Here's a question for all the JD members - do you not care about playsets/larger vehicles?
Care? Yes. Expect? Not at all.
While I believe the best possible chance of anything like this ever happening is a modular concept somewhere along the lines of Muftak's Modular Death Star
or Modular Cloud City
sets. At the same time, I'm not sure that's what I'd personally even want really.
For me, I'm with Jeff and thus I know I'm repeating him some here... Redundancy isn't always bad though.
But I just know things will be disproportionate, they'll lack some elements I want while they'll have others I'm completely disinterested in (firing cannons, etc.), Hasbro has a bad track record with higher ticket items too so if things break the $30 barrier we're looking at potential shelf-warmers, and a negative impact on the line overall I believe...
Do I want stuff like an AT-TE? Sure, but being a fan of scale and detail I'm sure I wouldn't want whatever Hasbro offered because I saw what basically ammounted to a to-scale AT-TE at Celebration 3 in the LFL Archives exhibit, and holy **** it's huge. Same as me wanting a Falcon to-scale. Saw what it would look like at C3, and it blows your mind to stand next to it and really get a taste of what those "big" items are like when done the way you want them... So for that, I'm much more interested in figures and less interested in ships and playsets.
I'd love to hear if Hasbro's got plans to maybe resculpt the Snowspeeder to-scale since it's oversized... Same with the Speederbike. Small, cheap, affordable... They redid the Landspeeder so I have this hope for stuff like that some day. The AT-ST would interact great with action figures too, so it's another I'd love to see redone and to-scale, and Hasbro's able to as it's not THAT big, especially if there's "some assembly required" as they say. Those are doable items that if you asked you MIGHT get a response on...
If you ask for an AT-TE or new AT-AT, or Sith Infiltrator, or Death STar Playset, you get their cookie cutter responses that they gave us at C3, SDCC, etc., and then they ignore you the rest of the meet and greet.
BUt, as Jeff said (I think), I too am more a figure focused person with the line. Good army builders in particular, so I've got a bigger interest in hearing what's doing for the basic figure line's future rather than ships/playsets overall. To me, they're a complement to the line, not its focus. I'm the same way with the X-Treme Detail line as I really view the planes, choppers, tanks, trucks and playsets as a complement to the figure line, and 21st Cent. Toys is only now getting the hint that they have to have a figure line as the core.
If the playsets or vehicles are real knock-outs I'm cool with them but I don't have much faith in Hasbro's ability to do that... ANd subcontracting them to other companies isn't always a done deal.
GG's not set up to mass produce multi-plastic playsets... Attakus isn't either, and the price of their little dioramas reflects that greatly. Side Show doesn't do it... I can't think of anyone off-hand who Hasbro would look at favorably to just make playsets actually. They're the "big" company with the ability... and they don't seem to want to I guess. ANd it's tough to blame them too... Of 4 prequal playsets, none have sold well at all. Even larger ships haven't... Gunships saw clearance in 02 and limited release in 05... ARC's saw wide release in 05 and didn't move too fast... The TIE Fighter saw clearance and was an exclusive... B-Wings saw clearance widely here at their pricepoint, and I saw AT-AT's as low as $20 back in modern Star Wars' hey day. The Imp Shuttle saw major price drops till it actually made it to a reasonable one, and the Sandcrawler saw clearance... A lot of bad precedent looming over the area of large vehicles and playsets. It's that pricepoint I think.
The XD line's planes generally sell well... Of course, any given paint scheme can be fairly limited, but when you see 4, 5, or 6 paint schemes for one fighter you're looking at a ton of planes being put out there for $40 to $50... Hell, their $80+ modern day jet fighters FLEW (no pun) off shelves. I attribute this to their line focusing on borderline model-kits in their details and paint applications, but with durability as well, and an adult-driven market... They do see some sales at times if too much is delivered anywhere, like the P-47 checkertail or Flying Pig Stuka saw... But overall it seems their market can deliver their $ where their mouth is, while SW fans either back out when they see the price, or when they see the quality they get, or a combination of both factors.
I mean, I can't blame them. If Hasbro could deliver a scale AT-TE I'd probably be one of the first in line for it if i could afford what they were asking for it... Hell I'd get two if I could afford them, but what we WOULD likely get is a disproportionate walker I'd just look at and not want. I eliminated vehicles as a thing I needed to be a "completist" for because of ships I just didn't feel were up to my standards.
Got my Jedi Fighters, Tri-Droid, AT-RT, WOokiee Copter... I get the to-scale things and love them even though they do lack some details. I can't see me spending $40 on a Gunship though when, as cool as it is as a toy, it is undersized a bit and just doesn't appeal to me though... So I do think that has an impact on the line, and how Hasbro thinks when they're pondering putting ships out...
For me then, asking about things I've yet to see Hasbro TRULY deliver on then just isn't something I push for. They're skittish about risks like that, so I'd rather find out what figures are coming and what quality will be like... Some small vehicles though, I'd love to hear what they're maybe gonna do, and hopefully do right. Love that Saga Landspeeder resculpt afterall.