures to supply demand from collectors, get that figure out, we'll probably do the same with the phase-1 Darktrooper just because he's a troop builder, but we'll be looking for ways for [TFU] Shaak Ti, Jacen and Jaina, K'Kruhk, to get those guys out as well. And same thing with the Clone Wars wave, we know fans are looking for them, we will look for ways to do that, it's just that it may take a while, it take longer to do that, but we're looking at it. So stick with us! Please.


We could ask why they bother creating new tooling for those waves at all, though, instead of holding it back for the next packaging iteration.



Maybe someone can already answer this for me, if not, could it be considered as a question for Hasbro please....

The upcoming Movie Heroes line includes three characters which have been significantly upgraded over previous releases, but still lack the full super articulation we've come to expect in recent years. These figures are Jar Jar Binks, Queen Amidala in Naboo battle dress and Anakin Skywalker in Pod Race gear. You have already confirmed that Jar Jar will be released again in the Vintage Collection, as an all new SA figure. Will the other two be receiving similar treatment for the vintage line, or are they to be the best versions available for the foreseeable future?I will add that. LMK if you intend to vote for it, as I'm no longer doing auto-voting for question creation now that we're down to 2 votes per person.

El Chuxter
12-20-2011, 06:59 PM
I wouldn't mind modifying it thusly, JT. There's a ton of Joes that most people in America never saw, and some look really freakin' sweet. At least a few are totally new sculpts, too.

Oh, and I guess it applies to SW, too. :D

sebillba
12-21-2011, 01:55 AM
I will add that. LMK if you intend to vote for it, as I'm no longer doing auto-voting for question creation now that we're down to 2 votes per person.

Thanks JT. Yes, I'll vote for it please.

JediTricks
12-21-2011, 08:52 PM
I wouldn't mind modifying it thusly, JT. There's a ton of Joes that most people in America never saw, and some look really freakin' sweet. At least a few are totally new sculpts, too.

Oh, and I guess it applies to SW, too. :DWell, get to a'writin! I've held your hands long enough, you guys can take notes and do something with them. :onthego: (gee, thanks VB for including an indecipherable sea of new smilies in the recent update :whip: oh, and PS, what's "applouse"?)

Tycho
12-22-2011, 03:53 AM
Which CW Ventress, the current cartoon one? They re-released it several times plus another in battle pack, one case this year had her. The character doesn't even look that way anymore on the show.

Yeah the old one. I forgot they could sculpt a new figure for her. I'd buy that newer version, but I don't think they'll make her that way? Do you? Then again, she is a bad girl with two lightsabers. Besides Dooku and now Krell, what else are they going to do - release Grievous again. Maybe Ventress' new look makes sense. Your thoughts? And yes, you could phrase this query as a Question for Hasbro or have me reword it for you if you think it has merit and our board members would want to vote for it.




The Noghri question was answered just this round, it's in the Other Sites questions article, short version: they never tooled it up.


Thank you for your answer. Sorry to hear what Hasbro made it contain though. Would you personally want a Noghri or even army-build with one?



I'm not even understanding your 3rd question. The question we have up there is one that hasn't been asked, and has current entertainment support as well as movie support (including a movie hitting theaters again soon) and an argument against a recent release. And even then, it's obviously going to go down in flames as a big no. Also, what Republic Cruiser are you talking about?

Don't worry about part of this. I understood your response as well as recalled our discussion about why one of our questions isn't "When are you going to make Jabba's sailbarge" - asked every month until they finally make it. :D (If they let us have extra questions and we ever can't think of anything else to ask though - the Sailbarge is always available. Hehe.)

As to which Republic Cruiser - the ones like the Radiant VII seen at the beginning of TPM. Now in CW, they've added at least 4 gun stations along its hull, but I'd suggest the guns could be removeable so you could display the ship as authentic with the movies, or put it out there CW style - and leave it be up to the buyer.

JediTricks
12-23-2011, 03:49 PM
Yeah the old one. I forgot they could sculpt a new figure for her. I'd buy that newer version, but I don't think they'll make her that way? Do you? Then again, she is a bad girl with two lightsabers. Besides Dooku and now Krell, what else are they going to do - release Grievous again. Maybe Ventress' new look makes sense. Your thoughts? And yes, you could phrase this query as a Question for Hasbro or have me reword it for you if you think it has merit and our board members would want to vote for it.I don't think they'll do a new one, they only have 9 new figures scheduled for 2012, and we haven't seen Asajj Ventress in 11 months now. I'm not asking Hasbro to release Ventress for the 5th time though, that's not a good use of our limited Q&A resource.


Thank you for your answer. Sorry to hear what Hasbro made it contain though. Would you personally want a Noghri or even army-build with one?I wanted a Noghri for a long time, but I wouldn't army-build them, and based on the imagery from the comics being Hasbro's source, I'm not even 100% I'd want more than Rukh. The descriptions of the Noghri in the books was far more interesting than the official artwork from Dark Horse (the same thing happened with the Bothans).

[/quote]As to which Republic Cruiser - the ones like the Radiant VII seen at the beginning of TPM. Now in CW, they've added at least 4 gun stations along its hull, but I'd suggest the guns could be removeable so you could display the ship as authentic with the movies, or put it out there CW style - and leave it be up to the buyer.[/QUOTE]The C70 retrofit like this one? http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Consular-class_cruiser_%28Charger_c70_retrofit%29
We haven't seen it since Senate Murders.

Anyway, if I thought there was a chance in hell they'd make this, I'd consider adding it, but it really doesn't seem like something they're going to do, and it certainly doesn't stand out in any way that I can think of.

Tycho
12-24-2011, 01:42 PM
Yes. You did pick the right ship. And I think we'll see this ship again.

It's good for a plot device: a large ship that can act as a carrier type vessel, BUT EASILY GET DESTROYED, like in that two-part episode where that ship crashed with Aayla while Anakin was wounded and WagTwo helped them.

You can't do that so much with star destroyers because they're harder to fatally wound like that except when the Separatists have big ships like the Malevolence.

So thinking as a writer - that Republic cruiser style is useful for the cartoon show (now you see it - now it crashes).

In the meanwhile, I'm thinking in terms of ships - more (different molds) are better.

But the Tri-Droid Fighter hasn't been repainted gray or black yet, and we still don't have a PINK Jedi Starfighter. What is Force-Sensitive BARBIE to ride in?

They could do a silver Droid Gunship.

Repaint the turbo speeder and call it Cad Bane's speeder. Then repaint it again and call it Hondo's pirate speeder...

You get the idea. I like new ship molds that have never been made before and besides asking for Jabba's Sailbarge for the 9,999,999 time, (hey - we could make it 10 million even though!), the Republic Cruiser is smaller than either the Tantive IV or a star destroyer would be, and thus it might be possible to make it BMF scale (obviously shrunk down from what it really would be - but not in a scale that's utterly ridiculous).

What would the ship do?


BMF.............................................Re public Cruiser
cockpit holds figures........................yes
gunner station(s).............................yes (removeable for TPM look)
launching escape ship.......................yes - have it be the salon pod just as it's described in the tech specs for this ship
medical bed (cheap)..........................yes - maybe have a bacta tank on board from the Luke Deluxe figure mold
smuggling compartment.....................NO - but how about a prison cell to put Nute Gunray in?
radar dish........................................Yes
launching missiles.............................yes from the removeable cannons I guess
chess set / lounge.............................NO but have crew seats in the interior like in the AT-TE or mini-rig Grievous ship
sound effects....................................Possibl e - but I don't really care
boarding ramp...................................possible

I don't know - it could be a cool idea. Still, the Separatists and baddies need more stuff because the Republic has so much. An MTT is still in order.

bigbarada
04-13-2012, 09:38 PM
I know this would be a trivial question for most; but it'd be cool if it could get squeezed in during an interview or something at SDCC:

What's the deal with Kithaba's cardback? Did you think that fans wouldn't notice that it's just a reversed photo of Barada that has been Photoshopped to look like Kithaba? Were there just not any high quality images of Kithaba laying around at Lucasfilm that you guys could use for the figure's card or was this intended to be some kind of homage to Kenner's original mixup of Kithaba and Barada? If it's the latter, then thank you for keeping the weirdness confined to the packaging, but are we going to see a corrected card at any point in the future?

This is really the only gripe I have with the upcoming Kithaba figure. The figure itself looks amazing and that's the most important thing, but the odd card image will just make keeping a MOC version seem less special.

El Chuxter
04-15-2012, 10:56 AM
If this is going to become the "Questions for Hasbro at SDCC since they cut out their Q&A" thread, can we bring up the distribution issue? It might be easier face-to-face, where you can say it like you're half-joking, to mention that people WANT the figures they make, then they can't get them, so that's money Hasbro isn't making.

Maybe we could bring up a "one of every figure" program, since they've got some experience now with HTS. (This could work for Joes, TFs, and Marvel, too.) I hate Clonetroopers and stuff, but, honestly, I might not mind getting one of each of them to ensure I get the others I'm not finding at all. I can always donate them to Toys for Tots or put them on eBay or something.

JediTricks
04-15-2012, 03:13 PM
Not a bad idea, I guess we can use this thread for that purpose.

Chux, I'll add the distribution issue to the list, but the only experience they have with HTS is that HTS is a terrible outlet for the brand and is not doing what Hasbro told them to do regarding breaking up cases. Also, it's still going to be the same answer of not in their contract, not good for their business model.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-18-2012, 10:03 PM
I've been wondering why they've completely dropped "Tano" off of the packaging for every Ahsoka figure. I'll try to remember to ask them at CVI unless you get to it at SDCC.

El Chuxter
04-18-2012, 10:35 PM
Even if I don't collect them, I'd be interested in knowing what's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage.

JediTricks
04-21-2012, 04:11 PM
I've been wondering why they've completely dropped "Tano" off of the packaging for every Ahsoka figure. I'll try to remember to ask them at CVI unless you get to it at SDCC.I'll put it on the list. I would guess it's an LFL request, but it does seem weird since they exploit the oddest of full names of pretty much every character these days.


Even if I don't collect them, I'd be interested in knowing what's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage.Sure, added that to the list. If I were to ask it, I'd wait until after the panel as I suspect it'll either be touched on, or asked there.

El Chuxter
04-22-2012, 06:13 PM
Okay, JT, I realize this is a SW site, you're a SW guy, and this is a thread about SW-related convention questions. But I'm not going to Comic-Con this year, and I would REALLY appreciate someone (maybe someone awesome who sports a Farnsworth avatar?) posing this one to the Joe team. Granted, we don't have all the info, but this looks like one of the biggest clusterloves in a while.

There have been "budget Joes" at dollar stores, Marshalls, etc. They've pretty much always been Valor vs Venom repaints or re-releases on small cards, with a limited number of accessories. They don't get announced at conventions or sold through normal outlets because, well, no one gives a crap about inferior older figures, and it seems like they're more or less a way of making a buck off old molds.

Meanwhile, five easy repaints of existing 25th/ROC/POC/30th-style Joes that people have literally been begging for for years are vintage Snake Eyes IV (which sorta looks like he's wearing a hockey mask, and has four different colors, but looks strangely awesome), vintage Storm Shadow III (a black-and-white outfit he wore during the Ninja Force era, though it debuted slightly earlier), Devil's Due Shipwreck (wearing a ribbed sweater and a beanie--the head exists from the ROC line, and the ribbed sweater torso has been used on multiple figures), vintage Cobra Commander VI (plain-old hooded Cobra Commander, but in solid black), and the basic Cobra Trooper in different color schemes. And Hasbro seems unwilling to make any of them, despite three of them being some of the "we've got to include at least two of these guys in every wave" characters.

The Retaliation figure pics start showing up. I think they look pretty sweet overall, but I appear to be in a minority.

Suddenly, what appears to be a new wave of budget figures, on a new classic-styled small card, show up. Who are they? Snake Eyes IV, Storm Shadow III, Cobra Commander VI, DD Shipwreck, a Cobra Trooper in solid black, and Duke in green fatigues based on the Original 13 (well, ten of them, anyway--not one who was requested, but great for customs, and another of the "have to have two per wave" fellas). No fanfare, no advance notice, just one day a dude finds them in the Philippines, apparently in advance of an American discount store release.

So, what I can't help but wonder: how the hell did five HIGHLY-requested figures who were simple repaints (or minor kitbashes) wind up as budget releases... and appear to be causing far more excitement among collectors than the upcoming Retaliation line? (I'm not saying they were highly-requested just because I wanted them. We're talking the Kithabas and Ben Quadinaroses of the Joe world here. No, I take that back. These are Slave Leias and Smuggler Landos from the time before those figures actually existed, since they're new versions of old standby major characters that we actually want.) Seems like a weird reversal, the regular line being for kids and the budget line for adult collectors, especially since the discount distribution is wonky and uneven, at best.

And, maybe, if they can't or won't answer that, how about the possibility of getting them in a multipack exclusive, or making them available through HTS? (I'll take my chances with any retailer exclusive before trying to get six one-per-case figures at closeout stores, one of whom's an army builder that everyone on Earth, including myself, will want multiples of. Even K-Mart. No joke.)

JediTricks
04-24-2012, 05:04 PM
That's a bit of a long one. I won't put it in our list since it's not SW, but I'll leave it in the thread to remind me.

bigbarada
05-03-2012, 11:13 AM
More and more figures in the Vintage Collection are being released with mismatched joints, where the color of the plastic hinge doesn't match the area around it (it's most noticeable on characters who wear black boots and the ankle hinge is molded in a color that matches their pants instead of their boots). We've asked about this before and were told that it was intended to keep down production costs on the figures themselves; but it seems to be getting more and more common in the last couple of years. Collectors are already paying a premium price for TVC figures, so it's a shame that action figures intended to represent the very best in sculpting, detail, accuracy and articulation are so frequently marred by a cost-saving measure that ultimately just makes the figure look cheap and unfinished. Exactly what would it take to ensure that this never happens again on any TVC figure? Another price increase?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-04-2012, 03:53 PM
Where exactly is the Mandalorian Assault Transport? The last Hasbro said, all pre-orders on Entertainment Earth would be filled, but the expected release date continually gets pushed back. Now that it's been shown in the Season Five teaser, is there any chance this might get a re-release?

Speaking of cancelled items, whatever happened to the second Utai and Imperial Scanning Crew figures?

JediTricks
05-04-2012, 04:33 PM
BB, it'd take about two bucks more per figure, I think. They're not the figure's base plastic, they're PVC so that'd require a second run on a different sprue (or a dual-injection of 2 different color batches into one mold, but that's likely to create mix that results in more wasted unusable product) and that's time-intensive (you'll notice bigger-budget items like the Han Tauntaun set have combinations of joint colors like you're hoping for). I'll add it though. They generally can't paint most of the joints because the PVC doesn't take paint well and the paint comes off anyway as the joint is used.

JJL, I'll add both, it's getting ridiculous that these items keep getting canned and pushed back.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-16-2012, 11:44 PM
Well, now we know that the Mandalorian Assault Transport is officially DOA, given that EE has cancelled everyone's pre-orders. But I'd still like to know what was going on there.

On another issue, why have they numbered cases in multiple lines so bizarrely? For Vintage, the TPM wave was Wave 1, the deleted scenes was 1.1, the Darth Malgus wave was Wave 2, the Evazan wave (delayed from 2011) was Wave 2.2, the Bespin Han repacks were 2.5, and now Tarkin is Wave 3. I can somewhat understand the fact that the repacks were folded into a case assortment, but the deleted scenes figures is still a strange one. Then again, Movie Heroes wave 1 (the all-repack/repaint wave) was Wave 0.5, the wave with the new TPM figures was Wave 1, and now the Vader/Luke case is Wave 2. It's the same for vehicles - the four TPM ships were Wave 0.5, and now the case with the Naboo Starfighter is Wave 1. I don't know if this is screwing with distribution or if it's just a harmless oddity, but it is indeed quite odd.

El Chuxter
06-16-2012, 11:46 PM
Not sure if this one is worth asking or not, but I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?

Tycho
06-17-2012, 05:59 AM
I did not know the Mandalorian Transport was cancelled. I should stop looking for it at Target.

JediTricks
06-19-2012, 06:05 PM
Well, now we know that the Mandalorian Assault Transport is officially DOA, given that EE has cancelled everyone's pre-orders. But I'd still like to know what was going on there.Altered to address change in situation.

On another issue, why have they numbered cases in multiple lines so bizarrely? For Vintage, the TPM wave was Wave 1, the deleted scenes was 1.1, the Darth Malgus wave was Wave 2, the Evazan wave (delayed from 2011) was Wave 2.2, the Bespin Han repacks were 2.5, and now Tarkin is Wave 3. I can somewhat understand the fact that the repacks were folded into a case assortment, but the deleted scenes figures is still a strange one. Then again, Movie Heroes wave 1 (the all-repack/repaint wave) was Wave 0.5, the wave with the new TPM figures was Wave 1, and now the Vader/Luke case is Wave 2. It's the same for vehicles - the four TPM ships were Wave 0.5, and now the case with the Naboo Starfighter is Wave 1. I don't know if this is screwing with distribution or if it's just a harmless oddity, but it is indeed quite odd.Added to the list.



Not sure if this one is worth asking or not, but I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?I'll add it, but I've not seen these at discount stores so if you could give me more background, it'd help me decide to ask it.

Umbra
06-25-2012, 08:28 PM
The might not be a worthy question, but I'd be interested in seeing it asked if only to offer them the idea if they didn't have it already, but:

We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-25-2012, 10:52 PM
So . . . why the heck did they change the face on the Imperial Navy Commander card? Blurry photo? Rights issue? Someone's uncle wanted to be famous?

JediTricks
06-26-2012, 10:25 PM
So . . . why the heck did they change the face on the Imperial Navy Commander card? Blurry photo? Rights issue? Someone's uncle wanted to be famous?
I hadn't noticed that, it's really odd. I've added this and Umbra's questions to the list.

El Chuxter
06-28-2012, 06:31 PM
I must say I appreciate your retaining of JJL's snide comment in #18. lol

Not to harp on it, but I'd enormously appreciate it if you or someone else might ask a question of the Joe team (Joe team! ha! see what I did there?) about the discount store line, something along the lines of:

"Hasbro has packaged various figures for sale at discount stores like Dollar General and Big Lots. Most of these, to be blunt, are geared toward kids and not adult collectors, being straight reissues of earlier figures and/or lacking articulation. However, with the Joe line, it's repaints and 'kitbashes' that, for the most part, have been highly requested by adult collectors for quite some time. So far, this line has only been seen at Dollar General, which has practically no presence in many states (including California). Some otherwise canceled Joe and Transformers toys have shown up at Ross several months after the intended release date, making them de facto 'Ross exclusives,' but is this the intent with these repainted Joe figures (to make them unofficially Dollar General exclusives)? Or do you plan to make them available at other discount stores (or maybe even at the big box retailers, to fill in the gap until Retaliation hits)?"

El Chuxter
06-29-2012, 06:50 PM
Also, I would really appreciate it if someone might be willing to ask if there are plans to continue Renegades in some capacity. A second season (or new cartoon with a different name that picks up after the final Renegades episode) would be ideal, but direct-to-DVD movies, a comic, Resolute-styled webisodes, anything.

The final episode ended with Destro and Firefly apparently dead, Baroness and Mindbender trapped in limbo, the Joes exonerated, Storm Shadow swearing to rebuild the Arashikage Clan, and, most importantly, Cobra Commander declaring war on the Joes.

Seriously, man, that is way too much to leave hanging. It was clearly designed with a second season in mind.

JediTricks
06-30-2012, 12:31 AM
I must say I appreciate your retaining of JJL's snide comment in #18. lolI figure I'll do an extensive rewrite of whatever we decide to use, so I'm not editing these at all at this point; but who knows, maybe it'll make it in.


Not to harp on it, but I'd enormously appreciate it if you or someone else might ask a question of the Joe team (Joe team! ha! see what I did there?) about the discount store line, something along the lines of:

"Hasbro has packaged various figures for sale at discount stores like Dollar General and Big Lots. Most of these, to be blunt, are geared toward kids and not adult collectors, being straight reissues of earlier figures and/or lacking articulation. However, with the Joe line, it's repaints and 'kitbashes' that, for the most part, have been highly requested by adult collectors for quite some time. So far, this line has only been seen at Dollar General, which has practically no presence in many states (including California). Some otherwise canceled Joe and Transformers toys have shown up at Ross several months after the intended release date, making them de facto 'Ross exclusives,' but is this the intent with these repainted Joe figures (to make them unofficially Dollar General exclusives)? Or do you plan to make them available at other discount stores (or maybe even at the big box retailers, to fill in the gap until Retaliation hits)?"


Also, I would really appreciate it if someone might be willing to ask if there are plans to continue Renegades in some capacity. A second season (or new cartoon with a different name that picks up after the final Renegades episode) would be ideal, but direct-to-DVD movies, a comic, Resolute-styled webisodes, anything.

The final episode ended with Destro and Firefly apparently dead, Baroness and Mindbender trapped in limbo, the Joes exonerated, Storm Shadow swearing to rebuild the Arashikage Clan, and, most importantly, Cobra Commander declaring war on the Joes.

Seriously, man, that is way too much to leave hanging. It was clearly designed with a second season in mind.I'll consider it, but they're different teams so I can't add it to this list. Why aren't you going? You should dog them about this stuff.

El Chuxter
06-30-2012, 12:49 AM
Can't afford it this year. Or, more accurately, I can afford it, but it would be pushing it, and I can't justify it, and probably would be very sad since I wouldn't be able to afford to come home with a big stack of comics. :( I was thinking less "ask this in a formal capacity" and more "if anyone happens to talk to the Joe guys, can you bring these up?"

I plan to go down to SD and hang out for lunch offsite if everyone else is down with that.

Tycho
06-30-2012, 12:54 AM
I might be able to meet you Richard. Call or text me a few hours ahead of time.

I didn't get to see you and Slick when we'd tried to meet in Vegas. I was just too tired after my western show to drive another 4 hours.

Also, I can't afford to buy anything at Comic Con this year either. Fact is, I can barely afford to drive anywhere at the moment. When I run out of gas, that's it. (I take the trolley to the Con anyway though.)

Darth Duranium
06-30-2012, 05:41 AM
Hi guys,
Wonder if you could ask Hasbro about the status of the Titanium Series at SDCC, if you'd be so kind:

Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. In the last Q&A, Hasbro hinted at new releases for the Fall but we haven't seen anything about them. Also, the "Shadow Squad" 3-pack appears on Wal-Mart's website (which includes a new TIE Crawler tooling, apparently) but information is limited and it hasn't seen release, either. So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad?

JediTricks
06-30-2012, 04:53 PM
Can't afford it this year. Or, more accurately, I can afford it, but it would be pushing it, and I can't justify it, and probably would be very sad since I wouldn't be able to afford to come home with a big stack of comics. :( I was thinking less "ask this in a formal capacity" and more "if anyone happens to talk to the Joe guys, can you bring these up?"

I plan to go down to SD and hang out for lunch offsite if everyone else is down with that.No, how dare you eat lunch with us, commoner?!? ;) I can't imagine you not being there, dude. I'm bummed you're not getting in though.

I'll see what I can do about GI Joe, but it's a little tough without a personal background to discuss those sorts of things. Being a proxy is hard.


Hi guys,
Wonder if you could ask Hasbro about the status of the Titanium Series at SDCC, if you'd be so kind:

Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. In the last Q&A, Hasbro hinted at new releases for the Fall but we haven't seen anything about them. Also, the "Shadow Squad" 3-pack appears on Wal-Mart's website (which includes a new TIE Crawler tooling, apparently) but information is limited and it hasn't seen release, either. So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad?I'll add that to the list and see what I can do.

bigbarada
07-01-2012, 01:44 PM
Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores?

I picked up a Wedge Antilles when I was at Walmart and a friend of mine bought Nom Anor and Aayla Secura. The store's computer didn't recognize any of the figures. Fortunately I had two 2011 R5-D4s with me that the cashier was able to use to ring everything up. However, that store's computer now thinks it sold 5 R5-D4 figures even though there were only two in stock. That has to cause some problems somewhere.

I just find it a little bothersome that we're now 6 months into 2012 and Walmart's computers still don't recognize the new merchandise.

At the beginning of the year, when the Deleted Scene wave first showed up, we had the same problem and I used an old Qui-Gonn figure to let the cashier ring up the new figures. So, that store reported selling 5 Qui-Gonn figures in one night, even though there was only one Qui-Gonn in stock (it listed each figure as Qui-Gonn Jinn on the receipt) and that Qui-Gonn went right back onto the shelf when I was done buying the new figures.

I understand that Hasbro is going to say that this is an internal issue at Walmart that they have no control over, but it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.

JediTricks
07-02-2012, 12:24 AM
Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores?

I picked up a Wedge Antilles when I was at Walmart and a friend of mine bought Nom Anor and Aayla Secura. The store's computer didn't recognize any of the figures. Fortunately I had two 2011 R5-D4s with me that the cashier was able to use to ring everything up. However, that store's computer now thinks it sold 5 R5-D4 figures even though there were only two in stock. That has to cause some problems somewhere.

I just find it a little bothersome that we're now 6 months into 2012 and Walmart's computers still don't recognize the new merchandise.

At the beginning of the year, when the Deleted Scene wave first showed up, we had the same problem and I used an old Qui-Gonn figure to let the cashier ring up the new figures. So, that store reported selling 5 Qui-Gonn figures in one night, even though there was only one Qui-Gonn in stock (it listed each figure as Qui-Gonn Jinn on the receipt) and that Qui-Gonn went right back onto the shelf when I was done buying the new figures.

I understand that Hasbro is going to say that this is an internal issue at Walmart that they have no control over, but it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.You nearly lost me there, at first I was like "why is this a question for Hasbro, and not WM?" but then I got there.

El Chuxter
07-02-2012, 12:25 AM
It might not be a bad idea to mention that some WM stores simply won't sell an item that's not in the system, which is hugely frustrating for collectors who think they finally found something after a 6-month drought. :)

JediTricks
07-02-2012, 12:32 AM
It might not be a bad idea to mention that some WM stores simply won't sell an item that's not in the system, which is hugely frustrating for collectors who think they finally found something after a 6-month drought. :)That's a store policy issue though, and not tied to distribution problems, it's not something Hasbro has control over. I'll consider it though as a side statement perhaps.

El Chuxter
07-02-2012, 12:34 AM
Yeah, I meant that if the issue is coming from Hasbro's end, or complete laziness at the WM corporate level, it's something they can't control but can p*** off people.

bigbarada
07-05-2012, 01:39 AM
This question is for you, JT, does Hasbro keep track of how well each individual figure sells? For instance with the most recent wave, do they know how well Nikto is selling compared to Tarkin and how well Starkiller is selling compared to Shae Vizla? Or do they just know that X number of figures sold from a case of 12 in wave 5, compared to X number of figures in wave 4?

JediTricks
07-08-2012, 12:54 PM
This question is for you, JT, does Hasbro keep track of how well each individual figure sells? For instance with the most recent wave, do they know how well Nikto is selling compared to Tarkin and how well Starkiller is selling compared to Shae Vizla? Or do they just know that X number of figures sold from a case of 12 in wave 5, compared to X number of figures in wave 4?This is not something they've clearly discussed, they've hinted at it, but never said it outright (they are a bit cagey about hard numbers and even rough percentages of what they produce). I would think they would track their retailer orders shipped, but not consistently track what percentage of those sold for full retail. They said in a press release many years ago they had added a system to do exactly that to their market-tracking side of things, but since then they've said contradictory things about it. I would go on the assumption that they keep track of how many units they sell to retailers and probably have some idea of how consumers are buying them.

Another thing, they seem to have a notable understanding of what moves and what doesn't, so I think it's fair to assume they generally have data of specific sales, not just cases.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Do you know which questions you're going to ask in your few minutes of allotted time? I'll (hopefully) be able to follow up on stuff or ask other questions at CVI if they're able to talk with the fans more casually like they did at CV.

JediTricks
07-10-2012, 07:35 PM
Do you know which questions you're going to ask in your few minutes of allotted time? I'll (hopefully) be able to follow up on stuff or ask other questions at CVI if they're able to talk with the fans more casually like they did at CV.I am working on it now, but you'll have a better idea after the show - they may answer some of the questions during the panel, or I may not to get to ask all of these. But it's definitely good thinking.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-18-2012, 07:43 PM
What's with the move these last two years to have ginormous exclusives at Comic-Con? Previous conventions have had basic figures, small vehicles, and things like that, but now with 2011's Death Star and 2012's carbonite set, we've moved into expensive multi-figure sets that are cool but (presumably) difficult to get home from the convention.

Also, just why the heck isn't there a CVI exclusive? They could have re-released the carbonite set, or finally released the Vader funeral pyre. Apparently Jocasta had something to do with it, but I want to know more.

El Chuxter
07-18-2012, 08:30 PM
What's with the move these last two years to have ginormous exclusives at Comic-Con? Previous conventions have had basic figures, small vehicles, and things like that, but now with 2011's Death Star and 2012's carbonite set, we've moved into expensive multi-figure sets that are cool but (presumably) difficult to get home from the convention.
Dude, you are clearly unaware of the SHIELD Super-Helicarrier. I have rarely pitied anyone as I pitied those poor souls who got that and didn't have somewhere to store it during the rest of the convention. That sucker looked like it would dwarf the BAT-AT.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-18-2012, 09:12 PM
Dude, you are clearly unaware of the SHIELD Super-Helicarrier. I have rarely pitied anyone as I pitied those poor souls who got that and didn't have somewhere to store it during the rest of the convention. That sucker looked like it would dwarf the BAT-AT.
Oh yeah. I knew about it, but yeah, that must have been way worse. Don't they have any kind of coat check where you can keep your bigger items during the con? They did at Celebration.

bigbarada
07-19-2012, 08:58 PM
I didn't even know about that Shield Helicarrier. 4 feet long? Now I seriously wonder why we can't get anything like this for the Star Wars line.

DarkJedi5
07-19-2012, 10:04 PM
I didn't even know about that Shield Helicarrier. 4 feet long? Now I seriously wonder why we can't get anything like this for the Star Wars line.

Well, I'm not into the Marvel line at all, but the Helicarrier isn't as interesting as it sounds. Yeah it's a monster, but it's just long and flat with spinning turbines and missile launchers on the sides. If Hasbro were to do a 4 foot long Star Destroyer or Blockade Runner, it would be way more expensive and complicated because you'd have to be able to put figures inside the ship. It costs about as much as the BMF and probably required less tooling and just as much plastic to make it happen.

Tycho
07-20-2012, 10:35 PM
I saw that ship at Comic Con.

I was considering it to use with my SW collection.

Now I built my own Blockade Runner and it really happens only at a minimal of 5 feet.

I'd do a non-interactive (with the blockade runner) Star Destroyer at at least 9 feet (it could launch 1 TIE Bomber).

Jabba's barge? About 3 feet at the minimal.

JediTricks
07-21-2012, 05:40 PM
Just in case anybody interested didn't know, we asked some of the questions and here's the interview:
http://www.sirstevesguide.com/content.php/1028-SSG-s-Comic-Con-Hasbro-Star-Wars-Interview


What's with the move these last two years to have ginormous exclusives at Comic-Con? Previous conventions have had basic figures, small vehicles, and things like that, but now with 2011's Death Star and 2012's carbonite set, we've moved into expensive multi-figure sets that are cool but (presumably) difficult to get home from the convention.

Also, just why the heck isn't there a CVI exclusive? They could have re-released the carbonite set, or finally released the Vader funeral pyre. Apparently Jocasta had something to do with it, but I want to know more.I think Hasbro is trying to vary the SDCC experience, instead of doing a lot of mid-size exclusives like before they're mostly going big to keep the insanity down while giving buyers more to think about. The carded Marvel Universe Galactus was so popular that it really spawned that trend. The GI Joe / Transformers crossover HISS Tank box is huge, the Transformers Fall of Cybertron Bruticus box is huge, the Jem box is sizeable as well as the big name ones.

As for the CVI thing, there is a reason there's no exclusive but I'm not sure how much I can say beyond that plans had to change from what was intended.



Dude, you are clearly unaware of the SHIELD Super-Helicarrier. I have rarely pitied anyone as I pitied those poor souls who got that and didn't have somewhere to store it during the rest of the convention. That sucker looked like it would dwarf the BAT-AT.


Oh yeah. I knew about it, but yeah, that must have been way worse. Don't they have any kind of coat check where you can keep your bigger items during the con? They did at Celebration.SDCC does have a coat check, single-day, $2, and they had a TON of those Super Helicarrier boxes back there. We also saw a lot going through the Fed Ex on-site store, and even the Fed Ex store out in Mission Valley on Saturday had one being shipped. Those suckers got around.

I feel for them, Chux, I won an eFX helmet at the SW Collectibles panel and the box is MASSIVE, I had to haul it through those crowds over to the Bayside Hilton parking lot to jam it into my car and it was quite the adventure.


I didn't even know about that Shield Helicarrier. 4 feet long? Now I seriously wonder why we can't get anything like this for the Star Wars line.


Well, I'm not into the Marvel line at all, but the Helicarrier isn't as interesting as it sounds. Yeah it's a monster, but it's just long and flat with spinning turbines and missile launchers on the sides. If Hasbro were to do a 4 foot long Star Destroyer or Blockade Runner, it would be way more expensive and complicated because you'd have to be able to put figures inside the ship. It costs about as much as the BMF and probably required less tooling and just as much plastic to make it happen.That's true, the Super Helicarrier has an additional midsection panel with more launchers that the retail version doesn't have, but even with all that it's just a tower that's just a cockpit, and the stuff you mentioned - from underneath, it's got no detail at all. It's a cool set, but it's not on par with something that could work in the SW line.

JediTricks
07-23-2012, 11:48 PM
Ok, so I've removed the questions that were asked at Comic-Con, and now we're looking forward to Celebration VI next month.

mtriv73
07-25-2012, 10:43 AM
As for the CVI thing, there is a reason there's no exclusive but I'm not sure how much I can say beyond that plans had to change from what was intended.




Can you say whether or not the change has anything to do with Jocasta Nu and/or possibly production issues which resulted in it then being offered to Brian's toys as an exclusive?

bigbarada
07-25-2012, 06:44 PM
According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this true? It seems that this change was made pretty late in the figure's production, because the red bandana versions are very difficult to track down. Was there a similar request from Lucasfilm about Dr. Evazan's scar or was that a change that you guys decided to do on your own? From a collector's standpoint, while it is cool that Lucasfilm will step in occasionally to ensure accuracy in the line; it's also a little perplexing that they would focus on a minor character like Kithaba while allowing you guys to put sleeves on Jedi Luke's cloak for the Deleted Scene figure released earlier this year. You would think that they would be more focused on the accuracy of the main characters above everyone else. Or do they just let major screw ups like Luke's cloak slide because they know it will give you guys an excuse to sell us another Jedi Luke at some point down the line? Also, are you guys aware that neither bandana color for Kithaba is the correct color for the character? It should be closer to a deep burgundy red, rather than a bright red or dark brown.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-25-2012, 08:14 PM
Hey JT . . . clean out yo' PMs, boy!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-07-2012, 08:40 PM
All right, folks. Put on your readin' glasses! I have a mix of different kinds of questions ranging from nitpicky to slightly less nitpicky, and hopefully I'll be able to talk to Hasbro at CVI in some capacity. Discuss.

*What’s the idea or theory behind the most recent Battle Packs? There’s severely reduced articulation, done to save money and appeal to very young kids (who can’t manipulate the articulation without getting frustrated), plus reduced paint for the same reasons (plus “they’re supposed to be an homage to the vintage figures!” given as a reason). But then, the head sculpts are some of the best the line has ever seen – across the board (with Obi-Wan and Darth Maul having also been released in Movie Heroes). So, what was the actual initial reason for creating these figures? If it was cost – would or wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just cast figures from the late 1990s or early 2000s, as you already were doing in the line as of January 2012? If it was to give something to the kids – same reason as before? If it was to offer the best sculpts of these figures ever, was the lack of articulation a conscious desire (to get rid of unsightly ball joints - but then there are those massively ugly T-crotches in the Naboo set)? And why weren’t any of these amazing new heads released on the pre-existing Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon bodies?

*Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the rest of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions? (Such a pack – like an AT-ST/Ewok-style Special Action Figure Set two-pack – with a Han that could ride the Tauntaun a la the version in the Target exclusive Search for Luke Skywalker set pack but with his hood sculpted up, which already exists on several versions, could be a real hit.)

*Why is TVC Tarkin so green? Yes, sometimes the film lighting causes the gray outfits to look a little green, but the figure takes it to another level and looks significantly more green than any other movie-based officer figures ever have, and he looks out of place next to them. Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any point?

*Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack?

*On a similar note - how has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?

*Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing – mostly in the 2008 Target exclusive Order 66 packs. We haven’t seen much of this since then, but Darth Malgus has this feature in the neckline of his cape. Will we see more of this at all, or has its time basically gone? Why haven't we seen more of this?

*Speaking of robes, when will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? The first attempt was on the 2003 Secret Ceremony figure, which was sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind. The only other option that comes close is the 2005 deluxe Anakin to Vader figure, but it is enclosed at the top and not quite right. Could this be included with the new AOTC Anakin in time? (And perhaps those aforementioned wires could give it some shape so it doesn’t just fall right off?)

*Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?

*Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless? Both the Movie Heroes and Vintage Collection figures, as well as the majority of previous versions, are stone-faced and serious. Is this to appeal to the Binks haters out there, or something? Might we see a smiling, scared, or slack-tongued Jar Jar at any point? They could easily reuse one of the new bodies and just replace the head.

*Is there any news on the status of the funeral pyre Vader set?

*Will Droid Factory feature any straight repacks, like the Greatest Hits figures from the 2008-2010 Legacy lineup that were done to give buyers an option who perhaps didn't want some of the new figures but still wanted the piece to complete the droid? Or will the pieces all be specific to one figure and one figure only, as seems to be the case so far (with quite a few repacks/repaints in the line already)?

*What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers? The helmets are just reused, and the AOTC version shows that you are clearly capable of sculpting a better-fitting, more accurate, less rubbery one, and yet we've already gotten all the big ROTS units in this big-helmet style.

*The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year, with TVC waves 1 and 2 online around the time they hit retail, but wave 3 not hitting until late July/early August (and Movie Heroes wave 2 listed as "Coming Soon" with no sign of post-wave 1 Clone Wars). The entire cases have been available, but that doesn't really help people who don't want (or can't afford) all 12 figures, especially when most case assortments have more repacks than new figures. With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore?

*The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate – the character in the film has Imperial logos on both sides of his helmet, but the figure only has one, as it was seemingly based on a still photo of the character that obscures the right-side logo in shadow. Will this be fixed?

*What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Did you just license the molds, as seems to have been the case for R2-MK? Will we see the unique R6, R8, and R9 heads coming in the main line or as Droid Factory pieces (presumably without the hole for the hats)?

*With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fand can't really make this version properly. This version would look great with an unmasked Vader image on a vintage card, if/when the line ever returns.

*In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. We've gotten three molds of this figure (plus a current repaint/re-release of the 2006 version in the Target exclusive sets), and none of them have these panels - though the 1978 figure did. These ones are only good for his brief AOTC appearance. How many more inaccurate Arfives are we going to have to buy until we get the properly painted Skippy?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-09-2012, 12:16 AM
Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why.

JediTricks
08-10-2012, 04:31 PM
Can you say whether or not the change has anything to do with Jocasta Nu and/or possibly production issues which resulted in it then being offered to Brian's toys as an exclusive?The information I was given did not specify, and it was given AFTER the reveal of Jocasta Nu so there was no reason to keep that information separate. That said, my personal speculation says that Jocasta Nu might have been planned for CVI and the soft state of Hasbro Star Wars collecting was a contributing factor in that - purely my speculation though.


According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this true? It seems that this change was made pretty late in the figure's production, because the red bandana versions are very difficult to track down. Was there a similar request from Lucasfilm about Dr. Evazan's scar or was that a change that you guys decided to do on your own? From a collector's standpoint, while it is cool that Lucasfilm will step in occasionally to ensure accuracy in the line; it's also a little perplexing that they would focus on a minor character like Kithaba while allowing you guys to put sleeves on Jedi Luke's cloak for the Deleted Scene figure released earlier this year. You would think that they would be more focused on the accuracy of the main characters above everyone else. Or do they just let major screw ups like Luke's cloak slide because they know it will give you guys an excuse to sell us another Jedi Luke at some point down the line? Also, are you guys aware that neither bandana color for Kithaba is the correct color for the character? It should be closer to a deep burgundy red, rather than a bright red or dark brown.Added.


All right, folks. Put on your readin' glasses! I have a mix of different kinds of questions ranging from nitpicky to slightly less nitpicky, and hopefully I'll be able to talk to Hasbro at CVI in some capacity. Discuss.I'll add them and comment only on the ones that need comment.


*Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the rest of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions? (Such a pack – like an AT-ST/Ewok-style Special Action Figure Set two-pack – with a Han that could ride the Tauntaun a la the version in the Target exclusive Search for Luke Skywalker set pack but with his hood sculpted up, which already exists on several versions, could be a real hit.)I changed "rest" to "majority" since it's a just a few seconds where we see him the way the TVC figure shows it. This is a question I personally would love to see get answered, as well as "WHY THE HELL DID YOU NOT MAKE IT THAT WAY IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?"


*On a similar note - how has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?Taking out the "on a similar note" because you'll not be able to be sure of what questions get asked and where. Also, think we should specify that the TPM 3D sales were soft, or no? I'm thinking it might help deflect party-line answers about how everything's peachy, but at the same time mentioning the sales were soft out of the gate could put them on the defensive.


*Speaking of robes, when will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? The first attempt was on the 2003 Secret Ceremony figure, which was sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind. The only other option that comes close is the 2005 deluxe Anakin to Vader figure, but it is enclosed at the top and not quite right. Could this be included with the new AOTC Anakin in time? (And perhaps those aforementioned wires could give it some shape so it doesn’t just fall right off?)If this makes the final list, I'd hope it's towards the end.


*Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?Ditto.


*Is there any news on the status of the funeral pyre Vader set?There's no need to ask this, we discussed it in the booth at SDCC, it's still looking for someone to pick it up but it's basically gone into sleep mode.


*The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year, with TVC waves 1 and 2 online around the time they hit retail, but wave 3 not hitting until late July/early August (and Movie Heroes wave 2 listed as "Coming Soon" with no sign of post-wave 1 Clone Wars). The entire cases have been available, but that doesn't really help people who don't want (or can't afford) all 12 figures, especially when most case assortments have more repacks than new figures. With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore?If there's only limited time, this one may get cut only because of the length of the answer. If you do get a chance to ask it, keep in mind that HTS is run like a business independent of Hasbro proper and that means making business decisions which are smart for HTS rather than for Hasbro Star Wars and its collectors.


*What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Did you just license the molds, as seems to have been the case for R2-MK? Will we see the unique R6, R8, and R9 heads coming in the main line or as Droid Factory pieces (presumably without the hole for the hats)?Pretty sure they're the direct supplier, just like the Build Your Own Lightsaber station, but it's a great place to ask this question.


*With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fand can't really make this version properly. This version would look great with an unmasked Vader image on a vintage card, if/when the line ever returns.Typo: "fand" should be "fans". I'd suggest keeping this low on the list. Also, if you get a chance to ask it, it MAY require clarification that you aren't talking about a removable helmet showing a zapped skull.


*In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. We've gotten three molds of this figure (plus a current repaint/re-release of the 2006 version in the Target exclusive sets), and none of them have these panels - though the 1978 figure did. These ones are only good for his brief AOTC appearance. How many more inaccurate Arfives are we going to have to buy until we get the properly painted Skippy?That last sentence has to go, between the "arfives" being a confusing reference (since there's another R5 right now on shelves) and "Skippy" (a very limited-knowledge reference to the Fan Club magazine), I think "Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?" would work better.

That reminds me, when asking these, you may have limited time and only be able to ask the pertinent question itself rather than any background info, so I suggest reading over the list in advance a couple times making sure you know the CONTENT rather than the specific words.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-11-2012, 07:24 PM
I'll add them and comment only on the ones that need comment.
Thanks for adding them and commenting.


Taking out the "on a similar note" because you'll not be able to be sure of what questions get asked and where. Also, think we should specify that the TPM 3D sales were soft, or no? I'm thinking it might help deflect party-line answers about how everything's peachy, but at the same time mentioning the sales were soft out of the gate could put them on the defensive.
I'd like to group the questions thematically if at all possible, but I probably won't be reading these questions directly - they were just written out like this to make sure I have all the angles covered.

I think the slow TPM sales have to be addressed. Then again, they've stated that they overproduced, so I'm not going to hammer them on it too much, even if angry people from other sites and Facebook (from comments I've seen) think everyone should constantly jump down their throats about it. I'll think on this point a bit more.


If this makes the final list, I'd hope it's towards the end.
The Anakin AOTC robe is something that I personally want to see, so while I might not ask through the official Q&A site, I do want to bring it up to them in person. The only reason I do it now is because of the new Anakin figure. I would ask all the questions about the Droid Factory figures at once, probably near the end, as sort of a "looking towards 2013..." sort of thing.


Typo: "fand" should be "fans". I'd suggest keeping this low on the list. Also, if you get a chance to ask it, it MAY require clarification that you aren't talking about a removable helmet showing a zapped skull.

Ah, I'll keep that in mind. I asked Derryl about a proper damaged-hand Vader at CV, and we're so close now and yet still so far, so I just wanted to follow up on that point.


That reminds me, when asking these, you may have limited time and only be able to ask the pertinent question itself rather than any background info, so I suggest reading over the list in advance a couple times making sure you know the CONTENT rather than the specific words.
As stated above, I want to just cover all the angles. I won't be reading these to them directly, but I might reference them there so I remember it all; at CV I only had a small sheet with notes that I came up with at 4 a.m. while waiting to see the Lucas-Stewart interview, so I'll be much better prepared this time. :p

JediTricks
08-12-2012, 05:05 PM
I'd like to group the questions thematically if at all possible, but I probably won't be reading these questions directly - they were just written out like this to make sure I have all the angles covered.
If you have only 10 minutes, you won't be able to stay on themes, you'll need to bounce around to make sure every type of question gets some air. If we had more brand philosophy questions, that could be an opening theme you could stay with, but we've gone more product-oriented this time. The brand philosophy questions like 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 17, 16, 22, and 24 are closest to what I mean, but they don't theme together especially well.


I think the slow TPM sales have to be addressed. Then again, they've stated that they overproduced, so I'm not going to hammer them on it too much, even if angry people from other sites and Facebook (from comments I've seen) think everyone should constantly jump down their throats about it. I'll think on this point a bit more.
I'd suggest only asking 1 question about TPM's soft sales, on this list there are 2 (16 and 17), of which I think 17 is the better question since it deals with a for-sure scenario coming up.


The Anakin AOTC robe is something that I personally want to see, so while I might not ask through the official Q&A site, I do want to bring it up to them in person. The only reason I do it now is because of the new Anakin figure. I would ask all the questions about the Droid Factory figures at once, probably near the end, as sort of a "looking towards 2013..." sort of thing.
Well, if you want to see it, get it into the official interview if you think you can get it asked and answered quickly.


Ah, I'll keep that in mind. I asked Derryl about a proper damaged-hand Vader at CV, and we're so close now and yet still so far, so I just wanted to follow up on that point.I see. If it fits, use it, but since it's a specific thing, for the interview I'd still say keep it low on the list.


As stated above, I want to just cover all the angles. I won't be reading these to them directly, but I might reference them there so I remember it all; at CV I only had a small sheet with notes that I came up with at 4 a.m. while waiting to see the Lucas-Stewart interview, so I'll be much better prepared this time. :pI didn't read ours verbatim either at SDCC this year, normally I do but normally we don't have a limit of 10 friggin' minutes. I read mine off my phone, as per Steve's advice, and it mostly worked (I put the phone into airplane mode so it wouldn't cover my list, but didn't think to set the screen timeout longer).

JediTricks
08-15-2012, 04:11 PM
So, it occurs to me today that we're about a week away from the show, and normally this would be around the time I'd get questions in order. Another site mentioned that they got an official 10 minute interview slot, Steve has gotten Hasbro's invite as well (we're not locked until we get confirmation from Hasbro on our interview slot, but it looks good), so we really need to think about prioritizing and adding more questions if needed.

Below is a VERY rough prioritized list for a 10 minute interview, basically just imagining the first 7 or 8 questions have a good chance of being answered, but who knows what could happen. JabbaJohn especially since he's going to be running the interview, but also anybody else with ideas, any thoughts to how it should be changed?...


- Will Droid Factory feature any straight repacks, like the Greatest Hits figures from the 2008-2010 Legacy lineup that were done to give buyers an option who perhaps didn't want some of the new figures but still wanted the piece to complete the droid? Or will the pieces all be specific to one figure and one figure only, as seems to be the case so far (with quite a few repacks/repaints in the line already)?

- what's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage.

- how has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?

- Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. In the last Q&A, Hasbro hinted at new releases for the Fall but we haven't seen anything about them. Also, the "Shadow Squad" 3-pack appears on Wal-Mart's website (which includes a new TIE Crawler tooling, apparently) but information is limited and it hasn't seen release, either. So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad set specifically?

- Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the majority of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions? (Such a pack – like an AT-ST/Ewok-style Special Action Figure Set two-pack – with a Han that could ride the Tauntaun a la the version in the Target exclusive Search for Luke Skywalker set pack but with his hood sculpted up, which already exists on several versions, could be a real hit.)

- What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Did you just license the molds, as seems to have been the case for R2-MK? Will we see the unique R6, R8, and R9 heads coming in the main line or as Droid Factory pieces (presumably without the hole for the hats)?

- Speaking of robes, when will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? The first attempt was on the 2003 Secret Ceremony figure, which was sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind. The only other option that comes close is the 2005 deluxe Anakin to Vader figure, but it is enclosed at the top and not quite right. Could this be included with the new AOTC Anakin in time? (And perhaps those aforementioned wires could give it some shape so it doesn’t just fall right off?)

- What’s the idea or theory behind the most recent Battle Packs? There’s severely reduced articulation, done to save money and appeal to very young kids (who can’t manipulate the articulation without getting frustrated), plus reduced paint for the same reasons (plus “they’re supposed to be an homage to the vintage figures!” given as a reason). But then, the head sculpts are some of the best the line has ever seen – across the board (with Obi-Wan and Darth Maul having also been released in Movie Heroes). So, what was the actual initial reason for creating these figures? If it was cost – would or wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just cast figures from the late 1990s or early 2000s, as you already were doing in the line as of January 2012? If it was to give something to the kids – same reason as before? If it was to offer the best sculpts of these figures ever, was the lack of articulation a conscious desire (to get rid of unsightly ball joints - but then there are those massively ugly T-crotches in the Naboo set)? And why weren’t any of these amazing new heads released on the pre-existing Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon bodies?

- The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year, with TVC waves 1 and 2 online around the time they hit retail, but wave 3 not hitting until late July/early August (and Movie Heroes wave 2 listed as "Coming Soon" with no sign of post-wave 1 Clone Wars). The entire cases have been available, but that doesn't really help people who don't want (or can't afford) all 12 figures, especially when most case assortments have more repacks than new figures. With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore?

- With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fans can't really make this version properly. This version would look great with an unmasked Vader image on a vintage card, if/when the line ever returns.

- What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers? The helmets are just reused, and the AOTC version shows that you are clearly capable of sculpting a better-fitting, more accurate, less rubbery one, and yet we've already gotten all the big ROTS units in this big-helmet style.

- Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing – mostly in the 2008 Target exclusive Order 66 packs. We haven’t seen much of this since then, but Darth Malgus has this feature in the neckline of his cape. Will we see more of this at all, or has its time basically gone? Why haven't we seen more of this?

- Why is TVC Tarkin so green? Yes, sometimes the film lighting causes the gray outfits to look a little green, but the figure takes it to another level and looks significantly more green than any other movie-based officer figures ever have, and he looks out of place next to them. Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any 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. 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?

- The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate – the character in the film has Imperial logos on both sides of his helmet, but the figure only has one, as it was seemingly based on a still photo of the character that obscures the right-side logo in shadow. Will this be fixed?

- Speaking of cancelled items, whatever happened to the second Utai and Imperial Scanning Crew figures?

- According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this true? It seems that this change was made pretty late in the figure's production, because the red bandana versions are very difficult to track down. Was there a similar request from Lucasfilm about Dr. Evazan's scar or was that a change that you guys decided to do on your own? From a collector's standpoint, while it is cool that Lucasfilm will step in occasionally to ensure accuracy in the line; it's also a little perplexing that they would focus on a minor character like Kithaba while allowing you guys to put sleeves on Jedi Luke's cloak for the Deleted Scene figure released earlier this year. You would think that they would be more focused on the accuracy of the main characters above everyone else. Or do they just let major screw ups like Luke's cloak slide because they know it will give you guys an excuse to sell us another Jedi Luke at some point down the line? Also, are you guys aware that neither bandana color for Kithaba is the correct color for the character? It should be closer to a deep burgundy red, rather than a bright red or dark brown.

- Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless? Both the Movie Heroes and Vintage Collection figures, as well as the majority of previous versions, are stone-faced and serious. Is this to appeal to the Binks haters out there, or something? Might we see a smiling, scared, or slack-tongued Jar Jar at any point? They could easily reuse one of the new bodies and just replace the head.

- Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores?
I picked up a Wedge Antilles when I was at Walmart and a friend of mine bought Nom Anor and Aayla Secura. The store's computer didn't recognize any of the figures. Fortunately I had two 2011 R5-D4s with me that the cashier was able to use to ring everything up. However, that store's computer now thinks it sold 5 R5-D4 figures even though there were only two in stock. That has to cause some problems somewhere.
I just find it a little bothersome that we're now 6 months into 2012 and Walmart's computers still don't recognize the new merchandise.
At the beginning of the year, when the Deleted Scene wave first showed up, we had the same problem and I used an old Qui-Gonn figure to let the cashier ring up the new figures. So, that store reported selling 5 Qui-Gonn figures in one night, even though there was only one Qui-Gonn in stock (it listed each figure as Qui-Gonn Jinn on the receipt) and that Qui-Gonn went right back onto the shelf when I was done buying the new figures.
I understand that Hasbro is going to say that this is an internal issue at Walmart that they have no control over, but it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.

- I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?

- We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013?

- Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?

- Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack?

- 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 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. Recently 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?

- 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?

- In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. We've gotten three molds of this figure (plus a current repaint/re-release of the 2006 version in the Target exclusive sets), and none of them have these panels - though the 1978 figure did. These ones are only good for his brief AOTC appearance. Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?

- Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why.

- 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 got a release.

DarkJedi5
08-15-2012, 07:04 PM
If I may throw in my two cents on the subject (since you asked for suggestions) it would be to make sure that we incorporate at least one question from each of the several sub-lines that fans around here are interested in. In other words, make sure that we get at least one question concerning VTC, Movie Heroes, CW, Build-a-Droid, AMP'ed, FX, and Disney Droid Factory asked before delving even more deeply into any specific niche. I understand that we're looking for a theme and segues but if we've only got 10 minutes it seems like we should try to represent everyone's interests and ask some of the broader questions first and then ask about incorrectly painted characters and "will we ever see such and such released" after.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-16-2012, 03:05 PM
If I may throw in my two cents on the subject (since you asked for suggestions) it would be to make sure that we incorporate at least one question from each of the several sub-lines that fans around here are interested in. In other words, make sure that we get at least one question concerning VTC, Movie Heroes, CW, Build-a-Droid, AMP'ed, FX, and Disney Droid Factory asked before delving even more deeply into any specific niche. I understand that we're looking for a theme and segues but if we've only got 10 minutes it seems like we should try to represent everyone's interests and ask some of the broader questions first and then ask about incorrectly painted characters and "will we ever see such and such released" after.
I definitely want to get to the "big idea" questions first before asking about nitpicks or potential releases or that sort of thing. I think there is a pretty good mix of questions from the various lines as it stands - do you want to see anything else added?

As for the order, then, and assuming we only have 10 minutes and that any other questions could theoretically be asked in a less formal setting at some point at Celebration, edited here only for space and with notes in bold. Once we finalize a list, I'd like to go back and clean up some of the questions and make them more up-to-date.

5. 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. Clearly this is still a big issue with multiple Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon releases not selling through, and a problem for the last two-plus years of the line, which I feel is essential to point out to them since they keep doing it and nobody ever calls them out on it. It then ties into the next question...

17. How has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?

13. What’s the idea or theory behind the most recent Battle Packs?

6. What's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage. It's not so much ALL figures being Vintage, as it seems they plan to continue the animated line, so I will have to reword this. Also I assume this was Lucasfilm's idea, but we can still ask if it was related to slow animated line sales, or wanting to bring the line under one style again, or what.

22. Will Droid Factory feature any straight repacks, like the Greatest Hits figures from the 2008-2010 Legacy lineup that were done to give buyers an option who perhaps didn't want some of the new figures but still wanted the piece to complete the droid? Or will the pieces all be specific to one figure and one figure only, as seems to be the case so far (with quite a few repacks/repaints in the line already)?

10. Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. ... So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad set specifically? I'll only ask this question if they don't bring anything up about it during the presentation.

26. What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station?

Up to this point - if we can get these questions answered, I will be happy. The rest is just gravy.

11. Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores? ... it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.

24. The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year ... With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore? Even if the team doesn't directly influence HTS, I feel like maybe it's a comment that they can pass on, at the very least.

8. I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?

7. Whatever happened to the second Utai and Imperial Scanning Crew figures?

Here are the questions about confirmed upcoming releases.
19. When will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film?

20. Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?

25. The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate. ... Will this be fixed?

Here are questions about recent releases.
14. Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the majority of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions?

15. Why is TVC Tarkin so green? ... Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any point?

23. What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers?

12. According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate.

21. Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless?

27. With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet?

28. In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. ... Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?

2. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando? This question could perhaps be combined with...

18. Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing ... Why haven't we seen more of this?

Here are the questions I can live without unless we see a new angle to them.
1. 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. They stated at SDCC that they're only going to keep producing the current ones and don't currently have plans for new designs. I assume this falls under that? I could ask about it to put the idea in their heads but I'm sure they tried to make it accurate in the first place and this was the best they could do with the materials and structure and everything.

3. 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 got a release. It's the whole play value thing again, and I don't know where this ship could go given its bizarre shape and size. Given their lack of focus of vehicles at all, I'm gonna guess their answer is a big NO.

4. 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? Articulation is very clearly no longer a priority for The Clone Wars line, and they haven't seen a battle droid released for a while anyway, so I doubt this will happen.

9. We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013? I'm sure they'll address if there's something coming for the anniversary. Then again, all of these figures have been rare, so it might be worth asking.

16. Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack? I assume they'll still work things in from the film here and there, and that will probably be their answer - I guess this could potentially be combined with the other TPM question.

29. Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why. As with the Titanium question, this depends on whether they show any of this or not.

El Chuxter
08-16-2012, 04:29 PM
In #17, I think it means film-specific figures to coincide with 3D re-releases, right? Or is it referring to the actual 3D gimmick on some exclusive packaging? It's not entirely clear. Also, it's possible they could answer the question as currently phrased with, "Well, Lucasfilm is the one who makes decisions on the movie releases, not us."

Probably sounds like I'm trying to be a smartarse, but it's a bit ambiguous as it is.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-16-2012, 06:06 PM
In #17, I think it means film-specific figures to coincide with 3D re-releases, right? Or is it referring to the actual 3D gimmick on some exclusive packaging? It's not entirely clear. Also, it's possible they could answer the question as currently phrased with, "Well, Lucasfilm is the one who makes decisions on the movie releases, not us."

Probably sounds like I'm trying to be a smartarse, but it's a bit ambiguous as it is.
Yeah, the question is referring to the products launched to coincide with future re-releases of the following five films in 3D, not about Discover the Force-style 3D packaging. They should know that I'm asking about their products, not the theatrical re-releases themselves.

As I said, I'll be rewriting the questions once people chime in on the order a bit more. So pick those damn nits later. :p

JediTricks
08-16-2012, 07:29 PM
If I may throw in my two cents on the subject (since you asked for suggestions) it would be to make sure that we incorporate at least one question from each of the several sub-lines that fans around here are interested in. In other words, make sure that we get at least one question concerning VTC, Movie Heroes, CW, Build-a-Droid, AMP'ed, FX, and Disney Droid Factory asked before delving even more deeply into any specific niche. I understand that we're looking for a theme and segues but if we've only got 10 minutes it seems like we should try to represent everyone's interests and ask some of the broader questions first and then ask about incorrectly painted characters and "will we ever see such and such released" after.

I definitely want to get to the "big idea" questions first before asking about nitpicks or potential releases or that sort of thing. I think there is a pretty good mix of questions from the various lines as it stands - do you want to see anything else added?I want to represent all our interests but only if there's substance behind the question, I think that's what John means there too. AMP'D is a good example of a question that I feel should be sunk to the bottom, there's been no significant interest on our forums that I've seen. And as much as I want Force FX sabers to have a life, nobody is talking about them right now, Hasbro's just treading water with it - it's not dead but Hasbro didn't even bring it to Comic-Con - and our question for FX is a product idea, not a broader question so it's almost guaranteed to not have a positive response even if they like the idea unless they already thought of it and are secretly producing it. But as John said, we're not closed to ideas even now, if you have a suggestion on the order to make, put it together and show us how you'd try to get as many questions done in that 10 minutes with your idea.


As for the order, then, and assuming we only have 10 minutes and that any other questions could theoretically be asked in a less formal setting at some point at Celebration, edited here only for space and with notes in bold. Once we finalize a list, I'd like to go back and clean up some of the questions and make them more up-to-date.

5. 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. Clearly this is still a big issue with multiple Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon releases not selling through, and a problem for the last two-plus years of the line, which I feel is essential to point out to them since they keep doing it and nobody ever calls them out on it. It then ties into the next question...I would be reticent to mention too many examples up front or too few (I do that a lot and have learned to tone it down), if you're going to mention Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, find a 3rd but that's it, then if they ask for clarification have a few more up your sleeve.

But this absolutely shouldn't be the first question as it's a downbeat, accusatory question and you want to open stronger than that.

Also, you may not be able to dictate the order that easily, and if you have a downbeat question you are going to want to follow with something neutral or positive rather than go after another accusation. It's an ebb and flow IMO, an interview shouldn't put the interviewee on the defensive for too long at a stretch or they just shut down - you'll find Derryl can take it because he's been with the brand for a long time and he's a fanboy from birth, but you'll need to consider Jeff is also vital to the interview and he hasn't been with the brand long enough to develop that thick skin, he seems to take it pretty hard.


6. What's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage. It's not so much ALL figures being Vintage, as it seems they plan to continue the animated line, so I will have to reword this. Also I assume this was Lucasfilm's idea, but we can still ask if it was related to slow animated line sales, or wanting to bring the line under one style again, or what.Yeah, I just copy-pasted this, rewrites are understandable. But keep in mind that since the announcement of the TVC Clone Wars trio of figures, there hasn't been a single new CW line mold, so it's not entirely false.


10. Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. ... So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad set specifically? I'll only ask this question if they don't bring anything up about it during the presentation.We have a fairly strong Titanium Series following here on SSG, so even if they address it during the presentation, please try to get SOMETHING about Titaniums asked during the interview.


24. The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year ... With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore? Even if the team doesn't directly influence HTS, I feel like maybe it's a comment that they can pass on, at the very least.The frustration level on this issue is high enough with the tone I've seen online that I think it should be asked during the interview, it's something people should hear in writing from an official interview.

Oh, that reminds me, I haven't seen any other site's SDCC interviews yet, are they out there?


2. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando? This question could perhaps be combined with...

18. Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing ... Why haven't we seen more of this?I don't think there's enough connective tissue between the 2 questions to merit melding, one has to do with a specific oddity at the collar clasp while the other is a general question that affects more figures and IMO that makes it more important.


Here are the questions I can live without unless we see a new angle to them.
1. 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. They stated at SDCC that they're only going to keep producing the current ones and don't currently have plans for new designs. I assume this falls under that? I could ask about it to put the idea in their heads but I'm sure they tried to make it accurate in the first place and this was the best they could do with the materials and structure and everything.I don't remember reading or hearing that anywhere. I spoke to Derryl about it and he said basically that but less final. Even if this is the case though, the "why" would be interesting if you get a chance (I think he said it was just tough to market and sell, which led into a brief conversation about HTS).


4. 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? Articulation is very clearly no longer a priority for The Clone Wars line, and they haven't seen a battle droid released for a while anyway, so I doubt this will happen.The lack of a recent CW BD makes this a more viable question perhaps, it creates the opportunity to fill a void in the line AND improve the quality of the product AND save on tooling since it already exists AND convince collectors to buy more BDs. That's a 4-way win! :p It's not high on my list either though.


9. We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013? I'm sure they'll address if there's something coming for the anniversary. Then again, all of these figures have been rare, so it might be worth asking.Rarity is a good hook, plus sometimes they don't think of these sorts of things. If you can't ask it during the interview but you have Derryl and Brian Merten's attention at the same time, it'd be a great suggestion because I've seen them make these sorts of ideas bloom on the spot - suggest it as an Amazon or Gamestop exclusive, anything to get the idea germinating. They have the resources and time to make it work right now, but the window is closing.

All that said, it's not terribly high on my list of asks either.


16. Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack? I assume they'll still work things in from the film here and there, and that will probably be their answer - I guess this could potentially be combined with the other TPM question.I don't see a clean way to combine them, but keep this question in mind during that question in case the opportunity to follow up is there.



In #17, I think it means film-specific figures to coincide with 3D re-releases, right? Or is it referring to the actual 3D gimmick on some exclusive packaging? It's not entirely clear. Also, it's possible they could answer the question as currently phrased with, "Well, Lucasfilm is the one who makes decisions on the movie releases, not us."

Probably sounds like I'm trying to be a smartarse, but it's a bit ambiguous as it is.
Yeah, the question is referring to the products launched to coincide with future re-releases of the following five films in 3D, not about Discover the Force-style 3D packaging. They should know that I'm asking about their products, not the theatrical re-releases themselves.

As I said, I'll be rewriting the questions once people chime in on the order a bit more. So pick those damn nits later. :pObviously if Chux isn't sure, then the question needs to be reworded to make it clearer because it could apply to the Discover the Force 3D line as easily as it could reflect their response to the 3D film releases.

"- How has your product line's release surrounding the TPM 3D cinematic release affected your plans for the future 3D cinematic releases?" it's a little awkward, got anything better?

DarkJedi5
08-16-2012, 08:38 PM
With regards to the Force FX Sabers (since that's what I'm most interested in anyway) I would like the question answered (not necessarily the suggestion about improving the designs, I just want to know what's happening with the line). If what JJL says is true, then I suppose the question could be stricken, but I went through as many SDCC write ups as I could find and none of them even mentioned the line at all. As JT said, it would be interesting to know why the line has stopped being represented at these events and why they are no longer making new models but if I'm the only one around here who cares, the time should probably be spent elsewhere. My personal sense is that this was one of the truly adult-centric items Hasbro produced (and as far as I can tell was relatively popular) but has fallen by the wayside. And frankly, if they blame poor sales, I blame them for Kit Fisto's lightsaber before any number of infinitely more recognizable sabers with the removable blade.

JediTricks
08-16-2012, 08:49 PM
With regards to the Force FX Sabers (since that's what I'm most interested in anyway) I would like the question answered (not necessarily the suggestion about improving the designs, I just want to know what's happening with the line). If what JJL says is true, then I suppose the question could be stricken, but I went through as many SDCC write ups as I could find and none of them even mentioned the line at all. As JT said, it would be interesting to know why the line has stopped being represented at these events and why they are no longer making new models but if I'm the only one around here who cares, the time should probably be spent elsewhere. My personal sense is that this was one of the truly adult-centric items Hasbro produced (and as far as I can tell was relatively popular) but has fallen by the wayside. And frankly, if they blame poor sales, I blame them for Kit Fisto's lightsaber before any number of infinitely more recognizable sabers with the removable blade.I care about FX, but like I said, I discussed it with Derryl just during a regular conversation and it wasn't really a noteworthy answer because the situation itself isn't really solidly one way or another, it's just kinda stuck being lower interest and hard to market in stores and get people talking about it again, they don't have the same business relationships that MR had with places that carry that sort of thing but not Hasbro sorts of things. The poor sales isn't from a specific failure of Kit Fisto or any saber, it's just something Hasbro is not particularly good at making work. I think we'd need a better question to push it towards the top.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-17-2012, 01:54 AM
The Force FX saber discussion is from the Yoda's News SDCC interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgP7ThgGuUA), which is a video. It starts right around the 1:19 mark.

I'll be able to better respond to everything else tomorrow; I'm too tired right now.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-17-2012, 01:12 PM
I want to represent all our interests but only if there's substance behind the question, I think that's what John means there too. AMP'D is a good example of a question that I feel should be sunk to the bottom, there's been no significant interest on our forums that I've seen. And as much as I want Force FX sabers to have a life, nobody is talking about them right now, Hasbro's just treading water with it - it's not dead but Hasbro didn't even bring it to Comic-Con - and our question for FX is a product idea, not a broader question so it's almost guaranteed to not have a positive response even if they like the idea unless they already thought of it and are secretly producing it. But as John said, we're not closed to ideas even now, if you have a suggestion on the order to make, put it together and show us how you'd try to get as many questions done in that 10 minutes with your idea.
Yeah, you're correct. I'd be more than happy to take people's questions, but I don't think it's going to do anyone good if I'm intentionally going as broad as I can to hit on everything they do as opposed to digging into the meatier questions. I'm not going to bring up Fighter Pods since nobody here cares about them (including me).

The only reason I'd even want to ask about AMP'D is from a behind-the-scenes, business sort of perspective. It really doesn't fit my collecting interests, and seems to be geared towards kids more than collectors anyway, but I just find it interesting that they showed it at Toy Fair but ignored it completely at SDCC. That could be because they weren't focusing on showing 2012 product during the presentation, and perhaps they weren't ready for the show floor, but I wonder if they have quietly dropped the line.


I would be reticent to mention too many examples up front or too few (I do that a lot and have learned to tone it down), if you're going to mention Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, find a 3rd but that's it, then if they ask for clarification have a few more up your sleeve.

But this absolutely shouldn't be the first question as it's a downbeat, accusatory question and you want to open stronger than that.

Also, you may not be able to dictate the order that easily, and if you have a downbeat question you are going to want to follow with something neutral or positive rather than go after another accusation. It's an ebb and flow IMO, an interview shouldn't put the interviewee on the defensive for too long at a stretch or they just shut down - you'll find Derryl can take it because he's been with the brand for a long time and he's a fanboy from birth, but you'll need to consider Jeff is also vital to the interview and he hasn't been with the brand long enough to develop that thick skin, he seems to take it pretty hard.
There's Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon this year, and the same thing happened in late 2010 with ROTS Anakin and Obi-Wan, though those figures were just nearly identical and not completely identical, so I'll bring those up as well. The other biggest pegwarmers in Movie Heroes right now are the three Separatist droids, but that's probably more because these figures simply just suck bigtime.

Okay, I see what you mean on being too accusatory. I absolutely want to include this question and I'll try to make it clear that I'm not just being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk, but I'll push it down the list a little bit.

I'll tread lightly with Jeff. Derryl's always been the most open and thorough with answers to questions, and Brian Parrish has been pretty open as well, while some of the others have been less so.


Yeah, I just copy-pasted this, rewrites are understandable. But keep in mind that since the announcement of the TVC Clone Wars trio of figures, there hasn't been a single new CW line mold, so it's not entirely false.
True. Well, there's Maul and the Nightsister, but no basics. Still, even with no new molds, there's a glimmer of hope that the line will continue with the recently-leaked Wolfpack set (http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/hasbro/20120816/target0.html) with two clone repaints, so the line is at least going through 2012. I'd like to hear more on their 2013 plans for it before saying anything definitive, though I do need to keep in mind that there have been so few new animated figures this year.


We have a fairly strong Titanium Series following here on SSG, so even if they address it during the presentation, please try to get SOMETHING about Titaniums asked during the interview.
Okay, will do. I don't collect these so I don't know too much about them, but I am aware of the repack sets. I'll have to go with the pre-existing question or whatever else you guys give me since I won't be able to just spitball very well on this line. Any other thoughts on what to ask if they do indeed announce the Shadow Squadron set?


The frustration level on this issue is high enough with the tone I've seen online that I think it should be asked during the interview, it's something people should hear in writing from an official interview.
Okay, good point.


Oh, that reminds me, I haven't seen any other site's SDCC interviews yet, are they out there?
Aside from the Yoda's News video I linked to, I didn't see that many.

JediDefender (http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1342315662,13471,) was the only other one I saw that had an actual transcript of the interview. It's pretty good, with some information on the vehicles next year.

Jedi Temple Archives (http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=10216) posted a summary of the interview. Their question about how TPM affected future releases is basically a non-answer aside from knowing that the TVC wave held up subsequent waves and that Hasbro is working on new strategies. Do you think it's still worth it to ask more specifically what those strategies might be, or just drop it since they might just say the same thing?

Sandtroopers (http://www.sandtroopers.com/smf/index.php?topic=15036.msg279127#msg279127) only updated with some thoughts and very small tidbits from conversations with the team; the biggest point that we didn't already know is that Pong Krell has been delayed past 2013, sadly. They were supposed to update with the actual interview, but it doesn't look like they have yet.

Galactic Hunter, Rebelscum, and JediInsider didn't have anything from what I could see.


I don't think there's enough connective tissue between the 2 questions to merit melding, one has to do with a specific oddity at the collar clasp while the other is a general question that affects more figures and IMO that makes it more important.
I guess I don't mean to much combining them into one sentence so much as asking them one after the other to keep it organized and so the soft goods are on their minds.


I don't remember reading or hearing that anywhere. I spoke to Derryl about it and he said basically that but less final. Even if this is the case though, the "why" would be interesting if you get a chance (I think he said it was just tough to market and sell, which led into a brief conversation about HTS).
Okay, yeah, the "why" could be good to know.


The lack of a recent CW BD makes this a more viable question perhaps, it creates the opportunity to fill a void in the line AND improve the quality of the product AND save on tooling since it already exists AND convince collectors to buy more BDs. That's a 4-way win! :p It's not high on my list either though.
I asked Andrew (I think it was a guy named Andrew?), a team member who works on The Clone Wars stuff, if they might use the more articulated arms to make a battle droid that could do the two-handed pose back at CV. He seemed kind of peeved at something or other and said it was something they'd look into, which they obviously haven't. I'm more interested in a realistic battle droid that can hold the blaster properly, as the Vintage version can kind of be bent to do it but it's not ideal. If I can somehow combine both ideas it might be a better question.


Rarity is a good hook, plus sometimes they don't think of these sorts of things. If you can't ask it during the interview but you have Derryl and Brian Merten's attention at the same time, it'd be a great suggestion because I've seen them make these sorts of ideas bloom on the spot - suggest it as an Amazon or Gamestop exclusive, anything to get the idea germinating. They have the resources and time to make it work right now, but the window is closing.

All that said, it's not terribly high on my list of asks either.
There are still a number of high-profile hard-to-find figures, and they did this a few years ago when they threw all the McQuarrie figures in a few boxes and sold them as exclusives, so I guess it's not out of the question. I'll think on how to make it better.


I don't see a clean way to combine them, but keep this question in mind during that question in case the opportunity to follow up is there.

Obviously if Chux isn't sure, then the question needs to be reworded to make it clearer because it could apply to the Discover the Force 3D line as easily as it could reflect their response to the 3D film releases.

"- How has your product line's release surrounding the TPM 3D cinematic release affected your plans for the future 3D cinematic releases?" it's a little awkward, got anything better?
The more I think on it, the less I feel the question about the post-TPM 3D releases is essential. The JTA Q&A brought it up, and we'll know their plans for AOTC soon enough - we already know that they're not going whole-hog on it like they did for TPM, with several army builders from other films included in the first Droid Factory wave and hardly any AOTC figures in the second wave. I'm sure they'll touch on the other lines at Celebration. I guess I don't want to dwell on their failure too much, and they might not want to reveal all their plans just yet. They've also stated that they overshot the demand on it all, so I assume they'll cut back somewhat.

On the "are we gonna see TPM stuff still?" question, as I mentioned, I bet they'll just say that they'll to work it into the line wherever it fits, so I don't know if it's that important, actually.

sebillba
08-17-2012, 03:30 PM
As I said, I'll be rewriting the questions once people chime in on the order a bit more.

Seeing as you've asked for people to chime in, I'd really like to see the Utai question high enough on the list to get asked, it's one I've been waiting a long time for. It shouldn't take up much time as it's a pretty short question, and I would expect an equally short answer - probably along the lines of no plans at this stage, or they're still trying to find a space for it. But you never know, there might be a positive response, and at the very least it will remind them there is still some demand for these figures, especially since they already have the tooling/sculpting for them.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-17-2012, 03:41 PM
Seeing as you've asked for people to chime in, I'd really like to see the Utai question high enough on the list to get asked, it's one I've been waiting a long time for. It shouldn't take up much time as it's a pretty short question, and I would expect an equally short answer - probably along the lines of no plans at this stage, or they're still trying to find a space for it. But you never know, there might be a positive response, and at the very least it will remind them there is still some demand for these figures, especially since they already have the tooling/sculpting for them.
Sure, sounds good. Just for my own reference when I'm asking them . . . The second Utai was revealed at Comic Con in 2009, and the figure was taken out of the booth before it could ever be officially revealed. Here's the shot that first confirmed it. (http://www.superherohype.com/gallery/comic-con/comic-con2009/78213-comic-con200972)

And yeah, I want everyone's input, so keep the suggestions coming!

JediTricks
08-17-2012, 04:07 PM
We are set up for an official 10 minute interview next week at Celebration VI!


The Force FX saber discussion is from the Yoda's News SDCC interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgP7ThgGuUA), which is a video. It starts right around the 1:19 mark.

I'll be able to better respond to everything else tomorrow; I'm too tired right now.Ugh, that was such a bummer. If Derryl doesn't know if there's one planned, that suggests to me that there's at least one plan on the drawing boards and it's just not going anywhere right now.

In any case, that answer should have been followed up with a "why" and sadly wasn't, so I guess that could be our job if you get the opportunity to ask it.

Man, I wonder why they didn't mic the questioner, I can't hear any of those questions.


Yeah, you're correct. I'd be more than happy to take people's questions, but I don't think it's going to do anyone good if I'm intentionally going as broad as I can to hit on everything they do as opposed to digging into the meatier questions. I'm not going to bring up Fighter Pods since nobody here cares about them (including me).Actually, we have several forumites who are interested in Fighter Pods, but they don't seem to have any questions (and why should they? The brand is pretty much exactly what it looks like on its face) so there's no reason to bring it up. If I thought there was a burning FP question that needed answering, absolutely it'd be in consideration.


The only reason I'd even want to ask about AMP'D is from a behind-the-scenes, business sort of perspective. It really doesn't fit my collecting interests, and seems to be geared towards kids more than collectors anyway, but I just find it interesting that they showed it at Toy Fair but ignored it completely at SDCC. That could be because they weren't focusing on showing 2012 product during the presentation, and perhaps they weren't ready for the show floor, but I wonder if they have quietly dropped the line.I hear ya, and that's why I'd ask it as well if I were in your shoes, but it's not priority. I would suspect either the licensor pulled it, a contractual issue was discovered, or retailers weren't interested.


There's Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon this year, and the same thing happened in late 2010 with ROTS Anakin and Obi-Wan, though those figures were just nearly identical and not completely identical, so I'll bring those up as well. The other biggest pegwarmers in Movie Heroes right now are the three Separatist droids, but that's probably more because these figures simply just suck bigtime.

Okay, I see what you mean on being too accusatory. I absolutely want to include this question and I'll try to make it clear that I'm not just being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk, but I'll push it down the list a little bit.I'm beginning to find concern about the goal of this question. If it's always Obi-Wan and a movie star and prequel droids, the answer to our question is already evident (popular, well known with kids, but collectors want upgrades - TVC cardbacks are sometimes seen as the only upgrade), so what are we trying to achieve by asking the question?


I'll tread lightly with Jeff. Derryl's always been the most open and thorough with answers to questions, and Brian Parrish has been pretty open as well, while some of the others have been less so.Don't tread too lightly if Derryl's with him, but yeah, be aware of whether or not you've got him - you can see it on his face in that YodasNews video you linked to. On the other hand, don't let his mood affect important follow-ups, make sure to get a "why" asked to any big thing you feel is warranted - "why" is the most important question in journalism.

As for Parrish, he's been transferred to PlaySkool, I think.


Okay, will do. I don't collect these so I don't know too much about them, but I am aware of the repack sets. I'll have to go with the pre-existing question or whatever else you guys give me since I won't be able to just spitball very well on this line. Any other thoughts on what to ask if they do indeed announce the Shadow Squadron set?Basically we're just asking about the future of the line, its health and possibilities. I can't think of another specific so I'll leave that angle to someone else. I personally am just a little frustrated with the repack 3packs being overpriced and delivering unexciting experiences, and why there's been no Battle Pack-type visual diorama packaging for a multipack like these - it's just 3 vehicles in a generic package.


Aside from the Yoda's News video I linked to, I didn't see that many.

JediDefender (http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1342315662,13471,) was the only other one I saw that had an actual transcript of the interview. It's pretty good, with some information on the vehicles next year.Much appreciation. That one alone has spawned a new question from me:

- At Comic-Con, Jeff told another site that the MTT's performance will significantly dictate how the 2013 line views another large vehicle launch. The MTT is not an exciting vehicle in general, it's slow and doesn't shoot in the films, it's not that "aggressive" style that Derryl has looked for in the past, the toy is built around a very specific gimmick which may only have limited appeal, it's higher-priced than the other big vehicles that size, and it was released half a year after Ep I in 3D came and went in theaters with little resonating impact. In short, the MTT was a risky choice and if it doesn't do well, why should its specific shortcomings be an indictment of big Star Wars vehicles in general?

A bit of a mouthful, I'll grant you, so it probably needs a rewrite, but I think it's an important question to ask - although kept at least in the middle of the opening salvo, question 5 or 6 at best. Also, if asked which ones, I'd go with Sail Barge - more aggressive, played a bigger role in the film; Acclamator assault ship - aka Republic Assault Ship, the AOTC mini Star Destroyer that fills with clones at the end, so it has Clone Wars play, and it's the fattest top to bottom so it's a better chance for a toy than other Star Destroyer designs; but honestly I don't really know if there's room for more big vehicles after the Sail Barge anyway, I'd struggle. :p

From JTA

Many people attribute the rising cost of oil to the increase in prices for figures. While the price has hit those of us in the U.S. hard at the gas pump, it hasn’t had as big an impact on toys. Yes, there are increased prices in transportation and production, but it isn’t as influential on the price of figures as you would think, according to Hasbro.This is why I prefer direct quotes, that answer is unacceptable on its face and the exact wording is important because Hasbro for the last 5 years has pushed down our throats that the oil price increases were the primary cause of prices going up - not from materials, but from labor costs and transportation which they said was taking a HUGE hit in the line. Then again, maybe it's best to just let that one go.


Sandtroopers (http://www.sandtroopers.com/smf/index.php?topic=15036.msg279127#msg279127) only updated with some thoughts and very small tidbits from conversations with the team; the biggest point that we didn't already know is that Pong Krell has been delayed past 2013, sadly. They were supposed to update with the actual interview, but it doesn't look like they have yet.

Galactic Hunter, Rebelscum, and JediInsider didn't have anything from what I could see.That's crazy! This really bothers me, I know it's very challenging work to do these interviews but it's important to the fandom IMO. I know they did more than 5 interviews, such a waste of a good resource if it doesn't get used to its fullest.


I guess I don't mean to much combining them into one sentence so much as asking them one after the other to keep it organized and so the soft goods are on their minds.I hear ya, but with such a limited resource that'd be a waste of what little we have, can't ask everything, gotta prioritize and if they aren't 1 question, one is going to have to wait until later in the interview or later in life. Or both will have to wait, who knows. But it's not fair to the other questions to ask 2 successive questions about the same thing, a lot of people are interested in a lot of Star Wars things and we need to cover a lot of ground for them too.


I asked Andrew (I think it was a guy named Andrew?), a team member who works on The Clone Wars stuff, if they might use the more articulated arms to make a battle droid that could do the two-handed pose back at CV. He seemed kind of peeved at something or other and said it was something they'd look into, which they obviously haven't. I'm more interested in a realistic battle droid that can hold the blaster properly, as the Vintage version can kind of be bent to do it but it's not ideal. If I can somehow combine both ideas it might be a better question.I don't think there's been an Andy or Andrew on the team in about a decade, but I could be mistaken. Might it have been Dave Vennemeyer, the head sculptor, wears a goatee? I can't imagine he'd bother shooting it down, especially 2 years ago, he'd just hand it off to Derryl who would say they'd consider it. Anyway, I agree that the 2-handed pose on the Vintage is more important but the walls on that one are so small that it's fragile and expensive, while the Clone Wars one is not only possible but already exists as separate tooling, so it's a freebie.


There are still a number of high-profile hard-to-find figures, and they did this a few years ago when they threw all the McQuarrie figures in a few boxes and sold them as exclusives, so I guess it's not out of the question. I'll think on how to make it better.The timing makes this valuable, the KOTOR anniversary next year (July 15th, '03), they have the HK-47, Bastila Shan, Revan, and Malak which is like half of the important characters in the game so it's a freebie, it gets 4 hard-to-find figures out again, it works exactly on its face because they're the only KOTOR figures and they're all HTF and the opportunity to do this is in range coming up for KOTOR's 10th anniversary. They're the most visually interesting major characters anyway so it doesn't even need another figure to hook it.


The more I think on it, the less I feel the question about the post-TPM 3D releases is essential. The JTA Q&A brought it up, and we'll know their plans for AOTC soon enough - we already know that they're not going whole-hog on it like they did for TPM, with several army builders from other films included in the first Droid Factory wave and hardly any AOTC figures in the second wave. I'm sure they'll touch on the other lines at Celebration. I guess I don't want to dwell on their failure too much, and they might not want to reveal all their plans just yet. They've also stated that they overshot the demand on it all, so I assume they'll cut back somewhat.It's a brand philosophy question, do they recognize that there was too much product, it was overhyped and late to market and dominated the brand for too long in '12 while the movie release itself didn't make much of an impact, so what have they learned from those situations and how will it affect them going forward? That's why I'd ask it, and pretty early on at that. I'm not remotely satisfied with the JTA answer.


On the "are we gonna see TPM stuff still?" question, as I mentioned, I bet they'll just say that they'll to work it into the line wherever it fits, so I don't know if it's that important, actually.Absolutely agree.

El Chuxter
08-17-2012, 04:21 PM
Don't want to overburden you, and certainly don't want to nix the Utai question, but it raised this one for me and might be better incorporated into it.

"There's been something of a pattern, not just with Star Wars but with several Hasbro action figure lines, where a planned figure is shown at a convention, people get excited, and then the figure is canceled--maybe it's a running change that doesn't happen, or its entire wave is canceled because of a forthcoming packaging change. And, then, that's the last we ever hear of that figure, though new figures that, presumably, are designed afterward continue to be released. What is the reasoning behind revealing sculpted figures and never releasing them, since it doesn't seem to make sense from our perspective for you to not release figures that are already close to 'ready to go' when they're shown to us?"

In other words (though not the words I'd use with Hasbro reps), "How the hell is it more cost-effective to make new molds and let ones you know people want rot? I'd think that if you had, say, the Utai, and people had expressed interest, but the wave was canceled because it was the end of a particular packaging style, he'd be first in line for the new cards."

sebillba
08-17-2012, 04:22 PM
Sure, sounds good. Just for my own reference when I'm asking them . . . The second Utai was revealed at Comic Con in 2009, and the figure was taken out of the booth before it could ever be officially revealed. Here's the shot that first confirmed it. (http://www.superherohype.com/gallery/comic-con/comic-con2009/78213-comic-con200972)

Excellent, thanks! And yeah, that's the picture... seeing it again makes me want that figure even more. It's really different (and IMO much nicer) than the one that was released.

JediTricks
08-17-2012, 04:32 PM
Don't want to overburden you, and certainly don't want to nix the Utai question, but it raised this one for me and might be better incorporated into it.

"There's been something of a pattern, not just with Star Wars but with several Hasbro action figure lines, where a planned figure is shown at a convention, people get excited, and then the figure is canceled--maybe it's a running change that doesn't happen, or its entire wave is canceled because of a forthcoming packaging change. And, then, that's the last we ever hear of that figure, though new figures that, presumably, are designed afterward continue to be released. What is the reasoning behind revealing sculpted figures and never releasing them, since it doesn't seem to make sense from our perspective for you to not release figures that are already close to 'ready to go' when they're shown to us?"

In other words (though not the words I'd use with Hasbro reps), "How the hell is it more cost-effective to make new molds and let ones you know people want rot? I'd think that if you had, say, the Utai, and people had expressed interest, but the wave was canceled because it was the end of a particular packaging style, he'd be first in line for the new cards."Examples of other canned figures?

Also, if this question were to go forward, allowances might have to be made - some of those figures are pre-tooling prototypes, and some tooling is never finished with these sorts of things. And another allowance is that retailers' buyers may not want those products, they may not have faith that the fat utai will sell at their stores and not buy a case that has it in them, so it may not make sense for Hasbro to continue with its manufacture when they can hold the tooling back for later release opportunities.

El Chuxter
08-17-2012, 04:40 PM
I could give you quite a few examples from TF and Joe (canned or just damned impossible to find).

In fairness, they did release on 30th Anniversary cards most of the army builders from the end of the Pursuit of Cobra line that were absolutely un-findable in the US, but not all (cough, Rock Viper), and none of the individual characters.

On a related note, could the more high-demand figures from the last Vintage wave be re-released on whatever card they're doing next? I'm thinking that Emperor's Guard figure is going to be a pain to get, being an army builder and all.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-17-2012, 05:33 PM
In any case, that answer should have been followed up with a "why" and sadly wasn't, so I guess that could be our job if you get the opportunity to ask it.
Okay, I can add it to the list. I suspect it's everything you have already mentioned - Hasbro isn't used to (or doesn't know how to do) the marketing for higher-end items like these and it just sort of petered off while they focused on the more playable (and less displayable) Ultimate FX sabers, as evident in Jeff's response.


I'm beginning to find concern about the goal of this question. If it's always Obi-Wan and a movie star and prequel droids, the answer to our question is already evident (popular, well known with kids, but collectors want upgrades - TVC cardbacks are sometimes seen as the only upgrade), so what are we trying to achieve by asking the question?
Well, if I could just tell them to stop packing identical (or near-identical) figures in multiple lines at once, I would; I'm just trying to phrase it in the form of a question. :p There are of course other factors that turn a figure into a pegwarmer, but this is a more recent issue, and one they keep doing. They're treating such figures as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as three distinct releases - Vintage, Movie Heroes, Discover the Force - when they really shouldn't, because the different versions don't really offer anything greatly different (other than packaging or repacked accessories). I guess the point is, "Are the near-identical simultaneous releases cannibalizing each other's sales?" Because it's not just that the Movie Heroes versions are hanging (as is the case for those droids I mentioned), it's that all three versions are hanging around pretty equally and I don't think it would be as big of a problem if the figure only existed in one version at a time, or if the different versions offered something distinctly, drastically different.


Don't tread too lightly if Derryl's with him, but yeah, be aware of whether or not you've got him - you can see it on his face in that YodasNews video you linked to. On the other hand, don't let his mood affect important follow-ups, make sure to get a "why" asked to any big thing you feel is warranted - "why" is the most important question in journalism.
He's definitely got a very different style from Derryl, I see what you mean. I'll just count on Derryl or Brian to give the more thorough answers, I suppose.


Basically we're just asking about the future of the line, its health and possibilities. I can't think of another specific so I'll leave that angle to someone else. I personally am just a little frustrated with the repack 3packs being overpriced and delivering unexciting experiences, and why there's been no Battle Pack-type visual diorama packaging for a multipack like these - it's just 3 vehicles in a generic package.
Okay, I'll gladly ask about how it's doing overall and that sort of thing. Do you want me to ask about the repacks and how uninteresting they are?


- At Comic-Con, Jeff told another site that the MTT's performance will significantly dictate how the 2013 line views another large vehicle launch. The MTT is not an exciting vehicle in general, it's slow and doesn't shoot in the films, it's not that "aggressive" style that Derryl has looked for in the past, the toy is built around a very specific gimmick which may only have limited appeal, it's higher-priced than the other big vehicles that size, and it was released half a year after Ep I in 3D came and went in theaters with little resonating impact. In short, the MTT was a risky choice and if it doesn't do well, why should its specific shortcomings be an indictment of big Star Wars vehicles in general?

A bit of a mouthful, I'll grant you, so it probably needs a rewrite, but I think it's an important question to ask - although kept at least in the middle of the opening salvo, question 5 or 6 at best. Also, if asked which ones, I'd go with Sail Barge - more aggressive, played a bigger role in the film; Acclamator assault ship - aka Republic Assault Ship, the AOTC mini Star Destroyer that fills with clones at the end, so it has Clone Wars play, and it's the fattest top to bottom so it's a better chance for a toy than other Star Destroyer designs; but honestly I don't really know if there's room for more big vehicles after the Sail Barge anyway, I'd struggle. :p
I think it's an important question; I'll think on it a bit.


I hear ya, but with such a limited resource that'd be a waste of what little we have, can't ask everything, gotta prioritize and if they aren't 1 question, one is going to have to wait until later in the interview or later in life. Or both will have to wait, who knows. But it's not fair to the other questions to ask 2 successive questions about the same thing, a lot of people are interested in a lot of Star Wars things and we need to cover a lot of ground for them too.

True, and neither question is that exciting, so if I don't ask either then I won't really care. If I'm able to just chat with Derryl at the booth or something, I think they're better suited to that environment.


I don't think there's been an Andy or Andrew on the team in about a decade, but I could be mistaken. Might it have been Dave Vennemeyer, the head sculptor, wears a goatee? I can't imagine he'd bother shooting it down, especially 2 years ago, he'd just hand it off to Derryl who would say they'd consider it. Anyway, I agree that the 2-handed pose on the Vintage is more important but the walls on that one are so small that it's fragile and expensive, while the Clone Wars one is not only possible but already exists as separate tooling, so it's a freebie.
I know it wasn't Dave, as he was usually showing his sculpting at a little station and he wasn't at the booth when I was. Andrew was younger than everyone else, it seemed, aside maybe from Chad Donvito. (I just checked the write-up of my CV talk with them and I said it was Andrew, but I could still be mistaken - I now know that there's a guy named Erik Arana on the team, but he looked different, so I dunno.) I see what you mean; if I get to that one, I'll bring up the no-tooling aspect.


The timing makes this valuable, the KOTOR anniversary next year (July 15th, '03), they have the HK-47, Bastila Shan, Revan, and Malak which is like half of the important characters in the game so it's a freebie, it gets 4 hard-to-find figures out again, it works exactly on its face because they're the only KOTOR figures and they're all HTF and the opportunity to do this is in range coming up for KOTOR's 10th anniversary. They're the most visually interesting major characters anyway so it doesn't even need another figure to hook it.
Okay, true.


It's a brand philosophy question, do they recognize that there was too much product, it was overhyped and late to market and dominated the brand for too long in '12 while the movie release itself didn't make much of an impact, so what have they learned from those situations and how will it affect them going forward? That's why I'd ask it, and pretty early on at that. I'm not remotely satisfied with the JTA answer.
I'm sure there will still be a lot of PR talk on this one, and I bet Lucasfilm thought the demand would be higher as well, so it is still interesting.

Chux, of course, the SW team has no control over what the other lines are doing, so that's their thing. There have been a few SW items - the Obi-Wan and Boba Fett class I Clone Wars ships, the Naboo plains pack at Target - that have done this recently, but things get cancelled or changed with some regularity and the only issue there is that Hasbro showed us these things too soon. I suppose I could include those examples with the Utai. On the tooling point, as JT said, sometimes they're not tooled yet and that's a way bigger expense than sculpting is, from what I understand. So is there a "will we ever see this" aspect there, or are you just wondering on the business/philosophy of it all?

They said somewhere at SDCC that they'll be looking at ways to re-ship popular Vintage Collection figures and army builders in the future. Amazon has the Royal Guard individually, unless it's pre-sold out now or something.

JediTricks
08-18-2012, 08:37 PM
I could give you quite a few examples from TF and Joe (canned or just damned impossible to find).

In fairness, they did release on 30th Anniversary cards most of the army builders from the end of the Pursuit of Cobra line that were absolutely un-findable in the US, but not all (cough, Rock Viper), and none of the individual characters.I think we'll just let this one sleep for now then, it's just about business being business and the teams trying to do their best to get product out in spite of that.


On a related note, could the more high-demand figures from the last Vintage wave be re-released on whatever card they're doing next? I'm thinking that Emperor's Guard figure is going to be a pain to get, being an army builder and all.This I will add, and recommend floated towards the top with an asterisk (because it may get answered at the panel).



Okay, I can add it to the list. I suspect it's everything you have already mentioned - Hasbro isn't used to (or doesn't know how to do) the marketing for higher-end items like these and it just sort of petered off while they focused on the more playable (and less displayable) Ultimate FX sabers, as evident in Jeff's response.Yeah, don't allow that to happen to us if you can help it, that really made me scream "ASK A FOLLOW UP ABOUT FORCE FX!!!" :p Just try to get something in about the future. Stupid Hasbro minimum ordering system makes this such a hamstrung question though - that's something that goes to the core... hmm, maybe it's above the scope of Derryl and Jeff but it gives me inspiration:
- Hasbro corporate policy requires retailers to order monthly minimums to start with Hasbro, several thousand in purchases a month supposedly, which favors high volume retailers over small and niche retailers, and by doing so that limits the types of items Hasbro likes to focus on, going for mainstream audiences over smaller audiences, non-collectors and such. Force FX lightsabers have become an icon in our society, they're well-known with fans who would never buy a Star Wars action figure or toy of any kind, and those people buy from places that wouldn't move a lot of Hasbro product so they can't get wholesale orders from you. Some of those stores can go through Diamond for distribution but others aren't comic shops - mall video stores used to be a good place to buy FX sabers, for example, but now they are not able to get in on the marketing which limits Hasbro sales and limits Force FX's exposure outside the hardcore fan view. Is there anything that can be done for small-market-focused items like Force FX beyond buying them from a 3rd party distributor, or is the Hasbro business model simply too rigid to allow that?


Not sure if this question would be in my top 10 though. :D Yeah, I just wrote all that for a 2nd- or 3rd-tier question.


Well, if I could just tell them to stop packing identical (or near-identical) figures in multiple lines at once, I would; I'm just trying to phrase it in the form of a question. :p There are of course other factors that turn a figure into a pegwarmer, but this is a more recent issue, and one they keep doing. They're treating such figures as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as three distinct releases - Vintage, Movie Heroes, Discover the Force - when they really shouldn't, because the different versions don't really offer anything greatly different (other than packaging or repacked accessories). I guess the point is, "Are the near-identical simultaneous releases cannibalizing each other's sales?" Because it's not just that the Movie Heroes versions are hanging (as is the case for those droids I mentioned), it's that all three versions are hanging around pretty equally and I don't think it would be as big of a problem if the figure only existed in one version at a time, or if the different versions offered something distinctly, drastically different.I see. Ok, well focus not on the specific characters then but on the problem and the why/how-to-fix parts.


He's definitely got a very different style from Derryl, I see what you mean. I'll just count on Derryl or Brian to give the more thorough answers, I suppose.Brian Merten is fairly new to the mainline team, so you won't get much out of him on it compared to exclusives where he is king.


Okay, I'll gladly ask about how it's doing overall and that sort of thing. Do you want me to ask about the repacks and how uninteresting they are?Repacks are obviously necessary in this situation, but yeah, they could be brought to market more dynamically.



True, and neither question is that exciting, so if I don't ask either then I won't really care. If I'm able to just chat with Derryl at the booth or something, I think they're better suited to that environment.Sounds good. If you intend to publish what they tell you outside the official interview, make sure to recognize when they're telling you something off the record and not break that trust. It happens from time to time, and with so much going on it's hard to compartmentalize that sort of thing.


I know it wasn't Dave, as he was usually showing his sculpting at a little station and he wasn't at the booth when I was. Andrew was younger than everyone else, it seemed, aside maybe from Chad Donvito. (I just checked the write-up of my CV talk with them and I said it was Andrew, but I could still be mistaken - I now know that there's a guy named Erik Arana on the team, but he looked different, so I dunno.) I see what you mean; if I get to that one, I'll bring up the no-tooling aspect.Then it was probably someone from design, it's very hit-and-miss who from design comes to these things, I may not have met or heard of him, or maybe I did and just forgot because he wasn't at last year's. If it were me and I got something like that, I'd go after the "why not" and then probably talk to Derryl about it.


I'm sure there will still be a lot of PR talk on this one, and I bet Lucasfilm thought the demand would be higher as well, so it is still interesting.Getting caught up in the overhype is what nearly took Hasbro as a company down 12 years ago with the original TPM release, I would think they'd have learened a little from that. I'd ask it to remind them to learn from it, anyway. ;)


Chux, of course, the SW team has no control over what the other lines are doing, so that's their thing. There have been a few SW items - the Obi-Wan and Boba Fett class I Clone Wars ships, the Naboo plains pack at Target - that have done this recently, but things get cancelled or changed with some regularity and the only issue there is that Hasbro showed us these things too soon. I suppose I could include those examples with the Utai. On the tooling point, as JT said, sometimes they're not tooled yet and that's a way bigger expense than sculpting is, from what I understand. So is there a "will we ever see this" aspect there, or are you just wondering on the business/philosophy of it all?I took his question as a company policy question, "why does Hasbro in general - not just Star Wars but Transformers, Marvel, etc. - bring product to these conventions that then evaporates and never makes it to market?" type of thing, but the answer is just that they WANT to bring everything they show to market and sometimes factors outside their control make it impossible, which is why they are so secretive with their news so as not to disappoint their market... that sort of thing.


They said somewhere at SDCC that they'll be looking at ways to re-ship popular Vintage Collection figures and army builders in the future. Amazon has the Royal Guard individually, unless it's pre-sold out now or something.I'd still hold their feet to the fire on that issue to press it home, give hope to the hopeless, show that we're here to fight the fight even if we don't win that day. That's part of how I look at these things for myself.

If nothing else, they need to say it officially and clearly and loudly.

bigbarada
08-19-2012, 12:25 PM
New question:

So, did you guys fire whoever it was who came up with the idea of a big merchandising push for Ep1 3D in 2012? Because you should.

I know it will never get asked, but I would still love to see Hasbro's reaction to it.

JediTricks
08-19-2012, 02:33 PM
New question:

So, did you guys fire whoever it was who came up with the idea of a big merchandising push for Ep1 3D in 2012? Because you should.

I know it will never get asked, but I would still love to see Hasbro's reaction to it.Pretty sure they can't fire George Lucas.

El Chuxter
08-19-2012, 05:43 PM
I dunno. If the merchandise push had actually coincided with the re-release....

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-19-2012, 06:48 PM
I've read the notes, and now here's an update to the question order and wording (though, again, I won't be reading them verbatim). I don't want to be long-winded and take up too much time, but I want to cover several angles with these questions. I've tried to keep the most important questions up front, as there's no way I'll have time to get to all of them in the ten-minute interview. Keep offering suggestions, but I won't be able to do much more the next few days as I'll be busy with work and getting ready for the trip. I'd like to have it completely done by Tuesday night, though I can still check in a bit on my phone while I'm in Orlando for last-minute suggestions.


22. The 2008-2010 Legacy Collection often included straight repacked army builders or popular carry-forwards with the same droid parts that the new figures had, which gave buyers the option of a couple different ways to complete the droid. Will we be seeing any straight repacks with redundant droid pieces in the 2013 Legacy Collection? Could this be a way to get out some of the more popular Vintage characters, like the upcoming Royal Guard?

6. After four years and well over 200 animated-style Clone Wars figures, why are we only now getting realistic ones? With only 10 new animated style basic figures this year and just a handful of exclusives, it feels like there's a backing away from the animated line; is that part of it?

17. You've said that you overestimated the demand for The Phantom Menace product this year, but we're still seeing the January product in stores and not much else, and the MTT is only now hitting six months later and the Naboo Starfighter is so far only available online. The 3D theatrical release itself sort of came and went within a few weeks. How has this affected your plans for the tie-ins to the future film releases? What will you be doing to make sure things go more smoothly for the next five?

7. We know that there were issues getting running changes to the market a few years ago, but there are still some 2009 figures - the second Utai and the Imperial Scanning Crew - who were sculpted but never released. What's the status on those two?

24. HasbroToyShop has only recently started offering individual figures again for the first time since the deleted scenes wave came out in March. Obviously there have been distribution issues this year, and a lot of people can't afford to buy an entire case online or don't want all the carry-forward figures, so is there any way to ensure that individual figures will be more available going forward?

10. For Titanium Series, there's a listing for a Shadow Squad set online, but there hasn't been anything new since the repack waves in January. What's the status on the Shadow Squad set, and is the line selling well enough to warrant further releases?

5. Over the past few years, we've seen the same figures released in multiple lines at once - this year, for instance, the same Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan figures were released on Vintage, Movie Heroes, and Discover the Force cards. Even if the cards or accessories are different, the figures themselves are identical. Of course you want to meet demand on certain characters, but it seems like they're pretty slow sellers in all three lines, and this has happened a few times recently. Is there any concern that having the same figure out in two or more lines at once could be oversaturating the market for these figures?

13. The figures in the most recent Battle Packs have reduced articulation and paint, but they also have some of the best head sculpts these characters have ever seen; some of their traits make it seem like they're supposed to appeal to kids, but others make it seem like they're for collectors. And if it was to keep costs down, it would presumably have been easier just to re-release existing figures. So what was the actual initial reason for making these figures?

26. What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Follow-up: Will we see the R6, R8, and R9 domes released elsewhere?

*In another site's Comic-Con interview with you guys, Jeff mentioned that the MTT's performance at retail will influence future big Class III vehicles. Now, the MTT toy looks to be very well done, but the ship in the film doesn't do a whole lot other than crash into trees and release Battle Droids, so it's not very aggressive and doesn't see much action or interaction with main characters. It's also more expensive than previous Class III ships, and it's coming out six months after The Phantom Menace 3D left theaters. For those reasons, it sort of seems like a risky choice, so why should it dictate future releases?

*You've said that there are no new Force FX sabers planned, even though there are some new Ultimate FX coming. What's with the backing away from the Force FX line? Does it have to do with a difference in the corporate policies or minimum order numbers of Hasbro versus Master Replicas, the line's previous manufacturer, who used to sell them in smaller shops? If so, can something be done to change this?

11. Many Walmart stores have had issues this year with some Vintage Collection figures not showing up in their systems, so even when collectors do find them, they don't ring up properly. This seems like it's a Walmart issue, but is there anything you can do to prevent it? Follow-up: In some cases, they've outright refused to sell them, thinking it could be part of a recall; in others, collectors have just grabbed another older figure for them to scan multiple times. Does this artificially inflate the sales numbers of those older figures?

8. Hasbro's other lines, including GI Joe, Transformers, and Marvel, have seen exclusive figures released to discount stores. Why haven't there been any for Star Wars?

19. When will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? There's never been a soft goods version.

20. Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj from Revenge of the Sith, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?

9. The 10-year anniversary of Knights of the Old Republic is in 2013, and all four figures that have been released from the game - Darth Revan, Darth Malak, HK-47, and Bastila Shan - have all been very difficult to obtain, are all still very much in demand. Might we see an exclusive four-pack for the anniversary?

4. There hasn't been a Battle Droid in The Clone Wars line in a while. Some releases have increased the arm and leg articulation separately, so the tooling already exists - so is it at all possible that we'll see a more articulated infantry Battle Droid in The Clone Wars line anytime soon?

12. According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana from brown to red was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this the case? What about Evazan's scar? How often does Lucasfilm request these changes, and why wasn't something done about deleted scene Luke's inaccurate robe, which shouldn't have had sleeves?

14. Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the majority of the time in the film? Perhaps in both scarred and unscarred versions?

15. Why is TVC Tarkin so green? Sometimes the film lighting causes the gray outfits to look a little green, but the figure takes it to another level and looks significantly more green than any other movie-based officer figures ever have, and he looks out of place next to them. Follow-up: Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any point?

23. What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers? We've already gotten all the main ROTS units in this big-helmet style, but the reused helmet looks huge on the newer, thinner body. Might we see an all-new sculpt soon?

21. Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless? Both the Movie Heroes and Vintage Collection figures, as well as the majority of previous versions, are stone-faced and serious. Is this to appeal to the Binks haters out there, or something? Might we see a smiling, scared, or slack-tongued Jar Jar at any point? They could easily reuse one of the new bodies and just replace the head.

27. With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fans can't really make this version properly.

28. In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back, though none of the modern releases have included this detail, even though the 1978 one has. Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?

2. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando?

18. Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing. Why haven't we seen more of this?

3. 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?

25. The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate – the character in the film has Imperial logos on both sides of his helmet, but the figure only has one, as it was seemingly based on a still photo of the character that obscures the right-side logo in shadow. Will this be fixed? I'm not actually sure that this is wrong, though people online said it was. I just watched ANH, and we can only see Backstabber's front in only one shot in the entire film before he blows up ("Mauler" Mithel is in several). If he has an Imperial logo on his right side in the film, you can't see it at all. I'm willing to bet that it's the same helmet also seen in the shootout with Luke and Han earlier, which has two logos, but Backstabber himself appears to have only one, so I'm cutting this question.

JediTricks
08-20-2012, 10:15 PM
I dunno. If the merchandise push had actually coincided with the re-release....If the merch had showed up AHEAD of the re-release and then disappeared 2 weeks later, maybe that would have worked, but the reality is that a February movie opening guaranteed failure from the outset for tix and merch.


I've read the notes, and now here's an update to the question order and wording (though, again, I won't be reading them verbatim). I don't want to be long-winded and take up too much time, but I want to cover several angles with these questions. I've tried to keep the most important questions up front, as there's no way I'll have time to get to all of them in the ten-minute interview. Keep offering suggestions, but I won't be able to do much more the next few days as I'll be busy with work and getting ready for the trip. I'd like to have it completely done by Tuesday night, though I can still check in a bit on my phone while I'm in Orlando for last-minute suggestions.I'll try to keep changes to a minimum.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-24-2012, 06:40 PM
The interview went well this afternoon and I believe Steve has sent the audio to JT. We were able to ask nine out of the first 11 questions during the official interview. We didn't ask about how the TPM sales affected the future 3D releases since they covered it pretty well at the panel and on other sites; they've learned and they're trying to get the numbers right and they said they'd be stupid not to learn from their mistakes, and clearly they are still doing AOTC stuff but not as completely concentrated. Derryl also said that he thought that the TPM release would have brought in more collectors but that didn't happen, obviously. I didn't ask about the MTT at that time, but I did ask Derryl about that - and every other question on the list one-on-one without the recorder, but I think those answers will be fine being summarized. I can update with that info later tonight.

JediTricks
08-25-2012, 01:44 AM
The interview went well this afternoon and I believe Steve has sent the audio to JT. We were able to ask nine out of the first 11 questions during the official interview. We didn't ask about how the TPM sales affected the future 3D releases since they covered it pretty well at the panel and on other sites; they've learned and they're trying to get the numbers right and they said they'd be stupid not to learn from their mistakes, and clearly they are still doing AOTC stuff but not as completely concentrated. Derryl also said that he thought that the TPM release would have brought in more collectors but that didn't happen, obviously. I didn't ask about the MTT at that time, but I did ask Derryl about that - and every other question on the list one-on-one without the recorder, but I think those answers will be fine being summarized. I can update with that info later tonight.I've got it mostly done. Good call not asking that TPM one and covering the details from the panel where they mentioned it.

D'oh on that "no recorder" thing, I'll chalk that up to a misunderstanding on Steve's part. Next time it's "recorder stays with the guy planning to ask more questions", I say. ;)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-25-2012, 10:34 PM
I didn't ask Steve for it and I guess could have used my iPhone to record it, but oh well. I can check that thread to see I any need further clarification.