I'd also like to note that the ship has no landing gear, which is kind of bothersome. The pull-down missle launcher on the front of the ship functions as the front landing gear and I realize that to include the type of landing gear from the 2002 JSF mold would have necessitated dropping the pull-down launcher from the toy completely, but the ship already has two launchers on the top, so the one on the underside is totally unnecessary and I would have rather had landing gear instead. Maybe that's just me, though.
Actually, it's pretty necessary-- Hasbro wants weapons on the ships for combat potential. Without the rocket on the bottom of the ship, the "Drone Ship" would be a completely unarmed drone. Hasbro put a firing rocket on the Episode I Royal Starship's yellow mini-craft for a similar reason, to give the toy some weapons even though the bigger ship didn't. OK, so it's a different reason. But they still crammed a rocket on there. In theory, it makes for a more fun toy, and I'd be inclined to agree.
I like the whole separate-the-ships thing WAY more than fall-off wing panels or pop-out wings. This is one of Hasbro's best vehicle toys in years if you ask me, they managed to cram a ton of neat stuff into a reasonably small toy-- and the empty droid socket is totally awesome to see for once.
And I may be the only one but I freaking LOVE this ship. The fact that the droid socket fits animated R2-D2 like a glove made me happy, but the fact I can sit pretty much any action figure in there makes me giddy. I mean, as a kid, who hasn't wanted a ship to put a couple of figures in? It's great that, if you want to, you can have a C-3PO sit in there and have his head poke out. While not 100% authentic, it lets kids play with the figures they already have in the drone ship rather than having to beg mom and dad to buy them R2-D2 or whatever recolor is on the market that week.
I dunno if I'm going to be all that thrilled about a fleet of repaints, but it's a fine ship-- I'll buy Anakin's at the very least.