Posted by Curto on October 12, 2007 at 05:11 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.

Rebelscum: Will the just-announced Saga Legends wave 5 include collector coins? If so, what color will they be? The reason I ask is because some fans are eager for an EU coin in silver, and 3 of the winning figure qualify as EU.

Hasbro: Yes, they will come with coins. There will be at least one silver EU coin in there. ; )

Rebelscum: Recently, Entertainment Earth revealed that the Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper disguise figures would be re-released sans the blue "comic book style" coloring. Will we this also see the "red eyes" changed to the normal black color? On a related topic, will the Chewbacca and R2-D2 also be changed to "normal colors" or will they still retain the comic book deco?

Hasbro: Verrry interesting question and one which we have spent considerable time discussing. The comic packs are not simply a repack exercise (like some battle packs). The intent of the comic 2-packs is to be true comic versions of those characters, as if those versions of the characters "stepped off the page" and were in the real world. To this extent, the red visors, Chewie colors, and R2-D2 colors are an essential part of that comic artwork. Those details will not change on re-release. However, the shadow effect was added to the figures in an attempt to mimic the comic tenchique of figure-ground separation using shading (otherwise, Stormtroopers would be mostly outlines and would lack depth). Blue is often used in comics to show shadow to reserve black for character details, which would not be present on a figure if they stepped off the page. So, after we discussed on the team here, it was decided to forgo the shadow on re-release but keep the other details to be true to the comic roots. The reason we love the comics is that there are differences, sometimes small, sometimes major, and it's important to focus on which ones to keep for a point of differentiation from mainline figures.

Rebelscum: The Comic Packs this year are a definite hit, and we're all excited to see they are coming back next year. A thought occurs to me with this year's selections. I notice that many of the Dark Horse figures are inspired by the Clone Wars comics, such as Quinlan Vos and A'Sharad Hett, while the artwork and the comics included in them are from other appearances. Was this an intentional mismatch? Were there plans at one point for the matching outfits. Or (as the conspiracy theorist in me suspects) was this a subliminal way to bring back the Clone Wars era back into the minds of collectors, anticipating next year's The Clone Wars animated series?

Hasbro: It was certainly not a way to bring Clone Wars backů.only because as far as we are concerned they have never gone away. The simple explanation is that we locked onto the comic issues we wanted to do, and were planning to do the outfits in those issues. In discussion with Lucasfilm and among our design team, it was decided to focus on the same character match-up, but pick the more iconic version of that character's outfit, since we may only have one chance to ever make a figure of that character.

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