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: We completely understand your stance on the Marvel series, and it's importance in the continuum of EU material. In fact, many of us older fans really like seeing the Marvel characters as there is a HUGE nostalgia factor to those releases.
That said, I think, that you have missed the point of the questions that have generally been asked thus far regarding the line - we like the Marvel releases, but we DON'T like the paint jobs. Figures like Tobi Dalla and Fenn Shysa are most welcome to Mandalorian fans, however the paint apps, while comic book appropriate, just aren't even close to what they would look like in reality.
The Dark Horse comic figures look far more realistic. And while some of that is due to modern comic artwork, some is due to Hasbro performing a level of interpretation on the paint apps to make them look more realistic.
The same could be done for the Marvel characters - Tobi and Fenn should feature more subdued colors, with as much attention in the paint apps as the other excellent Fett figures and similar - and should come out blending into the rest of the line nicely - orange boots? When I see those figures, they look like throwback figures from my youth, with very simple, overly mechanical paint apps. They don't even look up to snuff with the original Kenner line, and almost resemble the underpainted Mattel Battlestar Galactica figures (going on pure recall here).
When I think about the over the top/inaccurate paint apps on figures that you've got announced for the future, such as Lumiya, I shudder to think about a figure that should be silver-gray showing up on the pegs as lavendar and baby blue (which is how she's painted in the pages of the books she appeared in - plenty of images of Marvel Star Wars #92 have been circulating since you announced the figure) - I know that Lumiya is vain and all, but let's get some reality in this line!
The novelty was fun with the core characters that we pretty much knew we were getting (or had already received) - but when it crosses over into all new characters, that's where we need to return to reality - FIX Tobi and Fenn, and please don't screw up Lumiya or Valence, Kiro and Jaxxon when you get around to them.Hasbro:
Thanks for the comments. We certainly do understand the comments, but there is a "script" and that is what was created and that is what we have been following. Marvel and Dark Horse are from two different time periods with different sensibilities that are important for the time in which they were created; it would be doing a reinterpretation of those characters as crafted for us to do what you suggest. We're not saying that for future packs it is not possible, and we will discuss with Lucasfilm. Tobi and Fenn are done, but we'll take your comments into consideration.
Jaxxon...nice try!Rebelscum: Can you give us an update on the release of the centerpiece of the Cantina bar with the distillery that was mentioned awhile back?Hasbro:
Alas, that is one piece that we had to drop from the line as to do it right, it would not fit into the basic figure card. We have not revived the idea but will look at it again as a possibility for perhaps a future multi-figure pack.Rebelscum: Great work with droids that are coming with waves. All the droids we have seen are from the Expanded Universe; how about a little love for OT astromech droids. For example Red Leader's R5 unit or perhaps some of the OT droids seen in Return of the Jedi? Hasbro:
Excellent choices, and while we can't confirm which OTC ones we're honing in on, we will be making sure to mix it around between on-screen and EU.Dan's Note:
It looks like we got a duplicate answer for this one...stay tuned as I have already sent a request for an update! Now that's service! We got the correct answer in less than 5 mintues! Thanks guys!
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