I stumbled onto a youtube video of someone interviewing Dwight Stall and Jesse Falcon at Toyfair and thought it was interesting of what I heard and thought I would share concerning Firestar which is a figure I been wanting made and others as well I noticed. Someone actually asked them about a future release of her and if she would appear in a Spiderman wave which I figured most likely would happen.
Dwight answered that they actually made a prototype of her and did plan to stick her in a Spiderman wave some years back but he was told No. The reason being that they did not want to mix mutants in with the Spiderman line. I found that pretty interesting because I was holding out hope of seeing her pop up someday but now know they did have plans but was not allowed to go through with it. I love how Dwight is open about this and was willing to share.
I did not post a link to the youtube video because I did not want to break the rules but liked learning the fate of Firestar and wanted to share. He acted like she still might see the light of day, maybe in an X-Men wave?
What strikes me is how the higher ups at Hasbro seem to be more "in the know" than they need to be. It's almost like Dwight, Jessie & crew are giving up too much information when they try and sell an idea. Who the hell offered up the information that Firestar was a mutant in the first place? I suppose I could imagine the suits posing some question like "Does this character have any involvement with properties not owned by Marvel?" rather than "Is this character a mutant?". I think their thinking would be geared more towards "Is this character Avengers, GOTG, Spider-Man, Television or X-Men or other?". Anyone with any kinda knowledge knows she's an Avenger or New Warrior, but only very loosely an X-Man. It just seems like someone is over informing them somehow. As a matter of fact, I can't even remember a time when she was closely involved with the X-Men or related teams, tho I'm sure she has been for short periods. You would think, by now, the creative crew would know how to play the game when proposing a line up. I could maybe see some of the stuffed shirts be hip to the fact that some of the high profile characters that have been on the Avengers like Rogue and Beast are mutants, but Firestar?
In reality, I guess that would explain the absence of an updated Quicksilver (other than the dual movie identities), but if that's the case, how the hell did they get away with Scarlet Witch (the non MCU one)? I don't know. I've been on this forum for a long time, and though Dwight seems like a pretty straight shooter most of the time, it seems like anything that Jessie has to say involves some amount of BS. Back in the day when Hasbro first obtained the Marvel license he was a strait out liar on many cases. He was often heard making excuses & contradictory statements that left everyone scratching their heads. This seems like some more of that same kinda Deja Vu.