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Tycho
09-21-2009, 12:52 AM
I have started a new thread series.

This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case the Wookiee Catamaran vehicle from Revenge of the Sith).

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'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 the Wookiee Catamaran vehicle from Revenge of the Sith?

I envision this vehicle for the $35 price range possibly. At least it should be. (See Wal-Mart's exclusive Octopara Droid's MSRP).

They could make this as pretty big - large enough to carry 4 Wookiees, 2 on each side, if necessary. And because of the way the vehicle assembles, it could still be pretty light in weight in the box.

This vehicle won't come with any electronics and basically be mostly the engines in the back. It could have hidden wheels underneath that spin the propellers when you roll it. Bowcaster-style missile launchers should face forward and back, on both crew "canoes." Their firing and the rolling propeller movers should win the kid interest. Meanwhile, having the vehicle be able to seat big Wookiees should make it fun for everyone.

Do you want it made? How about for a $50 price range if Hasbro or a retail partner has doubts? I'd say it might be able to be done for the $20 range because of it's limited parts.

What other features would you want on it?

Why would you NOT want it?

How do you think it would sell if produced?

This vehicle hasn't been seen in Clone Wars, but I'm sure it is still in use. Would an appearance on the show help it sell? I didn't gather that the Clone Wars reached Kashyyyk until ROTS, though.

Is it cool enough that you want to see the animated series feature it?

bigbarada
09-21-2009, 01:03 AM
Wasn't this thing already made?

El Chuxter
09-21-2009, 01:07 AM
I was wondering the same thing, BigB. How is it different from the Wookiee vehicle from the ROTS line?

bigbarada
09-21-2009, 01:09 AM
I was wondering the same thing, BigB. How is it different from the Wookiee vehicle from the ROTS line?

You mean aside from being incredibly stupid looking? I'd like to know that too. ;)

Tycho
09-21-2009, 01:15 AM
That was the Wookiee flier. It seated 2 Wookiees, back-to-back.

The "real" Wookiee catamaran, could hold about 6 passengers / pilots / gunners on each "canoe." Maybe even 8 I think. However, 4 is reasonable for a Hasbro toy.

When Kashyyyk is introduced in ROTS, you see one fly bye with 2 cancells escorting it towards the Wookiee city on the lagoon.

Later, during the combat, you see 2-man Wookiee fliers shooting. If you look closely, you will also see the catamaran again. The Wookiees that drop onto the Corporate Alliance Tank Droid come off of one.

So there were 2 different Wookiee flying vehicles prominently featured in the combat in ROTS. The catamaran that we're discussing is the larger one.

bigbarada
09-21-2009, 01:39 AM
Well, I think the Wookiee vehicles were some of the dumbest designs to ever show up in a Star Wars film. However, I would like to see Hasbro make it if it motivated them to give us some updated, super-articulated Ep3 Wookiees.

But, no, I would not buy it.

Darth Jax
09-21-2009, 11:05 AM
no, i wouldn't buy it.

it's odd that wookieepedia describes the wookiee catamaran as the vehicle produced as the wookiee flyer.

pbarnard
09-21-2009, 11:26 AM
Sorry, already made, or at least it's smaller cousin was. Didn't buy that one, won't buy this one.

Old Fossil
09-21-2009, 11:30 AM
I might buy it, but only if Hasbro releases some decent ROTS Wookiees. I was not impressed by any of them, except for their size. I want to see some SA Wookiees besides Chewbacca; then, maybe I'd buy them a catamaran.

Devo
09-21-2009, 12:08 PM
The whole Kasshyyk scene was blink&miss so no I wouldn't buy this. I can't even remember it. I've bought none of the kasshyk figures or vehicles since the wookies of 2005.

Droid
09-21-2009, 12:24 PM
They thought how neat it would be to show the Wookiee planet and then it was worthless with no impact on the film.

I would not buy a vehicle from that weird Saving Private Ryan D-Day invasion ripoff sequence.

Snowtrooper
09-21-2009, 01:55 PM
I'd have to say no, also. Even if they made it right, its just not that interesting of a design.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-21-2009, 01:57 PM
I quite like Kashyyyk, so I'd get it. I doubt they'd do it well, since the design is so slight and it would still need to support four Wookiees. It's not at the top of my list, though.

Tycho
09-21-2009, 03:04 PM
Here is the difference. The first Wookiee vehicle Hasbro made.

The second is what we're discussing, voting on.

To complete a Battle of Kashyyyk diorama, one needs these flying vehicles.

Apparently, it also wouldn't hurt to pick up some Clone Wars Cancells (and you can use the Anakin figures they come with elsewhere).

Master Tsui Choi (Target exclusive from a year or two ago) was also on Kashyyyk and flew on a Cancell according to sources cited at Wookieepedia.

Darth Metalmute
09-21-2009, 04:27 PM
Not a chance.

I imagine it would be very flimsy from how it looks. I can't see Hasbro not "beefing" it up for children so it would end up looking nothing like it.

pbarnard
09-21-2009, 04:37 PM
It's even worse...There's no way Hasbro coud do it without resulting to either some type of reinforced honeycombed pylons (something they seem reluctant to do but anyone with any engineering sense knows is stronger) or metal. You don't even have to ask about wanting it because Habro is never going to do it!

Obsession is Nute
09-21-2009, 04:53 PM
No. Not interested in this one.

DarkJedi5
09-21-2009, 06:41 PM
I like the idea and would go for it as Tycho has described it. I think it would work very well around $35 but I wouldn't go up to $50. The first one I skipped because it was poorly made and i don't think the wookiees even come out. Hasbro usually doesn't get my money when they cheep out.

Tycho
09-21-2009, 07:44 PM
The 2-Wookiee flier (1st one pictured above) came with 1 Pre-Posed Sitting Wookiee.

The rear gunner seat was available for any knee-articulated Wookiee action figure (or any other, but they'd be quite small sitting back there).

I like the look of these primitive yet technologically sophistocated vehicles that are so different from other Star Wars vehicles.

There are supposed to be alien worlds, Kashyyyk hardly the least amongst them. These kind of vehicles add to that feel.

We have:

TPM: Gungan Bongo, Tatooine Podracers (not indiginous however)

AOTC: Geonosian fighters and weaponry, Clone Trooper military vehicles, various Confederacy world contributions to the CIS' weaponry

ROTS: Wookiee world stuff

ANH: Jawa sandcrawler from Tatooine mining vehicle

ESB: Bespin's Cloud City signature-specific Cloud Cars, Hoth-adapted Rebel airspeeders

ROTJ: Jabba's air fleet, Ewok technology, Mon Calamari ship designs

These things contribute generously to the look and feel of a very diverse Star Wars galaxy. I gotta love it.

For the same reason, I'd be excited to see Yuuzhan Vong stuff from the Expanded Universe, or weapons of the Chiss (Grand Admiral Thrawn's species).

TheDarthVader
09-21-2009, 11:03 PM
I would easily pass on this "thing". Would never buy it.

clone157
09-24-2009, 01:38 AM
I would buy it. We have been given various ships from designs all over the prequels lately, and since it could be marketed towards kids through the Animated line. I have been working on a Kashyyk scene for quite some time now, and I agree that it is time for a new Wookiee sculpt. This would be the perfect reason to justify the tooling costs. Slap a new armor piece on him and we are ready to go. Please let the wookies sit.

Tycho
10-12-2009, 07:33 PM
The Wookiee Catamaran Vehicle is losing 5-10 (ten "no votes" currently).

I'd rather like this one to finish my Kashyyyk diorama, but people's interests lie elsewhere. The top vote-getters for PT vehicles are from TPM (MTT, Gungan Sub) and AOTC (Dooku's Solar Sailor).

JediTricks
11-07-2009, 11:44 PM
Add another "no".

Tycho
02-08-2010, 03:10 AM
Now that we have even the huge TurboTank and the Clones' Swamp Speeder is coming, I want the Wookiee Catamaran to round out the battle scene. Then we should have it all, right?

Besides, the Catamaran's strange technology kind of gives Kashyyyk it's own flavor, sort of the way the Pandora worked in Avatar.

I thought that was cool, too.

Alas, the catamaran (different from the Wookiee flyer that we got, I remind you) does not have much support from the group here.

It's still losing by 50% of the vote.