I made an inquiry with Disney Parks Merchandise about the status of this toy. The StarSpeeder 1000 toy/playset has been pushed back closer to the holidays.
Frustrating, I know, but I have faith that it will be well worth the extra wait. I've seen several progress pics and watched little things that silently bugged me disappear and be corrected. I've also learned some more of the 'play' features, and trust me, they're only postponing it so they can make it even better.
I've planned all along to buy two so I could customize one to the blue-and-white deco. I'll definitely be interested in your kit pieces and decals when that time comes....
Especially the M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage!
I've also got a plan to replace the shorter SS1K laser cannons with the barrels of two Phantom Menace "Flash Cannons", because that particular toy had the entire barrel light up red, very reminiscent of the SS3K's barrels in the queue at Orlando.