Attachment 25381Here's a list of other site's questions Hasbro answered for the week of September 8th, 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.
16bit.com: You guys seem to have a lot of easter eggs lately-- are these hints at toys to come? Attack Cycle Grievous has a lightsaber similar to Sha'a Gi's, while Seripas comes with what appears to be Rumi Paramita's sniper rifle. Are there any others we're missing out on? Hasbro: We all certainly love to drop the Easter Eggs in when we can. Another fun one coming up is that the Clone Wars Chewbacca comes with a Trandoshan Shotgun. Things like that are one of the most fun things about our jobs. Whether it's something more obvious like Ponda Baba's flippers or something more subtle like a figure coming with an updated version of their Vintage or POTF accessory, we love doing our part!
16bit.com: The newest Clone Wars figures like Savage Opress literally shove the Galactic Battle Game into the background-- instead focusing on the figure's accessories. Will the game and stands be included for long, is a new pack-in coming in 2012? Hasbro: The Galactic Battle Game and its components will continue into 2012.
BanthaSkull.com: We’re all excited to see the Episode I stuff shown at SDCC, but we’re not sure how this will impact the rest of the Vintage line. How many basic (non-exclusive) waves of Ep 1 figures are there going to be, and will we return to mixed waves immediately, or will there be a built-in gap to keep the product on the shelf in-line with the TPM marketing push? Many OT-only collectors might get frustrated if we don’t see any new OT figures until late spring. However, their frustration would be mitigated if they had some news on an upcoming Sail Barge… Hasbro: Vintage wave 1 2012 does focus on Episode I, but Vintage wave 2 and beyond include a large number of OTC figures. We will debut additional Vintage figures for 2012 at New York Comic Con this October.
BanthaSkull.com: Originally we were supposed to see a wave with Aayla Secura, Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Nom Anor, and the 501st Clone trooper this fall. In your SDCC presentation, you mentioned that this wave was being bumped to 2012. One slide in your show seemed to imply that these figures would be in the wave with Aurra Sing. So, are these figures part of the Wal-Mart exclsuive TPM wave now or will we just see those 6 TPM figures 2x per case and the Aayla wave later? Hasbro: A wave including Aayla Secura, Nom Anor, 501st Trooper, Kithaba, Evazan, Naboo Pilot, Mawhonic, Aurra Sing, Wedge and Gungan Warrior will be available in 2012 at mainline in Vintage Collection packaging. Some of these figures will also be available at Walmart in different non-Vintage retailer exclusive packaging.
EchoBaseForums.com: Can we expect to see Kneesaa and Chukha-Trok from the Ewoks cartoon released in the near future? Hasbro: We are seriously considering both of these figures as part of a 2012 exclusive. We have some details to work out with our retail partners so we can't make any promises, but we would like to deliver both of these next year.
EchoBaseForums.com: What happened to holographic figures...did you retire the concept? If you don't plan on releasing anymore full size holographic figures, can we at least get some more mini handheld holograms as Clone Wars accessories? Hasbro: The full-size holographic figures have not historically been our strongest sellers, but the mini handheld holograms are something we can look at as accessories.
GalacticHunter.com: Some of the new mini vehicles have a swappable gun feature-- the Republic Scout Speeder and Y-Wing Scout Bomber, in particular. Can you tell us more about this gimmick, and if it will be incorporated on other toys going forward? Hasbro: Yes, we do plan on continuing the "universal port" swappable feature across these vehicles where appropriate. Great simple added play!
GalacticHunter.com: Can you tell us anything about the cardback design of the upcoming "Clone Wars" vintage figures? We assume it will be the same silver-and-black, but can you tell us anything about which logo will be used? (Or might it be green or blue like the old Ewoks and Droids packaging?) Hasbro: The Clone Wars logo will follow a similar "classic" design language as the 6 films. It will not be green and blue like the Ewoks and Droids packaging.
ImperialShipyards.net: I'd love to see Hasbro produce more rebel pilots much in the same way that they have produced many clone trooper variants. I'd particularly like to see a collection representing the Battle of Yavin much like the Battle over Endor Pack for example. How about all the pilots in Red Group and Gold Group seen in the movie? From a tooling point of view you could duplicate multiple parts and add the necessary differences. Any chance we could see any of these? Hasbro: These are great ideas with strong potential for future sets.
ImperialShipyards.net: Is there any way Hasbro USA could get involved with Hasbro UK as they dont seem to recognise the collectors market in the UK? Its seems they are seen as just toys and nothing more unless theres a major promotion like a movie or tv show but that only lasts a few months ( even Transformers are experiencing the same issue's with the DOTM line as we Star Wars fans are used too some independant stockist that are cancelling the line entirely) they really need a clue as having to buy imports cost considerably more and i am not paying £40 for a Gamorrean Guard. Hasbro you are promising better distribution in the US, is there any chance our foreign friends are going to see some of this same love? Hasbro: We are working closely with our teams around the world (including the UK) to ensure that product distribution improves globally, particularly on Vintage waves. In 2012 we plan on re-releasing a handful of Vintage figures that were either too limited in quantity or did not make it to all major regions.
JediDefender.com: Have you ever thought about modernizing the PotF2 Gunner Station concept? I always liked the two Falcon gunnery sets that were made and there is a wealth of "not quite a vehicle, but more than a basic accessory" material that could find a home here - Cantina Distillery w/Wuher, Home One's Endor holo-display w/Madine, Throne w/Palpatine, Home One Command Chair w/Ackbar, or a Death Star Cannon w/Gunner, to mention a few ideas! Hasbro: This type of mini-diorama idea comes up routinely in our team discussions. We like the concept but we struggle with how to infuse kid play features at an affordable price.
JediDefender.com: This year's Republic Shuttle as the "big vehicle" for the year is a great toy, but wasn't all that big, and collectors aren't flocking to it like items in the past such as the Big Millenium Falcon, AT-AT, or AT-TE. Is the "Big" ticket item getting more difficult for you to produce because choices are slimmer, or you're really wanting to focus on the cartoon over the films at this point? Likewise, will the 3-D releases of the films get "Big Vehicle" anchors then, if doing big ships from the films are still an option against cartoon vehicles? Hasbro: There are still plenty of large vehicles to tackle, in both the animation as well as the 6 movies. While the Republic Attack Shuttle is smaller (and less expensive) than the previous vehicles, the tremendous 2-in-1 play features are geared to kids. We are not ready to reveal information about a big vehicle for 2012 but there are some great candidates from Episode I.
JediInsider.com: Will Hasbro be showing new Star Wars products at NYCC this year and will their be any Star Wars exclusives offered for the convention. Hasbro: Hasbro isn’t quite ready to reveal all of the exclusives that will be on sale at New York Comic Con yet. What we can say is that, whether or not the Star Wars team will be offering exclusive toys for sale, you can count on there being great new information given and images shown at our Star Wars panel. Stay tuned for details on time and place!
JediInsider.com: I really like the new Ultimate FX Lightsabers you recently released that are more durable for kids and cheaper. Will it be possible to offer these with removable blades sometime down the road? Hasbro: We would love to offer an Ultimate FX Lightsaber with a removable blade, but at this time we believe that feature could be cost prohibitive due to the complexity involved.
JediNews.co.uk: StarWarsShop.com shipped to the UK and whilst their shipping was expensive it did give us the ability to get the exclusives from each show every year. With the closure of StarWarsShop.com this route has now been removed and the only way to get these exclusives is via an etailer or eBay.
Whilst you gave American collectors the ability to get the San Diego Exclusive Death Star (at the show and also via HasbroToyShop.com) people in the UK and Europe were completely alienated on what was one of the most sought after exclusives in recent memory because HasbroToyShop.com doesn’t ship to the UK. At least in previous years the exclusives were shared between the two outlets.
Would you consider doing a second run (sounds like a film I know and love) of the Death Star for the UK and European market providing collectors the opportunity to pre-order the set so you know exactly how many to make? You could also do the same for the North American market too so demand is met and collectors can complete The Vintage Collection especially since the two mini-figures are numbered in with the main line (to get over the exclusivity issues you could just do the two mini-figures on Return of the Jedi cards). Failing this, which would be very unfortunate in itself, would you consider shipping to the UK (and Europe) from HasbroToyShop.com in the future? Please Hasbro help us, you’re our only hope! Hasbro: Sorry, we are not planning to re-release the 2011 Comic-Con Exclusive. We will work with Hasbro Toy Shop to see if shipments to the UK would be an option.
JediNews.co.uk: With the recent change in law regarding the warning messages for European products, does this mean that we’ll be seeing fewer waves of figures in Europe (and the UK) or will you still try and ensure that every wave of The Vintage Collection and Clone Wars is produced for Europe (and the UK)? Collectors in the UK are finding it frustratingly difficult to keep up especially when a retailer offers a wave of figures such as Wave 7 of The Vintage Collection (featuring Rebel Fleet Trooper, Logray and ARC Trooper Commander etc.) only to cancel it a few weeks later. Will wave 7 of The Vintage Collection be shipping to the UK along with later waves? Hasbro: No, although the new regulations did cause an issue with the distribution of Vintage waves earlier in the year, we developed a solution that should result in full distribution of waves in the future. Yes, the wave including Logray and the other figures you mentioned will be re-released in 2012 and should be available in the UK.
JediTempleArchives.com: Fans and collectors have been subtly and respectfully dropping hints about seeing the original 12 Star Wars figures released all on Star Wars cards in The Vintage Collection. Despite this, you haven’t shown any progress making this a reality. We’re 2 years into The Vintage Collection and your focus is sadly elsewhere. What’s puzzling is that this is the time to get the original 12-backs into the basic figure line. Have you forgotten that this is The Vintage Collection ? What makes this even a little more frustrating from our perspective is that you have so many tools and base sculpts before you to make this a splendid reality, hence making this a very easy task to greatly satisfy a hankering for updates to the original 12. It’s simple to do really! Create only 2 completely new sculpts: Jawa and Princess Leia Organa. Upgrade existing figures you have to include the standard ball-joints (Tusken Raider), simply update the paint jobs on the figures that are seemingly flawless as is (Han Solo, R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader (just glue the helmet to the 2007 TAC No. 16 figure closed) and Luke Skywalker - although he could use an all-new sculpt too, but we won’t push it) and gently retool/repaint the remaining (Death Squad Commander and Stormtrooper – please choose one without a removable helmet) and voila, you’re done. You can even release these across two different waves (6 per wave). This obviously will save you a ton of money as far as tooling costs are concerned, yet excite collectors who have been waiting to see the original 12 all updated in The Vintage Collection on Star Wars card backs. Please make this a reality for us? The first Star Wars film is much too ignored in The Vintage Collection, so please make things right. Hasbro: Your point is a good one and it is well taken. We will certainly take this into consideration when planning the line in the near figure.
JediTempleArchives.com: With the discovery that VC61 in The Vintage Collection will be the mail-away Boba Fett and VC66 and VC67 will be the miniature figures in the SDCC Revenge Of The Jedi set, how are OCD collectors to display and/or get these pieces? And then we find out that VC56-VC60 (the delayed wave including Aayla Secura) won’t be out till 2012, but the rest will be out in Oct 2011? And with the mention that the Walmart exclusive wave won’t be coming in TVC packaging, does that mean that the other general release figures in this assortment won’t as well (and be placed in the Darth Maul packaging)? We could keep going on with question but as you can see your SDCC presentation created more questions than answered them. We really have no clue what is going on. If you could clarify what’s coming in what kind of packaging, we will be extremely thankful. Hasbro: A wave including Aayla Secura, Nom Anor, 501st Trooper, Kithaba, Evazan, Naboo Pilot, Mawhonic, Aurra Sing, Wedge and Gungan Warrior will be available in 2012 at mainline in Vintage Collection packaging (details below). Some of these figures will also be available at Walmart in different non-Vintage retailer exclusive packaging in 2012.
In summary, the following figures that have already been announced will be available at mainline in Vintage Collection packaging in 2012: Gamorrean Guard (21), Wedge (28), Bespin Han (50), Barriss (51), Rebel Trooper (52), Bom Vimdin (53), ARC Trooper (54), Logray (55), Kithaba (56), Evazan (57), Aayla (58), Nom Anor (59), 501st Clone Trooper (60), Prototype Armor Boba Fett (mail away) (61), Mawhonic (71), Naboo Pilot (72), Aurra Sing (73), Gungan Warrior (74), Qui-Gon (75), Obi-Wan (76), Ratts Tyerell (77), Battle Droid (78), Darth Sidious (79), Anakin (80), Ben Quadinaros (81), Daultay Dofine (82), Naboo Royal Guard (83), Amidala (84), Quinlan Vos (85), Darth Maul (86), Deleted Scene Luke (87), Deleted Scene Leia (88), Deleted Scene Lando (89), Deleted Scene Rebel Trooper (90), Deleted Scene Rebel Pilot (Mon Calamari) (91)
Lichtgeschwindigkeit.de: Even though we're all enjoying summer, Christmas shopping is just around the corner. In Germany it's common that before Christmas kids and a lot of adults get an "Advent" Calendar. These are calendars where you open a door each day between Dec. 1st and Dec 24th and there's a piece of chocolate behind each door. Over the past few years, this concept has been taken to a new level by toy companies. For instance, Playmobil does about 6 different calendars each year, in which there is a cardboard fold-out diorama scene (almost like the Jabba's Palace or Cantina you did a few years back) and then the toys that are behind the doors help to complete a whole scene. Now that you have the droid parts from the Build-A-Droid series, you could even do something like this. With 24 days, kids could easily create 2 protocol and 4 astromech droids, or you could have fewer BADs and add other accessories or even go as far as making a Droid Factory cardboard background, a Jawa, some droids, and other accessries. What do you think? Is this something that Hasbro might be able to do at some point in the future? Hasbro: Great idea. As we develop the line for 2012 and beyond this is certainly something for us to give serious thought.
Lichtgeschwindigkeit.de: Supposedly there will be no Royal Starship coming out when Episode I hits the big screen in 3D.
How's the planning regarding a royal ship from Episode II or III? Will there be a big vehicle coming for the 3D release of Episode I or will it be another Clone Wars themed big vehicle in 2012? Hasbro: Sorry, we are not ready to reveal information about a big vehicle for 2012 at this time.
Mousedroid.com: As a long time collector, I have come to enjoy the different package refreshes each year. In recent times, it seems the designs for different lines are beginning to look a little too similar; especially in the case of the current Clone Wars line and the Legends repack line.
What is the thought process behind this decision and has it ever occurred to you, that this could be confusing to a consumer, such as a parent looking to buy toys for their children. Hasbro: We strive to have a consistent Star Wars packaging line look at shelf, but where necessary we add some degree of differentiation so both retailers and consumers can easily stock and shop the line. We feel that the current Clone Wars animated (blue) and Saga Legends (orange) provide just enough differentiation.
Mousedroid.com: Another spectacular display of upcoming Star Wars products at SDCC! Can you confirm which Star Wars items will be released in Australia? (or, can you let us know what will not be released here next year?) Hasbro: We are working with our partners in Australia to make this list available as soon as possible.
Rebelscum.com: In the most recent Q&A, one of the fan sites asked to see official carded images of the Vintage Collection Dr. Evazan, Ponda Baba, Bastila Shan, Nom Amor, Kithaba, Aayla Secura and the 501st Clone Trooper figures. Your response was (and I quote), "San Diego Comic-Con is almost here…just a little while longer…" Now, while we did see the carded images for Bastilla Shan and Ponda Baba, those images were actually released prior to the show. However, SDCC has come and gone and we have still not seen final carded images of Dr. Evazan, Kithaba, Nom Anor, Aayla Secura and the 501st Clone. Was this an oversight? Since these figures are in such high demand by collectors, can we at least see the final carded images for them as it will make the wait for this delayed wave go by a little faster? Hasbro: Since the timing for this wave of figures has moved from 2011 to 2012 our packaging dates have been in flux. We will make carded images available as soon as possible.
Rebelscum.com: A while back, you said that we would get a updated Luke Skywalker on the Jabba's Palace cardback, presumably with cloak, blaster and the correct belt. Fast forward to now and we still haven't seen that. Are you skipping that figure/plan and just putting that figure on the "Lightsaber Repair Scene" with an added wrench? Or will the Jabba's Luke come later, using the Repair Scene mold, with appropriate accessories? Hasbro: Correct, with the Blu-ray excitement we prioritized the deleted scene Luke over the Jabba's Palace Luke. The Jabba's Palace Luke is not currently in the line-up, but we agree it would be a strong addition to the Vintage line.
Sandtroopers.com: How will HTS avoid the exclusive mess that happend on July 25th? Hasbro: Hasbro is always working with HasbroToyShop.com to ensure that the post-San Diego Comic-Con sale of exclusive toys runs as smoothly as possible. This includes continual upgrades to our technology, and it’s our intention to make sure that the sale runs as smoothly as possible. We know how popular the exclusives are. That said, these are very limited edition exclusives, and the best way to ensure you get them remains to attend San Diego Comic-Con and purchase them there, which is part of what makes them special.
Sandtroopers.com: When exactly will the new packages for the 3D films change? Hasbro: This information will be discussed at New York Comic Con in October.
SnowTroopers.ca: With the new exclusive Luke Skywalker's Tauntaun soon to be released this year (can you tell us when it will appear in Canada?), it feels strange that a new version of Luke Hoth has not been planned for 2011 nor 2012. I wonder why Hasbro decided to offer the Tauntaun without offering us a rider that can actually sit properly on the beast. What is the decision process in doing so? Are you aware that this could lower some fans interest in getting this toy? Especially when none of the previous versions of Luke Hoth is actually available on the market at this point in time? Hasbro: A Vintage Collection Hoth Luke that fits on the Taun Taun is currently in development as a mainline release in 2012. Unfortunately the Taun Taun will not be available in Canada in 2011 because it is a retailer exclusive.
SnowTroopers.ca: We've learned from a recent answer to a quesiton sent to you by Rebelscum, that Hasbro is planning to incorporate electronic features into some figures. Would you mind enlighting us up on that? Could we finally be getting some light-up versions of lightsabers for our 3-3/4'' Jedi and Sith duelists? With fiber optic readily available nowadays, I think this would be perfectly feasible in 2011 without being detrimental to the figure's ability to have a removable lightsaber and without having a bulky torso. Hasbro: At New York Comic Con this October we plan on revealing much of the 2012 movie line which includes a few 3 3/4" figures with electronics. Yes, it is safe to say that a light-up lightsaber feature was at the top of our list of things we wanted to develop for kids. And we wanted to do so without impacting the overall aesthetic design of the figure.
SWcollector.com: There are still a lot of Star Wars characters that have ties to the original Kenner lines that haven't been explored in the modern line. In the Expanded Universe, there are characters like Thall Joben and Mungo Baobab. In the canceled 1986 line, there were the Mongo Beefhead Tribesman and Clone Warrior, among others. Have you considered doing anything with these and other characters, perhaps as mail-in or convention exclusives? Hasbro: We have not recently considered characters from this entertainment. Like most organizations, our resources are precious so we have chosen to prioritize core Saga items. We would LOVE to do many of these items and may do so in the future, but at the moment our focus remains on the 6 films, Clone Wars animation and selected EU.
SWcollector.com: Has there been any progress on a Star Destroyer Bridge Playset? This one seems like a natural! Hasbro: No, this is not in the plan and playsets are not a current focus for the line. With respect to the Star Destroyer playset, it would be an interesting challenge to build in active kid play features into such a static environment.