On September 14, 2012 Fantasy Flight released the first wave of their X-wing game including these two that weren’t in the Starter. The Y-wing is a heavy hitter while the TIE Advanced is the Cadillac of TIES. Officially called Expansion Packs, I also call them Boosters or just ships.
The Y-wing is a slow, cumbersome ship that’s going to get hit. The good news is it can take it. It needs upgrades to really shine. Astromechs are helpful, especially the two new ones introduced. Two Torpedoes slots can pack a punch. The Turret is a new Secondary Weapon Upgrade. The Y-wing only has the Ion Cannon Turret so it introduces 360° fire and ion damage. With ion damage a successful hit deals one damage and the target is stuck moving one straight forward next turn. The two generics pilots are fine and two named aces both have cool abilities. I’m annoyed that none of them have the Elite Pilot upgrade, but such is life. Built right it’s a forgiving ship with a lot to offer.
The TIE Advance is a great ship. Its Maneuver Dial is very close to the base TIE but it also has shields and a missile slot. Missiles are a new Secondary Weapon Upgrade that work like Torpedoes but use different cards. It has the Barrel Roll and Evade as Actions in addition to Agility 3 for a great defense. A huge draw is Darth Vader as a pilot. There’s also two generic pilots and Maarek Stele, the official main character of 1994 TIE Fighter computer game. Again, I enjoy seeing characters from the Expanded Universe. But really Vader is only two points more than Stele and is Darth Vader.
One of the things I enjoy about X-wing is the expanded game play. New features are constantly being added, changing the game without breaking it and offering new strategies and options. If you bought a X-wing Booster and a Y-wing, you can now field a 100 point Rebel squad. Most of the people I know who play buy multiple of each ship; which means you end up with duplicates of unique cards. On the other hand, two TIE Advances means you can use Vader and someone else.
Each mini retails for $15 plus tax. I consider both good buys, but the TIE Advanced is the better ship. I’ll have more to say about the Y-wing later, however. Coming up, Wave 2 of X-wing and something other than Star Wars. See you then.