Hasbro's Star Wars brand team agreed to answer two questions from TNI fans on a regular basis. Here are this week's questions and answers. You can also head over to Jedi Insider to check out another Q&A session.
TNI: A question was raised during Toy Fair about whether the removable blades on your new FX Lightsabers are interchangeable among the different hilts. We were just wondering if you ever discovered the answer.
Hasbro: The blades are not interchangeable, unfortunately. That was never a part of our design spec, and would have been difficult to achieve given that each saber disconnects in a unique way. It's possible we could do this for future sabers, but we don't have plans to redo these to make them compatible.
If you would like to see these cool new Lightsaber replicas in action, check out this video from last month's 2010 New York Toy Fair with the Hasbro Star Wars Brand Team members showing off the new Star Wars products for the coming year. To see the portion with the FX Lighsabers, fast-forward to about the 32:10 mark of the video and watch from there.
TNI: Following up with replicas, the new Lightsabers are very cool but for those of us who always chose to be Han Solo over Luke Skywalker as kids, what are the chances that you will make realistic blaster replicas with actual laser firing sound effects perhaps with a realistic-looking blaster holster belt for your FX line?
Hasbro: We have been looking at this, but unfortunately we will never be able to make realistic blaster replicas of many of the iconic weapons. If the on-screen blaster is black (Han Solo, Leia, Stormtrooper, Clone Trooper, etc) then we will not be able to proceed. However, if there are other iconic on-screen weapons that have coloration similar to the types of toy products that we bring to market, then that is a possibility.
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