Official Hasbro Star Wars Q & A - 6/28
CollectionStation wrote on June 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Due to some technical difficulties, our previous round did not get answered so this round we have doubled up.
Mace Windu has been represented in action figure form for 12 years now, and a large portion of those figures were released with some unique, non-standard aspect. Mace has been the first "sneak peek" in the modern line and was a mail-away, the first hard-shell "choco" robe, AOTC had a deluxe before basic which had a smiling face and a second figure, AOTC basic had the screaming face, 2003 AOTC basic had the "ultimate lightsaber control" stick gimmick, ROTS had the Force Lightning throw-off gimmick, and now the Clone Wars version with removable armor and saber-swinging waist. While there have been a few normal Mace figures, and even a super-articulated one finally, it seems as if Mace Windu has been tapped by Hasbro to be the sculpting and gimmick guinea pig. Is this pattern intentional, do you think he can't sell without these sorts of things, is it just happenstance, or does someone there subliminally not realize they keep picking Mace to be the test guy?

Hasbro: Interesting question, and it had not gone unnoticed (based on our own shelf of all Mace figures at home) that there was as yet a really great basic Mace figure. That, in part, is why we finally pursued a non-gimmick based, super-articulated version to correct what Mace had long been denied. Why is it that modern realistic R2-D2 figures are oversized? Our math says that the modern R2 stands a whole centimeter too tall, which is a scaled visual difference of 7 inches. That's a pretty significant amount of extra height. The Clone Wars R2 is roughly the right height, as is the classic Kenner Artoo, while the build-a-droid astromech body splits the difference between the extremes. But the regular modern astromechs are all too tall. Why is this, and will this be addressed on the upcoming R2 redesign?

It has been a question of having enough "substance" to justify a basic figure purchase. However, for our new EpVI-themed R2 sculpt debuting later this Fall in Vintage, he *has* been rescaled down, although not all the way to film-size, which is just too small for what we need to achieve as toys. This sculpt will probably form the basis for a slightly smaller crop of Astromechs going forward. Recent Hasbro images show the upcoming Saga Legends Battle Droid 2-pack both using the mold based on the new Battle Droid figures from the Target Geonosis Arena Showdown sets. Is that what we will actually be used to make this Saga Legends 2-pack? If so, will we see any of the issues we raised in a previous Q&A addressed, like a left arm that can hold the blaster similar to the Clone Wars Firefighter Droid, or properly-sized eyes for every droid, or the neck piece facing the right way? Also, will we be seeing any running deco changes on this set, switching from Geonosis red to Naboo tan? Will there always be a commander droid and a regular grunt? Army-building Battle Droids only in red and at a 1:1 ratio with their commanders would be quite limiting, and many previous Saga Legends army builders have enjoyed running changes like this without any problems expressed.

Hasbro: There will be no more planned running changes to anything, unfortunately, as this has been impossible to control, a headache, and it is considered a way to subvert the item count process. So the law has come down, no more running changes. As such, the pack will be as shown - two maroon droids, one commander and one regular battle droid. No changes to the molds will be made from the Geonosis version, although the eye deco will be corrected and we are looking into the neck issue...that one slipped by everyone. If we can squeeze out another item to do a tan version, we will look at it but for now there are no plans. Have you considered taking figures from the Comic Packs and putting them together into Battlepacks with perhaps 1 new figure, and making these sets exclusive to someone more focused on a comic-friendly audience, such as Diamond Distribution or one of the many fine e-tailers out there? This could help spur interest in the line along and satiate EU fans who crave more of their favorite characters. Star Wars comics still have a big audience, SW: Legacy is Dark Horse's 2nd best-selling line (despite the line apparently ending soon). If not Battlepacks, what about more Comic 2 Packs exclusive to those outlets with more focus on reusing the parts created for the line for new characters or at least character updates, since they're not likely to get used in the mainline?

Hasbro: We have looked at this and the retail