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Tycho
08-30-2009, 11:27 PM
I'm going to start a new thread series.

This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case a Rebel Blockade Runner from ANH).

I will cover several unmade vehicles for the action figures per week, choosing them from a rotating schedule through the movies and the Expanded Universe (I guess - we'll see how that goes).

I'll order it TPM, AOTC, ROTS, ANH, ESB, ROTJ, EU, and then keep going back through the order in that manner.

So here I'm only asking you if you'd buy a Rebel Blockade Runner from A New Hope.

I envision this vehicle for a $150+ price range. I built my own, off-scale, just large enough to set up the original opening scene from the first Star Wars and I ended up with a 5 foot long ship. Off-scale, this is larger than the BMF by more than 2 feet!

There will be a cockpit with a pilot and navigator station and a command chair, and perhaps two "aides' chairs" laid out as you saw the ship's cockpit in ROTS. A blast door separates the cockpit from the neck.

Then there is a gunner station (or upper and lower ones) where a crewer can sit in a gun chair and control the direction of the twin-barrel turbolasers.

Beyond that, on either side of the ships by the docking rings, there are boarding hatches that are accessable by action figures.

Further back, under the radar dish (which turns), there is one escape pod that can jettison from the ship, carrying R2-D2 and C-3PO, or other figures as you see fit.

In the back of the ship, the engineering section has hidden passageways for Princess Leia to hide within.

This ship can be filled with Fleet Troopers, Stormtroopers, Captain Antilles, Darth Vader, U-3PO, R4-M9, R2-D2, C-3PO, Princess Leia, Imperial Officers, and have red sticker applications.

Or it can host Bail Organa, Captain Antilles, Pilot Colton, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2, C-3PO and more prequel characters and have blue sticker applications.

Do you want it made even larger so Grievous' fighter can dock with it? How much would you price the vehicle at then?

What other features would you want on it?

Why would you NOT want it?

How do you think it would sell if produced?

I took my prototype with me to Comic Con in 1999 and had Hasbro and Steve Sansweet both look at. Back then I got it estimated that the thing could only retail for $250 minimum!

Maybe costs could be cut back from that? I don't know.

But look at what some of you are spending on your Hot Toys, SideShow, and even the BMF.

This is the Tantive IV - the very first ship seen in ANY Star Wars movie ever!

What are your thoughts?

Mr. JabbaJohnL
08-30-2009, 11:45 PM
What did Hasbro think of your creation? I think I've seen it on here and remember it being pretty spectacular. I don't think an actual Hasbro version could do it justice. As I've said in the other threads, I would (and do) buy anything they release. But seeing as how this ship is huge, and it would just look weird in toy form, I doubt they'd ever pursue this. I imagine it would turn out like the old Star Destroyer set (http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&item_id=39648) - more like a playset with a frame around it. If they were to somehow produce one in the big vehicles line - say, around $100-$150 - I'm not sure how well it would sell. The scenes in it are iconic, but the ship itself it somewhat less so, I think. Unless we see Bail kickin' some serious *** in the TV show (either one, actually - and I would really welcome that), I doubt they'll do it.

TheDarthVader
08-31-2009, 12:45 AM
If they released a big one, I would buy it. I am not interested in little off the scale pieces of crap. I would want a big expensive Tantive IV with white hallways. That would really catch my attention. Features are not a big deal to me. They could have warning sounds like in ANH, blast off sounds, and, of course, bright back lights. Those are the features that would get my attention and my money. I would be ga-ga over those features, and, yes, I would buy it.

Sean the Hutt
08-31-2009, 02:50 AM
yes, I would buy it! If to a nice scale. I think a hew things need to be re-sized and remade.

plasticfetish
08-31-2009, 04:55 AM
If they made it big enough, I could sell my house and live inside it. ;)

I suppose we'd need to settle for something drastically scaled down, and more akin to a playset than a legitimate vehicle. Even though I'm sorely laking in funds and display space, I'd be kind of interested to see Hasbro take a crack at this one. If it was fun enough, who knows, I might actually go for it.

I'll say this though... they'd never make it so big that a kid couldn't lift it or move it around. I'm imagining something that's three to four feet long, and has a few different play sections.

Devo
08-31-2009, 07:51 AM
Yes I'd buy this, don't know how big they could make it but at least we know they wouldn't go so far as to pull another Sith Infiltrator on us with this one!

I'd say this would be about Naboo royal starship length but with an overall greater bulk.

I don't think they'll make one but I'd buy.

Darth Jax
08-31-2009, 08:00 AM
i would buy it.

if hasbro made it though, they'd make it about the size of the queen's starship/playset.

it would need to have an escape pod. hasbro would cheat just a bit with the appearance of the escape pod to make it look more like a small ship (as we've seen with all the big releases, they want to include something that kids will be able to "fly").

pbarnard
08-31-2009, 09:01 AM
Nope, even at $150 it will be so severly underscaled and such a downer that it won't be worth it. I also think Tycho's expectations on "included" features for that price and scale are idealistic, naive, and not practical from a design stand point.

DarkJedi5
08-31-2009, 09:13 AM
First I would like to start by saying, not gonna happen.

Do you want it made even larger so Grievous' fighter can dock with it? How much would you price the vehicle at then?
I don't really even want it made. I'd never buy this. I passed on the Royal Naboo starship at $75 because it was too big. If it docks with Grievous' ship it's gotta be at least $250, maybe $300.

What other features would you want on it?
I think Tycho summed it up with all the features that would do it justice.

Why would you NOT want it?
Size. Price.

How do you think it would sell if produced?
Not well. Not many people have that kind of scratch, especially today, and I can't remember the last time an action figure vehicle/playset went for this kind of money. Also, I do think this is more playset than vehicle... twisted and evil.

Droid
08-31-2009, 10:53 AM
I thought the Naboo Starfighter was a storage nightmare. It was just too big. I sold it. I would be hard pressed to ever buy a Star Wars vehicle that was that big again.

I don't think Hasbro will EVER make it. It isn't a very exciting ship. The most memorable thing about it is a hallway, and while a really cool shootout happened in that hallway a hallway doesn't make the best selling point for a kid's toy.

I would only debate buying it if it included an extremely movie accurate version of the hallway where the Blockade Troopers fought the Stormtroopers. That said, I'd much rather buy a playset that would work as a diorama of that hallway.

So I lean towards no. I wouldn't buy it.

mtriv73
08-31-2009, 11:32 AM
Of course I'd buy it, but I'd rather see some of the halls and rooms released as diorama pieces rather than a whole ship. Possibly kind of like the death star playset from the 70's.

Ando
08-31-2009, 12:29 PM
I would buy it just the way Tycho described it and if Grievous' fighter (or any small SF for that matter) can dock inside, even better!

Wouldn't it be swell if we could get some large, grand capital ships/playsets for all of our action figures?

vger
08-31-2009, 03:18 PM
I wouldn't buy this vehicle but I would love to see the dioramas people would set up in a toy version of the vehicle.

In order to sell, it would need the cockpit where Bail, Obi-Wan and Yoda get the transmission from Mas Amedda, the escape pod area (with escape pod) for Threepio and Artoo, firing missiles, landing gear and a boarding ramp, and the hallway where the Stormtroopers and Vader enter.

Old Fossil
08-31-2009, 04:26 PM
I wouldn't buy it, mainly because I have no place to put it. The only other large-size vehicles I'd buy are a redone AT-AT or a redone Sandcrawler.

Snowtrooper
08-31-2009, 05:57 PM
I'd buy it, but only if it was large enough for all the hallways, cockpit, and other rooms to be the proper size. In order to do that, it would have to be huge and theres no way Hasbro is going to produce a vehicle of that size.

It would be better to make it as a playset of some sort.

El Chuxter
08-31-2009, 06:36 PM
Hmmmm.... I'd like to say yes, but there's no way. I can't justify a $100+ vehicle anymore, unless it's something really bloody iconic like the Sail Barge. I think I'd prefer something smaller, maybe a totally off-scale miniature version that unfolds into a decent playset.

Devo
09-01-2009, 09:48 AM
At this point the Sailbarge and a new larger Desert skiff would be the most useful vehicles to me. They have the most possible figure interraction of any vehicles while the capital ships just seem too unfeasible.

DarkArtist
09-01-2009, 10:55 AM
OMG Yes Yes Yes YES !!! this is by far one of my favorite OT ships. ever since i first saw it grace the screen in '77 and saw the prototype for it back in the 80's i've wanted one. I would up to $300 if it was made to scale and had amazing features etc.

i really wanted to actually build one myself but not sure if I'd have the room for it

RoonStones
09-01-2009, 12:17 PM
I would certainly buy it in theory, though two practical reasons would probably keep me from actually getting it.

1. Size - I sincerely doubt they'll make it to scale, complete with blow-away door, escape pods, etc. Such a toy would be huge. So we could see those pie slice playsets Kenner did with the Death Star and Star Destroyer back in the late 70s early 80s.

2. Price - If it were a complete Tantive IV, I can image the price would be at least $100, if not more. Hasbro might get away with releasing parts of it separately and we the buyer would assemble each part into a completed playset (something like the MICRO playsets of old).

Still, I'd love to see what one of these puppies would look like.

DarthBrandon
09-01-2009, 01:05 PM
Yes, this is a no brainer for me, check my sig.:D

dindae
09-02-2009, 01:10 PM
This is a hard one for me because while I like the ship anything that would do it justice would be $100-$150 easily. I don't that there is that much to cram into that I would be interested in. Escape Pod and hallway battles are the only thing I want and that isn't really enough. So I'm going to say no but if they do actually make it and it kicks @$$ then I wouldn't be surprised if i caved.

SplFrcsCWO
09-03-2009, 04:21 PM
The Naboo Royal Starship is what got me back into Star Wars. I like vehicles that are truer to scale. I really don't see that being possible here

morpheus282
09-03-2009, 06:32 PM
Sounds really cool, but too big and definately too expensive. I'd have to park it in the garage...

bigbarada
09-03-2009, 09:08 PM
I'd have to say no, because even at $150 it would be too underscaled to be impressive at all. Done right, it would cost a few hundred dollars and take up an entire table top at the very least. But I would still say 'no' because I was never too enthusiastic about the vehicle as a kid, thus I could never justify spending that kind of money.

I have a very short list of vehicles that I would be willing to shell out over $100 for (so short that the BMF Falcon was one third of the list), and the Blockade Runner is just not exciting enough to be to be on that list.

Tycho
09-08-2009, 12:26 AM
I made this for my own collection and am very satisfied with what I custom-produced (though it's very boxy and lacks details - however I can still improve upon it).

I built it deliberately to encourage Hasbro to make a better one.

My ship is 5 feet long and has all the features exactly as I described before in my description of what I want.

Steve Sansweet looked it over and played with my model and said something like that would retail for $250.

Medicom Sandtroopers, Boba Fett figures, etc. cost $150. Those of you who buy high-end stuff have at least 2 or more of them (that's $300 for those of you not very good at math).

I don't think the concern here amongst SW collectors is money for certain.

I think I'm seeing "I don't have the space" as a more comprehensive reason to resist this one.

For me, the Blockade Runner is worth making the space. I love this ship. It's always been one of my favorite ships in Star Wars - behind the Millennium Falcon of course.

Devo
09-08-2009, 10:12 AM
I don't worry about space until after I've bought things. I always find a way to squeeze things in.

Cost isn't a factor for me either. I'm not rich, I'm just not very sensible about my money and what things should and shouldn't cost. I live in Ireland, we're used to being ripped off on everything here anyway.

For me the only way I wouldn't buy this is if they made it starfighter size! Cough sith infiltrator Cough. :rolleyes:

El Chuxter
09-11-2009, 12:40 AM
Steve Sansweet tried to play with my model one time, but I sprayed him with mace and called security.

Darth Metalmute
09-14-2009, 06:59 AM
I couldn't afford it, so I would pass. I would love to see them try it though. If I were to spend that much on a big ship, it would have to be a Star Destroyer.

I would buy a playset of the white hallway though, which is much more realistic.

Tycho
09-23-2009, 01:18 AM
Results favor the Tantive IV thus far:

14 people said "Yes"
11 people said "No."

It is not the record-vote holder thus far though. Curiously, Count Dooku's Solar Sailor vehicle is. I'm sure scale has a lot to do with it though.

Tycho
01-13-2010, 05:34 PM
Just for the New Year, I'm going to review the scorecards for each movie's possible vehicles-to-be-made as I get back to polling for them.

Unfortunately, the Tantive IV was not a strong winner. However, it did win.

I can only hope the market for Star Wars will gain such a resurgence when the economy recovers - and that the Clone Wars will feature this ship (or the live-action series) - and it will finally get made (hopefully in 5 foot glory).

JediTricks
01-20-2010, 02:35 AM
I'm voting no. Not sure how I missed this and the Lars Family Landspeeder one, I went through the forums in 1 night voting on all the ones I had missed.

RENDAR LIVES
01-26-2010, 07:57 PM
If done like the BMF then yes.

Jangu Fett
07-26-2012, 09:24 PM
If done like the BMF then yes.

I second that.