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Hasbro Q&A - The Answers (Week 80/Jedi News Week 40)
Reported by James on 11 Dec 2009 07:37

Hasbro Questions & Answers

You asked the questions and here's the answers to the 40th batch of questions and our 13th (lucky for some) batch for 2009. 

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 premier and favourite Star Wars fan site.

Thanks for sending in your questions and keep them coming for the next Q&A (take the link above or on the left hand menu), we need your questions by next Thursday, 17th December please!

Read on for the Questions and Answers...

1. A while ago you confirmed a jacketless Cade Skywalker figure.  Will this figure be all new or a retool of the previous Cade figure?  Any pictures of the figure would be cool as well :-)

Sadly, this figure was to be part of the Spring 2011 Comic Pack Asst, which has been canceled.  He was not a new figure but based on the existing Cade.  We will be looking for ways to bring this figure out eventually, but it may take some time and will not be before 2011 at this point.

2. Saga Legends is obviously the medium for ensuring that previously released "Core Characters" are still readily available for kids and collectors (that are perhaps joining the hobby late), so I was wondering what the reasoning is behind including re-packs in the regular Legacy Collection line (in some cases, more than once, e.g. Anakin Skywalker (Jedi Hero), Jango Fett etc), particularly when it leaves gaps in the numbering system for those collectors that don't want to buy these figures again?  This is especially true here in the UK and Canada where the Saga Legends line has been taken in preference to the Legacy Collection.

These figures are extremely important, because without them we would not be able to do many of the newly tooled characters.  The more obscure, fan-targeted figures like Cantina patrons, Jabba's Palace denizens, Pod Racers, and the like are figures that can only be produced in small batches to meet the interests of the hard-core collectors.  These figures by themselves are not financially viable for us to pursue, and thus can only see the light of day if they are offset by re-releases of our "greatest hits" or characters that continue to be in demand (like many troop builders).  Due to the further softening of the Star Wars collector base, these greatest hits-type figures have become more important than ever.

3. The "Scramble on Yavin" Battle Pack has been very hard to find at retail or even on eBay.  Please can you confirm if this Battle Pack will be re-released in the new Red\White packaging and if so, when?  Also, how do you decide on which Battle Packs to re-release?

The Scramble Pack is one pack that has bucked the trend of the collector slowdown, and interest in this pack has remained high.  Still, our focus on Battle Packs has shifted primarily to kids and we will not be re-releasing this one in the red/white line look.  At this point any re-release looks unlikely since the package size of Battle Packs will change for Fall next year.

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