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: I'm a big fan of the Titanium Series line and I'm wondering if a couple of major gaps will be filled anytime soon - the Rebel Transport, Rebel Medical Frigate, Cloud Car, Home One, and Death Star II are all prominentley featured but have yet to be done. What are the chances of seeing some of these this year? How about EU vehicles like the TIE-Defender, V-19 Torrent Starfighter, E-wing, Sith Starfighter? Hasbro:
Thanks for being such a big fan of the die-cast world that is Titanium. We love bringing them to you. These are some great suggestions, and you are in luck. Some of the ships on your list will be out this year (look for the Cloud Car, V-19 Torrent, TIE Defender and the Rebel Transport this Fall). Two on your list will also be rolled into the line in 2009. Stay tuned and keep an eye open.Rebelscum: I'm looking forward to buying the Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol battle pack, but as usual, it's the Imperials that are getting all the love. When are you guys gonna deliver on something cool for our under-appreciated Hoth Rebels? I mean A) we need some super-articulated goodness B) head and color variants and C) something like the speeder bike pack. Maybe a slightly bigger verision of the Kenner mini-rig Hoth Tank with a commander and two rebels with different accesories? Hasbro:
The Rebels won't be left out, and there is some tasty figure goodness coming their way late in the year. While they may not get a battle pack like the speeder set yet, we really think you'll like what we have planned.Rebelscum: Several years ago, Steve Sansweet published an immensely popular book (The Action Figure Archive) collecting all of the Vintage Kenner figures along with all of the modern-era Star Wars figures released by Kenner/Hasbro to date. That book was never followed up on and it leaves many, many recent years worth of Hasbro figures uncovered.Dan's Note: Star Wars Insider
did run three issues with updates that finished off the POTF2 line and was just beginning to cover the Episode I line before the magazine changed publishers, and the column was cancelled. (Just for the record.... :))Have you ever considered releasing a similar journal to chronical the figures released since Sansweet's book was published? I'm envisioning a one or two book collection that fills in the gaps where the original book left off. That, or smaller annuals that chronical the releases in the line for each particular year. These could follow a format similar to Sansweet's popular book, detailing each figure, when and in which wave it was released, what scene the figure was modeled after and any additional background in the planning phases or execution of the figure. You might even include some of the figure conceptual drawings like you shared years ago to outline how a particular figure was put together. These would be great for collectors and could serve as checklists for each year's worth of product. Win-win?Hasbro:
That would be a very cool, but immensely time intensive project. It is more than our team could handle right now, given our focus on the figures themselves, and that's why sites like Rebelscum are so valuable as a central destination for keeping collectors informed on the past (and current) lines.Special Announcement from Hasbro:
We have previously announced that there would be three waves of our 30th Anniversary basic figures in Spring. That has now been changed - there will be only two. The last wave (on shelf approx. early March) will be The Force Unleashed
wave. Due to some last minute delays, the previous third wave has been picked up and moved to the new Fall basic figure line. Nothing will be bumped from the Fall line....these will just be added in. Fans should not worry as all figures will be coming to the shelf, including General Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Saesee Tiin, Clone Scuba Trooper, and more. More details on this assortment will be released at Toy Fair.
Similarly, due to production delays, we are pushing back the debut of the next wave of comic packs (including Anakin/Durge and Asajj Ventress/Tol Skorr) until fall as well, but all announced packs *will* be coming out.
Also, previously we announced that the new Obi-Wan and Darth Vader/Anakin figures from our Wave 1 '08 30th Anniversary Wave (now shipping to retail) would not have new articulation. In fact, they do indeed have enhanced hip articulation (ball and socket) and are great upgrades over the original. Collectors should look to these for their increased poseability.
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