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    Hasbro Q&A for the week of October 6th

    The 6 missing questions are in! It's Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for October 6th, 2006.

    After months of waiting, the 6 missing questions are finally getting their day in the sun, these are the questions a lot of us have been waiting to see answered. ActionFigs.com also got its 6 missing questions answered today, so be sure to check them out as well.

    Thanks again to Hasbro for the answers, to all the folks who sent in questions and especially those who voted on them. Here come Hasbro's answers, and remember to check out ActionFigs.com for their weekly Hasbro Q&A as well (which also got an update today).


    Hasbro Q&A for the week of October 6th
    Q: Zizzle has released a 2.5-foot-long Black Pearl pirate ship for their Pirates of the Carribean 4" figure line for MSRP $50. In light of this, why hasn't Hasbro done Jabba's Sailbarge yet, especially when Star Wars is the more popular brand?

    A: What other companies release is not an indicator of what we could release at comparable retail prices, or even that we could release the same toy as they do. Hasbro has different business models, factories, and standards that we work with - it's a very different situation. One thing that has changed from "the way it used to be" is that playsets used to be low-margin drivers that were intended to be the center of the action figure play pattern. Now the situation is very different and playsets are not embraced in the same way by kids, so the business model is a little upside down and we cannot "subsidize" playsets like we used to. This pushes the price up to a very expensive range, and, of course, the higher the price, the fewer the unit sales. The old catch-22. Until we rebuild the kid base, hopefully through animation, we can't look at 3-3/4" playsets as a viable line.

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    Q: Could we get a US release of the Eopie Creature from the Episode I line which to date has only been released in non-US countries?

    A: We have looked at this. We're not sure how pervasive the demand is, but it remains an option for a future release.

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    Q: Why doesn't Hasbro include basic figure pack-ins that we can actually use (eg: clear stands; Mouse Droids; Senate Cams; Sith Probes; extra accessories like on and off lightsabers, commlinks, scanners, pilot headsets, oxygen masks, backpacks) instead of gimmicks like holo-minifigs and coins?

    A: Star Wars has a rich history of including pack-ins to enhance the collectibility of the line, admittedly with varying results. Our intention with the coins (and to a lesser extent holos) is to establish a parallel collectible segment with a nostalgic tie back to the vintage days. We think fans will enjoy them, since they are "incremental" to the line in the line and not a replacement for accessories. Incremental in the sense that we make sure each figure has the accessories it needs to be a great figure... and many of them next year have great accessories. Wait and see...

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    Q: What are the chances that Hasbro will make Yarna D'al Gargan (Fat Dancer in Jabba's Palace) in 2007, after 2007, or if definitively not, has Hasbro actively decided that she will never be made?

    A: We won't be answering any more specific questions on the 2007 line at this time. However, she is definitely a possible future figure. Not out of the question.

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    Q: Which version of the Jedi Starfighter will be offered in the Titanium Series Ultra 6" Vehicle line, the Episode 2 or Episode 3 version? Will this or any other new 6" vehicle be released before the line is ended?

    A: The Episode III version was tooled up, but unfortunately the 6" scale has been discontinued and the vehicle will not be making it to shelves as part of the series.

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    Q: If a figure made the top 25 of the ToyFare magazine Fan Choice Poll, does that give the figure more of a chance to be made?

    A: Well, that's an interesting question. Broadly, the answer is yes and the higher it is up the list, the better. It certainly helps justify among the "collector-type" figures we could do if we know that fans have passionately voted for a figure. But it's not a guarantee that a figure will be made in the future.

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    And the questions at ActionFigs.com:
    [FONT=Arial] - [/FONT][FONT=Arial]What are the chances of Hasbro producing a Millennium Falcon vehicle that's actually in-scale (1/18th) with the action figures? If not, what about at least an all-new, larger Falcon with more interior play areas?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial] - Will the 501st Clonetrooper using the Super Articulated body ever be made available on a basic card?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]- In light of Hasbro making an ethnicity variation on the upcoming Endor Rebel Soldier figure, is there a possibility of ethnic variations for other figures that warrant it like a Black Bespin Guard or Rebel Pilot, especially since there was a Black Bespin Guard figure in the vintage Kenner line?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]- What is the selection process for characters to be made into figures, and what is the best way for fans to increase the chances of the release for a certain figure?[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]- Is it an objective of Hasbro's to eventually make every character that had a speaking role in the films - whether or not they interacted with core characters - into action figures? Nearly all these characters have been given names by Lucasfilm or EU authors.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial]- What are the chances of seeing more "battle-damaged" human characters (such as Qui-Gon, Shmi, and Owen & Beru Lars)? Assuming the chances are slim, why is that, are they considered too gruesome for release?[/FONT]
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    Thanks for getting those answered, JT. Especially since 2 of those ActioonFigs.com questions were mine.

    So here are 2 things we should really do in further questions.

    1) Quit asking about specific figures.
    2) Quit asking about playsets.
    Yo momma. That's right, I said "yo momma".

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    I often admit that they don't really say anything in their answers, but I think the headline of the day in the Star Wars community has to be that Hasbro has not ruled out Yarna and that she is a candidate to be a figure some day.

    (I'd love to see a list of characters, if any, that they say they will never make.)

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    Ask more about playsets. It'll make the point.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue II View Post
    So here are 2 things we should really do in further questions.

    1) Quit asking about specific figures.
    2) Quit asking about playsets.
    I agree, and have made it my unspoken policy to do just that when adding new questions. There are certain times it'll be ok on specific figures though, it depends on a lot of little factors.


    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Ask more about playsets. It'll make the point.
    They commented on that last week actually...
    [FONT=Arial]Yakface.com: How about one good playset in 2007. Please Hasbro.

    Hasbro: We've discussed playsets to death, I think. There won't be any in 2007. Sorry! But if you follow my distracting hand movements over to the new vehicles, I think you'll be very happy.[/FONT]
    I think the point has been well-made on the fans' part yet Hasbro continues to reject it. They actually delve much deeper into the topic on this week's Zizzle Pirate Ship question (which was sorta a vehicle question, but, whatever). We actually have a question about them on deck right now though, about farming playsets out to other companies a la Sideshow 12".


    I think Hasbro's reply to the pack-ins question says a lot, they're trying to create a second collecting base within the primary one rather than just enhancing the product they already have.


    And I'm extra glad now that I have the AMC/Ertl Die Cast Ep 3 Jedi Starfighter model since Hasbro was going to do that one in Titanium 6".
    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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    Also, try not to submit questions that other sites have submitted already. This week's ssg question with regards to accessories is nearly identical to one that I has asked at ffurg.com (and was submitted by the staff there) 2 weeks ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by FFURG.com
    Week 13 - 09/29/2006

    1.) Early in the POTF2 line, Hasbro included extra guns and accessories for, as you've mentioned before, additional playability. Figures like Grand Moff Tarkin used to be great for customizers who would get an extra stormtrooper blaster to arm their customs. Where did these extra accessories go in the modern line today? Please bring them back!
    Some figures, like Clone Commander, still come with many guns but for the most part we don't pack in extras. We mix up the accessories depending on what we think each character needs. We take this gestalt view at the beginning of each year, recognizing that some characters will be coming with signifciant accessories, which means others will have just what they need. This way, overall, we're able to achieve our cost target across the whole assortment.
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    Keep in mind we asked our question back in July/August.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Keep in mind we asked our question back in July/August.
    Curses Hasbro. Not sure when I submitted it at FFURG because they've skipped them over 3 of the last 4 times. But customizers as a whole are small subset of the whole star wars community.

    Just pointing out, since you do take the time to post the answers and questions from other places (which is a great here because you don't have to link to the answers), we could take the time to read before selecting our questions.
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    HAVES: HK-50 Head, Capt Typho & GI Joe fodder available still
    Wants:L8-L9 Head, YVH-1 Complete (as possible),R7-T1 Complete (as possible),R7-Z0 Complete (as possible)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbarnard View Post
    Just pointing out, since you do take the time to post the answers and questions from other places (which is a great here because you don't have to link to the answers), we could take the time to read before selecting our questions.
    In fact, that's *why* I started posting the Q&As from other sites, I needed to keep track of questions others had gotten answered so I could take them off the poll list, and figured since I had them already I may as well post 'em. At first it took a LOT of questions off the list, but after a few weeks the questions got more and more diverse and now only once every other week or so does it actually take a question off the list.
    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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    I can't see why they need to continue the Heroes & Villains line idea, we're getting repacks in the main line, repacks in exclusives and repacks in battlepacks. Why do we need an entire line devoted to them?

    The only way I could see that being beneficial is if the 100% repack line had different packaging (so it could be put seperate) and cost a dollar or two less to appeal to kids more. Then they could only cycle in the more important repacks into the main line.

    We don't need figures that would hardly sell the first time being stocked with the main line and clogging the pegs like we have with the ROTS Redux or "Heroes and Villains."

    Plus, Battle Packs with the main characters that kids mainly care about should be the best route for rereleasing figures that don't sell well on their own. That way they don't take away from the carded figures. Yet, Hasbro seems hellbent on making well over half the product for next year to be rehashed stuff.
    "Hokey packaging and ancient gimmicks are no match for good detail on your figure, kid."
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