The last Q&A of 2006 and my how time flies, it's Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for December 15th, 2006.
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).
This is indeed the last Q&A of the year, due to the holidays Hasbro will not be answering questions again until January 12th, 2007.
Hasbro Q&A for the week of December 15thQ: Can Hasbro give us an idea of how many waves and figures there will be in '07? And roughly how many from each movie or EU source?
A: I cannot give you as many specifics as you want, simply because we do not want to reveal some surprises we are holding in store. But we will answer your question since we have seen some concern from fans who are afraid that we are abandoning the OTC. That is very far from the case now and in the future! It's been simply a case where a lot of discussion (and excitement) has been expressed about exploring EU in the Q&A so naturally fans have been seeing this. Here's a chance to assuage some concerns. There are nine waves of the 30th Basic Figure line (which I think you are asking about), not including Saga Legends or comic packs which are separate SKUs. There are 60 figures in the 30th figure line, of which 8 are McQuarrie figures. The remaining figures break down as follows: 50% are original trilogy, 25% are prequel, and 25% are from other sources, including some Clones Wars. I cannot give more specifics on this breakdown, in order to save some surprises.
Q: In an earlier Q&A, Hasbro said they wanted to put larger accessories in the packages such as the Moisture Vaporator and the curved bar section for the cantina. Can you elaborate on some of the other larger accessories we may see?
A: We cannot give details on others right now simply because they would reveal characters. You'll have to stay tuned. ;)
Q: Was it intentional for the recent Target-exclusive Rogue II Snowspeeder to be without stickers (especially for low-deco areas such as the cockpit), and without the spring-loaded landing gear? The landing leg in previous releases of this vehicle have a spring which held it in the down position when its door was slid open.
A: That was the intention, on both counts.
- -(editor's note: And with this, we conclude 2006's Q&A session. On behalf of the staff and readers of SSG, I want to thank Hasbro for making these Q&As possible, and we look forward to next year bringing even more exciting questions and answers. Also, I want to thank everybody who has participated in the questions-choosing process, every reader who sent in a question and every forumite who voted for what they wanted to see asked has made this Q&A more about what the fans really want to know, without their participation we would not have seen over 100 questions asked and answered, each of you truly made it possible. -JT)
And the questions at ActionFigs.com:
- - What other toy lines do you see as the Star Wars line's chief competition, both in-house and across the market?
- - Other than the Comic 2-packs and Battle Packs, will there be any sub-lines for the 3¾" figures (such as Deluxe, Evolutions, Tins, etc.) next year?
- - 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 worthy candidates as a Snowtrooper, Bespin Luke, Bespin Han, the Hoth incarnations of Han, Luke, & Leia, and even ESB style Boba Fett waiting to be made? What does the future hold for the Vintage-style line?