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Tycho
03-03-2010, 05:18 AM
I am continuing my thread series.

This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case Ody Mandrell's Podracer vehicle from The Phantom Menace).

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 Ody Mandrell's Podracer vehicle from The Phantom Menace?

I envision this vehicle for the $24 price range. At least it should be if it didn't turn out to be an exclusive.

The more obscure podracer vehicles for background characters could have been 2009 exclusives for the 10th Anniversary of TPM, but that window of opportunity is over.

However, I'm going to handle polling for the Podracers based on criteria that takes into account action figures Hasbro has already made, possible action features the pod could utilize, and how cool it looks (as some were better designs than others). I will later poll on re-releases / upgrades to Anakin's and Sebulba's pods, but for the less-involved racer characters, let's just assume we're going to get these TPM vehicles or upgrades to them again, then vote whether you'd want to flesh out your race contestants with these other ones.

Ody's podracer's best feature could be that it fires a pitdroid out the back of it, to simulate Ody's race-ending disaster during his pitstop after the first lap.

The only other thing it might do is have the flaps be moveable by remote buttons similar to the way Anakin's works.

The best reason to own this pod would be to recreate a racing diorama.

An Ody figure should be included with his racer, most likely - as well as some pit droids.

Do you want it made?

What other features would you want on it?

Why would you NOT want it?

How do you think it would sell if produced?

Podracing could be again featured in The Clone Wars and I think Ody is still alive then to compete again. I'm not sure if he didn't retire after 10 years from TPM though - or he might have been killed during that interim.

Who knows?

But please post your thoughts and vote on it.

The Phantom Menace has already gotten the following poll results:

NO - Gungan Bongo Submarine
YES - Trade Federation MTT
YES - Republic Cruiser Radiant VII
YES - Naboo Gian Landspeeder
YES - Trade Federation Battle Droid Carrying Skiff
NO - bigger Sith Infiltrator
??? - Ody Mandrel's Podracer

Blue2th
03-03-2010, 08:49 AM
Yes, would definitely buy one, or any pod racer they decided to do. There are some other interesting looking ones. I have the other 2.

It would be cool to see them again in Clone Wars, perhaps get Ashoka to pilot one, or Anakin in a rematch.

I can't believe the Gungan Sub was voted no. That would be a good candidate to appear again in CW as well.

Darth Metalmute
03-03-2010, 09:51 AM
I know I talked about a set of 5 pod racers being sold together in one box in a previous post, but I would have to say no. First and formost because 1 singular podracer is pointless to have without others. I know we have two already, although 10 years outdated, but without at least the promise of three completely new molds, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy just one. For me, it's five different pod racers, or none.

Secondly, the pod racer scene is really cool. Pod racing video games are fast and fun. Pod racer toys are kind of boring. There is no real good way to display them outside of the starting positions. Children could only race two at once, which is probably why we only have two. I really don't see a kid market for anyone besides Anakin and Sebubla.

mtriv73
03-03-2010, 10:19 AM
Nope, no way I would buy this or any other podracers. I didn't care for the scene and it's way too late for kids to care unless the movie is re-released in theaters (hopefully with Jar Jar taken out.) I only bought Anankins and sebulbas when I could get them for $5 each off of E-bay. In retrospect, I'd rather have the $10.

DarkJedi5
03-03-2010, 01:31 PM
I only own one pod racer (Sebulba's) and on on the fence about picking up the other one. I have absolutely no interest in any other the other pods. They were on scene for a minute, they don't do much, and you couldn't display them all at once without a ton of space. I vote NO.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
03-03-2010, 01:36 PM
I like them, so yeah, I'd buy it. I don't know how well it would sell or through what avenue they'd try to sell it, though.

Tycho
03-03-2010, 01:53 PM
Just a point of information: the Gungan Bongo Submarine didn't exactly lose.

The last I checked the poll in the Legacy forum, the vehicle had a perfect 50-50 tie going on (well, the score was more like 15-15) but that's still not "a win" though I'd like to be able to buy the vehicle myself and put Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and JarJar in it.

Anyway, I'm only declaring winners and losers, and the Bongo still hasn't won in spite of my wishes.

Overall, TPM does the best in terms of PT movies getting winners amongst our voters.

But back to Ody's racer.

I was going to display the racers in the starting position with a grandstand to display all my other SW aliens (with a few assorted humans mixed in).

I'd line up the racers in 2 rows because of space limitation in a display case. Not accurate, but I think people are right - we'll only probably ever get 5 different racers in total if Hasbro made any more.

I think only 2 would fit in "Ultimate Battle Pack" styled exclusive packaging and they could sell the set for $50-70.

This way they could re-issue Anakin and Sebulba's racers - but put them in 2 different BPs so someone would have to buy both of them.

Then add another racer to each pack - one that did something in the movie and already has an action figure:

Ody's could fire a pit droid
Teemto's could spin that wheel-like pod off the engines
Mars Guo's engines could explode

then you'd have Anakin's and Sebulba's with 2 of these divided amongst 2 Ultimate Battle Packs.

Maybe add Kitster and Wald to these packs, re-issue Shmi, Padme, C-3PO, R2-D2, JarJar, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Watto, along with the obvious pilots. There you have 13 figures, but they could count Kitster and Wald as one, which would be how they might have come carded. Or Graga could be inserted in there as well (Rum Sleg is another candidate).

Unfortunately, Dud Bolt has one of the coolest looking pods, but it doesn't do anything.

The other racers that don't have a pod (but do have a figure) are Clegg Holdfast and Gasgano. I can't picture Clegg's racer, but Gasgano's is clear - though his racer doesn't do much that's "toyetic" in the movie either. His racer might be a candidate for a light-up rear viewscreen so he can track Anakin, but that's sort of boring. While you're adding electronics, you can add his soundeffects, but Sebulba's and Anakin's soundeffects are much cooler!

Anyway, in the first 5 that I'd recommend (and I'll poll for those other two - Teemto's and Mars,' later) the single one left out could be a store exclusive marketed at the same time the other larger battlepack sets come out.

Perhaps TPM's 15th Anniversary in 2014?

DarkArtist
03-03-2010, 02:06 PM
i'd pass on all the podracers... wasn't really a fan of the 2 we got with TPM toys.

Darth Metalmute
03-03-2010, 02:09 PM
Anyway, in the first 5 that I'd recommend (and I'll poll for those other two - Teemto's and Mars,' later) the single one left out could be a store exclusive marketed at the same time the other larger battlepack sets come out.

Perhaps TPM's 15th Anniversary in 2014?

See, I was thinking a large battle pack with 5 pod racers, their drivers, some pit droids, and maybe the viewing pod with all the characters in it. That being said, I don't think it would sell. It's just not iconic enough to outlast the years since it's been released. You're best bet would be a exclusive to some convention.

bigbarada
03-03-2010, 07:31 PM
Nope. There are only a couple of podracers that I would consider buying at this point. Maybe Dud Bolt's, possibly Mawhonic's (if we ever get a figure of him), or a remake of Anakin's or Sebulba's; but that's about the extent of my interest in the podrace sequence.

Tycho
03-04-2010, 02:07 AM
See, I was thinking a large battle pack with 5 pod racers

The podracers are in the starfighter assortment price-range. There has never been a battlepack, ultra or otherwise, with 5 starfighter vehicles in it.

All the ultimate ones came with 1 AT-ST back in the day (or the skiff or something).

Without figures, the pack would cost $100 at least (with all-newly tooled molds for new racers in there?!) I got that from 5 x $20 and we all know that starfighter assortment vehicles are going for about $25 now.

So this is just never going to happen - as much as it should.

The other thing is the packaging size. It'd be way too big even if the pods were posed "flying" on top of one another in the box.

I could see 2 pods with their pilots and 3-5 figures standing on the sides of the arena race lane in some kind of window box about the size of the AT-TE's or Turbotanks - but probably wider. Since some would want only Anakin and Sebulba's, the intelligent MARKETING ploy would to package them each separately with one of the new pods packed in with them, so the consumer would be forced to buy both. They're making them for a profit, right?

BigBarada - I'm really surprised that you would buy any podracers as they are from the PT. I love Dud Bolt's racer, btw! Good looking character they made up for him, too. I wished we saw his pod again during the race. The EU has it that he was paid off as an assassin to prevent anyone but Sebulba from winning (Sebulba hired him actually). That's a good story.

Darth Jax
03-04-2010, 08:17 AM
when TPM came out i would've bought the pods. nowdays all i'd buy are pit droids or the racers. NO pods for me.

Slicker
03-04-2010, 09:55 PM
Yes, would definitely buy one, or any pod racer they decided to do. There are some other interesting looking ones. I have the other 2.
That's exactly what I was thinking. I've always wondered why we've gotten man podracers but no pods to put them in. It's the same for the Cloud Car Pilot and the Cloud Car (which we're finally getting apparently).

2-1B
03-04-2010, 11:25 PM
I spent $39.98 + tax almost 11 years ago for a pair of Podracers with pack-in figures...so I've already overspent in this category.

JediTricks
03-06-2010, 01:29 AM
No. Not only am I disinterested in buying more podracers, but of all of them, Ody Mandrell's is pretty much the most generic, boring one in the race. I have the Galoob versions of it, and it's a snore and a half at any size.

El Chuxter
03-06-2010, 02:05 AM
No. I wouldn't have anything against more pods, but preferably with unproduced racers. Ben Quadinaros would be the highest on my list, with Mawhonic shortly after.

bigbarada
03-06-2010, 07:56 AM
BigBarada - I'm really surprised that you would buy any podracers as they are from the PT. I love Dud Bolt's racer, btw! Good looking character they made up for him, too. I wished we saw his pod again during the race. The EU has it that he was paid off as an assassin to prevent anyone but Sebulba from winning (Sebulba hired him actually). That's a good story.

I just really like Dud Bolt. :thumbsup: Easily one of the coolest Star Wars alien designs since they've had Star Wars alien designs.

Plus, I still enjoy the podrace sequence since it has that Saturday-morning-cartoon, Animalympics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Zs3607vQs) feel to it.

Devo
03-06-2010, 11:12 PM
Can't say that this would have me excited. Yes I've been buying the podracer figures for some reason unknown even to myself but this would be taking it too far.

TheDarthVader
03-11-2010, 01:01 PM
No. Not interested. I am not even interested in the racers anymore.

Tycho
03-19-2010, 08:02 AM
Ody Mandrell's Podracer loses 5-10.

It's a shame as I'd hope for some more enthusiasm for the pods since I really want to make this scene.

In a 6 foot long "store fixture" display case of the sort I use, I can fit approximately 6 podracers in an arena lane (2 across) as I want the remaining space in the width to have a grand stand in which to display a lot of my interesting aliens in. The display will also have Jabba's, Watto's, and the announcers' boxes, as well as the elevator platform that Shmi Skywalker and friends use.

I'd use 5 pods, having Sebulba in the lead on the 2nd lap, with Anakin following him.

Then I'd have 3 more podracers so it looked like a real race.

I'm going to poll for the pods (but probably only a few more) before I'll have to hit even more obscure Mos Espa vehicles or drop polling for TPM altogether.

TPM vehicles (in order of appearence) are:

Radiant 7 - polled for
Trade Federation ship "Revenue" - I might poll for this.
Federation Landing Craft - I'll probably poll for this.
Vulture Fighter - MADE
AAT- Tank - MADE
MTT - polled for
Droid Rack on Skiff - polled for
STAP - MADE
Gungan Bongo Submarine - polled for
Queen's Royal Starship - MADE
Anakin's Podracer - MADE
Sith Infiltrator - MADE and I polled for a larger one
Sebulba's podracer - MADE
Ody Mandrell's Podracer - polled for
Teemto Pagales' Podracer - next poll most likely
Mars Guo's Podracer - will be polled for
Ratts Tyrell's Podracer - will be polled for
Ben Quadrinaros' Podracer - will be polled for
Mohawnic's Podracer - will be polled for
Gasgano's Podracer - will be polled for
Dud Bolt's Podracer - will be polled for
Clegg Holdfast's Podracer - will be polled for
Senate Speaker's Car - MADE - but maybe I'll poll for these individually sold
Flash Speeder - MADE
Gian Speeder - polled for
Gungan Battle Wagon (with falumpaset) - MADE
N1 Fighter - MADE

I'm not sure what else there is to do from TPM.

I ran the Coruscant Taxi Cab as a ROTJ: SE poll to keep ROTJ in the game a little longer.

The Podracer criteria is

1) has a figure and an action feature
2) would have an action feature
3) at least already has a figure

There were 18 racers, but I'm not getting into all of them. The 11 ones above would be done before the other 7 almost for certain (if any more get done).

Darth Metalmute
03-19-2010, 08:30 AM
I imagine the other pod racer's voting would be similar to this one, losing two to one. I'm with BigBarada, the only pod racer I would buy separately is Dud Bolt, and that's just because his was the pod I used in both pod racer games.

Tycho
03-19-2010, 08:40 AM
TPM vehicles (in order of appearence) are:

Radiant 7 - polled for
Trade Federation ship "Revenue" - I might poll for this.
Federation Landing Craft - I'll probably poll for this.
Vulture Fighter - MADE
AAT- Tank - MADE
MTT - polled for
Droid Rack on Skiff - polled for
STAP - MADE
Gungan Bongo Submarine - polled for
Queen's Royal Starship - MADE
Anakin's Podracer - MADE
Sith Infiltrator - MADE and I polled for a larger one
Sebulba's podracer - MADE
Ody Mandrell's Podracer - polled for
Teemto Pagales' Podracer - next poll most likely
Mars Guo's Podracer - will be polled for
Ratts Tyrell's Podracer - will be polled for
Ben Quadrinaros' Podracer - will be polled for
Mohawnic's Podracer - will be polled for
Gasgano's Podracer - will be polled for
Dud Bolt's Podracer - will be polled for
Clegg Holdfast's Podracer - will be polled for
Senate Speaker's Car - MADE - but maybe I'll poll for these individually sold
Flash Speeder - MADE
Gian Speeder - polled for
Gungan Battle Wagon (with falumpaset) - MADE
N1 Fighter - MADE



Well, almost anything feasible or worthy from TPM has been done already.

Vehicle-wise, the galaxy was not yet at full-scale war, and the offerings are weaker. Plus all the Trade Federation gear can be re-released for Clone Wars (and has been already).

For "the good guys" to have anything, you need to fleet-build the N1 starfighters.

But they can come out with the Republic's Radiant VII and we voted for that here.