Y-WING SCOUT BOMBER (W/ KANAN JARRUS)
STAR WARS: REBELS (HASBRO)
“Discover exciting stories of good versus evil in a galaxy of starships and vehicles. Armed with proton bombs and laser cannons, this prototype Y-wing Scout Bomber uses its rotating engines to provide enhanced maneuverability during flight.”
For the next entry in my week of Star Wars vehicles, I’ll be starting off a trend that’s going to finish out the week: Star Wars: Rebels. Rebels had its own devoted line of figures back when it first started out, but it was sort of swallowed up by the recent movie toylines (which is how I acquired my rather modest collection of figures). The main crew has each cropped up at least twice, with a few of them popping up a little bit more than that. Kanan Jarrus is probably the most common, and he’s part of today’s review, alongside a variation of the Y-Wing.
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
The Y-Wing Scout Bomber was released as one of the mid-sized weapons in the Force Awakens toyline, and was re-released unchanged for the Rogue One line as well. It’s a much smaller variant of the traditional Y-Wing from the original trilogy, with its roots in The Clone Wars. The vehicle is actually an almost entirely re-used sculpt, from back in the Clone Wars days, but tweaked a bit to fit Chopper in place of a more standard astromech droid. The ship is about 7 inches long by 4 1/2 inches wide, and stands about 3 1/2 inches tall. The thrusters on the back are both posable pieces, as is the turret for the astromech droid. Overall, it’s a very squat and compact ship, which isn’t perhaps as impressive as a more standard piece, but for the price point, it’s about what you’d expect. The paint work on this piece shifts it more from a Clone Wars design to something closer to the Original Trilogy, adding in some white and yellow. The details are a little sloppy in some spots, but nothing too terrible.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Included with the Bomber is the aforementioned figure of Kanan Jarrus. Kanan is sort of the show’s lead, I guess, so his prominence in the toy form makes a little bit of sense. What makes less sense is how many times they released him the exact same get-up. This was the fifth time this figure was released, more or less. This one has a slightly tweaked head with the head set, but that’s the only difference. Most egregiously, there was a standard Kanan in the launch wave of the Force Awakens product, so he was hitting twice on that same day. The fact that he was picked over the less oft-released Chopper, whom the ship kind of needs to look complete, is rather frustrating. It’s not like anyone who needed a Kanan was missing him. But I digress. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and has 5 points of articulation. He’s using most of the same sculpt used several times before, but with the new head. It’s Kanan’s basic garb, which works decently enough. The sculpt is softer than later releases, in part due to his animated nature, but also due to him just being a slightly older sculpt. He’s still a pretty respectable looking figure. Kanan’s packed with his lightsaber, which is a pretty cool piece.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Kanan and the bomber is a set I saw very many times, but never picked up. However, in Toys R Us’s last days, they had a bunch of these various vehicles for rather cheap, and I got sucked in. Honestly, it’s not much to write home about, but it’s a decent enough toy, especially for the much lowered price.