As many of you have noticed or asked us, there were not many reveals regarding The Vintage Collection (TVC) or The Black Series figures. This is largely due to the embargo pertaining to the upcoming movie. After Triple Force Friday, in fact the day after, we will hear a lot more from Hasbro about what is next. There should be some new announcements at New York Comic Con, which is the day after Triple Force Friday. As Hasbro indicated both at New York Toy Fair this year and at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) panel, the TVC, the Black Series, and the Retro Collection have strong fan support and there are plans for great things in 2020. They already teased The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary Collection at Toy Fair and they mentioned it again in the panel at SDCC. Relax, Hasbro confirmed there are things in the works for 2020, the focus for now is on the new movie and everything related to that is under wraps until Triple Force Friday.
When asked about continuing playsets in the theme of Jabba's Palace Adventure Set, Hasbro is definitely open to that and watching the fan response. Several of this products this year were in direct response to fan support for Jabba's Sail Barge. Hasbro is listening to fans and will steer the product lines toward where the fan interest indicates. Point in case, Darth Revan was removed from the latest TVC wave because of the fan reaction to his inclusion as a repack. Instead, Hasbro included the all new Death Star Gunner.
The new reveal they can talk about was the Boba Fett helmet. When asked about more weapons beyond lightsabers, Hasbro reps said they are open to it but things like blasters are hard to do because many are based on actual guns. They recently started to try other weapons such as the riot baton and would be open to other weapons if the fan interest was there. Perhaps a fan's choice poll for further role playing elements is warranted.
Finally we asked about the decision making behind exclusives and how Hasbro decides on what kinds of characters or playsets become exclusive. Some of it depends on the chance to do something that wouldn't generally make it in a wide release but there is a component that has to do with making something special for the retailer to have as a partner. These are conversations behind closed doors and this probably means the "cool factor" comes in to play as well.