Advent Day 21 - Star Wars

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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.

9 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

The best one yet in my opinion! very accurate for the size of the model.

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By in United States,

Slave 1 is also my favorite ship :D

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By in United States,

Finally a five! A great little model.

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By in United States,

Another excellent model. The new color scheme is done well, and I am glad they kept the same build. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I actually think this micro version is BETTER than the original minikit from 2003 in terms of capturing the essence of the ship.

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4487-1

I hope we get a new full size version of Jango's Slave I soon, considering Boba already has 3 full size versions of his out.

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By in United Kingdom,

The Slave I seems a popular ship, given it's one of my favourites as well. I like the look of this model, however last year I found that I was forever having to straighten the grill pieces that represent the wings as they are only held on with one stud.

I like that there are two 'matching' micro ships that you can use to re-enact fight scenes (last year we had the X-Wing and TIE fighter if my fading memory serves me correctly) which I find adds to the otherwise, IMO, low play-ability of the micro models.

^ I agree, both that this version is better and that we need a new Slave I. Unlike CapnRex, I prefer this in the blue. To my knowledge there has only been one full set version of the Slave I, so it's about time we were given another.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think the most desirable Slave I is a UCS version. That would be a winner!

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By in United States,

^Boba or Jango Version?

I also would love to see a Slave II set, but since it is relatively obscure, I doubt that we will.

The TIE/D and TIE Crawler did get made though...

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By in United States,

Thumbs Up, Rex! Another excellent review!

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By in Sweden,

I also hardly doubt that we'll ever see a Slave II, unless it pops up in the new episode.

A USC Slave I, that would be great. Can't wait to see that one if it ever gets released.

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