Is the upcoming Boba Fett at all new? Find out in Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for June 2nd, 2010.
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.
Hasbro Q&A for the week of June 2nd, 2010SSG: At Toy Fair, you revealed a Boba Fett figure for the Vintage Collection. There is some confusion about this figure though. The carded sample shows the Evolutions ESB version, while the in-booth display shows the 2004 vintage-style ROTJ figure. In a recent Q&A answer, Boba was left off of your list of Greatest Hits repacks, which would lead one to believe he has been updated in some way similarly to how the Vader figure is not on the Greatest Hits list because it has been changed a little. Has this TVC Boba Fett indeed been changed, and if so, how? If not, then which version will see release?
Hasbro: The sculpt is the same ESB sculpt from the Evolutions pack, but we have improved the deco to match our recent fact-finding visit to the Lucasfilm Archives. While it is not a new tool, we should have really considered it a "Greatest Hits" when we made that list because we don't consider relatively small deco changes alone enough to consider a figure a must-have, all new purchase. Sorry about that. For the Fett-ishists among the fans, we hope that this one is an improvement in detail over previous versions.
SSG: As you now know, the recent Commander Cody figure has left the factory with his belt upside-down, an occurrence which has proved far too common over the last 5 years of ROTS phase 2 trooper armor figures. This is a relatively small thing, but common enough that it warrants asking about. Would it be possible for you to redesign the trooper belt system so that there was some sort of offset notch or directional block which forces assembly on the belts to work only in the proper orientation? That way, the factory workers wouldn't need to see the visual minutiae that defines the belt as right-side-up or not. On a similar note, many later uses of the R4-G9 tooling (such as R2-T0 and the recent battle pack R2-D2) seem to be assembled asymmetrically so the center foot rests at too shallow an angle thus incapable of standing flat, perhaps caused by a very slight mismatch or variance cavity to cavity. Could something be redesigned in the foot to ensure the correct angle and range of travel for the center ankle joint?
Hasbro: We did not know about the Commander Cody issue - thanks for bringing it to our attention. Your suggestions are good to improve both the belt issue as well as the R4-G9 issue. These are small details, but we agree they can be niggling. Thanks for the thoughts and bringing our attention to the Cody issue.
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