Attachment 25294Here's a list of other site's questions Hasbro answered for the week of July 22nd, 2011. Don't forget to check out our Q&A as well. And if you know of any other questions we've missed, drop me a line and let me know.
BanthaSkull.com: The return of unpunched cards is a curse and a blessing. The blessing is that nothing looks better than a nice unpunched vintage cardback. The curse is that getting to the retail supply before they get stocked on a peg is a nightmare. Have you considered working with the retail partners so that we can get some end cap shelf boxes for the Vintage Collection like we’ve seen recently with Legends and Clone Wars? In the rare cases when retail stores put the cards unpunched on the shelf, they sell in a heartbeat. Hasbro: We can explore this - thanks for the thought.
BanthaSkull.com: The recent “Revenge of the Jedi” cases that popped up for pre-order on some sites starts with either figure #61 or #62 (depending on what number the Boba Fett figure receives). The last known wave prior to that ends with #55. Will there be an an assortment shipping before the “Revenge” cases that covers that numbering gap or will things be out of order for a bit as you ramp up for the Blu-ray release? In any case, we’re sure that almost any character will look great standing on the deck of a Hasbro Sail Barge. Hasbro: Yes, there will be a number gap until 2012. A wave of figures originally planned for release this summer were moved to 2012. This wave included Aayla Secura, Nom Anor, 501st Clone Trooper, Kithaba, Evazan, Naboo Pilot, Mawhonic, Aurra Sing and Gungan Warrior. All these figures will be available in 2012 (including Europe) and there should no longer be a gap.
EchoBaseForums.com: I remember hearing a year or two ago that there was a new Cade Skywalker figure in the works. The old Cade figure could certainly use an upgrade, so are there any plans for a brand new version of this popular EU character? Hasbro: Sorry, Cade Skywalker is not currently planned for the line.
EchoBaseForums.com: San Diego Comic Con will be here before we know it, but is there anything you are dying to reveal a little early? Hasbro: Since you asked so directly it's only fair to respond with a direct answer. Yes, we are planning to reveal for spring 2012 a newly tooled Quinlan Vos single carded figure for the Vintage Collection.
ImperialShipyards.net: We are all pretty excited with the prospects of the new prototype armor Boba Fett redemption mail away offer this year. Can you give us an idea about which wave of TVC figures we can expect to get the redemption form with, how long the offer will last, and which line's upcs will count towards the redemption? Hasbro: Glad to hear folks are excited about the Prototype Armor Boba Fett redemption figure. All fall 2011 3.75" Vintage Collection figure waves will include the redemption program, starting with the first wave for fall that should hit retail in September. Redemption requests must be postmarked by March 2012.
ImperialShipyards.net: TPM 3D is coming and giving an incredible opportunity to unleash the most iconic of prequel ships. Versions of it appeared in every prequel movie (and a few TCW toons): Naboo's Royal Starship. Can you re-release this sleek beauty, once more, as an exclusive this coming movie year? To reduce costs, gut the electronics, rid it of its 2 small vehicles, and include just a small figure (Astromech or Anakin). If you like going big, as you did by slapping 2 enlarged wings on the old/new Tie Fighter. Simply elongate her front nose and back tails, and you have a bigger badder ship! You successfully used old molds before and sold(out) the Emperor's Shuttle Target exclusive in 2006. Can you repeat that same success by using this other set of ready-made molds? Naboo's Royal Starship, unleashed in time for the movie year, or 3D blu-ray holiday debut, in 2012? Hasbro: Yes, Episode I in 3-D allows for a number of favorite vehicles to be added to the line. Sadly, the Royal Starship and Emperor's Shuttle did not make the list. But we think fans will be pleased with the line-up which includes a 100% newly tooled iconic vehicle. We would be sharing too much information if we were to say that it is a yellow starfighter that rhymes with shampoo.
JediDefender.com: We really liked how you did "Captain Fordo" by including both of his helmets and belts to give us 2 Clones in 1. We were curious though, with you guys tackling realistic styled Clone Wars figures, what are the odds you'd try the same thing with say a realistic Commander Cody or Captain Rex that include the 2 different helmets and specific gear for early in the war during the cartoon, as well as late in the war as they would appear during Revenge of the Sith? It was a great idea with Fordo and we'd like to see you try it again! Hasbro: Realistic versions of any major Clone Wars character would be appealing. If we were to do Cody we would consider the additional helmet and extra parts.
JediDefender.com: OK, so we finally got the near perfect (no holster leg strap?) Bespin Han Solo. Ok, ok - aside from that one little nit to pick, he's awesome. So, we have to ask - what's next for Han? New Carboninte Han? Fancy LED Carbonite Block Han with clear stand so it looks like the block is 'hovering'? Or maybe something simpler, like tweaking Endor Han's shirt color (to off-white) and fixing his bulky torso joint? Hasbro: If we let you know all of our plans for Han Solo a certain Mandolorian hunter might have to show up on your doorstep.
JediNews.co.uk: Loving the look of the new Jedi Force line. Will we get any of the missing vehicles (not produced for Galactic Heroes) in the new Jedi Force line, such as a TIE fighter, Republic Gunship, Sandcrawler along with some beasts such as the Batha and Ackaly? Hasbro: Thanks for the feedback. We are very excited for this new brand launch too. There are plans to do more vehicles in the future, but probably more kid recognizable ones. Creatures are appealing to younger kids, so maybe there is a future for those in the line as well. While we are still in the planning stages of this brand, I guess the best we can say is stay tuned!
JediNews.co.uk: Jedi News' Mark Newbold recently interviewed Jenny Cresswell, the actress who portrayed Han Solo's girlfriend 'Jenny' in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (this scene was removed before release and has never been shown; fingers crossed for inclusion on the Blu-ray set). During the interview she mentioned her disappointment that with so many Star Wars characters out there, her figure has never been made. With the Blu-ray release imminent, will we be seeing 'Jenny', from one of A New Hope's many deleted scenes, on the shelves? If not 'Jenny' please can you tell us at least one more of the deleted scene figures we'll be seeing when the Blu-ray's are released? Hasbro: Wow, now that's a question we do not field very often. Jenny Cresswell. Well, I imagine you already anticipated our response: "Jenny Cresswell is not currently planned for the line." But we can say that among the deleted scenes figures is ROJ sandstorm scene Lando.
JediTempleArchives.com: Online retailers are taking pre-orders to what they are calling wave 8 of The Vintage Collection (which include the Revenge Of The Jedi chase figures). But back in February during Toy Fair there were two waves of figures supposedly due in between June and September including the 501st Trooper, Kithaba, Aayla Secura, Dr. Evazon, Ponda Baba and Hoth Rebel Technician among many others. Can you give us the numbers of the these figures and clarify what waves they are going to be in as well as what their approximate shelf dates are. Are they coming before or after this “October wave 8”? The Vintage Collection is really becoming confusing and we really want to get our paws on these figures. Hasbro: As we also mention elsewhere in this month's Q&A, some Vintage figures planned for 2011 were moved to 2012. We will share full details on this change and the affected figures at San Diego Comic-Con..
JediTempleArchives.com: Are you able to give us an idea of how many modern updates to the original vintage figures (you know, the vintage “Collect all 92”) you are planning to release in The Vintage Collection? We recently did a special report (view this report here) outlining what we think is left before all of the original figures are remade to match their vintage counterparts. We’ve made life a little easier for you. And we even know a few more are coming now. We would love if these final figures came out during The Vintage Collection! If you’re feeling generous, maybe you could also let us know how many modern updates you have in the works too (ones you have made say in the POTF2 line but are due for better updates)? But specifically, can you let us know your plans for the mustachioed Bespin Security Guard, Lumat, Lapti Nek version of Sy Snootles, vintage Nikto and Sim Aloo? Please make them all a reality for us? Hasbro: We agree there are still some holes left to fill in the Vintage Collection. By the end of 2012 some of these gaps will be filled, with, for instance, figures like Lumat.
Lichtgeschwindigkeit.de: You mentioned in an earlier Q&A that you were working on bringing certain TVC figures (Gammorean Guard, Wedge) to Europe. Will we see these figures mixed in with upcoming waves or will the ROTJ wave receive a regular release in Europe? Also, some of the case assortment lists that have been released seem rather underwhelming for the collector market in Germany. It would be nice to see figures like the Rebel Fleet Trooper, Bespin Han Solo, and Bom Vimdin packed 2x per case. Is it possible to see a better mix for the German market? Hasbro: Due to recent regulatory changes involving international packaging we experienced issues with getting some Vintage Collection product to markets in Europe, including Germany. The issue has been addressed, and beginning with the wave that hits this September markets carrying the Vintage Collection should receive improved product mixes. We are working with the German market to try to find a way to ship the Bom Vimdin wave to Germany but it is too early to make any promises. We understand the frustration this has caused and it was a top priority to get it fixed.
Lichtgeschwindigkeit.de: The cancelled comic packs line is dearly missed by many collectors, since it was such a perfect niche to give us some great EU Characters – the good ones, not just some EU clone repaints (although some of them are nice too).
And many fans also wish for something like “environmental” / diorama pieces.
I know playsets are something you would rather not touch (sadly), but how about combining those two fan demands by creating a sub-line of figure two-packs with some cardboard diorama pieces like the cards from the POTF2 EU-Wave or maybe even better like the Mos Eisley cantina and Jabba’s palace cardboard dioramas of the POTF2 line?
At least the cardboard dioramas shouldn't be too cost-intesive.
Please Hasbro give us EU-collectors some hope to get figures like a Noghri, a Guri, updated Dash Rendar, Leebo, a Verpine, a Togorian or even long-time classics like Blue-Max & Bollux.
There is still so much left to be done. Hasbro: Yes, we certainly acknowledge that the comic packs served a number of purposes, including the opportunity to seed the line with EU characters. While comic packs or dioramas are not currently planned for the near future, we are exploring packs, including exclusives, that include solid EU characters.
Rebelscum.com: It seems that Star Wars, Marvel Universe, Marvel movies (Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America), and G.I.Joe all have line specific design elements despite all lines having the same 4 inch scale. Is it taboo for designers to cross-over design elements despite the opportunity to make a figure look/work better? Hasbro: No, it is not taboo. But, it is not common practice since each brand tends to maintain a certain design language that balances aesthetics vs. function differently. For instance, Star Wars tends to have more human realistic proportions vs. exaggerated.
Rebelscum.com: With many new action figures featuring "light-up" suits and accessories, would you consider putting this feature into the rumored upcoming 2-1B to make his torso light up? The body cavity has more than enough room for a battery compartment and still allows for the rest of him to be articulated. Also, would that open doors for a Jawa or C-3PO with light up eyes, or perhaps light-up sabers or blasters? PS a light up R2-D2 with the proper "light port" would be welcome as well, especially if it's not lit Orange! Hasbro: We think you'll like what you see when we reveal the the 2012 Episode I 3.75" movie figure line later this year. The best and brightest designers and engineers here at Hasbro have thought long and hard about how to incorporate some light-up features into action figures without compromising the overall appearance of the figures.
Sandtroopers.com: Do you have any plans for more "Ultimate Battlepacks"? Would love to see: full Cantina? Reb/Imp hangar? Jabbas court or barge? Hasbro: We always like to have an item like this up our sleeves. While it's not yet in an official plan we are exploring a set that would celebrate Epsiode II.
Sandtroopers.com: We saw the response regarding distribution, how can you really say that? Most clerks don't know the difference between Clone Wars, Saga Legends and Vintage. Why can't Saga Legends have a shorter shelf life since they've been on the shelf before? If you guys can't see that all the "crap" keeps new product from flowing in, is that being honest? Hasbro: Sorry, we are not sure preciscely what question you are asking, but this offers a good opportunity to talk about the current inventory and distribution situation. Over the past few months we have all seen a glut of specific Vintage Collection figures backing up at shelf. Some of these figures include Dengar, 4-Lom, Sandtrooper and Clone Trooper. The presence of these figures has hindered the full distribution of later waves but our team developed a number of plans to "clear the way" to make room for the latest and greatest figures. The latest wave including Bespin Han and Logray are beginning to hit retail now and the retail inventory situation should improve throughout the remainder of the year.
SnowTroopers.ca: Any chance TVC Logray's color scheme will be fixed? Right now he looks like a brown Ewok with some light stripes rather than the other way around? And speaking of reversals, will the backwards legs on the VC25 R2-D2 be corrected? On the side of the legs near the shoulder joints the positions of the silver cylinder and the two silver squares are incorrectly reversed. Hasbro: For Logray we were striving for movie accuracy and following the available reference. (Han's jacket color, anyone?) We have been looking into the R2 leg comment - thanks for the feedback.
SnowTroopers.ca: When are you planning to release a new version of the Imperial speederbike, as seen in Return of the Jedi? With new movie-accurate handles, better proportions for the foot rests? A new version is long due, don't you think? Hasbro: Yes, we agree that it's time for an update. The speederbike was a finalist on our list of "to do's" in next year's line, but, alas, it did not make the first cut.
SWcollector.com: The upcoming R4-D7 figure in "The Clone Wars" line appears to feature Build-A-Droid components. Is this going to be incorporated into the line on a regular basis? Hasbro: Yes, the R4-D7 does include the components, but this was not due to a larger build-a-droid strategy. Our team likes using the parts so you can expect more in the future.
SWcollector.com: With several deleted-scene characters in the movie line, and more on the way for the Blu-Ray release of the Saga, is this something you would consider for "The Clone Wars"? Darth Bane and Darth Revan from the "Mortis Trilogy" would be great choices. Hasbro: Very cool idea - not currently planned but great Exclusives fodder.
Toymania.com: Star Wars Celebration VI has been announced for August of 2012, over a year away and leaving ample development time for a great, all-new exclusive (unlike Celebration V which was only announced a few months beforehand). An exciting idea for a Hasbro Star Wars exclusive could be one of the runner's up in the most recent Most Wanted Figure poll, in particular the character who placed second and lost by just one percent of the vote! Considering it has been said that a character like Jocasta Nu will not do well at mass retail, is there any chance of this beloved fan-demanded character being produced as a limited exclusive for diehard Star Wars fans at Celebration VI? This much-requested character as an exclusive would be a great reward to hardcore collectors attending Celebration VI. Hasbro: Great thinking... we have not yet kicked off planning for Celebration VI but it's time!
Toymania.com: Is there anything you'd like to share with us about the development of the Death Star set exclusive for San Diego Comic-Con? For example, the packaging is pretty neat, maybe you'd like to expand on it (or the character choices, or the two "only in this set" figures) a little to us. Hasbro: The Death Star Comic-Con pack was a labor of love for the entire Hasbro team. Many of us on the team were dying to do a Death Star (even one in cardboard!) And after seeing the popularity of a number of large action figures at the show last year, we thought we could turn that trend on its head and offer as a bonus 2 smaller figures on scaled down Vintage cards.
Yakface.com: Let’s try this again. Why doesn’t the new Vintage Rebel Fleet Trooper have a holster? Hasbro: While it’s true that some (not all) of the Rebel Fleet Troopers seen in ANH had holsters, we wanted to give the figure as much versatility as possible. In that regard we made the choice to include the hat and leg strap to make the figure also accurate to the way they appear during the Medal Ceremony.
Yakface.com: With SDCC only weeks away and news leaking (daily/weekly) through fan sites, eBay auctions, and “officially” unannounced product hitting retail shelves outside of the US (*cough* TVC Y-wing *cough*), how about throwing us an “official” bone? Can we get carded (final) images of the Vintage Collection Dr. Evazon, Ponda Baba, Bastila Shan, Nom Amor, Kithaba, Aayla Secura and the 501st Clone Trooper figures? Pretty please with sugar on top? Hasbro: San Diego Comic-Con is almost here…just a little while longer…