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. Rebelscum: The recent Saga Legends poll had both the Saleucami Clone Trooper and Commander Neyo (from the Treachery on Saleucami battle pack) in the top 20. Were the votes for the trooper specifically for that particular clone trooper, or perhaps the votes were meant for the Target-exclusive ROTS Clone Trooper? Were these separated in the final tally, or combined into one vote?
What if you released the figures as a generic "Saleucami Clone Trooper" and included all 3 heads: Neyo (besides, most of his troops actually wore the exact same helmet), the clone with visor (from the battle pack), and the film-inaccurate ROTS Clone helmet. Since the harness is removable, you could also include the belt from the Clone Commander (another Saga Legends figure) and that way fans could get ALL THREE versions of the troops in one package! (Plus have a few leftover parts for customs...) Hasbro:
Dan - Commander Neyo was very clearly ahead of the Clone Trooper, so we are confident that folks were able to distinguish, and based on the voting patterns, a good number of folks voted for both. We kept them separate in the tally, because they are two very different packaging executions - character, vs generic - and we wanted to keep them separate. As such, we'll just be focusing on Neyo and will leave the Clone for a future Legends-type opportunity.Rebelscum: Speaking of Saga Legends, what's the status on the Saga Legends 501st Clone Trooper (SA mold), the Sandtrooper Sergeant (Evolutions mold), and the Pit Droids (sitting mold with locker)? Is it possible to reveal what case assortments these variants will be in? Hasbro:
We have some news. The Sandtrooper using the Evolution tool will be shipping starting with assortment 85770000W, and is expected to hit shelves around January.
We have seen first shots of the Pit Droids with bent-leg stance, and full production figures will be out on shelves in March, with all three color versions rolling out through until the end of Spring.
The 501st is a little murkier. While we have asked to switch this figure out for the SA Clone, we have yet to see a sample. We believe the reason is that we are running the SA clone at full capacity elsewhere and our Asian team has not had the ability to switch production. We are still confirming and are hopeful that this switch will happen but cannot confirm when it will take place.Rebelscum: I love what you've done with Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers. All the articulation you can ask for (well, except for Commander Bacara & Commander Cody). I have several shelves in my home dedicated to Clones and their Jedi Generals. As well as Stormtroopers, snapped at attention for Darth Vader and the Emperor.
So don't you think it's time you start putting a little more attention on our Rebel friends? I'd love to have a squad of Rebel Commandos that could stand at attention for General Madine or crouch behind fallen logs. I'd love to have Hoth Soldiers who could toss a grenade, crawl on their belly in a sniper position, or look through a pair of macrobinoculars.
For years now we've been able to put our Clones & Storms in most any position we'd like.....so please give us the same option for our beloved Rebels.....please! Hasbro:
We won't be neglecting our Rebel friends, but it will be gradually over time, similar to the way we introduced the Yavin Sentry earlier this year, and will be coming out with Tycho as A-Wing Pilot that also makes an excellent troop builder a little later. We have some cool figures planned for the next couple of years as well that we will reveal over time. Hang in there....your patience will be rewarded.
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