answers to CreatureCantina!!
Posted by: Bill Cable
I say to thee HOLY
CRAP! For several months I've been receiving messages from
a guy affiliated with the Hasbro Q&A program asking for questions.
I honestly don't even know how is scrubs at CreatureCantina.com
got on the list. I figured it was some oversight. A few weeks
ago, on a lark, I told my staff "What the hell, let's send
in some questions!" So we wrote some up. Beedo wrote most
of them, if memory serves. But the rest of the staff pitched
in as well. I put together the best, and I think we sent in six
or so. And I expected never to hear from Hasbro again... or at
most maybe getting a injunction against us forbidding us from
ever contacting representatives from Hasbro for the rest of our
natural lives. But much to our surprise, Hasbro Answered!
So I guess you'll want to see
our Qs and their As. God's honest truth, these are authentic!
And the answers are from Hasbro. No kidding!! So all you web
sites out there that put together Q&A "round-ups"
make sure to include our contributions, else your archive is
CreatureCantina.com: You've announced previously
that in 2008 you'll be revisiting Bespin for a wave figures.
Will you include Willrow Hood in that wave? If not, do you
realize collectors will storm the Hasbro parking lot and smash
the windows out of all your cars? Rhode Island is a small state...
we'll find you. I mean, to do a Bespin wave at this point and
NOT include Willrow? You may as well just spit in all our faces.
Hasbro: We will base any future Empire wave (realizing
that not all Empire waves are Bespin-focused) on the most important
characters that we feel need to be re-visited or new ones that
should be introduced, and not simply because he was the 10th-ranked
figure in the fans' choice poll. At some point, you will probably
see a Willrow figure, but not in 2008, so the community will
have to be patient.
CC: How come we haven't
seen any Super-Articualted (SA) Rebel Soldiers? I mean it would
super cool to see a Evolution 3-pack with a Rebel Fleet Trooper,
Hoth Trooper (with a re-sculpted bearded face sculpt from POTF2)
and a Endor Trooper all SA. We get SA Imperial Troops(including
Clone Troopers) all the time and almost every wave. But they're
the bad guys who stand for evil, oppresion and tyranny. Rebel
Troopers are freedom fighters and soldiers for liberty. Does
Hasbro have a pro-Empire leaning? Is Hasbro against freedom?
If Hasbro doesn't make SA Rebel Troopers, the terrorist win.
H: Now hold on
.many of us pay taxes to the
empire but oppose the tyranny ourselves, and are working in secret
to make sure that the seeds of rebellion are properly cultivated.
Good fun aside, yes, we hear ya and the SA rebels will not be
forgotten, if and when the opportunity presents itself next;
that's the key, though, since the demand for Imps is so high
that it just takes a while to work in the new rebels. But when
we do, we'll evaluate as you suggest.
CC: Could you please describe
the marketing strategy for the Star Wars Transformers line? Obviously,
there is a lot of overlap between the two fan bases. I for one
am as likely to bore my friends for hours on end describing the
Hegellian dialectic operating in the Transformers Movie as I
am to discourse on the Roman historical parallels at work in
the Star Wars saga. That being said, why didn't we see a greater
synthesis in this hybrid line? Maybe a Sith would be so narcissistic
as to want to drive a giant robot with his own augustan likeness,
but it seems to me that a simple headswap could have had Starscream
transforming into an Imperial Shuttle. Did you conduct market
tests that showed six-year-old boys preferred vehicles that turned
into giant versions of Star Wars characters rather than Transformers
that turned into Star Wars vehicles? I'd wager that the 35 year
old collector market would have enjoyed the latter.
H: Excellent question and one of the decision points
we were faced with when our Star Wars R&D team created the
idea for the line. We very clearly kept the Star Wars Transformers
line focused on the *functional* aspect of transformation rather
than an intellectual property (IP)-based transformation to deliberately
not confuse the "real" Transformers storyline. This
was especially important considering the upcoming Transformers
movie this Summer. For the same extent, we have not as a company
pursued any GI Joe-vs-Transformers toys even though the cross-over
comics have been very successful. It's keeping the communication
very clear from a kid standpoint, which was our primary focus.
Believe it or not, we did not factor the collector very heavily
into the SW TF line thinking at the beginning, since we were
not confident that collectors of either Star Wars or Transformers
would be converts to the line. Since this super-cool line has
been well-received by both kids and collectors alike, you have
seen us delve a little deeper to deliver more collector-focused
concepts like transforming Imperial Shuttles, Clone Wars deco-vehicles,
and Snowspeeders to deepen the collecting and playing experience.