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July 2008 Hasbro Star Wars Q&A (Part One)

July 2008 - Every couple of weeks, Hasbro will answer three questions per web site about their Star Wars products. Here are the questions and answers for the latest round:

1. What are the chances of getting a TIE Defender or E-Wing vehicle in the next few years?

Answer: Both of these cool vehicles suffer from the problem that they would have to be all-new, and would not be able to fit into our basic-priced vehicle SKU. So the chances, as much as we would like to do them, are relatively low. We like them as much as you do, though - and will continue to look for ways to do them.

2. How about a Build a Vehicle with Figures... 6 Pieces for Ultimate AT-AT - One Piece each (Head, Body, 2 Legs X 2) Tons of figure potential like a Battle Pack... Just comes with a vehicle part...

Answer: We have looked at this. It would take so many pieces to do this, and would be so much extra work that we would rather just make the vehicle itself (not to mention it would be a better vehicle than if put together from, say, the 50 parts we would have to do) We'll stick with the Droid Factory for now.

3. What's the future for Unleashed Battle Packs? Will there be any new single-pack versions that are sold at Family Dollar and Dollar General?

Answer: The Unleashed Battle Packs will continue with a host of new 4-packs this Fall and into the Spring, for both the Clone Wars and some very key OTC. As for the single packs, they may be updated with new graphics but it will consist of the same mix of figures.

The Star Wars brand team has also passed along this note:

We have created two files to help folks at home anticipate and plan for our big Star Wars 7/26 launch. These files will be available for download at starwars.hasbro.com next Wednesday 7/16. They are: 1. The "Hasbro Clone Wars Handbook" details almost everything that will be available 7/26 and over the course of the Fall for Clone Wars, with images of all basic figures, vehicles, exclusives, and more. 2. As the Handbook focuses on Clone Wars, and does not have actual anticipated on-shelf dates breakdowns of figures by wave, we have crafted a second companion spreasheet titled the "Hasbro Star Wars Fall 2008 Release Guide". This Excel spreadsheet details Clone War and Legacy Collection information, along with availability dates and wave breakdowns, so all collectors will know what to focus on when. Please spread the word that these will be available 7/16 for download at starwars.hasbro.com. Thanks!

Be sure to check out the previous Q&As as well.

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