Galactic Hunter.com's Star Wars Q&A with Adam Pawlus
February 4, 2008

 

1. Have you heard anything about the release date for the Fanboys movie this year? I can't find anything about the new release date. I thought it was supposed to open in Jan 08.
--Ed

When it comes to movie release dates, you've got a few options when it comes to being up-to-date on things like release dates. I suggest you keep an eye on Wikipedia and IMDB, as well as your favorite showbusiness news outlets. It seems that these resources indicate it has only just been recently shown to test audiences and might come out in March or April, but when it gets vague like that for a movie that's already seen delays, it could be longer. Frankly at this point I think they should just wait for the 10th Anniversary of Episode I.

2. Do you have any idea why the upcoming [Indiana Jones action figure assortments] appears to be so non-super articulated? Are they using old molds from the Disney figures? If not, why did they decide to go the pre-posed route? Simply a matter of costs, not knowing for sure how popular they would be? I for one am thinking of not buying them for this reason alone. Sadly this attitude could of course hurt the future of the line but at this point in action figure evolution I think we should expect a little more, especially for something obviously tickling the fancy of us old schoolers who saw these films when we were kids and who have seen increasing realism added to the Star Wars line.
--Robert

There seems to be a definite air of articulation elitism with toy fans these days-- and shame on you for making me side with Hasbro on this one. Super-articulation is an exception, not the rule-- sometimes, figures will have 14 or more joints. Generally speaking, they will not, as there are ten kajillion reasons for not doing it (or for that matter, doing it). Hasbro isn't using the Disney molds, and while I'm sure some fans think it's quite clever to employ hyperbole in such a manner to whine about the lack of articulation, well, obviously I'm a little tired of it. Sometimes figures are super-articulated, sometimes they aren't. If that's the most important thing to you, I suggest collecting G.I. Joe-- they're awesome.

Some Indy toys will be nicely articulated, and some won't. Some look like they might even have action features. Remember, Hasbro designs these lines to sell to people from 4 to 104-- whipping action and sword-slicing attacks are going to be a selling point to kids and non-hardcore toy collecting adult fans. While I personally consider articulation very important on some toy lines, it isn't everything-- I've bought plenty of PVC figures, Playmobil toys, LEGO sets, Galactic Heroes, and other toy lines over the years and sometimes, you don't need to have that much articulation to make a good, successful toy. It certainly doesn't hurt, and it always helps appeal to that hardcore toy fan demographic. But that's just a few thousand people. When Hasbro designs a figure they're thinking a few dozen thousand customers, if not more. An adult fan or a kid might actually want Indy to be able to crack his whip-- I know it sounds crazy, but some people play with these or keep them on their desks to amuse themselves at work, and a figure in that situation doesn't need that kind of mega-articulation to be considered a good toy.

Indiana Jones figures will likely sell regardless of articulation-- there's been roughly 20 years since the last major release toy line, and that alone will sell people on one or two figures to put on their desks. My fear is that we're going to see another round of Episode I-style hype drive businesses to overpurchase the line in ridiculous numbers in hopes there could be another fan frenzy. I know we all love Indiana Jones but let's face it-- this isn't Star Wars. There simply aren't 900+ figures you can make from these movies that would have a shot at selling well at retail, and odds are you're looking at the Indy line having an estimated 2-3 year lifespan without the inclusion of a fifth movie or some other spin-off allowing more figures to be added to the mix. But I gotta say the chances of toys based on the comics or video games are probably close to zero.

Since the Indy series isn't known for its richness of characters, another possibility is-- and if you collected Star Wars, I don't doubt you'll agree with me-- that Hasbro is designing the line with double-dips in mind. They simply have to keep Indiana Jones (the character) in assortments from now until the line ends. He doesn't really have all that many costumes, so I personally expect the initial line to be pretty excellent, but fact is they need to have a product to sell kids/fans/collectors next year. So this year, you'll probably get Indy with 8 points of articulation and a whipping attack, and next year you'll see an action-features free version with 14 points of articulation and added accessories. That's been what we've been seeing with Luke and Vader and other characters over the years, and since the same team is developing this line, I see no reason why they wouldn't plan ahead. I don't expect this line to do gonzo business in the long run, and I can't say I expect it to reach over 100 unique basic figures. I mean, seriously, write out your wish-lists, even if they do two or three versions of a lot of the secondary characters, you're still not going to hit that many great figures unless the line is completely driven by the collector bug that drives Star Wars.

I personally like more articulation but even super-articlated figures are often designed badly. Hasbro's Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers often have difficulty sitting with just the regular hip joints. In the case of the Super-Articulated Clone Trooper from Revenge of the Sith, the mold was so poorly constructed that it actually distorts the plastic around the hips if you have the figure seated for extended periods of time. The much-beloved Stormtrooper (VOTC, TAC) has a similar problem in that his holster for his blaster-- which doesn't work-- also prevents the figure from being able to sit in a vehicle without tipping over to one side. In the old Kenner line from the 1970s and 1980s as well as the bulk of the "Kenner era" of the modern line, figures could sit with little problem (with few exceptions.) Now, figures are being designed so they can't even move at the hips without some piece of the figure hindering movement. Even several of the new G.I. Joe line have problems with their hip joints. This is the real problem, not the added ankles and ball-jointed waists. If a figure can't be seated in a vehicle, honestly, who cares if Hasbro gave it ball-jointed wrists? (And on that note, I'm in theory very happy to see the enhanced hip articulation for the new 2008 figures-- can't wait to see how they work on various beasts and vehicles when I get my sets.)

3. Just a quick question: is the Galactic Heroes Cantina Band "base" area easily removeable/displayable from rest of the cardboard display? I don't have room to display the whole set, but would like to display just the band figures and their base. And what is the best way to open the set - the dotted area, or the sides?
---Greg

These boxes are a bit of a pain. I suggest you keep some form of tape and/or rubberband cutting device handy. I just opened mine at the tabs along the side of the box, and then spent anywhere from 5-15 minutes on each scene pack (including TRU/Targets' sets), but here's the problem-- you really can't easily remove the Cantina stage from the rest of the set without extensive surgery. It can be done, but you'd be damaging the backdrop (not a big deal if you don't care) in the process. I'd suggest just leaving it in the box if you don't yet have room to display the entire semicircle display, as that stage is integrated in the larger design. So cut at your own risk.

4. I just picked up the 2007 R2-B1 and had a few questions. Is his middle "foot" on backwards? How many of the droids from the same mold suffer from this? Is there a way to fix it? Another question about the same mold, are the outer legs for your purple Mace Windu Astromech unusually rubbery?
--Mike

A great number of the droids based on the R4-G9 mold do indeed have a "backward" middle foot-- it doesn't seem that they all do, but you will find a great number that do.

Also, the legs for the R4-G9 model droids have indeed gotten rubbery over time. The best examples can be seen in R2-KT and the comic pack R2-D2, as the whites are whiter than I've ever seen-- so the rubbery plastic is definitely good for the white color. My purple R2-M6 isn't nearly as bad as some other toys, but yes, you will note many rubbery legs on these figures.

5. Since Hasbro has claimed that they will make every last cantina character, why is it that next to Han, Chewie and Greedo, Dr. Envazan & Ponda Baba have yet to be re-made into a nicer version? In my opinion these two are important characters, they actually have a part in the movie, beyond "Just stand there"? This would be a great addition and they already have both their correct weapons made, even though other aliens posses them. Do you think this might happen since they redesigned hammerhead who has less of a screen time then both combine?
--Chad

Screen time means nothing to Hasbro or to most toy buyers. Think about it-- Mon Mothma had a whole monologue in Return of the Jedi, while Amanaman served as a stand-in for "Where's Waldo" as most fans couldn't pick him out of the film, especially if it wasn't widescreen. Which makes for a more interesting toy?

Hasbro takes a similar attitude toward most of the line. You have to think about what might sell the best and make the most fans happy. Personally, I was beside myself with glee for the Hammerhead upgrade because as a kid, it was my favorite of the vintage aliens. The 1997 Ponda Baba is still a very good figure, while Dr. Evazan, well, neither version is particularly great. I fully expect Hasbro to revisit these two, but they're pretty stubborn about Cantina releases, trickling just a few out per year. In just the basic line, we got 3 great new ones in 2005, 1 new one and a 2 resculpts in 2006 (plus Vintage Greedo), and 2 more great all-new aliens in 2007. If all Hasbro is going to give us is 2 cantina aliens per year, I'd rather we see something brand new unless it's knock-your-socks-off awesome. That, and the more interesting the alien looks, the more likely Hasbro is to make it. Dr. Evazan is a really boring looking guy, but I agree with you-- an upgrade would be nice. (Except I want one just because the older figures sucked, significance in the movie or no.)

"Just standing there" was the basis for many great figures. If you look at Hasbro's 2006 The Saga Collection line, of all 74 basic figures, 41 had a line in a movie in that outfit. And for argument's sake, I counted beeping and squeaking as a line. "Just standing there" is all anyone needs to make a great action figure, although figures that actually do something make for nice toys too. With any luck, some day Hasbro will crank out a slick Cantina Battle Pack with a new Dr. Evazan and maybe some retooled or repainted figures to make things interesting. (Throw in the blue Snaggletooth again, I know I wouldn't complain if I got another one.)

But still, Ponda Baba is a tougher upgrade just because Hasbro more or less nailed it the first time. Other than adding a couple of points of articulation and correcting any possible scale issues, the only thing I think they could do to make it super-interesting is to include both the fingered arms and the "flipper" arms for the continuity buffs out there. (Or if Hasbro ever did another Vintage series, this would be a good one to do.)

6. Just wondering if there is any speculation of what 2008 may hold for the Vintage line?
--Adam W

Yes-- there will be no vintage line in 2008. This isn't speculation, Hasbro said they're not going to do it this year and everything I've heard elsewhere agrees with this.

As to speculation, if Hasbro ever decides to resurrect the concept, I hope they do what they did with G.I. Joe-- just integrate vintage packaging into the regular line. I don't need or want clamshells and I certainly don't want to pay a premium price. That way, just cranking out R5-D4 on a new old-style cardback might actually be compelling for fans to buy rather than feeling ripped off.

7. I have a question about the Galactic Heroes figures. I know everyone (kids and collectors) seem to love these little guys (myself included) but I've realized that they really aren't "for kids 3 and up." I have a 2 year old that I have been buying and giving these figures to. I have only given him the figures from a New Hope so there are plenty for him to look forward to once I decide to move on to Empire. I realize that all of the figures have weapons but I didn't seem to question this until recently. I don't understand why the following figures have guns: Leia from Cloud City, Grand Moff Tarkin, Imperial Officer, X-Wing Fighter pilots, TIE Fighter pilot, and other various Cantina aliens. I have decided to just give my son the figures without weapons. It was either that or cut the weapons off and give him the modified versions. I was wondering what you thought about this and why Hasbro would add such big guns to toys for young kids?
--Mark

Since the very beginning of the line, George Lucas himself said that a big part of the Star Wars fantasy was guns. While the inclusion of so many firearms does tend to warp one's perception of reality (as a kid I figured most people probably had guns since all my toys came with them-- I should point out I lived in Arizona, so a lot of people do have guns), they are an important part of the characters. Without a gun, Han Solo is incomplete. While I agree some figures having such weapons seems a little baffling, they are a necessary part of what toymakers call "the play pattern." Without weapons, there's no action for them to take. They just stand around, there are very few vehicles or playsets for them, so all you can do is move them around and pretend. The addition of weapons allows the kids to play out the "bang bang you're dead" aspect that-- let's face it-- pretty much all kids have been doing for centuries. Be it cowboys & indians, cops & robbers, or any licensed characters, the whole idea of "killing" your friends and/or their toys is pretty normal kid stuff. Sure, it's violent, and if I had kids I might feel differently. But, it's our role as responsible adults to filter what the kids play with, and it seems you're doing a great job. Kudos for you to taking the initiative and making the changes to your kids' toys.

...although if I were a kid and my parents gave me what I perceived to be broken or incomplete toys, I'd be pretty pissed off.

But still, as far as toys for young kids go, guns are pretty common. Playmobil frequently used them in their Western line (again, they're a necessary part of the fantasy) as did LEGO for their frontier sets. Most if not all police toys have some form of firearm, plus G.I. Joe toys are marketed to kids as young as 4. And those have some pretty spiffy bazookas, let me tell you. Transformers Robot Heroes figures, interestingly enough, don't have all that many guns despite them being integral to some of the characters' designs. So really, it's hard to tell what Hasbro is (har har) gunning for with this one.

I will, however, agree with you completely on Bib Fortuna. As Galactic Heroes go, his blaster was a weird choice, but so was the staff as he used neither in the movie. Without the guns, there's no play prompt, and without the play prompt, they're really just "collectible figures" in the sense many toys with no articulation and no accessories were in the 1980s and 1990s. (Look at most of the dull releases from Applause's various brands.)

8. I would like to put together a playset for my son of the Cantina scene. Since I've only been collecting figures for a few years, my knowledge is limited when it comes to toys that are available. Is there a list somewhere on the Internet of the available Cantina figures in the modern line? Do the long Cantina bar pieces that came out several years ago fit with the two rounded bar pieces that came out in 2007? Is it true that another piece of the bar is coming out in 2008, and if so, in what form? I currently have the cardboard Cantina playset but was looking to build something a little bigger and sturdier for my four year old. Any knowledge of toy items from the Cantina scene that you would like to share would be greatly appreciated.
--Gomez

It's a touch call given I don't know how old your son is. In theory, the best possible purchase you could make would be the Galactic Heroes sets. Wal-Mart's two Cinema Scene sets contain most of the figures you could possibly want, plus cardboard dioramas to play with. You can add your own figures to the mix as you go, and they're pretty kid-friendly too. So that's what I would go with.

At this time Hasbro has made no confirmation that another bar piece is in production. Actually, Hasbro hasn't said much about what's coming out in 2008 yet and I'm not here to steal their thunder. So anything could happen here. I wouldn't get your hopes up too high as Hasbro claims to be eliminating large environmental pieces from the basic figure line for the most part.

So far, Hasbro and Kenner have cranked out one or more versions of the following characters as 3 3/4-inch scale action figures: Greedo, Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead), Snaggletooth (Zutton/Takeel), Ponda Baba (Walrus Man), Dr. Evazan, Garindan (Longsnoot/Snitch), Wuher (bartender), Muftak, Kabe, Cantina Band Members, Kitik Keed'kak, Hem Dazon, Labria, Nabrun Leids, Elis Helrot, M'iiyoom Onith, Gotal (Feltipern Trevagg), Dannik Jerriko, Myo, Djas Puhr, Lak Sivrak, Ellors Madak (Duro), BoShek, and Ketwol. Garindan was wandering around Mos Eisley, so you may wish to include him and the ASP-7 droid and some Jawas. You may also want to include versions of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Sandtroopers, and even aliens from other movies to flesh out the scene.

While many fans argue Hasbro doesn't do enough for Cantina fans, after typing out that list I'd say they've done plenty. There are now more aliens than there is adequate room in Hasbro's cardboard cantina set-- at this point, we're going to need something even larger to house our menagerie or otherworldly humanoids.

The long cantina pieces from 2002 and 2004 do indeed work with the rounded pieces, but it's not a perfect fit-- you may need to make some modifications. That, or mine just suck. You can find the cantina bar sections (complete with inauthentic barstools) in special "deluxe" packs from Wal-Mart, each packaged with one of three aliens: Momaw Nadon (resculpt/redeco), Ponda Baba (retooled arm), or Greedo (repaint). You may also find them in the Kmart exclusive Cantina scenes, which I totally would suggest you get. One has Obi-Wan Kenobi (1998 figure), Ponda Baba (the 2002 Cantina section version), and Zutton (kitbashed blue tall version). The other set has Dr. Evazan (retooled legs, redeco), Kitik Keed'kak (premiere of sculpt), and Wuher (redeco with retooled arm). These sets are a great place to start, and if you have any crafty skills I'm sure you can combine these with your own talents to make an awesome toy for your son. And if you do, I'd like to ask that you send us some nice pictures to share with the rest of the class.

9. Has it been revealed anywhere where the 6 head sculpts of the mandalorians in the EE Elite forces sets came from? A few of them look very familiar to people I saw at the Hasbro presentation at C4. A quick 2nd question, do you know status of the STAP battle pack shown at C4, several BP not seen there have been revealed and on pre-order?
--Rich

The Entertainment Earth Elite Forces set are semi-mysterious, in that I only know some of them by name. Some of the figures have not been revealed to me, and without asking the individual on which it is based, I've found that in the past some people don't want their names revealed. So, what I can tell you is that Derryl DePriest is Dred Priest, Mij Gilamar is Brian Whilk, and Isabet Reau is based on someone who works at Hasbro. I'm under the impression that all the figures are indeed based on Hasbro employees but I don't have a full roster of names myself yet-- so if you guys are reading out there, please do write in and fill us in.

As to the STAP Attack Battle Pack, that's going to be a Toys "R" Us exclusive. Every now and again, Hasbro announces a product as a wide release and then changes it to an exclusive-- so this isn't unprecedented. Expect it this Spring.

10. my question to you is...do you think Hasbro is putting out too many toys?
--HMckennedy [question heavily edited]

As stated earlier in this column, yes, for a variety of reasons. I'd like to use another company as an example. Around the time that the Nintendo 64 was released, the game maker realized that if it made 10 or 30 titles per year, the average consumer would still buy roughly the same number of games. There are only so many birthdays and holidays per year, plus one can only devote so much time to one's hobby-- as a result, Nintendo started to pare down its releases, and sometimes it worked out well for them and sometimes, well, not so well. The company has remained fairly profitable even when it was seeing decreased overall sales as part of the strategy, and I think it might be one Hasbro should consider. Even if a kid was given a new toy every week of the year-- and that definitely pushes into spoiled child territory-- that's going to be 52 figures per year. When I was a kid, I was lucky to get maybe 10 toy-related gifts for my birthday and again for Christmas, plus whatever I could scrape together with my allowance. Because there's no possible way any kid can absorb Hasbro's Star Wars offerings in their entirety, obviously, this rich buffet of products has to be meant for collectors. (Or Hasbro's bean counters are really, really stupid.) Yes, variety is very important for the line to be successful, but that doesn't mean it has to be all new products. Having nearly 100 carded figures available in 2007 between Saga Legends and the various variants out there pushed the line to new heights of ridiculousness. Now I know collectors count for a lot, but surely, if Hasbro reduced its total number of pieces in an assortment, sales wouldn't take a big hit. It's great to have a ton of vehicles and figures in circulation but the phrase "collect them all!" is more of a threat than a reasonable suggestion these days.

Right now, for 2008, Hasbro will release the following assortments into circulation, plus more that haven't been announced yet: Basic Figures, Saga Legends, Comic Packs, Cinema Scenes, Evolutions, Mighty Muggs, Galactic Heroes, Unleashed, Transformers, Transformers (Darth Vader Death Star), Vehicles, Roleplay Blasters, Roleplay Lightsabers, board games, Titanium Series, and I'm probably forgetting a few. Titanium turns over so quickly if you blink, you'll miss an entire wave. While it's important to have a good menu of products at various prices so you can be sure to make a sale at nearly any price point, fact is there's just too damn much stuff out there. If you're a hardcore collector of everything, odds are you're really frustrated by this point. Even if you're just collecting one or two of the various scales, it's still a bit much. Short of Hot Wheels (or maybe Barbie) I don't think any line has ever offered so much in a single year-- and this is just from Hasbro, by the way. I'm ignoring LEGO toys and everything else out there for the sake of this particular question.

In short, yes, Hasbro is doing too much. I personally would like to see all the categories kept until they end their natural lifespan at retail (I give Mighty Muggs until December 2008), but some reductions wouldn't necessarily hurt. If Hasbro truly is going to run its "Saga/30th Anniversary" line separately from TV's The Clone Wars line, we are probably going to reach a point this Fall where things might get bad for collectors. I think the line will do well as long as the TV show doesn't suck and kids get into it, but we may be reaching a point where the collector base will simply have to give up or become Hasbro-exclusive just because it seems there could be anywhere from $1,500-$3,000 worth of toys released between August and December, depending on what kinds of exclusives hit. It really is excessive, but here's the thing-- Hasbro's not suffering. We're not seeing non-exclusive items hit clearance and the toys seem to be selling through well still. So complain as we do, Hasbro won't feel the pinch until a few months after stuff starts to back up at retail. Given the popularity of the brand-- and a presumed increase in popularity this Fall-- we don't matter. The 100% collector is no longer important if there's enough kids and 50%-80% collectors out there.

I do, however, think we'd be better off if Hasbro's approach didn't end up being a de facto "feast or famine" approach. If products were spread across the whole year a little better (maybe 50% from September-December and 50% from January-August) it's entirely possible collectors can absorb it. But we're not known for budgeting for toys, nor are we known for saving our disposable income for a big glut of products down the pike-- we'll just spend it on something else, be it Gentle Giant busts, Master Replicas sabers, or LEGO sets. It's not in Hasbro's best interest to push everything to holiday, like we see much of the video game industry doing, because a lot of stores are going to feel a real pinch on a chunk of their toy aisles if nothing new comes out between Force Unleashed in February or March and the Clone Wars "realistic" figures in what Hasbro is now stating to be "Fall." (Not like it matters, as Power Rangers will probably still sell well.)

One final thought on the topic-- I also firmly believe that, for better or worse, the constant flow of new product will slowly strangle out the secondary market for new stuff. Because you can always buy a Darth Vader at retail, there's almost no reason for any of the previous releases to be "worth something" in the future unless there's an attractive packaging variant, or something was recalled for safety reasons (which so far has never happened with Star Wars.) I don't collect because I plan on selling my stash someday, but many do. These people are suckers, but they also make up a lot of the customer base. As these people slowly realize their collection is barely worth what they paid for it because very few figures remain "rare" for long, we might see an exodus of some of the adult buyer community. (I'm actually cool with this, but as a collector, I can afford to be.)

FIN

One of the fun things going around this past weekend was the denial/backpeddling of various Lucasfilm folks on the subject of the Clone Wars theatrical release in August, which Hasbro USA has been boasting about since last year. In the toy industry, some of the best showbiz news is leaked by excited toy companies. Due to the lead times in marketing a motion picture, licensees typically have to be told months in advance about a new release-- just because you don't know about it doesn't mean that it hasn't been planned for one, two, or more years. Numerous reports from UK Toy Fair indicate that nearly every licensee associated with Lucasfilm is telling people that yes, it will be in theaters. Having dealt with toy companies a lot in the past decade and change, I can tell you that you can get a lot of fun dirt out of excitable toy folks at trade shows-- I'm sure there's a good reason that the big toy companies hire people to work their showrooms who are not full-time employees of the brand, you don't want to deal with any leaks. At one point, a former Hasbro employee (then a current Hasbro employee) told me there was no "Darth Maul" in this new prequel movie. So based on everything we're hearing I'd say it's a pretty safe bet you'll be able to walk into your favorite multiplex on or about August 8, 2008 to see several episodes of The Clone Wars on a nice big screen unless someone inside the Lucas camp changed their mind and forgot to fax the licensees.

And speaking of The Clone Wars, I hope all of you collectors out there are saving for Fall. With Hasbro delaying numerous Spring products to Fall (and we'll see if "Fall" means "July"), it seems 2008 is going to be so back-heavy that there's almost no chance any collector can keep up without putting stuff on their credit cards or start saving now. As expectations call for about 40+ basic figures, who knows how many Saga Legends, hundreds of dollars worth of exclusives, new Evolutions, new Battle Packs, new Galactic Heroes, new Transformers, new Mighty Muggs, new Comic Packs, and more, odds are you can probably expect to sink a few grand within a three-month period. And this isn't counting vehicles, which may include numerous $20-$25 vehicles and-- if the "rumors" are true-- another $250-$300 worth of high-end super-awesome giant vehicles. Oh, and then on top of that, there's going to be an entire The Clone Wars line. I don't know about you, but I'm going to start packing away change and cash right now to make sure I can keep up come Fall, otherwise there's no chance.

With Toy Fair just weeks away in New York, there's a lot of exciting things left to reveal. Will Hasbro's new The Clone Wars line be animated style? Will we see some of those awesome spy report items delayed due to a product glut? Can we hope to see some new basic figures announced since we've already seen the first Fall wave leaked? Heck if I know, but I'm hopeful. We've already seen LEGO is changing the style of their products to mimic the animated style more closely, and we've seen what seems to be a stylized, animated-style Captain Rex helmet illustration on Hasbro's mail-in paperwork for the exclusive action figure. We've already heard a leak-- and I have no doubt it isn't being confirmed elsewhere because it wasn't meant to be announced yet-- of a new Star Wars "movie" in the theaters this year. In short, it's probably going to be the craziest year on record, and we haven't even started on The Force Unleashed phase of 2008 yet. Buckle up, start saving, or start getting picky, because this is probably going to be the most expensive year for toy collectors yet!

Got questions? I bet you do. Email me with "Q&A" somewhere in the subject line and hopefully I'll get to yours in the next column!

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