• SSG's Monthly Hasbro Q&A - June 15th, 2011

      Attachment 25022Every month, we get to ask Hasbro 2 questions, and back on May 27th, we sent in 2 questions. Today, Hasbro has sent us back the answers.

      SSG: Any thoughts on pulling back certain collector-targeted figures that have built up at retail over the last year, such as the Sandtrooper, Dengar, 4-LOM, the Endor Trooper, the Cloud Car Pilot, and especially the Vintage Collection ROTS Clone? While in the past with some figures like Yarna it was just that they were ordered hard and didn't sell through, with this particular Clone you've also got a Legends ROTS Clone next to it on the pegs that is less expensive, and many of the Vintage ROTS Clone have a defective, discolored helmet (even after the missing paint problems were addressed). While there is the usual peg warming status of a few figures causing a lack of new figures for the last 6 months, in many areas the build up of the TVC ROTS Clone is reaching an even more alarming rate. While future assortments of Legends may not have the ROTS Clone, and we would hope that future Vintage Collection ROTS Clone Troopers released have this discoloring problem resolved, as a collector based item with a more discerning collector willing to pay extra for a collector item, these Clones are not selling through and will still remain even if there is a lack of Legends Clones available. Any plans to resolve the pegwarming problems in TVC, and especially the portion of that issue caused by the defective Clone?

      Hasbro: We are in the process of looking at a range of options to help address inventory issues of certain figures at retail. We recognize that sometimes you can have too much Dengar and 4-LOM.

      Attachment 25023SSG: Given previous answers from Hasbro that a Cane Adiss figure was not off the table, and then the character showing 10th in the most recent Fans Choice poll, it certainly seems like eventually we'll probably get a Cane Adiss figure at some point down the road. With that in mind, has the Hasbro Star Wars team given any thought to how Cane, the largest character in the Fans Choice poll, could be realized as a product since he undoubtedly wouldn't fit on the current basic card - would it be a battle pack, a mail-away, an exclusive for Toys R Us (a good tie-in to the giraffe-themed retailer)? And has there been any discussion on a "whole creature" design for Adiss similarly to how the team extrapolated a fully-realized design for aliens like Dice Ibegon that were only prop puppet heads? Obviously we're not expecting Lucasfilm approval on any ideas you guys might have yet, but preliminarily, what does the Hasbro team feel a Cane Adiss figure would look like?

      Hasbro: Cane Adiss is not currently in the plan, but if we were to tackle him maybe he could look something like a stick held by a hand…or maybe not….

      Well, that's it for this round's questions and answers. Thanks to everybody who participated in picking these questions, and to Hasbro for the answers. Feel free to let us know what you think of this round by replying below!
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      Comments 7 Comments
      1. JediTricks's Avatar
        JediTricks -
        Originally, I thought the first answer totally shined what we were saying, but now that I look at it, I suppose it is addressing the larger issue, which the more specific issue is encompassed by. I do miss Derryl's more complete answers that address the finer aspects though.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        In some ways, the new style of answers are nice and blunt, but they're also too often vague or not answering enough of the question, as if the writer only skimmed it once. 16bit and Jedi News both got conflicting answers about Galactic Heroes, with the former saying it's completely done and the latter saying there's a possibility in the future (however slight). From other sites: Bespin Leia is coming in TVC; future Target 3-packs will have "a good amount of newness"; Kitster and Wald are sadly not coming in 2012; no more gunships until at least 2013, maybe; and Clone Wars figures coming to Vintage, though maddeningly no details whatsoever. At least they've realized that the figure build-up is a problem, even though that is inconsistent with the previous round's answer about it just being "a few more Dengars than we would all like." Clearly they haven't given any thought to Cane Adiss, which is a little disheartening.
      1. Blue2th's Avatar
        Blue2th -
        Yeah Dengar and 4-Lom. No admission about the defective Clones, but as long as that glaring inventory issue is taken care of, even if not mentioned specifically, at least by now they are aware of the problem.
      1. Neuroleptic's Avatar
        Neuroleptic -
        I really wish they would have answered the question about the defective helmets as well. That seriously erks me, as I would have actualy bought a few of them had they not been missing paint AND not had a strange green tint to them, along with a cheaper version being sold litteraly right next to them."A few dengars and 4 loms". Forget to mention the 50 or so clones still at wallmarts per store taking up more than half the current shelf space. As to the second question . . . Huh. Figure on a stick!
      1. DarkJedi5's Avatar
        DarkJedi5 -
        Just read in the Q&A over at Action Figure Insider another confirmation of CW characters coming to the Vintage line. Hasbro's exact words were "A handful of core Clone Wars figures are planned for the Vintage Collection line in 2012. Stay tuned for more information!"This is probably the most exciting thing for me out of all the Q&As this week. I would probably buy every single figure they make from the show in a realistic form. Despite the fact that I strongly dislike the animated line I've still found myself cherry-picking certain figures, probably 7 different figures in all. I'm hoping that we get a taste of this later this summer at Comic Con.
      1. Blue2th's Avatar
        Blue2th -
        That's interesting. One would assume they would be realistic, and the fact that the CW series will still be going, which characters will they be doing? Surely they wouldn't want to do the same characters as will be seen in the new series no? That would interfere with the CW line.I can only hope and guess they might be characters from the Micro Series. This they had done in the past and we got some cool characters from that whole wave, though some were pegwarmers.I remember them saying in a Q&A about one of their favorite wants in the Hasbro parking lot was a Nelvaan Warrior. There's a few well known characters to flesh out like the Arc Pilot. Really the whole Muunilinst blue Arc Troopers could be redone to corrected blue color like the Heavy Gunner we got in the aforementioned realistic CW wave. These have been on my want list (as many know here boy howdy) for forever. Anything more in realistic style from the Micro Series would be welcome.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        I have to assume we'll at least get Rex and Ahsoka (though whether it'll be her first outfit or her new one is anyone's guess). I wouldn't be surprised to see Anakin and Obi-Wan in their original outfits as well, with the shoulder armor. At this point, I really enjoy the CW line as its own separate thing and don't really need too many in the realistic style, so I'm glad to hear it's just "a handful of core" characters.
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