So I opened it today... Some thoughts:
-Scale's PERFECT. This is the bike I waited all these years for. One of my holy grails is complete, and this is it. I love how tiny the bike is, and that THIS actually COULD be easily transported around in other vehicles unlike the hulking other bike. Kinda opens up space in things like the Gunship or AT-AT.
-To those that say the double-jointed neck is useless, I disagree... I've been messing with the figure's head poses, and I find it quite useful. It's slight, but that slight additional movement adds a lot of realism. Totally appreciated.
-Paint Aps on the figs for me have been ok... Bummer you got a crummy one Jayson.
-The Handlebars are a little warped so I'm gonna heat/freeze them... They're fine to me ultimately though.
-2 pistols? Thanks!
-Not a fan of the tripod gun and would've preferred a better paint ap and dropping the gun... That said, the gun is kind of acool accessory on its own, I just think it's rather pointless and I'd have just rather seen a slightly better paintjob... Paintjob quality is a sign of the times, and that sucks, but it's ok... just not "great". I can fix it I guess.
-Seconded on wishing you could add a second, lower riding, Scout to the stand... I like that they did the stand though, especially since I asked for this specifically quite some years ago.
-Would've actually liked a 2nd stand over the tripod gun that sets the bike low to the ground for a Scout resting on it, or standing near it, without requiring that goofy kickstand thing for the nose.
I'm going to do these myself anyway, just would've preferred a Hasbro one.
-Opening engine cowl is insane... Why Hasbro does these little completely unnecessary, but appreciated, details, is beyond me. It's like the engines on the Cloud Car... Why? I don't know why, but I like it. I totally intend on doing a little scene with a tech fixing one of these now.
-Thing's like a mini-prop to me. Really a nice piece of work... Right up there, immediately to me, with the Cloud Car, Snowspeeder, AT-ST, Yavin Sled, etc. This is how OT vehicles NEED to be I think. This is what collectors gravitate to.
-I would DEFINITELY buy:
-Black "Shadow Scout" repaint
-White "Hoth Scout" Repaint with a slightly better Hoth Scout Trooper please
-Desert "Sandtrooper Scout" Repaint (I'd dig it even if it's never been seen)
-Stass Allie & Republic Red so she can die properly now.
-Republic Cavalry Lancer (Tartakovsky)
-Rebel Biker Scout (West End Games... It had a miniature actually)
This bike can be resold to me for years to come... happily.