An open letter to HASBRO TOYS
Apologies for this very long post, but it's important.
As many people who know me can attest, I am a HUGE fan (and consumer) of your STAR WARS toy products.
I've been collecting STAR WARS toys for 30 years, and I think you guys are doing an AMAZING job giving collectors what we want year after year!!!
We are certainly a nit-picky bunch, but you guys have been steadily improving the quality of products from your STAR WARS brand.
Bravo to you all !!! Kudos and congratulations!! I wish you all many continued years of success.
I am writting because I read in one of your recent Q&A sessions that an upgrade of a (close to) correctly-scaled MILLENNIUM FALCON
toy is NOT out of the realm of possibility as a future product.
I wanted to write and tell you what a THRILL such an offering would be for all of us collectors... of all ages!!
I cannot stress enough how a properly scaled, and upgraded Millennium Falcon would be a DREAM COME TRUE for us all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now I know such a toy would be BIG... really
BIG! we're talkin' about 5.5 feet in length and about 4 feet in diameter saucer portion). And certainly it would have to be EXPENSIVE (figure about a $400 - $450 price point).
But I'm telling you, die-hard STAR WARS fans and collectors EVERYWHERE would DEFINITELY BUY THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you hear Hasbro? WE COLLLECTORS WOULD HAPPILY BUY THIS TOY!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, this could be THE GREATEST Star Wars toy EVER MADE... if done correctly!!!! Here are the features that I'd like to see:
1) An accurate sculpt spaceship
that closely resembles the Lucasfilm model's proportion. (No more wierd Kenner proportions). I'd like nice, LONG mandibles, and six round (sculpted) vents in the aft section of the ship that are actually covered with grates (not stickers). A pivoting and rotating Radar Dish that would actually have separate detailing pieces of the antenna array inside the dish. Of course the weathering and paint deco on the hull would have to be TOPS.
2) There would be the correct design and number of landing gear
that would fold up inside the hull of the ship and be concealed inside of closing panels.
3) The boarding ramp
would be re-structured to be the correct design, with FOUR (4) hydraulic struts that retract into the entry hull of the ship.
4) A retractable light blaster cannon
that lowers and pivots from a concealed compartment on the ships's underside hull.
5) Dorsal and Ventral Quad Laser Turrets
with manual "pump action" cannons attached to the same pivot rack mount as seen in the film.
6) Working Concussion Missles Launcher
operating from between the mandibles.
7) Electronic lights and sounds
: Working headlights on the mandibles, rear engines lights, "proximity alert" sound FX, Quad Laser turret sound FX, engine flyby sound FX, Hyperdrive sound FX. Full Detailed Cockpit Environment
featuring accurately sculpted pilot and co-pilot seats that pivot, two pivoting rear passenger seats, accurately sculpted dashboard with pilot and co-pilot flight wheel controls, working rear cabin door.
9) Fully Detailed Interior Environment
accessable by lifting off various hull panels would feature:
Accurately designed Main Hold
with seating banquet nook and Dejark Holochess Table, accurate floor panel grating, Navigation console and chair.
SIDE NOTE: It would be cool if Hasbro threw in a bag full of crates, and barrels and junk nick-knacks that were littered about the Falcon's hold.Access Tunnel
leading to cockpit. Accessable by Main Hold, and by Entry Ramp area. No more cardboard panel with a drawing
of the tunnel !!2 Hidden compartment floor panels
(along access tunnel leading toward entry ramp). The two compartments should be large enough to hold three figures each.Vertical ladder
at the core of the ship leading to dorsal and ventral Quad Laser Turret Gun Ports
. Ports should be designed with instrumentation along the walls, swivelling turret chairs with "hand grip" steering for Luke and Han, and targeting scope monitors. Gun ports should have large round circular windows with transparent canopies.IMPORTANT NOTE:
Both Gun Ports should be designed so that they are canted at 90º in relation to the rest of the ship. With Luke and Han figures seated in their gunport chairs, the "vertical" ladder at the ship's core SHOULD appear to them to be a HORIZONAL passageway where they can speak to one another.Medical Bunk Bed Station
for Luke to recover from his devastating first saber battle with Darth Vader.
Fellow collectors... who's with me? Let your voice be heard loud and clear!!!