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  1. #61
    Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why.

  2. #62
    Quote Originally Posted by mtriv73 View Post
    Can you say whether or not the change has anything to do with Jocasta Nu and/or possibly production issues which resulted in it then being offered to Brian's toys as an exclusive?
    The information I was given did not specify, and it was given AFTER the reveal of Jocasta Nu so there was no reason to keep that information separate. That said, my personal speculation says that Jocasta Nu might have been planned for CVI and the soft state of Hasbro Star Wars collecting was a contributing factor in that - purely my speculation though.

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbarada View Post
    According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this true? It seems that this change was made pretty late in the figure's production, because the red bandana versions are very difficult to track down. Was there a similar request from Lucasfilm about Dr. Evazan's scar or was that a change that you guys decided to do on your own? From a collector's standpoint, while it is cool that Lucasfilm will step in occasionally to ensure accuracy in the line; it's also a little perplexing that they would focus on a minor character like Kithaba while allowing you guys to put sleeves on Jedi Luke's cloak for the Deleted Scene figure released earlier this year. You would think that they would be more focused on the accuracy of the main characters above everyone else. Or do they just let major screw ups like Luke's cloak slide because they know it will give you guys an excuse to sell us another Jedi Luke at some point down the line? Also, are you guys aware that neither bandana color for Kithaba is the correct color for the character? It should be closer to a deep burgundy red, rather than a bright red or dark brown.
    Added.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
    All right, folks. Put on your readin' glasses! I have a mix of different kinds of questions ranging from nitpicky to slightly less nitpicky, and hopefully I'll be able to talk to Hasbro at CVI in some capacity. Discuss.
    I'll add them and comment only on the ones that need comment.

    *Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the rest of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions? (Such a pack – like an AT-ST/Ewok-style Special Action Figure Set two-pack – with a Han that could ride the Tauntaun a la the version in the Target exclusive Search for Luke Skywalker set pack but with his hood sculpted up, which already exists on several versions, could be a real hit.)
    I changed "rest" to "majority" since it's a just a few seconds where we see him the way the TVC figure shows it. This is a question I personally would love to see get answered, as well as "WHY THE HELL DID YOU NOT MAKE IT THAT WAY IN THE FIRST PLACE?!?"

    *On a similar note - how has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?
    Taking out the "on a similar note" because you'll not be able to be sure of what questions get asked and where. Also, think we should specify that the TPM 3D sales were soft, or no? I'm thinking it might help deflect party-line answers about how everything's peachy, but at the same time mentioning the sales were soft out of the gate could put them on the defensive.

    *Speaking of robes, when will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? The first attempt was on the 2003 Secret Ceremony figure, which was sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind. The only other option that comes close is the 2005 deluxe Anakin to Vader figure, but it is enclosed at the top and not quite right. Could this be included with the new AOTC Anakin in time? (And perhaps those aforementioned wires could give it some shape so it doesn’t just fall right off?)
    If this makes the final list, I'd hope it's towards the end.

    *Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?
    Ditto.

    *Is there any news on the status of the funeral pyre Vader set?
    There's no need to ask this, we discussed it in the booth at SDCC, it's still looking for someone to pick it up but it's basically gone into sleep mode.

    *The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year, with TVC waves 1 and 2 online around the time they hit retail, but wave 3 not hitting until late July/early August (and Movie Heroes wave 2 listed as "Coming Soon" with no sign of post-wave 1 Clone Wars). The entire cases have been available, but that doesn't really help people who don't want (or can't afford) all 12 figures, especially when most case assortments have more repacks than new figures. With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore?
    If there's only limited time, this one may get cut only because of the length of the answer. If you do get a chance to ask it, keep in mind that HTS is run like a business independent of Hasbro proper and that means making business decisions which are smart for HTS rather than for Hasbro Star Wars and its collectors.

    *What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Did you just license the molds, as seems to have been the case for R2-MK? Will we see the unique R6, R8, and R9 heads coming in the main line or as Droid Factory pieces (presumably without the hole for the hats)?
    Pretty sure they're the direct supplier, just like the Build Your Own Lightsaber station, but it's a great place to ask this question.

    *With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fand can't really make this version properly. This version would look great with an unmasked Vader image on a vintage card, if/when the line ever returns.
    Typo: "fand" should be "fans". I'd suggest keeping this low on the list. Also, if you get a chance to ask it, it MAY require clarification that you aren't talking about a removable helmet showing a zapped skull.

    *In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. We've gotten three molds of this figure (plus a current repaint/re-release of the 2006 version in the Target exclusive sets), and none of them have these panels - though the 1978 figure did. These ones are only good for his brief AOTC appearance. How many more inaccurate Arfives are we going to have to buy until we get the properly painted Skippy?
    That last sentence has to go, between the "arfives" being a confusing reference (since there's another R5 right now on shelves) and "Skippy" (a very limited-knowledge reference to the Fan Club magazine), I think "Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?" would work better.

    That reminds me, when asking these, you may have limited time and only be able to ask the pertinent question itself rather than any background info, so I suggest reading over the list in advance a couple times making sure you know the CONTENT rather than the specific words.
    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.

  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    I'll add them and comment only on the ones that need comment.
    Thanks for adding them and commenting.

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks
    Taking out the "on a similar note" because you'll not be able to be sure of what questions get asked and where. Also, think we should specify that the TPM 3D sales were soft, or no? I'm thinking it might help deflect party-line answers about how everything's peachy, but at the same time mentioning the sales were soft out of the gate could put them on the defensive.
    I'd like to group the questions thematically if at all possible, but I probably won't be reading these questions directly - they were just written out like this to make sure I have all the angles covered.

    I think the slow TPM sales have to be addressed. Then again, they've stated that they overproduced, so I'm not going to hammer them on it too much, even if angry people from other sites and Facebook (from comments I've seen) think everyone should constantly jump down their throats about it. I'll think on this point a bit more.

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks
    If this makes the final list, I'd hope it's towards the end.
    The Anakin AOTC robe is something that I personally want to see, so while I might not ask through the official Q&A site, I do want to bring it up to them in person. The only reason I do it now is because of the new Anakin figure. I would ask all the questions about the Droid Factory figures at once, probably near the end, as sort of a "looking towards 2013..." sort of thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks
    Typo: "fand" should be "fans". I'd suggest keeping this low on the list. Also, if you get a chance to ask it, it MAY require clarification that you aren't talking about a removable helmet showing a zapped skull.
    Ah, I'll keep that in mind. I asked Derryl about a proper damaged-hand Vader at CV, and we're so close now and yet still so far, so I just wanted to follow up on that point.

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks
    That reminds me, when asking these, you may have limited time and only be able to ask the pertinent question itself rather than any background info, so I suggest reading over the list in advance a couple times making sure you know the CONTENT rather than the specific words.
    As stated above, I want to just cover all the angles. I won't be reading these to them directly, but I might reference them there so I remember it all; at CV I only had a small sheet with notes that I came up with at 4 a.m. while waiting to see the Lucas-Stewart interview, so I'll be much better prepared this time.

  4. #64
    I'd like to group the questions thematically if at all possible, but I probably won't be reading these questions directly - they were just written out like this to make sure I have all the angles covered.
    If you have only 10 minutes, you won't be able to stay on themes, you'll need to bounce around to make sure every type of question gets some air. If we had more brand philosophy questions, that could be an opening theme you could stay with, but we've gone more product-oriented this time. The brand philosophy questions like 5, 6, 8, 10, 13, 17, 16, 22, and 24 are closest to what I mean, but they don't theme together especially well.

    I think the slow TPM sales have to be addressed. Then again, they've stated that they overproduced, so I'm not going to hammer them on it too much, even if angry people from other sites and Facebook (from comments I've seen) think everyone should constantly jump down their throats about it. I'll think on this point a bit more.
    I'd suggest only asking 1 question about TPM's soft sales, on this list there are 2 (16 and 17), of which I think 17 is the better question since it deals with a for-sure scenario coming up.

    The Anakin AOTC robe is something that I personally want to see, so while I might not ask through the official Q&A site, I do want to bring it up to them in person. The only reason I do it now is because of the new Anakin figure. I would ask all the questions about the Droid Factory figures at once, probably near the end, as sort of a "looking towards 2013..." sort of thing.
    Well, if you want to see it, get it into the official interview if you think you can get it asked and answered quickly.

    Ah, I'll keep that in mind. I asked Derryl about a proper damaged-hand Vader at CV, and we're so close now and yet still so far, so I just wanted to follow up on that point.
    I see. If it fits, use it, but since it's a specific thing, for the interview I'd still say keep it low on the list.

    As stated above, I want to just cover all the angles. I won't be reading these to them directly, but I might reference them there so I remember it all; at CV I only had a small sheet with notes that I came up with at 4 a.m. while waiting to see the Lucas-Stewart interview, so I'll be much better prepared this time.
    I didn't read ours verbatim either at SDCC this year, normally I do but normally we don't have a limit of 10 friggin' minutes. I read mine off my phone, as per Steve's advice, and it mostly worked (I put the phone into airplane mode so it wouldn't cover my list, but didn't think to set the screen timeout longer).
    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.

  5. #65
    So, it occurs to me today that we're about a week away from the show, and normally this would be around the time I'd get questions in order. Another site mentioned that they got an official 10 minute interview slot, Steve has gotten Hasbro's invite as well (we're not locked until we get confirmation from Hasbro on our interview slot, but it looks good), so we really need to think about prioritizing and adding more questions if needed.

    Below is a VERY rough prioritized list for a 10 minute interview, basically just imagining the first 7 or 8 questions have a good chance of being answered, but who knows what could happen. JabbaJohn especially since he's going to be running the interview, but also anybody else with ideas, any thoughts to how it should be changed?...


    - Will Droid Factory feature any straight repacks, like the Greatest Hits figures from the 2008-2010 Legacy lineup that were done to give buyers an option who perhaps didn't want some of the new figures but still wanted the piece to complete the droid? Or will the pieces all be specific to one figure and one figure only, as seems to be the case so far (with quite a few repacks/repaints in the line already)?

    - what's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage.

    - how has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?

    - Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. In the last Q&A, Hasbro hinted at new releases for the Fall but we haven't seen anything about them. Also, the "Shadow Squad" 3-pack appears on Wal-Mart's website (which includes a new TIE Crawler tooling, apparently) but information is limited and it hasn't seen release, either. So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad set specifically?

    - Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the majority of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions? (Such a pack – like an AT-ST/Ewok-style Special Action Figure Set two-pack – with a Han that could ride the Tauntaun a la the version in the Target exclusive Search for Luke Skywalker set pack but with his hood sculpted up, which already exists on several versions, could be a real hit.)

    - What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station? Did you just license the molds, as seems to have been the case for R2-MK? Will we see the unique R6, R8, and R9 heads coming in the main line or as Droid Factory pieces (presumably without the hole for the hats)?

    - Speaking of robes, when will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film? The first attempt was on the 2003 Secret Ceremony figure, which was sculpted to look like it was blowing in the wind. The only other option that comes close is the 2005 deluxe Anakin to Vader figure, but it is enclosed at the top and not quite right. Could this be included with the new AOTC Anakin in time? (And perhaps those aforementioned wires could give it some shape so it doesn’t just fall right off?)

    - What’s the idea or theory behind the most recent Battle Packs? There’s severely reduced articulation, done to save money and appeal to very young kids (who can’t manipulate the articulation without getting frustrated), plus reduced paint for the same reasons (plus “they’re supposed to be an homage to the vintage figures!” given as a reason). But then, the head sculpts are some of the best the line has ever seen – across the board (with Obi-Wan and Darth Maul having also been released in Movie Heroes). So, what was the actual initial reason for creating these figures? If it was cost – would or wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just cast figures from the late 1990s or early 2000s, as you already were doing in the line as of January 2012? If it was to give something to the kids – same reason as before? If it was to offer the best sculpts of these figures ever, was the lack of articulation a conscious desire (to get rid of unsightly ball joints - but then there are those massively ugly T-crotches in the Naboo set)? And why weren’t any of these amazing new heads released on the pre-existing Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon bodies?

    - The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year, with TVC waves 1 and 2 online around the time they hit retail, but wave 3 not hitting until late July/early August (and Movie Heroes wave 2 listed as "Coming Soon" with no sign of post-wave 1 Clone Wars). The entire cases have been available, but that doesn't really help people who don't want (or can't afford) all 12 figures, especially when most case assortments have more repacks than new figures. With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore?

    - With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet? The peg on the Emperor's wrath version is much larger than on the removable helmet version, so fans can't really make this version properly. This version would look great with an unmasked Vader image on a vintage card, if/when the line ever returns.

    - What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers? The helmets are just reused, and the AOTC version shows that you are clearly capable of sculpting a better-fitting, more accurate, less rubbery one, and yet we've already gotten all the big ROTS units in this big-helmet style.

    - Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing – mostly in the 2008 Target exclusive Order 66 packs. We haven’t seen much of this since then, but Darth Malgus has this feature in the neckline of his cape. Will we see more of this at all, or has its time basically gone? Why haven't we seen more of this?

    - Why is TVC Tarkin so green? Yes, sometimes the film lighting causes the gray outfits to look a little green, but the figure takes it to another level and looks significantly more green than any other movie-based officer figures ever have, and he looks out of place next to them. Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any point?

    - The issue of characters appearing in the Saga Legends line around the same time that they appear in The Vintage Collection is something that in the past Hasbro said they were trying to avoid, but lately has changed gears on. For the Saga Legends figures under the TVC line, out of 32 figures 15 of them were repeats of TVC figures on shelves around the same time, such as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Luke ESB Pilot, the AOTC and ROTS Clones, the Stormtrooper, C-3PO, Vader, Grievous, Jango Fett, Mace Windu, and the Super Battle Droid (who is identical aside from a slight change in deco, and a pistol). The Saga Legends versions are often $2 cheaper than their TVC counterparts, and sometimes are even superior in some ways - look at the helmet situation on the TVC Episode III clones compared to the properly-sized, never-green, correctly-painted Saga Legends clone that's also cheaper and comes with a stand. We understand Saga Legends is being replaced by "Movie Heroes" line, but the question remains for that as well, we have already seen that your plans seem to have multiple versions of Qui-Gon, Ep 1 Obi-Wan and Maul in different lines at the same time. What is the cause of those counter-planned characters, and are they cannibalizing sales from each other as we suspect? Is there any concern that having the same figure out in 2 movie-based lines accelerating its market ceiling being reached?

    - The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate – the character in the film has Imperial logos on both sides of his helmet, but the figure only has one, as it was seemingly based on a still photo of the character that obscures the right-side logo in shadow. Will this be fixed?

    - Speaking of cancelled items, whatever happened to the second Utai and Imperial Scanning Crew figures?

    - According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate. Is this true? It seems that this change was made pretty late in the figure's production, because the red bandana versions are very difficult to track down. Was there a similar request from Lucasfilm about Dr. Evazan's scar or was that a change that you guys decided to do on your own? From a collector's standpoint, while it is cool that Lucasfilm will step in occasionally to ensure accuracy in the line; it's also a little perplexing that they would focus on a minor character like Kithaba while allowing you guys to put sleeves on Jedi Luke's cloak for the Deleted Scene figure released earlier this year. You would think that they would be more focused on the accuracy of the main characters above everyone else. Or do they just let major screw ups like Luke's cloak slide because they know it will give you guys an excuse to sell us another Jedi Luke at some point down the line? Also, are you guys aware that neither bandana color for Kithaba is the correct color for the character? It should be closer to a deep burgundy red, rather than a bright red or dark brown.

    - Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless? Both the Movie Heroes and Vintage Collection figures, as well as the majority of previous versions, are stone-faced and serious. Is this to appeal to the Binks haters out there, or something? Might we see a smiling, scared, or slack-tongued Jar Jar at any point? They could easily reuse one of the new bodies and just replace the head.

    - Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores?
    I picked up a Wedge Antilles when I was at Walmart and a friend of mine bought Nom Anor and Aayla Secura. The store's computer didn't recognize any of the figures. Fortunately I had two 2011 R5-D4s with me that the cashier was able to use to ring everything up. However, that store's computer now thinks it sold 5 R5-D4 figures even though there were only two in stock. That has to cause some problems somewhere.
    I just find it a little bothersome that we're now 6 months into 2012 and Walmart's computers still don't recognize the new merchandise.
    At the beginning of the year, when the Deleted Scene wave first showed up, we had the same problem and I used an old Qui-Gonn figure to let the cashier ring up the new figures. So, that store reported selling 5 Qui-Gonn figures in one night, even though there was only one Qui-Gonn in stock (it listed each figure as Qui-Gonn Jinn on the receipt) and that Qui-Gonn went right back onto the shelf when I was done buying the new figures.
    I understand that Hasbro is going to say that this is an internal issue at Walmart that they have no control over, but it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.

    - I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?

    - We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013?

    - Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?

    - Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack?

    - Concerning the Clone Wars Battle Droid figure, will you ever release a regular infantry version that sports the Firefighter Battle Droid's extra-articulated arms, and the Class 1 Fleet Separatist Speeder Pilot Battle Droid's extra-articulated legs, so that we'll have a more articulated animated Battle Droid?

    - The 2009 Count Dooku with Speeder Bike figure featured a fabric cloak with a sculpted plastic clasp, meaning he had the free range of motion provided by the cloak with the accuracy of the clasp. Recently though, instead of a plastic clasp, your TVC General Lando Calrissian figure has a thick elastic strap that doesn't really look anything like the fabric braid the character wore in the film; it seems like that is a case where a plastic clasp would have been preferable. The plastic clasp holding closed a fabric cloak solution could also be a possibility on future Darth Vader figures, or movie-based Count Dooku figures, or other figures where appropriate and the material allows it. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando?

    - The Force FX lightsabers are targeted at adult collectibles, for a group who generally desire accuracy in their prop collectibles, and yet the latest ROTS Obi-Wan's lightsaber with removable blade suffers a big inaccuracy due to the blade needing to be securely anchored. However, with your removable-blade designs, you've started using dummy parts to fill in the removed blades, and we wonder if you'd consider for future thin-necked lightsabers like Luke ROTJ and Obi-Wan having the removable blade take the entire thick "neck" with it and having a more accurate thin-necked dummy design replace it. That much weight anchoring has been accomplished before in the thick metal coupler for the Maul saber halves that screwed together, on these thin-neck sabers the neck could screw down to the top part of the grip. That would let collectors have their cake and eat it too by giving an accurate hilt prop display with the thin neck, while still having the light-up blade play using the thick neck. So has there been any consideration for that sort of thing, and might it be seen in future Force FX sabers when needed?

    - In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. We've gotten three molds of this figure (plus a current repaint/re-release of the 2006 version in the Target exclusive sets), and none of them have these panels - though the 1978 figure did. These ones are only good for his brief AOTC appearance. Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?

    - Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why.

    - In the foreseeable future, can we expect to see the Neimoidian Separatist Shuttle released, seeing how it's appeared in three films, and in 12 Clone Wars episodes so far? It has a unique shape and certainly seems as useful as a Mandalorian Shuttle, which got a release.
    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.

  6. #66
    If I may throw in my two cents on the subject (since you asked for suggestions) it would be to make sure that we incorporate at least one question from each of the several sub-lines that fans around here are interested in. In other words, make sure that we get at least one question concerning VTC, Movie Heroes, CW, Build-a-Droid, AMP'ed, FX, and Disney Droid Factory asked before delving even more deeply into any specific niche. I understand that we're looking for a theme and segues but if we've only got 10 minutes it seems like we should try to represent everyone's interests and ask some of the broader questions first and then ask about incorrectly painted characters and "will we ever see such and such released" after.
    Have: CW Yularen, CW Clone, everything from CW Slave I set except Slave I, TFU Shadow Stormtrooper x2, Evo Trooper, Saga AT-AT Driver, K-Mart Jodo Kast || Want: Vintage Fordo
    Thanks to TheDarthVader, Phantom-like Menace, TheRealDubya, Jediguy, Dark Marble, Umbra, Qui-Long Gone, CrunchyNug, GH_fan and jedikiss.

  7. #67
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkJedi5 View Post
    If I may throw in my two cents on the subject (since you asked for suggestions) it would be to make sure that we incorporate at least one question from each of the several sub-lines that fans around here are interested in. In other words, make sure that we get at least one question concerning VTC, Movie Heroes, CW, Build-a-Droid, AMP'ed, FX, and Disney Droid Factory asked before delving even more deeply into any specific niche. I understand that we're looking for a theme and segues but if we've only got 10 minutes it seems like we should try to represent everyone's interests and ask some of the broader questions first and then ask about incorrectly painted characters and "will we ever see such and such released" after.
    I definitely want to get to the "big idea" questions first before asking about nitpicks or potential releases or that sort of thing. I think there is a pretty good mix of questions from the various lines as it stands - do you want to see anything else added?

    As for the order, then, and assuming we only have 10 minutes and that any other questions could theoretically be asked in a less formal setting at some point at Celebration, edited here only for space and with notes in bold. Once we finalize a list, I'd like to go back and clean up some of the questions and make them more up-to-date.

    5. The issue of characters appearing in the Saga Legends line around the same time that they appear in The Vintage Collection is something that in the past Hasbro said they were trying to avoid, but lately has changed gears on. Clearly this is still a big issue with multiple Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon releases not selling through, and a problem for the last two-plus years of the line, which I feel is essential to point out to them since they keep doing it and nobody ever calls them out on it. It then ties into the next question...

    17. How has the TPM 3D release affected your plans for future 3D releases?

    13. What’s the idea or theory behind the most recent Battle Packs?

    6. What's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage. It's not so much ALL figures being Vintage, as it seems they plan to continue the animated line, so I will have to reword this. Also I assume this was Lucasfilm's idea, but we can still ask if it was related to slow animated line sales, or wanting to bring the line under one style again, or what.

    22. Will Droid Factory feature any straight repacks, like the Greatest Hits figures from the 2008-2010 Legacy lineup that were done to give buyers an option who perhaps didn't want some of the new figures but still wanted the piece to complete the droid? Or will the pieces all be specific to one figure and one figure only, as seems to be the case so far (with quite a few repacks/repaints in the line already)?

    10. Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. ... So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad set specifically? I'll only ask this question if they don't bring anything up about it during the presentation.

    26. What is your involvement with the Disney Droid Factory station?

    Up to this point - if we can get these questions answered, I will be happy. The rest is just gravy.

    11. Is Hasbro aware that many TVC figures are still not ringing up at the registers at some Walmart stores? ... it seems to be artificially inflating the sales numbers of figures that aren't actually selling well.

    24. The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year ... With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore? Even if the team doesn't directly influence HTS, I feel like maybe it's a comment that they can pass on, at the very least.

    8. I'm a bit curious why there have been "discount store" lines for many of Hasbro's boy lines (Marvel driver figures on single cards, reissued Transformers, reissued Joe VvV figures and now the repaint line), but nothing for SW. Is it entirely a licensing thing?

    7. Whatever happened to the second Utai and Imperial Scanning Crew figures?

    Here are the questions about confirmed upcoming releases.
    19. When will we see an Attack of the Clones Anakin with his unique sleeveless robe from that film?

    20. Now that we have an ultimate Pablo-Jill figure coming, will we see his head retooled/repainted/resculpted to become Coleman Kcaj, the only remaining Jedi Council member not yet made?

    25. The upcoming Legacy Collection “Backstabber” TIE Fighter Pilot figure is actually inaccurate. ... Will this be fixed?

    Here are questions about recent releases.
    14. Will we see the Hoth Luke released with an alternate scarf/head to recreate his look for the majority of the time in the film? Perhaps in scarred and unscarred versions?

    15. Why is TVC Tarkin so green? ... Will you be releasing a gray-suited version at any point?

    23. What’s with the huge helmets on the newest Revenge of the Sith clone troopers?

    12. According to certain sources, the running change made to Kithaba's bandana color (from brown to red) was specifically requested by Lucasfilm to make the figure appear more accurate.

    21. Why is Jar Jar always so expressionless?

    27. With the new Emperor’s Wrath Darth Vader, we finally get an accurate damaged arm. Will we see this body re-released with the three-piece removable helmet?

    28. In A New Hope, R5-D4 is shown to have red panels on his back. ... Why hasn't this been addressed in the modern line, and when will it be?

    2. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando? This question could perhaps be combined with...

    18. Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing ... Why haven't we seen more of this?

    Here are the questions I can live without unless we see a new angle to them.
    1. The Force FX lightsabers are targeted at adult collectibles, for a group who generally desire accuracy in their prop collectibles, and yet the latest ROTS Obi-Wan's lightsaber with removable blade suffers a big inaccuracy due to the blade needing to be securely anchored. They stated at SDCC that they're only going to keep producing the current ones and don't currently have plans for new designs. I assume this falls under that? I could ask about it to put the idea in their heads but I'm sure they tried to make it accurate in the first place and this was the best they could do with the materials and structure and everything.

    3. In the foreseeable future, can we expect to see the Neimoidian Separatist Shuttle released, seeing how it's appeared in three films, and in 12 Clone Wars episodes so far? It has a unique shape and certainly seems as useful as a Mandalorian Shuttle, which got a release. It's the whole play value thing again, and I don't know where this ship could go given its bizarre shape and size. Given their lack of focus of vehicles at all, I'm gonna guess their answer is a big NO.

    4. Concerning the Clone Wars Battle Droid figure, will you ever release a regular infantry version that sports the Firefighter Battle Droid's extra-articulated arms, and the Class 1 Fleet Separatist Speeder Pilot Battle Droid's extra-articulated legs, so that we'll have a more articulated animated Battle Droid? Articulation is very clearly no longer a priority for The Clone Wars line, and they haven't seen a battle droid released for a while anyway, so I doubt this will happen.

    9. We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013? I'm sure they'll address if there's something coming for the anniversary. Then again, all of these figures have been rare, so it might be worth asking.

    16. Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack? I assume they'll still work things in from the film here and there, and that will probably be their answer - I guess this could potentially be combined with the other TPM question.

    29. Oh, and if Hasbro doesn't bring up the Amp'd line again (as it was conspicuously absent at Comic-Con), I'd like to know the status of it. I don't really want anything from it, I just want to know if it was cancelled and why. As with the Titanium question, this depends on whether they show any of this or not.

  8. #68
    In #17, I think it means film-specific figures to coincide with 3D re-releases, right? Or is it referring to the actual 3D gimmick on some exclusive packaging? It's not entirely clear. Also, it's possible they could answer the question as currently phrased with, "Well, Lucasfilm is the one who makes decisions on the movie releases, not us."

    Probably sounds like I'm trying to be a smartarse, but it's a bit ambiguous as it is.
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  9. #69
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    In #17, I think it means film-specific figures to coincide with 3D re-releases, right? Or is it referring to the actual 3D gimmick on some exclusive packaging? It's not entirely clear. Also, it's possible they could answer the question as currently phrased with, "Well, Lucasfilm is the one who makes decisions on the movie releases, not us."

    Probably sounds like I'm trying to be a smartarse, but it's a bit ambiguous as it is.
    Yeah, the question is referring to the products launched to coincide with future re-releases of the following five films in 3D, not about Discover the Force-style 3D packaging. They should know that I'm asking about their products, not the theatrical re-releases themselves.

    As I said, I'll be rewriting the questions once people chime in on the order a bit more. So pick those damn nits later.

  10. #70
    Quote Originally Posted by DarkJedi5 View Post
    If I may throw in my two cents on the subject (since you asked for suggestions) it would be to make sure that we incorporate at least one question from each of the several sub-lines that fans around here are interested in. In other words, make sure that we get at least one question concerning VTC, Movie Heroes, CW, Build-a-Droid, AMP'ed, FX, and Disney Droid Factory asked before delving even more deeply into any specific niche. I understand that we're looking for a theme and segues but if we've only got 10 minutes it seems like we should try to represent everyone's interests and ask some of the broader questions first and then ask about incorrectly painted characters and "will we ever see such and such released" after.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
    I definitely want to get to the "big idea" questions first before asking about nitpicks or potential releases or that sort of thing. I think there is a pretty good mix of questions from the various lines as it stands - do you want to see anything else added?
    I want to represent all our interests but only if there's substance behind the question, I think that's what John means there too. AMP'D is a good example of a question that I feel should be sunk to the bottom, there's been no significant interest on our forums that I've seen. And as much as I want Force FX sabers to have a life, nobody is talking about them right now, Hasbro's just treading water with it - it's not dead but Hasbro didn't even bring it to Comic-Con - and our question for FX is a product idea, not a broader question so it's almost guaranteed to not have a positive response even if they like the idea unless they already thought of it and are secretly producing it. But as John said, we're not closed to ideas even now, if you have a suggestion on the order to make, put it together and show us how you'd try to get as many questions done in that 10 minutes with your idea.

    As for the order, then, and assuming we only have 10 minutes and that any other questions could theoretically be asked in a less formal setting at some point at Celebration, edited here only for space and with notes in bold. Once we finalize a list, I'd like to go back and clean up some of the questions and make them more up-to-date.

    5. The issue of characters appearing in the Saga Legends line around the same time that they appear in The Vintage Collection is something that in the past Hasbro said they were trying to avoid, but lately has changed gears on. Clearly this is still a big issue with multiple Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon releases not selling through, and a problem for the last two-plus years of the line, which I feel is essential to point out to them since they keep doing it and nobody ever calls them out on it. It then ties into the next question...
    I would be reticent to mention too many examples up front or too few (I do that a lot and have learned to tone it down), if you're going to mention Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, find a 3rd but that's it, then if they ask for clarification have a few more up your sleeve.

    But this absolutely shouldn't be the first question as it's a downbeat, accusatory question and you want to open stronger than that.

    Also, you may not be able to dictate the order that easily, and if you have a downbeat question you are going to want to follow with something neutral or positive rather than go after another accusation. It's an ebb and flow IMO, an interview shouldn't put the interviewee on the defensive for too long at a stretch or they just shut down - you'll find Derryl can take it because he's been with the brand for a long time and he's a fanboy from birth, but you'll need to consider Jeff is also vital to the interview and he hasn't been with the brand long enough to develop that thick skin, he seems to take it pretty hard.

    6. What's up with a few years of "animated figures only in the animated line," then, suddenly, all figures being Vintage. It's not so much ALL figures being Vintage, as it seems they plan to continue the animated line, so I will have to reword this. Also I assume this was Lucasfilm's idea, but we can still ask if it was related to slow animated line sales, or wanting to bring the line under one style again, or what.
    Yeah, I just copy-pasted this, rewrites are understandable. But keep in mind that since the announcement of the TVC Clone Wars trio of figures, there hasn't been a single new CW line mold, so it's not entirely false.

    10. Following the release of 2 (repack) Titanium Series waves at the beginning of the year, we haven't seen any new ships since. ... So, what's going on with this line, and the Shadow Squad set specifically? I'll only ask this question if they don't bring anything up about it during the presentation.
    We have a fairly strong Titanium Series following here on SSG, so even if they address it during the presentation, please try to get SOMETHING about Titaniums asked during the interview.

    24. The availability of single figures on HasbroToyShop is bizarre this year ... With retail distribution so horrible, why can't collectors count on going directly to the source anymore? Even if the team doesn't directly influence HTS, I feel like maybe it's a comment that they can pass on, at the very least.
    The frustration level on this issue is high enough with the tone I've seen online that I think it should be asked during the interview, it's something people should hear in writing from an official interview.

    Oh, that reminds me, I haven't seen any other site's SDCC interviews yet, are they out there?

    2. Will the plastic-clasp-and-fabric approach be taken more in the future? Why wasn't it with TVC General Lando? This question could perhaps be combined with...

    18. Some figures have had wires in their capes to help with posing ... Why haven't we seen more of this?
    I don't think there's enough connective tissue between the 2 questions to merit melding, one has to do with a specific oddity at the collar clasp while the other is a general question that affects more figures and IMO that makes it more important.

    Here are the questions I can live without unless we see a new angle to them.
    1. The Force FX lightsabers are targeted at adult collectibles, for a group who generally desire accuracy in their prop collectibles, and yet the latest ROTS Obi-Wan's lightsaber with removable blade suffers a big inaccuracy due to the blade needing to be securely anchored. They stated at SDCC that they're only going to keep producing the current ones and don't currently have plans for new designs. I assume this falls under that? I could ask about it to put the idea in their heads but I'm sure they tried to make it accurate in the first place and this was the best they could do with the materials and structure and everything.
    I don't remember reading or hearing that anywhere. I spoke to Derryl about it and he said basically that but less final. Even if this is the case though, the "why" would be interesting if you get a chance (I think he said it was just tough to market and sell, which led into a brief conversation about HTS).

    4. Concerning the Clone Wars Battle Droid figure, will you ever release a regular infantry version that sports the Firefighter Battle Droid's extra-articulated arms, and the Class 1 Fleet Separatist Speeder Pilot Battle Droid's extra-articulated legs, so that we'll have a more articulated animated Battle Droid? Articulation is very clearly no longer a priority for The Clone Wars line, and they haven't seen a battle droid released for a while anyway, so I doubt this will happen.
    The lack of a recent CW BD makes this a more viable question perhaps, it creates the opportunity to fill a void in the line AND improve the quality of the product AND save on tooling since it already exists AND convince collectors to buy more BDs. That's a 4-way win! It's not high on my list either though.

    9. We've had a number of Knights of the Old Republic releases to date now, including, Revan, Malik, Bastila, and HK-47, is there any chance we might seeing a multi-pack collecting these figures? Perhaps for the upcoming 10 year anniversary of the game in 2013? I'm sure they'll address if there's something coming for the anniversary. Then again, all of these figures have been rare, so it might be worth asking.
    Rarity is a good hook, plus sometimes they don't think of these sorts of things. If you can't ask it during the interview but you have Derryl and Brian Merten's attention at the same time, it'd be a great suggestion because I've seen them make these sorts of ideas bloom on the spot - suggest it as an Amazon or Gamestop exclusive, anything to get the idea germinating. They have the resources and time to make it work right now, but the window is closing.

    All that said, it's not terribly high on my list of asks either.

    16. Is there still hope for much more new stuff from The Phantom Menace, now that its second (and most likely final, until the line license expires) big push has come, or was the 3D release kind of the last big chance? If it was, does this mean we might never see a Bongo, or a Kitster and Wald two-pack? I assume they'll still work things in from the film here and there, and that will probably be their answer - I guess this could potentially be combined with the other TPM question.
    I don't see a clean way to combine them, but keep this question in mind during that question in case the opportunity to follow up is there.


    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    In #17, I think it means film-specific figures to coincide with 3D re-releases, right? Or is it referring to the actual 3D gimmick on some exclusive packaging? It's not entirely clear. Also, it's possible they could answer the question as currently phrased with, "Well, Lucasfilm is the one who makes decisions on the movie releases, not us."

    Probably sounds like I'm trying to be a smartarse, but it's a bit ambiguous as it is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. JabbaJohnL View Post
    Yeah, the question is referring to the products launched to coincide with future re-releases of the following five films in 3D, not about Discover the Force-style 3D packaging. They should know that I'm asking about their products, not the theatrical re-releases themselves.

    As I said, I'll be rewriting the questions once people chime in on the order a bit more. So pick those damn nits later.
    Obviously if Chux isn't sure, then the question needs to be reworded to make it clearer because it could apply to the Discover the Force 3D line as easily as it could reflect their response to the 3D film releases.

    "- How has your product line's release surrounding the TPM 3D cinematic release affected your plans for the future 3D cinematic releases?" it's a little awkward, got anything better?
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