I have started a new thread series.
This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case the Imperial Star Destroyer from The Empire Strikes Back).
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 the Imperial Star Destroyer from The Empire Strikes Back?
I envision this vehicle would be the most expensive toy Hasbro ever produces (other than maybe a complete (scaled down) Death Star, with the Star Destroyer costing collectors at least $200 or more. Those of you who buy SideShow or Hot Toys figures, don't balk just yet. PRICE might not be your concern if this could actually happen.
Size is another matter. Remember the GI Joe U.S.S. Flag aircraft carrier toy made in the 80's? OK, well the Star Destroyer needs to be at least 9 feet or more long. This vehicle will be very similar in design to what LEGO has recently released, and open up for an entirely off-scale play environment.
Like the vintage Death Star, an elevator should take figures up the neck. At the top of the command tower, will be the bridge, with space for a double-deck so the bounty hunters can assemble and you can put about 3-4 Imperials on either side of the crew pits. Vader can walk the command walk above them up to the front windows.
Just below that, in the neck, should be Vader's meditation chamber (removeable and replaceable with Grand Admiral Thrawn's meditation chair and holo-displays for an EU option).
Beneath that, right above the main hull of the ship, should be a conference room modeled after the one Tagge and Motti sat at with Tarkin on the Death Star. (There will be a repeating pattern here of Imperial stuff looking much alike - similar to the Death Star).
Inside the main hull (forward) should be room for a TIE Bomber to dock. This vehicle is the lowest profile of all the TIEs and would work best, so the Star Destroyer could launch a fighter. Regular TIEs' wings are too tall so forget it.
A walkway for the pilot to the bomber's cockpit should work. Also, a vehicle maintainance energizer (think back to the vintage accessory sets) should be included.
Behind the docking bay on one side should be the prisoner brig. There should be a cell block (like Leia's on the Death Star) with one prisoner cell, an escape hatch for play, a command station (like the one Luke and Han took over where they had "a slight weapons malfunction"), and a place for the torture chair (like the one TAC Han Bespin comes with).
This should lead across the elevator access area and to a trash compactor (like the vintage Death Star set, only not bright orange).
In front of either of these, there should be probot launching pods. These pods (like the ones in ESB) would carry one probot, but Rebel figures who escape can hijack them and make their get-away if a probot isn't currently aboard.
Along the side decks (upper walkways going towards the front of the ship) will be gunner stations where Death Star Gunner figures man 3-4 double-barreled turbolasers on either side of the ship. They'll launch missiles (2 each) for 12-16 firing missiles for the kids (and myself) to play with.
The ship may or may not include electronic sounds and lights. An Emperor's hologram by Vader's meditation chamber / Thrawn's command room might be a great place for this.
The main market for this toy would be for high-end Star Wars collectors (who also happen to want to dedicate a 9 foot space for this in their house) and who buy a lot of Imperials.
Do you want this made?
Would you spend $200-250 for something like this? More?
Are you seriously capable of it, or just talking?
Do you already buy SideShow, Medicom, Attikus, or Hot Toys products that approach or exceede this price range. (It was $400 for SideShow's Jabba, throne, and Bubo and Salacious creature packs - now more if you add the alcove with Han Solo in carbonite). If you own these items, are you OK with the price of the Star Destroyer as I'm suggesting?
How big of problem is having the space to own this ship? Why is it a problem? Is the space-for-it-issue at all because of WHICH SHIP I'm discussing? (In other words, would you buy a different ship from Star Wars that's this size and around this price instead? Which one?)
What other features would you want on an Imperial Star Destroyer that I have not described?
How do you think it would sell if produced?
Do you think Hasbro (or even a different company like SideShow) could make this and start out by taking pre-orders with non-refundable deposits on the ship, say for like $50 to $100? Then either go into production, beyond the prototype, or refund the deposits if the ship needs to be cancelled?
This vehicle hasn't been seen in Clone Wars, but I'm sure it could be in development during this time and later make appearances on the show as a prototype. Would an appearance on the show help it sell?
Do you want to see the animated series feature it?