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    QUESTIONS FOR HASBRO - round 63

    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 Friday, January 16th. Keep in mind that your votes in round 62 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. - 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?
    2. - 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.
    3. - 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?
    4. - 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?
    5. - 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?
    6. - 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?
    7. - 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?
    8. - Does Hasbro have any plans to update the Dianoga in the near future? We need one that is better detailed, better articulated and perhaps featuring multiple bendy tentacles. If you were to update the Dianoga, what format would you release it in: Battle Pack, a basic carded figure, Ultimate Battle Pack, something else?
    9. - Will we be seeing any episode-specific Battle Packs for The Clone Wars? For instance, the episode Rookies would make for a great pack, with only minor retools and repaints (Hevy with Z-6 rotary cannon; Echo with handprint paint and visor; Fives; and perhaps a commando droid or battle droid). This would be a great way to get several of the individualized clones from any given episode without spreading them over a long period of time into the basic line.
    10. - Star Wars seems to be doing ok at retail, we're seeing more figure lines surviving, more $20 vehicle sales, more battle packs, and more vehicle exclusives. With this in mind, might Hasbro try pushing the $30-$40 vehicle pricepoint on retailers again? It would be a good way of getting larger vehicles such as the X-wing, B-wing, Republic Gunship, ARC-170, and even stuff like Jedi Starfighters with Hyperspace Rings into heavier rotation, and add opportunities for more new vehicles that would be considered too big to work out at the $20 pricepoint. So, any chance for the return of this pricepoint to mass retail?
    11. - With the Droid Commando now confirmed as getting a figure from Hasbro, we were wondering, what types of accessories might it be coming with? In their premiere episode, the Droid Commandos carried multiple accessories - blaster, stun baton, fusion cutter, even a vibrosword for the leader - dare we hope to see all, even the leader with the sword? What about getting a Droid Commando in clone trooper disguise, also seen that episode?
    12. - In the US release for TLC wave 4, the BAD parts are with all the new figures, and the 327th Clone Trooper - which is merely a repaint of the Evolutions Clone Trooper - comes with a redundant BAD part since he's not exactly "new" enough to warrant making collectors buy him again just to build the droid. However, in the UK release of this wave, the 327th Clone comes with an original BAD part - the right arm - while new figure Bail Organa is the one with the redundant part. Why did Hasbro change the BAD parts in wave 4 in the UK, leaving a new figure with a duplicate unnecessary part and an old figure with a vital part?
    13. - As fans of Hasbro's lines, we've seen this for years: official Hasbro images for retailers and on packaging that have been photoshopped to enhance shadows, surfaces and edges, giving the overall look of the toy increased realism. Often, the production deco of the toy can't really live up to that, and while there is a proviso on the packaging about such things, it's still a little unusual. Why does Hasbro employ this tactic so often with their official photography, and why not simply give each toy a subtle paint wash to actually bring those lines out and give them the realistic look the packaging shows could be possible?
    14. - We recently got a look at photos of some new Titanium Series including The Twilight, the IG-2000, Xizor's Virago, and some others. Many of the new molds look stellar, and the IG-2000 is a great surprise addition. However, the paint jobs on the Twilight and Virago seemed quite unusual, the Twilight has far more blue than the CGI model's nearly gray upper color, and the Virago was sporting purple accents on light gray despite the ship actually being very dark gray (in the photo it's also facing backwards with the wings assembled upside-down). Will the paint on the final versions more closely match the source material? If those are the final colors, why the odd variations?
    15. - Ever since the VOTC Stormtrooper back in 2004, you've sculpted Stormtrooper figures' hands to 2-handed hold the blaster with its left hand holding the grip and the right hand holding the barrel. The wrists and fingers are angled very specifically for this, the left hand can't hold the barrel without bending it severely. While there is an unusually high number of shots with left-handed stormtroopers in the OT and its related still photography, the right-handed pose is still more common. So why choose, and stick with, the left-handed design for the Stormtrooper figures? Any possibility of either getting new hands with a more universal pose, or even putting ball-hinged wrists on this ubiquitous Imperial warrior?
    16. - Recently, Hasbro has updated cockpits on a few OT ships, including the B-wing and A-wing, not to mention the detailed cockpit on the new Millennium Falcon. We understand that the B-wing and A-wing got new detailed cockpits because they had the opportunity from their use as exclusives, but exclusives or not, are there any plans or thoughts about continuing that practice on other ships? The X-wing, TIE Fighter, and Y-wing are all good candidates for new, detailed cockpits, but would the small size of some of those cockpits prevent those upgrades?
    17. - In the Titanium Series line, the prequel-era fleets have a few vehicles that would really flesh them out. The Acclamator-class (aka the Republic Assault Ship) and the Munificent-class Frigate (aka the Banking Clan Frigate) appear notably in AOTC, ROTS, The Clone Wars series, and a number of popular video games like Battlefront II and Republic Commando. What are the chances of seeing those 2 prequel-era capital ships produced as Titanium Series vehicles?
    18. - 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.

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

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    Ok, so first off, I'd like to thank Hasbro for hurrying the schedule up for Q&A between now and Toy Fair in mid-February. This will be a bit unusual in that we'll be sending in new questions the day we're receiving them, so it's going to be a bit more risky than usual, the possibility of getting just-answered questions becomes a significant threat.

    Therefore, that coupled with the runup to Toy Fair limiting the types of questions Hasbro is willing to answer, we won't be asking any more specifics questions about products they are going to do until after February 15th. Until then, our questions will be policy-based whenever possible, material that will inform without leaving us high and dry.

    Feel free to continue making suggestions of whatever questions come to mind, but don't be too surprised if I ask you to come back with them after February.


    Also, I've cut 2 more questions that just didn't see enough support in their time, if you'd like to make an argument for putting them back on the list, feel free. Here are the questions:
    • - 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?
    • - There have been a lot of Battle Packs with mostly, or even all, Clones. What about doing a similar Battle Pack with all CIS droids? If kids are supposed to build armies, they'll need armies to fight as well, and that'd be a great way to build up both sides of the battle faster.

    With those cuts, the list is under control again. Unless the new proposed questions grow out of control, I think these will be the last cuts we'll have to make for a while. In fact, with my embargo on product questions, we may end up implementing some of those old cut questions again, here are the ones I cut in the last round.
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

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    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

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    Ok, put me down for questions: 1,8, and 9. i also have another question to add to the list which i post in another reply
    Looking for CW 2010 Sidious and TX-20...if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. thanks

  4. #4

    Lightbulb

    New Question: ( 3 parts)

    Hasbro, you have stated in the past that the recent Star Wars battlepacks had to be scaled back to only 4 figures for cost reasons. If that's the case how come recent battlepacks of GI JOE have included 5 figures. Most recent examples to compare ( Star Wars : Shield Generator Assualt - 4 figures, Imperial Officer (new head sculpt/repaint, Han Solo (new head sculpt), re-pack R2-D2, VOTC Biker Scout (new head sculpt) vs GI JOE : Firefly vs GI JOE Green Shirts - 5 figures, Firefly (repaint), 4 GI JOE's (various repaints and head sculpts). I'm just curious since the GI JOE brand seems to sometimes sport more articulation and at a lesser cost per figure ?
    Also in regards to the Assualt on the Shield Bunker, is there any chance of getting the Imperial Officer offered on a single card for those of us who want to possibly army-build him?
    Also what are the chances of perhaps packing a custom backdrop or figure stand for the figures in these Star Wars battlepacks if they are only going to include the 4 figures. would have loved to see perhaps a custom Endor Forest backdrop and stand similiar to the old POTF cinema scene 3 packs from back in the old Kenner days.
    Looking for CW 2010 Sidious and TX-20...if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. thanks

  5. #5
    I'd say the answer to the first part would be that theres the added cost of paying for the Star wars license or sumfink.

  6. #6
    9, 11, & 13
    Please, please please let CV be on the east coast!

  7. #7
    You told me to remind you of my comic book question when there was a concrete send date for the round, and it looks like I posted about it right as you were posting, so you missed it. So, yet again, I will remind you about:

    *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.

    You said you were looking for a way to shoehorn this one in somewhere, so there it is as another reminder.
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  8. #8
    JabbaJohn, I'll re-add the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkArtist View Post
    New Question: ( 3 parts)

    Hasbro, you have stated in the past that the recent Star Wars battlepacks had to be scaled back to only 4 figures for cost reasons. If that's the case how come recent battlepacks of GI JOE have included 5 figures. Most recent examples to compare ( Star Wars : Shield Generator Assualt - 4 figures, Imperial Officer (new head sculpt/repaint, Han Solo (new head sculpt), re-pack R2-D2, VOTC Biker Scout (new head sculpt) vs GI JOE : Firefly vs GI JOE Green Shirts - 5 figures, Firefly (repaint), 4 GI JOE's (various repaints and head sculpts). I'm just curious since the GI JOE brand seems to sometimes sport more articulation and at a lesser cost per figure ?
    Also in regards to the Assualt on the Shield Bunker, is there any chance of getting the Imperial Officer offered on a single card for those of us who want to possibly army-build him?
    Apples and Oranges. All of this stuff has been covered in one way or another over the Q&A years. Licensing costs are involved with Star Wars where they aren't with GI Joe. The TRU GI Joe battlepacks have 1 unique character and 4 of the same body for the army builders, and ALL those parts are non-unique to the packs. Articulation, GI Joe uses a less realistic style of figure so they can get away with more obvious joints (like those old-school hips or those horrid thin little double-hinged knees, I don't care for those).

    There's always a chance they might re-release that Renz officer down the road, but unless they already have plans to, that's all they're going to commit to.

    Also what are the chances of perhaps packing a custom backdrop or figure stand for the figures in these Star Wars battlepacks if they are only going to include the 4 figures. would have loved to see perhaps a custom Endor Forest backdrop and stand similiar to the old POTF cinema scene 3 packs from back in the old Kenner days.
    They were recently asked this, Dec 5th:
    TheJawa.com: Since Hasbro has had to drop the 5th figure from battlepacks due to rising plastic/oil costs, what about substituting the loss of this value for customers by finally giving us a bonus cardboard diorama inside each battlepack? These don't have to be as complicated as the PotF2 Cantina or Jabba's Palace, just good enough to compensate for the loss of the extra figure in a way that is relatively inexpensive to Hasbro.
    Hasbro: We have looked at this approach. Part of the appeal of the Battle Packs has been the way that they are presented requires a minimal amount of blister support to give the illusion of a scene. Because the majority of the audience for Battle Packs is kids (or parent gift-givers) it's important to maintain the presentation we currently strive for. Trying to preserve the background for us would force the blisters to become bigger, changing the aesthetic. It's unlikely that we'll pursue this approach in Battle Packs because of this.
    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.

  9. #9
    7. - 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?

    11. - With the Droid Commando now confirmed as getting a figure from Hasbro, we were wondering, what types of accessories might it be coming with? In their premiere episode, the Droid Commandos carried multiple accessories - blaster, stun baton, fusion cutter, even a vibrosword for the leader - dare we hope to see all, even the leader with the sword? What about getting a Droid Commando in clone trooper disguise, also seen that episode?

    13. - As fans of Hasbro's lines, we've seen this for years: official Hasbro images for retailers and on packaging that have been photoshopped to enhance shadows, surfaces and edges, giving the overall look of the toy increased realism. Often, the production deco of the toy can't really live up to that, and while there is a proviso on the packaging about such things, it's still a little unusual. Why does Hasbro employ this tactic so often with their official photography, and why not simply give each toy a subtle paint wash to actually bring those lines out and give them the realistic look the packaging shows could be possible?

    15. - Ever since the VOTC Stormtrooper back in 2004, you've sculpted Stormtrooper figures' hands to 2-handed hold the blaster with its left hand holding the grip and the right hand holding the barrel. The wrists and fingers are angled very specifically for this, the left hand can't hold the barrel without bending it severely. While there is an unusually high number of shots with left-handed stormtroopers in the OT and its related still photography, the right-handed pose is still more common. So why choose, and stick with, the left-handed design for the Stormtrooper figures? Any possibility of either getting new hands with a more universal pose, or even putting ball-hinged wrists on this ubiquitous Imperial warrior?

    17. - In the Titanium Series line, the prequel-era fleets have a few vehicles that would really flesh them out. The Acclamator-class (aka the Republic Assault Ship) and the Munificent-class Frigate (aka the Banking Clan Frigate) appear notably in AOTC, ROTS, The Clone Wars series, and a number of popular video games like Battlefront II and Republic Commando. What are the chances of seeing those 2 prequel-era capital ships produced as Titanium Series vehicles?

    18. - 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.
    "Hokey packaging and ancient gimmicks are no match for good detail on your figure, kid."
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  10. #10
    1,9,11,18 are my choices

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