Saw this over the weekend finally... Like I've said, if the measurements hold up, (1/17 by "official" measurements of the ship, but taking into account that all of the models including the lifesize prop vary, there is room for +/- there), this is basically a properly scaled X-Wing to action figures for $40... Given the costs of underscaled ones you can put a figure into, I think it's a pretty solid deal. What was the last price of an underscaled X-Wing?
What sucks is it's clearly not made to be complex at all... Wings don't open, there's no cockpit or droid socket (not a full one anyway), and it only has a forward landing gear somehow... Not sure what the rear gear would be, but I'm guessing the forward gear is just shorter than it should be, ultimately, and probably just plugs into a hole in the bottom. Oh, and the laser's tips are simple half-circle bits... Definitely cheaper looking.
Anyway, if you wanted an X-Wing to park next to an A-Wing that doesn't look comically small next to it? This is your ship actually. I know everyone's bashing it, but it's actually pretty detailed too with panel lines, the rear-hull greeblies, etc.... It needs painted (stickers, ugh), but man it's a good base, and for cheap. I'm waiting to see if they show at K-Mart before I buy since I have coupons there and lots of points, but I'll get one at Target later if I have to. I'm aiming for a few actually, and if they hit clearance I may buy up whatever I see.
I'd have paid $100 for this (seriously) if it had a full cockpit, opening hatch, full sized 3 landing gear w/hatch doors, and a full droid socket... oh, and a paintjob. Like, a real paintjob. As it stands though, for $40, it's a good custom starting off point to make something that is actually pretty good, and at a pretty fair price to do so. Try doing one from scratch and see if you can even accomplish something slightly less than this ship for $40, much less with the details it actually does have.
Hell, just a paintjob on this, it's going to display nice with figures around it, some ladders, and the Yavin cart that pretty much looks comically sad next to the previous Hasbro X-Wings.
This is another one of those things people are pissing their pants angry about that all I see is the positive here. I wish we'd get a Y-Wing now that accompanied it (same scale). I'd be giddy. The shell is more than enough to work with. I'll make it work... And Hasbro isn't going to do one this scale with all the bells and whistles I'm afraid. I wish they would because I'd gladly pay for it, but it's in the realm of "playsets" that isn't very likely to ever happen.