As part of Hasbro's tri-weekly Q&A session, Rebelscum passed on 2 of your burning questions and now we've got the answers for you. Rebelscum: Now that Bastila Shan has won the Fans' Choice Poll, will we be able to follow the production of this figure? When Ephant Mon was being created, we were treated to wonderful updates along the way, from the first concept illustration, to the initial sculpt, and finally the finished figure. Can we follow this as well? And if so, how? Will you post it on your website, share it with the collecting community, or release the updates through ToyFare magazine? Hasbro:
We do have plans to provide periodic updates on the progress of Bastila Shan. The plan is to get them out ToyFare first to provide the readers with updates; the response to the Fans' Choice Poll was very strong and we think that there will be a lot of interest in following this very cool
female Jedi through development.Rebelscum: Many people have noticed that the new Commander Stone figure has an updated sculpt with inferior articulation to the previous clone troopers. I am sure collectors would agree that the previous clone sculpt would suffice if you could updated the arms to be screen-correct (perhaps give it Argyus???s arms with a new left bicep section?). I am sure collectors would even agree that the old clone sculpt without ANY updates would be better then this new mold you have given us with Stone. Will this new sculpt become the standard for all clone trooper figure, or is this new sculpt a one off? Also is there any reason why this figure is missing articulation (budget, too many figures in one wave)?Hasbro:
We needed to add additional Clone tooling to our lineup, both the add more capacity as well as start to replace tooling which is starting to wear out. We took the opportunity to sculpt an all-new Clone with what we thought was a better aesthetic over our first generation Clone. One noticeable difference is articulation - it does not have as many points as the original Clone. Clone Wars is primarily a kid-driven SKU, so this approach is done with the biggest audience in mind. Going forward, this
is something that we will be looking at carefully with Clone Wars figures since more points of articulation greatly affects the cost. We will still be using the existing Clone Trooper body in rotation throughout the line, so he's not going away, but we will be phasing in more figures that use the new Commander Stone body.
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