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    SSG's Monthly Hasbro Q&A - June 28th

    What's the future of the Fans' Choice poll finalistis? Find out in Hasbro's answers to SSG questions for June 28th, 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 28th, 2010

    SSG: Hasbro hasn't really elaborated on your take of the most recent ToyFare Star Wars fans' choice poll finalists, other than to say in a very broad sense that it was clear collectors were most interested in all-new characters over resculpts and that the results would provide a "road map" for future lineups. So specifically, apart from Jocasta Nu and Jaxxon whom you've already addressed, are there any totally unlikely candidates on the list such as the Queen / handmaiden figures? Any choices that really made you wince because you know they would be retail poison? If you want to avoid giving away too much info now by addressing each character individually could you at least tell us how many characters from each source (i.e. OT, PT and EU) off the finalists list will be turned into figures in the next 18 months or so?

    Hasbro: One way to look at the list is to consider that we will not be able to do all of these figures, or even come close, over the next 3-4 years when we will probably wan tto look at another Fan's Choice poll to reflect the latest wants at that time. As for which ones would be retail poison, we feel we have a strong handle on the "new" floor for even the most obscure figures (like the Willrow Hoods of the world) so we can manage just about the anything. The question is....do we want to? That's why it is better to look at the list as a general guide for hotspots of demand rather than a mandatory list. With that perspective, the figures least likely to have a chance to be done in that time are Queen/handmaiden figures, Jocasta Nu, Jaxxon, and the most obscure movie figures like Tey How. We don't have a lot of EU slots to play with currently, and aside from Jaxxon, these are very good choices but EU in general will likely struggle to get fit in with what is coming up (especially among strong candidates emerging from TFU2 and TOR that need to be put into consideration). Finally, as for how the list has impacted development, here is what is confirmed to come out before the end of 2011 (always subject to change, of course): two Prequel Trilogy figures, four OTC figures, and Bastila Shan. Not a bad start...

    SSG: One of your answers from the April 8th round said that, as we expected, due to the troubles with running changes, there will be no more of those running-change figures. The statement is clear, running changes from wave to wave didn't work out too well during the TLC line, but it leaves open the question of whether simultaneous, planned production variations could be released concurrently within the same wave. The line has done so before, similar to the way the TSC line's Endor Rebel Troopers were released, or some Saga Legends troopers, the Imperial Officer head variants, the Clone Wars Micro Series clones; and the GI Joe line has more recently had success with concurrently-released chase figures as well. While concurrent variants do make specifics a little tougher to get, it provides a lot more flexibility for army-building troops without waiting years to release a variant. So would those sorts of simultaneous-production, same-wave variant figures still be a possibility, or do these go down in flames along with the running change figures?

    Hasbro: There is no difference - all of the examples you cite were running change figures executed against the exact same item number, and that is exactly what is taboo. The only way to do variants would be to plan two item numbers and make releases against each. This would burn one of our precious items. We are under strict item count lockdown each year, so ding this would occupy a slot that otherwise might have gone to an all new or very differentiated figure. Since that is not a good tradeoff, we are retiring the notion of any kind of running change or slightly differentiated release for good. Instead, we'll have to pick up variants in others ways, like multi-packs and exclusives.

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    And our questions at CollectionStation.com:

    • Mace Windu has been represented in action figure form for 12 years now, and a large portion of those figures were released with some unique, non-standard aspect. Mace has been the first "sneak peek" in the modern line and was a mail-away, the first hard-shell "choco" robe, AOTC had a deluxe before basic which had a smiling face and a second figure, AOTC basic had the screaming face, 2003 AOTC basic had the "ultimate lightsaber control" stick gimmick, ROTS had the Force Lightning throw-off gimmick, and now the Clone Wars version with removable armor and saber-swinging waist. While there have been a few normal Mace figures, and even a super-articulated one finally, it seems as if Mace Windu has been tapped by Hasbro to be the sculpting and gimmick guinea pig. Is this pattern intentional, do you think he can't sell without these sorts of things, is it just happenstance, or does someone there subliminally not realize they keep picking Mace to be the test guy?
    • Why is it that modern realistic R2-D2 figures are oversized? Our math says that the modern R2 stands a whole centimeter too tall, which is a scaled visual difference of 7 inches. That's a pretty significant amount of extra height. The Clone Wars R2 is roughly the right height, as is the classic Kenner Artoo, while the build-a-droid astromech body splits the difference between the extremes. But the regular modern astromechs are all too tall. Why is this, and will this be addressed on the upcoming R2 redesign?
    • Recent Hasbro images show the upcoming Saga Legends Battle Droid 2-pack both using the mold based on the new Battle Droid figures from the Target Geonosis Arena Showdown sets. Is that what we will actually be used to make this Saga Legends 2-pack? If so, will we see any of the issues we raised in a previous Q&A addressed, like a left arm that can hold the blaster similar to the Clone Wars Firefighter Droid, or properly-sized eyes for every droid, or the neck piece facing the right way? Also, will we be seeing any running deco changes on this set, switching from Geonosis red to Naboo tan? Will there always be a commander droid and a regular grunt? Army-building Battle Droids only in red and at a 1:1 ratio with their commanders would be quite limiting, and many previous Saga Legends army builders have enjoyed running changes like this without any problems expressed.
    • Have you considered taking figures from the Comic Packs and putting them together into Battlepacks with perhaps 1 new figure, and making these sets exclusive to someone more focused on a comic-friendly audience, such as Diamond Distribution or one of the many fine e-tailers out there? This could help spur interest in the line along and satiate EU fans who crave more of their favorite characters. Star Wars comics still have a big audience, SW: Legacy is Dark Horse's 2nd best-selling line (despite the line apparently ending soon). If not Battlepacks, what about more Comic 2 Packs exclusive to those outlets with more focus on reusing the parts created for the line for new characters or at least character updates, since they're not likely to get used in the mainline?

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    The army builder thing is interesting if not the answer we were hoping to see.

    Why do they want to run a fans' choice poll if they don't want to make the finalists? They said they now have a release number at which they'd like to see obscure figures, but then say they're unlikely to make them. Oh, well. I wasn't really looking forward to Queen Apailana, I suppose.

    Here were the prequel finalists:
    *Barriss Offee
    *Ben Quadrinaros
    *Clegg Lars
    *Cordé
    *Darth Sidious (Senate Duel)
    *Dormé
    *Jocasta Nu
    *Kister and Wald (2-Pack)
    *Queen Apailana
    *Queen Jamillia
    *Tey How

    Out of those eleven, we Darth Sidious is coming in TVC wave 2, and they said they won't do the handmaidens, queens, Jocasta, or Tey How any time soon. So that leaves Barriss, Ben Quadinaros, Cliegg, and the Kitster/Wald pack. My first choice would be Cliegg, but I'm thinking they'll make Barriss, as they said they wanted to get to her fairly soon.

    As for the original trilogy:
    *Bom Vimdin
    *Cane Adiss
    *Dr. Evazan
    *Grand Moff Tarkin (A NEW HOPE)
    *Rebel Fleet Trooper
    *Sgt. Doallyn
    *Sim Aloo
    *Taym Dren-Garen
    *Toryn Farr
    *Tzizvvt
    *Weequay Skiff Master

    They've confirmed Bom Vimdin, Dr. Evazan, and the Weequay Skiff Master for 2011. No idea on who the other could be.

    In other news, Ratts Tyerell is coming on a vintage card in 2011, hopefully, they say, with a pit droid.

    Delta Squad is getting a re-release with more articulation.

    There was going an exclusive Ewok set they were looking to release, but the retailer canceled. They would have included Widdle, Oochee, and some TV movie Ewoks. Hopefully they'll make it out some day.

    Entertainment Earth will carry all four of the lost comic packs; I can only recall two confirmed ones, plus the Ralraa/Noghri pack, so not sure on the other one, but I think it involves Montross and Jaster Mereel.

    A ROTS vulture droid repaint is coming out - nice.

    A new Clone Wars mail-away includes a new clone trooper and some card game stuff. Cool on the clone; we'll see about the rest.

    More UGH figures are coming, with the only differences being foil on the SW name and stripe.

    The TVC clone is based on the Gelagrub mold, with ball-jointed hips.

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    Well I guess I'm satisfied with the answer to the poll question. I got some disturbingly bad news about the fate of the Mon Calamari Dancer figure today and was glad Hasbro didn't totally trounce Cane Adiss as well.

    Heres the 6 figures I'm betting Hasbro is referring to as coming by the end of '11:

    Cliegg Lars
    Barris Offee

    Bom Vimdin
    Dr. Evazan
    Rebel Fleet Trooper
    Weequay Skiff Master

    and of course Bastila Shan, who I couldn't care less about.
    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

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    Ridiculous! Anyone see the Jedi Temple war room question about why there is never a basic stormtrooper in the Saga Legends line? Hasbro answered that since there has often been a stormtrooper in the main line they've kept it out of legends so as to 'prevent overlap'. What about the Darth bloody Vader overlap?? PT Anakin overlap, PT Obi-wan overlap? Jeez if theres one character people wouldn't really mind seeing an overabundance of its the Stormtrooper!

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    CS questions have been posted, all 4 of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
    The army builder thing is interesting if not the answer we were hoping to see.
    It is, unfortunately, what I expected. I wasn't expecting such a firm and direct explanation, and I like that they didn't BS us about it. Too bad it's not what we want.

    Why do they want to run a fans' choice poll if they don't want to make the finalists? They said they now have a release number at which they'd like to see obscure figures, but then say they're unlikely to make them. Oh, well. I wasn't really looking forward to Queen Apailana, I suppose.
    They make the winner, that's the point. It also helps guide the line, even if they don't make the exact figures on the list.


    Quote Originally Posted by Devo View Post
    Ridiculous! Anyone see the Jedi Temple war room question about why there is never a basic stormtrooper in the Saga Legends line? Hasbro answered that since there has often been a stormtrooper in the main line they've kept it out of legends so as to 'prevent overlap'. What about the Darth bloody Vader overlap?? PT Anakin overlap, PT Obi-wan overlap? Jeez if theres one character people wouldn't really mind seeing an overabundance of its the Stormtrooper!
    Clones and Jedi out the wazoo, as well. I do understand what they're saying, but I'm not thrilled with it as an excuse. It's not like people would have bought the Saga Legends TAC-based Stormie and get mad that it's not the TLC Vintage-based Stormie instead... well, some die-hard collectors, but not the majority. We may have to call them on that in Q&A, or better, in person.
    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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    Interesting about the R2 figures. I am excited about the possibilities of a more accurate R2-D2 figure, but not excited about everyone who is going to be asking for every single, existing astromech droid to be remade using the improved body.

    I'm also relieved that Hasbro isn't using the results of the last Fan Choice poll as a set-in-stone roadmap for the future of the line. Although, it almost sounds like they would rather run another Fan Choice poll with pre-selected choices like in the past.

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    The Mace answer was kind of . . . well, not really an answer. Unless they mean there's a new Mace coming in the TVC line? I'm not sure. I'm leaning towards them having written this question from the perspective of someone three years ago.

    The battle droid answer is disappointing. Hopefully at least the eyes will be corrected, as they said.

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    The miserable chore of gathering up all 8 million of this round's questions has been accomplished: http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index....articleid=2676

    Noteworthy crap I am commenting on from this round:

    - Hasbor (sic) is claiming they'll look into the ball-hinge hips that stick out too far, but I suspect what is, is, due to the nature of the narrow crotch piece. Really, they should just sculpt armor around it better.

    - I was disappointed to see Hasbro not feel ankle articulation was necessary to Clones. I can do without wrist and ab even, but ankle is a must.

    - Funeral Pyre set has no home in 2011, not surprising to me unfortunately, a cool set but a hard sell to a mainstream audience and doesn't have a lot of excitement with fans right now.

    - There's a lot of questions this round that feel like a waste of a slot simply because they could have been answered by reading previous rounds' answers, or just having realistic expectations, or recognizing that this close to comic-con means no pics.

    - Wicket drops Kneesaa but gets a second outfit? Weird.

    - Bummer, no Tauntauns this year.

    - Dewback and Gelagrub faceplanted at retail. No surprise. Bad timing for both, and not entirely great design on the beasts.

    - Someone on the team wants a Krayt Dragon toy, wow that's obscure! Neat!

    - Sgt Bric is referred to as a "clone trooper" by Hasbro... weird. I can't wait to find out what that's about.

    - I'm glad they did a new Owen for the comic pack, but I don't really see the point when a just new head would have worked.

    - It's good to see Hasbro explaining why they don't give away too much info too early, a lot of fans still don't understand that one and need to.

    - Wow, really, not doing a new Rebel Transport? Golly geepers, I'm totally flabbergasted at that revelation.

    - A question about Luke as Vader from ESB, forgetting the POTJ figure, I guess.

    - Wow, requests for Nadhar Vebb were high, I'm surprised to hear it, I thought he wasn't interesting enough.

    - Glad to see I'm not the only one annoyed by the wide stance of the VOTC Snowtrooper.

    - I don't like Hasbro's answer to Yakface about the quantities of the TX-20 wave, there is zero evidence to back up their claim that the Magnaguard v2 and the rest were released in anywhere near the same numbers as prior waves.

    - Disappointed that they looked at putting an OT trooper on OT Legends packaging (figs, vehicles) and it got shot down due to looking not consistent. I found the line consistency too much with year 1 TLC figures, so it could have worked here too.
    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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    Hmm, more discussion of this Ewok set. Wonder if we could get Hasbro to spill the beans on what ******** retailer passed on it, so we can send them tons of hate mail?
    Tommy, close your eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Hmm, more discussion of this Ewok set. Wonder if we could get Hasbro to spill the beans on what ******** retailer passed on it, so we can send them tons of hate mail?
    First, autocensor considerations please. I had to star out a very inappropriate word there.

    Second, I would think ALL of them passed on it, not just the initially intended retailer.
    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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