I read your quick review of it Adam, and liked the details you shared...
I collect 1:16 RC tanks, and they (among other features not really appropriate for a kid's toy) have the recoiling feature, lights, etc. I always liked that, and so it's neat that the new RC Republic Tank has that incorporated into it.
I'm not sure I'll buy the Republic tank... I wasn't into the static one in the first place, but I may cave and get it.
I loved the Hailfire... to me, it was a no-brainer based on the vehicle's design and Hasbro got it to function remarkably well. And the firing feature on it is really flawless. It was also the only really solid "big" Separatist toy to run over Clones with... Well, not counting the giant Octuparra. That thing is still impressive every time I look at it. The Hailfire is/was a ton of fun though and I think the Republic Tank was a great direction for them to go then for the Clones. I just wonder if another RC vehicle is up their sleeves, or if this is it then. Designs are somewhat limited. The hovering tanks from the Zillo Beast episode could work though, I guess, if another item were to be considered.