As part of Hasbro's tri-weekly Q&A session, Rebelscum passed on 3 of your burning questions and now we've got the answers for you. Rebelscum: Last year at Comic-Con, it was mentioned that there were plans for a second Endor-themed Battle Pack, which would include the second Imperial Officer pulled from the Shield Generator Assault set. More recently, early word has come out of such a set and the Original Trilogy fans ae eager to learn more. Can you tell us who will be in this new set (please have some Ewoks!), and is it possible to see a close-up of that ill-fated Imperial Officer, even if it's the same photo from last year's presentation? Hasbro:
Sorry, but that pack never materialized. Instead, the pack coming this Fall includes an Ewok and glider, Imperial Officer, and Luke. Attached is the exact pic shown in last year's Comic Con presentation. The officer dropped from the bunker set is different from the one included in this new Ewok-themed set. We still have not found a landing spot yet. It's a safe bet to make that he will eventually make it out.UPDATE:
Hasbro has sent out an update to this answer with further clarification:Hasbro:
As it turns out, we ARE using the officer that was dropped from the Shield Generator Assault set after all....he will have the original head, but on a modified torso (one that removes the rank insignia completely and is consistent with the imagery). As an added bonus, we can tell you that the
Ewok in this set is Warok
.Rebelscum: Combining two lines into one single question, since the question is pretty much the same for both: Mighty Muggs and Titanium Series. Can you comment on the demise of these lines, and more speficially, when they will be ending? There's obviously a lot of characters/vehicles to bring out in these lines, and of those that were already announced (like Ahsoka Tano, the UT-AT, E-Wing, Gungna Sub), which ones will actually come out before they end? Hasbro:
Both lines are winding down for the same reason: diminished interest in these formats compared to anything else in the Star Wars lineup. While both started strong - and Titanium in particular has had an AMAZING 5-1/2 year run - interest had waned since the original launches.
Actually, the two lines diverged significantly in a couple areas.
Mighty Muggs were faster and simpler to develop, but we were dipping down into characters that consumers did not seem to care for in the vinyl format, and many fans who initially were excited about the concept either did not have the room to continue to pursue or decided that they had had enough.
Titanium was more difficult to develop, was subject to pricing volatility given the metal component, and needed a significant amount of new tooling to keep it interesting. Both of them, because of the extremely high item count needed to sustain their sales, were less important than the need to refocus our design team elsewhere on new initiatives.Rebelscum: Over the past several years you have made many nice and interesting EU characters. Would you consider making figures from the DROIDS animated cartoon series that aired back in the mid 80's? Some notable characters that would make great figures are as follows:
- Animated C-3PO and R2-D2
- Admiral Screed
- Mungo Baobab
Vintage collectors would be very interested in getting these great figures, and many younger fans of the EU would be as well. In other words, these would probably be popular among everyone! Would you please consider making these? Hasbro:
We've actually discussed doing figures from the animated Droids series with Lucasfilm. After discussion, it was felt that that way to do Droid figures "right" would be to produce animated-style figures. This would mean an inordinate amount of new tooling for admittedly niche figures, given that not a lot of folks have really been exposed to Droids. So while it's an interesting idea, the reality of the situation is that we won't be pursuing them any of the Droids figures.
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