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jad
04-07-2002, 09:12 PM
Well folks theres a pretty cool new group of images from AOTC that was put online today.

Included in the images is this one...
http://www.jedinet.com/prequels/news/newsimages37/uk_notw_001.jpg

Which shows the Jedi Starfighters Hyperspace Booster Ring attachment. Apparently the the J-Starfighter can't go into hyperspace without this attachment.

So who out there would like to see this nifty attachment made into a toy that will work with the J-Starfighter.

I'm not sure how much something like this would cost, but it would be interesting.

I'm interested in hearing all your thoughts on this, and while were at it why not open up this thread for your thoughts and suggestions for other AOTC vehicles and accessories you would like to see immortalized in plastic.

:)

Beast
04-07-2002, 09:27 PM
Very nice picture. The Hyperspace ring is definatly intresting, and I hope that they will later make a toy of it that will connect to the Jedi Starfighter. I am betting that they will, though it will be an exclusive and come with another version of the ship down the line, for one of the stores...so that people won't complain that it should have been sold that way in the beginning.

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Jargo
04-07-2002, 09:39 PM
I can't see any reason why this couldn't be sold as an electronic accessory. Sort of like the Gunga catapult was. That way they don't need to pack it wirth anything and can justify the cost because it's part and parcel of the jedi starfighter deal but to include it with the starfighter would have pushed the cost up too high. To produce it seperately later on to compliment the vehicle would be fine IMO.

Battle Droid
04-07-2002, 10:24 PM
Does the Starfighter just have to fly thru the ring or is it attached to the ship?

chewie
04-07-2002, 10:37 PM
Cool. A pic of the booster ring. Looks like it attaches to the front of the ship.

Hope they make it, but I won't lose any sleep if they don't.

jad
04-08-2002, 02:00 AM
"Does the Starfighter just have to fly thru the ring or is it attached to the ship?"


Yes, apparently the booster is something that attaches to the front of the ship and then takes it into hyperspace. Since we are yet to see exactly how it works in the movie I don't know if it detaches itself and then waits for the ship to return once it's arrived, or if it stays with the ship until it lands. I would assume the first option because I haven't seen many photos or footage of the J-starfighter with it attached.

Mr Sci Fi
04-08-2002, 03:14 AM
I'm not liking this booster ring, It makes the ship alot more vulnerable than it should be. I could see it used in long distance travel but having the main ship not having a hyperdrive of it's own blows. I hope that the the ring is just a booster and not needed for hyperspace.

Beast
04-08-2002, 03:34 AM
Originally posted by Mr Sci Fi
I'm not liking this booster ring, It makes the ship alot more vulnerable than it should be. I could see it used in long distance travel but having the main ship not having a hyperdrive of it's own blows. I hope that the the ring is just a booster and not needed for hyperspace.
It doesn't really make the ship anymore vulnerable then a standard Hyperdrive does on a larger ship. In no doubt detatches and goes into orbit around whatever planet the ship just jumped to. According the the official Star Wars Website, the ring is needed for hyperspace travel, because the ship is to small to support the systems on it's own. It's not really a warship, so they are thinking of the ship more as a support/patrol craft (Like A Tie). Normally it would land inside a larger ship like the TIE Figters do, and jump along with it. The ring would only be used for the times the ship would be needed on solo missions. The smallest ship with hyperdrive in the OT is Vader's TIE Advanced x1. And it's 9.2 meters long, and is alot bulkier then the steamlined and tiny Jedi Starfighter that is only 8 meters long.

The Movies:
Small wedge-shaped one-man starfighters, these vessels were used by the Jedi order in the waning days of the Galactic Republic. While the ship does employ weapons, most Jedi pilots preferred to rely on their cunning and attunement to the Force to avoid disputes and aggression.

A truncated astromech droid was hard-wired into the starfighter's port side, providing repair and navigation information to the Jedi pilot. The vessel was too small to carry a hyperdrive, and instead relied on a separate booster craft for transit through hyperspace.

Expanded Universe:
Developed by Kuat Systems Engineering, the Delta-7 Aethersprite light interceptor was inspired, in part, by prototype designs tested by Jedi Master Adi Gallia. The vessel is very compact, and cargo space is at a premium. Its cramped quarters can carry about 60 kilograms of cargo. The standard TransGalMeg Industries hyperdrive booster ring affords it the performance of a class one hyperdrive.

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Mr Sci Fi
04-08-2002, 03:51 AM
Yep I'm not liking it alot more now, having two seperate parts does make the use of the ship alot less usefull. How in the heck are you suppose to follow another ship when you have to take probably several minutes to connect up to your hyperdrive unit?

Example:

ship A takes off from a planet, Ship B (the jedi starfighter) then fallows ship A out of the atmostsphere. If ship A realizes ship B has to dock to a a secondary unit to acheive hyberdrive, ship A will blow up the hyperdrive ring before ship B can reach it. Thus ship A can simply hyperdrive out of the area and leave ship B stranded.

Another huge advantage is being able to get out of tight situations fast. Han Solo always had his fingure on the hyperdrive jump button unless it wasn't working at the time.

Dave_Cameron
04-08-2002, 09:35 AM
You know that we employ a lot of the same type of "disposable technology" in our own space fleet. Use it up and deploy it. It makes a little bit of sense considering their technology isn't as advanced now as it is during the time of the Rebellion.

JEDIpartner
04-08-2002, 09:58 AM
Did the N-1s have hyperdrive capability? If they didn't... I could see how this would be the first step in accomodating one man craft with hyperdrive capability. NASA DOES waste a lot of technology by making it disposable. I guess the real question here is: Is the ring reusable or is it a one time deal? I suppose we'll eventually find out in some messed up EU kind of way.

Yeah... this should have come with the STARFIGHTER, but I don't really care.

gibbspaulus
04-08-2002, 11:19 AM
I'm more concerned over why on earth the Jedi have designed a Starfighter that just junks 30% of it's armour everytime it gets into a fight. They must have huge warehourses on Coruscant full of fall-off-and-lose gun covers.

Mr Sci Fi
04-08-2002, 02:43 PM
Well I don't think the hyperdrive ring is disposable. If you went somewhere how would you get back? Anyways hyperdrive is not acheived by big engines, it's acheived through a hyperdrive motivator. I'm guessing a motivator is probably an expensive peice of equipment so I really doubt they'd toss it aside after one use.

I beleive the N1 starfighter does have hyperdive, they would need to so that they can fly escort for the queens ship, wich is one of their primary missions. Consulting the book with ship cross sections would show it for sure. The naboo N-1 wouldn't need an r2unit if it didn't have a hyperdrive motivator.

gibbspaulus- the break away armor is a hasbro action feature and is not on par to the movies version. The exploding armor is the same hasbro stupidity as the missle firing r5-d4 toy.

Jargo
04-08-2002, 06:18 PM
So that being the case the jedi starfighter attaches to the clunky hyperdrive unit in orbit around the start location and then uses it to travel the distance before leaving the unit floating in orbit again at the end location.
So that would just be so tempting to travelling scavengers and junk dealers. An expensive piece of kit like that and they just leave it in orbit? I guess the Jedi are arrogant enough to assume that since it carries the livery of the republic, no-one would dare steal it.
It's a very silly idea, but as far as toys go I'd love it as an addition to the starfighter. I haven't bought one yet but if I knew there was going to be an accessory like that I'd seriously consider it. heck - I might even buy two!