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Hasbro's Star Wars Brand Team: The Last Word For 2009
Jay Cochran - December 21, 2009

Hasbro's Star Wars brand team agreed to answer three questions from Jedi Insider fans on a regular basis. Before we get to the final round for 2009 though, Hasbro's Derryl DePriest wanted to send along this message:

On behalf of the Star Wars team, we want to thank all of the Star Wars collector-fan media, and all of the fans, who have shown tremendous support for Hasbro's Star Wars lineup this year. We hope that you have found delight in playing with your toys, just like we have in working to bring them to you this past year. In addition, the tremendous work that all of the fans and sites have done to deliver another great Fans' Choice poll will result in not one, but many great inspirations for years to come. We have a lot of excitement in store for next year, and we think 2010 is going to shape up to be one of the most exciting years ever for fans of
Hasbro Star Wars. With the 30th Anniversary of Empire Strikes Back to celebrate, we think it's going to be a big year as well. Happy Holidays to everyone!

JI: There has been word a Twin Pod Cloud Car vehicle from Empire Strikes Back could be in the works; is this true and can you provide us with details and images if it is true?

Hasbro: We can confirm that there is indeed one in the works, and it will be a
mainline vehicle in our Starfighter vehicle assortment ($24.99 SRP). Images will be available soon, at Toy Fair.

JI:While we are on the topic of Empire Strikes Back, next year marks the 30th Anniversary of what is arguably the best movie in the series. Does Hasbro have anything big planned to celebrate this awesome movie turning the big 30?

Hasbro: Yes indeed. Initially, we did not anticipate having too much in the way of an EpV-specific celebration, but since we started putting our plans together we realized that there is a pretty decent tribute in our lineup, and certainly deeper in terms of specific new figures and vehicles than we had dedicated to EpIV a few years ago. We can confirm that we have some new vehicles planned (the Cloud Car as mentioned above, as well as the long-in-development more accurately scaled Snowspeeder), along with some great figures and exclusives. There will also be an additional surprise or two, to be revealed around Toy Fair timing.

JI: Celebration V has been announced for next August in Orlando, FL. Is it safe to assume Hasbro will be there with all the bells and whistles showing off new product. Any cool exclusives you can hint about now?

Hasbro: We will definitely be there and will be saving some tasty things to reveal at the show (which is difficult, since Comic Con is only a few weeks prior). We can reveal that there will be two CV exclusive sets. One of them will be a Comic Pack with two new figures originally slated for the main line that has been redirected to be a CV exclusive. The other set will have an EpV theme, although it will not necessarily debut new characters. Details of both sets will be announced at a later date as we get closer to CV.

If you would like to ask Hasbro a question to possibly be used in a future round in 2010, CLICK HERE. Thanks to the folks at Hasbro for taking the time to answer our readers questions this year.


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