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  1. #1
    Please post your VOTE for up to 6 {six} of the questions provided in this thread, letting us know which ones you most want to see asked on May 16th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 49 do not count in this round, so if your question is still on the list you may want to vote for it again.

    Also, feel free to post new questions. For reference, here are Hasbro's answers to previous SSG questions; to ActionFigs.com's questions; and from other sites. The questions we asked last round can be found here.

    Current questions (vote for up to 6):

    1. - Twice during the prequels, a vehicle toy's MSRP was dropped significantly without any changes to its mold - the first being the Episode I Naboo Royal Starship which went from $100 to $50, and the second being the Republic Gunship which in the Saga line was $40 but subsequent releases were $30. What were the causes of these price drops? Why hasn't this happened with other vehicles in similar high pricepoints?
    2. - The recent Clone Trooper and Rebel Trooper role-play blasters are pretty cool. With that in mind, will Hasbro be offering more role-play weapons such as all-new sculpts of Han's blaster, the Stormtrooper blaster (with more accurate size and folded stock under the barrel), Biker Scout pistol, and perhaps even larger ones like the Hoth Rebel rifle and Clone Trooper long rifle? (Please discuss the specific possibilities of each of the examples in this question.)
    3. - What are the requirements that a retailer must go meet to get a Star Wars exclusive, do they have to be a certain size company, make a certain number of Hasbro orders a month, etc.? Is there some sort of process that a retailer has to go through to get an exclusive, do they work with Hasbro on what item to produce or is it out of their hands?
    4. - Will you ever release any Neimoidians & Separatist Leaders in the Galactic Heroes line? How about a General Lando/ Nien Nunb set?
    5. - A few times in Q&A's history, you've suggested collectors submit their local stores' pegwarming data to you so Hasbro store reps can get these problems fixed. Some of the stores did show signs of improvement in this department, however others still suffer old TSC pegwarmers (Moff Jerjerrod is pretty consistent) and show absolutely no signs of moving, and the reports on these were coming in from all over the country. What if anything was done to fix the problem, and what will be done in the future? If nothing else, having several Hasbro Star Wars pegs filled up with very old product is going to hamper sales of newer product hurting your business and hindering collectors' ability to get new figures.
    6. - 2007 was likely the best year ever for army builders. Every trooper - with the exception of the McQuarrie Concept figures - was widely available in large numbers, even in the heavily competitive Los Angeles area. Several battle packs reflected the love of army builders. Even the troops from the 2006 Saga line were available far into the year due to the delay in the TAC. Is this the distribution model Hasbro will be using from now on, where troops will be plentiful and the previous year's assortment will available into the next year's line?
    7. - The Order 66 packs from last year were great and the new ones out now look just as good. How long will it be before we start to see these clones sold on their own though? It would be great to army build them but not on a 1 to 1 ratio with their Jedi commanders.
    8. - Although the Cruisemissile Trooper vehicle has its share of detractors, including those at Hasbro, the concept and design have some fun and interesting toy merits, though not fully realized. Perhaps the original design could be embellished and resized to fit into either the current Starfighter Vehicle pricepoint or a Battle Pack or other smaller medium. And of course, this time around it could have a removable pilot and cooler features to make it a fun new vehicle with unique Star Wars credibility. Would Hasbro ever consider making an update to this vehicle with design and features befitting the modern line?
    9. - With 2 of the finalists in the most recent Saga Legends fans choice poll being from the Battle of Geonosis - Pablo-Jill and Coleman Trebor - might Hasbro consider releasing a second Battlepack focused on the Geonosis Arena battle containing those 2 figures? Pablo-Jill could use some actual leg articulation and this would be a good time to add it to the figure, you could also include a retooled Nikto Jedi (his actual name is Fi-ek Sirch) since he was in the scene but the figure was nearly unarticulated, and of course the prerequisite core characters that each Battlepack needs. This would make a nice counterpart to the first Geonosis Battlepack, plus it'd get some popular figures re-released.
    10. - With the AT-TE and Millennium Falcon being released on the same day, while exciting it does lead to a few questions: After years of saying there's not enough interest in large vehicles, how do we get 2 extremely large vehicles at the same time, was there something specific which precipitated this change in thinking? Why release them at the same time, wouldn't conventional wisdom say to release them months apart so they don't detract from each other's sales or retail shelf real-estate? For those collectors who want both but cannot afford 2 $100+ pricetags at the same time, for approximately how long will each vehicle be shipping to retailers? And finally, will these be produced in roughly equal amounts, or is will there be more of one vehicle over the other, and if the latter, which vehicle and why?
    11. - In the past, Hasbro's had a fairly good ability to get new Star Wars waves and lines onto shelves in a timely fashion within the prescribed dates Hasbro claimed. However, a few lines recently have suffered delays, such as the Saga '03 line, TAC twice (wave 1 and 4), the General Grievous starfighter wave, and now the announcement of the preview Captain Rex mail-away figure not coming out until July (thus negating the "preview" aspect). Why has it been getting more difficult to get new Star Wars products released on time?
    12. - Many fans are glad to hear your recent confirmation that Han and Luke in stormtrooper disguises will be coming this year. This leads to the question of what bodies and heads will be used here, will these be merely movie-accurate repaints of the Comic Pack versions, or will they have any resculpting, perhaps new heads or new bodies? Luke particularly would benefit from a more-accurate head and a new body that accurately portrays his being "a little short for a stormtrooper".
    13. - The Indiana Jones line has been pretty cool so far, and while looking at potential scenes from the IJ saga, some fans were wondering if Hasbro would ever consider making an Adolf Hitler figure from his amusing-yet-chilling scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Other fans also wonder what Hasbro's official stance on not creating movie-accurate toys with swastikas on them is. What do you say to these fans who demanded we ask you about their Nazi toys? How about to the rest of us who find the notion in poor taste, to say the least?
    14. - Ever since the '04 OTC line, it seems like Hasbro's scheduled out an entire year's worth of figures only to find out later that the release schedule comes up short at the end and there's a scramble to fill that void with a wave or 2 of repaints which have to stretch the end of the year and sometimes even 1st quarter of the following year. It happened with the ROTS line, the TSC line, the TAC '07 line, and now apparently in The Legacy Collection line (though we know that is due to a delayed wave), and it's not just the SW brand, the Transformers brand has been doing this with almost every line for the past 5 years. Besides unexpected delays, what generally causes this sort of thing? Why repaints and not just a schedule with pacing that is spread further out to avoid such troubles (the TAC line's 2nd half really got slammed together in release scheduling before its repaint wave)?
    15. - This question comes up quite a bit, so here goes. With the Indiana Jones line, will you be making another deluxe German Motorcycle, one that comes with a sidecar and perhaps Henry Jones sr.? Good way to reuse a few molds and get something new and desired into collectors hands.
    16. - From the Indy line, any plans for more Marion Ravenwood figures such as Marion in white dress, Marion from the bar scene, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Marion? It'd be a good chance to work on the character's likeness, which the current figure doesn't capture all that well.
    17. - The rumor mill had a Disturbance at the Lars Homestead battle pack appear in the Toys R Us computers, and recently a photo of a mock-up of this set has shown up. Can you give any comment on this set? The mock-up seems to show the old POTF2 Owen Lars figure which is well over a decade old and hasn't held up with the passage of time, will this be replaced with a new Uncle Owen? What other figures will come with the set, perhaps the April Fools Joke extra-crispy Owen & Beru skeletons? And does the igloo-type dome open to reveal an interior?
    18. - With the Indiana Jones line's release, this question can no longer be contained... what has happened to the paint quality on the 3.75" figures' eyes over the past few years, both with Star Wars and now with Indy? The overwhelming majority of figures in the Indiana Jones line have big, sloppy whites and oversized pupils - too often also not painted at matching angles or looking upwards - which heavily detracts from the headsculpts, and the Star Wars line has been getting there as well. The Star Wars line had been doing much better in this realm up until a few years ago, a perfect example is comparing the Saga Luke Jabba's Palace with the TAC version which uses a modified version of the same head, the '04 Saga figure's eyes are much smaller and more realistic compared to the '07 TAC counterpart's which are bigger and gazing upwards.
    19. - Might we ever get a Grievous figure as he appeared in ROTS when he was running from Obi-Wan on Utapau, where he inverted and ran on his arms, turning into a scorpion-like appearance?
    20. - Word on the street (proverbially) is that the Titanium Series SW line is hanging by a thread and in danger of being canceled despite Hasbro's recent assurances that the line would go on through 2009. 2008 wave 4 has vanished from pre-orders, and store computers look unfortunately empty. What is going on? Is this just an SKU changeover, or something more drastic? If the line is continuing, what will we be seeing this year? When you said there were "12 all new tools for the Fall", did that mean 12 vehicles in just the Fall or for everything leading up to the Fall including vehicles currently out? And does that include Battlestar Galactica, is there anything new there?
    21. - For years, fans have wanted a resizing/upgrading of the Millennium Falcon and, HOORAY!, now Hasbro has delivered one. Under ideal circumstances, what other vehicles would Hasbro consider resizing/upgrading? What would it take, under this train of thinking, for Hasbro to resize the AT-AT, for example?
    22. - With the ROTS line, we got a couple vehicles that have removable droid slots, but due to some issues, the droids don't actually work that well with them. Both ships have enjoyed repaints, the Jedi Starfighter almost too many to count, so there are plenty of droid slots in collectors' hands which don't actually accommodate astromech droid figures. The ARC-170 holds the figure too high and so loose that play is hampered; the JSF also holds the figure too high and the mold cavity doesn't actually have enough room to accommodate the feet despite trying; and those aren't the only vehicles with droid slot issues - the Naboo Fighter and Y-wing suffer dedicated droid domes instead of actual droid slots. Granted, Lucas approved prequel designs that "bend" physics to get astromechs into their slots, but with the figures I've experimented with this and found many astromech droids would fit if only they didn't have their feet. But collectors shouldn't have to hack off their droids' feet, so might Hasbro consider making a "pilot" astromech body that could have removable lower legs, perhaps for the Naboo Fighter separately removable legs as well?

    Vote now, and suggest new questions too. Thanks for participating!

  2. #2
    I'm going to wait until the last minute, but my compliments on your re-wording of the gas/preorder question.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  3. #3
    How about:

    Fans were looking forward to the Indiana Jones May 1st launch date for Hasbro's line. Many collectors are reporting finding no Indiana Jones toys in many Target and Walmart stores. Many Toys R Us stores are only putting out small quantities. Almost no one has reported finding everything that was scheduled to be released by now. Was May 1st an intentional soft launch on Hasbro's part, are the stores planning their own Indiana Jones events later in the month, or is there just a distribution problem?

    The pictures of the Last Crusade figures look terrific in the basic figure line and the Temple of Doom figures look great in the Adventure Heroes line. How soon until there are Temple of Doom figures released in the basic line and Last Crusade figures in the Adventures Heroes line?

    In the new Millennium Falcon toy, is there a door/hallway connecting the cockpit and the rest of the ship or is it walled off?

    You stated that the Millennium Falcon was supposed to be a surprise, are there any other suprises in store that will be released in July? Will there be additional original trilogy/Legacy figures released other than the Yarna wave?

    You have released a German soldier on a motorcycle. Do you expect to release Indiana on a motorcycle with Henry, Sr. in the sidecar?

  4. #4
    If we're asking Indy questions, how about:

    "What do you guys have against Short Round? Seven 'Mutt' figures before Shorty? That's a crime. You guys should be locked up!"

    Tommy, close your eyes.

  5. #5
    I would actually prefer we don't ask any Indiana Jones questions, but since there are so few Star Wars ones (and most of them are terrible), I don't care too much I guess. I'll think of something to add later.

  6. #6
    I have a new question:

    For two years in a row we've had to suffer through delays in getting Star Wars product out to stores. First the delay of the entire TAC line last year and now the recent announcement that the Captain Rex mail-away figure won't be out until July. For eleven years this never seemed to be an issue, so why is it suddenly so difficult to get new Star Wars toys out to the consumer?

  7. #7
    New question:

    Why does the Star Wars line have to have extravagant packaging? Alot of people are complaining about the price increase also. If you cut packaging back to a side bubble and neutral poses for packaging, wouldnt that save money and lower the cost of the figures all around?
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  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Kidhuman View Post
    New question:

    Why does the Star Wars line have to have extravagant packaging? Alot of people are complaining about the price increase also. If you cut packaging back to a side bubble and neutral poses for packaging, wouldnt that save money and lower the cost of the figures all around?
    I like the question, but in the past they have mentioned how the action poses help drive up sales or something. So maybe it should be changed to something like:

    The basic figure line seems to have an excessive amount of packaging. While we realize that the "action" poses of the carded figures help make the overall product more appealing to the consumer, fans are worrying about the rising figure costs (which, while somewhat offset by pack-ins, could seemingly still be lowered with less packaging) and the waste's negative effect on the environment (as many fans do not have access to adequate recycling facilities and are forced to throw away the bubble and/or the card). Wouldn't it be better all around if you did away with much of the excess packaging? It would likely lower costs for both you and the consumer, which would in turn drive up sales as people would be more inclined to buy less expensive figures. It would also greatly ease the minds of more environmentally-minded collectors.

    And Chux's question needs to be re-added:
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter
    Currently, there are no options for reserving out-of-stock items or for pre-ordering upcoming items on hasbrotoyshop.com. Given the skyrocketing cost of gasoline, which makes it tougher for many collectors to search for figures the way they did even a couple of years ago, is there any chance of Hasbro reconsidering this policy? It's likely that, with gas projected to break the $4/gallon mark this summer and continue rising, more and more collectors (and parents) would be willing to pay shipping charges instead of having to buy more gas (for what is often a fruitless search).
    And I'd like to pose this one again, albeit in a slightly different form:
    Might it be better if the upcoming AT-TE and Millennium Falcon were released farther apart in time? Both vehicles will go for $100 or more, feature heavy electronics, appeal to both kids and collectors, and are amazing pieces. It might be better for them to be released several months or a year apart from each other rather than both in July, don't you think? That way, both items could have their "time in the sun;" already some collectors are brushing off the AT-TE in favor of the Falcon when, before the Falcon was announced, they were drooling over the AT-TE. Perhaps more importantly, collectors and kids would be able to get both without putting too much of a strain on their wallets all at once or having to choose between the two, as many collectors are admitting to having to do.

  9. #9
    Ok, I will evaluate all the Qs when I have more time, I'm inclined to do something with the "before the Saga line, stuff shipped on time" question but it'll take me a little longer to think it through.


    As for the "more packaging is too costly" question, that's dead out. The costs for the bubbles are ridiculously cheap compared to the cardbacks, inserts, and figures themselves. The difference in cost between a POTF2 bubble and an OTC bubble is microscopic, they make the trays and bubbles very inexpensively through a much simpler molding system than that of the figures. There's no money to be scrounged from cheaping out on the bubbles, you may as well ask them to use 1 less clearband or paint 3 less dots on the Stormtrooper's stomach panel.


    The AT-TE vs Falcon question seems moot, that stuff is already on the ships. If you want to ask about the wisdom of it, I suppose that could be done, but to be honest, I suspect they don't give as much of a crap about collectors on the AT-TE anyway since it has the TV show to prop it up, while the Falcon has a little boost in budget time from the 3-month imposed break thanks to the Indiana Jones line. But I could be wrong, so LMK if you really think it's worthwhile asking.
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  10. #10
    Well, then at least ask about the recycling part.

    May as well put up the Falcon/AT-TE question with the "wisdom" angle. See if people vote for it; the question can't be worse than the rest of the crap up there.

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