Hot off the heels of BotCon, Hasbro has sent along answers to the latest round of our Q & A session. Unfortunately I only received two responses, but they are quoted below:
Q: G.I. Joe: Renegades toys were initially said to be animated in style in one of your official Q & A responses. The final product, obviously, is a lot more based in reality. From a design perspective, can you comment on how the animated style differed from the realistic one? Was it proportions, articulation, or just paint applications?
A: The animated style was closer in sculpted style to the style seen on screen in GI JOE RENEGADES, it had alot of angled surfaces and complexities, and not a ton of straps or surface detail. Articulation points and basic proportions were different as well in this line. They looked pretty cool! In the end, we decided to go with a style which was more in-line with the realistic look of 30th and POC, since they were to live in the same “universe” together. We like the end result, and think it’s a great marriage of the two styles (animated and realistic).
Q: What was the thought process behind making Zarana a potential SDCC Exclusive? Are retailers still so worried about the sales impact of female figures, and if so, how are we ensured to get more of our favorite female characters on store shelves?
A: There are two questions here. The first is why Zarana for Comic-Con? The answer is twofold. We have some very passionate GI Joe fans working on the brand who realy wanted to get both a female character and specifically Zarana out there. The second question is about female characters in mainline. The truth is that they just don’t sell as well as other characters. With a limited amount of figures to work with, we can’t afford to have a figure that doesn’t sell well.
Of course, as always, you can keep hitting up GeneralsJoes Q & A Page for a gathering of all questions across the web!