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The Y-Factor

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The Y-Factor (Vintage Y-Wing Fighter, Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilots, Vintage R2-D2, Vintage C-3PO, Vintage Admiral Ackbar, Vintage B-Wing Pilot, Vintage A-Wing Pilot)

The Y-Factor
(Vintage Y-Wing Fighter, Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilots, Vintage R2-D2, Vintage C-3PO, Vintage Admiral Ackbar, Vintage B-Wing Pilot, Vintage A-Wing Pilot)

All hail Kenner’s Return of the Jedi Y-Wing Fighter! Quickly approaching it’s 30th anniversary of toy magic.

The vintage Y-Wing Fighter has some tremendous upsides. First, the battery-operated rooftop cannon is unmatched for taking out the enemy. Sweeping left to right at manic speed, it just can’t miss. And just in case you’ve sprayed a few too many turbo lasers, the chin cannons are there for backup! You could literally jab your target into submission with those two badboys. Also the vintage Y-Wing actually allowed you to insert your own droid as opposed to the X-Wing Fighter that used an artificial R2 substitute.

Downsides? A few. The rear engine extensions broke about as easily as eggshells. Also, while brilliantly conceived, the landing gear mechanism suffered from poor construction. Kenner tended to use plastic throughout their vehicles, even where a little metal would’ve really hit the spot. So even back in the day the wings of the Emperor’s Shuttle, the wings of the X-Wings, and the landing gear on this lovely Y-Wing all tended to stop doing what they were supposed to do once that plastic gave out.

The Y-Wing has one other peculiar design flaw. You see, the vehicle’s hull is put together kind of like a sandwich. There’s a top half and a lower half and when screwed together they keep in all the good stuff that controls the landing gear and electronics. What’s troublesome is that some of the decals need to go over the seam between the top and bottom halves, so that if you ever needed to open that sucker up you’d actually have to tear or otherwise remove the decals. As far as I know it’s the only vintage Kenner vehicle that can boast this.

So there you have it.

The Take-Down Two.

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The Take-Down Two.  (Vintage Admiral Ackbar, Vintage General Lando Calrissian)

The Take-Down Two. (Vintage Admiral Ackbar, Vintage General Lando Calrissian)

Who do you call to lead a merry band of Rebels into battle?

Oh yeah: Admiral Ackbar and General Lando “Lady’s Choice” Calrissian.

That is of course if you want to kick some ass.

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April 11, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Admiral Ackbar Detail.

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Admiral Ackbar Detail. (Vintage Admiral Ackbar)

Admiral Ackbar Detail. (Vintage Admiral Ackbar)

Detail pulled from an earlier image. The Admiral is far and away one of my all time favorite vintage Star Wars action figures.

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September 28, 2010 at 3:30 PM

The Eye of Ackbar.

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The Eye of Ackbar. (Vintage A-Wing Pilot, Vintage Admiral Ackbar)

The Eye of Ackbar. (Vintage A-Wing Pilot, Vintage Admiral Ackbar)

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February 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Leia/Ackbar.

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Leia/Ackbar. (Vintage Princess Leia Organa, Vintage Admiral Ackbar)

Leia/Ackbar. (Vintage Princess Leia Organa, Vintage Admiral Ackbar)

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October 21, 2009 at 7:00 AM

Admiral Ackbar.

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Admiral Ackbar. (Admiral Ackbar, Han Solo Bespin Outfit, Princess Leia Bespin Gown)

Admiral Ackbar. (Vintage Admiral Ackbar, Vintage Han Solo Bespin Outfit, Vintage Princess Leia Bespin Gown)

A New Plan.

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A New Plan. (Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot and Admiral Ackbar)

A New Plan. (Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot and Admiral Ackbar)

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May 1, 2009 at 12:53 AM

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