Uh oh. It's day 19 of the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar and I am straight out going to level with you. I've already peeked at today's gift and it's one of those unfortunate ones that are going to leave frustrated parents scratching their heads and shaking their fists at the sky while confused children scream through sticky maws, tears running down their snot streaked faces. And the biggest question of all will be, "WHAT IS THIS FRIGGING THING?"
Relax. Relax. I know the answer...
Door #19's secrets are revealed... after the jump!
So what did you make of this:
It's another random blob and even caught me off guard for a moment. I had to really reach far back into the ol' Star Wars memory banks to find a solution for this strange piece of shite. But I've got it. This is a Neimoidian Shuttle (or Lego has previously released a minifig scale version as a Separatist Shuttle).
You remember the Neimoidian's right? That's Nute Gunray and co, the green faced, red eyed, Pope-hat wearing, cowardly Trade Federation aliens that spoke in racist accents. Well this is what they travel around in. This ship's most memorable scene is in Revenge of the Sith when it ferries hacking and coughing robot multi-tasker General Grievous to sinkhole planet Utupau. Here's a picture of it to jog your memory...
This one has its landing gear down but see the matching fin, antenna and cockpit? Or perhaps the following images are a clearer match...
I bet your kids never shut up about the super cool and iconic Star Wars vehicle THE NEIMOIDIAN SHUTTLE. Ha! That's sarcasm! TAKE THAT, LEGO!
Lego has really given us a rough ride this year. One day it's flowers, the next day it's a punch in the mouth. If anybody managed to get any joy out of today's gift then I beseech you... let me know.
In the ongoing battle between this calendar and the epic Playmobil Game of Thrones calendar today is a hard one because they both screwed up. But at least Playmobil gave us a projectile weapon whereas Lego's gift is the epitome of uselessness. Score one Playmobil. And they're back in the lead!
Playmobil Game of Thrones Advent Calendar: 10.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar: 9.