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HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

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HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Tigertrack » Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:11 pm

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It is that time again folks.

We were very successful last time, asking some great questions.

So what questions are on the forefront of your thoughts?

*There are some rules to submitting the questions:

1.) Straightforward.

2.) No multi-part questions.

3.) Not all questions will get answered or even officially asked.

4.) Appropriate and important, timely to the brand.

5.) Do not turn this into a criticism of each other's questions or HASBRO, in general. However, if information is already known--and you know it has been answered and have a source-- that would be an acceptable response so as not to have wasted questions.


We may not submit more than 5 questions, and they should have priority rankings (staff will choose and prioritize).

First round of questions will be submitted by a staff member on December 1st.

This is an awesome opportunity to ask questions that you have wanted answered. This privilege also speaks highly of our community and the important ideas we share daily.

At the date of submission, you will be informed of the questions chosen, and then when/if they are answered the news will be shared with our community.

So please, start typing your serious TRANSFORMERS toy questions...


The first round thread of questions on Seibertron is located here, and the links to all the answered questions from all the participating websites can be found here.

Please do us a favor and try not to ask a question that has already been answered. We really want to be able to maximize this opportunity to its fullest.


Thanks...let's start asking.
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby TCJJ » Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:33 pm

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Oh goody, first up. Right, well, my questions...

1) Why are there so many design flaws in recent figures? (e.g. Universe Ironhide's head doesn't sit right, Animated Jazz's nunchuks being of different lengths)
2) Why are figures sometimes painted differently to what is on the box? (e.g. Animated Snarl's club is all orange when it should have black according to the box and Bumblebee's rocket boosters are meant to be red-tipped according to the box but they're actually just silver-tipped).
3) Are there any more Universe figures planned for release after Wave 05?
4) How many more figures are planned for the Animated line that haven't been revealed yet?
5) Why are the Animated Jetstorm and Jetfire figures so badly designed as not to even have proper hands or sensible modes?
6) Why are so many possible translucent windows substituted out for paint such as all-spark blue paint on Animated Ratchet and Universe Ironhide?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:38 pm

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The same ones I asked last time:

1. Will there be more "completely show-accurate" versions of characters from past lines like the upcoming show-accurate Universe Deluxe Starscream figure?

2. I hear that we are getting a Robot Heroes figure of Victory Saber. Will we be seeing more releases of Japanese-exclusive characters from The Headmasters, Chojin Masterforce, Victory, Zone, Return of Convoy, Operation Combination, Beast Wars II, Beast Wars Neo, or any other Japanese Transformers series?

3. Since the Japanese-exclusive G1 cartoon series (The Headmasters, Chojin Masterforce, Victory, and Zone) were released on DVD in Europe and Australia, is there any hope of seeing them, and perhaps Beast Wars II and Neo, released on DVD in North America? Particularly the United States.

4. Is there any chance of seeing the Robotmasters/Beast Wars Telemocha series molds of Deluxe class Optimus Primal and/or Deluxe class Beast Wars Megatron released in the States?

5. What was the reason for all of the production flaws with the first few waves of the Transformers Animated figures?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby The Chronic » Thu Nov 06, 2008 6:47 pm

I'd say ask them whats going on with the (movie) Costuctacons/Devestator but I doubt they'd answer

I'll try to think of some better questions later

Ok, I got one for now; are there any plans to release Masterpiece Grimlock outside of Japan? and If so would he get a differnet paint scheme?
[does that count as a multi-part question? -if so forget the last bit]

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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Tigertrack » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:18 pm

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chronic wrote:I'd say ask them whats going on with the (movie) Costuctacons/Devestator but I doubt they'd answer

I'll try to think of some better questions later

Ok, I got one for now; are there any plans to release Masterpiece Grimlock outside of Japan? and If so would he get a differnet paint scheme?
[does that count as a multi-part question? -if so forget the last bit]

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They've answered that they will be looking to bring a Masterpiece out next fall. One can only imagine it will be Grimmy.
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby afashockwave » Thu Nov 06, 2008 7:59 pm

1. Any plans for more G1 reissues in the USA? If so, any specific characters you are considering?

2. Any chance of a classics/universe Scourge, Blitzwing, or Springer in G1 style?

3. Will we see animated Omega Supreme as a supreme class figure?

4. Will we see Masterpiece Grimlock or any other <asterpiece figures in the USA?

5. Will we see Classics/Universe Dirge and Thrust as we are getting in the Henkei line?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Scaleface » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:07 pm

Do you plan to make redecos of the Universe toys that which would be logical based on the original toy line's redecos (ie - Red Alert from Sideswipe, Ratchet from Ironhide, Sunstorm from Starscream, Powerlinx Hot Shot from Hot Shot, etc.)

Will the final three Target exclusive movie scouts see the light of day (Reverb, Backtrack and Gunbarrel)?

Leo Prime from Universe started life as Classic Legends Leo Prime. Will any of the other Classic Legends ever see life as full sized toys? (Perceptor, Trypticon, Whirl, Menasor)

Will we see the Seekers from Animated all made in a single size class eventually, even if it's a box set of Legends Seekers?

With the cost of remolding for a new face/head or faction symbol so high, why aren't all new molds made without a molded faction symbol and with multiple heads/faces from the start, so a remold would be easy to do later down the start? For instance, why not make several different faces for Animated Voyager Starscream so that the other seekers would have diffent expressions.

With the popularity of the Henkei line with US collectors, wouldn't Hasbro sell if they just put the Henkei toys as HTS store exclusives for the US market?

The Japanese Micromaster combiners were reissued in Japan then released in the Universe line (as Superion, Devastator and Rail Racer) - any chance we will see the Landcross combiners released next like they were in Japan?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Tigertrack » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:14 pm

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afashockwave wrote:1. Any plans for more G1 reissues in the USA? If so, any specific characters you are considering?
2.-

3. Will we see animated Omega Supreme as a supreme class figure?

4. Will we see Masterpiece Grimlock or any other <asterpiece figures in the USA?

5.-


1. Answered. They said yes, they have something planned for next fall.

2. -

3. Answered. Another site already asked that and they said while they really like how the character model turned out, there are no plans for a toy of that size at this time.

4. Answered in THIS THREAD, just above your post...

5.-


Please folks take a look at the older answered questions. And please read other responses and questions. Thanks.
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby GetterDragun » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:17 pm

What is the hook for on Universe Galvatron's shoulder?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby First-Aid » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:32 pm

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1. Can you go more in depth into the process of the creation of a average Transformers figure, maybe including things like how many prototypes you design, the length of the process, and a rough percentage of how many Transformer toys never even see the light of day?

2. Has ILM provided you with all of the concepts from TF: ROTF? If so, when did you get them? This question relates to the one mentioned just above.

3. Since the Universe line was a filler between the first movie and the Animated line, will we be seeing the same filler between ROTF and TF3?

4. The question has been tossed around before on the forums: just what percentage of the market share for Transformers do those of us who are collectors make up?

5. With the current economic climate, do you make extra efforts to make toys (not just Transformers) that won't break parents' budgets or does the economy really not make a difference in the planning stages for your toy lines?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Tigertrack » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:32 pm

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GetterDragun wrote:What is the hook for on Universe Galvatron's shoulder?


Okay, we get it, you want to have this answered. :D
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Mkall » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:43 pm

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1) How much net gain does Hasbro expect to make per run of a repaint figure vs a run of a new mold?

2) Why has Hasbro stated that there are "too many large tank molds" to make a new mold for voyager Galvatron, and yet every Universe wave sees a new deluxe car mold?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Quaternion » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:46 pm

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Will the TF:ROTF figures have premium editions?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby The Chronic » Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:50 pm

Quaternion wrote:Will the TF:ROTF figures have premium editions?

Ask about G1 editions aswell
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby 1337W422102 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:03 pm

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Is there any chance of a Universe Classics Deluxe Jazz? Even if he's just a repaint of Prowl with a new head?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby omega666 » Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:05 pm

Quaternion wrote:Will the TF:ROTF figures have premium editions?


Will the TF:ROTF figures BE premium editions? I don't want to spend a lot of money early only to find out better ones are coming out later.

Also, will there be Universe Skywarp and Thundercracker?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby GetterDragun » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:04 pm

tigertracks 24 wrote:
GetterDragun wrote:What is the hook for on Universe Galvatron's shoulder?


Okay, we get it, you want to have this answered. :D


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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby robofreak » Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:49 pm

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tigertracks 24 wrote:
GetterDragun wrote:What is the hook for on Universe Galvatron's shoulder?


Okay, we get it, you want to have this answered. :D


Thank you!

It's so you can hang him off a pice of wire. Does'nt Galvatron look cool jumping off a ship and attaching himself to a zipline as he fights Autobots?

Okay, now for some real question:

The news we've heard about Devastator is quite interesting. Is it possible for Hasbro to tell us whether or not the constructicons are actually drones controlled by one main robot or if they are in fact several different robots each with their own free thought?

When can we expect to see Universe Superion and Bruticus on shelves?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby turkishproverb » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:03 pm

1. Is there any chance of an American release of Music Label Soundwave without his capabilities as an MP3 Player?

2. Would it be possible for HasbroToyshop to start selling unpainted Classics seekers, using the Starscream/Acid storm etc mold, the same way they sell Black and White Blank Mighty Muggs?

3. Is there any chance of an online poll for new TF figure choices in the same vein as the star wars "Fans' Choice" figures?

4. Is there any chance of a new G1 continuity/style animated production, perhaps direct to DVD/Blue ray?

5. Given Hasbro's ownership of Wizards Of The Coast, is there any chance of a Transformers Pencil and Paper RPG being brought to market?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Nekoman » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:06 pm

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Will there be anymore comic packs?

Why have some Beast Wars II and Neo figures still not made it to the US, and will they ever?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby It Is Him » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:07 pm

Recently many firms have been revamping the packaging of their products to save money by using less materials (like Coke's new plastic bottle caps). After ordering a deluxe-sized Henkei Transformer, I noticed the card backer is smaller than its American counterpart and is likely less expensive to make. Does Hasbro have plans to alter Transformers packaging to trim costs?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby robofreak » Thu Nov 06, 2008 11:09 pm

Nekoman wrote:Why have some Beast Wars II and Neo figures still not made it to the US, and will they ever?


I demand a US Lio Convoy!!!!!! I'm not asking...

Would it be possible to use the BW2 and BW Neo shows and toys in the US after the ROTF toys are done?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Menbailee » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:06 am

1. Will Animated Arcee hit shelves with a unique mold?
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby The_Cybertronian_Emperor » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:20 am

1) Will Hasbro attempt to make the figures from the RotF line more scale accurate? Just my opinion but Blackout should have at least been a Leader Class figure and Bonecrusher should have at least been a Voyager Class figure, just to tie into the movie better.

2) With the consideration of Japanese line figures being produced, what about comic only figures, such as Jhiaxus or the Leige Maximo?

3) With the release of Classics Constructicon Devastator, and Universe Superion and Bruticus, does Hasbro have any plans to produce a Generation One Technobots, Predacons or Terrorbots combiner sets at some point?

Those are really the only ones I can think of.
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Re: HASBRO TF Q/A-- December Edition-- Round 2

Postby Gandalf » Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:58 am

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1. Why don't you guys add the paint details and more accurate colors that has made the Henkei line so popular?

2. Will we be getting a figure of Arcee in the Universe series, hopefully as a futuristic car?

Also, I second these questions:

Any chance of a classics/universe Scourge, Blitzwing, or Springer in G1 style?

Would you consider making a new continuation or revamped "Generation One" animated series to better sell the Classics toys?
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