Posted by Curto on June 19, 2007 at 03:58 PM CST
As part of Hasbro's bi-weekly Q&A session, Rebelscum passed on 3 of your burning questions and now we've got the answers for you. Since it's the 30th session, we went back through the past sessions, and thought we'd try to get an update some older items that fans would want to know.

Rebelscum: At CIV, during the "What's New at Hasbro" presentation, it was mentioned that Hasbro recognized the early defects in the TAC coins and would replace them through the consumer affairs department. Will there be a specific form or address available on Hasbro's web site for this or should people go through the standard part replacement form? Also, is this a guaranteed replacement program where a damaged Luke coin will be swapped for the same Luke coin or is it an "of equal value" type replacement?

Hasbro: We don't have the replacement coins in hand yet, but the order is being placed and will cover Waves 1-3 (figures 1-21). Availability should be August 1st at the latest. Consumers who want to exchange their coins 1 for 1 (for the exact same replacement coin) should follow the link on Hasbro.com to our consumer affairs site. We will exchange as many coins as they want,but please remind fans that because of the manufacturing process, none of these coins will ever be perfect.

Rebelscum: First, I want to say IG-88 is an outstanding figure. You've really outdone yourselves rising to the difficult task of making such a figure articulated and then throwing in some great accessories at the same time.

You've obviously overcome the hurtles of making a thin and gangly droid poseable, so that calls into question the future of the basic battle droid. We're close to having an ultimate battle droid, but each sculpt is lacking in some areas. Now that you've made IG-88 super articulated, when can we see an SA battle droid? We've got some great CIS Supers, and it'd be nice to have an equally quality figure alongside them in battle.

May I suggest the first SA battle droid be released with the AOTC maroon paint app? We don't see that paint job often enough.


Hasbro: The tradeoff on Battle Droids is that it is either that it is accurate but doesn't stand, or that it stands (with a super-articulated joint) but isn't accurate. Right now we have been leaning on the side of accuracy, and it's that thin knee joint that presents the problem when trying to get in more articulation - we have to go wider if we do that. We'll take a look and see if an opportunity presents itself to add articulation at some point, at the expense of a thicker knee. Thanks for the comment.


Rebelscum: As a customizer, I have literally tore apart hundreds of Star Wars action figures. There is not a conistency to the internal mechanics of the action figures (like 3-3/4 GI Joes). How much of the internal mechanics has to be considered when sculpting a figure? Is the figure sculpted first and then the articulation and internal mechanics made to fit the sculpt or vice versa?

Hasbro: We first determine what articulation the figure is to have, and then assign it for sculpting. Because the articulation of Star Wars figures is set to vary from figure to figure, unlike GI Joe, which has a standard articulation model, there are a wide range of internal mechanisms to achieve the designed articulation.


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