I picked this up last night at Target thanks to a little birthday money I had set aside for just this.
Overall, it's pretty good. It's way bigger than the classic Y-wing (wider, longer before the engines taken into account), makes that thing look like a dink, but it also has a lot in common with it so it has a good lineage feel with that. I can understand the need for price increase, this is a big ship, it's heavy and nearly as long as the Falcon, but it really doesn't feel like $60 of toy, at best like $45.
Sculpt is pretty good, generally sharp and crisp, all the inside areas have sculpted detail, even the insides of the landing gear bays have cross-hatching. The engines are removable and they sculpted detail from the original Y-wing engine inside the remaining part which is a good throwback. The ship looks good without the rear engines, a little like the profile of the Naboo Royal Starship.
Lots of weapons, most of which are actually taken from the cross-section Y-wing imagery so that's cool. The front spring-loaded torpedoes are very easy to accidentally fire while opening the rear canopy though. The interior of the hidden missile bay is spacious enough to store the torpedoes and bombs when not in play. The nose has long front cannons which is great, very accurate.
Both cockpits are well sculpted, the front one has a control yoke that can actually be used. There are 30-something stickers, and the ONLY one that is necessary goes behind the front seat, the rest are unnecessary. The rear cockpit has a control yoke but it's in the turret bubble, too high to really use.
Generally, this is a nifty ship, and I only have a handful of issues to call out against it:
- Mine came with a crack on the left engine, that's no good. It can be glued, but at this price Hasbro better replace it.
- The bubble turret doesn't rotate, this is a huge shame. The cannons only elevate about 15 degrees. The seat, while raised, isn't as high as it should be, even Cmdr Cody needs a booster seat to get his eyes over the bottom of the bubble.
- The torpedo-launching buttons are right where one would put their fingers to open the rear canopy, as I already mentioned.
- The droid slot is sculpted to accept an astromech from the regular line, but those droids are 1/4 of an inch taller than the CW astromechs so the CW astromechs look totally lost in there, the rim of the slot coming up to the radar eye. I put a cardboard lift in there for now.
- At $60+, there should really be one more action gimmick, maybe another auto landing gear like the original, or at least a swiveling turret.