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    Hasbro did a really good job this time!

    This changes the topic slightly, but I just went through my E2 comic book.

    Hasbro did a great job of getting out all the characters kids will want to play with!

    Rather than Episode One's wave by wave releases, including getting an army builder like the Gungan Warrior or Security Droid out years later (in POTJ), Hasbro got all the E2 necessary out. 27 figures are COMMON now before the movie!!!

    This strategy makes sense. They should sell through their early product.

    What's actually left from Episode 2?

    Mostly collector driven figures (I'll list in a second) and rehashes of the hero characters (but good ones).

    There's:

    Beru Whitesun
    Owen Lars
    Clieg Lars

    Some of the Separatists (politicians kids will be less interested in)

    Poggle the Lesser (though he might have worked earlier)
    Nute Gunray
    Wat Tambler
    some of the other alien Separatists

    Senators:

    Wookiee (hopefully)
    Bail Organa
    Palpatine's aide Sly Moore
    a few other Senators they could do

    Various background aliens (more collector driven - that I want though!)

    Interestingly enough, the biggest mistake I see is the lack of Padme in all her outfits.

    With the love theme in this movie, and the possible appeal to a large young lady audience, wouldn't Hasbro be wise to have more 'glamorous' Padme product available to the girls?

    This time around I think the marketing strategy that failed in this area for E1, would succeed for Clones. Plus, I'd like those Padme figures. And she needs nealry 20 of them! (not counting 5 left from E1 - Ceremony, Pre-Senate, Post-Senate, Purple Return, and handmaiden - until that last one gets a confirmation).

    The new movie? Senate, Nightmare, Packing, Traveling to Naboo, light blue jumpsuit with the headband, backless dress by the lake, flower girl by the waterfall, black leather, blue dress on Naboo, traveling to Tatooine, peasant dress, Tatooine white, white mission to Geonosis, white Geonosis (no action feature), wedding. - That's 15 more Padme's (not counting pilot and first figure). Plus 5 more adding the E1, and you get 20 figures needed for her. So they better do 4 per year!

    POTJ wasn't so bad - we got Theed Throne, Sabe (decoy), black travel, and I heard most people say they liked these figures.

    Later we will get rehashes of Obi-Wan and Anakin. Some that could be useful would be:

    Anakin, neutral pose, removeable, hanging relaxed cloak on him.

    Obi-Wan - same as above. From the Jedi Council scenes or Padme's apartment.

    Obi-Wan - cloaked and molded to look soaking wet. This can be a dramatic action pose as long as you can work him through the scenes in the movie for the rain fight (read: meaningul articulation).

    Obi-Wan - cloaked, wet, but relaxed. This could be from when Taun We takes him on a tour of the Clone facility. We don't want him to look like he's going to cut her head stalk off, do we?

    Now I do think Jango Fett is done. I also don't think Baby Fett (Boba Kamino) needs a Geonosis figure. No thanks.

    Zam is also done.

    Dooku could take a nice neutral, non action pose figure with the cloak more wrapped around him. An extreme action pose with him really evil looking could be cool as well.

    Luminara needs to be made neutral. Her padawan Bariss only requires one figure if done right: a highly poseable one which can be stood neutral.

    R2D2 does not need another figure. If they want to make R2:

    Jabba's Sailbarge as a cappacino machine.

    OR REDO the darn lightsaber launching figure because it looks like such junk (Flashback R2) and this is my favorite R2 feature he could have!

    Kit Fisto is a cool looking alien Jedi any way you cut it. A neutral Kit would be welcome too.

    Mace needs a wild figure that's somehow simulating his cloak's on fire! That would be sweet!

    The normal regular infantry Clone Trooper needs a highly articulated resculpt. And his paint should be totally clean.

    That's about all I can think of right now.

    But if Hasbro wants to sell an entire collection to KIDS right now, with the movie release, getting as close to 36 as possible would be great since last time 18 before the movie didn't move their sales for them as well.

    And there was no one for kids to make the heroes fight. Maul and Battle Droid variations were being swallowed up. Sidious wasn't an "action villain." (Destroyers came out in June - after the movie had been out some time - but they weren't available for spontaneous purchase right as the kid leaves the movie theater).

    Now we have 8 baddies already:

    Jango
    Boba
    Dooku
    Battle Droid
    Super Droid
    Tusken female
    Geonosian Warrior
    Zam Wessel

    and you can view CloneTroopers, Chancellor's Crimson Guards, Taun We, and Dexter Jettster however you want (if you're a kid and have some imagination).

    Plus the cardbacks show just a few of each figure, not making kids feel overwhelmed, but wetting their appetite for more.

    Things could barely be better.

    Nice job Hasbro!
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    No argument here.
    Palps and Valorum from Episode I would have been better suited down the line. I like the fact that Hasbro set about doing so many Jedi up front, it offers better variety.

    I'm really looking forward to the Lars family.

  3. #3
    Geonosian Guard (with Sonic Blaster)
    With holes in thier FEET for action figure stands!

    Dwarf Spider Droid (with firing cannon)

    Hailfire Droid

    Spider Droid

  4. #4
    Yeah, they figured kids and casual fans would have a blast with the main heroes, villains and characters, then after the movie buzz wears off the more collector inspired figures(or how I like to refer to as the 5 second characters) come out. Its a great strategy as it reduces the risk of the toy backlash and peg warming that occured with Episode 1.
    You just remember what old jack burton says at a time like this. Have you paid your dues? yes sir the check is in the mail.

  5. #5
    i agree, they did awsome. i really like all the jedi also, two thumbs up hasbro!
    Master Obi-Wan has lost a planet, how embarassing. - the great yoda

  6. #6
    I sure did also appreciate the army builders up front when product will be at its highest. Makes sense to me to flog it while its hot!!! I am a completeist though and hope they make a hell of a lot more guys in the future. I still want alot more ep1 guys too. I think we got shorted a bit there.

  7. #7
    Yes we did. Episode One we did not get:

    5 Padmes (Pre-Senate, Post-Senate, Handmaiden, Purple, Celebration)

    Captain Doldry Dofine (Niemoidian)
    Senator Lott Dodd (Niemoidian)
    Cmdr. Tey How (Niemoidian)

    Nute Gunray (hologram)

    Palpatine Hologram
    Sio Bibble Hologram (should be included with Padme Handmaiden)

    white Naboo Royal Guard
    black Naboo Royal Security

    Blue pilot Battle Droid
    Clean up mini-droids

    R2-A6
    R1-G4

    Ishi Tibb Pod Racer Fan

    Gungan Council Rep Teers
    Gungan Scout
    Gungan Female w. Child

    Senator Orm Fre Taa (but we got him in E2)
    Senator Asks Moe (Gran)
    Senator from Kashyyyk (Wookiee)
    Secretary of the Senate Sei Teria

    Graga (chubba seller) - or is that SwokesSwokes?

    Kitster
    Wald

    Ben Quadrinaros
    Dud Bolt
    Aldar Beedo
    Wan Sandage
    Elor Mak
    Ark Bumby Roose
    Pod 12
    Pod 13
    Pod 14
    Pod 15
    Pod 16
    Pod 17
    Pod 18

    Master Depa Billaba
    Master Oppo Rancisis
    Master Yarael Poof
    Master Yaddle
    Master Even Piel
    Master Eeth Koth (from the Jedi Council chambers, not the Arena)
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  8. #8
    R1-G4 was in Episode 1? Where? He is the same one sitting in the background during the Purchase of the droids, right?

    I hope they come out with more Padmes. While I don't collect them myself, my wife does. I think she has all of the Padmes and most of other female characters so far, plus 2 of the 12" Amadala Collection and the Princess Leia Collection.
    Yo momma. That's right, I said "yo momma".

  9. #9
    R1 was in Watto's shop.....
    "You will shed tears of crimson"-Vicious (Cowboy Bebop)

    YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!!! THANKS FOR VOTING CONCEPT STORMIE!!!

  10. #10

    Re: Hasbro did a really good job this time!

    Originally posted by Tycho


    Now I do think Jango Fett is done. I also don't think Baby Fett (Boba Kamino) needs a Geonosis figure. No thanks.

    You don't think they'll make a Jango/Boba pilot? Or a Jango/Boba with PJs, from the apartment scene? Personally I think Boba Fett KE looks awful and I wouldn't touch it with a 12-foot pole, so I'm hoping for another Boba fig, myself.

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