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2011 SDCC: Hasbro Star Wars Panel

Jay Cochran - July 22, 2011


Hear the latest from the Hasbro Marketing and Design teams -- Derryl DePriest and Jeff Labovitz (Hasbro Marketing), Michelino Paolino and Mark Boudreaux (Hasbro Design) -- on the exciting Star Wars lineup for the rest of 2011, and get a special sneak peek into some 2012 secrets.

We are covering this panel live so be sure to refresh your browser often over the course of the next hour.


- Great time to be a Star Wars fan, Blu-rays, 3D movies, Cartoon and games.

On panel are Jeff Labovitz (Marketing Team), Derryl DePriest (Global Star Wars Brand Head), Mark Boudreaux (The Old Timer), Michelino Praolino (Design Director and used to play with the toys Mark designed), David Venomyer (sp) Sculptor.

- Clone Wars wave 4 on shelves in September (Savage Opress, Saesee Tiin, Stealth Ops Clone Trooper, Hondo Ohnaka, Clone Commander Jet, Plo Koon, ARF Trooper (Kamino).

- Plo Koon is inspired by the Dark Horse Comic with winter outfit. The mask is inspired by concept art that never appeared in the comic.

- Wave 5 is out in Sept. Kit Fisto, Seripas, Captain Rex with new sculpt and removable helmet and 2 backpacks. Very detailed.

- Rex has all new hip articulation and the smaller backpack fits in the bigger one. Seripas has the removable little guy.

- Wave 6 in October, Even Piell, Jar Jar Bnks R7-D4, Savage Opress, with armor and Clone Wars Chewbacca. R7 fits in vehicles and works with other Build-A-Droids. This will be the last Piell made.

- Wave 2 & 3 vehicles packs due out in July & August. Clone Pilot & Y-Wing Bomber, ARF Trooper Boil & AT-RT, Clone Trooper Jesse & BARC Speeder and Obi-Wan & Freeco Speeder. There were some at Toy Fair not here that are still coming.

- Mandalorian Gunship holds 6 figures and have pivot wings due out in September.

- Republic Attach Shuttle which is starting to hit shelves now and should be out in full release by August.

- Vintage Collection. 40 figures planned for 2011. Continues thru 2012. Wave 5 will be REVENGE OF THE JEDI WAVE. Wave 4 moved to early 2012.

- Some of the more difficult figures in 2011 will see re-release in 2012 including Wedge.

- Wave 5 hits in October. This will include the 12 figures in the SDCC set minus the Salacious Crumb and Mouse Droid. There will be variant Revenge of the Jedi Cardbacks. Admiral Ackbar, R2-D2 (Drink Tray), Jedi Luke Skywalker, Rebel Commando, Wicket, Endor, Han, Darth Vader, Tie Pilot, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Slave Leia, Bastila Shan, Echo Rebel Trooper, Ponda Baba, Keyan Farlander A-Wing Pilot will all have Revenge Variant cardbacks.

- Fall Mail-Away figure is Prototype Armor Boba Fett.

- Ultimate FX Lightsaber Wave 2 (Luke Skywalker ROJ) due out in October, These are like the Signature Series but made for kids.

- JoinTheJedi.com will be a promotional website where they give-away lightsabers and allow kids to upload videos showing their saber moves and one winner will get to appear in a future episode of Clone Wars.
Transformers:
- Darth Vader/Star Destroyer, Anakin/ Republic Cruiser is due out in October now.

- Jedi Force starts hitting in August. Like Galactic Heroes with more articulation.

- Wal-Mart is getting the Clone Wars DVD figure assortment. Wave 2 comes out in August, Legacy of Terror and Brain Invaders.

- The Ultimate Clone Wars 5-pack comes out in October.

- Wave 2 of the Target Exclusive 3-packs should be out now, Imperial Forces, Imperial Set and Android Set. They hope to have all the sets released eventually.

- Landspeeder and Taun Taun in Vintage packaging is due out in August from Target. The Taun Taun is a new sculpt and a Luke that fits it should be released soon.

- K-Mart exclusive B-Wing Fighter is out now. It has blue coloring and has projectile firing cannons.

- Stealth Op Trooper is coming to TRU in August (Commander Blackout.

TRU is also getting new Republic Commando sets. Imperial EVO, Starkiller, Darth Phobos, Imperial Navy Commando Officer, and Imperial Navy Commando. Set 2 Fixer, Boss, Geonosian Drone, Sev, Scorch. This will possibly be the last sets for this game cause they want to start concentrating on some new games.

Clone Wars Assassin Spider Droid and Clones Coming to TRU in Aug. Also look for the Trench Run Pack on-shelf in October. The X-Wing has been refurbished with new fuselage and hidden reveal weapon system on the bottom and a place to put a lightsaber in the bottom.

2012

Vintage Collection.New format of the back of the cardbacks will start in wave one. Have the different color boxes like the original.

Wave 1 has Qui-Gon, Darth Maul, Obi-Wabn, Battle Droid, Ratts Tyreell, Quinlan Vos, Darth Sidious, Anakin, Queen Amidala, Ben Quadinaros, Naboo Royal Guard all from E1 and with new sculpts.

Blu-Ray deleted scene figures are pushed back to February 2012. Luke Jedi Origin, Princess Leia Sandstorm, Mon Calamari, A-Wing Pilot, General Cracken, Lando Sandstorm scene.

2012 Exclusives. Aura Sing, G8-R3, Ric Olie, Mawhonic, Gungan Warrior, Naboo Pilot on shelf in January. These are new sculpts.

- Target is getting a Naboo Pack in January and TRU is getting a Pod Racer pack with many of the Pod Racer figures offered for the first time. That also comes out in January.

Hasbro will be at New York Comic Con in October.

Q&A

- Commander Jett got delayed but is coming out in Auguest.

- Derryl DePreist is going to help a kid get his SDCC exclusive cause he was having problems getting a ticker and is leaving today.

- No plans of star cases, at least not new ones. They may still have some of the older stock being sold online.

- Next year it was hinted that there would be a more visual distinction between the packaging on the different lines.

- New sculpted Speeder Bike is planned for 2012.

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