You asked the questions and here’s the fifth batch of answers for 2011. Thanks to Hasbro and Hunter PR for giving fans around the world a chance to get their voices heard and their questions answered especially here at Jedi News, the UK’s #1 and favourite Star Wars fan site.
Get your questions in for the next round by Thursday 15th September please!
1) StarWarsShop.com shipped to the UK and whilst their shipping was expensive it did give us the ability to get the exclusives from each show every year. With the closure of StarWarsShop.com this route has now been removed and the only way to get these exclusives is via an etailer or eBay.
Whilst you gave American collectors the ability to get the San Diego Exclusive Death Star (at the show and also via HasbroToyShop.com) people in the UK and Europe were completely alienated on what was one of the most sought after exclusives in recent memory because HasbroToyShop.com doesn’t ship to the UK. At least in previous years the exclusives were shared between the two outlets.
Would you consider doing a second run (sounds like a film I know and love) of the Death Star for the UK and European market providing collectors the opportunity to pre-order the set so you know exactly how many to make? You could also do the same for the North American market too so demand is met and collectors can complete The Vintage Collection especially since the two mini-figures are numbered in with the main line (to get over the exclusivity issues you could just do the two mini-figures on Return of the Jedi cards). Failing this, which would be very unfortunate in itself, would you consider shipping to the UK (and Europe) from HasbroToyShop.com in the future? Please Hasbro help us, you’re our only hope!
Sorry, we are not planning to re-release the 2011 Comic-Con Exclusive. We will work with Hasbro Toy Shop to see if shipments to the UK would be an option.
2) With the recent change in law regarding the warning messages for European products, does this mean that we’ll be seeing fewer waves of figures in Europe (and the UK) or will you still try and ensure that every wave of The Vintage Collection and Clone Wars is produced for Europe (and the UK)? Collectors in the UK are finding it frustratingly difficult to keep up especially when a retailer offers a wave of figures such as Wave 7 of The Vintage Collection (featuring Rebel Fleet Trooper, Logray and ARC Trooper Commander etc.) only to cancel it a few weeks later. Will wave 7 of The Vintage Collection be shipping to the UK along with later waves?
No, although the new regulations did cause an issue with the distribution of Vintage waves earlier in the year, we developed a solution that should result in full distribution of waves in the future. Yes, the wave including Logray and the other figures you mentioned will be re-released in 2012 and should be available in the UK.