Hasbro Q&A – The Answers (Week 44 – Jedi News Week 8)

You asked the questions and here’s the answers to the 8th batch of questions we sent Hasbro.  Thanks to Hasbro (and Marc and Joseph) for giving the UK fans a chance to get their voices heard and their questions answered here at Jedi News, the UK’s premiere Star Wars fan site.

Thanks for sending in your questions and please keep them coming for the next Q&A (take the link above or on the left hand menu), we need your questions by Friday 14th December.

Read on for the Questions and Answers…

1) The Ultimate Battle Packs are now out in the wild and from the pictures we’ve seen I for one can’t wait to get my hands on them; you’ve done a great job with them.  Will we see any more of these next year and if so can you give us any indication of the themes being considered?  Also, from a UK point of view can you tell us definitively if we’ll be seeing these in any UK stores (there’s a lot of demand here for them – do we have to beg)?

The Ultimate Battle Packs have been very well-received, and we are looking at additional opportunities for more packs next year.  As for themes….it’s too early to talk about anything, and it’s likely we will stay mum on details about these.  Because these were ready so late in the year and were an untested/unproven concept and higher price point, it was decided to wait on these for 2007 in the UK. and Europe.  It’s possible that we could look at these for late 2008 release, but we won’t know that until later next year.

2) Saga Legends have been very popular and it’s unfortunate that the UK has only officially seen Wave 1.  We understand from the UK brand manager that we will be getting the wave including the five figures we voted for in Quarter 1 2008.  Have the other 7 figures in the wave we’re getting been agreed?  It would be a tragedy if the UK didn’t see figures like the Dark Trooper (which was the #1 Fan’s Choice) and others such as TC-14 that have never been officially available in the UK before.  If there’s still time is there any way that this wave can incorporate some of these figures?

We have touched base with the UK and confirmed that the UK will be getting the five new Fans’ Choice figures, but they will not be flowing in any of the previous figures.  Due to high minimum order quantity issues, the team was not able to select from a broader array of figures and focused all of their efforts on the five new.

3) I understand that we’re getting white repaint versions of Han and Luke in Stormtrooper disguise in the Comic Packs early next year but have you considered creating super articulated versions of these figures as seen in the films?  They spend a lot of time wearing these outfits both before and after they enter the trash compacter and it would be great to have definitive versions available.

Yes, we have considered creating movie versions of these figures, and will probably get to these in the next couple of years.  For now, however, the repainted comic pack versions remain our most articulated (and close to screen-accurate coloring) versions to date.

James is an active member of the Star Wars collecting community, and is the Brand Director for Jedi News. James is also the host of the Star Wars Collectors Cast, and co-host of RADIO 1138 on the Jedi News Network.