Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 012 Show Notes

  1. Introduction

    1. About the podcast and site

    2. About Us

    3. Contact Us

    4. What are we drinking?

  2. Toy News

    1. Botcon: Flak and Thunderclash (Energon Rodumus)

    2. Star Wars Q and A

      • Jedi News: First of all, it was really good to see a Yuuzhan Vong figure revealed at Toy Fair. Does Hasbro plan to release any further EU figures from New Jedi Order such as Jacen and Jaina. Also, are there any plans for a Zayne Carrick figure either as a Comic Pack or Legacy Basic figure release?Yes, there are plans for Jacen and Jaina at some point. As for Zayne, there are no plans right now. His was the very last pack cut from the list before we nailed down the 2010 line plan. He is a strong possibility for a 2011 comic pack, however.
      • Jedi News: There were reports of a Galactic Heroes AT-AT with electronics (apparently this was seen at the UK Toy Fair) but this wasn’t mentioned or seen as part of the US Toy Fair Coverage. Can you clarify the position on this item and when and if we’re likely to see it? The item will not be released in 2009; it is being considered right now for 2010.
      • Mousedroid: The articulation in your figs keeps getting better and better but sometimes some of the figures have swivel elbows rather then the ball jointed elbows. My question is will you guys phase out the swivel joints and completely replace them all with ball joints? Also is there any talk about a new way of doing the hips? Perhaps ball jointed hips? Thanks for the comment. It’s unlikely we’ll ever phase out swivel arms, as they remain a viable alternative for us as we can’t simply produce every figure with super-articulation due to extraordinary costing challenges. We are happy with our current hip designs, and don’t feel the need to go to ball hips as a universal solution.
      • SSG: Titanium Series has suffered another indignity by not being included at New York Toy Fair. With recent significant price increases, a continued focus on pointless repaints, a general feeling of lack of support from Hasbro for pretty much the life of the line, canceled and displaced molds (some shown at the ’08 Toy Fair), what is happening with Titanium Series? Fans keep asking about the line, and Hasbro keeps saying they will give it more attention at the next venue, only to get shorted again. What does the future hold for this line that is in many ways the only outlet for most Star Wars vehicles in toy form? Are sales at least solid enough that Titanium collectors can relax their fears a bit for the foreseeable future, or is the line considerably weaker than the 3.75″ figure line and thus vulnerable in these uncertain economic times? Titanium is indeed a much less-collected sub line that the 3-3/4″ line. In the first year of Titanium vehicles, the line showed promise, but the audience never materialized to grow the collecting base. Since them, we have struggled with the amount of new tooling the line could justify along with the extraordinary number of new/refresh items the line needed to stay productive at retail (an outcome of the smaller batch sizes). While we feel that this year we are giving it some great attention and some exciting new tools, this will be the last year for Titanium. The line will be put on hiatus after 2009.
      • SSG: With the live action Star Wars TV series looming on the horizon, I presume Hasbro is already working on figures for it, so are there any plans on what we are likely to see and will it be included within waves or will it have it’s own collection like TLC or CW? We have not begun work on live action. Lucasfilm has yet to announce a schedule, but when they do we look forward to getting reference material as soon as it’s available.
    3. Seibertron: New Transformers Animated found in Walmart Systems

    4. Seibertron: End Henkei

    5. Cobra Commander Revealed

    6. Seibertron: Encore 15 “The Big Mission” in box

    7. Seibertron: Diarycon Exclusive: Tolietbot

    8. Update to Fan-based Projects:

    9. Revenge of the Fallen Toy News:

  3. Store Report

    1. Sightings

    2. In The Ads

      • Target: Transformers Animated Deluxes – $8.99 (sold out at mine)
      • Toys’R’Us: 25% off Lego Star Wars (in store only)
  4. Online

    1. New Items and Pre-Orders

    2. Sales and Promos

  5. What We Got

  6. Weekly Toy Review: Samurai Prowl (TransFanPH) and Star Wars McQuarrie Luke Skywalker vs. Darth Vader Statue

  7. Listener Feedback and Questions

  8. Grab Bag

    1. Spockacation!

    2. Transformers G1 Box set Extras

    3. TFW 2005: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen IMAX tickets June 10th

  9. Peace