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: Being a huge cantina fan, I am wondering if the two aliens that were seen in the original film release of ANH but were both eliminated in the Special Editions, Lak Sivrak and Arleil Schous, are still possibilities for a future release in the modern line? Also, Lak would be somewhat easy since his legs, hands and head are the same as the TAC '07 Voolvif Monn figure and could easily be re-used. I love Arleil and hope he is not lost and forgotten in the echoes of time.Hasbro:
Neither of those characters should be off limits, especially since we did a Lak figure post-Special Editions. They just have not been high on our wish-lists since there were so many other Cantina denizens that we felt wanted to get to first. We would not rule them out some day, but it will likely be a few years off before we do one or both.Rebelscum: Considering the difficulty involved in getting head variant and running change figures out in the Basic figure line, would you consider releasing collector targeted Battle Packs, possibly as exclusives, that consisted of head variants of troop builder figures such as the Rebel Fleet Trooper(which you said you are looking to get out in the next couple of years), Endor Rebel Soldiers, Hoth Rebel Soldiers, Rebel Technicians, Bespin Guards, Death Star Troopers, Imperial Techinician/Scanning Crew Troopers, Imperial Officers of various types, etc. It would be nice to have some variety amongst the troops whose faces are visible and Battle Packs that contained 4 troopers of the same type(again, say 4 Rebel Fleet Troopers in one Battle Pack) with each having a different head sculpt would be a great way to bring that about. You could still release these type of troop builder figures in the Basic line as these would just be extras on top of the Basic line releases of those figures. Hasbro:
This is an excellent idea, and something that we think would have appeal now that have built a library of quality bodies for many of the troopers. We would have to match up the idea with a willing retailer and a format that works for them, but we are looking for ways to get more of these great classic troop builders out there for fans. It will likely not be as four packs as you suggest. Thanks for the suggestion.Rebelscum: It seems the fate of the comic pack line is ambiguous. There has been little indication as to when we might see the next new wave of comic packs which should have hit the stores by now. It is understood there have been distrubution problems, but I was curious to know if and the comic packs showed at Comic-Con and the Wal-mart exclusive wave or still on tap. What is the status of the current unreleased comic packs?Hasbro:
Comic Packs have really fallen off and we have not been able to get to any new releases past the first wave. At this point, we are working to get the last five Fall packs out (including Tholme/T'raa Saa, the Clones from Routine Valor, and the Black Hole Trooper). They will be out in about March. The Spring packs at this point will not make it out to retail. The Wal-Mart Comic Packs have been pushed out at this point and it's not certain if/when they will make it out. We will be looking at any packs that don't get released to try and bring them out (removed in) somehow, but probably not as Comic Packs.
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