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Title: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 11, 2008, 08:35:43 PM
Alright. With the exciting possibility of a Hasbro rep actually entertaining question directly from us, I'd like to propose the following method for NOT scaring them off.

Anyone who has a question they'd like to see asked, reply to this thread. I'll make a numbered list of all the different questions (*note* - please read the list of questions to see if yours might already be on there).

If your question is on the list already, please reply that you'd like to "vote" to have that question asked as soon as possible. The "burning issues" (okay, the questions with the most votes) will be forwarded first - I'll then post them and the answers in a new thread for discussion. Questions asked will be stricken off the list BUT NOT REMOVED so that we don't start forwarding the same questions after a few weeks.

 :fighting0072:

1. One thing that Hasbro Canada could do which would simplify things for collectors is to have a webpage established where we can get the latest information about what is or isn't coming to Canada. It does not have to be anything fancy at all, no Flash movies, no SW music playing in the background, just a simple page that indicates for example, if a Walmart exclusive is also going to be available at Walmart Canada, or if the final 3 waves will or will not be showing up here (and if it is coming, which retailer has ordered these waves). The page could also tell collectors in advance if special promotions like the George Lucas Stormtrooper figure or the VTSC coins are going to be honored in Canada, and if not, please give reasons why not too.

Would Hasbro Canada consider something like this for the future?  If you ever read through our forums you will find that many of us have been very critical of Hasbro Canada BUT that this may also be borne from the fact that we do not know what you are doing on our behalf and exactly what issues you encounter in delivering SW toys to the Canadian marketplace. We are extremely appreciative that you're willing to take the time to answer our questions but also we want your company to be proactive at supplying us with information i.e. we should not have to ask you in the future whether a certain product is coming to Canada in a Q&A like this one; instead a dedicated webpage would let you proactively tell us if it is or isn't going to come or if you simply do not know yet if a retailer will pick up the item.  It could simply be a checklist of the item and its status e.g.

TAC 2008 wave 4 - coming April 2008
TAC 2008 Wave 5 - coming summer 2008
TAC 2008 wave 6 - coming fall 2008
TAC 2008 wave 7 - only to be available in US (sorry!)
Target Exclusive Death Star playset - TBD (waiting for retailer interest)
Target Exclusive Millenium Falcon   - TRU Canada, Dec 2008
VotC 2009 wave 1 - est. Feb 2009, note: promotion is for US only (sorry)

..and so on. This type of clarity would greatly help us to budget our purchases, make arrangements to buy the item in the US if we know it will not show up here.

2. Is there anything that can be done by Hasbro Canada when certain figures remain in large numbers on store pegs for months and months, or is this solely the responsibility of the retailers themselves? These "pegwarmers" take up a LOT of store space in many instances and frustrate consumers because they prevent newer stock from being ordered & displayed for long periods of time.

3. In the last 3 years Canada has received the first wave of new figures before the US. This shows that the packaging and figures have already gone into production for the Canadian market, however there is then a 3-4 month delay until the second wave of figures is delivered to retail, by this point in time we are usually 2 waves behind the US. What are the reasons for this? Is there any chance this could change?

With generic cardbacks already in production there is no logical reason why Canada should be 2 waves behind the US all the time. Are you doing anything to improve distribution?

4. Does Hasbro Canada receive a timeline at the start of the year with an outline of the entire year's distribution or do you only know when then "next" wave will come in?

5. What plans does Hasbro have for the FX Sabers line in 2008 and beyond?

6. Are any further Disney Star Wars figures planned past the first wave? When could they be expected?

7. my question deals with just how the figures get to Canada.  Do they come bulk from China and then are they placed on the Canadian cards at Hasbro Canada or are they totally assembled where they are made and then sent to Hasbro?

8. With the new trend of multiple "exclusive" figures that are available only through U.S. stores or U.S. websites, would it be possible to release a figure that would be a Canadian exclusive?  With the release of figures such as the holiday editions of vader, yoda, ect., or the disney star tours with donald duck as han, the figure wouldn't have to be a movie based character it could be a repainted droid (red and white proticol droid?) or a snowtrooper with Canadian flag on his shoulder or even a yoda tapping a maple tree...jk.  Seriously though, this figure could be Zellers exclusive or a WalMart Canada exclusive figure, or even just a Canadian website exclusive (...maybe even available through snowtroopers.ca).  I think this would give Canadian collectors a feeling of recognition from Hasbro.

9. Admiral Piett is the only Imperial Officer who has lines in 2 of the movies, and plays a VERY major part in the movies. The last one we saw was in 1998 (Captain Piett), ten years ago. There are figures that have no lines in the movies and play minor roles, while this fairly major character has been left untouched for so long. Will there be a new Admiral Piett (From The Empire Strikes back, with Admiral badges) planned any time soon or ever?

10. Is there a downloadable/printable version of the Captain Rex order form?

11. Now that Hasbro has made a 3 3/4" scale falcon, can we expect that they will look at making a scale AT-AT Imperial Walker? Ok that is more begging then a question, I must admit.

12. Hasbro does not want to look at diorama/playsets would another company be able to approach Lucas to fill this void? Would another company be allowed to make these sets in 3 3/4" scale?

13, Here is a suggestion rather then a question, why doesn't Hasbro have a link on there web site where people can download diorama/playset backgrounds to display their loose figures? I think that even large stickers could be mailed, packed in that people can apply to any backdrop of their choice (cardboard/foamcore etc) I believe that Hasbro could benefit from this feature and make tons of collectors/kids very happy. I know that I would rather a free cardboard diorama over a coin, stand or similar pack in!

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on January 11, 2008, 09:46:03 PM
Here are my questions, which is a more general version of jj's about the final waves:

2. Year after year Canadian collectors have been extremely frustrated by the fact that the last 2 to 3 waves never show up on retail shelves. As a result, we have to scramble to trade with (or buy from) our US collecting friends, or buy them at a higher cost from smaller hobby stores with sometimes a markup that is 50% over regular retail, or simply go without these figures. For some customers, this has driven them out of collecting completely, while the rest of us endure, but with increasing frustration every year. 

Please note that we'd heard promises during the TSC run that the last waves would make it to Canada but there were so few that actually showed up on the shelves that even making daily toy runs did not ensure a chance to buy these figures. And while it's a good solution to let some of the '07 wave spill into the 2008 cases, there are still going to be collectors who wanted to also obtain the coins along with the figure. What is Hasbro Canada doing specifically to remedy this situation?  We obviously want to buy the figures but it is the distribution that is failing to meet the demand.

3. Target stores down in the US often seem to get the best exclusives, especially when it comes to the battlepacks. Is Hasbro Canada aware that we also have a very strong interest in obtaining these exclusives without resorting to eBay or making trips down to the US in the hopes of coming upon an exclusive?  Do you try to offer these items to retailers up north and if so, what has been the response?  We did see the Target-exclusive Zev Senesca Snowspeeder that appeared at TRU last year -- how did this come about and was the offering considered a success (as it seemed to be since it sold out nicely whereever I looked). If it was deemed successful, why haven't we seen more US-exclusives since then?

4. One thing that Hasbro Canada could do which would simplify things for collectors is to have a webpage established where we can get the latest information about what is or isn't coming to Canada. It does not have to be anything fancy at all, no Flash movies, no SW music playing in the background, just a simple page that indicates for example, if a Walmart exclusive is also going to be available at Walmart Canada, or if the final 3 waves will or will not be showing up here (and if it is coming, which retailer has ordered these waves). The page could also tell collectors in advance if special promotions like the George Lucas Stormtrooper figure or the VTSC coins are going to be honored in Canada, and if not, please give reasons why not too. 

Would Hasbro Canada consider something like this for the future?  If you ever read through our forums you will find that many of us have been very critical of Hasbro Canada BUT that this may also be borne from the fact that we do not know what you are doing on our behalf and exactly what issues you encounter in delivering SW toys to the Canadian marketplace. We are extremely appreciative that you're willing to take the time to answer our questions but also we want your company to be proactive at supplying us with information i.e. we should not have to ask you in the future whether a certain product is coming to Canada in a Q&A like this one; instead a dedicated webpage would let you proactively tell us if it is or isn't going to come or if you simply do not know yet if a retailer will pick up the item.  It could simply be a checklist of the item and its status e.g.

TAC 2008 wave 4 - coming April 2008
TAC 2008 Wave 5 - coming summer 2008
TAC 2008 wave 6 - coming fall 2008
TAC 2008 wave 7 - only to be available in US (sorry!)
Target Exclusive Death Star playset - TBD (waiting for retailer interest)
Target Exclusive Millenium Falcon   - TRU Canada, Dec 2008
VotC 2009 wave 1 - est. Feb 2009, note: promotion is for US only (sorry)

..and so on. This type of clarity would greatly help us to budget our purchases, make arrangements to buy the item in the US if we know it will not show up here, and reduce some of the frustration which would normally get directed at Hasbro Canada in lieu of no one else to blame :)

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 11, 2008, 10:05:33 PM
My question -

Is there not something that can be done about all the "peg-warmer figures" figures that take up shelf space) that hog valuable retail space?  These figures clog up big stores like TRU for eons, and don't seem to move.

A good example would be the Naboo Soldier and the Endor Soldier.  These were originally marketed as troop builders (figures collectors would want in large numbers for "armies" or dioramas) but they sit and sit and aren't being sold.  Send a rep to TRU stores and you can see for yourself.

Isn't this a big loss to you if products sit and are not being sold?  Does it not prevent newer products from being shelved?  Can Hasbro Canada or the stores do something to recycle these figures or something?  I know TRU is responsible for the number of products that are ordered, and that Hasbro packs cases based on perceived demand, but it seems like a waste when newer product either a) is ordered in low quantities or b) misses Canadian retailers altogether.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on January 11, 2008, 10:55:43 PM
In light of the missing Waves in Canada (Wave 6, 7, 7.5 and 8) will there be any way that Canadian collectors who fully supported and intended to collect all the coins will be able to obtain the remaining coins in order to fill the albums they purchased?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Jangotat on January 11, 2008, 11:26:57 PM
Vote in for napseekers questions. They sound great :)`


hellboy has a good question too but i think their just going to give us the whole, "dont't worry it will come to canada :crazy:" line.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on January 12, 2008, 12:05:14 AM
Vote for Napseekers questions as well as JJs. Another question would be why was the Endor AT AT orginally at 89.99 at TRU, then dropped to 69.97 for 30% off sale then jacked up to 99.99 after sale and still not clear shelves. Is this a store issue or a Has Can issue. How about getting info. on more (3.75") vehicles that may or may not be coming to Canada. What is the real deal with the generic packaging for Cdn figures as opposed to the US?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Morgbug on January 12, 2008, 01:28:47 AM
Vote for Napseekers questions as well as JJs. Another question would be why was the Endor AT AT orginally at 89.99 at TRU, then dropped to 69.97 for 30% off sale then jacked up to 99.99 after sale and still not clear shelves. Is this a store issue or a Has Can issue. How about getting info. on more (3.75") vehicles that may or may not be coming to Canada. What is the real deal with the generic packaging for Cdn figures as opposed to the US?

I know you want to hear from Hasbro directly, unlike a schmo like me, but:

Prices are set by the retailers.  There is a Manufacturer's suggested retail price but stores are not bound to honor that.  If they wish to alter prices during the course of sales, they are free to do so and Hasbro cannot control that once the product is in store. 

As for the generic packaging, it is offered in Canada due to French language requirements, similar to what is offered in Mexico, with Spanish language requirements.  AS both the Canadian and Mexican markets are too small to warrant their own production runs, this is the most cost effective way to make this product available without substantially increasing production costs and therefore further increasing retail price to consumers. 

Napseeker, excellent questions.  And thanks JJ and snowtroopers staff/admin for trying to make this fly. :love0030:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 12, 2008, 07:57:33 AM
Okay, I've amended #1 to deal more specifically with the coins and have added #'s 2-4. Please read them over - I've changed a few things (spelling out store names and defining "Pegwarmers" and "Battlepacks" specifically), but only to clarify the questions for the Hasbro rep.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: fishfan on January 12, 2008, 08:19:14 AM
I'd like to point out that some of the more exacting information that people are asking (ie. what stores have orderded what amounts of which waves, what stores may or may not get exclusives, etc) will more than likely be deemed sensitive information that the retailers themselves do not want out in the public forums for other retailers to see.  There is a certain amount of confidentiality that the retailers and maintain in order to be competative with one another and Hasbro is more than likely bound to not give out that type of info.  Don't be disappointed if you dont get specific, or even vague information for some questions.

I seem to remember a Darth Keg that worked at TRU ages ago.  He was giving the collectors info on what was coming and when.  Then he disappeared.  Rumor was that he was told by the company to keep quiet about that stuff as other retailers have people that go online to see if they can basically "spy" on what the other guy is doing.

Just a heads up.

 :u:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 12, 2008, 08:45:02 AM
Excellent points, FF.

Regarding Darth Ket, I got the inside scoop on what TRU actually did to that guy - he's likely still in traction at some backwater third world hospital, or worse yet locked up in some Siberian gulag for treason.  ;)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on January 12, 2008, 10:18:31 AM
JJ Another question I think some of the people here would be interested in is whether Hasbro is going to have the HASBROTOYSHOP ship and sell to Canada directly like LEGO does?






Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 12, 2008, 11:02:27 AM
Can you tell me more about the Hasbrotoyshop ship so that I can be really specific with the guy?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on January 12, 2008, 03:17:00 PM
I think he' talking about shipping - and a specific ship.

Right now Canadians cannot order from HTS because they won't "ship" (a verb, not a noun) to Canada.

Also - I suggest question 2 be worded, and split into 2 questions.  IMHO - the current question could be considered "condesending.

My suggestion only:

2A. Target stores down in the US often seem to get the best exclusives, especially when it comes to the "Battlepacks".  Many Canadian collectors have a very strong interest in obtaining these exclusives without resorting to eBay or making trips down to the US.  Do you try to offer these items to retailers up north and if so, what has been the response? 

2B.  We did see the Target-exclusive Zev Senesca Snowspeeder that appeared at Canadian Toys R Us stores last year -- how did this come about and was the offering considered a success (as it seemed to be since it sold out nicely wherever I looked) and if it was deemed successful, why haven't we seen more US-exclusives since then?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Swamp Trooper on January 12, 2008, 04:22:25 PM
why was the Endor AT AT orginally at 89.99 at TRU, then dropped to 69.97 for 30% off sale then jacked up to 99.99

 :fighting0072: I had to buy it at 99.99... I was gonna wait for a clearance, then it went up, and I got scared it would reach 150$... Then I had to buy it at 99.99...  :mad0177:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on January 12, 2008, 04:35:04 PM
1) How does Hasbro Canada plan on repairing the fractured faith with Canadian collectors after so many years of broken promises by not delivering all figures from a specific line to Canada even after they have stated they would?

2) As an alternative to bilingual packaging is it not possible to return to the days of old and place a bilingual sticker on the package to identify the product, thus keeping the more appealing American packaging intact and still adhering to bilingual standards.

3) In the last 3 years Canada has received the first wave of new figures before the US. This shows that the packaging and figures have already gone into production for the Canadian market, however there is then a 3-4 month delay until the second wave of figures is delivered to retail, by this point in time we are usually 2 waves behind the US.

With generic cardbacks already in production there is no logical reason why Canada should be 2 waves behind the US all the time. Are you doing anything to improve distribution?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 12, 2008, 04:49:20 PM
Good suggestions, Pegger - I'll send them that way.

Arizona - I'm a little worried about your #1.... I'm not sure they'll agree to having "promised" us anything - I don't know that we've had any dealing with them, let alone a broken promises situation. Let's rework that one a little.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on January 12, 2008, 04:56:37 PM
...no idea if this is/was asked..
 Is it true that HASBROTOYSHOP.COM will be adding CANADA to their mailing lists?
 If so,will s/h rates be somewhat reasonable?
It's been far to long that a company of this size does not do INTERNATIONAL MAIL ORDER...
Again...no idea if this qualifies ..but whAt  da hey!

FETT1...
oops...also ask why the CAN. MARKET does not see other lines like G.I.JOE( :confused0024:suppose to hit this spring) when they are released STATE SIDE...is it poor RETAILER ORDERING ..lack of support...bi-lingual packaging(love that excuse)...
whew..nuff said.. :scared0008:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 12, 2008, 06:52:43 PM
Okay, I think I'm up to speed after the (expected - it's AWESOME!!!) flurry of posts.

PLEASE review the questions in the first post and let me know if you're okay with the way they are written (I realize the one is very long, I'm trying to figure out whether or not I should try to shorten it or just leave it alone - sometimes more info helps clarify the question).

I got another email from the contact, they have advised me that they are planning on going over the questions with Hasbro USA reps who would answer them... I replied and said that specifically Canadian answers would best please us. Hopefully that will work out.....  :happy0025:

Once we get to 10 questions I'd like to push PAUSE and start the voting. Once we've trimmed 3 from the list, the remaining 7 will go forward and we can add 3 new ones.  :)`
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Cobalt60 on January 12, 2008, 07:00:57 PM
the question of the day is FORCE_FX LIGHTSABERS:

(1) will hasbro be keeping the MR line "intact", so to speak?
will we see the exact same items, in 'Hasbro' boxes now instead of MR?
from the exact same production facility in china? (ie: are they just "rebranding" the old line?)
(this is good, btw)

or.. will Hasbro develop their own "version" of the product and compromise on quality for the sake of 'mass production'?


(2) what models can we expect from Hasbro in the near future?
ie: judging by the press release , it would seem that Hasbro is planning to sell all the same models that MR had already in production (which leads me to believe hasbro is "rebranding" the old line and selling the exact same (quality) items that MR had already developed)
(this is good, btw)

can we assume, then, that Hasbro took over the entire lineup INCLUDING models that MR had been working on, but had not quite finished yet? 

specifically: MR had a working prototype of the obiwan TPM which broke at their C4 party;  they (also) announced a quigon and dooku FX .. but these were cancelled due to time constraints.

--> can we assume , that "next year's" lineup will include the obiwan TPM, quigon, and/or dooku .. as these were already "in the pipe" as far as the MR line was concerned?

(3) ANY information that Hasbro can provide about the future of Force-FX would be GREATLY appreciated by the FX-sabers community!   :maul: :yoda:

THX!!

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on January 12, 2008, 07:24:29 PM
1) How does Hasbro Canada plan on repairing the fractured faith with Canadian collectors after so many years of broken promises by not delivering all figures from a specific line to Canada even after they have stated they would?

2) As an alternative to bilingual packaging is it not possible to return to the days of old and place a bilingual sticker on the package to identify the product, thus keeping the more appealing American packaging intact and still adhering to bilingual standards.

3) In the last 3 years Canada has received the first wave of new figures before the US. This shows that the packaging and figures have already gone into production for the Canadian market, however there is then a 3-4 month delay until the second wave of figures is delivered to retail, by this point in time we are usually 2 waves behind the US.

With generic cardbacks already in production there is no logical reason why Canada should be 2 waves behind the US all the time. Are you doing anything to improve distribution?

Good question. Well thought out. 

And regarding ship.....

Is it possible to get Hasbrotoyshop.com to ship to Canada as a destination? Other manufacturers such as Lego are doing this from a US location currently.   
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on January 12, 2008, 08:52:24 PM
Arizona - I'm a little worried about your #1.... I'm not sure they'll agree to having "promised" us anything - I don't know that we've had any dealing with them, let alone a broken promises situation. Let's rework that one a little.

The question is directed at Hasbro in general. From your recent post it looks like Hasbro USA will be answering the questions and many times before they have told us they are working with hasbro Canada to bring us all the figures. This is the same corporate line. If you want you can restructure the question as follows...

1) With numerous Canadian collectors supporting the 3.75 basic line for so many years, how does Hasbro Canada plan on repairing the fractured faith within the community after so many years of failure to deliver all figures from the basic line to Canada?

The following may be useful as well

2) In regards to the issue of Canadian packaging and bilingualism can you please explain how it is TRU is able to freely distribute their English only packaging exclusives in Canadian stores but are unable to supply the final waves of figures on English/American cardbacks when they are unavailable on tri-lingual cardbacks?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 12, 2008, 09:56:40 PM
It does sound that way, unfortunately. The point of me contacting them was to get in touch with a distinctly Canadian rep - but the last message sounded like he'd be bouncing the questions to the US people.

In my opinion, the exercise pretty much becomes moot at that point.  :confused0024: We've all been reading the Q&As at the other sites, or so I'd assume.  I was really hoping to get answers from Hasbro Canada, not just Hasbro. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on January 14, 2008, 12:20:37 PM
Question lol:

Does Hasbro Canada receive a timeline at the start of the year with an outline of the entire year's distribution or do you only know when then "next" wave will come in?

Thanks a lot
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 14, 2008, 02:01:10 PM
Good one. Thanks.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on January 14, 2008, 02:28:26 PM
It does sound that way, unfortunately. The point of me contacting them was to get in touch with a distinctly Canadian rep - but the last message sounded like he'd be bouncing the questions to the US people.

In my opinion, the exercise pretty much becomes moot at that point.  :confused0024: We've all been reading the Q&As at the other sites, or so I'd assume.  I was really hoping to get answers from Hasbro Canada, not just Hasbro. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

I say - let's send him (or her) questions anyways.  What are they gonna do, not answer them?  We're no worse off then as we are now.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 14, 2008, 02:30:04 PM
I agree - I just think it'll be the party line, no different from reading any of the Q&A's from the other sites.  :confused0024:

No matter what we get, I'm going to keep asking my contact to chime in specifically with what they're seeing/hearing/doing so we at least get some news about Canada specifically.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on January 14, 2008, 03:48:19 PM
BTW, awesome work JJ! :u:

Maybe we can finally get some answers lol.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Thirdfloor on January 16, 2008, 09:18:59 AM
(((...I already know this would be highly doubtful, but it would be really cool)))

Question:  With the new trend of multiple "exclusive" figures that are available only through U.S. stores or U.S. websites, would it be possible to release a figure that would be a Canadian exclusive?  With the release of figures such as the holiday editions of vader, yoda, ect., or the disney star tours with donald duck as han, the figure wouldn't have to be a movie based character it could be a repainted droid (red and white proticol droid?) or a snowtrooper with Canadian flag on his shoulder or even a yoda tapping a maple tree...jk.  Seriously though, this figure could be Zellers exclusive or a WalMart Canada exclusive figure, or even just a Canadian website exclusive (...maybe even available through snowtroopers.ca).  I think this would give Canadian collectors a feeling of recognition from Hasbro.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on January 16, 2008, 09:58:13 AM
They've answered this before. Hasbro claims they are more than happy to create exclusives for any retailer provided the retailer is willing to purchase "X- Number" of units to make the exclusive production viable. It would be nice to know what the "X-Number" is for a Snowtrooper... then maybe we could get our own.  :winking0071:

(((...I already know this would be highly doubtful, but it would be really cool)))

Question:  With the new trend of multiple "exclusive" figures that are available only through U.S. stores or U.S. websites, would it be possible to release a figure that would be a Canadian exclusive?  With the release of figures such as the holiday editions of vader, yoda, ect., or the disney star tours with donald duck as han, the figure wouldn't have to be a movie based character it could be a repainted droid (red and white proticol droid?) or a snowtrooper with Canadian flag on his shoulder or even a yoda tapping a maple tree...jk.  Seriously though, this figure could be Zellers exclusive or a WalMart Canada exclusive figure, or even just a Canadian website exclusive (...maybe even available through snowtroopers.ca).  I think this would give Canadian collectors a feeling of recognition from Hasbro.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 16, 2008, 07:24:00 PM
Interesting idea, but we'd almost be better off chatting up THE Mike to see how they get their nifty exclusive Joe figures made up each year... they're amazing, but quite expensive (and, I'm sure, NOT made by Hasbro).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: BountyHunter69 on January 16, 2008, 07:47:01 PM
Interesting idea, but we'd almost be better off chatting up THE Mike to see how they get their nifty exclusive Joe figures made up each year... they're amazing, but quite expensive (and, I'm sure, NOT made by Hasbro).

  The Joe exclusives are made by hasbro.  I remember Spencer from Ages 3 and Up looking into this at one time.  While I can't remember the numbers it was much cheaper\lower buy numbers for a repaint than it was for something brand new
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 16, 2008, 07:49:59 PM
Good info, thanks for that. I was guessing they had found a more local manufacturer to make that happen for them.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 17, 2008, 05:13:43 PM
I got a new email from the Hasbro rep. Our questions will be submitted along with those from other sites directly to Hasbro. They will not be answered by Hasbro Canada, so we can expect to get the same answers as have been given to the other sites', as far as I'm concerned.  :speechless-smiley-004:

Anyhoo, we have to vote for and submit our first 3 questions by January 25th - I'd like to send the email on the 24th to avoid any problems.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Jangotat on January 17, 2008, 06:42:50 PM
I got a new email from the Hasbro rep. Our questions will be submitted along with those from other sites directly to Hasbro. They will not be answered by Hasbro Canada, so we can expect to get the same answers as have been given to the other sites', as far as I'm concerned.  :speechless-smiley-004:

Anyhoo, we have to vote for and submit our first 3 questions by January 25th - I'd like to send the email on the 24th to avoid any problems.

This really blows considering half the things they answer for us Canadians ends up being untrue. once again we are screwed over :mad0177:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 17, 2008, 07:02:07 PM
I was a little disappointed, to say the least. I still think we should go ahead and submit our questions, however.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 17, 2008, 08:12:11 PM
Sorry to double-post... anyone else think the news that the Build A Figure assortments are going to cost $12.99 per figure warrants some clarification????
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on January 19, 2008, 09:52:08 AM
I was a little disappointed, to say the least. I still think we should go ahead and submit our questions, however.

I agree - and perhaps Hasbro might get the impression that we canucks are customers too.

I want to ask - In Canada there is a very strong rumour about the BAF line (with references showing up in store computers).  If this is true (that there will be a BAF line) will the entire line be coming to Canada, or will we miss the last few 2 to 4 waves, as we did with POTF2, POTJ, Saga, Saga2, TAC, and thus be unable to "build" the elusive figure?

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 19, 2008, 11:36:38 PM
Will Hasbro ever consider taking on other major movie/t.v.-lines it never has in the past?  Two examples that pop to mind are Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.  I know you've put out some titanium BSG vehicles and one titanium Cylon, but why no figures in the 3 3/4" range?

Is there a perception that these major lines with multiple figure possibilities would conflict too much with the Star Wars line?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 20, 2008, 08:23:34 AM
Added. Are we just going to submit them in numerical order? I'm not getting much feel for peoples' preferences from one question to the next, folks....
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 20, 2008, 08:53:57 AM
If there are no preferences, maybe submitting the first 4-5 questions, then doing so with the next few after that, would work best.  Even if we were to submit the ones everyone wanted to have answered there would be no guarantee Hasbro would answer it... they seem kinda selective.

It seems that three questions is the max they'll answer so we shouldn't expect more than three to be answered at a given time.  But submitting 4-5 at a time *may* give us a better chance of having our questions answered.

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The other option is to make this into a poll, and have maybe up to 7 questions people want answered and we vote on which ones for any given week.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 20, 2008, 12:17:35 PM
Good idea, I'll start that next week after the first submissions have been made. I'm allowed to send 3 questions max, and am looking at sending 1-3 on the first submission (along with an explanation about some of us not having read every Q&A from every other site & apologizing if there are some duplicate questions in there).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on January 20, 2008, 02:41:08 PM
JJ,
Congrats on all your hard work.

I do have a few concerns.

This is beginning to sounds like we are just going to be one more board on Hasbro USA's monthly QA.
It doesn't sound like Hasbro Canada will be answering any of our questions. (Please correct me if I am wrong)
My hope is that any questions being submitted are directly related to Canadian issues such as lack of all figures, exclusives, distribution, bilingual packaging and so on.

What I mean by this is every other board out there will be asking what figures are next, when do I get my new vehicles, what is the next step for titanium's and so on. I think we can let the other boards get all those answers for us.

Canadian questions have been raised on other boards in the past and have been shrugged off every time with the standard (We are working with our Canadian partners to clear this up line.)

It is my hope that as a representative for Canadian collectors we make it clear to Hasbro that this answer will not suffice anymore and we will not be brushed off so easily.
This means if we get the corporate line for one of our questions we re-submit the question the next month telling them that the corporate line will not suffice.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 20, 2008, 03:21:32 PM
I would hope that Hasbro would recognize us as separate from the US.  After all, on Rebelscum.com there's at least one site from the UK and one from Germany... they seem to have their own questions based on issues in their countries, and they get answers that aren't totally generic.

The one from the UK was mentioning the ToyFair that's coming up in February *in* the UK on the latest Hasbro response posting, for example.

Just make sure to identify us as Snowtroopers.CA and maybe they'll take a hint  :)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 20, 2008, 08:05:11 PM
JJ,
Congrats on all your hard work.

I do have a few concerns.

This is beginning to sounds like we are just going to be one more board on Hasbro USA's monthly QA.
It doesn't sound like Hasbro Canada will be answering any of our questions. (Please correct me if I am wrong)
My hope is that any questions being submitted are directly related to Canadian issues such as lack of all figures, exclusives, distribution, bilingual packaging and so on.

What I mean by this is every other board out there will be asking what figures are next, when do I get my new vehicles, what is the next step for titanium's and so on. I think we can let the other boards get all those answers for us.

Canadian questions have been raised on other boards in the past and have been shrugged off every time with the standard (We are working with our Canadian partners to clear this up line.)

It is my hope that as a representative for Canadian collectors we make it clear to Hasbro that this answer will not suffice anymore and we will not be brushed off so easily.
This means if we get the corporate line for one of our questions we re-submit the question the next month telling them that the corporate line will not suffice.

I share these concerns and have voiced them to the HasCan't contact.... I got deflected back to just submitting them to the regular Q&A with no promise he'd chime in about Canada specifically.

I'd be interested in hearing about any discrepancies between what Hasbro tells Hasbro Canada and what actually happens.... but I'm sure they won't air that type of laundry in public. :pensive:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 20, 2008, 10:49:22 PM
Well, maybe we should consider finding some people to run a canada.rebelscum.com site.  Rebelscum.com has a posting about a new site (or link... whatever it's called), japan.rebelscum.com... if Japan gets one surely we could...
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 21, 2008, 08:22:36 PM
Well, personally I find the community here a lot more inviting, welcoming and informative - respect to what's available in Canada specifically - than RS.... but if they want to fire up a Canadian version of their site, more power to them.  :confused0024:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Morgbug on January 21, 2008, 09:09:24 PM
Well, personally I find the community here a lot more inviting, welcoming and informative - respect to what's available in Canada specifically - than RS.... but if they want to fire up a Canadian version of their site, more power to them.  :confused0024:

I think Snowtroopers.ca does a much, much better job than 'Scum with respect to Canada.  I'm certainly not the biggest fan on Rebelscum, that much may be known, but being just another subsidiary of the Philip Wise machine is rather unpalatable.  'Scum is about making money, the forums are incidental and they have no vested interest in Canada.  Keep up the good work JJ, I appreciate the efforts. 

Disappointing but not surprising about just tucking us in with the other QnA stuff.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 21, 2008, 10:46:28 PM
Don't get me wrong, JJ and Morgbug - I'm a huge fan of our site.  I just hope that we can get noticed as Canadians and have our concerns addressed properly, and not just another, lame brush-off like "Go talk to Hasbro Canada".  My comment about a subsidiary site was more a desperation/ last hope possibility if we got no notice as having separate concerns from the Americans (we seem to get slotted in with them).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 27, 2008, 07:56:50 AM
I sent in 1,5 & 6 as they seemed to be the topics that came up most. The questions were received, and I've been advised I can expect answers on or about February 1st.  :snowtroopers:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on January 27, 2008, 11:42:19 AM
 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Slave1 on January 27, 2008, 03:48:38 PM
Well, personally I find the community here a lot more inviting, welcoming and informative - respect to what's available in Canada specifically - than RS.... but if they want to fire up a Canadian version of their site, more power to them.  :confused0024:

I think Snowtroopers.ca does a much, much better job than 'Scum with respect to Canada.  I'm certainly not the biggest fan on Rebelscum, that much may be known, but being just another subsidiary of the Philip Wise machine is rather unpalatable.  'Scum is about making money, the forums are incidental and they have no vested interest in Canada.  Keep up the good work JJ, I appreciate the efforts. 

Disappointing but not surprising about just tucking us in with the other QnA stuff.

Interesting, fist I've heard someone post these kinds of comments about RS.  Are there alot of people who feel this way ?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on January 27, 2008, 04:40:59 PM
I don't think so. I think a lot of members from this site visit one of the bigger US sites as well - maybe more than one. I don't want this discussion to turn into an argument over which one of them is better or worse than the others, they've all got their merits.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on January 27, 2008, 07:36:02 PM
Nice job JJ.

Just watch now, on Feb 1st Canada will get all remaining waves from TAC on shelfs  :P
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Morgbug on January 28, 2008, 01:30:52 AM
Interesting, fist I've heard someone post these kinds of comments about RS.  Are there alot of people who feel this way ?

Out of respect for JJ, I'll not carry it further.  I will suggest that you won't see those comments about 'Scum at 'Scum though - it's kinda like the government, they don't tolerate criticism so well.  And that's enough outta me.   ;)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Slave1 on January 28, 2008, 09:58:42 AM
Nice job JJ.


Out of respect for JJ, I'll not carry it further.  I will suggest that you won't see those comments about 'Scum at 'Scum though - it's kinda like the government, they don't tolerate criticism so well.  And that's enough outta me.   ;)

I don't want this discussion to turn into an argument over which one of them is better or worse than the others, they've all got their merits.

I am not in full understanding of all this.  Is it just the wrong thread and should be moved or do we have a similar "government" of our own ?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on January 28, 2008, 11:02:14 AM
...OK ..ANOTHER ???-ON....
...Ask HASBRO, why oh  why do  they copy all their lines...eg-COMIC PACKS,REPACKS,TATER's ,TITANIUM's.....it just seem's to moi that there is no thought process anymore...it's just to easy for them ...
 Yeah ,their excuse will be cost's....but really...

can HARDLY wait for the INDY COMIC PACK.. :speechless-smiley-004: :speechless-smiley-004:

that's all....for now.... :rockon:

FETT1 :fett: :r2d2line:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on January 28, 2008, 12:06:04 PM
 :)`

Just out of curiosity... what is Snowtroopers.ca's member count? I'm wondering what chunk of Canada's collecting group we represent.

I sent in 1,5 & 6 as they seemed to be the topics that came up most. The questions were received, and I've been advised I can expect answers on or about February 1st.  :snowtroopers:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: BountyHunter69 on February 01, 2008, 11:12:00 PM
:)`

Just out of curiosity... what is Snowtroopers.ca's member count? I'm wondering what chunk of Canada's collecting group we represent.

I sent in 1,5 & 6 as they seemed to be the topics that came up most. The questions were received, and I've been advised I can expect answers on or about February 1st.  :snowtroopers:

there are 1351 registered members
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Morgbug on February 02, 2008, 12:47:44 AM
Nice job JJ.


Out of respect for JJ, I'll not carry it further.  I will suggest that you won't see those comments about 'Scum at 'Scum though - it's kinda like the government, they don't tolerate criticism so well.  And that's enough outta me.   ;)

I don't want this discussion to turn into an argument over which one of them is better or worse than the others, they've all got their merits.

I am not in full understanding of all this.  Is it just the wrong thread and should be moved or do we have a similar "government" of our own ?

No, I don't think it's like that here.  I just don't think JJ wants to see anyone "duking it out" about the merits of Rebelscum or lack thereof or any other board is all.  He's just trying to keep it civil. 

If you like going to Scum and like the forums, that's awesome news.  I'm sure it's mostly a different crowd from when I got tired of it, so it's bound to be better.  I'm just not a fan is all. 
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 02, 2008, 02:39:39 AM
Nice job JJ.


Out of respect for JJ, I'll not carry it further.  I will suggest that you won't see those comments about 'Scum at 'Scum though - it's kinda like the government, they don't tolerate criticism so well.  And that's enough outta me.   ;)

I don't want this discussion to turn into an argument over which one of them is better or worse than the others, they've all got their merits.

I am not in full understanding of all this.  Is it just the wrong thread and should be moved or do we have a similar "government" of our own ?

My "nice job JJ" was for the questions he submitted and all the work that was done to get them sent in
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 02, 2008, 07:30:42 AM
So I did get an email from Hasbro yesterday, as promised - but it didn't contain the answers to our questions. Hopefully Monday.  :happy0025:

New Question: Fans are hearing that the Clone Wars wave #3 from this year's collection is being pushed back to the fall. Does Hasbro have plans for another "fill-in" wave (like we saw last year in place of the Force Unleashed figures), or is the 4th wave going to be pushed ahead a little quicker?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on February 02, 2008, 09:11:21 AM
Well here's the official statement:

Quote
Special Announcement from Hasbro:

We have previously announced that there would be three waves of our 30th Anniversary basic figures in Spring. That has now been changed - there will be only two. The last wave (on shelf approx. early March) will be The Force Unleashed wave. Due to some last minute delays, the previous third wave has been picked up and moved to the new Fall basic figure line. Nothing will be bumped from the Fall line....these will just be added in. Fans should not worry as all figures will be coming to the shelf, including General Obi-Wan Kenobi, General Saesee Tiin, Clone Scuba Trooper, and more. More details on this assortment will be released at Toy Fair.

Similarly, due to production delays, we are pushing back the debut of the next wave of comic packs (including Anakin/Durge and Asajj Ventress/Tol Skorr) until fall as well, but all announced packs *will* be coming out.

It doesn't seem like there'll be any fill-ins given that production delays and what not suggest that they've probably got their hands full with existing SW and Indy which is what's forced this situation...  personally I don't mind because my wallet does need a rest given that we got most of our SW product squeezed into the last 3 months of '07 and this time for '08 looks to be a repeat of that. At least knowing that in advance I can budget more appropriately.

Maybe it's just a ploy to get folks to spend their SW dollars on Indy figures given there won't be any SW stuff to buy during the summer?

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: NorthernSolo on February 02, 2008, 12:45:48 PM
Doesn't bode well for the Canadian collector.

Seeing as how we are officially FIVE waves behind the U.S. distribution-wise, it sounds to me like a year of no figures.

Way to go Hasbro. You manage to continue dropping the ball non-stop. :D
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 02, 2008, 08:56:42 PM
I was just going to paste that same blurb from Hasbro - good job on keeping us up to date, napseeker.

I have a bad feeling that we'll be swamped with stuff towards the end of the year - stuff that won't be available at Canadian retail if history serves.  :speechless-smiley-004:

At least we'll have time to save (unless you're planning on buying up all of the Indiana Jones stuff).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on February 02, 2008, 11:23:03 PM
Doesn't bode well for the Canadian collector.

Seeing as how we are officially FIVE waves behind the U.S. distribution-wise, it sounds to me like a year of no figures.

Way to go Hasbro. You manage to continue dropping the ball non-stop. :D

anymore and they'd be playing basketball. :rollfloorlaffsmiley: sorry... but anyway im done relying on hasbro.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 03, 2008, 08:51:51 AM
Next questions are due by February 8th. Anyone else like to know how many basic figures we're supposed to get this year? I'm interested in that, along with what they're plans are for releasing them this year - if we're only getting 2 waves in the early part of the year, how many figures are they planning on spewing forth toward Christmas????

In regards to question 12, it's apparent that Art Asylum has the license for BSG figures - at least one wave has been found at Canadian TRU stores (see the Non Star Wars toy section for more info).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on February 03, 2008, 09:33:32 AM
Okay, so we can drop/ delete that question (it was my question, so if it's answered elsewhere that's fine).

Yeah, I'd like to know about the basic figures too.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on February 03, 2008, 01:35:37 PM
Dear Hasbro,

Have you ever considered that Canadian collectors may be scaling down on your new product releases simply because they are being forced to spend extra money on the basic figures and exclusives that can only be obtained through specialty stores and eBay at a 200% mark-up?

I, for one, would have more money available to put in Hasbro's pocket if I wasn't paying $19.99 each for figures that never made it to Canada.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 04, 2008, 05:17:54 PM
So will other sites like RS and what not have Snowtroopers has part of their Q&A updates?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 04, 2008, 05:19:27 PM
That will depend - I'm not sure if anyone will make a point of letting them know we're now involved. I'm also not sure if the questions we're submitting (for the most part) would be of much interest to the majority of their members.  :confused0024:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on February 05, 2008, 01:02:20 AM
That will depend - I'm not sure if anyone will make a point of letting them know we're now involved. I'm also not sure if the questions we're submitting (for the most part) would be of much interest to the majority of their members.  :confused0024:

I know Rebelscum has at least one UK and Australian forum in their Hasbro Q&A roundups. I don't see why a Canadian forum would be of any less interest.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 08, 2008, 07:34:58 PM
2,7 & 11 submitted today. Hopefully we'll see some answers at some point!!!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 09, 2008, 12:47:17 PM
That will depend - I'm not sure if anyone will make a point of letting them know we're now involved. I'm also not sure if the questions we're submitting (for the most part) would be of much interest to the majority of their members.  :confused0024:

I know Rebelscum has at least one UK and Australian forum in their Hasbro Q&A roundups. I don't see why a Canadian forum would be of any less interest.

Nice job J J!

Yea, that was what I was thinking too.

hopefully they'll give us answers lol. When is the next Q&A?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 09, 2008, 12:53:49 PM
It's basically every 2 weeks, with a day delay during Toy Fare and one other time throughout the year. I'll be interested in seeing what comes back.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on February 09, 2008, 02:16:20 PM
2,7 & 11 submitted today. Hopefully we'll see some answers at some point!!!

"We are currently working with our Canadian distributors to get you all the answers."  :)`
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 10, 2008, 08:03:27 PM
Question:

When can we expect to see the second wave of Disney Star Wars figures hit the shelfs? Also, can we expect to see more than just two waves? Thanks a lot!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 11, 2008, 05:32:37 PM
Why are the release dates of new figures coming out always a rough estimate, when DVD and CD release dates are always an exact date? For example, if a new DVD is slated to come out on February 11th, it will be in all retail stores across North America on that day. However with Star Wars figures, it is more of a "April 2008" timetable and different locations may get it, while other may not. I was just curious why that is?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 11, 2008, 06:29:49 PM
Good questions. If we ever get any answers from the first 2 sets, I'll be sure to include them sometime soon!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 11, 2008, 09:24:32 PM
lol thx J J. I'm sure we'll c some soon :cool0037:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on February 15, 2008, 06:14:05 PM
Question:

The AT-TE has to be one of the most anticipated new vehicles to come out in years.  Naturally, given the less than perfect distribution of Star Wars product in Canada, can you tell us - will the AT-TE be coming to Canada, and if not, what are your plans to make it available to Canadian collectors?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on February 19, 2008, 11:06:00 AM
Q: Hasbro will our QA submissions be answered in a timely fashion or will they be 3 months behind the normal QA like everything else you supply to Canada?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on February 19, 2008, 12:59:01 PM
Q: Hasbro will our QA submissions be answered in a timely fashion or will they be 3 months behind the normal QA like everything else you supply to Canada?
:rollfloorlaffsmiley: :D
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 19, 2008, 05:52:20 PM
On that note, I did send a request to the HasCan('t) contact to check in with the US guys to see what the holdup is.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on February 19, 2008, 06:12:04 PM
On that note, I did send a request to the HasCan('t) contact to check in with the US guys to see what the holdup is.

JJ,
My money is on the idea that they are having issues producing a generic e-mail with tri-logo responses. That is why it is taking so long.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on February 19, 2008, 08:36:18 PM
On that note, I did send a request to the HasCan('t) contact to check in with the US guys to see what the holdup is.

JJ,
My money is on the idea that they are having issues producing a generic e-mail with tri-logo responses. That is why it is taking so long.

 :rollfloorlaffsmiley: :rollfloorlaffsmiley: :rollfloorlaffsmiley:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 19, 2008, 10:48:14 PM
lol

Talk about a bad stretch for Canadian Star Wars fans....geez
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth Straus on February 21, 2008, 09:54:58 PM
After reading answer #3 from Hasbro, my question deals with just how the figures get to Canada.  Do they come bulk from China and then are they placed on the Canadian cards at Hasbro Canada or are they totally assembled where they are made and then sent to Hasbro??  Maybe someone on the boards knows the answer to this. 
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on February 21, 2008, 11:54:36 PM
The Hoth battlepack shown at ToyFair (with the Probe Droid, K-3PO, etc) is apparently a Walmart exclusive. Will this be coming to Walmart Canada at all?

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: richkulach on February 22, 2008, 12:37:07 PM
My question:
'I am a huge fan of the Mighty Muggs series, and am just wondering if we will see the entire series, including the Wal-Mart Gree?  I am just worried as the first wave has been stocked and restocked at Wal-Marts here and have started to sit.  There is just no room for new waves, so more don't get ordered.  Thanks'

Rich
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on February 22, 2008, 12:51:50 PM
Are Hasbro employees brand specific? Do you have a Star Wars team/department dedicated to this license or do they mix in with other licenses?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on February 23, 2008, 11:31:35 AM
Hasbro has stated that the VOTC costs more to make. Hasbro has cancelled the vintage line for 2008 for various reasons.

Why is it that you can produce the vintage GI Joe 25th anniversary figures in great numbers (24 figures to date) with amazing retro cardbacks, highly detailed figures and at a lower cost than Star Wars figures.

What is stopping you from dropping the overpriced clam shells and just providing highly articulated figures on vintage cardbacks at a pricepoint comparable to the Joes? The majority of collectors are collecting because of the card, not the figures.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 23, 2008, 01:26:54 PM
The majority of collectors are collecting because of the card, not the figures.

I think that's a pretty bold statement. To me it's about 50/50 (card vs toy), and I'd still gladly pay more for figures of this quality on NON vinty cards than buy crap for the regular price. I know LOTS of collectors that want these for the upgraded figure quality, card be damned.  :confused0024:

I'd also voice my opinion that the 2007 SW figures are of MUCH higher quality than the 25th ann Joes. Have a look at the flimsy joints, non-poseability, and crappy paint on the new Joe figures (not all of them, mind you, I'm talking mainly about the ones with non-masked faces). You need to handle them loose to get the full effect. This line I can definitely see people being more interested in the retro cards than the figures themselves - much more so than the VOTC SW stuff.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: arizona on February 23, 2008, 03:23:39 PM
The original Joes were never that poseable so Hasbro has actually done something right when it comes to recreating a vintage line.
The inferior quality of the figures must be the reason why there are so many Joes warming the pegs next to the superior VOTC figures.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: NorthernSolo on February 23, 2008, 06:50:59 PM
They don't pegwarm around here. If any reason for it would be it'd be the generic craptastic cardbacks Hasbro Canada took almost a year to think up.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 24, 2008, 08:32:58 AM
The original Joes were never that poseable so Hasbro has actually done something right when it comes to recreating a vintage line.
The inferior quality of the figures must be the reason why there are so many Joes warming the pegs next to the superior VOTC figures.

Of course, Arizona. You're right. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the supply of each type of figure whatsoever.  :shakehead:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 26, 2008, 05:43:15 PM
With 3 (and possibly 4) waves hitting at WM stores seemingly all at once - and all on US cards - 'd like to ask them how they're getting around the packaging language regulations - but it's likely not a suitable question.

If we can have US carded stuff sometimes, why not all the time and avoid the delays?  :confused0024:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 26, 2008, 05:50:05 PM
Since Canada normally doesn't see the last 2-3 waves each year, why did Canada all of a sudden get the final 4 waves (6-8) of the TAC within about 5 days of each other?

What was the hold up on these waves?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on February 26, 2008, 05:54:35 PM
Sorry, haha I didnt see your post b4 mine. Mine is close to yours so  :tongue0024:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 28, 2008, 06:07:12 PM
I sent in 13 and 19 this week - 19 is a new one I drafted regarding the US packaging showing up so commonly here right now. I'll post it here, hopefully it covers things off: 

2) In the past, seemingly small numbers of Star Wars items (figures and/or vehicles) have appeared at Canadian retail in US English-only packaging, but not on a regular basis. Over the past couple of weeks Canadian shoppers have found a comparatively huge number of the latter figures from 2007 (3 waves worth) along with the first wave of 2008 figures on US English-only packaging.

Can you tell us what the plan is for Canadian packaging in 2008? If the plan is to release the 2008 Star Wars figures in the US English-only carded figures, will Quebec get any figures? Would a situation where Canada was being shipped US English-only carded figures eliminate the long delays in certain waves getting to Canada on compared to the US?
  :kar:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on February 29, 2008, 12:37:29 PM
How do you determine which points of articulation are most important? Having a figure that stands properly is #1 on my list and I find that figures with knee joints and no ankle joints are prone to toppling. If I had to rate the importance of joints (1 being most important) it would be:
1. Ankles
2. Neck
3. Shoulders
4. Hips
5. Waist
6. Elbow
7. Wrist
8. Knee
How does your list compare?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on February 29, 2008, 10:20:51 PM
Almost as an afterthought to Hellboy's question, why do some figures have articulation when it would seem none was really necessary?  Both of the Imperial Dignitaries jump to mind - why did they have articulated knees/ ankles when their robes prevented their legs from moving?  Regardless of the position of their feet their only pose is upright.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on March 01, 2008, 09:27:40 PM
Dear HasCan. Could we please get more soft goods for figures that ideally should have them. ie all Jedi & Sith that have robes etc.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Morgbug on March 05, 2008, 12:41:01 PM
JJ,
Can you ask them if we can just redeem the tabs from last year's VOTC figures to get the coin sets rather than dropping another $50 on figures.  Not that I'm unlikely to spend that much, but I have the tabs around here anyway.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on March 06, 2008, 06:08:21 PM
Hey everyone, just noticed that Rebelscum now has Snowtroopers in its Q&A round up report!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on March 06, 2008, 06:30:41 PM
That's great - they'd better be providing a link to our site to go with the answers.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on March 06, 2008, 07:00:02 PM
There is at least a link to our answers that you have been posting JJ.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on March 06, 2008, 08:52:43 PM
Good stuff - it'd be nice if a few new members were steered over here as a result.  :)`
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on March 10, 2008, 10:13:43 PM
Can we still add questions to the next Q&A? If so here is my question, I know its very general, but i think many will agree:

Admiral Piett is the only Imperial Officer who has lines in 2 of the movies, and plays a VERY major part in the movies. The last one we saw was in 1998 (Captain Piett), ten years ago. There are figures that have no lines in the movies and play minor roles, while this fairly major character has been left untouched for so long. Will there be a new Admiral Piett (From The Empire Strikes back, with Admiral badges) planned any time soon or ever?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on March 10, 2008, 10:48:43 PM
Nice one, I'll put it on the list in the main post with the other recent questions.

To answer your first bit - yes, this is supposed to be an ongoing process with Hasbro answering our questions every couple of weeks throughout the year.

I just got an email from the contact advising our last set of answers would be delayed a little - hopefully we'll see them by the end of this week.  :happy0025:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on March 11, 2008, 03:38:41 PM
Thanks JJ, and may I say what a great job you are doing to get these questions to hasbro and back, I really appreciate it! :love0030:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: stormtripper on March 11, 2008, 03:57:53 PM
Other then Star Wars, GI Joe and Indiana Jones, is Hasbro planning anymore action figures, vehicles and playsets in the 3 3/4" scale? Also is Hasbro planning any GI Joe playsets in the near future?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Radiation74 on March 11, 2008, 04:23:29 PM
When will we see Mighty Muggs series 2, and so on?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on March 11, 2008, 05:34:32 PM
Thanks JJ, and may I say what a great job you are doing to get these questions to hasbro and back, I really appreciate it! :love0030:

CloneCommander - there's some brown stuff on your nose.... 

 :kar:

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on March 11, 2008, 05:38:40 PM
Pardon me, but I'LL decide when it's appropriate to praise me and when it's not.  :yoda:

Generally speaking, any and all praise is regarded highly and ALWAYS allowed. Thanks kindly.  :winking0071:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on March 11, 2008, 08:07:48 PM
Thanks JJ, and may I say what a great job you are doing to get these questions to hasbro and back, I really appreciate it! :love0030:

CloneCommander - there's some brown stuff on your nose....

 :kar:



 :rollfloorlaffsmiley:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on March 12, 2008, 05:15:14 PM
Stormtripper, I've modified your question ever so slightly regarding the playsets (I'm planning on asking whether or not ANY 3.75" lines will have playsets this year so it doesn't sound like a Joe-specific question). Hope that's okay.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Monari on March 12, 2008, 09:57:37 PM
I've got a question:

In terms of the scale of the figures, over the past little while i've noticed that the hero characters of the Original Trilogy all seem to be much smaller than those from the Prequel Trilogy. 

Specifically, if you compare the most recent Jedi Luke figure to the Wave 8 Anakin/Vader figure, you'll see that Luke is not just significantly shorter than Anakin, but almost in another, smaller size class.  In the Jedi Evolutions set, even Bultar Swan is taller than poor Luke, and Qui-Gon literally towers over him.  I know that Luke wasn't the biggest guy around, but surely the son of Anakin deserves a figure that doesn't make him seem like an underdeveloped ten-year old!  Along the same lines, the Wave 7 Padme figure looks like the Hulk compared to Leia/Boussh.  Was it intentional on Hasbro's part to make these characters smaller?  Will we ever see a larger (but not bulkier) Luke figure, or at least one that can almost look the Anakin figure in the eye?

 
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Technicolour Yak on March 20, 2008, 01:48:52 AM
i have a question:  are there any plans to start releasing Star Wars action figure cases?  i remember that seemed to sell very limited Vader and 3P0 cases when ROTS came out, but that was it.  Maybe continue with those cases, but maybe also ones like the classic vinyl ones, dipicting the prequel trilogy as well as the original trilogy.

With all the great new figures coming out, it would be very nice to have cases to store them in (if you are an opener like myself or simply a child who likes to take care of his fiugres and not lose the weapons).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Classic88 on March 20, 2008, 02:28:59 AM
i  Maybe continue with those cases, but maybe also ones like the classic vinyl ones, depicting the prequel trilogy as well as the original trilogy.



  Excellent question Yak!  I've been keeping my eye open for the old vinyl cases..  I remember as a child those cases were perfect.. especially with the pegs and "Death Star floor panelling" on the opposite side of the tray.  I spent hours putting my figs on those, huge play value.  Of course nowadays, my daughter would need at least eight of those cases.  Not to mention figs like Hermi that would require a case of their own.

  It's got me thinking that I might have to make the plunge an buy some of those Utrarama( http://www.rebelscum.com/ultarama.asp ) stands... or make Northern Solo an offer on his Deathstar playset that he can't refuse.   :explosion:

 Keith
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on March 20, 2008, 09:46:09 AM
i have a question:  are there any plans to start releasing Star Wars action figure cases?  i remember that seemed to sell very limited Vader and 3P0 cases when ROTS came out, but that was it.  Maybe continue with those cases, but maybe also ones like the classic vinyl ones, dipicting the prequel trilogy as well as the original trilogy.

With all the great new figures coming out, it would be very nice to have cases to store them in (if you are an opener like myself or simply a child who likes to take care of his fiugres and not lose the weapons).
:)`


I'd like to see the return of the classic vinyl style cases fore sure! I like how the inserts flipped and had foot-pegs for display. They're also stackable which is better for storage (unlike the fancy moulded ones) and figures don't spill out everywhere when you open them (unlike the fancy moulded ones).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Technicolour Yak on March 20, 2008, 11:09:06 AM
For my money, i also preferred the vinyl ones (despite the fact that they held less figures).  i like that you can store the weapons with the figures so you don't get guns mixed up.

The one thing that i can say for the molded head cases is that they do have a few odd spaped spaces for the odd shaped figures (unfortunately there isn't anything i can think of for a figure like Hermi, but for figures like Darth Revan with all the hard plastic clothes, or some of the wookiee figures, the molded head cases have great slots).

Most Episode II figures are to wildly posed to fit in any sort of case (which is one reason why i hate them), but Hasbro has SIGNIFICANTLY improved the way they make their figures.

i only had two cases from childhood (1 vinyl and 1 Vader head), so i've resorted to eBay to get a fair sized collection of vintage cases, but that is expensive.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Thirdfloor on March 20, 2008, 09:20:43 PM
With many collectors buying full cases from online stores to complete sets, would it be at all possible to make Canadian cardback cases available in smaller quatities so that Canadian (*or any country's) online retailers can carry them?  I've heard that the high quantity required for a purchase is the reason only major retailers carry the Canadian cardbacks, and they don't offer them as a case for retail purchase.  Most online and brick/morter specialty stores in Canada carry only U.S. versions.


***NOTE***
If any snowtroopers know of an online retailer that carries Canadian cardbacks by the case, I'd like to know, and it would somewhat answer this question.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on March 24, 2008, 06:38:51 PM
I guess you can scratch my earlier question:

"Are any further Disney Star Wars figures planned past the first wave? When could they be expected?"

I knew they were coming, just didn't know when; which we now know.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Cmdr Bacara on March 25, 2008, 12:41:11 AM
Question:

Is there a downloadable form for the Commander Rex mail away figure?  I don't open my Legends figures, but I do open regular TAC30th figures so I have the proofs of purchase, but not the actual form.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on April 05, 2008, 11:17:39 AM
16, 20 and 24 sent this week (for April the 11th). Answers will be back about a week after that!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on April 23, 2008, 01:10:54 PM
Any chances of ever seeing a Naboo N1 Starfighter or an Naboo bomber in 3.75" to go with all of our Naboo troopers?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: NorthernSolo on April 23, 2008, 01:56:51 PM
How about asking about availability for the BMF Falcon this summer. Will all retail locations be carrying it? And more importantly, are they gonna price gouge it and charge us $250 for the thing in comparison to the $150 the Yanks are paying? If Hasbro Canada drops the ball on the Falcon and AT-TE there will be a lot of upset fans.

Worse yet, watch there be a limited number of stores that will carry it. I'm guessing right off the bat that Wally will not carry it, and most likely we'll be looking at TRU or POSSIBLY Zellers to stock it.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on April 23, 2008, 02:38:25 PM
My guess is TRU-only. I will certainly include a question about the AT-TE & Falcon's pricing and availability next go-round.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on April 23, 2008, 03:20:20 PM
I imagine any Falcon questions will be brushed off until whatever retail promotion gets announced. Yes, we've seen the photos and had reports of SKU#'s in computers but their position still appears to be "no comment".
Save that one for another month.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: DarthBane on April 26, 2008, 12:11:49 AM
Falcon questions answered today..check scums front page for official news
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: stormtripper on April 26, 2008, 02:58:18 AM
1. Now that Hasbro has made a 3 3/4" scale falcon, can we expect that they will look at making a scale AT-AT Imperial Walker? Ok that is more begging then a question, I must admit.

2. Hasbro does not want to look at diorama/playsets would another company be able to approch lucas to fill this void? Would another company be allowed to make these sets in 3 3/4" scale?

3. Here is a suggestion rather then a question, why doesn't Hasbro have a link on there web site where people can download diorama/playset backgrounds to display their loose figures? I think that even large stickers could be mailed, packed in that people can apply to any backdrop of their choice (cardboard/foamcore etc) I believe that Hasbro could benefit from this feature and make tons of collectors/kids very happy. I know that I would rather a free cardboard diorama over a coin, stand or similar pack in!



Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on April 26, 2008, 08:12:11 AM
Added to the main list, Tripper. Good ones.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on April 28, 2008, 12:58:44 PM
Even though the product we are buying is nowhere close to being environmentally friendly, has Hasbro looked at reducing the amount of packaging on the Star Wars line (if not all their lines) in order to reduce the amount of waste being generated by us loyal collectors?
It would seem to me that long ago when basic figures were produced the single, small bubble cards were a lot more environmentally friendly than the newer large bubble, twist-tied, elastic-band, second moulded insert figures are.
In my city garbage collection is now incurring a user fee (as it should). The plastics used are non-recyclable and are now being tossed in the garbage where a 1-bag/week/household policy is considered the limit.
Does a dynamically posed figure really sell better than a static figure that may jiggle when you pick it up off the rack?
If it takes me half an hour to untwist all the twist-ties from Luke's Dagobah X-Wing (which came in a hugely unnecessary box with plastic window and diorama) it makes me wonder how much production time/cost/waste is added to put it all together.
Every little bit helps and I, as a dedicated Star Wars collector, would rather live on a planet that looks a little more like Kashyyyk than Coruscant.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on April 28, 2008, 02:59:38 PM
Holy crow! Great one, Hellboy. Next round for sure.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Cmdr Bacara on April 30, 2008, 09:00:59 AM
Can you give us a breakdown of what we can expect to see (and where and when) in Canada for the Clone wars line?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on May 02, 2008, 11:17:29 AM
2007 and so far in 2008 Hasbro has delivered some of the best figures, sculpt and articulation-wise, to bring the basic figure line mostly on par with what used to be reserved for the VOTC or Evolutions line. Now even though I had no intention of picking up any of the Indiana Jones figures I found myself in the check-out line with two of the basic Dr. Jones figures and, holy cow, for a couple of pennies more than the basic SW figure these guys are loaded with accessories and amazing detail. Kudos. Seeing as how the same machine that holds the licensing for both IJ and SW can we expect to see this new level of "wow-ness" in the Star Wars line for the same price point?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: General Brashin on May 02, 2008, 11:35:08 PM
Removed my Order 66 question pending how widespread Master Sev/Arc Trooper pairs are.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: mistersql on May 09, 2008, 06:41:01 AM
I had a two part question about Titanium Basic vehicles.
 
The first question is regarding the latest 2008 waves that hit store shelves in the states beginning in January.  Are there any plans/dates to release these for Canadian retail?
 
My second question is not necessarily a Canadian specific one but would still be interested if they get answered.

Are there any plans to release any of the following vehicles?

EpI
Trade Federation Landing Ship
Trade Federation MTT
 
EpII
Anakin's Airspeeder
Zam Wesell's Airspeeder
Naboo Yacht
 
EpIII
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Droid Gunship
Emergency Firespeeder
Wheel Bike

V
Escort Frigate
Twin-Pod Cloud Car
Bespin Cloud City
Rebel Medium Transport

VI
Second Death Star
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on May 10, 2008, 09:25:55 AM
mistersql, can you specify which vehicles you mean (for the already released ones)? I can ask that in the next round.

Have a look at the new answers I just received, they're posted in a new thread!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on May 10, 2008, 10:22:23 AM
Question:

Is there a downloadable form for the Commander Rex mail away figure?  I don't open my Legends figures, but I do open regular TAC30th figures so I have the proofs of purchase, but not the actual form.

The answer to this one is "yes". Here's a link:

Click this. (http://www.hasbro.com/starwars/default.cfm?page=News/Item&newsid=C51D3E69-D56F-E112-4E416794ABDBD071)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: mistersql on May 10, 2008, 07:11:41 PM
mistersql, can you specify which vehicles you mean (for the already released ones)? I can ask that in the next round.


Wave 1 to 3 have already been released in the states.  4 is supposed to be out in a month or so.
Wave1
AT-OT
Jabba's Desert Skiff
Kashyyyk Speeder Bike
Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter (with Hyperspace Ring)

Wave2
Rogue Shadow (Force Unleashed)
X-Wing Fighter
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Anakin Skywalker's Pod Racer
Slave I
Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark VII

Wave3
T-16 Skyhopper
Naboo Royal Cruiser
Jedi Starfighter (Hot Rod)
AT-ST (Clean)
Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter
Baron Fel's TIE Interceptor

Wave4
Death Star
Ep III Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring
Gungan Bongo Sub
TIE Fighter
Sebulba's Pod Racer
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Basestar


Have a look at the new answers I just received, they're posted in a new thread!
I did not see any answers specifically addressing titaniums.  I thought that it was more specific to the Clone Wars.

BTW.  Thanks again for your hard work and ongoing deidcation in liasing all of our Canadian questions.  Job well done!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on May 11, 2008, 03:52:17 PM
Even though the product we are buying is nowhere close to being environmentally friendly, has Hasbro looked at reducing the amount of packaging on the Star Wars line (if not all their lines) in order to reduce the amount of waste being generated by us loyal collectors?
It would seem to me that long ago when basic figures were produced the single, small bubble cards were a lot more environmentally friendly than the newer large bubble, twist-tied, elastic-band, second moulded insert figures are.
In my city garbage collection is now incurring a user fee (as it should). The plastics used are non-recyclable and are now being tossed in the garbage where a 1-bag/week/household policy is considered the limit.
Does a dynamically posed figure really sell better than a static figure that may jiggle when you pick it up off the rack?
If it takes me half an hour to untwist all the twist-ties from Luke's Dagobah X-Wing (which came in a hugely unnecessary box with plastic window and diorama) it makes me wonder how much production time/cost/waste is added to put it all together.
Every little bit helps and I, as a dedicated Star Wars collector, would rather live on a planet that looks a little more like Kashyyyk than Coruscant.



Nice question Hellboy, I agree 100%.

As much as I agree with the garbage bag limit, it kinda sucks that everything we buy is so over packaged and the reason most of us have so much.

Most weeks my recycling bin is full of SW bubbles :tongue0024:



I hate the twist ties the most though, I don't think they need to be used to that extreme, if at all.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: stormtripper on May 13, 2008, 03:32:00 AM
Hasbro who do you like more, Canadians or Americans?  :tongue0024:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on May 13, 2008, 08:50:55 AM
Hasbro who do you like more, Canadians or Americans?  :tongue0024:

...DITTO...but alas the simple answer here is where the population is...THE US has a wayyy bigger toy buying public...more people ...more MOOLA!!!...
OI!!

FETT1
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on June 05, 2008, 10:11:58 PM
Are they still planning to let Hasbrotoyshop sell direct to Canada? If so, when?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on June 08, 2008, 07:01:15 PM
I can get on them about that. The next round is due June 13th by 5pm - anyone got anything else of a pressing nature you'd like to have addressed?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on June 08, 2008, 08:25:29 PM
I don't remember but has anyone already asked about whether Walmart Canada will be getting the Droid Factory and A-Wing exclusives? 

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on June 08, 2008, 09:33:43 PM
Will TRU CANADA get the BIG WING TIE FIGHTER ???
 Or is it a US  ONLY  TRU Exclusive?
(is this up to the individual retailer's or HASBRO??)
~~NO idea if this has been posted here yet?~~~

thanxs,
FETT1
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on June 09, 2008, 09:05:05 AM
Now that we've seen a couple pics of the Clone Wars basic Clone Commanders there have been a few comments regarding the lack of full colour stripe on the helmets again. I had a look at the Clone Wars trailer and (although it is very hard to determine in any frame) it would appear that the Commanders do not have a full stripe. Either way can you answer if the paint app is accurate or not?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: iceman on June 09, 2008, 02:23:18 PM
Hey JJ hope you can add this question sometimes if it hasn't been asked

With the upcoming Clone Wars Movie. the plot seems to focus in on Jabba the Hutt and his son, a kidnapping victim of the Separtists Army.  Will we be seeing a new Jabba and his son, and any new playsets and figs from this throne room?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FortTrooper on June 09, 2008, 03:40:23 PM

Hey JJ hope you can add this question sometimes if it hasn't been asked ... during the Saga line last year there were Army builder packages available to our U.S. neighbours how about Clone Wars paint schemed army builders for Canadian collectors?

Here's another question for Hasbro...Rubies costumes carries a lot of Star Wars costumes for Halloween..but they will not ship to individuals. Will Hasbro be producing cosplay/roleplay sets for kids for Clone Wars?

FT

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on June 12, 2008, 02:44:12 PM
Hey JJ hope you can add this question sometimes if it hasn't been asked

With the upcoming Clone Wars Movie. the plot seems to focus in on Jabba the Hutt and his son, a kidnapping victim of the Separtists Army.  Will we be seeing a new Jabba and his son, and any new playsets and figs from this throne room?

I believe they confirmed that a Jabba was in the works already during another Q&A. I'm not sure off hand which one it was though.

Its been far too long since we had a Jabba fig.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on June 12, 2008, 08:05:09 PM
Hey JJ hope you can add this question sometimes if it hasn't been asked

With the upcoming Clone Wars Movie. the plot seems to focus in on Jabba the Hutt and his son, a kidnapping victim of the Separtists Army.  Will we be seeing a new Jabba and his son, and any new playsets and figs from this throne room?

I believe they confirmed that a Jabba was in the works already during another Q&A. I'm not sure off hand which one it was though.

Its been far too long since we had a Jabba fig.

Hasbro said they'd be doing a Clone Wars Jabba and it would not include his bench thing (at least not an updated one as was the question) whatever it is actually called.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on June 15, 2008, 05:04:17 PM
I'm a big Admiral Ackbar fan and I am wondering if, when you get around to finally upgrading him, he will have the ROTJ screen accurate boots or some modified version to accommodate the more recently realized feet seen on the ROTS Mon Calamari dancers or Clone Wars warriors?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on June 21, 2008, 10:46:17 AM
What are the chances of seeing the Star Tours droids re-released? I know that three of the Droids are in the upcoming "battle pack", but is there any chance that these will be re-released on single cards anytime in the future? I for one would love to finish off that set, especially with the constant rumours of a new Star Tours ride coming soon.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on July 21, 2008, 12:21:59 PM
I've only just realized that Hasbro has a vast library of downloadable PDF instructions for their products including some of the yet to be released products in the Star Wars lineup. Is there any chance you could consider including downloadable PDFs for the sticker sheets? Sometimes we make mistakes while applying the various decals and it would be nice to be able to just print some new ones off or even customize them.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on July 21, 2008, 02:49:58 PM
I've only just realized that Hasbro has a vast library of downloadable PDF instructions for their products including some of the yet to be released products in the Star Wars lineup. Is there any chance you could consider including downloadable PDFs for the sticker sheets? Sometimes we make mistakes while applying the various decals and it would be nice to be able to just print some new ones off or even customize them.

I second this question....especially after my BMF sticker applying fiasco....
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on July 21, 2008, 07:22:43 PM
I have just sent in 3 fresh questions: downloadable sticker sheets, the date for which HasbroToyshop.com will come online for Canucks & a question about whether or not Clone Wars army builder sets will be available. The answers aren't expected for a couple of weeks this time likely due to summer holidays.

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on July 24, 2008, 11:48:40 AM
Now that the Endor Bunker multipack includes an Imperial officer in a black uniform with rank insignia, is there any chance of just the figure being released on its own?  Also, is there a possibility of using said figure's sculpt and making a series of officers with various insignia and hair colours?  You did the same with the older Imperial officer with just the hair; I for one would like more Imperial officers.  Ditto for Rebel officers.

Oh, and a few female characters for the Rebels and Imperials would be appreciated!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on July 24, 2008, 06:46:36 PM
What are the chances of seeing a Cantina Bar Ultimate Battle Pack? I thought it would be a great way to release the full bar with corner pieces and different sized bar pieces. As well, the pack could also contain the distillery and perhaps a few cantina bar patrons (Wuher and the red and blue Snaggletooths would be much appreciated). 
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: stormtripper on July 24, 2008, 08:10:17 PM
 Any chance of seeing a really good tantive IV rebel trooper?  I would love to see this figure looked at again as both existing versions are somewhat lacking the super articulation treatment. I know that people would start buying these as if they were stormtroopers / clones if they were upgraded!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on July 25, 2008, 03:05:45 PM
^^^^^  Amen to that, stormtripper!  Especially if they had the same articulation as the Death Star trooper and you could put their blaster in the holster.  And a removeable helmet... sigh, yeah, that's the stuff...
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on July 26, 2008, 07:27:58 PM
More of a comment than a question - but Hasbro should know (if they don't) the product launch for July 26th was SERIOUSLY disappointing, and very flawed, here.  No Midnight Madness - which really doesn't bother me - but the fact that there was NO product at 5 stores we hit this AM is not very good.

I'm not sure if they can, or will, do anything about it - but since stores were "advised" not to release product until the 26th, it's annoying that they didn't release any product on the 26th.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on August 05, 2008, 02:49:49 PM
Is there any chance we will be seeing an upgraded Imperial Shuttle with more accurate landing gear rather than the stumps that are on the current mold?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: mistersql on August 09, 2008, 05:48:17 AM
I had a two part question about Titanium Basic vehicles.
 
The first question is regarding the latest 2008 waves that hit store shelves in the states beginning in January.  Are there any plans/dates to release these for Canadian retail?
 
My second question is not necessarily a Canadian specific one but would still be interested if they get answered.

Are there any plans to release any of the following vehicles?

EpI
Trade Federation Landing Ship
Trade Federation MTT
 
EpII
Anakin's Airspeeder
Zam Wesell's Airspeeder
Naboo Yacht
 
EpIII
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Droid Gunship
Emergency Firespeeder
Wheel Bike

V
Escort Frigate
Twin-Pod Cloud Car
Bespin Cloud City
Rebel Medium Transport

VI
Second Death Star


mistersql, can you specify which vehicles you mean (for the already released ones)? I can ask that in the next round.


Wave 1 to 3 have already been released in the states.  4 is supposed to be out in a month or so.
Wave1
AT-OT
Jabba's Desert Skiff
Kashyyyk Speeder Bike
Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter (with Hyperspace Ring)

Wave2
Rogue Shadow (Force Unleashed)
X-Wing Fighter
Mon Calamari Star Cruiser
Anakin Skywalker's Pod Racer
Slave I
Battlestar Galactica Viper Mark VII

Wave3
T-16 Skyhopper
Naboo Royal Cruiser
Jedi Starfighter (Hot Rod)
AT-ST (Clean)
Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter
Baron Fel's TIE Interceptor

Wave4
Death Star
Ep III Jedi Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring
Gungan Bongo Sub
TIE Fighter
Sebulba's Pod Racer
Battlestar Galactica Cylon Basestar


Have a look at the new answers I just received, they're posted in a new thread!
I did not see any answers specifically addressing titaniums.  I thought that it was more specific to the Clone Wars.

BTW.  Thanks again for your hard work and ongoing deidcation in liasing all of our Canadian questions.  Job well done!

Just wanted to update my question seeing that new waves are now available in the US.  Some of the ships that I had asked about in my previous question (part1) have or will be released. 

EpI
Trade Federation Landing Ship (fall 2008)
Trade Federation MTT (fall 2008)
 
EpII
Anakin's Airspeeder
Zam Wesell's Airspeeder
Naboo Yacht
 
EpIII
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Droid Gunship
Emergency Firespeeder
Wheel Bike

V
Escort Frigate
Twin-Pod Cloud Car (out now)
Bespin Cloud City
Rebel Medium Transport (mid August 2008)

VI
Second Death Star


My second question still stands.  When will we see any the 2008 waves in Canada?

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on August 10, 2008, 10:43:04 AM
This is a Thank-you rather than a question. If you can, please pass along to Hasbro a big thanks for the product breakdown PDFs this year. It has really helped me budget my collecting and when an opportunity to save money on certain items comes along I have a better idea where to allocate the bounty in the upcoming months. I feel a lot less stressed this year... so far...
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth Yidious on August 19, 2008, 06:25:43 AM
question:
Whats up with the CDN foil cards without the first day of issue stickers? did they run out of the stickers?

(please rephrase the question if nessasary)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on August 19, 2008, 11:33:27 AM
question:
Whats up with the CDN foil cards without the first day of issue stickers? did they run out of the stickers?

(please rephrase the question if nessasary)

Generic cards for tri-lingual as per usual. No special "tri-lingual" sticker because it's an added cost. Blame it on the language laws again.

Here's my question:

Here we are again where the US is now seeing Wave 3 of the Build-a-Droid sets and our Canadian shelves are getting restocked and bogged down with Wave 1. Do you have any programs to assist our Canadian retailers when it comes to learning the marketplace and how to order inventory. I fear this is the start of the annual trend we Canadian collectors endure

or

Shockingly Ahsoka Tano was missing from Wave 1 of the Clone Wars line. Both of my daughters would like to know why such a main character was passed on in favour of a character like General Greivous who had less than 10 seconds of screen time.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on August 19, 2008, 06:32:28 PM
With the Release of the BMF and the AT-TE, are there any plans to release a Naboo N1 Starfighter and a Naboo Bomber (Battle for Naboo video game) in roughly the same size?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on August 21, 2008, 06:05:59 PM
Here's what I sent them this week, in its entirety. They've advised that the answers will now be taking a week & a half instead of a week to answer, I'll post them as soon as they get back to me.
________________________________________________________________________

Hi again. Whether or not you guys have been made aware I'm not sure, but I wanted to advise you of just how badly July 26th went up here for collectors. My day went as follows: 2 WalMart stores at opening had no figures (though the Falcon was out early in a few places - none near me). One store had the AT-TE out but no Falcon. 2 Zellers stores (Wal Mart's main competitor up here) had absolutely nothing new on the shelves. Toys R Us was the only participant and they actually did quite well: there was a nice display with wave 1 figures from both the Legacy & Clone Wars lines as well as Saga Legends and vehicles of both mid & large sizes.

This was disappointing not only for myself and my collector friends, but for our kids who  had saved up money in a few cases and were ready to bring home some new figures. The stuff finally started showing up at the other retailers about 2 weeks after the launch date. I know it's beyond your control, but there really appeared to be a huge lack of retailer support here, especially from WalMart & Zellers perspectives. The excitement for the launch was present here within the collector community, but in many cases fans were met with nothing on the shelves to spend their money on. Just an FYI.

Here are our questions for August 22nd:

1. Regarding Titanium vehicles - are the 2008 waves coming to Canada & if so, when?

2. Are any of the following TItaniums in the works?

EPII
Anakin's Airspeeder
Zam Wesell's Airspeeder
Naboo Yacht
 
EPIII
Corporate Alliance Tank Droid
Droid Gunship
Emergency Firespeeder
Wheel Bike

EPV
Escort Frigate
Bespin Cloud City

VI
Second Death Star

3. We're all loving the new improved sculpt of the Millenium Falcon & the new AT-TE. Of course they beg the question "Will other larger scale vehicles be made available any time soon?" Specifically, are there any plans for an updated AT-AT, Imperial Shuttle or Naboo N1 Fighter?

Thanks again, guys. Enjoy the remaining few weeks of summer!

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on August 21, 2008, 06:20:27 PM
Just an FYI regarding question 2 above: the Droid Gunship has already been confirmed and shown at SDCC...
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on August 29, 2008, 01:56:23 PM
What are the chances of seeing more Expanded Universe type troop builder figures for the Empire and Rebellion?  West End Games had a plethora of cool ideas, including Imperial Army Trooper, which is essentially a Navy Trooper with body armour.  There are others, including COMPSec troopers, different variations of rebel commandos, etc.  I'm pretty sure Timothy Zahn used the Army Troopers in one of his early SW novels.  Might also be a way of bringing out the Chariot LAV, which could be like Kenner's old Imperial Troop transporter (not the same vehicle, but same idea... smaller-scale transport that could be comparable to the Republic Gunship, cost-wise).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Popeye on August 30, 2008, 04:58:40 AM
Feel free to re-write my question.

I've been doing my best to buy all the titaniums. Over the last 3 years the star wars titanium line has produced a lot of great molds, but many more repaints. It's hard to keep track of the repainted products especially when there are minor differences between them. I.E AT/Te, Republic Attack Cruisers. I've had many instenses where I'd discover after getting home from the store that I already had the titaniums I bought. There are more obvious repaints like the Ep II jedi starfighters, but people who don't know star wars won't knnow which specific jedi Starfighter their kid wants unless it's stated on the package. I remember a mum asking if the green Ep II jedi Starfighter was the one used by Saesee Tiin.
Can Hasbro include names on the package like Kit Fisto's Jedi Starfighter, or weathered droid tri-fighter to differenciate the different repaints more offten?It would make completing the line much easier and encourage non-collectors to do toy runs for Star Wars ads.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: sinkie on September 07, 2008, 10:22:00 PM
Q: As an anglophone Quebec resident I find it very frustrating not being able to purchase in retail outlets, or even from some online retailers like TRU Canada, at the suggested retail price (and not Ebay or specialty store scalper prices), items that have English only packaging. Obviously, this has to do with current language laws and probably TRU Canada's own decision not to rock this particular boat. My question is, when Hasbro's online store becomes available to Canadian buyers, will it be able to sell, either by issuing a warning at the time of purchase that the package is English only (a bilingual message that could satisfy the laws as they stand perhaps), or by ALWAYS offering bilingual packaging even on what I would call U.S. only (but showing up in the rest of Canada) exclusives? I mean, yes, it isn't illegal to own these items in Quebec, you can, on a trip to Ontario, go get these items and no one will stop you at the Quebec/Ontario border on the way back home, in fact, don't blink or you may miss said border,  but I still have to ask...Is it really that much more expensive to include the tri-lingual packaging instructions with all items? If it was done always and consistently might it not actually cut down on the need for even the basic line items to come out on two different card backs all over North America and the world? One card or box and that's it! More exclusives sold to the Canadian market! My dream is to one day walk into a Montreal area TRU or even a deep, rural-Quebec Wal-Mart and be able to find any of the net's talked about awesome exclusives available to purchase then and there, without using any online service with exorbitant mark ups and shipping/handling fees! (Yes, that's right, THAT'S my dream...as small and perhaps naive as it may be).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on September 19, 2008, 10:47:01 AM
Q: Now that The Force Unleashed has hit the shelves can we expect to see any more figures produced for this Official Lucas EU storyline down the road? I mean, it truly is more than just regular EU fodder and it would be great to get some of those white Royal Guards, the new Shaak Ti and all the other Jedi and Sith Lords we battle along the way.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: obi_wan_canuck on September 22, 2008, 07:57:29 PM
With the AT-TE being released, any chance of seeing the AT-TE Gunner being repackaged?  I know the AT-TE is in the Clone Wars packaging, and the figure isn't sculpted in the style of the Clone Wars figures, but it would still make collectors happy (hint, hint).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on September 22, 2008, 11:30:11 PM
Heres my Question:

With the recent release of the Force Unleashed, EB Games offered an exclusive Stormtrooper Commander Figure for people who pre-ordered the game. Though it was said to be made available at all the stores, (and of course with the "as supplies last" label) it was not made available to all stores, and many customers who did pre-order the game did not receive or have the chance to purchase the figure, even though they had pre-ordered it. Because of this, many collectors could not have gotten this figure, will any attempt be made to reissue this Stormtrooper Commander in the Basic legacy or legends lines?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Technicolour Yak on September 26, 2008, 01:10:48 PM
i know that this had been asked, but there was some misunderstanding of what was meant by 'cases' (i believe Hasbro thought we meant the clamshell case to protect unopened figures).

If you are able to re-ask this question i would appreciate it. :) The question was as follows:

Are there any plans to start releasing Star Wars action figure cases?  i remember that seemed to sell very limited Vader and 3P0 cases when ROTS came out, but that was it.  Maybe continue with those cases, but maybe also ones like the classic vinyl ones, dipicting the prequel trilogy as well as the original trilogy.

With all the great new figures coming out, it would be very nice to have cases to store them in (if you are an opener like myself or simply a child who likes to take care of his figures and not lose the weapons).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: fishfan on October 11, 2008, 11:36:00 PM
this isn't so much a new question as it's a "what's the status" of...

What's the status of the Canadian consumer being able to purchase product online either from the US based Hasbro.com or a Canadian version.  It's more than frustrating to see product online that is 1-2 waves ahead of what we are seeing at retail, when retail seems to get the same thing over and over.  One local retailer just restock with 15 pegs worth of Clone Wars wave 1 on a front end display and 12 pegs of legends wave 1 and only 3 pegs of legacy wave 2.  Now the US website is offering the option of ordering a wave all at once instead of piece by piece.

I seem to recall Sept as a target date and was just wondering what and when we may see some action on this subject.

 :u:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on October 12, 2008, 06:21:17 PM
Still waiting on the last answers from Hasbro, gang. Sorry it seems to be getting so far behind - I'll be sure to submit more questions on the next date and remind them that they haven't sent our last answers yet.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on October 16, 2008, 09:08:07 PM
Is the A-Wing coming?  If so - when?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: richkulach on October 17, 2008, 01:16:36 AM
When will we see future waves of Mighty Muggs?  Series 1 sold very well, then series 2 was WAAAAY over ordered, and waves 3 and 4 have barely shown up at all, and now wave 5 is a few months behind the US.  I love the series, but it seems it is being killed.

Rich
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: HomieBear on October 17, 2008, 01:42:07 AM
Any plans to rerelease the Force Unleashed figures and maybe make some more from the game? Darth Phobos and the Sentinels would be cool.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on October 20, 2008, 08:21:34 PM
Okay gang, another round of questions will be sent before this Friday. I'm going to have a look back at the past couple of pages and post the ones I submit with the answers when we get them back.

Still no answers from the last batch I submitted. The hasbro rep for Canada has been notified but still nothing yet.

EDITED: Here's what I have planned for this week.

1) Many people who preordered The Force Unleashed had difficulty obtaining their exclusive Stormtrooper Commander figure from the retailer. Is this figure going to be rereleased in any format (multipack, pack-in or single carded figure for retail sale) in the near future for those who missed out?

2) Regarding cases: one of our previous questions asked about carrying cases for figures but was mis-interpreted as meaning protective cases. Are there any plans for the release of any new carrying cases for figures?

3) Will the Wal-Mart Exclusive A-Wing fighter be available at Canadian retail? If so, when & where can we expect to find it?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on October 20, 2008, 09:18:06 PM
I think the Force Unleashed Trooper question was answered by another site in the last Q&As. Just FYI lol.

Great job though, I appreciate all the work u've done to get Snowtroopers questions sent in :u:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on October 20, 2008, 10:13:34 PM
We should probably ask about the Walmart A-wing & the Gunship.

Still wondering about HASBROTOYSHOP selling to Canada?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on October 21, 2008, 08:57:24 AM
We should probably ask about the Walmart A-wing & the Gunship.

Still wondering about HASBROTOYSHOP selling to Canada?


PLUS ADD THIS ONE...if posssible...
Rumors abound  about HASBRO shutting down one of their contracted factories over in CHINA...will there be any issue's with FUTURE PRODUCTION of ACTION FIGURE TOYS...with the current economic woes in the WORLD and the cost of resources forever going up and down (plastics are made from oils) it would be interesting to hear about this issue for future TOY LINES.

THXS.
..plus it really sucks that HASBRO has shut down production of the INDY TOYLINE...simply put -TERRIBLE DISTRIBUTION ..it's not only the kids that are buying your(hasbro) products!!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on October 21, 2008, 10:54:27 AM
We should probably ask about the Walmart A-wing & the Gunship.

Still wondering about HASBROTOYSHOP selling to Canada?


PLUS ADD THIS ONE...if posssible...
Rumors abound  about HASBRO shutting down one of their contracted factories over in CHINA...will there be any issue's with FUTURE PRODUCTION of ACTION FIGURE TOYS...with the current economic woes in the WORLD and the cost of resources forever going up and down (plastics are made from oils) it would be interesting to hear about this issue for future TOY LINES.

THXS.
..plus it really sucks that HASBRO has shut down production of the INDY TOYLINE...simply put -TERRIBLE DISTRIBUTION ..it's not only the kids that are buying your(hasbro) products!!


Has the shutdown of the Indy toyline been confirmed yet? I thought it was still under the rumour watch.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on October 21, 2008, 04:05:16 PM
What was the answer to the Stormtrooper Commander question? I'll amend the A-Wing question to include the bit about the Gunship as well.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on October 21, 2008, 04:23:20 PM
The answer was that they would look into releasing it in a future line like Legends.
They also mentioned that based on the popularity of TFU they would certainly be considering more characters down the road.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on October 21, 2008, 04:31:00 PM
Thanks. I'll amend & resend.

EDITED: Down to 2 questions:

1) Regarding cases: one of our previous questions asked about carrying cases
for figures but was mis-interpreted as meaning protective cases. Are there
any plans for the release of any new carrying cases for figures?

2) Will the Wal-Mart Exclusive A-Wing fighter and Clone Gunship be available at Canadian
retail? If so, when & where can we expect to find them?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on October 21, 2008, 08:35:27 PM
We should probably ask about the Walmart A-wing & the Gunship.

Still wondering about HASBROTOYSHOP selling to Canada?


PLUS ADD THIS ONE...if posssible...
Rumors abound  about HASBRO shutting down one of their contracted factories over in CHINA...will there be any issue's with FUTURE PRODUCTION of ACTION FIGURE TOYS...with the current economic woes in the WORLD and the cost of resources forever going up and down (plastics are made from oils) it would be interesting to hear about this issue for future TOY LINES.

THXS.
..plus it really sucks that HASBRO has shut down production of the INDY TOYLINE...simply put -TERRIBLE DISTRIBUTION ..it's not only the kids that are buying your(hasbro) products!!


Has the shutdown of the Indy toyline been confirmed yet? I thought it was still under the rumour watch.

...been readin' about on various sites...does not look GOOD for INDY... ??? :confused0024: :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on November 01, 2008, 06:36:11 PM
Q. Will Canada see the Temple of Doom wave at all, given that the line is now on its last legs?   And if we don't get these figures, can Hasbro at least promise that if the line is resurrected whenever/if the next Indy film comes out, that you can add in the ToD figures for those of us outside the US who are likely to miss out on this excellent wave?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on November 01, 2008, 07:06:34 PM
Thanks. I'll amend & resend.

EDITED: Down to 2 questions:

1) Regarding cases: one of our previous questions asked about carrying cases
for figures but was mis-interpreted as meaning protective cases. Are there
any plans for the release of any new carrying cases for figures?

2) Will the Wal-Mart Exclusive A-Wing fighter and Clone Gunship be available at Canadian
retail? If so, when & where can we expect to find them?


No need to ask about the Gunship anymore.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on November 01, 2008, 09:08:42 PM
Yes, the answer has become self evident! I'm really not sure what's going on with them - I've gotten no answers back from the last 2 sets of questions I've sent in.  :confused0024:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: star_shooter on November 02, 2008, 01:53:32 AM
We should probably ask about the Walmart A-wing & the Gunship.

Still wondering about HASBROTOYSHOP selling to Canada?


PLUS ADD THIS ONE...if posssible...
Rumors abound  about HASBRO shutting down one of their contracted factories over in CHINA...will there be any issue's with FUTURE PRODUCTION of ACTION FIGURE TOYS...with the current economic woes in the WORLD and the cost of resources forever going up and down (plastics are made from oils) it would be interesting to hear about this issue for future TOY LINES.

THXS.
..plus it really sucks that HASBRO has shut down production of the INDY TOYLINE...simply put -TERRIBLE DISTRIBUTION ..it's not only the kids that are buying your(hasbro) products!!


Has the shutdown of the Indy toyline been confirmed yet? I thought it was still under the rumour watch.

...been readin' about on various sites...does not look GOOD for INDY... ??? :confused0024: :( :( :( :(

Based on one of the Q&A's from I believe last week, I would say the line is more "on hold temporarily" rather than dead. They said that if a fifth movie came out, that they would look at ways to continue the line (for that movie anyways :tongue0024:).  :u:

So there could be hope for any Indy fans.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on November 08, 2008, 10:03:37 AM
Please see our new answers here (http://www.snowtroopers.ca/forum/index.php?topic=18979.0).

Next questions due November 14th.

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on December 21, 2008, 08:25:26 PM
Hey JJ, did u include my question about piett in any of the Q&A's? just checking if i missed the answer...thanks!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on December 21, 2008, 09:20:02 PM
Not yet, CC, but new questions will be due soon... some good news for Imp officer fans is just around the corner though - Needa is coming next year.  :love0030:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on December 22, 2008, 11:30:48 AM
Still waiting for them to open the Hasbrotoysshop to Canada - I think their last statement was fall 2008.   Maybe fall 08 as in fall 3008.  Maybe we should get them to clarify.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on December 22, 2008, 11:48:33 AM
Still waiting for them to open the Hasbrotoysshop to Canada - I think their last statement was fall 2008.   Maybe fall 08 as in fall 3008.  Maybe we should get them to clarify.


BOY DOES THIS AMAZE MOI...I can't help give a BIG LAUGH  :rollfloorlaffsmiley:to companies like HASBUTT ,Matttttttel, and other's...the bottom line ...is moola...and now with the down'd economy I highly see HASBUTT and other's cutting wayyyy back to save on costs...so I'm sure we will never see a HASBRO CANADA ONLINE mail-in service...
3008... :rollfloorlaffsmiley: :rollfloorlaffsmiley: :rollfloorlaffsmiley:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth Cujo on December 22, 2008, 12:32:32 PM
Still waiting for them to open the Hasbrotoysshop to Canada - I think their last statement was fall 2008.   Maybe fall 08 as in fall 3008.  Maybe we should get them to clarify.

They asked this over at joecanuck and didn't get much of a response. Here's the link:

http://www.joecanuck.com/joe/board/index.php?topic=2984.0

Given that this was only a few weeks ago, we may or may not want to ask this question again. Asking again may let them know people really want this to happen, but more likely it will just be a waste of a question.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on December 22, 2008, 04:56:53 PM
Not yet, CC, but new questions will be due soon... some good news for Imp officer fans is just around the corner though - Needa is coming next year.  :love0030:

Ok Cool thanks!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on December 23, 2008, 09:48:05 AM
In the new year I'd like to delegate the task of soliciting and selecting questions from the members to someone else - I've missed a few deadlines due to other priority tasks (like work & parenting) and that's not fair to the membership.

If anyone would like the job of "running" this thread & sorting through the questions submitted by us as well as those answered by Hasbro at other sites (to avoid duplication) please PM me. ONLY persons submitting applications via PM will be considered.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on December 31, 2008, 11:51:37 AM
From now on napseeker will be dealing with Hasbro on the Q&A issue. I've asked him to continue working in the same vein - canvassing the group for question ideas. I know he's a lot more current with the Q&A's from other sites, something I was certainly lacking in. The next date for questions is January 16th at 2pm.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Canadian Jedi on December 31, 2008, 02:09:53 PM
jjreason:  Thanks for all your work on this and other threads!

napseeker - It's the new year  :u: out with the old in with the new - good luck this year with this thread.

I am still wondering if we will ever get to buy from Hasbrotoyshop.com.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on February 02, 2009, 05:31:02 PM
Have any Canadian retailers picked up the Rancor?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Classic88 on February 02, 2009, 06:21:20 PM
By the sounds of it Pegger.. it's not a matter of "have any?" but rather which one. 
I forget which website I was reading but it is getting picked up by a cdn retailer.

Keith

PS I can't wait to give GL some more of my money.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: CloneCommander1138 on February 15, 2009, 10:20:08 PM
New question:

Will the Wal-Mart Exclusive Comic packs (Amanin/Sunber, Ewoks, Nrin/Ibitsam), the upcoming droid factory 2 sets (displayed at toy fair), or the exclusive Evolutions (also displayed at toyfair) be available in Canadian Wal-marts? Will any Target exclusives (Rancor and Luke, Geonosis Packs, RC droids) be made available in Canada as well?


(This way be the wrong thread, let me know if it is)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on February 17, 2009, 10:47:16 AM
New question:

Will the Wal-Mart Exclusive Comic packs (Amanin/Sunber, Ewoks, Nrin/Ibitsam), the upcoming droid factory 2 sets (displayed at toy fair), or the exclusive Evolutions (also displayed at toyfair) be available in Canadian Wal-marts? Will any Target exclusives (Rancor and Luke, Geonosis Packs, RC droids) be made available in Canada as well?


(This way be the wrong thread, let me know if it is)

Just to add to this question - or perhaps as a second question:

We know that the market is smaller in Canada, and that sometimes either retailers are unwilling or unable to pick up some of the very cool exclusives that you make available.  Is there anything that we can do as consumers to help encourage the Canadian retailers to pick up these exclusives (beside obviously buying them when they come up).
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on February 18, 2009, 08:18:40 PM
Just so everyone's up to speed - we got a message from Hasbro advising that the Q&A answers from December & January are postponed but not forever. We're hoping for answers some time soon.  :happy0025:
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: THE Mike™ on February 25, 2009, 08:25:34 PM
Hey guys, us in the G.I Joe world have posed a pretty direct question to Hasbro about the HTS/Canada situation. Since Hasbro pretty much does a Q & A with most of the bigger sites now, we at JoeCanuck.com were thinking if all sites (especially us Canadian ones) could post this question with your quarterly questions - then perhaps we might get a solid answer. - Or at the very least Hasbro would realize they're losing money to ebay and a secondary market by not shipping up here.

Anyway, this is the question we have conjured up for Hasbro for the Winter/Spring Q&A. Feel free to use it - or alter it slightly. If the collecting community - from all Hasbro toy lines submit it around the same time, maybe we'll finally get an answer instead of some blanket statement.


Nearly a year ago, we (Canada) were told that HTS would start shipping to Canada. Transformers, Star Wars, GI Joe collectors and other fans of Marvel lines and various Hasbro offerings have ALL been waiting for HTS to finally start this. Since we've been hearing for years that they are "looking into it", can we PLEASE get a solid answer, once and for all on when we can expect this to happen? In the last JoeCanuck.com Q & A, Hasbro stated "We will follow up with HTS on this.  Thanks for the patience and as always, the enthusiasm:Nearly a year ago, we (Canada) was told that HTS would start shipping to Canada. Transformers, Star Wars, GI Joe collectors and others have all been waiting for HTS to finally start this. Are there any updates as to when we can expect this to happen? On a recent Q&A with JoeCanuck.com, Hasbro replied with "We will follow up with HTS on this.  Thanks for the patience and as always, the enthusiasm". It's not our enthusiasm you should want, you should want our cash DIRECTLY instead of us having to resort to ebay or other secondary and higher priced markets. Hasbro is only losing money by not offering the product on HTS to Canadians. Please, just give us a final solid date on when Canadians can start purchasing from HTS. Thank you.


- Mike
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on February 27, 2009, 10:08:01 AM
One of the designated three questions for the March round will be related to HTS - I'll probably use something that is a cross between the one posted by our snowtrooper and what you have above (just to keep the question size a bit smaller).

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: hossain on May 25, 2010, 05:22:07 AM
As an alternative to bilingual packaging is it not possible to return to the days of old and place a bilingual sticker on the package to identify the product, thus keeping the more appealing American packaging intact and still adhering to bilingual standards.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: FETT1 on May 25, 2010, 09:09:58 AM
YEAH ASK em why they refuse to send certain product's TO CANADA???...ALSO ask em why they up their price's to retailer's ...and ask em why they are suckin so bad these day's....

 ??? ??? ??? ???

WILL WE EVEN SEE THE VINTAGE STUFF ??
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: spoodger on July 31, 2010, 03:36:12 PM
Would love to see some clarification regarding the walmart exclusive jabba, if they've decided to release it in canada as well as what the chances of us getting the retro vintage boxes of the snowspeeder, atat, and cloud car?

The reason why prices are more expensive is lack of canadian population who buys this stuff so stores don't purchase as much. And don't forget taxes and tarriffs!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: DroidWorld on July 31, 2010, 08:05:42 PM
I would like to know if we will be getting the Attack and Defense of Hoth Battlepacks....exclusive to Target in the US.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: pegger on September 08, 2010, 10:23:54 AM
I would like to know if we will be getting the Attack and Defense of Hoth Battlepacks....exclusive to Target in the US.

Further to this - didn't they promise us a few months ago that this information would be forthcoming.  It's rather annoying that we have to use up our questions just to find out if product is going to be available or not....
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on September 08, 2010, 10:30:40 AM
Would love to see some clarification regarding the walmart exclusive jabba, if they've decided to release it in canada

The reps said Jabba was confirmed.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: leebo on September 08, 2010, 11:01:01 AM
Would love to see some clarification regarding the walmart exclusive jabba, if they've decided to release it in canada

The reps said Jabba was confirmed.

Did they mention anything about the Tie bomber?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Mit_Othy on September 08, 2010, 11:51:54 AM
Would love to see some clarification regarding the walmart exclusive jabba, if they've decided to release it in canada

The reps said Jabba was confirmed.

Did they mention anything about the Tie bomber?

Isn't the Tie Bomber just going to be part of the Starfighter line. Or is it some sort of exclusive?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: leebo on September 08, 2010, 12:25:14 PM
I thought it was a Walmart exclusive: http://www.sandtroopers.com/sandwatch/2010_vintage/tie_bomber/
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Mit_Othy on September 08, 2010, 12:59:51 PM
I guess you are correct. I have become intrigued, and now want one for my own. Is this already out in the States?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: leebo on September 08, 2010, 01:09:51 PM
I haven't heard of anyone seeing this in the states yet. It seems it may only come out in December: http://www.yakfaceforums.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=129&t=5487&start=15#p88696
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on September 08, 2010, 01:54:33 PM
I forgot to ask them about the Tie Bomber... If Walmart finally bit on the Jabba here's hoping they went all in with the Tie Bomber too.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Mit_Othy on September 13, 2010, 12:23:06 PM
Yeah, I hope they did too. I know quite some time ago Hasbro did say that Canadian retailers did pick up most of the exclusives this year. I would love to know which ones were turned down?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on September 13, 2010, 01:56:34 PM
Okay I finally got word back from the Q&A folks and it looks like there will not be answers for the post-CelebrationV set after all.  The questions that got submitted ultimately were the pre-convention ones, which unfortunately won't prove to be all that informative if memory serves.

If you guys still want to further inquire about the big AT-AT's lack of phrases for whatever reason (beyond what has already been learned), post it here in this thread and if demand is high enough, it will be sent through for this upcoming round. 
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth McAdam on October 06, 2011, 11:51:23 AM
All being well, I should be having a call with HasCan a week tomorrow, and I just wanted to ask if any of you had any questions you want me to put to them.

So far, I'm going to be covering:
The Vintage Collection - Where is it?
Pegwarmer Purge - What are the chances?
Canadian-Exclusive Exclusives - ditto

I will only have 30 minutes, but I'll try to cram in as much as possible.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: napseeker on October 06, 2011, 01:11:42 PM
We should ask if we'll be getting the wave that has Wedge in it... let's hope they have the sense to push for that to make its way for Canada given how insanely expensive it is online.

Heck, ask them why distribution of MarvelUniverse figures has been so abysmal for the last 2 years (especially at TRU) - not the Marvel movie figures, but the real MarvelU line itself.



Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: General Brashin on October 06, 2011, 02:16:24 PM
Can we expect to see TCW basic figure waves 4, 5 and 6 currently out in the US?

Wave 4 - Savage Opress, Commander Jet, Winter Plo Koon, Kamino ARF, Hondo
Wave 5 - Stealth Ops Clone, Winter Fisto, Seripas, Jet Pack Rex, Sasae Tinn
Wave 6 - Evan Piell, Chewbacca, Armoured Savage Opress, R7-D4, Jar Jar Binks

Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: sinkie on October 06, 2011, 02:48:37 PM
And the wave with the Hoth soldier! Whatever number they want to give it!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jediburrick on October 06, 2011, 03:18:29 PM
Can we expect to see TCW basic figure waves 4, 5 and 6 currently out in the US?

Wave 4 - Savage Opress, Commander Jet, Winter Plo Koon, Kamino ARF, Hondo
Wave 5 - Stealth Ops Clone, Winter Fisto, Seripas, Jet Pack Rex, Sasae Tinn
Wave 6 - Evan Piell, Chewbacca, Armoured Savage Opress, R7-D4, Jar Jar Binks



That shouldn't be a question. But looking at those 2010 WAVE 1 CW figures in US cards filling the pegs in both TRU near my house makes me wonder too.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Eradicator on October 07, 2011, 04:39:37 PM
I would like to know if they are going to be sending any G.I. Joe stuff to the box stores. Joe stuff is even more scarce than the SW stuff.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth McAdam on November 11, 2011, 12:33:27 AM
My contact at HasCan has moved into a new role and I've got a call with her replacement on Monday, so if you have any questions you want answering, now is the time to send them in.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on November 12, 2011, 03:12:10 PM
Clone Wars waves 4, 5 and 6 have just hit this week. I was able to pick up partials of each wave from several GTA TRU and Wally locations.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on November 13, 2011, 01:18:51 PM
My contact at HasCan has moved into a new role and I've got a call with her replacement on Monday, so if you have any questions you want answering, now is the time to send them in.

Here is one what is the deal in putting Embo and Young Boba into those so called 'value packs' with figures that we already have. I went to one of my local TRUs last night here in Edmonton and seen this. I was extremely P.O.d as I have yet to see these two figures on their own and then to come across them in the 'value pack' what a disgrace. If your going to do that then at least have the decency to release them individually or stick those two figures together. Extremely upset with Hasbro for this and would like to know what their plan is to prevent this from happening in the future. It is very difficult to find a lot of the new stuff at regular retail but to have this happen is absolutely appalling.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on November 13, 2011, 01:46:19 PM
Are the value packs more than the cost of one figure? I kinda thought that was the "value" of them.... 2 for the price of 1???
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: cmkjmacd on November 13, 2011, 02:00:27 PM
No they are only 12 something
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jjreason on November 13, 2011, 02:29:59 PM
Ah ok. I can see your beef, though that's not a bad deal really at the end of the day.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth Cujo on November 13, 2011, 02:32:44 PM
12 something is still a pretty darn good deal for 2 figures. It's a bummer that some figures showing up that way are ones that never showed up individually, but that's probably the point. Pair a desirable figure with an oldie to purge some stock. Mind you, I'm not sure hasbro canada was really consciously trying to do that with embo etc. That's probably just who they had in the warehouse when they decided to do the value packs. Probably more just the luck of the draw than anything. Think about it. Embo and friends come into HasCan, but there's a glut at retail. So they don't get out there. HasCan says, well lets do value packs to get things moving. They go in the warehouse, pack em up and boom. Embo attached to a pegwarmer. Either that or these were packed by Hasbro US and this is just what came through. Either way, I'd say count yourself lucky embo came into canada at all. The reality of Canadian retail is we just don't get everything. Never have, never will. I'm still trying to track down dagobah landing luke and general lando among others. Concept IG-88 is another I've never seen. I WISH he came out in a value pack for $12. Look at it that way; The embo wave never comes to Canada at all. You then need to order him or trade for him online or something. You're at least paying 12 bucks for him then. This way you get a bonus figure! :)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on November 13, 2011, 06:15:51 PM
What pisses me off about the "value" packs is the giant sticker that ruins the packaging. Those stickers aren't easily removed and those particular figures didn't even need to be "valued".... most of us would have paid $12 per figure on it's own it they had showed up.

Anyway, 90% of the "value" packs have been ripped apart and now sit as singles anyway... stupid idea.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: General Brashin on November 14, 2011, 09:25:36 AM
You may be planning to ask this anyway but how much of the Wal-Mart "Discover The Force" 3D packaged items are coming to Canada? If any will they be in US or Cdn packaging?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on November 24, 2011, 11:49:12 AM
So here is the question about the "Value Packs" I'd like answered:

Long ago us Canadians missed out on the Clones Wars wave that included Embo, Young Boba Fett, Shaak Ti and R4-P17. These did appear at Toys R Us in extremely limited quantity on US cards. In October these figures finally showed up on Canadian cards glued together with re-pack figures as a so called "Value Pack". Recently these same packs have been showing up at Winners... priced $2 higher than TRU.

If this wave of figures was indeed available on Canadian cards (as they are now) why did only US versions make it to Canada initially? What was the reasoning behind the "Value Packs" that ruined the cards for collectors with giant stickers and are nothing more than a stocking nightmare for retailers because everyone pulls them apart? Was there fear that for the 3 months we saw no new waves of figures retailers would be hesitant to order them as singles? Most of us are very confused and extremely frustrated by this year's distribution especially in light of Hasbro's commitment to make things better.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: jediburrick on November 24, 2011, 12:50:15 PM
@ Hellboy : TRU in Quebec did get 6 to 8 boxes each of the Embo wave around Dec 2010-Jan 2011. All of the figures I've seen were on Canadian cards and I've only seen those at TRU.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Hellboy on November 25, 2011, 12:53:14 PM
Really? The ones I got back then were on US cards. Strange....
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: General Brashin on November 25, 2011, 03:46:24 PM
What little I saw last year at various GTA TRUs were on Cdn cards. There were reports of this wave being found at Western Cdn Superstores back in June/July.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth Chadus on December 06, 2011, 02:44:46 PM
Yes my local BC Superstore, got a couple cases of these in the summer.  Recently  I picked  i[  between toysrus and winners all 4  2 packs that I could find that have the Mandalorian trooper.  I need to fill out my new mandolorian shuttle.  Any ideas when we will get our answers back from Hasbro, the other sites are starting to post.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth Cujo on December 07, 2011, 08:46:32 AM
All being well, I should be having a call with HasCan a week tomorrow, and I just wanted to ask if any of you had any questions you want me to put to them.

So far, I'm going to be covering:
The Vintage Collection - Where is it?
Pegwarmer Purge - What are the chances?
Canadian-Exclusive Exclusives - ditto

I will only have 30 minutes, but I'll try to cram in as much as possible.

My contact at HasCan has moved into a new role and I've got a call with her replacement on Monday, so if you have any questions you want answering, now is the time to send them in.

Any update? Particularly wondering about the search for luke tauntaun pack and whether or not to expect more vintage any time soon. Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Wedge1021 on January 16, 2012, 07:14:30 PM
You may be planning to ask this anyway but how much of the Wal-Mart "Discover The Force" 3D packaged items are coming to Canada? If any will they be in US or Cdn packaging?

I second this question!
I've looked over the "shelf reset sheets" at my local SuperWM, and did not see any mention of this line anywhere, so now I am getting a little worried... unless it's destined for a big endcap display closer to the release of TPM-3D...
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth McAdam on January 17, 2012, 12:01:49 AM
Sadly, as it stands, the Discover the Force line will not be coming to Canada.  Unlike Hasbro's street dates, Walmart are not willing to break the country's language laws and refused to take any product in English-only packaging and were unwilling to meet Hasbro's MOQ for bilingual packaging.  I've suggested to Hasbro that they could "force" (no pun intended) Walmart to take the line, seeing as it's Walmart's own exclusive that can't be offered to anyone else, and to potentially avoid incurring any penalties for ignoring the street date.  I suspect however that that is wishful thinking and Walmart are too big to be told what to do, even by Hasbro.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Wedge1021 on January 17, 2012, 10:45:06 AM
Man that sucks. I'll have to try and make a few trips out to Buffalo then.

Just so everyone knows, this is not just the 12 DTF figures, but also the Mos Espa Arena / Royal Starship Droids BPs, Dewback, Vulture Droid, and I think this year's BMF. There are 17 individual items in total in this sub-line. Here's a complete list:

BASIC FIGURES:
#1 Aurra Sing (also VC73)
#2 Darth Maul
#3 Destroyer Droid
#4 G8-R3
#5 Gungan Warrior (also VC74)
#6 Mawhonic (also VC71)
#7 Obi-Wan Kenobi
#8 Qui-Gon Jinn
#9 Ric Olie
#10 Naboo Pilot (also VC72)
#11 Tusken Raider
#12 Yoda

MULTIPACKS:
#13 Mos Espa Arena (Anakin Skywalker, C-3PO, Sebulba, 2 Pit Droids)
#14 Royal Starship Droids (R2-D2, R2-A6, R2-R9, R2-B1)

VEHICLES/CREATURES:
#15 Dewback (repack from 2009)
#16 Vulture Droid (repaint)

ROLE-PLAYING:
#17 Qui-Gon's lightsaber
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth McAdam on January 17, 2012, 12:28:55 PM
I thought #17 was a role-playing item and has been revealed to be Qui-Gon's lightsaber?
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Wedge1021 on January 17, 2012, 02:42:24 PM
I thought #17 was a role-playing item and has been revealed to be Qui-Gon's lightsaber?

I hadn't heard that yet, but you are more in the know than I! If that's the case, then I'm perfectly happy with it - that leaves this year's BMF vehicle open for a line-wide release. I had been going off post-SDCC speculation, but that's several months old now. I'm happy to be corrected!
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Darth McAdam on January 17, 2012, 08:40:49 PM
This is the report I'd seen:
http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/content/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=9131

It doesn't state categorically that this is #17, but as far as I'm aware, the DTF line is limited to just the 17 items.
Title: Re: Questions For Hasbro Canada
Post by: Wedge1021 on January 17, 2012, 09:34:50 PM
Ah, well the number 17 comes from a phrase on the back of one of the packages that says "Collect all 17 3D images" or something like that. So if there is a 3D image on the saber package somewhere, then I would say it is the 17th item in the line. Otherwise, perhaps... there is another. Always in motion is the future.