The Starship is really cool in theory, but the translation toplastic doesn't always go smoothly. As mentioned below, the panels ofthe different portions of the ship (it comes in 2 pieces, plus separate tail fins - and the nose portion sags, due to gravity) don't always match up well. The 97 (!) stickers can be quite a pain to apply, even as Star Wars stickers go. The droid lift is jerky, and the floor of the main passenger hold feels a bit flimsy. Flimsy, too, is the included Trade Federation droid fighter. Also, the Lazy Boy recliners that the passengers and crew sit in must be almost horizontal if one wants to put the top back on.
Also, the ramp, unlike the Millennium Falcon's, isn't secured into place, which makes lowering and retracting it more of a task. Granted, it's not moving mountains, but it's something. In addition, the hyperdrive is tossed in a corner of the ship (unlike in the film), as though Hasbro realized that they had 4 square inches of space over there, and decided to include something else as dressing, which makes it kind of a non-event.
Now, the oft-recited claim to fame of the Naboo Royal Starship re: its coolness is that it's long. So's the list of Nazi war crimes. That doesn't make it cool. The front third of the ship is essentially useless, and a reject from the Kenner cruisemissile trooper fiasco of a couple years ago takes up all available space in that sector. Also, large as the ship is, the droid hold which in the film stocked 6 droids now has the capacity to hold just 2 - and only one harness is included. And it's a bad one. You're better off substituting R2-B1's harness.
Now, the ship doesn't completely stink. The included R2-R9 is cool - the first time that Hasbro's ever made an astromech (and everybody loves astromech droids) that isn't either R2-D2 or R5-D4. His head is even frosted, like the booster rocket R2-D2, but unlike the unfortunately/unrealistically chrome-domed R2-B1 that's since been released. And his head clicks, a la the 1977 R2-D2, which is a great touch. I just wish that I didn't have to pay to get this guy. But there's no other way.
Another high point is the sounds. The ship has a million and one different sound effects, from 8 or 9 different buttons. And they sound good, too (though some might be familiar to owners of other electronic Star Wars products), unlike the Commtech chips.
Also, in the sad, sad world of Star Wars playsets (a doomed realm since the original Power of the Force line, it seems - the Ewok Village of old would never be made today) this is one of the better ones. Maybe the best. But to paraphrase Dennis Miller, that's sorta like being valedictorian at summer school.
Basically, the whole thing just leaves you wanting...more. More space. More included figures (the cheaper AT-AT had two, remember?). The ship comes with a (hollow, with no bottom or back) throne for the pseudo-Queen to sit on, yet no such figure exists or is currently planned. Why didn't Hasbro include her? Also, a 12" scale R2-A6 has been in stores for some time; why not take the two seconds required to repaint the 4" astromech mold and toss him in as well? (And, really, why not the white G8-R3, too? - he perished at the same time as R2-R9, so his presence makes sense, and the power of the statement "Includes three droids!" on the side of the box would be great indeed. Surely enough to encourage more people to buy the thing, which, looking at the aisles of the toy stores near me, is a department in which the Starship could use some help) Why not include a new Ric Olie figure to pilot it, with articulated knees and cloth tunic? Why is the ship not covered in Hasbro's chrome effect that they use on the Transformers Beast Wars series? The $30 Naboo N-1 fighter doesn't have it, either; couldn't we get the coolest aesthetic element of the ship from the film in a $100 vehicle?
In short, the Naboo Royal Starship's not a bad item; it's just not what it could be, not what it should be, and not what you deserve when plunking down bones for...a toy. END