I'd happily buy a single carded Merrick, but I have no desire for his X-Wing. That being said, I think there are some OT fan favorites a bit more deserving of a release first - Imperial Dignitary Sim Aloo and the Emperor are the top choices that remain unmade in the last TVC Fan's Choice Poll. Since RO is a newer movie, I think they should wrap up some much need OT slots first.
I think this would be something where Hasbro should pack-in the pilot with the ship. The pilot could be a kit-bash anyway and the X-Wing would just be a repaint of the TVC Luke's X-Wing. Easy one for Hasbro to do and it wouldn't take up any slots in the regular TVC line.
Well I feel the time for this should have been during Rogue One theatrical run, when it was still on everyone's mind. With as expensive Vehicles have gotten these days, it really needs a current media push.
I'd wager that many will not even know who he is. That said, when EP9 focus dies down, maybe they'll open up to the possibilities to support other movies. This is one reason why movies shouldn't have been every year.
I think with the Cassian series, we could see some of those rebels from RO back in action. The good thing is that if the show has Merrick and his aquad in it, then Hasbro could be on that stuff already and have some things ready to go for the show's premiere.
As far as I'm concerned, Hasbro could release Merrick on a TVC card and repaint the X-Wing and put it, alone, in a TVC box. My only request would be that they add wing stickers so people can customize their X-Wing with whichever pilot they want. If they went that route, some people might buy multiples. We'd also need more pilots as well, but I think Hasbro could manage that in the TVC line.
When it comes to repainted ships, I'm not sure why Hasbro doesn't simply toss them up on Haslab, and take pre-orders, if they have enough - its released. All they'd need to do is some basic concept artwork, not even a full prototype. After what happened with the Hovertank, surely this wouldn't be a retail release, and Hasbro could get paid upfront - problem solved going forward.
I could be wrong since Hasbro does say alot of things, but didn't they actually a couple years ago at a convention say this is a good candidate for release and that R1 may be getting some attention in 2020? I coyld go for a haslab set that incl this and a set of carded figs like Merrick ,(duh), rest of main R1 crew (SA TVC for sure)incl Cassian in imp disquise, and Krennick. 7 or 8 carded figs and Xwing..$225...I'm in.