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Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-13-2014, 04:02 PM
As always, Hasbro will be at conventions and events this year, and at some of them we're hoping to get one-on-one interview time. We interviewed them at Toy Fair in February (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/2014/02/15/sirstevesguides-hasbro-interview-from-toy-fair-2014/), and next up is San Diego Comic Con, July 23-27; it's not guaranteed that we'll get any interview time, so unused questions will be saved for future events.

Voting is not needed as the questions will be chosen on an editorial basis, but feel free to voice support or suggest changes to existing questions.

Also, please keep in mind that we'll be asking these in person, so keep questions respectful and reasonable.

Go ahead and voice support for these questions, and suggest your own:


6" Darth Maul shipped in the first wave with loose joints and a gummy, easily-warped lightsaber accessory. What are the chances of this being rectified in a future release? What about Boba Fett's hip boxes which make his legs almost unposeable, might you address that in a future release? Will we see any figures from the black-and-orange box waves re-released in the black-and-blue boxes?
The Toys R Us exclusive Battle on Endor set includes an AT-ST and several figures that have been released before, most of them in just the past two or three years. Were there any plans to modify or update any of the items, since most collectors already have them? If it's not for collectors, then why is it part of The Black Series? Wouldn't it be better to include at least some newness for longtime fans?
Now that the Disney Store is carrying Star Wars items including Hasbro vehicles and Black Series figures, are there any plans for you to release any exclusives there? Are there possibilities for their own division producing items compatible with your lines, similar to their Starspeeder and Build-A-Droid pieces from the parks?
At Toy Fair, it was mentioned that the updated 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper would be released in the same numbers as the original incorrect one. So far, the new version has only been seen internationally and in limited numbers. Since it isn't planned to ship with the next few waves, will it still make its way to the States, or at least in greater numbers? What about as a re-release on the black-and-blue TIE Pilot card?
It's been said that you were asked to release fewer figures from the prequels, The Clone Wars, and Expanded Universe as Lucasfilm shifts its focus to the new entertainment. What's their actual stance here? Will we still be seeing at least some figures from these sources, or is it unlikely?
In the 6" Black Series, most of the figures have double-jointed knees, but why do only the troopers get double-jointed elbows? Is it about aesthetics, cost, or something else entirely?
The new Dagobah training Luke features double-jointed elbows. Is that something we're likely to see on other figures, or a one-time-only feature?
Walgreens is getting into the exclusive action figure game, with prototype Boba Fett in addition to a few non-Star Wars figures. What's the story behind this new and unexpected partnership? Were you looking for new exclusive retailers, or did they ask you to create a product for them?
Amazon released three collector-focused exclusives last year – the Slave I, TIE Interceptor, and Droid Factory set. They all ended up on clearance, but were they successful enough to warrant new items from Amazon later this year or next? What about Brian's Toys and another exclusive figure like Jocasta Nu?
Celebration VI was the only Celebration not to have an exclusive – will Celebration Anaheim return to form?
For years, Hasbro has had a monopoly on 3 3/4" Star Wars figures, but now that you've made the jump over to the 6" scale it seems that you have some competition from Japanese companies that are also licensed to produce 6" Star Wars figures, like Bandai and Play Arts Kai. Sure, those toys will primarily be available in Japan; but with the internet that's not really much of an obstacle for consumers anymore. So, what's changed? Is it a result of the Disney purchase? Why do there suddenly seem to be so many companies that are licensed to produced Star Wars figures?
The new Jabba's Skiff Guard figure is causing some confusion. For years, fans assumed that the black-suited character that Chewie throws down Jabba's stairs was the skiff guard later seen wearing the same helmet and a white jumpsuit, and that they were both Sgt. Doallyn. Last year, Leland Chee revealed that the character in Jabba's palace was Doallyn, who survives in the expanded universe, and the skiff guard was a separate character named Brock Starsher, who dies in the skiff battle in the movie. Early solicitations for this new figure called him Sgt. Doallyn, yet the card gives him the generic Jabba's Skiff Guard name. It seems out of place, since all other skiff guards have been called out by name or at least species. So is the generic name a response to his Doallyn/Starsher shift, or is Lucasfilm changing its tune again, or was the name chosen to appeal to a wider buying audience, or what? On that note, while we got the similar-looking Bane Malar figure in 2008, will we be seeing the black-suited Doallyn at some point?
Four Saga Legends figures – Jedi Luke, Darth Maul, Clone Wars Obi-Wan, and Snowtrooper – were only released internationally so far. Are they still planned for release in the US? If so, will they be on the lava Vader card or the new Rebels-inspired card?
The Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy line has bypassed the 3 3/4" scale entirely and opted for a 2" line of two-packs, simple unpainted accessories, and small vehicles. Similar figures were released for Transformers a few years ago and for Episode I in 1999. Is this direction something you might be trying again for Star Wars in the future?
Funko and Super7 have started selling retro-styled figures on retro packaging for several different movie properties. If these figures sell well, would that be enough for you to consider producing a similar subline for Star Wars? Or are Saga Legends and Mission Series sort of scratching that particular itch?
We've seen several clone trooper updates using the super-articulated Vintage Collection body, including most of the ranks from Attack of the Clones. Will we still be seeing the red captain and yellow commander using this body, or is it unlikely with the new media taking the spotlight?
It seems that the paint applications have gotten sloppy lately. Is this due to a new factory, or lowered costs, or something? Are there plans to tighten them back to their previous standards?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-13-2014, 04:06 PM
Some of them are a little on the negative side, particularly #4 and #5, but these issues are so aggravating that they need to be addressed. I'm open to ideas on how to approach them in a lighter tone – any hep here would be hot.

sebillba
01-14-2014, 03:35 AM
Thanks for not forgetting about the second Utai - I totally support #2. :)

Darth Metalmute
01-14-2014, 03:45 PM
I love the way you phrased questions 4 and 5. Great job. Those are the biggest questions I have as only two stores ( A Toys R Us and a Target) nearby my home are carrying the Black Series and are peg-warming all of wave 1.

Personally, I feel they should drop the multiple lines and focus on one.

El Chuxter
01-14-2014, 03:47 PM
So, you all took 2013 off, right? :)

Darth Metalmute
01-14-2014, 09:40 PM
So, you all took 2013 off, right? :)

2013, 2012, 2011 and soon to be 2014... :)

Seriously, since 2011, I have seen two waves in the wild. The Phantom Menace Vintage and the First Black Series.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-20-2014, 03:03 PM
I added a question about removing pegwarmers.

As to question 4, should I ask separate questions about some of the things mentioned there? Question 5 deals with the "characters we've seen multiple times," but maybe Target's DPCI issues warrant their own attention.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-23-2014, 02:35 PM
I modified question 6, since we've now seen visual confirmation that the 41st Elite Clone (http://www.forum.starwars-figuren.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=716) is getting a change, and it's still wrong.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-23-2014, 03:45 PM
Hasbro answered most of these questions at Toy Fair (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/2014/02/15/sirstevesguides-hasbro-interview-from-toy-fair-2014/), so what else do you want to know? San Diego Comic-Con is two months away and we'll have a presence there once again.

JediTricks
05-23-2014, 06:30 PM
6" Darth Maul shipped in the first wave with very loose joints and a very gummy, easily-warped lightsaber accessory. What are the chances of this being rectified in a future release? What about Boba Fett's hip boxes which make his legs almost unposeable, might you address that in a future release?

bigbarada
05-24-2014, 12:15 PM
Judging by the most recent offerings in the 6", Saga Legends, and premium 3.75" line, it's obvious that you guys have just completely shut down your quality control department. So, what was the reasoning behind that exactly? Saving a buck or two while charging record high prices for a sub par product? Do you plan to reinstitute some level of quality control in the future or should we just accept the fact that Hasbro's days of producing high-quality merchandise is a thing of the past?

JediTricks
05-24-2014, 01:29 PM
Judging by the most recent offerings in the 6", Saga Legends, and premium 3.75" line, it's obvious that you guys have just completely shut down your quality control department. So, what was the reasoning behind that exactly? Saving a buck or two while charging record high prices for a sub par product? Do you plan to reinstitute some level of quality control in the future or should we just accept the fact that Hasbro's days of producing high-quality merchandise is a thing of the past?We have to ask these in person, so would you really feel comfortable saying that to someone's face, someone who worked 18 months on each product that they hoped we'd enjoy, watching their joy at the infinite promise of any potential question turn into a stinging criticism of their failings wash over their faces as you continued to press your point?

bigbarada
05-24-2014, 02:34 PM
We have to ask these in person, so would you really feel comfortable saying that to someone's face, someone who worked 18 months on each product that they hoped we'd enjoy, watching their joy at the infinite promise of any potential question turn into a stinging criticism of their failings wash over their faces as you continued to press your point?

Heck no! That's why I want you to ask it. :p

Seriously, I'm just venting some frustrations here. This is a hobby that I used to care about a great deal and wouldn't mind caring about again. Unfortunately, Hasbro's recent QC issues are making that nearly impossible.

JediTricks
05-25-2014, 02:11 PM
Heck no! That's why I want you to ask it. :p

Seriously, I'm just venting some frustrations here. This is a hobby that I used to care about a great deal and wouldn't mind caring about again. Unfortunately, Hasbro's recent QC issues are making that nearly impossible.I understand, but was hoping you'd use that to make a usable question, better to have something constructive come from it. Believe me, I'm there, nearly every 6" figure I've gotten has had to go back, only Leia and Han, and Leia I was able to select from several to find one with normal-painted eyes, so the only figure I got right on the first try without effort was Han. But what would you want to say constructively?

Honestly, the 6" line seems to be the only line Hasbro can make me care about anymore, the 3.75" line at $10 has not gotten one iota of interest from me unfortunately, so QC is far from my biggest problem there.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-28-2014, 02:14 PM
I've updated the first post with JT's question and a few of my own.

BigB, what QC issues would you like us to address? The paint has been pretty poor across the board lately, but what else specifically?

So, here are the previous questions, for posterity's sake:


- A few figures from the cancelled Legacy Collection/Droid Factory revival have yet to make it out - A-wing Pilot, realistic phase I Captain Rex, Jabba’s droid R5-X2, and Mace’s droid R8-B7. Will we still see these released somehow, perhaps either as part of another multi-pack or individually?
- We finally got the second Imperial Scanning Crew member in the Kmart sets – any updates on the second Utai?
- Many figures across the new lines have been falling right off the cardbacks, especially in the 3 3/4” Black Series, making it impossible for carded collectors and frustrating for everyone else. What was causing this issue, and has it been fixed going forward?
- At the launch of the 6” Black Series line last year, you stated that the future of both 6” and 3 3/4” was dependent on the level of fan interest. At the same time, the 3 3/4” Black Series line faced a number of issues right out of the gate – commonplace distribution issues; characters that collectors have seen multiple times; Target placing Black Series under Vintage Collection’s DPCI; many Walmart locations refusing to carry anything but role-play lightsabers; online stores selling out of the hotter items very quickly. And all this is coming off the back of 2012, another very difficult year in Star Wars collecting. Collectors still want to buy new and interesting figures, but all of these issues are actively preventing that from happening. So when you gauge fan interest and decide the future of the line, do you look only at the hard data, or are these issues and roadblocks taken into account?
- Obviously you can’t predict the future, but you’ve stated that figures would be released in more sensible quantities going forward. Now, figures like Episode II Anakin, Biggs, and the Biker Scout are packed two to a case and carried forward, all of them are figures that have been available in recent memory, and none of them seem to be moving very well, stopping subsequent waves from arriving. This has happened over and over again – what will have to change to ensure that this is the last time?
- The 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper is getting a running change to replace its missing paint applications on the shoulders and lower legs. It's better, but still not correct – the hands, midsection, and belt are all still missing their gray paint. Will these issues be addressed going forward?
- In the 6” line, collectors have noted that R2-D2 seems to be of a smaller scale compared to the other figures. Was this an intentional choice, or did he come out smaller than expected?
- The 6" R2-D2 includes an action feature – turn his head, and his middle leg pops out. Knowing that this is a collector-focused line and collectors typically don't care for action features like this, why was this choice made, and will we be seeing features like these on future figures?
- 6" Boba Fett is still an incredibly hot seller even after first debuting at Comic Con. Will he be repacked in future cases? Why was Han chosen as a wave three carry-forward instead of him?
- We’ve seen the Inquisitor from Star Wars Rebels as a Saga Legends-style figure. Will we see any Rebels figures in Black Series style as well – either 3 3/4” or 6”?
- So far the $20 Class II line has only consisted of resculpts of existing vehicles, but will we see any never-before-made ships there as well?
- Many stores still have pegwarmers from this time two years ago – Walmarts have the Discover the Force 3D repacks, and everyone has the Vintage Collection Episode I wave. Are there any plans to remove these figures from shelves?

And these were answered in our interview at Toy Fair (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/2014/02/15/sirstevesguides-hasbro-interview-from-toy-fair-2014/). The question about 6" R2-D2's scale was either never asked or redirected toward another team member that I forgot to ask, so if it still needs to be addressed, I'll add it again.

El Chuxter
05-28-2014, 06:46 PM
Not really SW, but can someone who's going to Comic-Con ask a few questions of Hasbro?

1) Circuit Breaker has been, to put it mildly, problematic from a rights perspective, being a Transformers character who debuted in Secret Wars but was otherwise never seen outside the original Transformers comic. A character in a similar situation, Death's Head, is being released this year in the Avengers line, giving some hope, but he's appeared in far more comics, and more recently. Might there be some chance of doing Circuit Breaker as a convention exclusive Marvel figure, just so fans who aren't customizers can have her in their collections?

2) There are a lot of non-transforming characters in Transformers who are roughly on scale with the Transformers themselves. Since we've seen non-transforming Transformers toys, could some of these come out in a special subline at some point? Obvious examples include Nightbird, the Mecannibals, Autobot Spike, the Deathbringer, Quintessons, Bob the Insecticon, Garnak, and, for all intents and purposes, Rung, but there are a lot more possibilities.

3) Both GI Joe: Resolute and Renegades ended on cliffhangers that are unlikely to ever be resolved. At the same time, with the exception of the continuation of the original A Real American Hero series, IDW's comics have been struggling for a while. Would it be possible to have those series continued in comic form so fans get some sort of resolution?

JediTricks
05-29-2014, 01:20 AM
Not to ignore Chux's off-brand questions, but I have a SW question I was curious about - why do only the armored figures get double-jointed elbows? I'm sure it's aesthetics, but it feels like Hasbro got the double-jointed knees right on those non-armored figures.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-29-2014, 04:56 PM
I added it. All this double-elbow talk got me wondering about the Dagobah Luke, so I also added one of my own.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
06-23-2014, 10:29 PM
We're a month out from the show, so chime in now!

I added a few questions about exclusives at other retailers, which might end up not getting asked depending on what's revealed there.

bigbarada
07-02-2014, 03:40 PM
If we're allowed to ask non-Star Wars related toy questions, this one involves Marvel Comics toys:

Considering how Marvel's All-New X-Men has consistently been one of their best selling titles for two years now and the most recent hardback collected edition made it onto the New York Times Bestseller list, are we going to see you guys focusing more on characters from that series? Of course, we got the All-New X-Men Marvel Legends TRU boxed set recently, but are we going to see any of the original five X-Men in their awesome new costumes worked into the character selections for Marvel Legends and/or the Marvel Infinite lines?

bigbarada
07-07-2014, 11:05 AM
How about a Star Wars question then?

For years, Hasbro has had a monopoly on 3.75" Star Wars figures, but now that you've made the jump over to the 6" scale it seems that you have some competition from Japanese companies that are also licensed to produce 6" Star Wars figures, like Bandai and Play Arts Kai (sp?). Sure, those toys will primarily be available in Japan; but with the internet, you have to realize that that's not really much of an obstacle for consumers anymore. So, what's changed? Is it a result of the Disney purchase? Why do there suddenly seem to be so many companies that are licensed to produced Star Wars figures?

I wanted to throw in a comment about the Jakks Pacific 31" figures, but was worried that it would make the question seem to unfocused.

Also, I do remember reading rumors of Hasbro suing Lego for making their minifigs too much like action figures. If that rumor is true, then maybe I could work that into the question somehow. Since the Bandai, Play Arts Kai, and Jakks Pacific toys are very clearly action figures, and Lego is really just a building toy.

El Chuxter
07-07-2014, 02:41 PM
On that note, how about the "6-inch Black Series is focused on collectors, with high-quality sculpts, only major characters, no resculpts of a character, and no repacks"? Aside from the "6-inch" part, that all went out the window in less than a year.

El Chuxter
07-07-2014, 02:51 PM
Or, perhaps more timely and polite, if it's not already been answered by then (which is a crapshoot):

"There's been a lot of confusion over the years about Bane Malar and Sgt. Doallyn. The previous figure was definitely based on Bane Malar's suit, but the upcoming one has actually made things worse. First, he was announced [??? is this right ???] as Sgt. Doallyn, but initial case solicitations listed him as Brock Starsher. Starsher was a completely new name to most, since the name originated in 2013, but a minimal amount of research confirms that this is the correct name for the figure. However, the actual packaging merely says 'Jabba's Skiff Guard,' which is inconsistent with how all EU-named background characters have been packaged in the past. Did this decision originate from Hasbro or from Lucasfilm/Disney, and what was the reasoning behind it?

And, on a related note, since Sgt. Doallyn is probably the most popular of these three obscure guys with the same helmet and employer (since he had a memorable backstory as far back as 1996's Tales from Jabba's Palace) is there any chance of getting him in the future since the two lesser-known helmeted guys have been made?"

El Chuxter
07-07-2014, 06:45 PM
Hey, I'll monopolize (monotonize?) with another non-SW question:

"This year's Transformers SDCC exclusive is 'The Knights of Cybertron,' with existing Deluxe-scale Transformers redecoed to be a fictitious rock band. Any chance of a future, similarly themed exclusive of Cold Slither? (Unlike Knights of Cybertron, that band exists in prior fiction. Plus there are existing sculpts for all four members, and the SDCC exclusive Zarana from a few years ago was available in a variant wearing a Cold Slither shirt.)"

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-07-2014, 11:21 PM
For years, Hasbro has had a monopoly on 3.75" Star Wars figures, but now that you've made the jump over to the 6" scale it seems that you have some competition from Japanese companies that are also licensed to produce 6" Star Wars figures, like Bandai and Play Arts Kai (sp?). Sure, those toys will primarily be available in Japan; but with the internet, you have to realize that that's not really much of an obstacle for consumers anymore. So, what's changed? Is it a result of the Disney purchase? Why do there suddenly seem to be so many companies that are licensed to produced Star Wars figures?
An interesting question. I've added it.


On that note, how about the "6-inch Black Series is focused on collectors, with high-quality sculpts, only major characters, no resculpts of a character, and no repacks"? Aside from the "6-inch" part, that all went out the window in less than a year.

This article (http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/01/29/hasbro-star-wars-black-series-action-figure-toys/1872035/) was where TBS was mentioned, and nowhere do they mention any of that other than it being focused on collectors. They've mentioned a focus on aesthetics elsewhere, and DePriest mentions iconic characters, not major characters. But DePriest's comments are all in line with what the line has been so far. I don't recall them mentioning any of that anywhere else, so if you could provide sources, that'd be dandy.


Or, perhaps more timely and polite, if it's not already been answered by then (which is a crapshoot):

"There's been a lot of confusion over the years about Bane Malar and Sgt. Doallyn. The previous figure was definitely based on Bane Malar's suit, but the upcoming one has actually made things worse. First, he was announced [??? is this right ???] as Sgt. Doallyn, but initial case solicitations listed him as Brock Starsher. Starsher was a completely new name to most, since the name originated in 2013, but a minimal amount of research confirms that this is the correct name for the figure. However, the actual packaging merely says 'Jabba's Skiff Guard,' which is inconsistent with how all EU-named background characters have been packaged in the past. Did this decision originate from Hasbro or from Lucasfilm/Disney, and what was the reasoning behind it?

And, on a related note, since Sgt. Doallyn is probably the most popular of these three obscure guys with the same helmet and employer (since he had a memorable backstory as far back as 1996's Tales from Jabba's Palace) is there any chance of getting him in the future since the two lesser-known helmeted guys have been made?"
He was shown at Toy Fair but I don't remember if they referred to him by name – they definitely didn't call him Brock Starsher, though. Initial case solicitations listed him as Sgt. Doallyn; EE, for one, has recently updated to his generic "Jabba's Skiff Guard" name. I don't think that anything from Hasbro has referred to him as Starsher. Leland Chee made the call in Star Wars Insider last year. In Tales from Jabba's Palace, where Doallyn's story originates, he is meant to be the black-suited guy that Chewie throws down the stairs and in his short story he survives the events of the film. The white-suited guy with the same helmet dies in the film, so Chee deigned that they're two separate characters: black-suited Sgt. Doallyn and white-suited Brock Starsher. Bane Malar appears to be an unrelated character who just so happens to wear similar clothing but does not appear to be in the final cut of the film. Still, I'll rework it and add it. As I was rewriting it I realized that many other skiff/sail barge characters have just been called "Nikto Gunner" or "Nikto Skiff Guard" or something along those lines, so it's not entirely out of place, but I've changed the question to reflect that.

I've also added and modified some more questions of my own.

I probably won't be asking any of the other Hasbro teams anything about other lines (I know nothing about them), but JT might if he chooses to do so.

JediTricks
07-08-2014, 01:40 PM
Yeah, these are not the same teams so it wouldn't be appropriate to use those questions in this thread. I'll consider them for other interviews, but to be honest, I don't think GI Joe is going to be represented there at all, the team has supposedly been disbanded and the line is in flux. As for Marvel, I didn't get an interview last year, so I dunno.

Maradona
07-09-2014, 10:51 AM
Here's a question that I was wondering about and that may potentially yield some interesting information: Is the two inch (or so) mini-figure iteration of Guardians of the Galaxy and the previous Transformers movie line something Hasbro is moving towards for Star Wars and their other properties? (If so, ask them to please bring back M.A.S.K. - as if they ever would)

JediTricks
07-09-2014, 06:00 PM
Here's a question that I was wondering about and that may potentially yield some interesting information: Is the two inch (or so) mini-figure iteration of Guardians of the Galaxy and the previous Transformers movie line something Hasbro is moving towards for Star Wars and their other properties? (If so, ask them to please bring back M.A.S.K. - as if they ever would)Are the GotG figures articulated? I know the SW team's sculptor did the TF Human Alliance figures, so it's a viable question to ask them, I just want to make sure the new ones aren't just statues.

Maradona
07-09-2014, 06:39 PM
Are the GotG figures articulated? I know the SW team's sculptor did the TF Human Alliance figures, so it's a viable question to ask them, I just want to make sure the new ones aren't just statues.

I'm not sure. I'll check when I can.

Tycho
07-15-2014, 12:32 AM
If Hasbro is making 2 inch articulated figures, and they have the Star Trek license, would they ever consider making figures and ships in line with the Dominion Wars (from Deep Space 9) and the other Star Trek incarnations?

Playmates used to have a micro-fleet line for Star Trek like this that had Ferengi, Cardassian, and more ships.

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The Star Wars line is stagnant - perhaps now somewhat as a result of Disney's take-over.

Has anyone at Hasbro spoken up for the Expanded Universe as well as more obscure characters from the movies to keep older collector interest in the line alive?

Zayne Carrick (EU) - because of the KOTOR comic 2-pack and Cliegg Lars (because of the high Fans' Choice ranking under Jocasta Nu) come to mind.

Those figures alongside perhaps new incarnations of Han, Leia, Lando, and a Jedi Master Luke come to mind as sellers along with other new figures from an EU line. It is still going to be published (re-printed) as part of the Star Wars "Legends" line of literature.

bigbarada
07-20-2014, 12:29 AM
New question:

Super7's ReAction toy line has been generating a lot of excitment this year for offering retro style figures on retro style packaging for several different movie properties. If these figures sell well, would that be enough for you to consider producing a similar subline for the Star Wars and Marvel action figure lines?

JediTricks
07-20-2014, 11:35 AM
I'm not sure. I'll check when I can.They are, I checked. How interesting, definitely worth asking now - they are doing a vehicle in that line (it's not very good or big, I saw it yesterday, but it is something).


If Hasbro is making 2 inch articulated figures, and they have the Star Trek license, would they ever consider making figures and ships in line with the Dominion Wars (from Deep Space 9) and the other Star Trek incarnations?

Playmates used to have a micro-fleet line for Star Trek like this that had Ferengi, Cardassian, and more ships.

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The Star Wars line is stagnant - perhaps now somewhat as a result of Disney's take-over.

Has anyone at Hasbro spoken up for the Expanded Universe as well as more obscure characters from the movies to keep older collector interest in the line alive?

Zayne Carrick (EU) - because of the KOTOR comic 2-pack and Cliegg Lars (because of the high Fans' Choice ranking under Jocasta Nu) come to mind.

Those figures alongside perhaps new incarnations of Han, Leia, Lando, and a Jedi Master Luke come to mind as sellers along with other new figures from an EU line. It is still going to be published (re-printed) as part of the Star Wars "Legends" line of literature.Trek, if they bothered keeping the license, which I kinda doubt, would be a different team.

With Disney's edict on a reduced focus on EU figures, I think it'd be pretty strange to ask a question.


New question:

Super7's ReAction toy line has been generating a lot of excitment this year for offering retro style figures on retro style packaging for several different movie properties. If these figures sell well, would that be enough for you to consider producing a similar subline for the Star Wars and Marvel action figure lines?I thought I asked this question 2 years ago when it was about Gentle Giant's jumbo vintage line.

Anyway, I guess we could ask SW team if we get a chance, it wouldn't be my first choice since they have mucked up their Saga Legends figures which are sorta vintage-styled, but I could see adding it to the queue. I don't think we're getting any time with Marvel Hasbro this year though.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-20-2014, 11:37 PM
I added the Guardians of the Galaxy and Super7 questions, as well as one about clones and one about paint applications (similar to bigb's previous question about quality control) since why not.

Keep suggesting more, and I'll keep thinking of more. We leave Wednesday morning so I'd like to have these ready to go by Tuesday.

Tycho
07-21-2014, 01:14 PM
Question for JabbaJohnL (not Hasbro) - are you going to Comic Con?

It'd be cool to finally meet you.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-22-2014, 04:28 PM
Question for JabbaJohnL (not Hasbro) - are you going to Comic Con?

It'd be cool to finally meet you.

I am indeed! I'll be with JT and SirSteve most of the time so we'll have to figure something out.

El Chuxter
07-22-2014, 04:37 PM
Are you wearing your Pee Wee Herman costume? Because it was pretty awesome.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-28-2014, 01:22 PM
I was able to ask most of these questions at Comic-Con. Here's the interview with design manager Bill Rawley (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/2014/07/26/sdcc-2014-interview-with-hasbro-star-wars-product-design-manager-bill-rawley/), where we discuss articulation, weak paint, new scales, and more. My interview with Jeff will be posted tonight or tomorrow.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-29-2014, 11:31 PM
And here's the Jeff interview (http://www.sirstevesguide.com/2014/07/30/sdcc-2014-hasbro-qa-with-global-marketing-manager-jeff-labovitz/). I realized as I was transcribing it that his words come across as much friendlier in person than they might typed out since he relies on inflection more than Bill or Derryl.

Also, on that point, Derryl DePriest is no longer on Star Wars for the moment. He set the strategies going forward but is now working to revive the GI Joe line.

I just realized that I totally should have asked about Boba's pouches when he brought up the Boba re-release. I figured I wouldn't bring up the Maul issues since there aren't plans to repack him anyway. Other than that, I feel like we pretty much got everything from this thread asked.

I also recently realized that there's not a single Vintage Collection item planned for this year – no vehicles, no Kmart exclusives, no nothing. I should've asked about that as well, but it didn't click at the time.

Droid
07-30-2014, 12:44 AM
Great interviews. Thanks for all your hard work.