Today's model confirms that as LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars go along, they improve hugely. The Slave I is my favourite ship from the Star Wars universe, and I am not alone in that sentiment, so to see another outing for this fantastic mini model is a very welcome surprise. We first got a Slave I model at this scale in 2011, but in Boba's green colour scheme rather than Jango's blue as we have here. I have to say that I prefer the green version slightly, but I do love both. It may disappoint some that we have had a similar model before, but I am not going to penalise it for this fact as I am pleased to have both versions.
The mini model itself is absolutely outstanding. It captures every major feature of the vehicle in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, including the enormous cockpit canopy at the top of the ship, the orientation adjusting wings (which can be turned as in the movie) and the boarding ramp which is used to access the Slave I. The mixture of blue, tan, and greys is perfect as far as I can see, although a dark blue shade would have been slightly closer to the film. I am willing to forgive this however as this would have required the resurrection of those 3x2 plates with hole in dark blue from back in 2005. This would have been fantastic, but I like to think that I am at least somewhat realistic in what to expect.
This model will go brilliantly with yesterday's Jedi Starfighter and one could easily recreate the pursuit through the asteroid filled rings of Geonosis using these two vehicles. It is a very swooshable little model with impressive durability, and for those of you who like your neck brackets, there are two more in dark bluish grey to be found here.
Overall - 5 - It may not be all new, but this model is well worth an update and I cannot find fault with it.
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