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Tycho
01-21-2010, 01:25 PM
I am continuing my thread series.

This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case an Updated Tatooine Skiff Vehicle From ROTJ).

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 an Updated Tatooine Skiff Vehicle From ROTJ.

The 1998 re-release of this vehicle started it out by re-using the vintage mold. This has been in play up until an Ultimate Battlepack release the other year (with an undersized Sarlaac mouth).

I'm polling for an all-new updated and definitely a little larger version of this vehicle. It should be at least 25% bigger so it can hold more figures.

I'm not sure of the passenger count on each of the two crafts in ROTJ, but let's get them all aboard.

The rest of the vehicle could be identical to the first one they produced, save for having stronger railings, more footpegs, and better-working action features (albeit the same ones as before).


So do you want the Tatooine skiff updated?

What other features would you want on it?

Why would you NOT want it?

What price range is fair, and what is predictable for this to be retailed for?

How do you think it would sell if produced?

Should they use this vehicle (employed by pirates as well, I'm sure) in Clone Wars? (the cartoon - not necessarily sell it for that toyline)? How should it be released?

pbarnard
01-21-2010, 01:50 PM
No. I some how acquired 2 in the last 2 years (one in a trade the other in the UPB). Is it great? Nope. Is it adequate? Barely. I just couldn't justify another one, as well as the increased costs to make the current model bigger no matter what. So that's an EPIC NO.

bigbarada
01-21-2010, 01:54 PM
Yes, definitely. I highly doubt it's going to happen, but I would buy two for sure.

The Prisoner Skiff carries 9 prisoners and guards with plenty of space in between them. So a new skiff would need to be closer to twice the size of the current one.

I would prefer no "break away" play features that screw up the integrity of the vehicle itself and a clear plastic stand to get rid of the silly landing gear from the vintage toy. If Hasbro must add play features, then they can include some snap-on rocket-firing cannons (larger versions of the blaster cannon that came with Nysad).

DarkArtist
01-21-2010, 02:33 PM
another hard vote for me. i have one of the new POTF skiffs and like it but would i want to see an update...absolutely. will it happen...hard to say.

if it was larger and wider, i mean I want a place to put multiple figures etc, to re-create the battle above the pit.

for now I'll say Maybe if they really redo the skiff and make it awesome.

jamesbondo07
01-21-2010, 02:38 PM
I agree that the skiff needs to be larger. If they decide to add pegs for figures again make sure they are a better fit. Most of the pegs on there don't seem to hold up the figures very well.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
01-21-2010, 02:41 PM
I don't want a new one. I have the 2000 and 2008 releases so I'm good. It's really not too small in my eyes, at least for my diorama purposes; every figure I want to put on there, is on there. Maybe when they make all the skiff guards - which is unlikely - then they can revisit it, but until then, no.

Darth Metalmute
01-21-2010, 03:46 PM
Here's the problem with the Skiff. My answer is dependant on the Sail Barge. The one we already have is nice, but it's too small. A bigger skiff will look ridiculous next to any Jabba's sail barge we actually get (if we get one). And if we get a sail barge, the one we have should be suffice. However, if we are to never get a sail barge, I would like an updated bigger skiff.

mtriv73
01-21-2010, 04:00 PM
The one I have is good enough for now. If it's ever going to be re-released, I think it needs a serious upgrade. I won't be holding my breath for this one though.

Devo
01-21-2010, 05:30 PM
T'would be a definite purchase. The old one looks decent but its way too small.

clone157
01-21-2010, 07:44 PM
I am very content with my current one from the UBP. Without Jabba's Barge, I have no need for a bigger one. Currently my Omega Squad are using it to escort the Stealthly clad Luke and Deena to a secret destination. I lkie the flip down side panels as they are great for my snipers to "go prone" on. Plus , with the new pack-in, I have a great nose cannon mounted in front.

Tycho
01-21-2010, 07:45 PM
That sounds cool Clone157. Can you post a picture in this thread?

Darth Jax
01-21-2010, 07:57 PM
i don't need one, but if reasonably priced i would buy a new one if it were larger.

don't see hasbro doing this, and don't see it being kid friendly - much more collector focused which makes it an exclusive and thusly overpriced. so no i wouldn't buy it.

DarkJedi5
01-21-2010, 08:38 PM
I own two old skiffs and I really don't like them. If Hasbro could make a new one that was large enough to accommodate all the figures it is supposed to without it being crazy crowded I would certainly replace what I've got. Also, they really need to make them less wobbly, maybe some sort of clear stand that's a bit more hefty?

Darkross
01-21-2010, 09:55 PM
I am happy with my two POTF2 skiffs that I paid a hefty price for both a few years back...so I am not looking to replace them anytime soon. I am really getting tired of rebuying my collection all over again and again. I am gladly passing on the TRU Tie Interceptors...at $70.00 a pop Canadian...I bought them at $40.00 a pop at the same TRU 9 years ago.

bigbarada
01-21-2010, 10:30 PM
Until we start getting more Skiff Guard figures, then there is really no point in bugging Hasbro about this yet. We're now going on 12 years without a single new Skiff Guard figure.:cry:

JediTricks
01-22-2010, 04:10 AM
In the movie, I think the skiff isn't so big as you guys remember:
http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Snitkin_skiff.jpg
There's clearly not a lot of room across, each aisle accommodates 1 guy across. That said, the toy is smaller in scale, figures have to stand sideways to fit in the aisle, and the whole front is shorter:
http://www.cage.ne.jp/toys/sw/gaku/sailbarge.html
(Nice use of the Galoob Action Fleet Sail Barge, btw). Compare that to the movie FX prop as well: http://www.rocketfettscollection.com/magic.htm (4 pics, search "skiff #")

Yes, I would buy a new skiff I guess, but I'm no longer enthralled by the idea. I swear we've already had this poll though, and I feel like I'm about to repeat myself. But the skiff we have I think isn't so bad a size for a toy, the problem is more in the details. The legs are wobbly, the railings are attached in a way that takes up too much space (Pote Snitkin can't fit in his location), and the gangplank is woefully underscaled and has a frustrating gimmick compared to the original:
http://www.nerf-herders-anonymous.net/ColinSkeaping.html

Devo
01-23-2010, 09:17 PM
I'm constantly reading that Pote Snitkin doesn't fit behind the controls of the Skiff but I got mine to fit. Its unrealistically cramped and I'd prefer a new Skiff with more room but he does fit in the current one.

JediTricks
01-25-2010, 06:03 AM
I'm constantly reading that Pote Snitkin doesn't fit behind the controls of the Skiff but I got mine to fit. Its unrealistically cramped and I'd prefer a new Skiff with more room but he does fit in the current one.
Pote only fits with his coat off, but he didn't appear this way in the film so it hardly counts.

Snowtrooper
01-25-2010, 12:20 PM
I would say yes. But I think the old skiff is decent, so if we never get a new one, I wont be upset about it.

Devo
01-26-2010, 07:41 PM
I didn't have to take the coat off mine. He's in there. Feet touching the ground and the coat isn't even pushed up unnaturally.

Tycho
02-24-2010, 02:34 PM
And the Skiff won, 9-5, with almost everyone wanting a larger, new mold.

I think we might see this happen. But I agree with those of you who posted that you want to see a sailbarge first - and to keep these two vehicles in some sort of good scale to one another.

TheDarthVader
02-26-2010, 12:07 AM
I do not recall if I voted but my vote is for yes.

Tycho
02-26-2010, 12:41 AM
OK. In case anyone isn't yet aware, I moved the future polls to the Vintage Collection forum - or whatever it's called as that will be where the new vehicle toys are going to be issued from in the future.

I posted a ROTJ recap from this forum over there, too.

I'll be doing the same for each poll genre: EU, TPM, AOTC, ROTS, ANH, and ESB.

ROTJ will be ending as we're out of new vehicle options from that film.

However, a larger TIE Interceptor from "Jedi" is being polled for right now over there.