Question 6 cut.
Nobody has voted, so nobody is refunded a vote.
Let me restate that, NOBODY HAS VOTED YET FOR AN EXISTING QUESTION. I have been in this thread for 2 hours and still have 0 votes in my tally sheet.
Thanks for the 411, I'll cut that question. That said, the yellowed helmets issue hasn't been as fixed as Derryl's been led to believe, I just yesterday saw a fresh case of figures with 2 yellowed helmets, the Utapau Clone and the new Stormtrooper.As to the white ROTS clone and the ceiling on figures, Echo Base News interviewed Derryl and he spoke on it:
Ok, I'll rework it and put it back in. We've had it before and pulled it due to lack of interest, but I'll put it into the cycle. I am however worried about the Anakin question at the end being a bit loaded and could blow up in our faces (the clone part was already answered recently, they do).Even my wife, who spends more time in the toy aisle with me than she would like, has noticed this trend and asked me this very question. If it were to be added, I would certainly vote for it.
I agree with his sentiment, but the way it's put is pretty harsh and I don't want to push our relationship with them that hard. Hence I used Derryl's words to do the job instead. But now seeing your post, I do feel like I may have been too soft at the end in my own words, so I've bolstered it a little.I like this question too. I worry that it may come off a bit harsh on Jeff, but I think that if they know that we are asking out of real concern and not just trying to be mean it could work. I like BigB's inclusion of "...which we can only assume is intended to artificially generate hype for a brand that people are already hyped about (otherwise they wouldn't be participating in the Q&A), or poor attempts at humor, which makes many fans feel that Hasbro is mocking us." It gives them some idea of exactly what we are complaining/asking about.
2) They addressed that in a few answers late last year, like this one from Nov 22nd:GalacticHunter.com: Our Features Editor (ahem) spoke to the Line Lead for The Clone Wars at Celebration V, and there was some difficulty in working Duchess Satine into the line. Now that she's had several appearances in, frankly, powerful episodes, is there room for a refined lady in a gown? (The skirt can be "break-away" as a compromise - just make sure she has something on underneath, of course!)
Hasbro: There are no plans for a Satine figure in the line. Aside from Ahsoka, kids just don't respond to female figures all that well. With kids being the vast majority of the Clone Wars audience, we don't have the luxury of a lot of collector-targeted figures in the line.
Sandtroopers.com: If Clone Wars is such a smash hit, is there a chance we'll see a better development of new figures next year? It seems like much of what we are seeing this year is existing sculpts with minor tweaks. IE Senate Guards, various Clone Troopers. Will Hasbro put more behind completely new figures for not only Clone Wars but Vintage?? In a nutshell, does ratings effect the resources Hasbro puts into a particular brand?and from Sept
Hasbro: Ratings don't affect what we put into the figures, but sales do; more importantly, our understanding of what audience is actually buying the figures is a key factor in what we do. Clone Wars is a very successful line for us, and the vast majority of people buying it are kids. This, combined with the fact that there are fewer collectors engaged in Clone Wars than in Legacy (Vintage), means that we are focusing on major characters for Clone Wars and trimming back on the more obscure characters. We've found that kids don't value these tertiary characters, so there is a high risk of bottling up the line when they don't sell. Also, kids don't care about whether their figures are made with existing sculpts or not: they concentrate on the biggest characters. This helps us ensure that we put our focus where it makes the biggest different for collector, and that's Vintage. Vintage will have many more new figures than Clone Wars in 2011.
KittysPryde.forumotion.com: Many fans love the articulation featured in the 'super-articulated Clone Trooper', but most figures continue to use tooling with less mobile joints. Why have the designers chosen to utilize articulation (especially in new molds) that allows for less movement than articulation already developed?It goes on and on like that, there's a pattern which developed in answers over the last year that Hasbro's seeing Clone Wars as struggling with figures like those you're suggesting and thriving when they're minimized. None are "off the table", but their chances are surely lower. As such, I don't feel it's something to pursue in Q&A right now, baseless "is this coming out" sort of questions are very specific when we have such a limited resource, since literally everything could be asked that way.
Hasbro: We assume that you are referring to Clone Wars figures, since the Legacy figures continue to be super-articulated. The simple reason for Clone Wars figures taking a bit of step down in articulation is due to the fact that the vast majority of Clone Wars figures are bought by kids who do not place value in articulation, and in fact find highly-articulated figures a lot more fussy to control and pose. We want to make sure that we are putting our cost investments (tooling, etc) in the right place and we want to make sure that we aren't over-developing figures for the target audience.
Unless it's currently on the plan for the next 6 months, I'm sure the answer will be of the "yes, but we're not doing it right now" variety.Has Hasbro looked at ships like Hondo Ohnaka's flying saucer, the Rapier-One for inclusion in the $24 basic fighter ship assortment?
What is this, are you just typing everything that pops into your head into 1 question?Enough with Republic ships for a while, as the Solar Sailor is a good choice, too - as is Ventress' ship from the Gennedy series (the Republic Fighter Tank was not from the new cartoon show), but that angel fish ship the Jedi use (Lego made it) does beg for consideration - however that's too big for the $24 price range - isn't it? Maybe the bounty hunter ship that Seripas and the others arrive in is plausible. On Naboo, Padme uses a yellow HazMat version of it when the blue shadow virus strikes. Repaint anyone? It could come with Padme and JarJar in EV suits, and maybe "Peppy" the pink female Gungan. Everyone wants a pink, female Gungan figure!
As for Ventress' ship, it was asked and answered. And the bounty hunter ship Halo is at least as implausible as the Jedi T-6 Shuttle, both of which have been made by LEGO and both are outside the Hasbro Class 2 Fleet (that's the new name for $25 vehicles) scale as-is.