Posted by Curto on April 17, 2007 at 09:00 AM CST
So many questions, so little space... Many other Star Wars collecting sites also submitted questions you need answered, so if you want to know the latest answers from this week's Hasbro Star Wars Bi-Weekly Q&A Session, here's a handy guide to help you get all the info.



From Action Figs:
1) In a future release, would it be possible to re-release Dannik Jerriko with the holes in his face (the ones caused by the removable proboscises) filled in?

2) Recently, several unique figures and accessories have been released in boxed sets (multi-packs, vehicles) - for example: Zev Senesca, removable-helmet Snowtrooper, white AT-RT Driver, the Geonosian energy binders, etc.. As many collectors who have been with the line for 12 years haven't wanted to purchase (for example) yet another Snowspeeder they already had just to get a new figure, have you given any thought to releasing these figures separately, either carded or as hasbrotoyshop.com exclusives?

3) In the vintage line, Kenner included a cloak with Bib Fortuna that was made out of a wonderful material that lay down closely to the body of the figure. The modern cloaks leave a lot to be desired, as it appears a number of materials have been tried but all coming up lacking in one way or another. Why not use the material that was in the Bib cloak?


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NEW: From Galactic Hunter:
1) The Bantha Battle Pack and Betrayal on Felucia Battle Pack raise a certain question. Where's the battle? Is it a little taboo to have Anakin Skywalker beheading a Tusken Raider, or a troop of Clones mercilessly shooting Aayla Secura in the back? (Some of us would be happy to have a battle ravaged Aayla Secura.) With some Battle Packs aimed at collectors, and mass release Battle Packs aimed at kids, what's the rationale? I'd like to see an Octuptara Droid and a mess of Galactic Marines ripping Ki-Adi Mundi to shreds. I'd LOVE to see Yoda actually beheading the troops who betrayed him. So what's the official policy on this?

2) With the myriad IG-88 figures that Hasbro has created over the years, and the team's creative use of small-sized vehicle parts, are we likely to see IG-Lancer Droids on their swoops in the near future? (As seen in Clone Wars.)

3) With figures being shuttled around to make up for the delayed Force Unleashed line, is there any chance that Hasbro might revisit some cool figures that have been stuck in developmental limbo? (Swamp Obi-Wan Kenobi? Wind-Up Walking Vulture Droid? Holographic Nute Gunray? The Bespin Dinner Table Darth Vader?)


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From Jedi Defender:
1) Toys R Us has what appears to be a huge new exclusive Battle Pack, The Battle of Geonosis Creatures, listed on their website. Just how big is this set going to be? Are we talking a re-release of all 3 of the Arena beasties? Any new ones? With figures?

2) Recently, a few of the on-line retailers announced pre-orders for two "new" Battle Packs, 'Clone Attack' and 'Jedi Vs. Sith'. Are these simply the 2005 Battle Packs of the same name in the new 30th Anniversary Packaging or are they something else?

3) Also from the recent news pile, pictures popped up this week of single carded Galactic Heroes figures. How and when will these be available? Summer conventions? Are they exclusives?


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From Jedi Temple Archives:
1) Can you confirm whether or not the special display box that came with the coin offered at Toy Fair is exclusive to Toy Fair? Or, will this be distributed elsewhere?

2) Will the Celebration IV exclusive 2-pack be available only at Celebration IV, or will it be available online like the SDCC Stormtrooper was? How about the European version?

3) When will we find out about the remaining figures (31-60) and their numbers/waves? With the delay of the Force Unleashed figures, will this alter their numbering?


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From Sandtroopers.com:
1) I really love the Titanium line, however the recent increase in repaints scares me into thinking that Hasbro "may" be running low on ship ideas. I would love to see the inclusion of more video game/comic/cartoon vehicles (i.e. TIE Hunter, Outrider, and more specifically the TX-130, AT-XT, and the much beloved Torrent Starfighter). I think these would be welcome additions and breathe much needed diversity to the line. Has Hasbro thought of including more non-film vehicles as opposed to repaints?

2) I have multiples of just about every clone you guys crank out (keep up the good work!!). Sadly my forces don't have many vehicles to defend the Republic. I know the 19.99 price point is where you want to keep vehicles. Without tipping your hand (to much) Can you tell us your thoughts on a 19.99 Torrent Starfighter, AT-XT, or TX-130? The latter two are from the Clone Wars video game (which I know will be a focus for Hasbro as the animated series arrives).

3) Any chance of us getting more of the old army builder type four packs, but using updated figures? I'm sure there are a ton of people who would love to get their hands on a 4 pack of loose VOTC Stormtroopers, Galactic Marines, SA Clone Troopers, etc.


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From Sir Steve's Guide:
1) When Episode II came out, there was a big fuss made about Hasbro using Realscan technology as an advanced guide assisting in the sculpting process - especially for heads and accessories. In the 5 years after, how often has Realscan been used since then, how helpful has it been, what are some of the most common drawbacks when using it for you, and what is the figure or figure's accessory that is closest to the Realscan source data?

2) Will the moisture vaporator be available only with this upcoming Luke figure so those who want multiples of this accessory will need to buy multiple Lukes, or will there be other ways to get it in the foreseeable future? (One possibility is to reuse the accessory with Ep 2 Owen Lars, Beru Whitesun, and Cliegg Lars figures.)

3) There has been some confusion about the upcoming Vintage-style Han Solo in Hoth gear figure, specifically his headgear. Pictures from Toy Fair show a version with a removable hat/goggles combination, but will the figure also be able to wear the hood-up look that covered the hat in the movie, and if so, how will this be achieved? If not, why is the movie-accurate hood-up look not being utilized here? What was it about Vintage-style Han Hoth's hood-up accessory which made Lucasfilm pull approval of that item?


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NEW: From Star Wars Action News:
1) Can you share a little bit of the strategy of placing only one per case of the McQuarrie Signature Series Concept Stormtrooper in the original case release of TAC Wave 1? This figure being shortpacked has led to reports of cases being brought out from the back with the figures already gone from the cases (I have heard this from employees of Toys R Us and Target where that single figure is the only one mysteriously missing due to another employee digging it out). Even people who don't usually collect figures are buying the McQuarrie figures en masse, making this single figure very hard to find.

2) Why was Kitik Keed'Kaak's color not corrected in the Wal-Mart wave of rereleases? In the movie and cardback she is green but the figure was brown. Given that the other figures in this wave had new paint apps, why no love for Kitik?

3) Will the Toys R Us exclusive vehicles coming up have pilot figures packed in with them?


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From SW Collector:
1) Recent photos of the wave 3 Luke Skywalker (30AC #18) figure show him packed with the lightsaber hilt for Darth Vader's lightsaber. This is the exact same error from 2006 that occurred with the Vintage X-wing Pilot Luke figure. Is it too late to correct this error before the figure ships? Can someone please note that the correct saber hilt is the one that was packed with TSC Tatooine Luke (Saga #036) figure, and perhaps prevent this error from occurring again in the future?

2) Since it was confirmed in the last Q&A that the VTAC Snowtrooper does indeed have a removable helmet, do you have any "unmasked" pictures that you could send us?

3) While we're on the subject of classic troopers with removable helmets, will you ever consider releasing non-Jango or variant, removable-helmet, classic troopers with different heads (packaged with their helmets off, of course) like you have with other soldiers and officers? Starwars.com's Q&A quotes Lucas as telling Episode III crew members that Classic Trilogy troopers were made up of Jango clones as well as other sources like new clone hosts, political favors, and academy graduates. You could even subtly delve a little into the Expanded Universe that has further developed this concept and use characters like the Joker Squad from the Legacy comics, former troopers from Marvel like Beilert Valance and Flint, video game ties like Brenn and Dellis Tantor in Force Commander, or even get into illustrious fan favorites like Davin Felth. An easy win could always just be to start with the existing Kir Kanos and Carnor Jax heads since all Royal Guards were supposedly once Stormtroopers.


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NEW: From TheJawa.com:
1) Is the Destroyer Droid with shield being released later this year going to be a new sculpt?

2) We've recently seen some online retailers listing two new Battle Packs. Those being JEDI VS SITH & CLONE ATTACK. Can you fill us in on the character lineups in these sets, and what might be new in these battle packs?

3) Clone Troopers and Battle Packs have b een very popular products with collectors. Has consideration been given to unit oriented battle packs?From Revenge Of The Sith alone there are some units that have been popular with army builders, including:

  • 212th Attack Battalion: Including Commander Cody, Airborne Trooper, Utapau Clone Trooper & AT-RT Driver
  • 41st Elite Corps: Including Commander Gree, Elite Troopers, Kashyyyk Trooper (from the Order 66 2-pack) & AT-RT Driver
  • 501st Legion: Including Commander Appo, Commander Bow, 501st Trooper (pick one!) & Airborne Trooper
  • Galactic Marines: Commander Bacara & Galactic Marine


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    From Yakface:
    1) Okay, I love all the Imperial officers that you have been producing over the last few years. But I still have an empty slot in my Empire Strikes Back collection for the ill fated Captain Needa. Any sense on when I might be able to fill that spot with an action figure?

    2) I know the V-Wing Starfighter is just now hitting shelves (I found one last week and it is awesome by the way, thank you!) but is a repaint too early to think about for this vehicle? Specifically, I was wondering if we would ever see it released again someday in it's all-grey Imperial version as seen at the very end of ROTS?

    3) We're in the midst of the 30th anniversary celebration for A New Hope, but I was wondering if the seeds for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back have been planted? Do you think you'll even do anything to commemorate the anniversary of ESB (good opportunity to finally get a Cloud Car out there dont you think? 'wink 'wink)

    Plus, 2009 marks the 10th anniversary of Phantom Menace. Do you think this would be a good opportunity to crank out some long awaited figures or a few overdue updates? More pod-racers, a SA Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and some new, previously unproduced versions of Amidala to name a few?


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    From Yoda's News:
    1) Do you plan on doing anymore of the 2 packs, like the Order 66 packs, but perhaps theme specific....example: Biker Scout w/Ewok, Tuskin w/Jawa, Gungan w/Battle Droid, Snowtrooper w/Hoth Trooper, Stormtrooper w/Bespin Guard etc.....?

    2) Fans would love to get some more figures in the animated style? Can they look forward to a return of them at some point?

    3) With all the apparent fan support from wishlists and purchases will we ever see a Cloud Car? Also with the McQuarrie concept figures could we see more of the concept vehicles?


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