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    QUESTIONS FOR HASBRO - round 11

    Please post your VOTE for up to 4 (four) of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on Friday, September 8th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 10 do not count in this round, so if your question is still on the list, you may want to vote for it again.

    Also, when submitting a new question post it separately from your votes, a moderator will later edit it, add it to the list, and delete the question's post to keep the thread clutter-free. Try to keep the questions as clear and concise as possible. Hasbro's answers from previous SSG questions; and from other sites.

    Questions we asked this week:
    • Although we have two figures from the planet Utapau (Tion Medon and Utapaun Warrior, both Pau'an species), the ROTS planet had a second species seen in the film, the Utai - not major players in the film, but they have several moments of screen time making them at least as prominent as background characters such as the Mustafar Sentry or Neimoidian Warrior which are already figures - so are we likely to get any Utai in the near future?
    • Might you re-release the Naboo Fighter vehicle (last seen in Episode 2, for which there was no toy release) with appropriately-chromed aka vacuum-metallized sections?
    • Many Imperial, Rebel, and other-faction lower-rank troopers seen in minor roles in the films have been given names and backstories in the EU. Any chance of seeing these minor individual 'grunts' released as individual character figures thus lending satisfaction for collectors when the names and individual likenesses of these troopers see action figure recognition, as well as another way of bringing greater variety to the various trooper ranks?
    • What are the chances of having a Collector's Society program where fans could buy toys directly (through HasbroToyShop.com perhaps, like how the GI Joe 3 3/4" line is currently offered) that Hasbro thinks wouldn't sell well in regular stores, such as an AT-TE, Sith Inflitrator, and new playsets?
    • Any chance of seeing updates to major characters who have been somewhat neglected in action figure form of late, especially Qui-Gon Jinn (no new sculpt in 4 years) and Jango Fett (no truly adequate, neutrally posed sculpt at all)?
    • On the Saga (and currently shipping again as part of The Saga Collection's Endor wave) ROTJ Emperor Palpatine figure, why is the hood so oversized and why hasn't this been corrected?
    Current questions (vote for up to 4):
    1. - Could we get a re-release of the hard-to-find Expanded Universe figures from 1998?
    2. - What is the status of Action Fleet under its original concept - minifigure interaction and true play features?
    3. - What is the status of actual Micro Machines (the smallest vehicles Galoob regularly made in plastic)?
    4. - What is the status of Playskool's Jedi Force line?
    5. - Having met some of you at SD Comic-Con, where I've been able to talk to you and learn all sorts of things about the struggle involved in making these toys, I wonder if maybe you'd consider sharing a lot more of that with collectors in general? If not, why? - asked by Plasticfetish
    6. - Back when you were posting updates about the Fan's Choice figure development on your site, it did a lot to generate interest. Any chance that you'd go back to doing somethig like that? If not, why?
    7. - I've seen the Kenner and Galoob logos on a few things lately. Is that just a "special" thing, or are we looking to see a relaunch of some old brands?
    8. - Are more properties aside from Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars and Transformers planned for the 3" vehicle and 6" Ultra Titanium lines?
    9. - On the local level Hasbro gets only raw info on which items are selling at major retailers, but not specific trends such as what percentage are kids, collectors, hoarders, scalpers; nor why some figures sell poorly (is it a poor figure or the case ratio). Would Hasbro consider hiring collectors as area representatives for the Star Wars line?
    10. - With each figure in The Saga Collection line having at least 6 different "exclusive hologram figure" pack-ins, some collectors think these were created solely to sell multiples of the same figure to completists. What was the thinking behind these "exclusive hologram figure" pack-ins, and why change the color from blue to red when there were no red character holograms in the movies?
    11. - What are the chances of seeing a relauch of the Collector Fleet series (the larger, electronic starships of the Rebel Blockade Runner, Imperial Star Destroyer, & the very-rare Super Star Destroyer from '96), with new entries such as ROTS ships like the Venator Class Star Destroyer and The Invisible Hand?
    12. - Any chance of getting a figure of "Heater", the character name given to the human actor stand-in for Jabba in for A New Hope played by Declan Mullholland?
    13. - What's the chance of re-releasing older, harder-to-find figures (such as the Sio Bibble wave, the Admiral Motti wave, etc.)?
    14. - Is there any way that Hasbro Toy Shop could be better-stocked than it is? There's rarely any new product on that site.
    15. - Canadaian collectors miss out on a many of the US-only store exclusives. Any chance Canadians could have every exclusive figure/vehicle/combination made available on shop.starwars.com after their shelf runs in the US stores?
    16. - Why were there only 5 Vintage-style figures this year, and why was Empire Strikes Back left out of the line-up when there are such candidates as Snowtrooper, Bespin Luke, Bespin Han, the Hoth incarnations of Han, Luke, & Leia, and even ESB style Boba Fett waiting to be made?
    17. - Is there any possibility of seeing a 7" Unleashed Clone Wars Animated wave?
    18. - Removable lightsaber blades so Jedi figures could have saber accessories that were "on" or "off" and could be worn on their belts was a good concept, but this made the blades more fragile. Are there any plans to release Jedi figures - both main characters and secondary - with both solid one piece ignited lightsaber and "off" lightsaber hilt accessories?
    19. - What is the status of the Holiday line? Any thoughts to a release of a Padme & Anakin with baby Luke manger type of scene?
    20. - Will Hasbro ever produce a figure of the "Imperial Trooper in space" at the Death Star trench's guns watching as the Millennium Falcon is being tractored into the Death Star? This is different from the Expanded Universe Spacetrooper.
    21. - With talk about the Expanded Universe figures returning in 2007, are the EU figures going to be short-packed like Scorch or will there be enough for everyone?
    22. - Would Hasbro willing to create a catalog of replacement parts for those parts that break or get easily lost on vehicles and playsets so consumers can always get replacements even long after the toy has stopped manufacturing? If not, why not?
    23. - If Hasbro feels that mid-sized vehicles is the way to go, then will we be seeing more airspeeders and landspeeders in the forseeable future? Some of the airspeeders are pretty much snubfighter sized.
    24. - What is with the somewhat recent practice of putting the faces of clone template actors Temuera Morrison and Bodie Taylor on helmeted troopers that we never see unmasked in the movies, especially those in the Original Trilogy who likely are not clones (and if they are clones wouldn't be clones of Jango Fett since the DNA source was killed in Episode 2)?
    25. - Eventually will all the Episode III Clone Commanders be released as an entire set?
    26. - With the release of the George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise and the Lucas Family Collection, can we expect to see a George Lucas the Director action figure in his trademarked flannel shirt and perhaps variations of old and young Lucas?
    27. - With Hasbro concentrating on mid-sized vehicles, will we ever see an AT-ST with more accurate details, ie: opening eye windows?
    28. - Will there ever be a Fan's Choice Titanium Series Forged Figure?
    29. - Any plans for releasing the Geonosian Cannon that was on Display with the Arena playset during Toy Fair in 2002? With all of the Clones and Jedi in the arena it'd be nice to give the Sepratists some firepower.
    30. - Hasbro was recently quoted as saying that whenever you make a new General Grievous figure it will be correctly scaled, will we be getting a new Grievous figure next year in the 30th Anniversary Collection?
    31. - Hasbro has a minimum sales requirement/exepctation in mind for each line and even each item within it - often with a timeline attached - which seems to always be geared towards mainstream mass retail audiences, lines such as Action Fleet and Unleashed and Titanium Series 6" Ultra Vehicles often suffer because they either don't meet these requirements, or like the Titanum Ultras even when they do sell they don't sell fast enough for Hasbro's requirements - many of these lines being collector favorites, and some actually get better products as later waves come out. None of the other Star Wars licensees have sales expectations as high as Hasbro's - with the possible exception of LEGO, and even there they vary their expectations wildly between mainstream casual buyers and the hardcore collector base - yet they continue to produce their Star Wars lines even when it means lower volume sales. What is the difference between Hasbro and those other licensees in this regard, why does Hasbro need to higher volumes, why are Hasbro's expectations higher or faster sell-throughs or overly-focused on mainstream audiences which can lead to premature demises of some popular and quality Hasbro Star Wars lines?
    32. - When the Action Fleet line was cancelled the second time (under the Saga line), one of the comments that kept coming up in the discussion about it was the future of the molds that were almost to production but halted, and how molds are a very significant portion of the toy's cost and have specific budgets that they are expected to make back in order for Hasbro to consider them worth doing in the first place; the Action Fleet line had several molds that were nearing production and many others that were more than halfway finished but were cancelled and shelved before release rather than risk not making their money back. Shouldn't those molds nearing fruition at least be run to recoup some of their budgets in partial sales, how can a mold that's already spent most of the budget be more cost-effective to make zero sales than 50% of its expected sales (isn't that still making half its money back versus making none of its money back)?
    33. - Star Wars has always had heavy interest in its vehicles, the figures are 3.75" tall because that size would best allow action figures to interact with toy versions of the vehicles (a Millennium Falcon for 6" figures would be the size of a sofa, way too big). Lewis Galoob Toys made its mark on Star Wars with 2 major lines: Micro Machines and Action Fleet, both were vehicles supplimented by little mini-figures, and in their heyday Galoob was the 3rd-largest toymaker in the US behind Hasbro but ahead of LEGO (all Star Wars licensees, perhaps not a coincidence?). In late 1998, Hasbro bought Galoob and within a couple years cancelled all the Micro Machines Star Wars lines (Micro Machines, Die-Cast, and Action Fleet), effectively ending the consumers' access to Star Wars vehicle toys - many of which could never have been. Hasbro has made several attempts to rejuvenate these Micro Machines concepts often with sub-par results, but so far the only attempt that has not failed is the Titanium Series 3" vehicle line (which admittedly deserves many accolades, and its future appears to be getting even brighter); Micro Machines vehicles have not been re-attempted at all, while several Action Fleet relaunch attempts have lacked vehicle features and mini-figures resulting in slow sales - both the Saga Action Fleet and Titanium Series 6" Ultra Vehicles started slow with weak entries and higher prices only to pick up steam and fans right as the lines were cancelled. Star Wars collecting again lacks access to those sizes of vehicles, with that in mind, why did Hasbro bother to buy Galoob toys if that company's main line did not meet Hasbro's sales expectations and its core lines were cast aside?
    34. - Do you have any plans to ever make a SA (Super Articulated) Super Battle Droid?
    35. - You recently talked about the extra expense of hinged knees due to having to use nylon pins riveted through the parts. Why can't you just use a rivetless design and snap them into place the way you do with some of the Transformers line's hinges? If it's a choke-concern, most of the figures come with choke-hazard warnings anyway.
    36. - Will Hasbro consider making more "clean" army builders such as the ARC trooper, Sandtrooper, Republic Commando, Clone Commander, Galactic Marine, Airbourne Trooper, etc., in an army building white scheme, e.g. no color markings ornon-removable pauldrons/specialty pieces?
    37. - After hearing news on both super articulated versions of Mace Windu and Qui-Gon Jinn, what are the chances of seeing a super articulated version of Luke Skywalker in his Death Star II costume? We now know this Luke was among the top 25 in the Fan Choice poll results but not the winner, yet this iconic version of Luke from the last half of ROTJ has long deserved a high-quality figure, and it'd even have several additional applications (such as a removable vest, and removable Endor helmet & poncho), so when can fans expect to see this?
    38. - Although we have what many consider to be the definitive ROTS Obi-Wan figure in the super articulated Obi-Wan Pilot figure, we still lack super articulated versions of Obi-Wan from TPM and AOTC (both of which also need better head sculpts), what about either/both versions of that?
    39. - When will Hasbro make a new sculpt of the Dewback? There's no reason why it couldn't be done to scale with the 3.75" figures and be the ultimate version.
    40. - Why does Hasbro think the Titanium Series 6" Ultra Vehicle line failed? Was it the pricepoint, the early offerings, general fan disinterest, etc.?
    41. - Titanium Series 3" Vehicle collectors are concerned over the packaging which, while quite attractive and eye-catching, has trouble with the J-hook being easily damaged and the bubble being very difficult to open. How did this unusual packaging design come about in the first place, and is there any plan to make it stronger and easier to open? (If not, please consider doing so, thank you.)
    Vote now, and in separate posts, add new questions!

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    Questions 31-33 added.

    As you can see, learning Hasbro has definitely cancelled the Titanium Series 6" line fired me up to make very large questions that I felt passionately about.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    29 and 30.

    I'll save the other two for later.

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    New question, add this as one of my votes.

    Do you have any plans to ever make a Super Articulated Super Battle Droid?

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    Seen as we got answers for the last round I'll bother my arse to vote this time:

    3, 20, 27 and 29

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    Question 34 added.

    My votes:
    31
    32
    33
    and I'll save the last vote for later.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    please ask this!!!

    [FONT=Times New Roman]Hi! First of all, I would like to commend you for the excelent evolutions packs you produced, especially the clonetrooper to stormtrooper sets, the only figure set I bought three lots of! Now I know hasbro does not officially accept suggestions for new products, but what im going to ask for would be perfectly feasable, a complete sell out, easy to produce, and a great way to continue the evolutions series. Basicly the holy grail of evolution sets. The only set I would never stop buying.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman] [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]What you could do is make a third clonetrooper to stormtrooper set, but with a few minor alterations. First off, make a set that is completely clean white, instead of orange or grey.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Second, make all the figures clean (no dirt or damage). [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman] [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Episode 2 clone: interchangeable helmets as before, but instead of a pilot helmet, an arc trooper helmet ( it would be easy, just stick an antenna onto the helmet!), a removable belt to allow attachment of a waist skirt, and a removeable white shoulder pauldron. There you have it! A generic arc trooper/clonetrooper perfect for army building!!![/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Episode 3 clone: same as before, but clean white with interchangable belt/skirt and removeable white pauldron. A generic trooper/commander![/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman] [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Episode 4 stormtrooper: clean white , with removeable sandtrooper equipment and working holster. Also, since lucasfilm has given you permission to put clone heads under original trilogy helmets, the adition of a removeable helmet would compliment the set so much!!! I believe you may have wanted to do so before, so nows your chance! The head would best be a jango fett head with some ageing (a little grey in the hair, a couple of wrinkles/scars to help age the trooper). [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Wow! Another army builder! A stormtrooper/ sandtrooper in the white scheme![/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]6 figures in 3! the collectors dream for army building!!!! [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman] [/FONT]
    [FONT='Times New Roman']Please, make this set!!! All the required parts already exist! Just mix and match! Being clean white troopers, less paint would be required!!! It would be an instant sell out! It makes sense. You would be finnishing the variation theme for the evolution packs you began last year. [/FONT]

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    Question 35 added.

    (that's my question and final vote)


    josuefett, you have a very interesting idea there, but Hasbro's already said in these Q&As that they're not interested in doing more Evolutions sets anymore, they'd rather put that quality of figure into the basic line for off-movie years; also that they're not interested in doing customizable/interchangeable figures unless it's a specialty set like Evolutions (which they're not doing for the foreseeable future), and they'd prefer to do running-changes to regular figures for figure variations like that. Normally I'd suggest you post your idea in the Dear Hasbro thread, but you already did.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    clean white armies

    will hasbro consider making more clean army builders such as arc trooper, sandtrooper, republic commando, clone commander, galactic marine, airbourne trooper. etc. all in an army building white scheme (no colour markings or pauldrons)?????? j

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