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Wagonstar
Kirby Air Ride artwork
Wagon Star
Name (JP) ワゴンスター (Wagonsutā)
IconKAR Mini WagonStar
Stat outline
KAR Patch HPKAR Patch OffenseDown ChargeKAR Patch DefenseKAR Patch Turn
KAR Patch TopSpeedDown BoostKAR Patch WeightDown Glide
ClassificationAir Machine
FuelNo
HP250 / 1000*
AvailabilityAir Ride (must be unlocked), City Trial
Course Unlocked atAny
How to UnlockIn any mode other than Free Run, reach the goal a total of 3 times
Can't charge up but... it has good points.
— Wagon Star's Flavor text • Kirby Air Ride

The Wagon Star is an Air Ride Machine in Kirby Air Ride. Its shape resembles a wagon or truck, as the name suggests, and it is covered in decals with designs based on traditional Japanese artwork, as well as two tassels hanging on the back and front. There is a ladder on the back that would presumably assist the rider in climbing on, though it is purely cosmetic, and there is no unique boarding animation for when a Kirby climbs onto the Wagon Star. It has two rear headlights, which leave square-shaped glowing trails behind it in the air as it travels forward. The Wagon Star is known for not being able to charge, and for being the only Air Ride Machine that is able to survive a single hit from the Hydra's attack.

The Wagon Star has excellent acceleration and handling (it has the second best handling in the game, behind only the Jet Star and tied with the Compact Star), and above-average Top Speed. It can neither charge nor boost, however, and has poor Glide.

Along with the Shadow Star, the computer AI in Kirby Air Ride sees the Wagon Star as one of the best vehicles in the game, and they do quite well with it in Air Ride. In City Trial, the first Air Ride Machines the computer AI will look for are the Wagon Star and the Shadow Star.

Trivia

  • By holding Down on the Control Stick while driving on the ground, the Wagon Star actually slows down. This trait is unique to the Wagon Star.
  • The Wagon Star's design appears to be inspired by the traditional Chinese take-out container.
    • It may also be inspired by dekotora, the Japanese trucks famous for incorporating similar brightly colored designs inspired by traditional art, as well as extravagant customized decorations and accessories (like the Wagon Star's ladder, metal bars and tassels). The rear headlights would seem to further emphasize its relation to real-world trucks.
  • It has a kanji character on the side of it (「颱」) that means typhoon.

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