|This machine cannot Boost, but it makes up for it with other strengthened attributes! It's a very easy machine to control.|
— Kirby Air Ride North American instruction booklet, page 34
The Wagon Star is particularly large, and by far the tallest machine in the game (excluding King Dedede). It's a pale-pink, cube-shaped machine, with an iron ladder fastened to the back, and two iron bars on top (in front, and behind the rider). In front, the "cube"s bottom half extrudes outward, further than its top half, appearing somewhat similarly to the shape of a bus, or van. Dangling from both the front, and rear, of the machine are two small, red tassels. Each side of the machine is adorned in large print with a Chinese character: 颱 ("typhoon") on the left and 昊 ("broad sky") on the right. Below these Chinese characters are a pair of two, somewhat small, "wings". The two propulsion units on its backward side expel strange, square-shaped exhaust fumes, which expand and dissipate once spurted out.
The Wagon Star has above-average acceleration and top speed of 26.09 mph, both stats just a bit better than the Warp Star. This machine's most noticeable attribute is its lack of ability to Boost, either on the ground, or while airborne. Attempting to charge while on the ground results in sudden braking, which can nonetheless make it easier to navigate sharp turns. In addition, it is considered a terrible glider, and is the only machine that decreases the rider's Copy Ability and Item damage output (multiplied by 0.9). Despite these major flaws, this machine is easy to control and has the third highest HP of all machines. It is also one of the many heavier machines in the game.
This machine also has another strange characteristic, perhaps due to its large, blocky size. While it is on the ground, and tilted backward (by holding Down on the control stick), it will make contact with the ground. This enables it to hit Boost Panels and hit switches, among other things, which a normal star could only do by charging. While it drags across the ground like this, however, it decelerates slightly, as it would when charging.
How to Unlock
In City Trial, this machine can occasionally be found randomly throughout the city and be mounted like most other machines. It is always available in City Trial's Free Run as well.
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