By now, many of us have received the new Sandcrawler, and I was wondering what do you think of it?
Here's my two cents...
I don't have a vintage Sandcrawler, so I can't make any comparisons of the quality of plastic, ect. I can only compare based on pictures. In comparing pitcures of the new toy to pictures of the model used in ANH, the new Sandcrawler's scupt is very close in detail in the production model. (I do realize, the credit actually is due to the people who made the original toy since basically the old mold is re-used.) Nice job Hasbro. The paint is also very close to the production model. Again nice job.
How about RA-7? You might think his paint is the wrong color, but I think that you would be only partly correct. I was a little irritated when I saw the pictures of the figure because I thought that the paint was all wrong. However; I have large and detailed pictures of the RA-7 droid from ANH, and if you hold the figure up to the pictures and compare, the paint really isn't far off. The paint is not perfect, but it is actually close. Really, I'm serious.
No wheels! I can go either way on this. Initially, I wasn't happy that I was unable to race the Sandcrawler across the floor. I think that the Sandcrawler is more of a playset than a vehicle. If it had wheels, it would be harder to use as a playset anyway. Plus, I think most of us are just going to display it with a bunch of Jawas anyway, so does it really need wheels? Maybe. Maybe not. I do worry for the Jawas though because they won't be able to get away from the Stormtroopers. It will be an even bigger slaughter than in ANH. They should at least have a fighting chance to escape. How sad.
Electronics. Yes, electronics, sounds, and a remote would be awesome. Heck, if it had those features, I would pay twice (maybe three times) as much for it without batting an eye. C'est la vie.
Stickers. I would like to see some stickers in the cockpit. This actually did get me a little peeved. I guess I'll have to find some repros on the net. Anyone have recommendations on who to contact?
Price. I got mine for $40. It is overpriced, but so are many of the Star Wars toys. The longer I have the thing sitting on my desk with a bunch of Jawas and stolen droids though, the more I like it and the more I think that it was worth the cash. For $40, they should be able to escape from the Stromtroopers though, or at least have some electronic sound effects to signal for help. Poor Jawas just can't win.