Who knows what evils lurk in the hearts of men? Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for June 6th, 2008, that's who! Thanks again to Hasbro for the answers, to all the folks who sent in questions and especially those who voted on them.
Hasbro Q&A for the week of June 6thSSG: 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?
Hasbro: We refer to this version as "Grievous as bug form" and he has been considered for the baisc figure line but we haven't put him in yet. We have some other designs for Grievous that we will get to first.
(editor's note: we were going to refer to him as "Bug Grievous" in the question but weren't sure Hasbro would understand what was meant by that, guess that was unnecessary. -JT)
SSG: Recently you said that there's a very, good chance of us getting Holographic Darth Sidious with Mechno-Chair. Would this have the actual removable chair part as well (the part we see Nute Gunray sitting in), or just the holo-projector part? If it had the chair part, would Nute come with this (seeing as there's no Nute figure that can sit in a chair),or would a Nute figure be offered later?
Hasbro: This would be an expensive figure for us, so it would probably just be the walking projector base and holo figure. We don't know if we would offer a Nute later, but once we had the chair it would be a good thing to look at, and certainly very cool. It would probably be too expensive for the basic figure line so it might make a better candiate for another venue like a Battle Pack.
SSG: 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?
Hasbro: The line is changing over to a new Assortment number, so that's probably what happened. The 12 new vehicles are just in the Fall lineup alone. The line will continue through 2009 at this point - we are moving full steam ahead and do not have any plans to shut it down. There are a couple new Battlestar ships and then that'll be in for that sub-series; our license expires at the end of the year.
And the questions at ActionFigs.com:
- 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, and it looks like the motorcycle we currently have was designed to accommodate a sidecar.
- 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.
- A great debate is now raging in the halls of Star Wars collectordom over your battle damaged Darth Vader figure from The Force Unleashed, some folks dig it while others revile it for various reasons. While most of the disagreements can be chalked up to differences in points of view (like why Vader's mask eye lens is well above his human eye, what's up with that?), there's one aspect to the figure which nobody can fathom: Vader's left foot. Granted, Vader got really tore up here, but why did that make his foot noticeably bigger than the boot on his right foot, isn't this left foot supposed to go IN the boot? What's the reasoning for this (real-world justification?), and what's your in-universe excuse (TARDIS boot?)?