|There's very little friction between this machine and the ground. It has tons of individuality, so try it out for a different racing experience!|
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 33
The Slick Star is a rideable machine in Kirby Air Ride. As its name implies, it is known for having terrible traction, but has a great top speed, gliding ability, and other strengths to make up for it.
The base of the machine appears as a violet, circular disc, upon which the rider sits. The disc is composed of various straight strips of violet material, arranged in a spiraling pattern. Strangely, the areas between each strip are completely transparent. Surrounding the base are three floating pink spheres, which revolve around the base. The faster the vehicle's velocity, the faster the spheres revolve. When the vehicle is charged up, whether on the ground or while airborne, the spheres glow white--and glow brighter the higher the degree of the charge.
While the machine is moving, small pink-and-white sparkles trail along behind it. Strangely, the sparkles propel straight out from the rear of the machine, even if the machine itself is sliding backwards.
The Slick Star's most standout characteristic is its terrible traction. Turning without charging often ends with the vehicle spiraling out of control, and hitting a boundary head-on at full speed can send the machine flying off in the opposite direction. However, this weakness can be overcome rather easily if the rider makes use of short, quick taps of the charge button. The slightest charge will be able to re-adjust the vehicle's trajectory to a great degree, and since the machine has so little traction, the charge barely slows it down at all to boot.
Despite its major flaw, the Slick Star excels in various areas. Most notable is its ability to glide long distances; in Air Ride mode, it is only exceeded in this regard by the Winged Star. Aside from that, this machine also has an extremely fast grounded charge and good acceleration, relatively high boost, and an above-average top speed of 27.02 km/h.
When used properly, it is often considered to be in the higher tier of machines for all-purpose racing, as its major only real flaw in Air Ride mode is easily overcome, and it has numerous other strengths to rely on as well. In City Trial, it can be somewhat unwieldy to navigate the tight corners of the city itself, as well as some of the stadiums requiring more precision than the Slick Star can offer, but is nonetheless a strong contender in various Stadiums, particularly Air Glider.
This vehicle is often compared with the Swerve Star, as the two both have unusual methods of control, but excellent top speed.
How to Unlock
To unlock this machine for use in Air Ride mode, the player must beat a two-lap standard race of Checker Knights in under 03:05:00 with any vehicle.
In City Trial, the Slick Star can occasionally be found randomly throughout the city, and be mounted like most other air ride machines. It is always available in Free Run as well.
Blue Kirby riding atop the Slick Star.