Q1: The Force Unleashed exclusive battlepacks are now hitting TRU stores, and we've noticed that BOTH sets include the SAME "phasing" shadow stormtrooper that is clear. In the Toy Fair presentation one of the sets was shown to include black "phasing" version featuring a newly sculpted head with removable helmet - what happened? Is it possible that we will see that figure later released as an exclusive similar to how the TAC Stormtrooper Commander was released at GameStop? If not when might we see that particular head sculpt with balaclava worked into the trooper mix.
A1: The original intent was to give a different version of the Shadow Storm in each set, and so we had developed two versions of the phased trooper. However, Lucasfilm did not like the second version (that you mentioned) and we had to make a last-minute change and made them the same.
Q2: Here is a question on behalf of all the customizers and diorama builders out there. Has there been any progress in trying to standardize the neck pegs (for troopers and humans) in order to provide for easier swapping of heads/helmets from one figure to another to add variety to our collections. Also with the launch of the new Galactic Battle Game and the accompanying figure stands, are there plans to release a separate multipack of stands through HasbroToyShop or other outlet.
A2: We have been trying to do this on our sculpts, but we continue to have a challenge trying to control the multiple factories currently engaged in Star Wars figure production. Factories are the experts when it comes to manufacturing and they often take liberties, even small, to get our figure sculpts ready for production which interferes with systematization of something like joint size. Regarding stands, there are no plans to release a pack of Galactic Battle Game figure stands. HasbroToyShop still has an ample supply of the outstanding 2-peg stands (great for fixing drooping Battle Droids) and we will focus our stand effort there until the supply is exhausted.