This week we ask about a truly movie accurate Darth Vader (Removable Helmet); the Titanium Forged Figure Bossk's bonus easter egg accessory; and the weird little triangle trap door thingie on the McQuarrie Concept Boba Fett action figure. Hasbro took time out of their busy Toy Fair 2007 preparations, and gave us their answers. Whee!
Galactic Hunter: This one hasn't been brought up in a while, but a lot of fans still hope to see a movie-accurate Darth Vader with removable helmet (i.e. the two-stage helmet). Is this figure anywhere on the horizon? If not, with the advances we've seen on the Star Wars figure lines, what's holding it back?
HASBRO: While the idea is a very good one, the truth is that the minimum thickness needed for the parts to be reliably drawn from the tools is the limiter for this idea and other ideas like it. We'll take a closer look to see if it is possible, because it would be a cool figure.
Galactic Hunter: The Bossk Titanium figure comes with a strange accessory, a lightsaber hilt that is wedged under his foot. To whom does this lightsaber belong? It's a nice easter egg!
HASBRO: The thought was to add a bit of story / mystery to the item. He is engaged in a fierce battle with someone... but who is he about to defeat? The lightsaber hilt is meant to be the clue to this question. Unfortunately, the Jedi Order is about to lose one of its own at the hands of this mighty Bounty Hunter. The lightsaber hilt and the Jedi in question remains a mystery (we did not pick a particular figure).
Galacitc Hunter: On the upcoming McQuarrie Boba Fett, what on earth (or not) is that thing in his midsection?
HASBRO: It is the weapons compartment! We wanted to be true to the original design which is why we built this in. Obviously, Fett changed from concept to production, but this… interesting… little feature is something we wanted to put in there as tribute to the source material.
So there's this week's answers. Thanks to our man-in-the-know, Marc, for giving us the official word. Readers please note that Hasbro has shifted the Q&A to a bi-weekly schedule, so we'll have a fresh batch of answers in a fortnight (or whatever the English like to say).
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