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Ezra Bridger’s Speeder – Star Wars: Rebels (3 3/4 scale)

I have not been collecting a whole lot of vehicles in recent years from Star Wars, but there have been a few that have stuck out at me. This is not one of them. I passed on it many times. Until it went on clearance at Target. I figured, I love speeder bikes, so it would not be a big loss if it was a stinker of a vehicle.

Thankfully it is pretty good. It comes with Ezra, and he has his lightsaber. Both are good.

Ezra’s lightsaber hilt can be attached to his hip. That is a nice touch for anyone who wants to play with the figure. I figure a 5 POA figure is a waste for trying to play with, or even pose for photography. It is too static a pose for any good use.

There is a hatch in the back of the speeder to also hold the lightsaber hilt.

The blade of the saber can be stored under the vehicle. It is a nice way to keep it safe when Ezra is just cruising around.

 

The speeder is a larger bike than the classic speeder bikes the Empire uses. This one is more utilitarian, with a bulkier frame. More for everyday use. The front handles slide forward and back to allow different sized figures to ride on the bike. That is a nice addition as well.

There is a lot of good paint on this one that gives enough detail. It looks well used with some scuffed paint here and there.

Overall this is a fine vehicle for the scale. I can see how there are people that passed on it. If you are not a fan of Rebels, there would be no nostalgia feel to the bike. I do like the extended universe, and seeing different vehicles is always nice. There are still plenty around at many Target stores, just warming pegs, looking for good homes before the next Star Wars movie comes out and takes up all of the pegs again.


Hera Syndulla’s A-Wing – Star Wars Rebels – 3 3/4 inch vehicle

There is a Mandalorian fighter in the background.  Will we get one of those too?

There is a Mandalorian fighter in the background. Will we get one of those too?

Hera is one of my favorite characters in the Rebels show. She has such an even attitude, which probably helps make her a great pilot. I recently finished the novel A New Dawn, in which Hera and Kanan meet each other for the first time. It wasn’t a long time together, but Kanan fell in love with her from the start. We got a glimpse of what a good pilot she was in the book. In the book Rise of the Empire, that also includes A New Dawn, there is a short story were we see a brand new Hera take on the Empire for the first time, not only showing good pilot skills, but also what a good heart she has.

In the show, Rebels, Hera usually flies The Ghost. She got to fly the new experimental B-Wing, and really showed that she was a great pilot overall, and not just of her beloved Ghost. And then her great flying and good leadership saw her promoted to the leader of Phoenix Squadron, an A-Wing team of fliers.

The A-Wing comes with Hera in her trademark puffy orange pants. She has traded her goggles for a proper flight mask, though she does not wear a full helmet, probably due to her lukku which would give some trouble to putting a helmet on.

She is a typical 5 POA figure. Head, shoulders, and legs. I am still really bummed that this is the way Hasbro decided to go with the Star Wars figures. The Clone Wars era toys had so many POA, and now we are back to 5.

Hera sits in the cockpit of the A-Wing with no problem. It is a bit wide in there, so when she is flying around, she does bump around a bit. There is no place for her to store her blaster. In the Force Awakens and Rogue One vehicles, there were added holders for weapons. Not so this time around.

The A-Wing is such a recognizable fighter, from the flat pointed nose, to the giant fins off the back. The color scheme is really well executed, with tan, grey,white and burgundy. That is a lot of color on a small ship like this. This is a slightly different version than we see in the later Star Wars movies. This is the unmodified version where the fins completely go through the large engines. The nose is also flat all of the way across. In The Battle of Endor, we got to see the modified A-Wings in action that were much faster with less armor and weaponry.

The details are really well done. This is a new model, so the lines are nice and crisp. From the details of the engines to the panel lines on the body.

Then there is the glaring extra on this one. Apparently we need things that fire, and fire incorrectly for the show. We saw this with the giant Millennium Falcon that had an opening front end, the U-Wing with a drop-down gun, and now the A-Wing with a giant cannon attached to the bottom. All of that to fire a Nerf projectile. Ugh! I do not want to fire a Nerf projectile from the bottom of my A-Wing. What I want is an accurate version of the ship for the first time in forever. That being said, the firing mechanism is super strong, so the people that actually want to fire the cannon will have a lot of fun with the two projectiles included in the box.

From the back you can see the great details of the engines. Some really nice work went into making this look fantastic.

The underside shows the giant cannon and the holders for the two projectiles. Unfortunately, there is no way to actually take the cannon off the bottom. It is molded into the bottom of the ship. There goes that plan of a remodel.

 

Overall, I like this ship. I had yet to have an A-Wing in my vehicle collection. I have yet to see one in the store, but they are going for a really good price as of today on Amazon.


The Phantom – Star Wars Rebels – Hasbro

When Episodes 1-3 were coming out, I was very into the 3.75 inch Star Wars figures. I have armies of Clone Troopers and ships up the wazoo. As we moved toward The Force Awakens and beyond, I was turned off by the lack of articulation, with Hasbro going back to the 5-point bodies, but still charging the same amount or more. Rebels came out, but it was on Disney DX, which I was not going to pay extra for on an already crazy priced cable TV package.

Finally it came out on DVD and I got it from the library to watch. Needless to say I absolutely loved the new team and the show. The problem then was that I wanted to ships, but they had been long out, and most of the stores don’t have them any more. And online was crazy for pricing. In comes Amazon Warehouse Deals. They sell items that may not look too beautiful, but that is generally just in the packaging, and the insides are okay. I found The Phantom for a good price and pounced on it.

When it arrived, I was not surprised to see the box really scratched up, dented, and taped back together. I have bought a lot of stuff through the Warehouse, and I have only ever had one item missing parts, so I was not worried by the look of the box.

Inside we get The Phantom all closed up, like it looks when it is attached to The Ghost. This is a pretty standard type vehicle for Star Wars. It has the look, and the details, but it is slightly undersized compared to how the show’s ship would actually be.

There is an opening cockpit that can hold one figure. In the actual ship, there is space for two seats as well as room behind for 2 more seats, so it is already on the small side.

The back end opens up and allows for the seating of one more figure, and a droid, with some extra room to spare. In the show, there are drop seats that line the side. They are molded in there, but don’t function. The back part is a bit closer in look, but I would like to have seen the back door open, since there are a lot of scenes with the characters hanging off the back.

One of the best gimmicks of this ship is the fold out wings. They fold out by hand and stay in position as you swoop the ship around. I was worried that the wings would be really floppy, but they stay right where they should.

When the wings fold out, the engines are exposed along the sides, and they are amazing. The details are spectacular.

The front guns can slide out of the covers. I went through the whole first season of the show, and didn’t notice just how far out the front guns extend from the front of the ship. They are SO long.

There are also cannons that slide out along the edge of the wings. This is not a part of the design of The Phantom, but an addition to the toy only.

Now this Phantom is outdated, since season 2 when Hera met with Quarrie and ended up with a much needed upgrade. They added a droid socket and an engine upgrade to allow for a hyperdrive. That also lets Chopper drive the ship from outside the ship, and the team relies on him more after that.

I love this ship, and I am glad I was able to get my hands on it. It is now happily flying around my hobby room amongst the other Star Wars ships.


Y-Wing Scout Bomber with Kanan Jarrus

It has been a LOOOOONG time since I bought any of the Star Wars vehicles. I was mostly turned off of the 3 3/4 inch figures when Hasbro went back to the 5 points of articulation. I have always had a fondness for the vehicles though, and when this one popped up on Amazon for $9, I could not resist. A vehicle and a figure for $9 is a great deal.

So, the figure is a standard Kanan Jarrus. He is in his standard gear with, yup 5 points of articulation. He also comes with his lightsaber. It is bent, and does not seem to want to become unbent. But, since Jarrus is going to be in the vehicle for ever more, hanging from the ceiling of my hobby room, it doesn’t matter much to me.

The vehicle is a Y-Wing Scout Bomber. We apparently saw this for a split second a long time ago in the Clone Wars toy line. Just like with Clone Wars, the Y-Wing Scout Bomber does not make an appearance in either show.
The idea behind the Scout Bomber is that the all of the big armament, and pretty much any extra weight was taken off and then sent out for little strike missions.
It is supposed to be an iteration of the Y-Wing bomber, more closely related to the New Republic version. Looking at the overall design of the Y-Wing and this smaller Y-Wing, it is a bit hard to think that they could have modified the Y-Wing into this version. The body is nowhere near correct. The cockpit is a single seater with the droid tucked right up behind. Really, the only thing that is the same is the placement of the engines. And even those are a bit off. I would imagine that you would want at least the same size engines, since you want to fly faster as a scout. I get taking off the support pylons hanging off the back, but to add a smaller engine seems a bit backwards thinking.

That being said, I am a bit mixed on the overall feel of the ship. To me, it feels like Hasbro went to the designers and said, “Look guys, we have a box that is this big, by this big. We put all of our smaller ships and speeders in that size box. Make the Y-Wing fit into that.” The designers went off and worked with those dimensions and made this ship. I think this is one that went toward the selling of toys, not the design of the toy itself.

Though this is a little ship, there is a lot of playability to go along with it. The cockpit opens to the side to allow Jannus, or any figure to get in. In the back, the turret opens to allow a droid to get in. The guns at the front are removable. They can swivel to the sides, but probably more to the fact that they are round ports. It is a good idea that we miss from most of the starfighters to have targeting guns.  The turret in the back looks to be used by the droid. It swivels in an arc that is less than 90 degrees.

The engines rotate up and down. I can’t really see the benefit of that happening, since they are a bit too far back for VTOL, and the Y-Wing has repulsers to aid in take offs and landings. It would help in quicker takes offs, but it seems that it would want to cause the ship to start rotating forward too much. I might be overthinking this one a bit too much.

There are two bombs that are loaded in the bottom of the engines. I like that the Y-Wing would have some bombs on board. A little fire power when on a scouting mission is a good thing. Mounting the bombs in the hot engines is a bad thing. What were they thinking? Well, the cockpit and droid cockpit take up all of the space in the fuselage, so that would only leave the engines. For play it is fine, I guess.

Overall, I am not thrilled with this one. It was a great deal on Amazon, so I can’t knock $9 for a ship and a figure. I do have to hunt down a Chopper now, so I have a droid to ride around in there with Jannus. It is already taking up a tiny piece of ceiling, and has gotten lost among the larger X-Wing, giant ARC-170 and others.


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