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Offline Rune Haako

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Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« on: May 25, 2007, 05:36 PM »
http://www.sirstevesguide.com/index.php?categoryid=37&p2_articleid=866

Updating live from Hasbro's collecting panel right now at the convention, keep checking back as more info is added every few minutes.

These will be on-the-fly notes as it happens, so pardon the crude nature of some of these entries....

- The panel has 5 minutes to start, and the room is bursting. The line started queuing up an hour in advance.

- This is the Fall '07 Preview, some surprises in store.

- Thanks to the fans, SW is having another fantastic year, both due to collectors and kids.

- Still have to difficultly balance kid interest and collectors.

- When they saw Force Unleashed vdieogame, they knew they had to stay with it as it grew, should be the big Spring '08 thing.

- The Clone Wars TV show line is due '08, but Lucasfilm won't say any more.

- Galactic Heroes keeps going, wave 4 due around July 15th.

- Each Vader in G.Heroes Battle Packs line has different decos to reflect different movies.

- First wave of '08, 2 Skiff Guards, Tarkin & Imp Officer (black), Endor Leia w trooper, Luke w/ Yoda on back & Obi-Wan.

- 6 new Cinema Scenes, some with vehicles, 2 each exclusive to the big 3 retailers.

- G.Heroes Cinema Scenes have plenty of new.

- G. Heroes Cantina sets will be WM exclusives.

- G. H Ep 1 & Hoth ESB w/new Leia, TRU in Aug.

- G. Heroes Target exclusives X-wing original, and Jabba's Palace set, November. New Biggs, removable helmet Luke in X-wing set.

- Unleashed Battle Packs, 14 sets this year, some rereleases.

- SW Transformers, been one of their biggest intros, now adding new ship decos. AT-AT/Driver stunned audience, spring gun in jaw. Turbo Tank/Cody has wheels open to reveal guns. Luke/Snowspeeder, rear cannon hinges, saber clips under.

- SW TF Vader in October, lights up, fought for soft goods cape, first time on any TF.

- 3.75" line: intent is to get all 60 basics out by Dec/Jan. They're working on scratched coins, severly messed up can be sent in and replaced. Coins were really tricky, sculpted 1-to-1, hand sculpted.

- Wave 4 on shelf Aug 1. Umpass Stay designed to barely fit on card, 2 sets will make 1 drum. 2 Concept Vader helmets because they couldn't decide.

- Wave 5, mid aug, new C-3PO w/ removable eye. Darth Malak's collar, jaw removable. Pre-cyborg Grievous had leeway into design because style was open to interpretation in comics, removable helmet. McQuarrie lady-luke is "Starkiller Hero" because of odd situation.

- Wave 6, Oct 1, Han Torture Rack has no electronics, no second torso.

- Wave 7, Nov 1, Romba & Garak. New A-wing Pilot Tycho. R2 Ewok net is soft plastic to put all figs in.

- Wave 7.5 is Dec 1, repaint wave on best bodies possible. Clone Wars cloak Ep 2 Clone Trooper, deco on soft goods cloak. #53 Rebel Vanguard from SW Battlefront 2.

- Wave 1 & 2 Saga Legends in July 1 and 15. 4 different Sandtroopers, lots of other deco variations on other figs.

- Survey on future of Vintage in the booth downstairs.

- Comic 2packs are a hit, so will continue. 18 this year, exclus wave of 3.

- Republic #52 Anakin & A-series Assassin Droid is super nice.

- Hope to get to other Purge figures later. Sword will fit into Koffi's chest, has vader's arm.

- WM exclus wave in Oct 1st, ROTS p4 sep of twins 2pack reunited. Marvel #81 Boba's return, sarlacc goo. Republic #79, Commander Keller & Galactic Marine.

- Karnor Jax/Kir Kanos to be rereleased in main line.

- 4 new Battle Packs in late Fall. STAP Attack, Hoth Patrol, Capture at the Droid Factory, Betrayal on Bespin.

- New vehicles on Dec 1st, General Grievous Starfighter (!) w/ opening canopy, side pods pull out missile launchers, will fit Grievous figure.

- New AT-TP Pod Walker, top turret missile launcher, scaled to hold 3 figures, one on top gun 2 inside, center leg retracts up and outer hips pivot up to raise vehicle.


- New vehicles at Comic-Con.

- Exclusives:

- TRU wanted something soon which caused variant non-red deco Bantha by accident.

- Disney Park Exclusive cantina band light up music base, no names, 5 diff versions.

- Father's Day gift pack with card, designed for kids to give to dad, new easy-tear reversible package, WM exclusive on June 1st. Remove top, envelope & card come out, then fold top down and tab into box to become gift box.

- Concept Grievous, StarWarsOnlineShop exclusive, not con exclusive, not McQuarrie but same package concept & blurb.

- Y-wing w/ Lt. Lepira in August, movie-accurate scar face deco.

- 181st TIE Int, baron fel's squad.

- Ep 2 Jedi Starfighter w/ Hyperspace Ring, December, TRU.

- Battlefront II Multipack, 7 droid pack w/ gonk, 6 Clones - your select screen of 'em. Jetpack trooper accurate pack to game, accessories accurate to game, Internet/Diamond Comic exclusives in October.

- Unleashed 7" ARC Trooper tooling refresh, Online & Diamond Exclus, September, Unleashed was requested.

- Unleashed 7" not dead, looking for future opportunities.

- "Show us Your Lightsaber" contest, they're gonna run videos in the booth. Winner is Lee Vehe, congrats! Chrome Silver Spring Activated Vader saber, 1-of-a-kind. Winner also has another movie in SW Atom Films Film Festival.

- A very important project for Hasbro, inspired by Katie Johnson, Katie wanted droid to watch over her like Padme was watched by R2 in AOTC. Droid Builders Club built droid for Katie's room w/ 501st Legion. Katie's sister suggested named after Katie, R2-KT, in pink. Hasbro & LFL supporting Make a Wish of San Diego donating $100k in Katie's memory - Darryl is choked up, Hasbro is very proud. Fans can contribute as well by buying 3.75" R2-KT to inspire similar goodwill to the cause, SDCC and Online in Late July in 501st Package Style.

- Presentation with real R2-KT and 501st procession right now. Big applause, well deserved, ending presentation on a high note.

- Q&A about to start...
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007, 05:54 PM »
Say the **** what? AT-PT?!  :D

I WUV YOU HASBRO!!!  :-*  :-*  :-*  :-* To the max!
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007, 06:34 PM »
I think I just  :-X myself and my head exploded at the same time.
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007, 06:45 PM »
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2007, 06:53 PM »
Awesome looking ship Big H!

from Yak today:

Q3: General Greivous Starfighter...will it happen? If so, when do you think?

A3: If General Grievious is in the new Clone Ware animation, that will be one of the first vehicles we'll do, but we have to find out more before we commit.


Is it true??  Can we not trust everything that spills from Hasbro's mouth??    :-X
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2007, 06:57 PM »
The 3 "biggie" pictures are below...  Here's the link to JD's coverage of Hasbro's Presentation At Celebration IV!

Other than the comic packs and the vehicles, it actually wasn't  the hugest of news but it was still good.  It's good if you dig 7" unleashed though to hear that they're not completely dead.





No offense Rune but I'm gonna edit your title and thread here a bit because it's all over the place...  There, I edited the title of the thread to reflect the thread better.
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2007, 07:31 PM »
Nothing really too exciting from the presentation pictures. I like the colors on Boba Fett, but yesterdays pics and announcements were more exciting. I hope someone asks a Yarna question.
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2007, 08:46 PM »
New EU Boba Fett? New Tarkin? Kir Kanos? 2 waves in August? (Is this right?)

Guessing that the Endor Leia is the Ewok Village dress, not the combat poncho...

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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2007, 08:53 PM »
Was there a Q&A?
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2007, 09:34 PM »
Evenflow,  No on the Q&A, they ran out of time, however our guys (and everyone's guys) have been hitting Hasbro left and right at the show.  We did the same thing at C3, they're pretty talkative when you get ahold of them...  Share some stuff you can't share, and a lot that you can share. :)

About new Tarkin, I didn't see that mentioned Reid...  And Kir Kanos/Carnor Jax are I'm assuming just the CE comic pack re-released in the comic pack line to the general public rather than as an exclusive, or that's how things were explained to me and I translated them anyway.
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2007, 09:36 PM »
Well if you can pass on a favor. If anyone has the time, can they possiby try to get some info on Yarna?
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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2007, 10:41 PM »
About new Tarkin, I didn't see that mentioned Reid... 

There is a Tarkin in the first 2008 wave, and I'm assuming it's a new ANH one. Could be just another repaint of the ROTS one though.

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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2007, 10:43 PM »
Some really cool news coming out of the Presentation, again kudos to JD for getting everyone the news as fast as humanly possible.

* AT-PT - that just came right out of nowhere. Big shock, though I'm surprised that it seemed Hasbro downplayed it.

* Grievous Starfighter - a bit surprised this came out in the 30AC line as it's one of the last few movie vehicles that can fit their $20 scale for ships. Still cool nonetheless to get, though now they have a reason to sell more Grievous repaintss, d'oh!

* Marvel comic pack - OH MY GAWD, this set is from my favorite issue of the Marvel and I'm stoked to get a Boba Fett painted in the Marvel style. Just for ***** and giggles and for those not familiar with it, here's a shot of the cover of issue #81, can't wait to see this on shelves (oh wait it's a Walmart exclusive, I'll never see it)....



So much more to sink in from the presentation and C4 in general. Hasbro's gone balls to the wall this year, no doubt their best year in terms of quality and variety. Our wallets may not be pleased, but we sure will be.

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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2007, 10:54 PM »
More thoughts on the C4 presentation...

The two new vehicles are great news. Cool to finally see a Clone ground transport, and a fairly obscure one at that.

Would've rather seen two new OT vehicles instead of PT, maybe a new Cloud Car, a random Mos Eisley speeder, Imperial Landing Craft, new T-16, etc. Hopefully we'll see some new OT vehicles in '08.

Malak's removable collar is awesome, would've preffered a more "different" KOTOR figure (As in not another Sith Lord), like a Sith Trooper, Bastila, HK-47, Carth, Atton, Bao-Dur, etc.

This seriously is probably Hasbro's best year ever, nice mix of OT, EU, and PT. Now if my local Target could get rid of all the excess TSC and ship more 30AC, it would be even better.

...And if I ever find the SL EU DarkTrooper, this year will officially be the best ever...

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Re: Hasbro Q&A/Presentation At Celebration IV
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2007, 10:59 PM »
About new Tarkin, I didn't see that mentioned Reid...

There is a Tarkin in the first 2008 wave, and I'm assuming it's a new ANH one. Could be just another repaint of the ROTS one though.

That's a Galactic Heroes Tarkin.