Toys of the Eighties, Starbird
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This was a boy's toy from the mid '80s, called 'StarBird'. It was a spaceship toy with lights and sound. There were three versions: the first was the basic version, with lights and one sound; the second later version had a couple of different sounds and tiny spacefighters that separated from the wings; and a 'bad guy' version that was black.

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Dan - January 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I think I have the cockpit to one of these somewhere in my house, either that or its at my Grandma's house, either way
Paul - January 25, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one and still have it. It is missing the one ship on the wing. I also had the Starbird Command base. I was cardboard and had a tower on a raised platfom with a ramp that wend up the the raised platform that had a place for Starbird to land. I don't have that anmore.
David - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
The engine sound feature was way cooler than any Star Wars ships. I still have mine, doesn't work but other than that it's complete.
fish72 - April 28, 2008 - Report this comment
Had one & the base as a kid. I bought a ship(ok condition) and the base(PRESTINE, still wrapped & unopened) from a guy in Britain a few years back. It's tempting not to open it up and play with the base!
muskratboy - July 24, 2008 - Report this comment
this was the coolest thing ever! it makes that "infinite up" or "infinite down" sounds when you point it up / down, and fire the guns in front, which also light up. it breaks down into lots of pieces, which can be reassembled in a few different ways... attaching the engine to the front cockpit to make a mini-fighter, for instance. the little round ball came out too, like a little probe thing, and the little wings in the back separated, and were each modeled like little spaceships. i never could figure out how the sound was always going up (or down) and never actually went up! freaked me out, but i loved this thing.
Rob Jedi - November 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have my old Star Bird toy from um 1981 or 1982 I think. I remember taking it with me to see Fire Fox (1982) at the movies since it looked so much like that plane. My one is slightly different that the one here though. It was made by Bandai not Milton Bradley. The Logo was the same, the general shape was the same but the body was silver. There were no removable parts like this one and the speaker was actually in the tail section not the front so the back is thicker to fit it. It also has clear yellow parts for the cockpit and over the molded engine detail on the back. The nose has red clear plastic with the lights inside it for the laser guns. It also had firing red missiles from the sides of the front section. I'll take some pics of it and I'm sure I still have it's box. I kinda think this version was trying to cash in on Galactica rather than Star Wars as the original version is considering the changes in the engine detail in the back and colouring is very Galactica like.
shaun - April 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Had the follow up that was the Avenger (also listed) - in the pics I've seen, the Avenger must have been made with improved mouldings, and it looks smaller in photos. Great toys - the engine responded to the slightest movement.
Rich - September 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I thought "Avenger" was just the name for the white one (pictured). The black one was "Starbird Intruder".
Wil - March 25, 2010 - Report this comment
There are at least 3 versions of the Starbird. The Bandai version. The Starbird, which had up/down sounds, a fire button for lights and sound, and removable fighters, turret/turret ring, and engine, and could be configured to a "shuttle" (just the engine and the sound module), the fighter, which was the outer cowling over the shuttle, and the full starbird, which removed the engine module, put it inside the aft hull, and attached the aft hull in its place. The Starbird Avenger, which was a redress (and electronics revamp) of the starbird; with the avenger, one could dogfight with the intruder. The Starbird intruder was a different aft hull, and all parts black instead of white, but had the same configuration options. I had the Starbird, and the base. I wanted the avenger and intruder but never got them.
D. - June 17, 2010 - Report this comment
THIS WAS THE BEST TOY EVER MADE!!! I had one & it made it all the way to California from Omaha Neb. Like an idiot I let someone play with it & he dropped it into the pool & it never worked again : ( !!!!! I would love to find one in good working condition!!!!
Mithriael - August 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved mine. I had it when I was abou 8.. I ended up taking it apart so that I can put starwars figures in it or taking out teh engin and putting it as part of the front attachment. Thing was AWESOME... until I wanted to see what made it work and took it apart.
TROY POSTELL - May 19, 2011 - Report this comment
WOW! ME AND MY COSIN , FRIENDS AND ALOT OF OTHER PEOPLE LOVE STAR BIRD. WHEN I WAS A KID I COULD OF SWORE I SEEN IT ON THE BATTLE STAR GALACTICA TV SHOW BACK IN THE DAY.4
Spider-Shan - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
To add to what D. states...The Starbird Intruder was much smaller than the Avenger. It had the same basic forward module, but the aft module was much smaller. It didn't have any of the configuration possibilities that the original Starbird or Avenger had, but I think you could use the forward module on the Avenger.
Spider-Shan - June 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Oops...actually that adds to what Wil states.

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