1) Looking ahead to next year - please tell me that the Bespin Han scheduled for 2011 will be all-new. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind the occasional re-use of parts, it's just that some folks are getting a little tired of seeing the VOTC Han parts re-used again and again for "new" Hans (like the re-used parts on the Echo Base Hangar Han).
** As it's drawn up now, the 2011 Bespin Han would be all-new. Our outlook on tooling is basically this: if we can use solid existing parts to create a new aesthetic we have not seen before, then it allows us to develop newness elsewhere (for example, a brand new character we haven't done before). To a strong degree, new characters owe their existence to our ability to leverage our existing library to continue to get our "greatest hits" characters out there, be it as pure carry-forwards or as refreshed if there is a version we feel we can do better. We will continue to try and make sure that each refreshed character as a substantial improvement, rather than just a small change, folks feel the purchase is justified.
2) During Toy Fair, we only got a small sampling of the card backs, so we only managed to get a few of the figure numbers - VC01 Dengar, VC05 AT-AT Commander, and VC10 4-LOM. Any chance you can give us a list of the numbering for the first wave so we can all get our checklists updated before July? (Can you tell we're anxiously awaiting the Vintage stuff?)
** See attached list for the numbers for figures 1-11 and the Convention exclusive and mail-in Boba Fett.
VC02) CLOUD CAR PILOT™
VC03) LEIA™ (HOTH™ OUTFIT)
VC04HAN SOLO™ (ECHO BASE™ OUTFIT)
VC05) LUKE SKYWALKER™ (BESPIN™ FATIGUES)
VC06) AT-AT COMMANDER™
VC08) DACK RALTER™
VC09) DARTH VADER™
VC10) BOBA FETT™
VCP01) 4-LOM™ (C5/JediCon exclusive)
VCP02) ZUCKUSS™ (C5/JediCon exclusive)
VCP03) BOBA FETT™ (Redemption item)
On March 19th, we sent our twenty-fifth batch of questions to Hasbro to once again take part in their Star Wars Question and Answer sessions. Today, we've got the answers to our two questions!