View Full Version : SSG BATTLE OF THE MACHINES Semi-Finals - Fight 4
08-09-2002, 03:20 AM
The Semi-Finals end with this fight tonight, and we have one hell of a match-up for you!
The best ship of the Prequels will be decided tonight as the Naboo Defense Force's N-1 Starfighter takes on Jango Fett's Firespray dubbed Slave-One!
Padme Amidala takes the controls for this Attack from "Clones" and we see her bright yellow N-1 comes loaded with exciting lights and sounds. The ship makes a very awesome fly-bye roar past you, as well as breaks the silence of many of the later additions to the vehicle collection with some rapidly firing green laser cannons! In case that's not enough to defend the Senator, a proton torpedo fires hard and launches rapidly away from the ship to destroy Padme's enemies! The cockpit holds one pilot action figure, and also has a place to connect the Pilot Anakin Skywalker's flight control panel accessory. This gives figures a throttle and firing stick they can actually hold to command the craft. Finally, when the tail flare is added to the craft (for its basic assembly) the ship is longer than any other Star Wars fightercraft, with nice flowing lines and a cool, vintage craftsman look. In the Preliminary Rounds the N1 defeated the Trade Federation Droid Fighters 59 - 10 for a victory with 85% of the vote. The N-1 then went on to beat Sebulba's Podracer in the Quarterfinals 112-35 for a win with 76% of the vote.
Padme faces the 3 seat Firespray Class patrol and attack craft that Jango Fett has packed with hidden features. To start with, there's no tracking all of them! If you manage to attach a tracking device onto the hull of Slave-One, it's onboard systems will detect it and by flipping a pannel on the toys fuselage, you can instantly destroy any detection devices, or repair the ship to "brand new." What's more impressive is the firepower packed in this baby! After manually rotating the craft's stabalizer wings into flight position for fast manuevering, hit the hidden weapons control knob to pop open a secret hatch to reveal a quadruple firing rapid launching missle system! And it really works! Extra missles are stored in the back so you can always find the firepower you will need to hunt Jango Fett's prey. But sometimes you gotta scare them out a little - that's ok too. Slave One comes with 4 rapid release plasma charges that can also be deployed like space mines just in case it gets a little harder to pin point your quarry. Or if the contract says dead-or-alive, use them in combination with the missles to just blast them into one big disintegration! It's tough to outmatch or outgun Hasbro's all-new Slave-One!" This ship beat its pilot's own son's ship, Boba Fett's Slave-One 109-44 to storm ahead with 71% of the vote. Previously, this ship killed Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter 71-42, carrying 62% of the vote in a tougher match for Slave-One during the Preliminaries.
So now which toy will it be? The best of all the prequel vehicles to make it this far: the electronic-effects Naboo Fighter or the fully-armed Slave-One?
You make the pick!
08-09-2002, 03:40 AM
I think Slave 1 should have gone up against the AT-AT in the first semifinal, it's closer to the price point than the AT-ST. Pitting these 2 great ships against each other at this point is really a disservice to both toys IMO.
I voted for Slave 1 simply because it's got more going on, slightly better detailing, and a more generous cockpit (sorry, but the Naboo Fighter's cockpit has NO reason to be so tight except that the battery compartment gets in the way). Both are near-perfect toys of their movie versions, and each has really minor flaws that don't detract at all (non-removable droid on N-1, not enough storage space and out of scale on Slave 1) leaving a LOT of points on the "good" side for each. I wouldn't say this is a "tough" choice for me, but both of these are definitely at the top of the heap.
08-09-2002, 06:53 AM
I picked the Slave 1, but I still think the N-1 Naboo Fighter is a great ship
08-09-2002, 08:43 AM
I like the N-1.
Mainly because it is such a cool ship. Slave 1 is awesome with all its features - but the N-1's scale and electronics take it.
The True Maul
08-09-2002, 09:11 AM
The Slave1 is the best but the N1 is also awesome. :)
08-09-2002, 09:37 AM
I go with the N-1. The electronics was a big part of it for me. Lights and sounds are few and far between nowadays. but I also just dig the look and feel of the N-1. It grows on me more and more, that way it gracefully floats in the air or sits on the shelf. it's so different from any other Star Wars vehicle. I was hoping it'd make it to the end of the tournament, but alas, it's going to get creamed leaving nothing remotely having a chance against the AT-AT juggernaut.
08-09-2002, 09:53 AM
Wow, it seems these polls alternate between an obvious winner and one that could easily end up in a tie. Another great match-up!
I picked the N1 over the Slave 1 for two reasons: 1) Electronics! and 2) appearance. Electronics just makes a toy that much better. I loved the improved X-Wing and AT-AT (over the vintage ones) due to the extra sounds we got. I thoroughly despise the POTF TIE/F just because it lacks it. The N1's appearance is graceful and elegant over the utilitarian structure of the Slave 1. I concede that this last point is definitely subjective, but isn't that what these polls are all about?
The Slave 1 is also a great ship with room for three (!) figures as well as multiple projectile action. I just have to give the edge to the N1 due to the little extras, but it was a tough decision.
08-09-2002, 10:01 AM
I'll go with the Slave 1 one mainly due to all of its weapons. It is the ultimate bounty hunter ship.
08-09-2002, 10:19 AM
I chose the N-1. It is totally to scale compared to slave 1 which should be bigger. Also its missle fire from the right spot whereas slave one fires from the middle under the cockpit. Also the N-1 is electronic with some good sound effects and Slave 1 isnt even though it is more expensive. Of course it doesnt really matter the AT-AT is going to trash either one of these if they go up against it.
08-09-2002, 11:45 AM
I pick the Slave 1. Although I like both ships. The only problem I had with the N-1 was it's cockpit which didn't seem to be the right size for anyone. Ric Olie was too big and Anakin was too small (unless you got that adapter from the Naboo Pilot Anakin).
Other than that, the differences in quality are pretty negligible. This could have gone either way for me.
08-09-2002, 01:01 PM
So far the matchups have lent themselves logical choices. Tonight's fight is a tough one.
In terms of set-ups, I came out of the Quarterfinals with 8 vehicles:
The TIE Interceptor and TIE Bomber (match still open about 1 more day from the time of this post) were both classic Starfighters - 1 man ships used in dog fighting. They've been paired with opponents of the same caliber throughout the BotM, fighting Rebels and Imperials alike. It seems space vehicle competitions are most likely for them, rather than price-points, as they widely varied from the 1995 TIE Fighter's $20 to 2000's B-wing which initially retailed for $50 I think (I didn't buy it at that price). And only the X-wing (standard version) had electronics. So it seemed fair to let the dog-fighters decide who's king of the hill. By a narrow margin, that looks like its the ESB's TIE Bomber right now.
The Speederbike and Landspeeder were natural opponents. There were 8 light vehicles like the STAP, Anakin's speeder from AOTC, Darth Maul's Sith Speeder, etc. It was a mixed contest between prequel vehicles and classic ones, and two classics came down to fight for the final decision in their size range. ROTJ's speederbike took that title.
With Slave-One ($24-30, AOTC), the N-1 ($20-30, TPM/AOTC), the AT-ST ($20 in '95, Classic SW), and the AT-AT ($80 in '97, Classic SW), price point really didn't distinguish obvious pairs with these.
Instead I could separate them by:
air or ground assault vehicles
classic or prequel vehicles - which still has made a difference to some here.
So I went AT-AT vs AT-ST and N-1 versus Slave-One.
Now, with 1 prequel starship, the TIE Bomber, and the AT-AT in the mix, the speederbike versus any of these will be a bit ridiculous, but there's no where for it to go during the Finals.
It would have been a waste of a match to purposely try and eliminate the speederbike earlier, plus put the landspeeder up in the same type of competition??? These were both $9 vehicles. Now we know which one is on top of the heap in the lightweight category.
But these matches are not intended to RANK the vehicles. We do not have a write-in option poll program that statistically tallies which craft comes next. BotM is first and foremost for fun, but it will select the top dog and SSG Readers' pick of the Best of the Best. The AT-AT already defeated the Falcon which successfully took on the Royal Starship, so it's had its fights in its own size and weight category. If the huge Imperial juggernaut makes it to the Championship, it will have earned the Title, no doubt.
But BotM has in no way implied that the TIE Bomber is better than the Millennium Falcon, just because it made it to the Semi-Finals. Instead I've been trying to set up the most fair matches that yeild equal opportunities to each opponent.
The time for that is over. The Speederbike must fight in the Finals. It will be a David-and-Goliath type match, but there's nothing that can be done about "fair" for the Speederbike now.
As to the N-1 and Slave-One, they are a perfect match-up for the Semi-Finals, and we are not saying the speederbike is better than either vehicle if they lose this round. All we will know, is which ship fans prefer, the Naboo Fighter, or Jango Fett's Slave-One.
08-09-2002, 02:12 PM
Hmm...(flipping a coin)....Slave I.
More projectiles to shoot, I guess, is why the scales tipped this way. Both are fantastic renditions of the movie ships and for the most part, are easy to play with, for young and old alike.:)
08-09-2002, 02:19 PM
I'm with the N1....I still fly it around my house making sounds with it.......it's a shame Slave One doesn't come with FX..... :(:mad:
08-09-2002, 06:53 PM
IMO, this should have been split up by 3 size classifications and then had 2 combatants pulled from a hat at the first round, then 2 price classifications for these semifinals and again, the hat. Just my opinion, but it feels like some vehicles that were too similar battled too early.
I personally don't care about electronics in the vehicles, they too often don't sound right (the Naboo Fighter's guns sound very "chunky" and an awful lot like a WW2-era prop plane trying to start, while the flyby sound makes me want to answer the phone while looking out the window for the aforementioned prop-plane), they take up space that could be used for another feature or legroom, and the lights usually light up the plastic in the wrong places (the N-1's guns light up green, but the yellow hull behind the guns ALSO lights up). If given the choice between the TRU X-wing and the Power FX X-wing at the same price, I'll go with the TRU version (should I ever find it ;)).
08-09-2002, 11:22 PM
I, like most, if not all, of you like both ships a lot.
For aesthetic reasons I like the N-1 more. I think the design is beautiful, and I love the chrome (on the actual ship) which gives it a very sleek and sporty look.
Despite this I voted for the Slave-1 because I think that it has better play potential (AOTC version).
There were other reasons that contributed to this, but others have already stated them very well (JediTricks). Even though both ships are so good, where you would expect them to be close like in Round 3, I foresee the Slave-1 to hold onto the lead it now has.
You've got some great fights here Tycho! Keep them coming!
08-10-2002, 12:59 PM
I'm going with Slave 1. Normally any with vehicle with electronics would have my vote. Because no version of Slave 1 has had electronics it has doesn't matter that much to me. I like the cockpit of better in Slave 1 and the weapons are fun to play with. And I don't like the fact the paint on the windshield of the N1 chips off easily.
Darth Marra 54
08-10-2002, 02:38 PM
Slave One all the way. Just too unstopable with all those extra weapons!
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