This week we inquire about a Go-Go Gadgets R2-D2, Banthas and Dewbacks, and the Max Rebo Band. Let's see what Hasbro is willing to tell us.
Galactic Hunter: Now that Tomy (Japan) has made the remote-controlled R2-D2, is there any chance that Hasbro will make the "light show" R2-D2 from Revenge of the Sith where he distracts General Grievous with all of his gadgets? (Spinning action and lights!) Are we likely to see 3¾" scale R2-D2 figures with electronics in the future?
HASBRO: Ha! This is a good one. We actually hadn't considered this but it would make an interesting figure at some point. As for additonal electronics, we evaluate on a case by case basis as to what we can afford. A motor is a much more expensive component than a light/sound chip so we won't be doing something like this for a basic figure.
Galactic Hunter: The rumors on the Internets are predicting that the Bantha will be re-released next year-ish. So while Hasbro is feeling beastly, what are the odds of getting a Dewback with some real-feel hide, or at least a removable saddle? (The Saga Collection's Sandtrooper would look awfully good on one, wouldn't he?)
HASBRO: We agree that the Dewback should see a new sculpt at some point and he's on the shortlist of vehicles and creatures that we'd like to do. But, like so many cool things, there's no specific timetable set for an update.
Galactic Hunter: With the Max Rebo Band being potentially revisited in the near future, is there a movement toward "finishing" the band? (Meaning Umpass Stay, Ak-Rev and maybe Gargan?) Also, are we ever likely to get Tech Mo'r from the Cantina Band updated with an instrument that he can sit at whilst playing?
HASBRO: At least one of those figures is slated for next year in the main assortment. The rest will have to bide their time patiently waiting for their turn on stage, confident in the knowledge that we hear the music, too. We hear the music…
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