Star Wars Advent Calendar: Day 6

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Yesterday saw the arrival of our first minifigure based upon Star Wars: The Force Awakens so I am expecting to come across a corresponding model from the Sequel Trilogy behind door number six. Let's open it and find out...

This rendition of an Atmospheric Assault Lander, better known as the First Order Transporter, certainly fits the bill. It contains an impressive total of 22 pieces and is therefore very detailed, featuring compartments for the landing gear on either side as well as angled engine armour towards the rear. A functioning deployment ramp would have been fantastic but may not be possible at such a small scale.

View image at flickr

The cockpit is positioned on top of the hull so appears quite exposed but this affords the pilot a great view of the area around the landing zone. This assembly looks splendid in relation to the source material, although I think a trans-black tile might have been more appropriate for the viewport than this opaque 1x1 element. Fortunately, you can easily swap it for the spare trans-black piece from day three if you wish.

View image at flickr

The engines are formed using three trans-medium blue elements and these are definitely my favourite aspect of the model. They glow beautifully and I love how 1x1 slopes have been used to replicate the angle of the thrusters in the movie. Subtle details like this are what distinguish excellent Star Wars mini models, like this one, from those that are simply good.

Overall - 5.0 - I am delighted with this Atmospheric Assault Lander. It is instantly recognisable and includes all the details one would hope to find, not to mention a couple that I expected to be omitted given the tiny scale!

 

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18 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Love it!!

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By in United States,

They could have used the hinge parts like on the gingerbread house to have the ramp open, however the side view would be gappy.

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By in Netherlands,

More than 7 times more parts than todays friends build! And 22 times that of yesterday!

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By in Netherlands,

A nice little build and immediately recognisable. My only complaint would be the use of a 'Angular brick 1x1' with the open back instead of a 'Brick 1x1 W.1 Knob' for the cockpit.

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By in United States,

I really like today's model, especially after two days where I wasn't the biggest fan. My favorite since day 1.

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By in United Kingdom,

It is almost the best model today. Except for the City Plane, which is just about perfect.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wasn't a fan of the non original trilogy focus of this calendar when pictures were first released, but it has been pretty good so far.

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By in United States,

While some will not be enthusiastic about the subject matter, this model is a pretty good rendition. It gives enough detail without adding bulk. At this scale, it would have been difficult to add the landing door without even more compromises.

As owner of three previous SW Advent Calendars, I'm appreciating these new models.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's immediately obvious what it's meant to be, a nice little build.

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By in United States,

Such a great build! I was shocked to see so many pieces. Nice detailing. This is a total 5!

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By in Germany,

Love this thing, it's almost closer in quality to the magazine gifts than other advent calendar minis.

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By in Germany,

I do feel that they are much bigger than normal. I guess that they would be a minifigs UCS. Maybe a few of these will end up in the Lego stores around my Lego city

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By in Germany,

For me this years SW calendar is a big dissapointment. I had to check brickset to see what i just build every day.

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By in United States,

^You must not be much of a Star Wars fan then if you can't recognize this!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I suppose not every Star Wars fan has followed Rebels, and the Force Awakens' more obscure characters, but I too would've thought the First Order Transporter is recognisable - it was one of the only significantly new vehicles in The Force Awakens!

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By in United States,

This is a very accurate build. It's probably my second favorite this year, so far.

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By in United States,

This is a great looking build and really looks like the transporter.

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By in Germany,

Indeed, i'm mainly a fan of the original trilogy. I've seen all the other movies but none of the animated series. I only liked Rogue One, the prequels are completely crap and TFA is so-so.

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