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JediTricks
10-25-2002, 05:34 AM
In the vintage days, the toys would cross over from one movie title to the next, driving some completists crazy but giving a better shot at missed-opportunities to those who just jumped on board. Plus, most of the vehicles really were in the sequels the toy packaging was claiming to be - the X-wing should have come in "SW", "ESB", and "ROTJ" packaging because it WAS in all of those films.

However, the Naboo Fighter, which is a fine toy on its own and was actually in Episode II did not get re-released. Figures like Captain Typho and Padme CA can actually fit in the toys, they're costumed to fly this ship, yet if you didn't buy a Naboo Fighter 2 or 3 years ago, these new figures have nothing to pilot. If Hasbro wanted to make it different, they could have added a different paint job, fixed the cockpit seat/floor to hold Ric Olie (Padme CA and Typho fit wayyyyyy better in the Naboo Fighter than Ric there) by removing the lip at the battery hatch, even add the removable controls that came with E1 Anakin Pilot. Seems like a wasted opportunity to me, they probably didn't sell a TON of these from Ep 1, why not at least re-box 'em?

Yes, I know it seems like hypocrisy for me to say this when I'm against it for older figures like Greedo and Momaw Nadon, but I don't see it that way - the older figures from a few years ago could be done better now instead of just using those same molds, but the vehicles are a different issue than figures IMO - they often don't need as much updating as the figures and should be offered with more retailer/manufacturer faith behind them instead of less which is what we're currently seeing.

Battle Droid
10-25-2002, 05:37 AM
It's listed as a 2003 Exclusive with Pilot at www.rebelscum.com

JediTricks
10-25-2002, 05:42 AM
I dunno about that, but even so, seems like a day late and a dollar short to me. The film's biggest buzz with new audiences was back in May of 2002, not who-knows-when of 2003, they should have put it out the same year the movie came out I think.

Plus, I'm sick of elusives... pardon, I mean "exclusives"; and too often the exclusivity takes the fun out of toys for the less hardcore collectors.

kdp100
10-25-2002, 06:11 AM
It'd be nice if they offered this ship re-packaged with a pack-in figure like Celia Imrie and/or an assortment of interchangeable astromech heads (green R2-A6, etc.).

Lord Tenebrous
10-25-2002, 08:45 AM
I think the massive amounts of Episode 1 vehicles that hit rock-bottm clearance was the primary reason we didn't see this ship in 2002. Who's going to buy a new Starfighter in Saga packaging for $30 when the vast majority of collectors could find the old one at TRU or Walmart for around $8? But even collectors stocking up couldn't clear the shelves.

Sinister Lord
10-25-2002, 09:13 AM
Yeah, I bought mine for 10 bucks. The Naboo fighter was a shelf warmer, that's why they haven't reissued it. Doing it as an exclusive might make sense, so it doesn't end up clogging the shelves in all the stores again.

Beast
10-25-2002, 09:23 AM
I'd buy it as an exclusive, if they make a few changes to the toy to make it better. First, ditch the electronics. Then take the time to actually chrome the bottom. Then re-tool the Ric Olie figure into a generic pilot and give him a cloth coat. Slap it into a box and I'll buy one. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

JEDIpartner
10-25-2002, 09:30 AM
I got mine for $6.99 at Sears! Anyhow... the coat thing... I know it's not exactly movie accurate, but I used the trench coat from the Endor set for my Naboo pilot. It looks pretty cool.

Will pass on this if it is reissued as i already have one. I need no more pilots or pilot dressed figures now that I have Padme, Typho and Ric. It's a nice toy, but I can can KINDA see why they didn't chrome the bottom. That chips off so much easier than the paint they are currently using for the chrome parts.

allenj456
10-25-2002, 09:40 AM
i bought one 2 weeks ago for my pilot padme for 7$ online! Unless this one has something really nifty (ie. removable r2 unit and landing gear) ill probably pass on it

JangoFart
10-25-2002, 10:00 AM
I think that most collectors and kids would pass on any re-issue of the Naboo fighter UNLESS it comes with an exclusive figure and is substantially retooled.

Let's face it: The Naboo fighter ain't no X-Wing. It does not have the design and "coolness" of an X-Wing. That's why it will rot on the same shelves that the EP1 version did. Additionally, the Droid Fighter ain't no TIE Fighter; same reason it rotted on the shelves.

I've actually seen UK Driod Fighters and Naboo Fighters at the local KB Toys here in Oklahoma. Don't know why they would do that, but they have. (I'm sure the ones that rotted on the UK shelves were brought over here to see if they can get any "Gee, look at the funky writing" sales.)

J

fourtwo
10-25-2002, 10:22 AM
i totally agree.
i don't think much else needs to be said, you guys have covered the bases. as long as this "exclusive" makes it way towhere i live i'm happy.
its a very cool looking ship, i'd like to buy a nice retooled one. electronics on SW toys don't really swing well with me, unless its that fabulous saga R2-D2, thus i passed on the Ep I version.

gibbspaulus
10-25-2002, 10:35 AM
TBH the Uk had them on claerance until very recently. A local store had the fighter for 6 )$9) and Olie for 4 ($6) and I though 'ooh, must get a couple'. Two weeks later - all gone, and now I know where

JangoFart
10-25-2002, 11:57 AM
By the way, JediTricks, there is no such thing as Patrick Duffy. I thought we've covered this before....

J

stad
10-25-2002, 12:34 PM
I couldn't see them re-releasing this for Ep. 2, I still see the Ep. 1 ones at TRU when I'm out traveling!

LTBasker
10-25-2002, 12:49 PM
They could always make the bottom metal, that way the Jedi can force call them from across the Galaxy! :p

A reissue of the Naboo Fighter I think wouldn't be too bad if they included some sort of clear plastic stand for it to "hover" with (the pegs that hold it up could go into the screw holes) along with a green R2 unit. On the insides they could get the control panel from Naboo Pilot Anakin and glue it in there and possibly retool it so that it has more space in the cockpit for the pilot since it does get pretty cramped in there with the control panel.

The ladder would be nice for it too, actually that'd make a cool window box set, have the fighter there with the ladder on it and then the pilot and the Droid off to the side with the interior of the box looking like the Coruscant landing pad. Needs a more weathered paintjob too.

I think to save money to spend on the retooling and such they could take out the electronics along with the bulbs in the cannon slots but leave the shooting torpedo since that's pretty fun and out of the way plus if you take out the torpedo during display it still looks accurate.

My guess though as to why it wasn't released in the first place was because of the low sales of the first one and how much it sat after being released so much on May 3rd so if they were planning on making it, then they wanted to release it later on so to be sure stores didn't overorder.

bigbarada
10-26-2002, 03:11 AM
Expectations were waaaay to high for all of the Ep1 toys. Especially the Naboo fighter. I remember reading in magazines about his this was going to be the hottest item on the shelves once the movie was released cuz all of the kids would want to relive Anakin's victory in the space battle. One magazine even told readers to expect to see every kid playing with one on every street corner. These writers actually expected to see a carbon copy repeat of 1977-78. Considering all this along with the reality of the Naboo Fighter's flop is all the more tragic.

Although, like JT says, it is a nice looking ship and a well designed toy and I was surprised that Hasbro didn't take the opportunity of Ep2's release to clear out the millions of them they must still have laying around.

Jedi Law Student
10-26-2002, 04:00 AM
I think it would be cool to see the Naboo Fighter re-released. It's one of the best Star Wars vehicles, IMHO. It's really sleek.

Anyway, they could do what they did in the old days... include some "battle damage" stickers, and voila! a new toy! (sort of)

JediTricks
10-27-2002, 02:17 PM
Just so long as the stickers are removable! I found out the hard way as a kid that the X-wing's battle damage stickers were painfully non-removable unless you wanted to destroy the OTHER stickers and leave yucky mess everywhere. ;)

BB, it reminds me of the STAP situation from Ep 1. Hasbro released the green-box preview STAP and it bombed even though everybody said it'd be super-incredible. Then, everybody was surprised that Hasbro re-released the STAP in the red box with a slightly different/better paintjob and that red-boxed STAP eventually sold out and became HTF. I think a mass-released Naboo Fighter at the opening of Ep 2 would have been the same way, and it would have harkened back to the golden Vintage days when X-wings came in different boxes.

I won't argue that the Naboo Fighter is no X-wing, but it's a good toy, it was in Ep 2, and Hasbro's got to have a bunch of 'em left over. Kids and collectors who didn't get into SW until now will have missed it.

Wolfwood319
10-27-2002, 10:09 PM
The price of every vehicle these days seems to be at least $30. And most of them are exclusives, or as JT put it "elusives." (Sad but true, unfortunately.) The current Saga X-Wing that's out right now is one of the best vehilces to date, IMO. Its better scale, has an excellent paint job, and has a cool exclusive R2 and accessories. But with a $40 price tag, its collecting dust on shelves right next to that $20 landspeeder. If these aren't moving, what are the chances of a re-packaged Naboo fighter doing any better?

I'd personally love a Naboo fighter, especially with that window box, pilot, stand and ladder. But when I can still get the original for $7-$10 almost anywhere online, is there any hope for a $30 version. But I'd much rather see re-releases of much harder to find vehicles and creatures; Eopie, Y-Wing, Skiff, etc. When you can still find the original on the discount shelves, there's no need to re-release it.

I think we'll be feeling the reprucussions of the E1 toy fiasco for the rest of this or any Star Wars action figure line as long as they continue making Star Wars figures. (Although TRU's and Wal Mart's sending back older Saga figures isn't a good sign either, but at least, for the moment anyway, we'll be seeing the new figures on the shelf.)

Jayspawn
10-27-2002, 11:37 PM
I was thinking the same thing. They should have re-released the Naboo Fighter in SAGA packging. I like the idea of an exclusive Pilot w/ fighter anyways.