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Tycho
12-24-2011, 01:46 PM
This is the first ship seen in TPM and later shown periodically in Clone Wars (with lots of weapons added).

What would the ship do? In comparison to the Big Millennium Falcon, I thought of what I'd have Mark include in his design for a Republic Cruiser toy.

It would be way under scale, but it could still accomodate like 15-20 action figures.


BMF.............................................Re public Cruiser
cockpit holds figures........................yes
gunner station(s).............................yes (removeable for TPM look)
launching escape ship.......................yes - have it be the salon pod just as it's described in the tech specs for this ship
medical bed (cheap)..........................yes - maybe have a bacta tank on board from the Luke Deluxe figure mold
smuggling compartment.....................NO - but how about a prison cell to put Nute Gunray in?
radar dish........................................Yes
launching missiles.............................yes from the removeable cannons I guess
chess set / lounge.............................NO but have crew seats in the interior like in the AT-TE or mini-rig Grievous ship
sound effects....................................Possibl e - but I don't really care
boarding ramp...................................possible

What do you think?

El Chuxter
12-24-2011, 02:55 PM
I wouldn't mind seeing it, but would rather have the Tantive IV first. Clone Wars or not, it's far more iconic. And has never been made for the figures.

Tycho
12-24-2011, 03:07 PM
I know Chux. Remember, I built my own custom Tantive IV.

However, I wanted to make that ship 5 feet long so I could provide room to recreate that iconic fight in the corridoors with my action figures on board.

I just thought the Radiant VII could be made a little smaller and it had the CW tie-in.

If that ship goes over well - going larger into the classic Blockade Runner and Star Destroyer might be possible.

JediTricks
12-28-2011, 11:17 PM
BMF ................................ Republic Cruiser
Interesting ........................ Nope
Seen doing cool stuff .......... Nope
In a lot of entertainment ..... Nope
Exciting visually ................. Ha! No.
Aggressive ........................ Not even remotely

There's your problem right there.

Based on the Republic Attack Shuttle, I'd say they couldn't deliver one which could do half of what you're describing, especially the 15-20 figure space, at a price that wouldn't choke itself to death.

bigbarada
12-29-2011, 09:00 AM
I think if Hasbro was going to make a "super-BMF" toy, then it would be of a Star Destroyer or Republic Attack Cruiser. Something that collectors would need to buy a lot of troopers to fill or something that is associated with Darth Vader in some way.

Honestly, though, I can't think of any really compelling BMF vehicles (that would appeal to kids, collectors AND casual fans) left to do now that we have the AT-AT.

Tycho
12-29-2011, 08:12 PM
The sailbarge.

The Sailbarge.

THE SAILBARGE.

Why would I have to remind YOU of all people, BigB? ;)

In the meanwhile, I made plans to build my own 9 foot long Star Desroyer and later I can post a separate discussion thread about what I'd have it do (toy feature-wise).

OK. Nevermind. I'll start the thread now and edit this post with a link when I'm done.

bigbarada
12-30-2011, 06:33 AM
The sailbarge.

The Sailbarge.

THE SAILBARGE.

Why would I have to remind YOU of all people, BigB? ;)

I said a toy that would be compelling to kids, collectors AND casual fans. No matter how much I might personally want it, I just don't see the Sail Barge appealing to such a broad range of fans.

Tycho
12-30-2011, 07:33 AM
First, here's my link to my 3 3/4" scale Star Destroyer Plans:

http://www.sirstevesguide.com/showthread.php/45065-Could-Hasbro-make-the-Imperial-Star-Destroyer-(Devastator-style)-Here-s-the-plan!

Second, the sailbarge can be kid-friendly like a Pirates of the Caribbean ship. I know you could gather the details for yourself BigB - we've had this conversation before and we both thought it sounded cool.

We just disagree on whether kids would buy it - and personally, I want Jabba and the barge to appear more in Clone Wars so we'll have more kid recognition with it (just cause I want to buy a darn official toy). But I planned out how I'd make that one myself as well.

jonthejedi
01-01-2012, 07:11 AM
It's especially doable when you see the 3.75 scale Star Tours Starspeeder 1000 in hand & all the features it contains for a mere $55.

JediTricks
01-04-2012, 07:39 PM
It's especially doable when you see the 3.75 scale Star Tours Starspeeder 1000 in hand & all the features it contains for a mere $55.Hasbro had no hand in that though, Hasbro couldn't produce something that size for $55, I assure you. And, not that I don't love my Starspeeder 1000, but the interior belies a lesser quality that Hasbro wouldn't stand for, as well as the flexibility of the walls with the doors.

Tycho
01-05-2012, 03:51 AM
JT, would you buy the Starspeeder for diorama purposes?

bigbarada
01-05-2012, 09:31 AM
Second, the sailbarge can be kid-friendly like a Pirates of the Caribbean ship. I know you could gather the details for yourself BigB - we've had this conversation before and we both thought it sounded cool.

I'm taking my personal wants out of the equation and thinking about this objectively and logistically. The biggest problem with Jabba's Sail Barge is that it's useless and boring without Jabba the Hutt. So, does Hasbro pack-in the 2010 Jabba w/ Throne set? Do they rerelease it alongside? How does that work?

Without a Jabba included in the set, then the percentage of kids who are going to beg their parents to purchase this are pretty low. I think the percentage of casual collectors who will drop up to $100 on it, without a Jabba being concurrently available, are practically zero.

I'm pretty sure Hasbro has already had this conversation, but we probably need to figure this part out before we discuss the Sail Barge any further.

Tycho
01-05-2012, 01:10 PM
This is easy: include Jabba from the throne set, but NOT THE THRONE.

Have a molded-into-the-sailbarge throne environment inside the vehicle that you place Jabba on.

The TurboTank include a speederbike.

The Falcon included that escape-attack ship.

The AT-AT included a speederbike

The Queen's starship include that yellow Naboo mini-rig vehicle.


Now presumably (in the EU) Jabba's barge carries speederbikes as well. Include or skip that - I don't care (but it would be a fun play feature - a Swoop bike this time - that a Nikto could ride. But skip it if costs need to be allowed for to include Jabba the Hutt himself.

If not - have both. The deck cannon is molded from 2001 POTJ Deluxe Slave Leia.

For kid fun - have 2-4 missile launching cannons that can pop out the sides like pirate ship cannons, or stay hidden or be removeable for the authentic look desired by collectors.

clone157
01-05-2012, 07:34 PM
I would go for either jabba's or the republic cruiser. On, Jabba's I agree with Tycho on what it should include. But Hasbro should do a "re-release" of the old cannon as a deluxe or mini-rig, possibly with a re-painted throne room denizen like they did for the Turbo Tank Support Squad, or the bubbles for the gunships. Same notion goes for the Cruiser, "snap on weapons sold separately". As for the escape pod, that would have to be the solar, and there's the mini rig for the ship. If they do the front and rear in a modular fashion, they could reuse the mold, adding the different bridge and engine section to make the beloved Blockade Runner.

JediTricks
01-06-2012, 05:00 PM
JT, would you buy the Starspeeder for diorama purposes?Depends on the diorama, I suppose. The ship might not fit too well with all the crazy rounded silly shapes of the prequels, it's much more an OT design. I dunno, it might make more sense in a diorama filling the role of a general transport since there aren't many of those for figures.



I'm taking my personal wants out of the equation and thinking about this objectively and logistically. The biggest problem with Jabba's Sail Barge is that it's useless and boring without Jabba the Hutt. So, does Hasbro pack-in the 2010 Jabba w/ Throne set? Do they rerelease it alongside? How does that work?

Without a Jabba included in the set, then the percentage of kids who are going to beg their parents to purchase this are pretty low. I think the percentage of casual collectors who will drop up to $100 on it, without a Jabba being concurrently available, are practically zero.

I'm pretty sure Hasbro has already had this conversation, but we probably need to figure this part out before we discuss the Sail Barge any further.Excellent point.