2009 Q&A Session With Hasbro's Star Wars Brand Team Round 1
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Jay Cochran - January 30, 2009
Hasbro's Star Wars brand team agreed to answer three questions from Jedi Insider fans on a regular basis. Here are this week's questions and answers. This is the 1st round for 2009.
JI: I really like both the McQuarrie Star Wars figures that you made and I was wondering if you ever thought of doing a series of McQuarrie Evolutions Packs? They would be just like the 3 figure packs you already make, but they would have two figures that show the Evolution from McQuarrie's concept artwork to the final movie version. Like one could be a McQuarrie Evolutions Pack of Darth Vader (McQuarrie & Movie figures). From JI reader Darthfan.
Hasbro: We don't have any plans to return to the Evolution format, at least for now. If we did, it's unlikely that we would put the McQuarrie figures into the mix with actual movie characters unless there was a broader theme to the set like "From concept to screen." That is a bit of a different theme than most everything else we have done, as we prefer to work "in fantasy" whenever possible. If we do pursue more McQuarrie or other concept figures beyond the four slotted for 2009, we'd most likely do them as basic carded figures. It's possible down the road that we will re-release the McQuarrie TAC figures in multi-figure sets. Look for an announcement on that later in 2009.
JI: There's no doubting the popularity of the ‘Legacy’ comics from Dark Horse and their plastic counterparts, collectors and kiddies seem to be picking up the recent Cade/Talon and Imperial Knights packs left and right. While you've discussed future EU releases before, any indication how we may be getting these figures? Will we be seeing more comic pack issues or will figures such as Darth Krayt and Nihl begin sneaking their way into the single card assortments? The Legacy series itself presents a great opportunity for two packs; the aforementioned Sith Lords, Wolf Sazen with Shado Vao or even an Emperor Fel with a newly sculpted Marasiah Fel head on an Imperial Knight body are all great possibilities. So are comic packs the way to go to get great EU characters to the fans quickly and in quantity or will we see them gradually fill in the spots in the basic assortments? From JI reader Die Fighting X.
Hasbro: We're concentrating on delivering Legacy figures in the comic pack format, and do not have plans to introduce them on basic figure cards. Many of the figures you cited will be coming within the next couple of years. Stay tuned!
JI: The articulation on the new Marvel Universe 3 3/4" figures seems to be pretty nice, any chance of testing out this style with Star Wars figures in the future?
Hasbro: We have no plans of changing the Star Wars aesthetic, which relies on a seamless marriage of sculpting and articulation. Other figure lines make different choices that are best for their needs, but we have been following the current (and highly successful) path for some time and plan to stay on course.
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