Name: Y-wing Fighter
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Vehicles) (Exclusive)
Source: A New Hope
Availability: August 2007
Hasbro is really good about getting classic vehicles out during anniversary or commemorative years. In 2004 during The Original Trilogy Collection, collectors were treated to a plethora of Original Trilogy goodness and again the same is true in the 30 (77-07) line. For the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars property, Hasbro really steps up to the plate (all around) and clearly has put some thoughts in their store exclusives and released a pretty awesome version of the Y-wing Fighter based on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The vehicle has an incredible paint job (it’s one of the best this vehicle mold has ever seen) and while Hasbro didn’t hollow out the droid socket so we could choose the droid, they did create an awesome pilot/droid combination and gave us two new characters from Episode IV that have never been available until this release. That same "steerless" cockpit is brought back as well, but it's barely a setback.(On a different note, we are unable to find R5-F7 anywhere in the film, but that doesn’t mean this droid isn’t somewhere elusive in the film. Created for Toys R Us as one of their summer exclusives, the Y-wing Fighter will surely excite fans of all ages.
The weaker pack-in figure in the set is the Y-wing Pilot. That’s the official name of this figure on the packaging, but you’ll find Lieutenant Lepira’s name in the text description. Based on an older sculpt, Y-wing Pilot is a kit-bashed figure that uses the body of 2004’s SW Dutch Vander Gold Leader (Battle of Yavin) ('04 #13) figure with an all-new head. The likeness isn’t anything superior, but Hasbro did get the proportions and the head shape pretty correct and even included the birthmark on Lepira's face, so you can identify it is him. The figure is limited with only nine points of articulation and you’ll notice that he needs more articulation in the arms. The ball-jointed knees are nice to have, but we have to ask what the point of them are when the rest of the figure is a “now inferior” sculpt. The Y-wing Pilot also comes with a removable helmet and it fits like a glove on his head. No weapons are included for this figure, but we ask, “do you really need one” here? The great news is that he fits in the cockpit beautifully and you won’t be able to see him underneath the tinted glass.
Assortment Number: 87431
Retail: $29.99 USD
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Status: Y-wing Fighter is a retool of 2000's POTF2 Y-wing Fighter TARGET exclusive which happens to be based on the original 1983 Kenner release. This time, the droid is not removable (just like the 2000 version) and the battery compartment is sealed closed and cannot be removed.
Articulation Count: 6
Articulation Details: opening canopy, rotating turret, rotating R5 unit dome, 3 sliding landing gear feet (moved via lever on top of vehicle)
Accessory Count: 17
Accessory Details: proton torpedo bomb, 8 support pylons, 2 disk vectrals, 2 exhaust nacelles, 2 removable front cannons, removable ion cannon, droid antenna
Date Stamp: 1999
Status: R5-F7 is a rework of 2006's TSC R5-D4 (SAGA 032) figure.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable antenna, removable third leg
Date Stamp: 2004
Status: Y-wing Pilot [Lieutenant Lepira] is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2004's SW Dutch Vander Gold Leader (Battle of Yavin) ('04 #13) figure with an all-new head.
Articulation Count: 9 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel right elbow, swivel left glove, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: removable helmet
Date Stamp: 2004
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