So far the matchups have lent themselves logical choices. Tonight's fight is a tough one.
In terms of set-ups, I came out of the Quarterfinals with 8 vehicles:
The TIE Interceptor and TIE Bomber (match still open about 1 more day from the time of this post) were both classic Starfighters - 1 man ships used in dog fighting. They've been paired with opponents of the same caliber throughout the BotM, fighting Rebels and Imperials alike. It seems space vehicle competitions are most likely for them, rather than price-points, as they widely varied from the 1995 TIE Fighter's $20 to 2000's B-wing which initially retailed for $50 I think (I didn't buy it at that price). And only the X-wing (standard version) had electronics. So it seemed fair to let the dog-fighters decide who's king of the hill. By a narrow margin, that looks like its the ESB's TIE Bomber right now.
The Speederbike and Landspeeder were natural opponents. There were 8 light vehicles like the STAP, Anakin's speeder from AOTC, Darth Maul's Sith Speeder, etc. It was a mixed contest between prequel vehicles and classic ones, and two classics came down to fight for the final decision in their size range. ROTJ's speederbike took that title.
With Slave-One ($24-30, AOTC), the N-1 ($20-30, TPM/AOTC), the AT-ST ($20 in '95, Classic SW), and the AT-AT ($80 in '97, Classic SW), price point really didn't distinguish obvious pairs with these.
Instead I could separate them by:
air or ground assault vehicles
classic or prequel vehicles - which still has made a difference to some here.
So I went AT-AT vs AT-ST and N-1 versus Slave-One.
Now, with 1 prequel starship, the TIE Bomber, and the AT-AT in the mix, the speederbike versus any of these will be a bit ridiculous, but there's no where for it to go during the Finals.
It would have been a waste of a match to purposely try and eliminate the speederbike earlier, plus put the landspeeder up in the same type of competition??? These were both $9 vehicles. Now we know which one is on top of the heap in the lightweight category.
But these matches are not intended to RANK the vehicles. We do not have a write-in option poll program that statistically tallies which craft comes next. BotM is first and foremost for fun, but it will select the top dog and SSG Readers' pick of the Best of the Best. The AT-AT already defeated the Falcon which successfully took on the Royal Starship, so it's had its fights in its own size and weight category. If the huge Imperial juggernaut makes it to the Championship, it will have earned the Title, no doubt.
But BotM has in no way implied that the TIE Bomber is better than the Millennium Falcon, just because it made it to the Semi-Finals. Instead I've been trying to set up the most fair matches that yeild equal opportunities to each opponent.
The time for that is over. The Speederbike must fight in the Finals. It will be a David-and-Goliath type match, but there's nothing that can be done about "fair" for the Speederbike now.
As to the N-1 and Slave-One, they are a perfect match-up for the Semi-Finals, and we are not saying the speederbike is better than either vehicle if they lose this round. All we will know, is which ship fans prefer, the Naboo Fighter, or Jango Fett's Slave-One.