Yet, you give critiques on several SW items on forums, websites, etc. Ironic, isn't it?
It looked like a piece of crap before, and low and behold, it was. That's all I'm saying...
Some people tell jokes on network TV at 11:30 at night. Some people write books. Others work in offices, help people get well, and cure diseases.
I play with and write about small plastic men. You may as well ask a bird not to sing, or to vomit into the mouths of its young.
I played with it more since I got it and once you remove the igloo from the base, it's less crappy. Expensive, sure, but it's amazing what juxtaposing an item of modest quality (the igloo) next to a piece of junk (the base) can do for the entire package. Hasbro may have been better served to merely have sandy-colored cardboard, just because it would remove the "bad" element and just have fewer overall pieces.
I'm not like CHEWIE-- I have no talent, no skills, and can't make a cool custom to save my life. But *I* could replicate the base out of actual sand sold at TRU, a comb, and, I presume, some hairspray. (Hey, I've played in the sandbox, I know the score here.)
Also, if you get one of these, take a look at the bottom of the igloo. There are some holes near the entrance that almost look to me as if there was another kind of base originally planned for this item. It wouldn't surprise me if they downgraded it as Hasbro talked a lot about costing this item out at Comic-Con and it sounds like there were definite budget considerations in its development.
Given the chance I'd still buy it again. I wouldn't suggest everyone else do so, but I like to get my hands on these things.