THE latest for Sandtroopers.com:
1: With the up and coming Clones wars animations coming out, would you consider making a clone factory? Would you consider having small containerized "manufactured" clones as a mail away item?
We don't have any plans to make a Clone factory at this time. The Clone Wars doesn't concentrate on the manufacturing of the clones, but rather is more battle-focused. The only reference we have is to the cloning facilities on Kamino, and we don't think that would make the most compelling playset. Likewise, no plans for mail-in Clones beyond the Captain Rex mail-in, at least for now.
2: Read about the confirmation and have seen the pics and the new Millenium Falcon looks amazing. My question is in many of the prior q&a's you have stated that high-end items dont sell as well as the cheaper stuff, so why decide to release two high-end items(Millenium Falcon and AT-TE) on the same day? Dont you think this will hurt their sales?
We think the time is right for both of these items, and are convinced that they will find separate markets. The Millennium Falcon has been designed to appeal to fans of all ages, especially older fans, while the AT-TE is set to delight the kids who will experience Star Wars for the first time with the Clone Wars. We think that both of these superb vehicles will find their way into most fans' collections somehow, even if that means one or the other purchase needs to be deferred. They should both be available over the course of the Fall, in any case.
3: Pictures on the box for the new Millennium Falcon show a Luke figure with the blast shield helmet interacting with the training remote. Does this mean that you plan to re-release and/or retool this figure so it will be available for kids and collectors alike to recreate the scene? I have found that there are several occasions where you folks depict a character or a certain figure on vehicle packaging, but they are nowhere to be found at the time of the vehicle's release (case in point, there are no Clone Pilots at retail for the V-Wing). Why does this continue to happen, and don't you think it's a bad idea to show kids figures that they can't find on the pegs at the same time as the vehicle? Not everyone will understand that a figure is ten years old and not available when they see it on a brand new package.
While some kids do want the specific figure to go with a vehicle, a lot of kids generalize, for instance using main characters or clones in their vehicles. The Millennium Falcon though is a pretty big one so in the Battle Pack assortment this Fall there will be a "Millennium Falcon Passengers" pack with Luke, Obi-Wan, C-3PO and R2-D2. The figures will not be new, but repacks, so this should help those kids out there recreate the iconic scenes. As for the clone pilots, we did have them available in the Clone Trooper Evolution pack, and more pilots will be added into the Clone Wars figure line as time goes on.