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    QUESTIONS FOR HASBRO - round 59

    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 October 24th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 58 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. - 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?
    3. - Some fans have noticed that the white paint on the goggles accessory from the Droid Factory Han Solo Hoth exclusive 2pack is flaking off at an alarming rate. This obviously would be a disappointment for fans eager to get this version of Han Solo. What is the cause for this, was a new technique for painting used, was it a new paint altogether, perhaps the clear plastic for the goggles different and not taking paint, something even simpler like too much mold-release oil?
    4. - Why has Commander Faie been included as part of the upcoming ROTS wave when the character never actually appeared in the movie?
    5. - In Hasbro's awesome Comic-Packs line, we've been treated to Marvel Star Wars issues 1-4, and Dark Horse Revenge of the Sith issues 1, 3, and 4. Any chance we could get comic packs of the missing Marvel SW #5 and 6, and Dark Horse ROTS #2, to complete their respective tales? (Just spitballing ideas: we could certainly do with a Leia/3PO pack for MSW#5 and perhaps a Rebel/Imperial Pilot set for #6, and ROTS #2 could use Grievous and a new deco Clone.) And what about Comic Packs for the other movie adaptation comics like Marvel ESB and ROTJ, or Dark Horse TPM and AOTC?
    6. - The Comic Packs are great since the addition of the comic books give these characters much-needed context, as the average kid and collector who mainly know the movies will likely not know these characters without seeing them in some sort of action. That said, there are still several other expanded universe products that have no context other than the small bio on their packaging. Would it be possible for comic books to also be included in EU multi-figure sets or vehicles as well? For instance, fans of Crimson Empire are liking the look of the upcoming Crucible set, while those who are unfamiliar with the work think it looks more like a cross between Star Wars and Power Rangers.
    7. - On Mighty Muggs, understanding that you're not likely to do new bodies for the line any time soon, will fans ever be getting Battle Droid, Super Battle Droid, and maybe even an IG-100 Magnaguard Mighty Muggs figures? You did the spindly General Grievous as a Mugg already after all. Also, what Hasbro team does the designs for the Muggs and their packaging? Does each team - for example, Star Wars, Marvel, and Transformers - design their own Muggs, or is it centralized?
    8. - The Star Wars product poster Hasbro gave out at Comic-Con had new figures on 1 side while the other featured Titanium Series vehicles in 3 battles. We haven't heard of any upcoming Titanium multipacks, themed waves, battle-packs, or exclusives that use these concepts though. Does Hasbro have anything special planned for Star Wars Titanium Series?
    9. - In Hasbro's GI Joe line's comic packs, they have moved beyond mere reprints to also feature entirely new stand-alone comics. Given that Dark Horse has released similar Star Wars comics to retailers in the past, have you considered working with them to commission new stand-alone Star Wars comics that feature highly-requested EU characters that otherwise don't appear in the comics and therefore have a lot less chance of being released as figures?
    10. - With Sideshow having released a smashing diorama of the "Look Sir, Droids" scene, what are the chances of Hasbro doing a similar battle pack? It could include the escape pod (perhaps with the proper top hatch openable, or maybe the whole thing upsized) and an assortment of Sandroopers with a variety of pauldrons and accessories. Heck, if you threw in an updated dewback, you'd have quite the nifty ultimate battle pack. Any chance of that?
    11. - Last year, Hasbro released the R2-KT figure while making a charitable donation to ensure that the spirit of a figure for the Katie Johnson charity was fully met before any were sold. With R2-KT appearing in the Clone Wars movie, is there a chance we could get animated R2-KT as a repainted animated R2-D2 figure in a similar charity-type release?
    12. - While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.
    13. - Will there be more droid repaints in the Clone Wars line? The molds already exist, so they shouldn't be too difficult to achieve. For instance, will there be TC-70 based on the C-3PO mold, R4-P17 based on the R2-D2 mold, or KRONOS-327 based on the IG-86 mold? TC-70 obviously would be a good companion piece to the upcoming animated Jabba you're developing, and Obi-Wan needs a droid to fit in his Jedi Starfighter's droid slot.
    14. - In the Clone Wars line, a few scale issues have come up. Obi-Wan and Anakin figures stand pretty short compared to their non-animated figure counterparts, while Clone Troopers stand unusually tall compared to their non-animated counterparts, and obviously this means CW Obi-Wan and Anakin stand pretty short compared to the Clones. What gives here? Was this an intentional choice, and if so, why?
    15. - When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.
    16. - 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?
    17. - Now that we're getting the Clone Wars "Lucky Lekku" Republic Gunship repaint, what about releasing more of those individualized nose art Gunships from the Clone Wars? What about doing them with a sticker sheet instead of releasing each design individually, perhaps even with the updated door design from the series?
    18. - This might seem like an odd request, but could you re-issue the old Kenner X-wing, specifically the POTF2 version, with some modifications? There's no X-wing at kid pricing anymore, the only OT vehicles at the Starfighter pricepoint are lonely TIEs with nobody to fight, and that classic X-wing had some decent sculpting, strong wings, and is fun to whoosh about. As well, the POTF2 version had a pretty decent deco (though pre-applied stickers would be nice), and that version also had the best sound effects in any X-wing (aside from the Power FX X-wing, but the sacrifices there are numerous), those sounds alone would sell another batch to collectors. The set could use a tune-up on the cockpit interior, the canopy exterior, the dedicated R2-D2, and the blaster tips need to be reoriented to the proper upright position. Don't you think the kids today deserve an awesome X-wing fighter?
    19. - In the Comic-Con presentation, the Clone Wars Magnaguard was shown to include an alternate, cloak-wearing head. Now that carded images have shown up, it appears as though this extra head is not included. Is it actually included and just hidden behind the insert, or is it another case of an accessory being taken out due to cost? If it is the latter, then can we expect a variant down the road?
    20. - With the upcoming Wioslea figure, we have another Jedi-style outfit with soft-goods cloth robe and "skirt", but the upper tunic remains sculpted to the torso and thus don't match the color or design of the "skirt" that is supposed to continue the tunic. Don't get us wrong, Wioslea's outer robe looks far better than the oversized VOTC Obi-Wan's robe, soft-goods cloth does have its place in the line. But for matching the "skirt" to the top half of tunic, have you ever considered doing a figure with the tunic entirely as soft-goods? Would you consider doing a major super-articulated Jedi figure with a cloth tunic this way?
    21. - On the subject of the Hyperspace Ring for the Jedi Starfighter, will the one that came with the TRU-exclusive Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter last year work with the upcoming Clone Wars Jedi Starfighter with its new design? Will Hasbro be modifying the existing or making a new Hyperspace Ring for the Eta-2 Jedi Starfighter from ROTS? And will the existing Hyperspace Ring ever be sold by itself in other colors to go with existing Jedi Starfighters?
    22. - In the past year, we've seen a lot of figures from the POTF2-era Expanded Universe line getting revisited one way or another. The Darktrooper was rereleased as a Fans Choice figure, while Mara Jade got an all-new sculpt in the Comics Packs line, and in that line we're also about to get an all-new Grand Admiral Thrawn, Dark Empire Clone Palpatine, DE Luke, and a new Kyle Katarn. That leaves just Dark Empire Leia, the Heir to the Empire Spacetrooper, and the Imperial Sentinel left to be done, will any of them be either reissued or resculpted any time soon to join their EU brethren? Was it a conscious choice to get all those other POTF2 EU figures rereleased, or just happenstance?
    23. - Back in April, you said you should have for us at Comic Con a peek at the upcoming Comic Packs Lumiya figure, but with Comic Con come and gone, we still have not seen Lumiya. Is it possible we could see this figure now, and if not, why not?
    24. - In '06 and '07, when asked about how the price of oil will affect the future of the line, Hasbro replied that there was some cost increases due to the cost of the petroleum-based raw material, the cost of steel going up, taking a beating on rising shipping costs, it even affects the cost of packaging. As a consequence of the current US economic situation, the price of oil has gone down and threatens to trend even further down soon. How soon before the drop in oil prices is translated to reduction of your costs, and ultimately, in the prices for your toys?
    25. - Recently, you confirmed that in the '09 Legacy line, there will be an EU wave; separately, you have said that there won't be more TFU figures in '09 beyond Shaak Ti, no KOTOR possible before 2010, no more Clone Wars micro-series figures, and no realistic figures from the new Clone Wars series. With all those EU sources out of the way, and the comic characters getting tons of coverage in the Comic Packs line, does that mean the '09 EU wave will finally show some love for characters from the novels?
    26. - You said in a recent answer that the Solo twins, while difficult to do because of limited visual references, were high on your wish list. Hypothetically speaking, if you were to make these long-request characters, which versions would you do? Young Jedi Knights (there's a good picture of them in the recent Jedi vs. Sith guide), NJO-era Jedi Knights (probably the most requested versions, and based on Japanese cover art which is probably the largest body of visual reference for these characters and was even used by the Official Site as its EU menu before the redesign) or Legacy of the Force-era (with the added advantage that an alternate head and lightsaber and removable cape would allow you to do Jacen and Caedus as one figure)?
    27. - Some collectors have expressed disappointment in the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. The example shown in the slideshow at Comic-Con featured much a nicer deco, and while we understand that prototypes usually have more care than production pieces, it seems like this particular production version suffered a severe backslide in quality, the deco just doesn't hold up. It's hard for collectors to understand how a $50 set is only 2 new pieces (the womp rat and the house section), a vacuform base, and 4 older pieces (the 3 figures and the moisture vaporator), and then how it could end up losing significant quality at that pricepoint. We understand the tooling for the house was an extensive portion of the budget, and we appreciate the great effort made to get this made, but what happened here, what went wrong to drag that quality down? And that leads to: why was this set produced now when it couldn't find all the budget for a better deco, more troopers, a treadwell droid, more accessories, etc.?
    28. - When we last asked about the Cade Skywalker/Darth Talon Comic Pack missing Cade's lightsaber, you told us that the tooling for it was lost so you'd be moving forward without it. Since then, the set has started hitting and it looks like a running change was made, the saber is showing up in some sets, but generally the sets with the saber are much harder to find and buyers have already got incomplete sets in their hands. Hasbro consumer affairs can only deal with this currently by taking the entire set back and saying they're not sure if they'll be able to replace the exact set or one of equal value. Could you please find a better way to get those missing lightsabers and saber hilts into buyers' collections?
    29. - Why are the Droid Factory build-a-droid parts for C-3PX incompatible with the basic figures' build-a-droid parts, especially the other protocol droids like RA7's? 3PX has a ball joint for his head while RA7 has a post, and the pegs for the arms and legs also differ, thus making it impossible to mix-n-match parts, which the concept had otherwise highly adopted. Was this done on purpose, and if so, why?
    30. - Assuming you do decide to make the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid, which last you told us was likely since it is in the Clone Wars cartoon, would it have a cockpit and working treads? What other features would you put into it?
    31. - Recently, a photo showed up of the new set of figure stands, including a new sticker sheet with a few previously unheard of figures on it, one of which is Anakin Skywalker - Concept. With the announcement that there will be 4 new Concept figures in 2009 not based on McQuarrie artwork, we're assuming that Anakin is among them. But what is the source material for that concept figure, production era, artist? Will the other 3 concept figures be from the same production era and artist, or based on all kinds of source material?
    32. - With Titanium Series 3" vehicles rapidly becoming one of the most successful Hasbro Star Wars sub-lines with over 60 individual carded releases, it's become nearly impossible to display them all at once. The main reason is that the unique packaging - although admirable in its specialized shape, custom graphics, and large window for the product - doesn't stack well and is very difficult to keep in mint condition with an easily-crushed and -scuffed round bubble, and vulnerable J-hook. Might Hasbro be willing to offer some sort of clamshell-style protective cases for the packaging, even if it's just through HasbroToyShop, similar to the one for the 3.75" figures?

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

  2. #2
    Wow! I think I'm the first to vote!

    I'd like to vote 12 times in a row to have Hasbro issue a Mouse Droid 6-pack with stench preserving, resealable packaging!

    Now that's been settled, on to my other 6 votes:



    [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]- 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?




    [9]- In Hasbro's GI Joe line's comic packs, they have moved beyond mere reprints to also feature entirely new stand-alone comics. Given that Dark Horse has released similar Star Wars comics to retailers in the past, have you considered working with them to commission new stand-alone Star Wars comics that feature highly-requested EU characters that otherwise don't appear in the comics and therefore have a lot less chance of being released as figures?


    [12]- While we'd always prefer a worn paint deco on vehicles and droids, we understand sometimes the budget just can't do it. The next time you do a vehicle with a white deco where the budget prohibits additional weathering paint, could you please not use the clean-white color of plastic that you've used on the Clone Wars V-19 or the TLC Dagger Squadron B-wing? This white plastic is just too clean, it screams for weathering as it hides every sculpted line and gives an unwelcome plasticky toy look, while the slightly off-white colors of plastic seem to bring out the lines and look a little weathered better than clean.


    [15]- When collectors ask for the same stuff over and over again such as certain vehicles like the Cloud Car, large accessories like Jabba's dais, playsets and dioramas of scenes that are not action- or main-character-themed which Hasbro says they aren't likely to do because those areas are not seen as profitable in today's market, are there any NEW ideas swimming around the Star Wars team with an OT collector focus? Not talking about merely new figures or resculpts of unmade vintage figures, but something new in the 3.75" format that would excite collectors, especially OT-focused ones. Stuff like the nifty new Scramble on Yavin battle pack gets collectors jazzed up.



    [20]- With the upcoming Wioslea figure, we have another Jedi-style outfit with soft-goods cloth robe and "skirt", but the upper tunic remains sculpted to the torso and thus don't match the color or design of the "skirt" that is supposed to continue the tunic. Don't get us wrong, Wioslea's outer robe looks far better than the oversized VOTC Obi-Wan's robe, soft-goods cloth does have its place in the line. But for matching the "skirt" to the top half of tunic, have you ever considered doing a figure with the tunic entirely as soft-goods? Would you consider doing a major super-articulated Jedi figure with a cloth tunic this way?

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    I'll vote for 11, 15, 19, 20. 2 votes reserved for Tycho's stinky mouse droids, should nothing else come up.
    Please, please please let CV be on the east coast!

  4. #4
    10, 13, 16, 20 for now. Personally I think Wioslea looks great as is, but we'll see what Hasbro has to say about this issue. I think having an all soft goods tunic would be bunchy and would make the figure look awkward.
    Most wanted "bottom-of-the-barrel scrapes": ANH: Kal'Falnl C'ndros, Revwien (concept art), Tzizvvt ESB: Wiorkettle, Treva Horme ROTJ: Cane Adiss, Loje Nella TPM: Edcel Bar Gane AOTC: Rogwa Wodrata ROTS: Mon Calamari Dancer, Veedaaz Awmetth, Eeusu Estornii EU: Guri (red outfit), Ket Maliss

  5. #5
    Questions 9, 11, and 13 have been struck.

    These questions have been included in the previous round through another outlet, so there's no reason to vote on them right now, they've been submitted.

    If you have voted for any of these (and I see each one of you so far has voted for 1 each), you are refunded 1 vote.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "We named the dog 'Chewbacca'!"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    [FONT=Courier New]And a few of my own:[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]"Can Hasbro confirm whether or not Obi Wan's NEW and resculpted/redesigned Delta 2 Jedi Starfighter is compatible with the Hyperspace Ring included with the Toys R Us exclusive "Obi Wan Kenobi Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring" from last year?"[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]"Will Hasbro ever make a Hyperspace Ring compatible with the Actis Eta 2 Interceptor (RotS) version of the Jedi Starfighter?"[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]"Will Hasbro ever make the Delta 7 compatible Hyperspace Ring available for purchase by itself in multiple colors for existing Jedi Starfighters (other than the red/maroon version of Obi Wan's)?"[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]"As the years go by, do existing molds and tooling for the midsize vehicles become more expensive to run or less expensive to run? Example: The ARC-170's and the Republic Gunships have seen 3+ variants each. 3 for the ARC-170 including the upcoming TRU version and 5 for the Republic Gunship including the upcoming WM version. These are iconic vehicles and are great army builder vehicles for all of the various clones (realistic and animated).[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]If they are less expensive to run, i.e. creating more profit per vehicle, will Hasbro continue to re-release these mid-size vehicles in light of the Clone Wars cartoon? And would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]"When Hasbro has been asked about various potential army builder vehicles (Sentinel Class Imperial Landing Craft, Nu-Class/Republic Attack Shuttle, etc.), the response has been invariably been something along the lines of "No, we're not doing that, we're looking to do more aggressive looking vehicles". 1. Define aggressive looking and 2. What vehicles would you be referring to and will they be small ($20-$25 price point) or mid size ($35-$50) price point? 3. Would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]"Hasbro has said that we will continue to see large vehicles again if the Millenium Falcon and the AT-TE sell well. Let's say that hypothetically they are: What is the next large vehicle we would likely see and when?[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]And how have they been selling since their release in July?"[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]"First of all, never bad mouth synergy..."[/FONT]

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    So far these two questions.

    #19

    And Ando's Question:
    [FONT=Courier New]"When Hasbro has been asked about various potential army builder vehicles (Sentinel Class Imperial Landing Craft, Nu-Class/Republic Attack Shuttle, etc.), the response has been invariably been something along the lines of "No, we're not doing that, we're looking to do more aggressive looking vehicles". 1. Define aggressive looking and 2. What vehicles would you be referring to and will they be small ($20-$25 price point) or mid size ($35-$50) price point? 3. Would it not be in Hasbro's best interest to offer army builder vehicles that can purchased repeatedly over time by collectors and children alike in order to recreate backyard space battles?"[/FONT]
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    [FONT=Courier New]And My Question:[/FONT]
    [FONT=Courier New]"People are getting excited about a certain Picture floating around the forums, the picture I mention has 3 of the same character in a line - 1 is animated, 2 is a hybrid and 3 is a realistic version of this character, now my question is are you planning to do anything with the realistic version - i.e. as in release it sometime down the line, or as you have stated are you going to keep the CW line solely Animated/Realistic, I am hoping you are going to stick to your word and keep it solely Animated/Realistic"[/FONT]

  8. #8
    ok... i'm going to try again, but this may be a work in progress as i may need to go back and edit... [btw... sorry about mixing up the site in my first attempt at this question... pretty embarassing that I was in the forum that offered the details of the question & answer, yet I attributed that great question to that otheR Site!]

    Although ESB is one of my personal favorite movies, I was surprised when you recently confirmed 2 ESB waves for 2009. I believe the perception around the forums is that out of all movies, ESB offers the least yet to be made figures and least figures needing resculpts. In past Q&A's, you confirmed certain figures, including a Ugnaught, ICMG, Zuckuss & a SA Hoth Rebel Trooper. So, like I said, since there aren't that many figures left from ESB, would you confirm any of the following possibilities: Luke (Medical Frigate), Leia (Medical Frigate) or Captain Needa? And if you did a Medical Frigate Luke, would you do some kind of prosthetic hand/forearm? I'm thinking something like the 70's 12" Six million dollar man where you could see his bionics in his forearm (if I'm remembering correctly).
    Ex-wife to me in the toy aisle: "Why do I sense we've picked up another plastic lifeform?"

    Thanks to sebillba for the trade!

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Questions 9, 11, and 13 have been struck.

    These questions have been included in the previous round through another outlet, so there's no reason to vote on them right now, they've been submitted.
    Very cool. So, you know what questions other sites are submitting? (obviously besides ActionFigs.com)
    Ex-wife to me in the toy aisle: "Why do I sense we've picked up another plastic lifeform?"

    Thanks to sebillba for the trade!

  10. #10
    Here's what I submitted last time:

    *Many collectors have expressed disappointment over the Disturbance at the Lars Homestead set. While we understand that the dome was the focus of the set (and the dome itself is quite nice), why is the base so extremely flimsy and cheap-looking? The example shown in the Comic Con slideshow featured more defined sculpting and a much nicer paint job, so why was the set changed for the worse? Though you do not set the price yourself, we know that you work with retailers to develop exclusives at certain pricepoints, and most people feel that $50 is way too steep for three old figures, an old accessory, a new unarticulated creature, a nice dome, and a cheap base.

    It could be mentioned that they released a $30 Mustafar playset in 2005 which was much bigger, sturdier, completely new, and even had two new figures. Even though it was mass-released, you know, it was still a much better value. And I doubt they planned on reusing it at the time as they since have for Indiana Jones.

    To expand on cookiemonster's question, it might be interesting to ask when these were made and why (and it was apparently from Target's website with those little codes you could enter).

    Another new question, now that I think of it:
    *You stated in an earlier Q&A that you were planning on a new Palpatine for the latter part of 2008. Palpatine even appeared on early rumor lists as being in the upcoming ROTS wave (alongside Grievous, Bail Organa, FX-6, etc.). Now, however, the only figure resembling Palpatine is the upcoming Clone Emperor from the Comic Pack. Was this what you meant by a new Palpatine, or was there one planned for the ROTS wave and moved out? If it's the latter, then when can we expect to see it?

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