I plan on picking up this battle pack.
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Actually, we asked that because A) Hasbro's given us photos in the Q&A so we were testing that again... And B) it was something of a curiosity about the pack that was being delayed (no word on when it was to ship) that we'd observed around the community... People were just curious what the headsculpts would look like and we were trying to get that answered since the pack was announced and people had a curiosity about that (since the question about the Stormtroopers being clean was definitively answered in a previous Q&A).
That said, we beat ourselves to our own question, and answered it with one of our news stories during the week... It was a moot point. We got helmetless images of the Fleet Trooper in a completely separate story... It was still a good valid question that Hasbro was WILLING to answer if they could have...
While you feel a question asking for a random figure would've been better... we do not. I honestly don't think we'll see the Tantive IV battlepack displayed at Toy Fair since it's due for release pretty soon, but it could happen. Either way... if you waited to see things at conventions, why ask any questions in the first place? People seemed pretty happy seeing the RFT a little early just as there was lots of happiness/talk generated by the Galactic Marine seen without his helmet when we asked for that... You don't like those questions, that's fine spacejunker, but at the end of the day it seems the majority liked the answers they got and it certainly felt better getting something than getting "wait and see" out of Hasbro.
That's not to say character-specific questions aren't able to get slipped in sometimes, it just means it's better when there's something giving that question credence to pull an actual response out of Hasbro...
There's plenty of sites weekly who use their questions to ask for random characters... I'm sure one of them will be ready and willing to submit those questions you have for them. Our Q&A's being run a little differently though since we're trying to actually get answers to questions out of Hasbro that they're willing to spill the beans on... The Q&A's not a "submissions list" of character names and such for what you want produced in the line afterall. If that's esoteric in nature... so be it. I don't quite see it that way at all though and we're more than happy with the results the Q&A has given us so far.
Not every other site's looking at it as you are though, where they feel just getting a character's name out into Hasbro's mind through the Q&A is a positive even if it yields a dead-end answer. Maybe that thought can make some of the frustrated more content with what they're given in terms of answers from Hasbro?
Sometimes questions like that will go through, depending on what is out there credible to back that question up (a strong rumor or whatnot), but in general we look for something that will get us a definitive answer if possible instead of a roll of the dice with the Q&A here at JD.
Also remember, asking "Can I have ship A, Figure B, or what is the likelihood of ______ happening", are really the kinds of questions that often get shot down by Hasbro with a "wait and see" type answer, so while I wanna know everything early too, it's a question slot we'd rather fill with something that tells us about how Hasbro works, why they do what they do, and finding out information that's more plausible.