I have a lot of practice, having done this for 8 years, and rewritten many of my questions for just that reason. It's easy to get sucked into coming across frustrated with Hasbro, often because we're frustrated with Hasbro.andersonh1 wrote:I think you've worded my questions better than I did. After re-reading them, I think I came across a bit negative, which wasn't my intention at all.
That last one, sir, is impossible.Almighty Unicron wrote:I'm not ready to accept the present. I'm gonna kick back with my straight ironed hair and my Fall Out Boy records and pretend Hayden Panettier is still relevant and was ever attractive.JediTricks wrote:Almost got me with that one, it's the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars, and Armada is 13 years old.
Adding a new question, so here's the updated list:
Recently, Hasbro's GI Joe and Transformers divisions worked together to produce cross-brand packs through the official fan club for Marissa Faireborn and Old Snake as GI Joe figures, characters that have direct connections in one form or another to both the Transformers cartoon and the GI Joe cartoon. Have you considered also tackling Hector Ramirez, the cartoon's version of Geraldo Rivera, for this line? He crossed over on Hasbro cartoons for GI Joe, Transformers, Jem, and Inhumanoids, and would make a great addition.
Combiner Wars seems to have marked a change in Transformers Generations production facilities from China to Vietnam. Why the change, and what benefits and challenges have you had from changing manufacturing to a different country?
With Devastator, why did the design for Mixmaster change so the vehicle is essentially backwards to traditional cement mixers and thus the G1 original?
On the current "Transformers: Robots in Disguise" line and the "Transformers: Generations: Combiner Wars" line, there seems like a significant difference in design and aesthetic, with "Robots in Disguise" having simpler product aiming more for a kid style. Will this trend continue into the future, splitting how the brands are developed?
Will future collector-focused lines like Generations have unified themes the way we've had with the "Combiner Wars" theme this year?
With the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars coming up next year and Takara suggesting they will do a Beast Wars Masterpiece figure from Optimus Primal, will Hasbro be tackling the anniversary in any way as well?
Similarly, will we see more homage and celebrations of other series beyond Generation 1 in the future? For example, when Transformers Armada is 15 years old in 2017, might we see something like Masterpiece Hot Shot?
Might Hasbro develop Combiner Wars beyond just modern-day vehicles? The Technobots forming Computron from futuristic vehicles or the Terrorcons (the monster-bots forming Abominus) who could perhaps be remolded into the Predacons (forming Predaking) would be prime examples.
On the Combiner Wars Deluxe figures, the IDW comic book pack-in issues are taken from the IDW Transformers book before the Combiner Wars crossover, so they don't correspond to the characters they come with, some don't even have combiners in them at all. So how are the comic books chosen for the pack-ins?
Considering the relatively small size of the comic book reading audience (around 10,000 a month) compared to a television series (a couple million an episode) or certainly the live action movies (hundreds of millions of people), has packing in comics with the deluxe figures produced higher sales for either or both figures and comics?
Does Hasbro view the IDW comics as an idea-generator for the toy brand, an entity that produces new designs and updated takes on existing characters that can then be used to produce a new version of a toy -- such as Ultra Magnus coming with the Minimus Ambus mini-figure, or creating demand for Swerve?
Why does Devastator not have 5mm holes in his hands to hold other Transformers weapons? He's the only Combiner Wars figure who doesn't have them in one way or another.
In the last few years, the price of figures has gone up several times while the products got smaller or simpler. Now at least the cost of oil is coming down, but other economic question marks are out there such as labor. Do you expect pricing to stabilize for a while where they are?