My Droid Gunship was also sent in a larger shipping box with
packing materials but
it most definitely did not arrive in minty shape.
One corner of the vehicle box was crushed and, for whatever reason, it had a dime-sized hole poked in the side. Since I'm an opener and the ship inside was damage free, it wasn't too big an issue. But if I was a "mint-in-box" guy, I'd have been pretty upset since it was obviously damaged before
it was put in the bigger shipping box.