Star Bird is a plastic-bodied, electronic handheld toy that was produced by MB Electronics from 1978 until ca. 1981.

Milton Bradley was cranking out the electronic toys in the 70s and sci-fi was red hot.  They released the Star Bird in 1978 as a way of trying to capture some of the Star Wars madness.

And on Christmas evening in 1978, this thing was laying under the tree waiting for me!

My nephew and I really had a blast with the Starbird!  It had a number of electronic sounds and made a different “climbing” noise when tilted upwards and downwards.  I remember running through our house tilting this thing as I went.  A cool touch was you could remove the “cockpit” portion of the ship and it would dock with the main body and it had 2 detachable “fighters” at the wing ends.