For me, that's some of it, but I never really cared one way or the other on the Vintage ship comparatively to this one... I just wanted something superior than what we got, ultimately.
It's basically stamped low-grade plastic, at this point, for $25. On this particular vehicle it's taken to what felt like a bit of an extreme too, with the two seat thing going on. It doesn't have a "floor" to speak of, so you can basically just set a couple figures in it. A lot of what feels like wasted space then taking a bottom out of the equation.
I felt the lack of rolling wheels was a huge disappointment. Again, no floor, not really as easy to do that either. The weapons don't move much, and it inhibits it somewhat.
And of course, it's a fair bit small... Just all around disappointing. I was pleased to have gotten it for $20 shipped, but anything more at a store and I'd have returned it once I saw how disappointing it was. To me it just sucks. I thought the AT-DP sucked too.
If the transport were more of a box than just basically 2 seats, I'd probably have given it a little more love. That's where, compared to the vintage one, i think it probably failed the most, to me. The wheels would be a close 2nd too though.
I liked the TIE Advanced somewhat. The Phantom I never picked up, so I'm indifferent on it. I found the TIE kind of fun though.