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Title: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on October 18, 2014, 06:25:12 AM
Ok, fresh off the week before where Dan asked our questions to Hasbro, I thought it might be cool to just have a running thread where we post our questions to so we can post them as we get them in our head, not when its time for us to get the question set ready. If you can, set your question off with a different color so I can find it easier so when it is time to put a question list together we can be ready for it.

So, I am gonna start this thread out with this questions.

Now that Marvel is back into the fold as far as producing Star Wars Comics, is there any likelihood we could see a return to the Comic Two-Packs that were so popular a few years ago (pack that comes with a comic book, two characters, packaged up nicely)?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: Clonehead on October 18, 2014, 06:48:05 AM
Or would any new comic eu characters or versions be considered for figure production? New eu vs old eu

Also, about the joes. We love em, we want em, we need em, how about some more?
Please don't let the line falter before gi joe 3 comes out.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: Tamer on October 18, 2014, 06:54:45 AM
Clint, did you see how they answered the one JOE Question?

Shoot me your JOE Questions. I will try to get em to Derryl.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: The Spectre on October 18, 2014, 09:06:18 AM
Joe from Hasbro said that going forward any new canon EU characters and vehicles are available to Hasbro to make toys of.

Comic packs would be awesome, but I bet if they did come back, they would be 5poa :(
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: Tamer on October 18, 2014, 09:34:39 AM
Comic packs would be awesome, but I bet if they did come back, they would be 5poa :(

Any thing you are basing that on Dan or just their tendency to do that nowadays?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: The Spectre on October 18, 2014, 12:18:10 PM
Comic packs would be awesome, but I bet if they did come back, they would be 5poa :(

Any thing you are basing that on Dan or just their tendency to do that nowadays?

Nothing concrete, it just seems to be the way the wind is blowing. I do not see Hasbro investing in another super articulated line when everything they do seems to be moving towards cheaper to produce 5POA. If Comic Packs came back, I could easily see Mission Series packages with a taller backer board to accommodate the comics.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: Tamer on October 19, 2014, 03:17:29 AM
Here's another one I have been thinking lately and wished we had asked:

We keep hearing that distribution issues are being fixed and case assortments regulated and that sounds great, but why aren't REBELS Action Figures on the pegs here about a month since that new TV Series debuted? Was this a distribution issue?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: Tamer on January 07, 2015, 04:28:35 AM
Folks it looks like we will be going to Toy Fair this year (at the very least the Hasbro Presentation) so if you have any questions for the Big H now be sure to post them.

I HAVE ALREADY BEEN TOLD THEY WILL NOT ANSWER ANY EPISODE 7 QUESTIONS SO ITS NO USE TO POST EM FOLKS.

We have seen packaged and loose images of the six inch Bossk and Wampa. Are the galring paint issues like no paint on the Wampa horns or the yellow joint on Bossk's feet being addressed?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of October 18, 2014
Post by: Tamer on January 07, 2015, 04:29:31 AM
For our last Q and A Session you hinted that playsets were  not out of the realm of possiblities, any chance we could get some elaboration on that?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: John Caliber on January 07, 2015, 06:32:40 AM
There is confusion about Hasbro's plans for the 3-3/4 inch line and differences in articulation between the Black Series and Rebels etc. Will all figures across this scale eventually assume the newer five points of articulation model? Thank you.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Clonehead on January 07, 2015, 06:34:40 AM
Hmm, already know the Joe news,
This is going to sound old

Dear big H;
Obviously this is going to be a big year for the brand.
I can't think of a better way to amp it up and possibly eat up old stock on the shelves than by offering a redemption figure this year.
How about it?  I Can come up with names of about 50 figures from the past that would be perfect for a limited re release of one for this redemption if that could be an option.
It wouldn't necessarily need to be an all new fig unless it was to be an early bird type release for the movie that we are not talking about.

Comon Hasbro, we want a redemption fig
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: My kind of scum on January 07, 2015, 09:15:07 AM
- Will there be a 3 3/4" exclusive at Celebration this year?

- Will PT/OT figures still be part of the line after the release of TFA?

- Will at least some of the Force Awakens 3 3/4" figures retain full articulation?  (If they allow questions about the TFA line at all...)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on January 07, 2015, 05:37:50 PM
Folks Episode 7 questions have been announced as off limits. If Dan can squeeze something in I am sure he will, but they were pretty up front about not sharing any Episode 7 Information at Toy Fair from an email I got on Monday.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on January 09, 2015, 08:46:49 PM
Thanks guys for doing this... very much.

1 - If you and Jakks Pacific can make huge 30" scale hollow figures and vehicles, why can't we get some playsets/dioramas like that?  Such as an Imperial turret tower close to three fee tall?  People would buy many of those over the X-Wing you made and it would be a very simple design and you could keep costs down... please take this idea to your team and see what can be done.  Essentially, we just want some cool environments to display our figures on, and hollow playsets would do the trick!

2 - We are seeing a rival company making now dioramas for the 6" scale stuff (one that comes with a Vader).  This is such a simple idea and we keep asking for some sort of diorama pieces over and over (especially in the 3.75" scale).  Why is this something that your company won't do?  If you really feel this is something you can't pull off, can you work with Disney to make it happen - even as Disney store exclusives?  Even small scenes with just a background plastic wall that come with an army builder would be a great start... there is such a demand for this stuff that BBTS already sold out of their pre-order within just a couple days!

3 - We're seeing a price hike of unprecedented proportions on basic Black Series 3.75" figures at Target.  Is this just them price experimenting or have you increased prices for your buyers?  We understand that over time costs increase, but collector reactions thus far has been extremely negative, if this is indeed true.  What is Hasbro doing to make the figures "worth" that sort of investment? 

4 - With increasing costs for consumers, we're naturally looking for ways to make the hobby more affordable for us.  Will Hasbro be offering more multipacks for army building to make this easier to swallow?  Generally multi-packs cost less per figure, so we'd like to have that option, which hasn't been an option for us in a long time.

5 - Very questionable figure selections have frustrated collectors.  Why do we see figures make it into assortments that are going to instantly pegwarm?  We're referring to Rebel pilots mostly here, which refuse to move off the pegs.  It would make so much more sense to bring back figures that are in insanely high demand, like the Emperor's Royal Guard, Gamorrean Guard, Ponda Baba, etc.  Yet we don't see that happening.  Why?  Are you unaware of what the market wants?

6 - How is it that we are getting a 6" scale Wampa, but not a new 3.75" scale one?  Or a new Probot?  We really, really want new ones... anything on the horizon?

7 - Why haven't we seen a B.A.D. mold for original trilogy C-3PO yet?  According to forum posts and chat boards, collectors would much rather see that C-3PO coming out instead of any other version.  Is one coming? 

Thanks guys...
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on January 10, 2015, 07:44:17 AM
Chewie, how did I know you were gonna ask a playset question? LOL!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on January 12, 2015, 02:19:37 PM
Just trying to come up with new ways of asking them to see if something finally sticks...!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: JDeck on January 12, 2015, 08:50:25 PM
I want to know if they plan to increase production so we can actually buy them in brick and mortar stores or if its a matter of the retail stores not ordering enough. Why there are only a few pegs for 3.75s and 6" they act like they're rationing figures out like we're in some figure shortage. Or if it makes a good excuse to increase prices by starving the market.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on January 15, 2015, 03:35:20 AM
We see that the 6 inch Deluxe Hoth Han and Taun Taun is coming out in March in a case with two speederbikes. When are we going to see the Hoth Luke and Wampa and why the delay?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on January 15, 2015, 09:10:16 AM
Think you meant Luke w/ Wampa...  :)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on January 15, 2015, 12:17:58 PM
Think you meant Luke w/ Wampa...  :)

I did at that!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Kobra883 on January 17, 2015, 01:43:47 AM
While thinking about any questions I have for Hasbro I realized they were all just suggestions for figures and vehicles I would like to own.After giving it some more thought I would like to if Hasbro recognizes that there was major distribution issues last year and plan to do a better job September 4th or around that time when The Force Awakens opens.
Last year I was insanly pissed off at them with how horrible the Star Wars line was sold in my area.Our local WalGreens didnt get a single 6 inch figure until late Dec.What it boils down to me is I dont care what they make,I am going to buy something.I have since 1977,just get the product out there better.If they know they are going to have issues do another "early bird" style sale.And get the products out in a even way.dont just flood the online vendors with the "cooler" stuff.
Wow...sorry about the rant,Ill stop lol
Put simply my question is...Do they realize  how poorly last year was handled??
Sorry if its a rude question and I respect if its not brought up.
thank you for this time to "vent"
Take care
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on January 18, 2015, 04:54:31 AM
Looking at your new REBELS AT-DP and the other walkers I have in my collection, why do you leave the openings in the inner side of the legs? Any chance you might cover up the walker legs or create a snap type insert to cover them for any future reissues?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Michiico on January 24, 2015, 10:09:36 AM
 With the new star wars marvel comics that are coming out, are there going to be new figures of the characters of these new comic serie? Maybe this would be a good opportunity for new comic packs. For instance a figure of young kanan, with the comic about him that is coming out.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: JDeck on January 25, 2015, 09:24:26 AM
Why doesn't Hasbro use the SL11 stormtrooper head on the Black Series body? Also I would like a torso without the slot in the back like the torso on the earlier SL25 Stormtrooper. We were promised a definitive stormtrooper in the black series line and its just a re-release. Highly disappointed.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 01, 2015, 09:57:32 AM
Folks, just an update, we are registered for the Hasbro Presentation staring with Star Wars. Don't forget to get your questions posted as I will wrap this up before too long so Dan can get organized.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2015, 02:18:44 PM
Thought of another...

Why do we keep seeing Jedi Starfighers in circulation?  They were massively overproduced in the SOTD line, as well as the Movie Heroes packaging...

Now we fast forward to the smaller $25-ish scale, and we see it happening all over again... the first wave of Rebels vehicles sold great, then Wave 2 is filled with more Jedi Starfighters (and Slave Ones), which are just jamming the retail space.  Why do you keep putting these back out?  They are not moving at retail. 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2015, 02:22:38 PM
And another...

Rebels/Legends Wave One basic figures are nearly impossible to find.  Toys"R"us stores got in a few cases around Thanksgiving, Target stores no longer get in full cases of anything, and Wal-Mart seems to have lost complete confidence in the brand.  Even online stores can't get Wave One in stock.

What's going on here, and how is this going to be fixed?  How did this happen, especially with a great new cartoon show to coincide?  And this isn't just collectors frustrated, parents with kids who want the toys have now moved onto other stuff because they aren't going to be interested in empty peg space in the stores - they'll just go back to LEGO and TMNT... which they are doing...
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2015, 07:02:52 PM
I just can't stop myself... so here's another idea.

It seems that reps are not in the field like they used to be... we used to see Hasbro reps from time to time in the stores, but we don't see evidence of these "eyes in the field" anymore.  Years ago, we'd see them, and occasionally have conversations about the figures, what was hard to find, and about distribution in general.  But this doesn't seem to be happening anymore, and we think it could help things out quite a bit.  Is there a reason for this apparent change?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 04, 2015, 03:59:10 AM
Justin, can't fault your logic. Folks keep em coming in. Probably gonna halt this as of early next week so I can have time to get Dan the questions in a logical order.

And remember folks they will give him about ten minutes to ask questions so we may not be able to ask them all. Now I will say last time they really gave Dan some awesome time, even after his regularly scheduled interview was over, but we just don't know till we get there.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: sith_fire30 on February 04, 2015, 11:11:05 AM
Woah!!! Almost missed out!

1. Will you continue the 6" beast assortment with a Dewback in 2015?

2. What plans for a 6" scaled Snow Trooper, At-At Driver and/or Imperial Gunner in the future?

3. Any specifics on future 6" trilogy vehicles to follow-up the speeder bike released last year?

4. Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88.......whose the next 6" bounty hunter on tap for 2015/16?   

That's all I have. I was thinking about specifics but I've come to realize Hasbro is just as political as our friends in Washington when it comes to the economics of the industry and don't like to get in depth with distribution or cost.   
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of January 7, 2015
Post by: Clonehead on February 04, 2015, 02:24:00 PM
Woah!!! Almost missed out!

1. Will you continue the 6" beast assortment with a Dewback in 2015?

2. What plans for a 6" scaled Snow Trooper, At-At Driver and/or Imperial Gunner in the future?

3. Any specifics on future 6" trilogy vehicles to follow-up the speeder bike released last year?

4. Boba Fett, Bossk, IG-88.......whose the next 6" bounty hunter on tap for 2015/16?   

That's all I have. I was thinking about specifics but I've come to realize Hasbro is just as political as our friends in Washington when it comes to the economics of the industry and don't like to get in depth with distribution or cost.   

I agree. Id say they are sick to death with distribution complaints and like to jump on the simple stuff they know the answer to.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 5, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 05, 2015, 03:33:34 AM
A lot of questions I would like to know the answer to Dayton.

Folks I think I will let this thread go till early next week and then I will lock it up for a bit till Dan gets us our answers.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 5, 2015
Post by: My kind of scum on February 05, 2015, 01:43:49 PM
It has been said that the 3 3/4" Black Series is considered a line for collectors while the 5 poa are more for kids/parents.  Why, then, have there been so few collector-focused character choices in the line? 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 5, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 06, 2015, 03:38:42 AM
I would like to know why inside openings are left on Walker or AT-ST, AT-DP or associated Walker type vehicles. I understand it is easier to create the parts this way in the building process, but wouldn't it be great to create some snap on covers or something so the legs look fully enclosed?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 5, 2015
Post by: My kind of scum on February 06, 2015, 08:04:51 AM
Another one:  Can we expect more 3 3/4" show exclusives (SDCC, etc.) again or is 6" going to be all that is offered?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 6, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 11, 2015, 03:42:00 AM
Ok folks today is it to post your questions. I have to get them organized and ready for submission.

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Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 11, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 16, 2015, 01:22:27 PM
http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=15082

JTA just got some great answers on a pretty dismal weekend on the SW Action Figure News Front.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 11, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 21, 2015, 07:11:00 AM
Your six inch R2-D2 seems to be pretty well received. What are the chances we will see other astro-mech domes and astro-mech offerings in the six inch Black Series?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of April 8th, 2015
Post by: Tamer on April 08, 2015, 03:10:29 PM
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Folks, we are working out a time slot for questions at Celebration Anaheim. Get your questions in here so I can get em to our Q and A er!

Here is one that deserves another go. You have created some awesome figures in the form of the six inch Boba Fett, Bossk, and IG-88. Can we go to sleep at night knowing you have the rest of the Bounty Hunters (Dengar, Zuckuss, and 4LOM) on tap for the six inch line in the near future?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: Clonehead on April 08, 2015, 08:41:54 PM
We have heard that Walgreens is to get another exclusive this year.
Any hints? Empire or Rebel? Bounty hunter???
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: TSHobbies on April 10, 2015, 10:27:02 AM
Why is the new 6" Leia in Boussh oufit so much larger than the Leia Slave outfit? Can Hasbro make a better attempt at getting the scale of figures right from wave to wave?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: Tamer on April 11, 2015, 05:33:33 AM
I saw that image on the web yesterday and figured someone would get around to that question.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: TSHobbies on April 11, 2015, 10:50:05 AM
lol, yup, someone at hasbro shouldve gotten a big V8 slap for that
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: My kind of scum on April 11, 2015, 09:47:42 PM
How about a very straight forward "Will you still be releasing 3 3/4" figures with full (*not* 5 poa) articulation going forward?"
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: koth on April 12, 2015, 02:45:37 AM
I was really excited to see Clone Commander Wolffe coming out until I saw its height problem. What the F**** is that about?
(Please feel free to edit :D)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on April 12, 2015, 06:35:29 AM
Is there a chance we will see the realistic-style Captain Rex with removeable helmet and cloth kama as shown as a prototype on the pegs?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: Tamer on April 14, 2015, 10:32:22 AM
Folks I am submitting these questions to our site reporter tonight. If you have any more please post them. I will try to check back in a few hours to see if there are any new ones?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: Michiico on April 14, 2015, 11:14:49 AM
Is there any chance we can expect new clone wars figures from characters that appear in the 4 episode clone wars arc that wil be released at star wars celebration?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: CheesyKNAC on April 14, 2015, 12:17:05 PM
For Hasbro. Now that Target has been a huge failure up here in Canada and has decided to leave the Canadian market, who/in what way/how is Hasbro planning to distribute "Target exclusive" items in Canada?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of February 21, 2015
Post by: darthdaddy on April 14, 2015, 03:26:56 PM
A while back Hasbro stated that we'd be getting "The Ghost" as the large vehicle release in 2015.  Is that still happening?  Any chance we'll ever see Sabine's painted up Tie Fighter from "Fire Across the Galaxy" available for purchase in the 3 3/4" scale?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27th, 2015
Post by: Tamer on June 27, 2015, 06:42:14 AM
Folks its time to get this geared back up as it looks like we will be able to submit a few of these for SDCC!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 01, 2015, 03:48:20 AM
Folks this is the question submission place for our reporter who is going to ask em at SDCC.

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You can also email them to me at tamer@imperialshipyards.net with the subject line "SDCC 2015 Hasbro Q n A" and I can compile them.

Remember, this is a courtesy that Hasbro has extended to us for years and while non of us can admit to being totally satisfied with all of the product they have created we also need to make sure our questions are worded in a decent manner. I will be frank, I will not submit any questions that are vulgar, use profanity, or are designed to insult or do not ask an answerable question. Also, priority will be given to those questions that are well versed, written, and thought out. Remember last time out they didn't even hint at any Force Awakens Products so its no use going there as I will not ask our reporter to submit those.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: KIM on July 02, 2015, 03:19:02 AM
Would Hasbro consider producing accessory packs for their 3.75 figures including scale versions of movie props, a hoth or hanger set perhaps.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: My kind of scum on July 02, 2015, 07:46:09 PM
Is there any chance that some of the past cancelled figures (such as the 2nd Utai and the build-a-droids from the cancelled line) could see the light of day soon in any upcoming collector-focused 3 3/4" line?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 03, 2015, 06:19:02 AM
I am wondering this:

What would you say is your most popular line right in regards to order requests? How does your collector oriented 3 and 3/4 inch line fall into that mix? Do you still see that as a feature focus going forward or will lines like the 6" or Saga Legends (less articulation) see a greater emphasis?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 04, 2015, 07:52:55 AM
After getting my hands on the new first order stormtrooper:

You have created a fantastic figure in the form of the new 6" SDCC First Order Stormtrooper. I am wondering one thing though, why the single jointed elbows instead of the standard double jointed elbows you had on troopers before this?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Lordtoys on July 05, 2015, 07:19:02 AM
Hasbro should know by now that a kids attention span is small to say the least, they like something for a little then move on to the next best or new item, they don't have the imagination we as kids from the 70s and 80s did. With that being said, do you think by continuing to produce less articulated and new scale sized figures without the accessories that you do for other lines (example "Marvels w BAF") that you will continue to Alienate the Collectors who have been collecting since the introduction. You already know that you are going to loose the kids in general,  not wise to loose us as well.....What are you going to do to keep us and our money flowing into Hasbro's hands......????????????????
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 05, 2015, 08:52:51 AM
Interesting question Lordtoys, I am not familiar with "Marvels w BAF" if you can clarify that for me. I also know, from asking similar questions in the past, that there answer is that kids love the new less articulated lines and they are selling like hotcakes. I know, I know, we probably ought not get started.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: The Spectre on July 05, 2015, 09:43:35 AM
Interesting question Lordtoys, I am not familiar with "Marvels w BAF" if you can clarify that for me. I also know, from asking similar questions in the past, that there answer is that kids love the new less articulated lines and they are selling like hotcakes. I know, I know, we probably ought not get started.

He is referring to the Marvel Legends line which includes parts with each figure to build an additional figure when the entire wave is purchased. BAF = Build A Figure, same concept as the BAD (Build A Droid) line from Star Wars.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 05, 2015, 07:12:46 PM
Interesting question Lordtoys, I am not familiar with "Marvels w BAF" if you can clarify that for me. I also know, from asking similar questions in the past, that there answer is that kids love the new less articulated lines and they are selling like hotcakes. I know, I know, we probably ought not get started.

Duh! I should have been able to figure that out. Thanks Dan.

He is referring to the Marvel Legends line which includes parts with each figure to build an additional figure when the entire wave is purchased. BAF = Build A Figure, same concept as the BAD (Build A Droid) line from Star Wars.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 07, 2015, 10:51:53 AM
Folks we will be wrapping this up soon. Hurry up and get your questions posted if you have any!

Remember you can also email em to tamer@imperialshipyards.net too.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 07, 2015, 10:53:06 AM
Seeing how popular your latest Fans Choice Poll was do you see yourself doing this once or even more per year?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of June 27, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 07, 2015, 10:54:17 AM
I have been saving my proof of purchases on the packaging for awhile now. Am I gonna get a chance to redeem them with a cool mail in offer anytime soon? Is there any reason you have not considered one in awhile?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Clonehead on July 08, 2015, 05:44:58 PM
Boy, they are biting on this one, aren't they Shawn?

Back to the marvel baf sort of question,

Has anyone considered a build a figure part pack in option for the 6inch black series line?

One of the most popular and more expensive lines, the BAD line could be revitalized in the six inch scale.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: JDeck on July 08, 2015, 08:18:30 PM
 I guess I have a question. Does Hasbro have plans to produce Jawas or Ewoks in 6" scale and if so will it be a 2 pack, deluxe or single?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on July 09, 2015, 06:34:39 AM
Both of those questions will be added Clint and JDeck.

As far as biting here not so much, but I did get quite a few emails this year. I am thinking about switching over to that full time for our Q and A in the Fall.

What do you folks think about that? Do you like to post your questions here or would you rather email me?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: JDeck on July 09, 2015, 07:09:44 AM
I'd rather post them. That way we can review each others questions and come up with ideas. It seems like there's less questions this time probably because they can't say anything about ep.7. Its the big question on everyone's mind and how it'll effect the entire star wars line. We should re ask the questions that they said ohh we can't disclose that information until later. I'd like to be able to ask yes or no questions and get yes or no answers. Sometimes its like an interview with a politician.  But they give the best answers they're allowed to, and it gives you a general idea of their plans. This Fall will be the opportune time to ask the questions we've all been wondering, that's when you want the most accessibility for fans.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on September 23, 2015, 03:23:50 AM
Here in a couple of weeks we will be asking Hasbro another round of questions! Be sure to get your newest versions in here!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on September 25, 2015, 03:15:11 AM
Folks, does anyone have any questions for the big H? If not, I can sure come up with em, but I would rather send Dan the ones you fine folks come up with!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 25, 2015, 11:56:22 AM
Are we going to see more lame re-issues like Endor Han in the new 3 3/4" Black Series? You made a great move re-issueing rare figures like Starkiller, Bastila Shan and Darth Malgus, but really...Endor Han?
How cool would it be if you'd re-release the ARC Captain or the Clone Lieutenant. They would fly off the pegs. Let's face reality: a bad figure choice means peg warmers, means no restocking, means no sales, means frustration on the customer's side.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 25, 2015, 11:58:00 AM
Are there plans to sell the new 3 3/4" Black Series figures in Germany as well? If so, who are going to be the distributors? TRU? Müller? Rossmann?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Clonehead on September 25, 2015, 07:01:54 PM
That's not an aged Han in his favorite endor coat?

If not, I'm disappointed.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 25, 2015, 09:34:28 PM
To me he looks like a straight re-release, not the older Han we saw in the trailer.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on September 27, 2015, 04:01:04 AM
Folks remember we always need to be professional with our questions. If we start off with an insult to a figure that is gonna do one thing, make them defensive and we will not get an answer. And this is me speaking from years and years of past experience.

I know we are all upset with some of the reissues and lack of movement, but lets frame our questions with good valid points. We can still get the same message across and perhaps get some needed change. How bout this one:

1. We have noticed the seeming change with the TFA release to five points of articulation in regards to three and three quarter action figure movement. We all breathed a sigh of relief when we saw Wal-Mart was going to carry the more articulated line. Will that line become standard again or more of a store exclusive sort of line? Also, will it include more than three or four figures a wave? We are a little worried that our beloved action figure line is getting the action taken out of it.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 27, 2015, 07:53:17 AM
Which leaves the question of distribution in other countries open.
I'll retract my question in regards of lame re-releases, but still would like to know if and how distribution in a major European country like Germany is planned.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Michiico on September 28, 2015, 04:36:32 AM
Will there be a fan's choice poll for the black series 3,75 inch line in the future? Because I am certain all of us collectors can come up with a ton of figures we still want.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 7, 2015
Post by: Tamer on October 01, 2015, 08:08:26 AM
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Keep em coming folks. We are even gonna get a new format to submit them this time!

I am kinda wondering about this:

With the success of your 6" TFA TIE Fighter offering, how soon could there be a TFA X-Wing to chase it? Perhaps even do decos of both colors (regular white and blue and then the Black Stealth version)?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Lordtoys on October 02, 2015, 12:54:15 PM
As a Toy Player during the 70's and 80's and a Die Hard Collector from the 90's to now, I have spent Thousands upon Thousands of Dollars on the 3.75" SA Figures and Vehicles, you gave us a lot of Great Figures and Vehicles until the last Couple of Years, now all you seem to put out is Trash, Sorry to be Blunt, but if the Shoe Fits, well then it fits. Then to throw insult in our Faces you try to say the 6" Figures are better and throw nothing but these things to us hoping that we would all bite into these Oversized Pieces, and cut back on the things we as Collectors have asked for over and over, Did Hasbro really think that we were gonna shelve all our Collections and Start Over? So the question is, are you going to continue and give us the SA 3.75" Figures and More to Scale Vehicles that we all want for all the Films or do we have to start spending our Money on Something and Someone else?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on October 02, 2015, 03:21:13 PM
Lordtoys, we have a similar question ready to go for the 3 and 3/4" SA Line Up. We can add one similar for vehicles too which is a very valid point.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: JDeck on October 02, 2015, 04:41:24 PM
I have a few questions meybe they're more like complaints but use them if you'd like.


    The plastic on some of the 6"TBS figures seems very soft especially the armored figures. Is it the same plastic you use for 3.75"? Would you consider a harder plastic for droids, helmets and armored figures like stormtroopers?


     Do you use 3d scanners or anything like that when developing your figure/vehicle sculpts?
     
     Have you ever thought of collaborating with SideShow collectables or any other premium manufacturer, to make some semi-premium 6" exclusives?

      Have you thought about making 1/5 mini helmets? They look pretty cool, if they're correct.

  I hear rumors of a "Chrome Series" please enlighten.
 
 (If its not the answer to the previous question)
Will you ever come back with the Vintage Collection with vintage style cardbacks?
 (I know its been asked several times, but no direct answer.)

   Will you ever make 3.75" TBS vehicles? If so will they be top quality like some of the exclusives in the past?  ie. TRU "Big wing" TIE Fighter and WM Falcon.
   
   We NEED a 6" ESB Snowtrooper. When?

   Any hints on future obscure 6" OT Alien characters?

     Why so many 6" clone troopers and no battle droids?
 
      Would you say the target demographic for the Black series line are adult collectors?

      With soooo many canon characters not immortalised in 6" form why go with Rebels characters? Also I like ANH Luke but that will make Luke #6.
     

     Would you like my 6" figure wish list?

I have more questions but they're more like suggestions, and I can't figure out how to phrase them in the form of a question.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Clonehead on October 02, 2015, 06:32:02 PM
I'm really racking my brain here, Shawn, for something both new and nice.
Hmmm, we have seen a lot of pics of upcoming 6 inchers including various exclusives since force Friday, and some concept case type presentations from before.
      Can you show us something in the six inch line we haven't seen yet?
You gotta have some aces in your sleeves here. It is turning into long sleeve season, after all.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on October 02, 2015, 07:20:17 PM
Ok... somehow I missed the last round, so here we go...

1 - When can we finally expect to see some killer 3.75" playsets?  Other brands are doing this in the toy aisle and are obviously succeeding... Imaginext is now known for this, and even Terraria has a playset that kids are all over - why is Hasbro ignoring this market?  Or why not at least try simple plastic "background walls" that snap together and each one comes with a trooper?  As long as the quality was there, the market would support these.  We are literally starved for display environments.  If you ever do it, don't give it a half-hearted effort.  That's just guaranteeing a fail.  Can you work out something with Disney or just allow another company that wants to give this a shot do it?  We've been waiting for 20 years for this to happen now...

2 - When are we going to see the quality again that Hasbro used to be known for?  For example, what happened with the black squadron X-Wing?  Not only is it painful to try and get Poe to fit in there and is this thing WAY to small, but the plastic leaves fingerprints on it when touched, BB-8 has very sparse paint, and the cannons are warped beyond belief.  It's so bad that people are returning them to stores.  How did this happen?  Similar issues with the new 3.75" TIE fighter (but not as bad).  Lots of people love the sculpt on the new 3.75" scale TIE fighter, but the wings are really flimsy - even warping for people.  Some of these TIE fighters even collapse under their own weight.  Again - how did ANY of this get past quality control? 

3 - Kids really love building things... so why not more Star Wars "build" features?  The build-a-weapon is kind of cool, but these things are so random and odd looking, things that we are more familiar with would entice people to chase that stuff more.  Like the droids you used to do - or even build-a-trooper or build a "background."  Or my goodness, some sort of big pieces in their own sets that snap together for scenes like those AMAZING Walking Dead sets.  That would be most amazing thing you've ever done for the Star Wars brand.

4 - Was there consideration to increase articulation on the TFA basic line?  5POA is so limiting... we don't need 14 points per figure, but a mix of 8-12 points for the majority of figures would be more welcome.  Why is it one extreme or the other nowadays? 

5 - When are we going to see some of the super rare figures that are in demand back in circulation on basic cards or in some sort of battle packs?  Like TVC Ponda Baba TVC Royal Guard?  BTW, a Royal Guard 2-pk would be pretty awesome, packed with Palpatine and a new throne.

6 - Name one NEW figure (or resculpt) from each of the OT films that are coming in SA style in the 3.75" line that we haven't already seen... GO!

7 - What was up with the lack of product on Force Friday?  50 people in line at Toys"R"us, but the store has only 48 figures... why didn't they have more like 480 figures?  That would of made more sense.  Same thing goes for every major retailer.  People walked away VERY frustrated and even store employees were in bad moods over it.  What happened?

8 - Articulation and attention to detail can turn a bland design into something special.  For example... the 5POA Resistance Trooper looks pretty sad (sorry).  But the 6" version looks amazing.  Can we expect to see a 3.75" version with representative details as the upcoming 6" scale one?

Thanks guys!  Ask all those for me... lol 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on October 03, 2015, 05:32:37 AM
LOL Justin! How did I know you were gonna have a playset and an articulation question? As always your questions are well thought out bud. We will definitely ask a few.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on October 05, 2015, 04:36:57 PM
Ok guys, I have put em all together and sent em to both Dan and the Hasbro Guys.

I look forward to see what we find out.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 03, 2016, 08:54:57 AM
Ok folks, we are going to have time to ask some questions to the Hasbro Brand Managers for the Star Wars, G.I. JOE, and Marvel Lines. It will be limited to ten minutes so we only need about a dozen or so questions. I aim to wrap these up pretty quick so priority will be given to well thought out, non flaming questions.
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Get em posted folks. I know there are some great thinkers out there.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: KIM on February 03, 2016, 10:05:29 AM
I'd like to know if the figures for Rogue One will use existing molds i.e 14POA
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Stan on February 03, 2016, 11:16:26 AM
Will we see more of Wal Mart exclusives black series 3 3/4 line with some new sculpt OT trilogy character, Ev-9D9.  Per help get rid of the box and go chrome!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CloneCrazy on February 03, 2016, 03:39:56 PM
Would Hasbro be open to a different way of creating pilot helmets in the 5 POA line? The "banana visor" ruins otherwise nice figures (Atsy, Resistance Troopers, Poe Dameron, and Snap Wexley).
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CloneCrazy on February 03, 2016, 03:45:12 PM
As Hasbro uses the same digital files for both the Black Series 3.75 and Black Series 6 inch, is there a chance of seeing fan favorite characters currently slated for the 6 inch line (Ahsoka Tano, Darth Revan, and realistic style Kanan) in the 3.75 line?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: jedi_ryan35 on February 03, 2016, 05:40:46 PM
 Hasbro, whats the future for the Super Articulated 3.75 Star Wars figures? Will you keep making them?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2016, 09:31:54 PM
Why is Hasbro approaching the 3.75" line with such extreme ends of the spectrum?  5POA vs. Over-articulation... yes, the Walmart TBS figures have too much articulation and the assembly of these figures is overly complicated... ball jointed hips, wrists and waists are not needed and in some cases take away from the aesthetics of the figure. 

Instead, why not get back to the quality the market loved back from 2005-2012 by dropping some of this enhanced articulation?  Would that not help get MSRP closer to $10-$11 range? 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2016, 09:35:26 PM
Would it be fair now to say that the TBS Black Series 6" scale TIE Fighter didn't go over so well for the retailers? 

Instead, why didn't we see an investment into better quality vehicles in the 3.75" line?  Such as a higher quality X-Wing and a few other all NEW vehicles or beasts from the film, or even a cool playset like the Starkiller base or Maz's castle?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2016, 09:37:11 PM
The new Battlefront game rocks. 

Are you releasing some figures from it in the 3.75" line?  Seems like all you need to do is kit bash existing parts from your library of figures to put out some awesome army builder packs... we'd love to see a Shock Trooper in 3.75" scale... and we're not talking 5POA here.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 03, 2016, 09:41:40 PM
We get it that a perceived drop in demand makes a company look for ways to make the product cheaper.  Hence, 5POA.

BUT, with increased demand for Star Wars again, we should be well past the 5POA days moving forward.  So are we going to see you go back to a mainline product in the 3.75" scale that's more comparable with what you used to produce from 2005-2012? 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Jodo on February 03, 2016, 10:29:15 PM
What Chewie said.  :P
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 04, 2016, 03:32:22 AM
For those wanting to know about Rogue One we sort of received a communication about it yesterday,

"Hope this note finds you well! You are all set on our RSVP list for Hasbro's annual Entertainment Brand Preview event at Toy Fair on Saturday, 2/13. We are looking forward to seeing you next weekend, and wanted to reach out and clarify what Hasbro's Star Wars presence will be at this year's show.

We wanted to let you know that there will be no toys based on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story shown at Toy Fair this year. While there will be a small selection of new Star Wars toys revealed at Toy Fair and in the days leading up to it, none of them will be directly based on the new characters from the upcoming film."

So, I wouldn't expect much on that front.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Jake James on February 05, 2016, 05:19:20 AM
What is the status of the TBS figures from Jabba's Palace that were due to be released prior to TFA event (i.e. Shasa Tiel, Barada, and Vedain)? Will we see these on shelves anytime soon? Thanks.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 06, 2016, 06:18:17 AM
Jake, great to see you here.

Jake is my closest Star Wars Bud. He only lives about an hour away from me.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CloneCrazy on February 08, 2016, 05:01:34 PM
Awesome! Welcome to the yards, Jake!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: Tamer on February 10, 2016, 08:53:43 AM
All of the questions posted here were submitted. I can't promise they will get answered, but it won't be because we didn't pose them. Fingers crossed we get some good answers this time.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Oct. 1st, 2015
Post by: CHEWIE on February 10, 2016, 11:05:45 PM
You guys rock.  thanks for doing this.   :)

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Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 08, 2016, 08:33:06 AM
Folks we were able to get a Question and Answer Session set up with Hasbro for SDCC once again!

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So get your burning questions in here and I will get em loaded and ready for our site reporter Todd at SDCC who has graciously given us some of his busy time during the con. Thanks Todd!

Remember, the better worded and well thought out questions, will have a greater chance of making the question list. Please also remember that Hasbro has also graciously given us some of their time and while even I will admit to not being happy with all of their creations we need to respectful, responsible, and professional when we write our questions. I am not saying you cannot point out issues with their action figures, but any blatant flaming questions that are just bash Hasbro will be deleted.

I am also not sure how many questions they would be willing to answer about Rogue One so be aware that if we submit them we may just get the ole Lucasfilm won't let us talk about that yet.

Questions List so far (new ones will be added to this list):

1. Will there be other retailers besides Wal-Mart to receive your super articulated 3.75" line?

2. How successful would you say the 6" The Force Awakens TIE Fighter was? Is there another possibility that we will see a full size 6" vehicle offering again going forward? Perhaps in the Original Trilogy Line Up?

3. Will there be 1:18 scale reissues of older Star Wars vehicles or even new ones that will not include the Nerf play features but focus a tad (just a tad) more of the collectors market? How well did that Nerf shooting Falcon work out for you anyway?

4. Any chance once again for a 6" black series scaled Dewback?

5.Will we see a 3.75 equivalent of recently released 6 inch figures, R5-K6 for example is going for silly money on ebay so the demand is there, particularly with Rogue One on the horizon.

6. How is distribution of 3.75" super-articulated figures in Europe going to be handled? At this point in time our only way to get these figures is find somebody in the US to buy them for us and ship them to Europe. Which is very complicated and expensive.

7. As a kid, I never used the firing missiles or electronics that the 3.75 vehicles included. Now, we've seen the TFA Falcon have a Nerf feature, and now there is also an A-Wing with a Nerf feature. Is there a large appeal for the nerf firing feature in your vehicles?

8. Have you evaluated more limited production or collectors club options for collectors who are interested in 3.75 SA? Boss fight studios and I think even go joe and he man used to have this.

9. Collectors are always interested in items that were close to being made but just never got done. Can you let us know some figures that were shelved in the past? Some rumors to get you started (noghri, anakin solo, new Yakface, pong Krell)

10. Any hope for future characters from the clone wars or the new comics for us Jedi lovers?

11. Any chance you would bring the fan poll to 3.75" to gauge interest in quantities?

12. What is the status of The Black Series figures that were due to be released prior to TFA event last year?  In particular: Tzizvvt, Shasa Tiel, Barada, and Vedain among others.  Are they still on schedule to be released at some point?

13. With Disney now owning the rights to Star Wars, and doing a great job with their own "in house brands" will you consider collaborating with them to make a 3.75" scale Death Star environment?  Their PVC figures are about that scale anyway.  Bottom line, we've been waiting most of our lives now for a Death Star playset and if one's not coming for Rogue One, we would be happy to see another company make this happen.

14. With the assembly style of the 5POA figures, customizers can't "boil and pop" these things, hence preventing us from making mass purchases of things other people don't want multiples of.  Example - Goss Toowers and General Hux.  If these figures could easily have their arms/legs removable (like most pre-2013 figures), we'd buy more and this would help prevent backup of pegwarmers at retail (the issue is the torso plastic is hard and does not soften when warmed up - this also leads to manufacturing paint coloring not matching up on torsos vs. legs/arms, but that's a different issue altogether).  That being said, look at the Quiggold figure - he's the ONE figure in the TFA line with a soft torso - love it!  Can Hasbro start making figures more in this style (with softer torsos) if we have to settle for minimal articulation?

15. The Revenge of the Sith Line had a better mix of figure articulation, creatures, vehicles and even playsets.  By comparison, that line was much better received by both children and adults.  Will Hasbro look to go back closer to that model?

16. How would you gauge the success of the Build-A-Weapons?  Has there been any thought of replacing these with some improved articulation to the figures, or alternate heads, stands, or even droid parts?

17. How would you describe your distribution of Star Wars Products at this point? Do you still feel there are any issues with poor distribution and are there any plans to correct it?

18. How satisfied do you feel the general consumer is with the 3.75" 5 points of articulation line? Are there any plans to add more articulation to this line at any point? Perhaps not full arty, but more movement? Its awful hard to pose one of those 5 poa figures!

19. I was playing Battlefront a bit last night with my son - and it brought back great memories of the Battlefront sets that Hasbro used to release back with the older games.

So, on that note - will we be seeing some new Battlefront multi-packs in the 3.75" scale again?  It would be a great opportunity to get some SA army builders back in the mix, including a repainted Sandtrooper mold using the Imperial Shocktrooper paint scheme.  Retail would have a hard time keeping these in stock due to a starving demand for 3.75" SA army builders.

20. Your build a figure pieces for your Marvel Brand are extremely popular. Have you ever thought about doing build a figure pieces in the 6" Line Up? What are your thoughts for doing this for the Star Wars Brand? It would be awesome!

21. Has Hasbro been looking at Amazon and what they are charging for most figures and ships? What is Hasbro planning to do with the  crazy pricing that Amazon and other second hand market sellers are charging for figures and vehicles?

22. What kind of a compromise would Hasbro be willing to do for collectors that want The Vintage Collection 3.75 fully articulated figures  to come back  without just making an exclusive line that is limited to one retailer?

Separate Question for PR Group (I can send this one separately):

Do they see the over overwhelmingly negative sentiment collectors view the 5 POA figures with?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: sith_fire30 on July 08, 2016, 09:10:46 AM
I have some questions.....(I promise to be nice)...

1. Will there be 1:18 scale reissues of older Star Wars vehicles or even new ones that will not include the Nerf play features but focus a tad (just a tad) more of the collectors market? How well did that Nerf shooting Falcon work out for you anyway?

2. Any chance once again for a 6" black series scaled Dewback.

That's all I have......I've become so cynical over Hasbro's decisions the past few years I've pretty much given up on them. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't take questions at SDCC. They bring back the vintage line again and I'll warm to them...right now I have no faith in Hasbro doing any justice to merchandise relating to the the remaining films. 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: KIM on July 08, 2016, 01:49:57 PM
Will we see a 3.75 equivalent of recently released 6 inch figures, R5-K6 for example is going for silly money on ebay so the demand is there, particularly with Rogue One on the horizon.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: StarAlien70 on July 08, 2016, 02:31:09 PM
2015/16 should, for me at least, have been the most exciting year for buying Star Wars toys since Hasbro brought back the 3.75" line in 1995. Yet, I have bought hardly any figures. The regular figures are now so expensive and poorly made that I have given up.

The decision to have The Black Series 3.75" figures as Walmart exclusives was such a bad move. I live in the UK, and Asda are supposed to have these figures, we have had the first 3 and that is it.

I would like to ask Hasbro:
Why are you STILL neglecting the [collectors of] 3.75" super articulated (or even semi super articulated) figures?
Why have you created a lucrative secondhand market for dealers, due to poor distribution and lack of availability?

I apologise for not having anything positive to ask, but that is how I feel about the current state of the Hasbro line.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on July 08, 2016, 03:10:10 PM
How is distribution of 3.75" super-articulated figures in Europe going to be handled? At this point in time our only way to get these figures is find somebody in the US to buy them for us and ship them to Europe. Kinda complicated and expensive, right?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: Jodo on July 08, 2016, 05:40:27 PM
As a kid, I never used the firing missiles or electronics that the 3.75 vehicles included. Now, we've seen the TFA Falcon have a Nerf feature, and now there is also an A-Wing with a Nerf feature. Can Star Wars vehicles not stand alone without the Nerf brand also behind the product?

As a public relations professional, there have been many occasions where I believe Hasbro has not followed through with collector's input, or they have not been totally transparent with its consumers. Does Hasbro employ public relations professionals that *actively* deal with the Star Wars brand, and do they see the over overwhelmingly negative sentiment collectors view the 5 POA figures with?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 10, 2016, 05:43:00 AM
I got this from Kareth Rihker in an email:

"
Have you evaluated more limited production or collectors club options for collectors who are interested in 3.75 SA? Boss fight studios and I think even go joe and he man used to have this.

Why the slow pace of releases. With TFA and rebels there are 100s of characters that could be released in both 3.75 and 6" scale. Why have we seen so few figures from these lines (eg Maz's club, Jakku, resistance personnel, Ketsu Onyo) at retail and exclusives.

Collectors are always interested in items that were close to being made but just never got done. Can you let us know some figures that were shelved in the past? Some rumors to get you started (noghri, anakin solo, new Yakface, pong Krell)

Any hope for future characters from the clone wars or the new comics for us Jedi lovers?

Any chance you would bring the fan poll to 3.75" to gauge interest in quantities?

Why does HTS always seem to have such a limited quantity during new releases. Many collectors end up paying premiums for figures on eBay rather than giving hasbro the cash up front. "
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: Jake James on July 11, 2016, 04:37:11 AM
What is the status of The Black Series figures that were due to be released prior to TFA event last year?  In particular: Tzizvvt, Shasa Tiel, Barada, and Vedain among others.  Are they still on schedule to be released at some point?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 11, 2016, 10:31:07 AM
I will get these all sorted and on the send list soon. Busy day, just got finished the Fans Choice stuff and a ton of other work to get too today!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on July 11, 2016, 11:32:13 AM
I was out of town on vacation and missed this, but if there's still any time, I have a couple questions...  0/

1 - Why didn't the Hasbro team look back at the success of the ROTS line for inspiration in the TFA line?  That line had a better mix of figure articulation, creatures, vehicles and even playsets.  By comparison, that line was much better received by both children and adults.  Will Hasbro look to go back closer to that model?

2 - What is the point of the Build-A-Weapons?  Most people (including kids) are not interested in these.  Instead, some improved articulation to the figures, or alternate heads, stands, or even droid parts would make a lot more sense.

3 - With Disney now owning the rights to Star Wars, and doing a great job with their own "in house brands" will you consider collaborating with them to make a 3.75" scale Death Star environment?  Their PVC figures are about that scale anyway.  Bottom line, we've been waiting most of our lives now for a Death Star playset and if one's not coming for Rogue One, we would be happy to see another company make this happen.

Thank you!!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on July 11, 2016, 03:30:16 PM
Oops, one more.

With the assembly style of the 5POA figures, customizers can't "boil and pop" these things, hence preventing us from making mass purchases of things other people don't want multiples of.  Example - Goss Toowers and General Hux.  If these figures could easily have their arms/legs removable (like most pre-2013 figures), we'd buy more and this would help prevent backup of pegwarmers at retail (the issue is the torso plastic is hard and does not soften when warmed up - this also leads to manufacturing paint coloring not matching up on torsos vs. legs/arms, but that's a different issue altogether).  That being said, look at the Quiggold figure - he's the ONE figure in the TFA line with a soft torso - love it!  Can Hasbro start making figures more in this style (with softer torsos) if we have to settle for minimal articulation?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 8, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 12, 2016, 06:03:36 AM
Tomorrow at noon eastern will the question submission deadline. I already think we have enough good ones, but that is the due date and time!

I plan on getting these sorted this morning.

Remember, this isn't a bash Hasbro affair. Sometimes I think we are a sorted lot who are quick to criticize and while there is always room for improvement, we do not want to pummel Hasbro who was kind enough to grant our question request. We will ask hard questions, just not flaming ones!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 12, 2016, 06:27:37 AM
Ok, I have all the questions sorted so far. I changed the wording of some of them to try and get an answer and not making it inflammatory. I know Hasbro wouldn't answer a question posed in that way (from past experience) and could stop our q and a session. I know folks have some issues with Hasbro's figures and products (especially those 5 poa ones), but we need to stick to the issues and not insult the person we are asking the questions too.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 12, 2016, 07:01:48 AM
New one from me after seeing the Jakks Pacific EE Exclusive (on the front page if you want to see it).

Have you solved your vac gold metal paint issues with the new 6" Version of C3PO coming out?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: krztfr on July 12, 2016, 09:52:00 AM
How come the Marvel Legends come with spare pieces and build a character parts in every figure but Star Wars 6" have small figure with maybe 2 accessories and still at the same price as that Marvel full sized figure? Same question came to me when GI Joes had a bunch of added articulation and weapons for the same price as the Star Wars Vintage but lacked as many accessories.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 12, 2016, 02:02:03 PM
Folks after talking with our site reporter I think I can hold off till Sunday, but the sooner the better!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on July 13, 2016, 09:44:02 AM
I was playing Battlefront a bit last night with my son - and it brought back great memories of the Battlefront sets that Hasbro used to release back with the older games.

So, on that note - will we be seeing some new Battlefront multi-packs in the 3.75" scale again?  It would be a great opportunity to get some SA army builders back in the mix, including a repainted Sandtrooper mold using the Imperial Shocktrooper paint scheme.  Retail would have a hard time keeping these in stock due to a starving demand for 3.75" SA army builders.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on July 13, 2016, 10:09:54 AM
Great idea: do an Imperial Battlefront battlepack and a Rebel one.
Super-articulated, of course.
This would fly off the shelves and finally bring the adult collectors and customizers back on board.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 14, 2016, 06:14:10 AM
How come the Marvel Legends come with spare pieces and build a character parts in every figure but Star Wars 6" have small figure with maybe 2 accessories and still at the same price as that Marvel full sized figure? Same question came to me when GI Joes had a bunch of added articulation and weapons for the same price as the Star Wars Vintage but lacked as many accessories.

I know how they would answer this one. Licensing fees for Star Wars. I am not sure how that is working now that Hasbro is dealing with Disney, but trust me the SW Name increases the cost of everything and to keep the prices at a point we can remotely stand it that is why they don't go over the top. Now I like your idea of BAF Pieces and will pose a question along those lines.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 14, 2016, 06:20:02 AM
New questions added. We already have more than I know we are gonna be able to get too for our time slot.

I will try to get Todd to give our Brand Team the full list in the hopes that when we run out of time they can answer the rest at their leisure and email em to us. That or I can send them in later once I see which ones we couldn't get too and see if they will answer. I will try. All they can do is say no!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 14, 2016, 10:04:27 AM
I will try to be kind as well .... My questions Has Hasbro been looking at Amazon and what they are charging for most figures and ships ? What is Hasbro planning to do  with the  crazy pricing that Amazon and other second hand market sellers are charging for figures and vehicles . Hasbro says they have nothing to do with these pricing  But i thinkl otherwise. I feel we deserve a real answer and not a dance around this question such as we will look into this .  Who has $ 650.00 for  TVC  Falcon. or Almost $200 for a Darth Revan figure

My next Question is for years you have heard the cry to bring back Tvc fully articulated figures  and introduce play sets. And for years us loyal collectors who have kept the line going  get turned down and disappointed . We as collectors have been telling you what we want but you assume you know what we want  . What kind of a compromise would Hasbro be willing to do for collectors that want tvc 3.75 fully articulated figures  to come back  without just making an exclusive line that is limited to one retailer .
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 18, 2016, 06:16:39 AM
Ok, questions submission time is over and the list is assembled. We will see what they answer!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: koth on July 18, 2016, 07:10:33 AM
Good work everyone. Those questions covered everything problem faced by collectors today.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 19, 2016, 05:15:56 AM
Good work everyone. Those questions covered everything problem faced by collectors today.

I thought so too. I am hoping we can get a few of em really answered.

I am gonna see if the ones we don't have time to get too they will answer via email at a later time. All we can do is ask right?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on July 22, 2016, 09:37:43 PM
Yeah.
To be honest, especially after the reveals of the new EE Exclusive and the Rogue One figures my opinion of Hasbro hasn't really improved.
From the Legacy and Vintage Collection back to...1978.
This is so unbelieveable, it's off the charts.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 23, 2016, 05:04:20 AM
Well Todd was able to get some questions in yesterday. Look for me to get em and feature em here soon.

For the ones they didn't get to I am gonna try to get em answered via my Hasbro Contact.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on July 23, 2016, 11:36:03 AM
Cool, thanks Tamer.   O0
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on July 24, 2016, 09:17:16 PM
No word about distribution in Europe yet?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 25, 2016, 08:26:54 AM
http://www.imperialshipyards.net/sdcc2016isyhasbroqanda.mp3

The answers are in folks. I am gonna try to get the ones we didn't have time for to Hasbro for answer down the road. All I can do is try.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: koth on July 25, 2016, 09:00:41 AM
 All very wishy washy, but I hope their future plans for 3.75 come to fruition.
I'd defo be up for a Battlefront set, more comic packs, Clone Wars figures, Collectors Club. Only time will tell.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on July 25, 2016, 06:53:44 PM
Just wanted to say how much I appreciate you guys getting in front of the Hasbro team like this.  You go all out, and it's awesome.

Thanks for getting some of my questions in too, I really am glad they were asked.

I also found Steve's answer around the Death Star a bit intriguing... he said, "Can't talk more about Rogue One" products... maybe the damn thing is actually coming... FINALLY?   :P
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Goldleaderone on July 25, 2016, 07:44:39 PM
I read at Rebelscum someone asked if the titaniums were still being made and Hasbro just asked if those were still on the shelves. How about a yes or no answer? Damn.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 26, 2016, 05:46:17 AM
Its hard to get a straight yes or no as the veterans of these q and a's can attest.

I did find that Death Star playset answer intriguing.

And Justin you are quite welcome. I have to get our Hasbro Contact the questions we couldn't get too.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Nicov55 on July 26, 2016, 06:01:12 AM
I just listened to the Q/A. First of all, thanks for your courage asking questions they may not be glad to have to answer to. Especially your follow up questions regarding the 3.75 line.
This is what i felt listening to Steve Evans answers and trying to "read between the lines".
- They seem to understand we collectors of 3.75 super-articulated figures feel kind of neglected but i doubt they'll really make anything about it. We will probably just get a couple exclusive figures just like we had for TFA and that's it.
He made it clear 3.75 stuff is children focused.
In fact, i even felt he was at some point bothered by the many 3.75 related questions. Maybe i'm wrong but...
- On the other hand, he was very enthousiastic when talking about the 6" line. Just compare when he spoke about more 6" vehicles with his answer regarding possible new 3.75 ones.
- Let's see about the possible playsets. I just hope it's not only 6" as well.
I feel a bit like "nothing new under the sun". I hope i'm wrong.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: StarAlien70 on July 26, 2016, 07:55:49 AM
I'm tired of exclusives; every time SA 3.75" is mentioned, it's always an exclusive! Why do they have such a downer on SA 3.75" anyway? He says he knows how popular they are, but the production and distribution contradict that statement.
 
They are so frustrating; not only from a consumer point of view, but also as a business. I don't get their direction. In the past year they have churned out so much plastic rubbish, just after they were producing some of the best stuff they had made in years (VC).

I just don't get it (?).
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: JDeck on July 26, 2016, 08:28:08 AM
My opinion is that Hasbro knows 3.75" SA collectors are loyal lifelong fans. Now that Star Wars is relevant again, they need new fans, like kids (5poa), or new collectors (6"). Once Star Wars dies down in relevance, after ep.9, they'll start focusing on lifelong fans again. Like they did after ep.3. Besides it takes longer to produce SA figures than it does to make a new Sw movie. That's just my assessment, I could be wrong. Either way they're feeling the heat.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: StarAlien70 on July 26, 2016, 08:50:07 AM
I agree JDeck.
And as always in business; loyal fans get strung along, while they seek new customers. My problem with that is, the fans that want original trilogy figures that still haven't been produced yet, well: None of us are getting any younger! I don't want to be only just completing my figure collection when I'm 90 something.

My other gripe is that the SA 3.75" figures that they are producing are only available as Walmart exclusives, and are turning up on the secondhand market for stupid money. That can't be good business for Hasbro or Walmart (?).
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: JDeck on July 26, 2016, 09:12:48 AM
  i hear you man.  I don't want to sound like I'm making excuses for Hasbro. This round of Q&A seemed a little more optimistic for SA 3.75". I could see other retailers asking for their own "exclusives". Hasbro has to know they're screwing their base.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on July 26, 2016, 09:33:02 AM
Playsets for 6"?
Two words: size - price.

Sometimes it seems like they don't listen to the customer at all, but follow some product idea they are personally fascinated with.
They are detached from the fan base. Very detached. And too many people are kissing their shebs and are content with the crumbs they are feeding us.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: JDeck on July 26, 2016, 03:43:21 PM
  I would like Hasbro to explain this... 6" is supposed to be so much better, I don't really see it. Geez, what a mug. Found that little comparison shot on JTA. This is why I can't get fully into the 6" Hasbro line.

 Apparently they  explained it to Yakface. http://jediinsider.com/index.php?itemid=17620&catid=8
   They said they'll change the lips, eyebrows and hood. But jeez! She needs a total overhaul. If I was Hasbro I wouldn't have even put that on display. Lol. Honestly this isn't the first time they've screwed up a 6" Leia figure. I'd say in most cases the 3.75" look better than their 6" counterparts. Bigger isn't better.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on July 27, 2016, 08:14:26 AM
Folks I too feel your pain when it comes to the 3.75" line. Personally, from what I am hearing right now Wal-Mart and certain runs like EE's Astro Wave are probably about all we can hope to get as for SA Figs. Sad, but all we can do with these Q and A's is keep asking those questions so they keep hearing it and it will stay relevant. Lets keep after them!

As far as the six inch line it is their premier flagship now. They sent me their SDCC Exclusives yesterday and that Obi Pack is hands down fantastic folks. Watch this and tell me it isn't great!


Its easy to see where their main focus is. I am really enjoying their 6" line personally.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Nicov55 on July 28, 2016, 07:46:02 AM
I'm still boycotting their 6" stuff. It does not change anything but it is my way to express the way i feel. I'll keep on buying older 3.75 stuff an ebay, paying no attention to the 5POA rubish they release while secretely hoping that staff in charge of marketing get sacked or something.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: JDeck on July 28, 2016, 09:00:17 AM
Of course the SDCC exclusives look good. Good luck getting one though. If they constantly made 6"  product like that all the time, I'd be all over it.  For me the two biggest problems with the 6" figures are face paint applications and the joints. Not to mention they sometimes get the scale wrong (R2& Boushh Leia).  I don't like the soft plastic vinyl they use. It sucks for armor or droids, and it warps. Last Q&A my question was, if they'd consider using a harder plastic. No answer. Guess not,  cuts overall cost.  In 3.75" scale these problems are negligible, but they are amplified in 6" scale. They can hit some home runs, but they strike out too. I'd say 1 in every wave is a homer. That's just me, according to them they've exceeded expectations. What do I know.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on July 28, 2016, 10:36:01 AM
Try building a squad of troopers in 6" and estimate the cost.
One word: prohibitive.

Try customizing by using parts from 3 or 4 different figures.
One word: prohibitive.

Hasbro has no, mark my words, no idea about our requirements or they simply don't care.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: JDeck on August 01, 2016, 06:32:04 AM
 Here's some interesting news http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=18324
 
 I also heard Hasbro was surveying people at sdcc on whether they prefer the Vintage collection or the Black Series 3.75&6". http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=18327
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on August 01, 2016, 07:48:50 AM
I read that yesterday too, time to spread the news. It would sure be cool to get it back.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: JDeck on August 04, 2016, 02:53:24 PM
Interesting results for JTA's figure poll. http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=18342
 
 TVC won hands down for first choice. duh! However I'm surprised BAD didn't score a little higher for second choice. 6" came in high on 4th choice. I hope Hasbro takes a gander at these results.
  I would think a Build A figure line would be advantageous for retailers, and Hasbro. There would be a lower possibility for peg warmers, as you need all the figures to make the BAF.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on August 05, 2016, 06:53:45 AM
In response to the Forbes article about an exciting announcement for the Black Series Exclusives I got a reply back yesterday that said to stay tuned.

I am hoping that article wasn't simply mentioning the EE Exclusive Astro-Mech Set. Earth shattering it was not.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on August 22, 2016, 08:45:46 PM
Not sure if you guys have ordered from Galactic Trading Post... but after getting these, I am not so concerned about playsets from Hasbro anymore... anything they would come up with would fall short of this...

(http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=7258&t=1)

(http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=7261&t=1)

(http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=7259&t=1)

(http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/download/file.php?id=7257&t=1)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on August 23, 2016, 02:34:25 AM
Anyone else not seeing the images? Sounds like they are great though.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 10, 2016, 04:27:28 AM
Hey, I can see those images now. Wow, those look awesome Chewie. I like how simple they attach too. Who doesn't have a bunch of those lying around!

On a new question note folks, I got in an email from Hasbro this week about them doing a Google Hangout to ask the Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team 3 to 5 Questions! It will take place on Friday, September 16th and start around 10:30 AM.

(http://i.imgur.com/LyQ70h2.png)

I would like one of our questions to focus on how the figures (outside of the new characters from upcoming films) are selected for the retailer exclusive lines like the Wal-Mart Articulated Black Series 3.75" Waves. Is it Hasbro or Wal-Mart, the Design Team, etc. who figures out what figures to put in those lines? And perhaps would they be open to a Fans Choice type Poll in regards to figures we might like to see in that line too? (Similar to what they are doing at SDCC with the 6" Fans Choice Poll).

The other four questions you can help me with and I will be glad to ask on your behalf next Friday.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: KIM on September 10, 2016, 08:34:41 AM
Will we see more variations of the classic Stormtrooper, I'd love to see a version of the Flamethrower made, it's hard not to mention the new film but anything that expands the army base would be welcome
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of July 12, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 11, 2016, 05:27:48 AM
Will we see more variations of the classic Stormtrooper, I'd love to see a version of the Flamethrower made, it's hard not to mention the new film but anything that expands the army base would be welcome

I am pretty sure they would ditch that one right out of the date. They will not be allowed to share any new movie information outside of what we have already seen revealed by Lucasfilm.

Any other questions folks? I have to send em in today!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 11, 2016, 06:55:48 AM
Ok, our questions are sent in. I did try to ask the one about the Stormtroopers. We will see if we get the regularly canned response.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 11, 2016, 11:24:49 PM
Which questions are we asking?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 12, 2016, 02:52:56 AM
Which questions are we asking?

The walmart figure selection. And a few spin offs from that one for sure.

For the rest I picked a couple from the unanswered ones from SDCC. I also asked about getting a better AT-ACP than the one they have planned (in as polite a way as I could).

I also asked to see more of that new Stormy Bucket, an inside the helmet shot. I would love to see how that is gonna fit on folks' heads.

That and if we can see some 6" Dewback love after seeing Ron's latest custom offering.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 12, 2016, 03:13:12 AM
Well, nothing in it for me this time. Or us Non-Americans so to say.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 13, 2016, 02:27:56 AM
Well, nothing in it for me this time. Or us Non-Americans so to say.

Hopefully they give us more notice next time. Sorry there will be nothing of interest to you.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 14, 2016, 03:00:59 AM
Remember folks to keep this thread active. That way when they give us another slot to ask questions we will be ready. They are not always gonna give us weeks of advance notice about a q and a session. Like the google hangout they let me know about last week with questions due in just a few days!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 15, 2016, 03:15:30 PM
Well, unless something dramatically surprising happens, the questions are already on the table, I think.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 16, 2016, 03:14:18 AM
Well, unless something dramatically surprising happens, the questions are already on the table, I think.

I am not sure I understand what you mean Volker. We, as site heads, are given a bit of latitude to ask other questions as the even unfolds. The biggest thing is to keep this thread active with up to date questions so when we get another last minute invite we will be ready to go.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 16, 2016, 03:16:55 AM
Well folks, I had the practice hangout last night and everything worked like a charm.

The event will not be public for all to see as they are getting ready to share new information with us that might not be able to be shared publicly quite yet. I will of course be doing a write up of the whole Q and A Session we have with them and will of course share what audio and video they later allow.

It is quite a neat thing to be invited to their inaugural event. It just goes to show you they are seeing what we are saying and they do appreciate our input.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: JDeck on September 16, 2016, 07:41:26 AM
Well, unless something dramatically surprising happens, the questions are already on the table, I think.

I am not sure I understand what you mean Volker. We, as site heads, are given a bit of latitude to ask other questions as the even unfolds. The biggest thing is to keep this thread active with up to date questions so when we get another last minute invite we will be ready to go.
  Uhh, I think I know what hes talking about. The biggest question on people's minds  is SA 3.75", for the most part. The question either doesnt get answered or the answer is no.  Either way they're not  really listening to the consumer. So until they do, why ask.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 16, 2016, 09:42:31 AM
Ok, folks I just finished up with the Hangout and want to write up the answers while I still have em in my noggin:

Ok, lets get to our questions for the Star Wars Brand Team (I am also including reference images):
 
1. Wal-Mart Exclusive Black Series Wave:

We see there is a new Wal-Mart Black Series super articulated wave and we like it! On that note a couple of questions:
 
How are the figures (outside of the new characters from upcoming films) selected for the retailer exclusive lines like the Wal-Mart Articulated Black Series 3.75" Waves?

For those carry forward figures (like from the vintage line) we work with our retailers, but we also get input from fan sites (like us) and from con goers. They made a point to point out that they know we are not always happy with the answers they give us, especially about articulation, and the number of figures currently available as far as waves, but they are looking to expand that in the future. They said to make sure we let them know what we want and to keep after them (of course I let them know that wasn't going to be a problem)
 
Is it Hasbro or Wal-Mart, the Design Team, etc. who figures out what figures to put in those lines?

Once again they pointed out that they really look to the fan base and are looking to expand that focus to really include fan sites (like ours) to keep the pegs filled with those articulated figures we want. They said they are definitely look at sites like the Shipyards to see what figures we would like to see again and also reiterated they know some of those figures had some distribution issues when they were released as a part of the vintage line so we can look for some of those to be re-released. They also mentioned that perhaps the vintage line characters we have had and loved, that see a spot in Rogue One, could also be re-released as part of the Wal-Mart Waves. I was left feeling pretty good about that question.
 
And perhaps would they be open to a Fans Choice type Poll in regards to figures we might like to see in that line too? (Similar to what they are doing at SDCC with the 6" Fans Choice Poll).

They said YES! for the 3.75" Line

They also reiterated we are going to do this again in the 6" Scale for this coming SDCC.
 
2. Can you please make a 6” Scale Dewback for our Sandtroopers? Take a look at this custom creation (by the renowned Ron Hembling) and tell me you fine folks making a Dewback in your 6” Line wouldn’t sell like hotcakes!

They are looking for some of the final numbers in regards to sales of some of the deluxe packs like the Hoth Han and Taun Taun and Luke and Wampa, but they did acknowledge that this beasty was definitely "on their radar" and toward the top of their list when they do release new 6" Deluxe packs. They also stated that they would probably release these in a set of two so I promptly threw in a 6" Scale Bantha to which we all laughed, but they didn't make it sound like it was out of the realm of possibilities!

I am kicking myself I didn't throw in the Probe Droid real quick, but trust me I will be asking when we do a follow up session!

3. Speaking of the 6” Lines, how satisfied were you regarding the sales of the 6” Scale The Force Awakens TIE Fighter? Were you satisfied enough that you will consider creating another larger size vehicle in this scale? Any ideas you folks are batting back and forth about the next potential offering? And we would be glad to help out to break any ties!

They did say they were satisfied with sales of the 6" Scale TIE to offer another vehicle in this scale! While they didn't hint as to which one that might be (hinted at perhaps some notice in the spring of next year) they did reiterate that the TIE was a bit easier for them to bite on as based on its shape the amount of material was not quite as much as a flatter vehicle with regular angles. They also talked about box size being a concern too. Still, it was great to hear we can definitely expect to get at least one more vehicle in this scale.

4. Having watched the design team video on the new Rogue One Stormtrooper Helmet all we can say is wow! And Wow one more time! We feel you folks really hit the ball out of the park with this one and wondered if you might bring one of these with you to the hangout and show it off a bit more? I would love to see a bit more of the inside and see how this will fit on my regular size noggin.

I am hoping they release the video later, but they showed one being taken out of the box and put together. It comes in 3 pieces. You first adjust the head webbing and then pop it together. Folks, hands down this is one of the coolest offerings I have seen in regards to role play almost ever. What we didn't see in the video was that there is a hidden mic that actually swivels to let us with larger noses put it on and then move it close to our mouth as we get it settled. This is true one to one scale and almost an exact replica of the official helmet used in the movie!

They gave us a close up of the lenses and plastic and this thing shines like the sun! Folks who have pre-ordered this are really gonna be happy.
 
Do you have plans to offer more Imperial Style helmets, both Original Trilogy, Prequel (clones!), and now the new movies (TFA and Stand Alones like Rogue One) going forward?

While they wouldn't discuss which era they were going to focus on next they did tell us that an announcement on the next one would be coming in just a few weeks (it sounded like by the time of Force Friday).
 
And we know you can’t sure anything that hasn’t been already shared regarding the new films and Rogue One, but will we see new variations in the Classic Stormtrooper that folks can army build?

They shut that question down pretty quick which I thought that perhaps they might.
 
5. New Rogue One Imperial Walker (AT-ACT)
 
It was great to see you were producing a version of the new AT-ACT we will be seeing in the films and all the bells and whistles seem fantastic. I am however, still reeling in awe of the last larger scale AT-AT you made in the the 3.75” Line in regards to the Legacy Line AT-AT (which included a vintage boxed version).

Is there any chance you will be giving that same treatment, down the road, to the new AT-ACT we will be seeing in Rogue One?

They started off with a "not at this time" quote that we are used to hearing for some time. I will be honest, I got into how cool the Legacy version was even at that size and by the time the talk was over they definitely didn't rule it out for the future. They even discussed that "some of the tooling" was already there and could easily overlap with the AT-ACT Design. I called that a win!

Some of the other tidbits I got from the Q and A Sessions with the other Sites:

A TFA Luke Skywalker is coming

They really seemed open to the idea of a new Death Star Playset. They didn't nail down a scale or a time frame, but they sure did talk about it at length to let you know this one is up there in regards to their thoughts on upcoming products. It was heavily talked about how to do it in 3.75" Scale. Nothing was planned at this point, but they know we want it.

They really did take a bit of the wind out of my sails (but not much) when they talked about the regular figure lines pretty much staying at the 5 POA point.

They also got out the U-Wing and showed us the wing movement feature (really cool) and the nerf firing feature. It seemed to shoot really far. I also didn't think, for once, it (the nerf firing feature) really detracted from the looks of the vehicle. A questions was asked about the smaller cockpit for just one figure and when they got it out to show it seemed pretty big.

There is going to be a Celebration Exclusive. Just nothing was hinted about in regards to what it might be.

I have more notes, but wanted to get this online as quick as I could as I am most excited. When I get word that video or audio is allowed I will try to get you the entire talk. They also talked about doing this again so be sure to keep your questions coming folks.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: KIM on September 16, 2016, 10:19:00 AM
Good job on your questions, while I didn't get an answer for my question it wasn't wasted, I'll put it down to experience for next time. The fact that they're considering re releasing some of the OT figures to coincide with Rogue One is the best news for me :)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 16, 2016, 10:43:44 AM
Good job on your questions, while I didn't get an answer for my question it wasn't wasted, I'll put it down to experience for next time. The fact that they're considering re releasing some of the OT figures to coincide with Rogue One is the best news for me :)

This was great fun and thank you for your comments. I have definitely been left with a sour taste in my mouth after the responses, or lack thereof, to our questions. We definitely didn't get that this time out and I really felt like they were interested in our suggestions and ideas!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Jake James on September 17, 2016, 04:21:05 AM
Thanks for the information!  You have to love the fact that your passion and hard work has paid off in an amazing web site and now the ability to attend toy fairs and have the chance to talk directly to Hasbro now!  Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 17, 2016, 04:44:11 AM
Why thank you James. I am pretty proud of out little place in the galaxy!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: JDeck on September 17, 2016, 05:47:13 AM
First off thanks Tamer, for the time you took, and Hasbro for lending your ear.
  I didnt get this question in on time, meybe next time. What exclusive rights does Walmart have? Is it just the "black series" label  or SA 3.75" in general? In other words is it first possible to have sa 3.75 outside of walmart and will it happen. I know EE had astromech exclusives but they arent exactly figures from a technical  standpoint. Im just very synical of Walmart im a free market capitalist and all, but walmart gets a lot of special privlages.
    Is it a matter of retailers requesting sa 3.75 or is it up to Hasbro/walmart on who gets them. Or is it that hasbro wants to push 6" so hard they took 3.75 out of the equation so they dont compete with themselves. The last q+a they hinted at other retailers carrying them, of course no real definative answer.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 17, 2016, 09:59:16 AM
JDeck read my mind perfectly.
I'm sorry if I'm coming across angry and confrontational at the moment, because that's how I feel towards Hasbro.
It has, however, nothing to do with this board or its staff.

I'm happy that Hasbro is releasing 4 SA figures in the BS line which were hard to find as TVC figures and I suggest we should compile a list of TVC and Legacy figures which we would like to see re-released.
We all know that we would buy multiples of them...if we can find them at retail.
Let's imagine that Hasbro and WalMart can fix their distribution problems and we will be able to buy the figures.

We should convey the message to Hasbro that this forum alone has so much talent among its membership that in addition to re-releases we can come up with a whole bunch of innovative and cool figures made up from existing parts so that no new tooling would be necessary while Hasbro can concentrate on developing really new SA figures.
Although I'm more than half sure that Hasbro won't adopt this concept, all they can give us is a negative or evading answer.

My two cents.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on September 17, 2016, 11:11:55 AM
JDeck read my mind perfectly.
I'm sorry if I'm coming across angry and confrontational at the moment, because that's how I feel towards Hasbro.
It has, however, nothing to do with this board or its staff.

I'm happy that Hasbro is releasing 4 SA figures in the BS line which were hard to find as TVC figures and I suggest we should compile a list of TVC and Legacy figures which we would like to see re-released.
We all know that we would buy multiples of them...if we can find them at retail.
Let's imagine that Hasbro and WalMart can fix their distribution problems and we will be able to buy the figures.

We should convey the message to Hasbro that this forum alone has so much talent among its membership that in addition to re-releases we can come up with a whole bunch of innovative and cool figures made up from existing parts so that no new tooling would be necessary while Hasbro can concentrate on developing really new SA figures.
Although I'm more than half sure that Hasbro won't adopt this concept, all they can give us is a negative or evading answer.

My two cents.
What a fantastic idea ,I completely agree with Commander_Kurgan  . If Hasbro truly reads these posts  they will see the level of quality that the customizers put into their figures.   Tamer should you be doing another sit down again  you should make this recommendation or as an idea that Hasbro work together with some really good customizers to share what parts  they used to create a certain figure so we can get the figures we want in 3.75 sa . It would def keep cost down.    Also  Tamer i would like to express something , while i get we all need to be polite  and courteous when asking questions to Hasbro  i really think some questions should  be left unaltered ( obviously without being to hateful ) to let Hasbro know exactly  the level of frustration that the Collectors have in the treatment of the 3.75 sa . That distribution problems have not been corrected which is  a big key, and  that is destroying the line . And that collectors are telling them what we want  instead of them assuming they know what we want.  Just my opinion . 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: JDeck on September 17, 2016, 05:45:35 PM
   The thing about all this is it takes Hasbro 12-18 months to develope a figure. And you have a new movie coming out every year. So they are probably  making figure  concepts for the Han Solo anthology film already. However we cant even ask questions about rogue one figures or 40th anniversary  whatever, everything is  such a damn secret. Thats not exactly  Hasbro's fault LF puts a gag order on them.  See what im saying? So what kind of questions do they want us to ask?

  I do like the idea of a Hasbro's greatest hits. Just reproduce the best selling most popular and hardest to find figures from previous series'.

I wonder to what degree is lucasfilms' involvement reguarding figures? Do they determine figure size? I know George Lucas was heavily involved with marketing figures, thats why we had 3.75 to begin with, instead of doll size 12". Soon after Disney buys Star Wars they all the sudden change course dramatically. 

   
     I would like to know why they decided to focus on 6" when 3.75 had been so successful over the past several years. And now they only have sa 3.75 in exclusive  form.  It doesn't make sense, if it aint broke don't  fix it. It just seems very strange to me. Rationally  you would keep sa 3.75 in high production and have the 6" in exclusive form. Hasbro had a virtual monopoly on 3.75, and an established fan base. But 6" has several competitors, and it was uncharted territory.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 18, 2016, 05:18:01 AM
I love the idea of sitting down with Hasbro and seeing if we can help them keep their costs down and get SA back in our figures. On that note after talking about it with the team here is what I was left with:

1. 5 POA is around to stay in the regular figure line.
2. They don't like this any more than we do.
3. The Black Series Line is about the only line they have any "wiggle room" to explore other things.
4. Wal-Mart seems to be their best retailer and orders the most figures so in some way they are gonna get some privileges.
5. 6" is now their main cash cow and it ain't going anywhere and will be the main focus for at least the foreseeable future. We 3.75" folks are gonna have to work in this world now and get over our hurt at having our main line replaced.

I love the dialog here. Folks, we can work with em. We need to use professional criticism and not blatant flaming to do it and understand that there are some factors and boxes Hasbro is not allowed to leave. Many times they are getting flamed because of issues that Disney or Lucasfilm or even their retailers place on them. On that note, I think we need to find out who the main Wal-Mart Toy Person is as distribution issues at this point can be pointed that way as well. Hasbro is making em folks, but the retailers are not always getting them in their stores.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 19, 2016, 01:59:47 PM
Question One:
Since there is no WalMart in Germany, importers are charging between 35 and 40 EUR for a recent 3.75" BS figure. How can Hasbro assure access to BS figures in Germany at normal rates?

Question Two:
Would Hasbro accept our help in selecting the most desired figures for re-release in the 3.75" BS line?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 20, 2016, 02:37:36 AM
Good questions Volker, they will be on our list when we go back to Hasbro for two, not one, but two new sessions with Hasbro for New York Comic Con. Get your questions in folks!

We got our official invite yesterday,

(http://i.imgur.com/oluEm5z.png)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on September 20, 2016, 07:18:16 AM
my question was asked last time but was brushed over so i would like to try again .  Question If we will not be getting certain figures from the vintage collection as repacks ,  Is there a way to stop amazon from charging extremely high  (scalping ) prices on vintage figures and  collectables.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 21, 2016, 02:18:39 AM
my question was asked last time but was brushed over so i would like to try again .  Question If we will not be getting certain figures from the vintage collection as repacks ,  Is there a way to stop amazon from charging extremely high  (scalping ) prices on vintage figures and  collectables.

We will ask it, but for those types of questions we always get we can't talk about the prices our retailers charge for our products after we ship them out. That one might be better suited for a new google hangout where I can look them in the eye and see how they respond. Its a good question though.

On another note, is anyone besides me wanting to know when the vintage line will return after seeing Mr. Jedi 1977's last batch. Wouldn't it be cool to see TFA and Rogue One Figures on vintage cardbacks. I mean I know we will never stomach the 5 poa figures, but seeing em on vintage cards might help some of us swallow a little bit?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Nicov55 on September 21, 2016, 05:21:51 AM
     I would like to know why they decided to focus on 6" when 3.75 had been so successful over the past several years. And now they only have sa 3.75 in exclusive  form.  It doesn't make sense, if it aint broke don't  fix it. It just seems very strange to me. Rationally  you would keep sa 3.75 in high production and have the 6" in exclusive form. Hasbro had a virtual monopoly on 3.75, and an established fan base. But 6" has several competitors, and it was uncharted territory.

That is exactly what i think. I don't like people telling me what i like or need. I never bought any of the 6" stuff and never will. What i like to do is dioramas, army build. And the 6" size makes it quite impossible.
Telling children need 5POA is another absurdity; as a kid i collected GIJoes and the were certainly not 5POA. Giving the consumer no choice so you can lure them towards a product is something i've never seen before. Here in France, neither children nor collectors will buy most of the 6" they release, maybe a couple ones and that's it.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Jodo on September 21, 2016, 07:58:48 PM
I'm so disappointed in the line anymore I can't even think of a question to ask.  :-\

The vehicles I used to love are getting ridiculously out of scale, and the figures I love posing simply can't be posed anymore. Is there any sign of a return to collector oriented 3.75 vehicles? Will the SA 3.75 figures ever be mainstream again? Should I even continue to bother collecting?

I used to joke I should have bought Lego...Now I'm serious. I really should have bought Lego products.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 22, 2016, 03:17:43 AM
Wow, Jodo! There is always a New Hope! LOL!

Folks, I wish you could have seen the hangout so you can see there is indeed hope. I will try to word some of these that will get the gist of your message across and perhaps get an answer.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Jodo on September 22, 2016, 07:56:10 PM
LOL, I'm always focused on the negative side of things!  :P

Here's a question...Has Hasbro considered some sort of middle ground for articulation? Instead of a 5 POA line VS the exclusive SA line, what about 8 points? (Elbows, shoulders, head, waist, and knees)

The price would increase slightly, but then perhaps more people would be happy, and there would be more playability as well.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 23, 2016, 02:05:41 AM
All we can do is keep after them!

Remember they said to do that to get what we want so we are gonna sound like a broken record until full articulation comes back to all figure lines, we get to scale 3.75" vehicles again, and even see a vintage cardback or three!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 23, 2016, 07:37:19 AM
All right, people.
Sound off:
AR-TI-CU-LA-TION...AR-TI-CU-LA-TION...SU-PER AR-TI-CU-LA-TION!
Nothing less.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 24, 2016, 05:09:45 AM
Volker is right. I need to prove its not just me making it up. Keep posting about what you want to see. They are reading these forums and also looking at our social channels!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 24, 2016, 07:38:33 AM
Here's my FB group CAFPOA - Collectors Against Five Points Of Articulation.
No flame war against Hasbro, but at present 374 customizers and collectors who want super articulation in Star Wars action figures.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/589043721234360/?fref=ts
 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: JDeck on September 24, 2016, 05:12:25 PM
This isnt a question, but an observation, to anyone listening. Hasbro  makes a $300 AT-ACT , that comes with 5poa figures. That kinda makes the affordability of the 5poa figures pointless. The whole purpose of 5poa is making figures affordable to kids, yet, they throw Nerf guns and Android  apps on a vehicle and double or triple the cost. Makes no sense.  Its kind of like those Cadillac trucks.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 25, 2016, 05:50:47 AM
Anymore questions? Dan will meet with Hasbro for us twice to talk with the Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team this week. I know we will be plugging articulation and articulation and articulation, but lets get him a couple more good well thought out questions in here.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 25, 2016, 06:45:45 AM
Question One:
Since there is no WalMart in Germany, importers are charging between 35 and 40 EUR for a recent 3.75" BS figure. How can Hasbro assure access to BS figures in Germany at normal rates?

Question Two:
Would Hasbro accept our help in selecting the most desired figures for re-release in the 3.75" BS line?

Question Three:
Is there a chance we will see figure multipacks in the 3.75" BS line?
No, not astromechs like in that EE exclusive multipack, but real figures.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on September 27, 2016, 03:06:41 AM
Lets keep these questions going! We are gonna see the Hasbro team twice next week! Dan can really keep after them!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: KIM on September 27, 2016, 01:25:04 PM
I've not bought any TFA yet preferring the OT, as the SW universe expands the chances of getting the figures you want gets slimmer. Will it be a case of TVC releases coinciding with the Anthology movies and TFA figures with EP8 onwards?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on September 28, 2016, 02:04:07 PM
Question One:
Since there is no WalMart in Germany, importers are charging between 35 and 40 EUR for a recent 3.75" BS figure. How can Hasbro assure access to BS figures in Germany at normal rates?

Question Two:
Would Hasbro accept our help in selecting the most desired figures for re-release in the 3.75" BS line?

Question Three:
Is there a chance we will see figure multipacks in the 3.75" BS line?
No, not astromechs like in that EE exclusive multipack, but real figures.

Question Four:
What was the reason for changing the packaging of the 3.75" BS figures from bubble on cardback to box? It seems that bubble on cardback would be more cost effective than the box.

Question Five:
Is it likely that we will be able to purchase accessory packs like Clone Army, Imperial, Rebel, Smuggler, Jedi, Sith etc to outfit 3.75" action figures with additional weapons, helmets, softgoods? These do not have to be WalMart exclusives and could be used with past, present and future figure lines, SA as well as 5POA.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on September 30, 2016, 10:39:53 PM
I had some login issues so I could not submit questions before... but I can get in now (thanks Tamer!).  Hopefully I'm not too late to the party.

1 - It feels like we are long overdue for a new 3.75" Wampa AND Probe Droid.  Will this be happening before too long?  The Wampa could be scaled down from the awesome 6" scale version, and as for a Probe Droid... the POTF2 mold is very much outdated... both of these could probably fit in 6" Black Series boxes if that helps!

2 - The new 3.75" Rogue One figures are a step in the right direction... much better quality in terms of sculpts, paint applications, and even some minor upgrades in articulation.  One thing though, why do some of these figures have a "hard plastic torso" while others do not?  If we could choose, the figures would have soft torsos... this is because paint apps match better with the arms/legs (which are always the softer plastic), but ALSO... us customizers will buy a lot more!  Even of the pegwarmers.  So can you please consider this?  An example would be both Wave 1 and Wave 2 Jyn... she has a soft torso so we can pop off her arms and replace with another... but for a figure like Cassian, we can't.  Both his Wave 2 figure and U-Wing pack-in have super hard torsos that do not soften when warmed up.

3 - While at TRU Midnight Madness, there were about 25 people there... lots of 3.75" figures sold, as did the 6" TBS... but people were lamenting over not being able to get many 3.75" TBS figures anymore, and fellow collectors talked about their feelings about the NERF feature on the Tie Striker and A-Wing... to put it mildly, not a single one of those vehicles sold that night.  The manager noticed - and asked people why were not picking those up... they were quite open and blunt about this and explained how the aesthetics of these vehicles has been affected.  That being said, is the NERF feature something that is planned long-term, or are you looking to see how the market reacts? 
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Jodo on September 30, 2016, 10:58:46 PM
Good questions Chewie! Here's something that came to mind on my drive home this evening:

Does Hasbro have any plans to offer any Rebel army builders in the 6 inch line? IE Rebel Fleet Troopers, Hoth Rebels, or Endor Rebels?

Even despite the fact I don't like those figures in the slightest, I find it strange there hasn't been any OT Rebel troopers...
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 01, 2016, 04:44:59 AM
Glad to see Chewie got back in here. We will add the questions to our list.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: DarthDrew on October 01, 2016, 07:31:56 AM
1- With the release of TBS 6 inch Darth Revan later this year (which looks fantastic from what they've shown us so far) is there any possibility getting more Knights of the Old Republic figures in the future whether it be 6 inch or 3.75? I understand Hasbro has a lot of Star Wars movies to keep up with these days, but the demand for Kotor figures still seems as strong as ever with Revan (and Bastila Shan a couple years back) winning fan's choice polls 10 years after the game was released.

2- Any plans on eventually including some sort of basic figure stands with TBS 6 inch figures?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on October 01, 2016, 07:09:55 PM
Thanks Tamer... and here's a bit of an add-on for my 3rd question... or you could consider this a standalone question, I'm not sure.

4 - Why is Hasbro thinking that for the "kids line" that gimmicks are needed to sell the product?  BAD weapons, NERF features, big cannons that hurt the look of the toys, etc. (at least the Rebels Imperial Speeder's missile launcher is removable).  We've seen time and time again that good product will sell itself.  If you feel you have to add in more play value and add investment to do that, why not go back to a bit more articulation, or accessories that are useful to the figure (extra meaningful weapon, removable hats, etc.).  The current approach seems to be turning off more Star Wars consumers than it's adding... and a significant piece of the "kid market" is actually adults, but large numbers of us do not want to these features that take away from the toys... you didn't used to do these things, so why are you now?  It's like Commtech Chips, action features, etc... ideas that really aren't that great or they would not have been halted.  In other words, NERF features on the vehicles especially is a major eyesore (i.e. TIE Striker).

5 - When it became obvious that Wave 2 of the TFA figures were causing a logjam, why weren't Hasbro reps sent out to pull some of those figures off the pegs and replace with the figures people were seeking, such as the Han Solo wave, and later unmasked Kylo Ren wave?  Many people STILL have never seen those at retail.  Isn't that alarming?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 02, 2016, 05:13:56 AM
Keep em coming guys, I will sort em and get em sent off to Dan here before too long so the more the merrier!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 02, 2016, 05:25:44 AM
Here is another I have based on the new 5 poa Stormtrooper:

Can we hopefully assume the Rogue One articulated Stormtrooper we will see in the Wal Mart Black Series line will feature the same awesome helmet that is on the regular Rogue One version? It is already being heralded as the best 3.75" Stormtrooper Helmet of all time!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Jodo on October 03, 2016, 06:51:22 PM
And a semi-follow up on that topic...

Has Hasbro considered doing "dynamic" poses for the 5 POA line? Instead of the "Frankenstein's Monster" arms, how about a Stormtrooper that could hold his rife with both arms at attention?

They did this on Sabine to some degree, as the one elbow is bent, and the pose looks very natural. It would be really nice to see more of that in the 5 POA line!

(I hate 5 POA, but even I would be down for well sculpted Stormtroopers who are capable at guarding something...As compared to dancing thriller.)
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 04, 2016, 03:10:32 AM
Ok folks, I aim to wrap this up this morning and get the questions sent to Dan by noon so the submission deadline is 10:35 PM Eastern this morning.

I think we have enough to keep the Brand Team going for two different appointments, but well see!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Stan on October 04, 2016, 04:47:47 AM
Hasbro , with a focus on a new movie ever year, this leave little room for out beloved NEW  Orginal Trilogy figures.   Can we please remember in the future selection   To ADD some NEW 100%  original Trilogy sculpt to the 3 3/4 line.  Suggestion: 
At Least one New Sculpted Cantina or perhaps one jabba palace figures are Need to added to the 3 3/4 Black  line to round it out every year .

Hasbro ,  When we caught wind that we were
Getting a NEW SA multipack with five NEW figures.
We all got super excited for it. Although it was reveal to be the Astro droids set, many of us were hoping it was Cantina aliens  with 5 NEW SA Sculpted Aliens we have not gotten  before . We would love to see some focus on 3 3/4 back series collector pack.
Example
Would be.   ( Athloe, Tzizvvit, Ariel Schous, Reefesk, and Rycard)
Lov
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: CHEWIE on October 04, 2016, 07:31:57 AM
Here's another one, I think I am under the wire here...

6 - Why don't we see more accessories in the 3.75" lineup?  Even if they were some sort of "Direct to Consumer" format, there are endless possibilities on items that would make for wonderful diorama filler for the market.  Computer consoles, chairs, crates, etc.  And most of these could just be one solid piece of plastic, so you would not have to create a bunch of pieces for factory workers to assemble.  Just mass produce the single piece of plastic and add paint. 

7 - Kids and adults love construction themed toys.  How about some sort of "build your own playset" line where people could purchase pieces to build their own sets?  Kind of like plastic model kits, just a bit more durable so once assembled they could actually be "played" with some.  Curious why nothing is being done by the Hasbro team when there are so many other toy brands making awesome playsets these days, yet Star Wars fans are left looking to 3rd parties or their own creative abilities.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 04, 2016, 07:47:26 AM
Ok folks, feel free to add questions, but I am taking all that have been asked so far for our two Q and A rounds. We will get any additional ones asked for the next Q and A Round Up.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: PadawanPainter on October 04, 2016, 03:13:37 PM
I'll never buy 5POA...aka 5POS.

It still boggles my mind that we went from super-articulated golden age of the #41 clonetrooper and the Vintage Collection to the low-quality garbage they put out now.  It's unreal.  But I suppose that's what happens when a big corporate marketing/executive board makes decisions instead of listening to a well-established consumer base.

I want to protest

My chant will be:

5POA ... Go Away!!
5POA ... Go Away!!
5POA ... Go Away!!
5POA ... Go Away!!
5POA ... Go Away!!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: PadawanPainter on October 04, 2016, 03:21:56 PM
Even as a child, I hated that gimmicky crap like some giant, oddly-fitting nerf-dart shooter.  I ALWAYS preferred accurate models, and just made my own sound effects.

I mean, dude, even Ewan McGregor was making his own lightsaber noises while filming......
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 05, 2016, 02:51:11 AM
We will continue to let them know of our dissatisfaction with 5poa. I was left, after the last q and a, thinking the Brand Team hated the 5 poa as much as we do, but sensing the only freedom they had to add more arty at all was in the black series, or other retailer exclusive lines. We will keep plugging away at it. Evidently they are making enough at retail with the 5 poa though that they seem like they aren't going away anytime soon.

Dan has the questions folks. He might be running to get to the party tonight as the train station he uses is still shut down, so wish him luck as he descends on the party tonight!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 08, 2016, 07:31:22 AM
http://www.imperialshipyards.net/HasbroNYCC2016.mp3

Audio Answers from Hasbro!

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Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: KIM on October 09, 2016, 02:38:50 AM
Nice interview but nothing concrete. I can't understand why they didn't bring out any TVC figures to coincide with Rogue One since they have the molds already
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 09, 2016, 07:36:17 AM
Nice interview but nothing concrete. I can't understand why they didn't bring out any TVC figures to coincide with Rogue One since they have the molds already

Yeah, I was a bit underwhelmed after the last google hangout we did. I am really gonna gear em up for more of that. They really answered questions when I was live.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on October 09, 2016, 02:30:50 PM
For them, Europe seems to be the UK...
After 6 months of exclusivity for the Black Series to WalMart, everybody can order Black Series in his part of the world, but nobody seems to know that. Not even TRU.
This needs to be changed if the pricepoint really concerns them.
Paying between 35 and 40 EUR for a 3.75" figure is not an option.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: JDeck on October 09, 2016, 07:11:06 PM
    Thanks Dan, Tamer and Hasbro.
  It seems to me Hasbro is answering the questions better. I like the audio as opposed to the transcript.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on October 10, 2016, 02:27:27 AM
Yeah, I wish I could have shared the video from the google hangout from the previous Q and A so you guys could see Hasbro really answer questions.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: JDeck on October 10, 2016, 04:27:01 AM
  This q&a reaffirms my thought that Hasbro is taking advantage of the new movies to get new collectors. It makes sense. But the hardcore 3.75" fans are sort of tossed to the side until Star Wars loses relevance, then theyll come crawling back. The idea that 6" is designed for new collectors because the amount existing figures are overwhelming, I can see that.  Personally I just got back into collecting, and it was the 6" X-Wing Luke that hooked me back in. However I eventually  went back to 3.75 because in some cases finding certain figures is impossible and making customs is very limiting.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: koth on October 10, 2016, 09:32:35 AM
I got the opinion from listening to the questions that the false ignorance has gone. "Some people can't get all the figures?""delays in release in all shops at once?" Yeah, we're working on it!"
They also need to look at their European releases. Problems all over! Asda in the UK still selling 3.75 Black Series Wave 1! Bit of a smattering of Wave 2 when you're not looking. Come on Hasbro, sort your supply lines out!!!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on December 16, 2016, 01:34:17 PM
Life's full of missed opportunities.
Especially for Hasbro now.
Rogue One is out, people are happy, people love the movie, people have no real line of SA 3.75" figures and vehicles to buy.

http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=19346&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Check the article and the discussion.
Now would be the best opportunity to sell figures and vehicles.
Too bad there isn't much to buy.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of September 11, 2016
Post by: Tamer on December 18, 2016, 05:55:29 AM
I can't argue with this logic. I read JTA's latest review of the new Walker and found myself saying and nodding  yes to all of their points. Such an opportunity wasted with this movie. I also even felt that we had a lot of new Imperial Trooper type characters kind of invented in this movie for the merchandising, but we aren't ever gonna seem some of them in super arty form.

Toy Fair is next folks, all we can do is get our questions in about things like this. I have a feeling they know what questions we are gonna give em before we even think em up.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on January 25, 2017, 04:00:08 AM
Time to get your new Hasbro Questions in for Toy Fair. We just got our invite and Dan is heading back into New York in February!

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Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on January 27, 2017, 01:27:10 PM
Question No.1:
Is there a chance we will see figure multipacks in the 3.75" BS line?
No, not astromechs like in that EE exclusive multipack, but real figures.
A multipack of Rogue One Rebel SpecForce Commandos and another of Imperial Troopers (Death Troopers, Shoretroopers, Stormtroopers) would fly from the shelves like nothing else.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on January 28, 2017, 06:10:26 AM
Looks like Volker beat me to it. After seeing Darth Daddy's Rebel Fleet Troopers and the variations he created I could so see a Rebel Fleet Trooper pack selling too.

What I would like to know, after seeing them release the Walmart AT-ST again with no word, is if we will see other "past true to scale 3.75" vehicles" get the same re-release? I think collectors and fans in general aren't big fans of the latest vehicles that are so underscaled to barely fit one pilot let alone any subsidiary passengers, troopers, etc.

I also have to admit being a bit underwhelmed with that new AT-ACT and wonder how Hasbro feels about it now? I am not saying the walking wasn't great, but with the price point being so high I didn't see any sell in my neck of the woods and am seeing them clearanced out now way below the beginning msrp. With the success of their larger vehicles like the BMF Falcon and the following Legacy AT-AT is there any chance we could see those again or another larger size vehicle like that that might not be big in electronics, but big in scale and features like those two awesome vehicles had?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on January 28, 2017, 03:51:06 PM
You know, the more I think about it, it would be really easy for Hasbro to bring us a battlepack of Rebel Fleet Troopers defending, a boarding party of Stormtroopers and a piece of spaceship corridor as a diorama base/playset.
This would give the army builders something and also the diorama people and the kids to play Star Wars action with them.
A battlepack could contain five or six figures, troopers plus an officer, various weapons and specialisations.
The diorama piece could have some action features.

We know they can do this, they did it back them in the POTF line with the cell block and other playsets.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on January 29, 2017, 04:36:46 AM
I agree, it would be awesome to see up to date versions of those potf cinema scenes. I think that is what they were called.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: KIM on January 29, 2017, 05:22:26 AM
I'd like to ask if there's any Blue squadron stuff on the horizon and can we have Theron Nett for the 40th anniversary to finally complete the list of pilots given screen time in ANH
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Warsaw on January 29, 2017, 09:23:56 AM
Will Hasbro be releasing an AT-DP walker from the Rebels animated series in the Titanium Series die-cast line?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Goldleaderone on January 29, 2017, 06:35:48 PM
I'd like to ask if there's any Blue squadron stuff on the horizon and can we have Theron Nett for the 40th anniversary to finally complete the list of pilots given screen time in ANH

THIS!

I don't get how Theron Nett hasn't been made yet. He had a lot of screen time like Biggs and Wedge.

If Gold Leader wasn't re-released in TBS line, it would have been cool to see a 3-pack of Red, Gold and Blue Leader. This way Red Leader is re-released, we get the new sculpt of Gold Leader and a brand new Blue Leader. Instead hopefully we will see a 3 pack of Blue Leader and 2 Blue Squadron pilots.

With how Hasbro has been lately, I don't see this happening. Maybe if this was back in the Legacy Collection days.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on January 30, 2017, 03:33:58 AM
Good questions, keep em coming!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: JDeck on January 31, 2017, 07:18:57 PM
   First, I have to commend Hasbro for re releasing the Imperial Guard, General Calrissian and Admiral Akbar. I'd like to know if that will be an ongoing practice, to re release popular figures from the Vintage collection, or other series'. I belive they will relese the TVC walrus man soon. If I may suggest TVC Tarkin, while he's still relevant, after appearing in Rebels, Rogue One and it's the 40th anniversary of ANH.
  Also I wonder if they take a look at the going Ebay and other secondary market prices to analyze the popularity of figures/characters.   Certain figures are in high demand including SA 3.75", early 6" like R2-D2 and even some 5POA figures like Agent Kallus. Ebay, and other secondary markets are good indicators of what is in demand.
    I'd like to know their take on secondary market prices. I wonder If they concider having figures at high resale value important, or if providing figures to those who want them at the normal msrp just as important.   At this point buyers are getting screwed especially with the early 6" figures.  Scalpers aren't collectors. Its insaine how people make that much money off of modern figures, sometimes as much as a thousand percent. Why make it easier for them to take advantage of consumers, by not re releasing popular figures. Even as some kind of exclusive. They made the EE astro droid, that is ho-hum but the R2 is what people want.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: CHEWIE on January 31, 2017, 09:30:04 PM
1 - Rogue One.  This movie is amazing and right up the alley of the adult collector.  That being said, there's at least a dozen figures we need from this movie still in 3.75" SA style.  How many more figures from this movie, in the 3.75" SA format can we expect over the next 1-2 years?

2 - Death Star playset.  After 20+ years of asking for this (and not something out of cardboard or overloaded with gawky play features), should we all finally just accept that this is something Hasbro will never make?  And if that's the case, how about an Imperial Turbo Laser Tower playset instead?  Wouldn't that be feasible? 

3 - We are seeing that NERF features on vehicles just don't seem to be a selling point for the Star Wars brand.  The recent Rogue One vehicles had wonderful molds, and much better plastic than the TFA offerings... but the NERF just doesn't need to be on these and obviously hurts the appearance of some vehicles drastically.  Isn't Star Wars a strong enough brand to sell without needing NERF mixed in?  Will the NERF features go away with Episode 8 toys?

4 - Oversized weapon pack-ins.  Aren't there better alternatives to the investment Hasbro is putting into these?  These are not offering much additional play value to the 3.75" budget line.  A better way to add play value is to make these figures have a bit more articulation and move on past the cookie cutter 5POA approach.  Please add some waists, knees sometimes, and shoulders or elbows instead.  And it's not just adults saying this.  Those of us with kids witness our kids toss those oversized weapon pack-ins to the side. 

5 - We believe you are getting more intersted in diorama bases for the 6" figures... which is great... but where has this been for the 3.75" line?  Those Mission Series style 2-pk figure sets would really be awesome with some sort of diorama piece rather than the giant make believe weapons that have been getting packed in.

6 - Soft torsos.  Can't express enough how many figures become pegwarmers because the customizing market leaves figures with the hard torsos on the pegs.  If you construct the figures with soft torsos (the same way the arms/legs/heads) are made, then a lot of those pegwarmers move easier because we can find a user for them then.  More and more of Hasbro's figures have hard torsos the past 2 years... why is this?

7 - TBS 3.75" SA Rebel Troops - when are we going to see some Scarif Rebels in SA style, some of the Jedha rebels, a TFA Resistance trooper, the Rebel Fleet Trooper again, etc?  Would some Evolution 3 or 4 pks be the way to approach this?

Thank you!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on February 01, 2017, 02:59:49 AM
More good questions. I guess we have to ask when the vintage cardbacks are coming back too right?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: JDeck on February 01, 2017, 08:50:10 AM
    I was talking with my brother the other day and we were discussing what the future holds for JOE figures. They are going through a slump right now, I guess because of political correctness, and growing anti nationalism among other things. I'm wondering if 6" scale classic  Joes were being concidered. From the 80s like Destro and classic Cobra Commander, Bazooka ect.
   I would like to hear their response. Gi joe and Star Wars are pretty similar in demographics and collector enthusiasm. And if it works for Marvel and Star Wars (in their opinion) why not Gi Joe.  Honestly I would buy them up. If they stick to the classics, no movie figures, and they had the same quality as the black series. Plus they would be cheaper, you dont have to pay for the licencing. Of course hard core Joe collectors would hate it, just like many of us dislike 6". So their response would be interesting.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on February 02, 2017, 03:03:24 AM
I don't mind sending in a JOE Question.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: darthdaddy on February 17, 2017, 12:36:03 PM
Dear Hasbro,


My question to you is in relation to the large weapon pack ins for the 5poa action figure line.  While I have no problem with an action figure coming with the weapons that they are shown to possess in whatever Star Wars content that they appeared in, as a parent I am concerned with your choice of bonus pack ins that are coming with these figures.  Even as a strong believer in gun rights, I think that these large weapons that come with these figures are a bit too much.   With all the glorification of violence in our culture and things like the recent school shootings that are occurring throughout the country, I would really appreciate pack ins of a different nature. There are plenty of small Star Wars creatures that would use the same amount of plastic that kids would enjoy just as much. Creature pack ins might encourage play based around empathy and caregiving and may draw in more female fans as well. I think even adult collectors would enjoy creature pack ins to diversify their dioramas or displays.  What are the chances of Hasbro taking the pack ins in a more constructive direction like this and leaving these large guns behind for good?

-A concerned parent
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Goldleaderone on February 17, 2017, 01:19:07 PM
Dear Hasbro,

With the return of Micro Machines, will there be a possibility of the Action Fleet line returning?
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on February 18, 2017, 06:09:42 AM
Guys I had sent Dan in the questions a few days ago so not sure if the last two questions will make it in in time, but we will be sure to add them for future q and a's.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: JDeck on February 18, 2017, 09:08:11 PM
  Many thanks to Dan and Hasbro . I listened to the Q&A already and found it interesting. First off, its interesting that they found  the Walking AT-ACT to be more creative than retail inspired, that I can respect, because sometimes my customs aren't as cool as others may think. I like how you phrased my question as to whether re releasing is a screw you to scalpers. Good response in my opinion, very good. I know in the press conference setting as opposed to one on one is very much different, I applaud you.


Next time I for one would like to know how  the forum is setting before submitting questions.  Like whether its press conference, or one on one. So I know how to phrase them, or know how in depth I can go.  Great job as always.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: The Spectre on February 18, 2017, 09:27:21 PM
  Many thanks to Dan and Hasbro . I listened to the Q&A already and found it interesting. First off, its interesting that they found  the Walking AT-ACT to be more creative than retail inspired, that I can respect, because sometimes my customs aren't as cool as others may think. I like how you phrased my question as to whether re releasing is a screw you to scalpers. Good response in my opinion, very good. I know in the press conference setting as opposed to one on one is very much different, I applaud you.


Next time I for one would like to know how  the forum is setting before submitting questions.  Like whether its press conference, or one on one. So I know how to phrase them, or know how in depth I can go.  Great job as always.

Thanks!

Where did you find the audio file posted? I want to link it to my Facebook page like I do all of my con coverage.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: JDeck on February 18, 2017, 09:29:27 PM
  I found it on JTA s website, the audio is terrible.  http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=19700


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Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: The Spectre on February 18, 2017, 09:36:51 PM
  I found it on JTA s website, the audio is terrible.  http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=19700


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Thanks.

Wait for Tamer to put up mine. The audio is pretty decent except for the first minute or so when I was settling into my seat.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on February 20, 2017, 06:55:30 AM
The audio link is up on the front page. I am guessing folks found it. Here is the download link if you missed it:

http://www.imperialshipyards.net/hasbrotoyfair2017.mp3

Thanks for doing it Dan!
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on February 20, 2017, 06:57:31 AM

Next time I for one would like to know how  the forum is setting before submitting questions.  Like whether its press conference, or one on one. So I know how to phrase them, or know how in depth I can go.  Great job as always.

They didn't let us know that in advance this time JDeck. We have to assume at most they will give us 10 minutes individually and at worst this format. I hate to say it, but they seem to be going to this format lately. I guess it wraps up the Q and A a lot quicker for them.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: JDeck on February 20, 2017, 07:50:01 AM
  There are some advantages to the press conference setting. You get to hear a variety questions from other sites. I guess with the smaller events they go with the group setting, but the larger events are probably one on one. Im sure they have to answer the same questions multiple times, might as well get them out the way all at once.
   I'm not complaining, I thought it was good. Just never really know how the format will be. I think they know that the huge gargantuan vehicles were a bust. They sort of mumbled when someone broght up the big millennium falcon and big at-at, and how they would sell better.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Commander_Kurgan on February 20, 2017, 11:02:13 AM
Does anybody know who the German dude is they are talking about?
I think I heard a name, but it sure enough is not me they are talking to.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: The Spectre on February 20, 2017, 11:04:21 AM
Does anybody know who the German dude is they are talking about?
I think I heard a name, but it sure enough is not me they are talking to.

I forget the name, but he is the head of Hasbro's German branch.
Title: Re: General Questions for Hasbro as of Toy Fair 2017
Post by: Tamer on February 21, 2017, 03:23:07 AM
They sent me the Star Wars Images yesterday. On the front page.