I am continuing my 3 3/4" vehicle thread series.
This will discuss ONLY the vehicle in the title of the thread (in this case A Republic Acclamator-Class Star Destroyer From AOTC). (Photo attached below)
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 A Republic Acclamator-Class Star Destroyer From AOTC?
This star destroyer would be fairly smaller than other models for the 3 3/4" figures, but not by far the smallest star destroyer (try The Demolisher from Star Wars: Droids - a Gladiator-Class used by the pirate Kybo Ren-Cha - possibly polled for later in an EU selection).
I envision this vehicle would be one of the more expensive toys Hasbro ever produces costing collectors at least $150 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.
I am all for capital ship playsets looking like the capital ships on their outside. This is the way I designed my custom Tantive IV, and why the old Kenner Star Destroyer bridge playset never inspired me (I bought the vintage as an adult visiting a toy dealer's, but convinced the owner to take my return for a full refund as I gravely disliked this set).
Now size is another matter. Remember the GI Joe U.S.S. Flag aircraft carrier toy made in the 80's? OK, well this Republic Star Destroyer should be at least 5 feet or more long. This vehicle could be very similar in design to what LEGO has recently released for the ROTS Republic Star Destroyer, and open up for an entirely off-scale play environment.
At the top of the neck, in the command tower, will be the bridge, with space for double-decks so the clones or officers can man the crew pits. A Jedi and Admiral Yularen, or Vader, Palpatine, and Tarkin can walk the command walk above them and up to the front windows.
The neck could be accessable in this one. Like the Imperial Star Destroyer design I proposed, you could place an elevator operated like the old Kenner Death Star Playset's one here.
Inside the main hull should be room for a Delta Jedi Starfighter to dock. This Destroyer launches its ships from the bottom, so the ship would have to have closing landing bay doors so when it sits flat on the floor, you can have the ship's own deck beneath the fighter for the pilot and crew to walk toward it on. Forget the Republic Gunship or AT-TE going aboard -they're too big.
A vehicle maintainance energizer (think back to the vintage accessory sets) could be included though.
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").
On the other side, an escape pod that holds 2-4 figures might be able to launch.
Along the side decks (upper walkways going towards the front of the ship) will be gunner stations where AT-TE Gunner figures man 2-3 double-barreled turbolasers on either side of the ship. They'll launch missiles (2 each) for 8-12 firing missiles for the kids (and myself) to play with.
The ship may or may not include electronic sounds and lights. A holographic tactical table and or holograms of Palpatine, Yoda, and Mace would be cool!
The market for this toy could be both high-end Star Wars collectors (who also happen to want to dedicate a 5 foot space for this in their house) and kids with very generous family, all who would buy a lot of Clone Troopers.
Do you want this made?
Would you spend $150 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 Acclamator-Class 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 a Republic 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 is not seen as often as its larger counter-part from Clone Wars and ROTS. Would you like to see more appearance of the Acclamator-Class assault ship?