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    Would You Buy The Skipray Blastboat From HTTE?

    I am continuing my thread series.

    This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case The Skipray Blastboat From HTTE?).

    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 Skipray Blastboat From HTTE?

    This ship (pictures below) could be made (inaccurately) for the $24 starfighter assortment which has successfully sold EU vehicles.

    The blastboat really need only fit Luke and Mara in the cockpit, and possibly R2-D2 along with them.

    This vehicle debuted in 1991's Heir To The Empire novel, and was part of the resurgence of Star Wars.

    The design of the toy's features might be simple: the rear engines should rotate around the ship from landing to vertical flight mode. A firing missile on either side should suffice, and the cockpit can seat one figure in front of the other, like the Republic Gunship.

    The Empire began using these things at some point during The Dark Times I take it. I think it saw use by the stormtroopers replacing the gunships because it offered more armored protection and maneuverability.

    So do you want The Skipray Blastboat From HTTE made?

    What other features would you want on it?

    Why would you NOT want it?

    What price range is fair, and what is predictable for this to be retailed for?

    How do you think it would sell if produced?

    Should they use this vehicle in Clone Wars?

    Post your thoughts.
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    No, like 99% of the EU-exclusive vehicle designs, it looks like it was designed by an artist of average talent, who thinks that he understands the "formula" behind successful Star Wars vehicle designs; but is just too rushed by deadlines to ever truly develop his ideas.
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    Yes. This can be undersized (since everything else is, but in reality is about BMF size) but that would afford it into the "normal" 20-30 vehcile range. The biggest feature is the tail fin should turn up for flight, down for landing. It should be a SIDE HATCH access, not cockpit. Since this is an Imperial ship which stopped using it to save costs given the design was to take down capital ships that has fallen on into the black market, it should be fully loaded with torpedos (so yes, spring launched weapons are a go/appropriate here), the turbo laser turrent should be able to rotate, and it could seat as many as 2 figures given the contstraints.

    I thought it initially appeared in the Imperial Source Book (but I forgot if that's 89 or 90). Most early EU (up till about 95) first appeared in WEG material before making it to the novels.
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    I'm normally not into EU vehicles much, but I kinda like the look of it. I'd definitely buy it if they gave it the weathered paint job like in the first pic.

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    No interest. Can't think of too many EU ships I'd be interested in but this isn't one.
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    I'll vote a very cooked-noodled "yes", based solely on the source material. In the book, the Skipray Blastboat seems exciting because it's whatever your imagination can fit into the extremely vague explanation on the page, and for that alone I'd be in.

    The problem is that it's an incredibly uninspiring design. It's a snore, and a very un-Star Warsy one at that. A lot of the EU vehicles from the '90s are like this, they're generic designs from an era of bland fantasy spaceship design stemming from the video game- and RPG-malaise period of popular sci-fi. There's no inspiration to it. It looks like a space camper, and not even a kitschy one at that.

    BTW, it's a "Skipray Blastboat", not sure if you want me to fix the title and text.

    EDIT: upon seeing the comics and RPG version, I'd be a little more interested to get that:
    It's just a little more bulbous and Star Warsy, less of a bullet bus shape that the Essential Guide and Empire at War game version was.
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    No interest from me either. I would not purchase this craft.
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    i'd possibly buy it. since it's EU, scale isn't much of an issue for me. able to hold a single pilot and have space to stash an astromech under the turret would be enough. needs to have rotating turret (and probably launching missiles to enhance play value). would be nice to be able to place a figure, somehow, to man the turret.

    something about the design screams original BSG (although i never watched the show).

  9. #9
    Eh, hard to get excited about this junk, so no.
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    I'll be honest; if it was made in the $65 range and it was done right with attention paid to scale and details I would seriously consider buying it. At the $20-$30 price point too many compromises would have to be made to maintain my interest.


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