At our house, the Christmas tradition includes the aspect that Santa does not wrap presents, but simply leaves them in the stockings or under the tree. (Less work and no gift tags subject to handwriting analysis. A co-worker was busted by his daughter when she pointed out that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy all shared the same handwriting style as her mother.)
So Christmas morning our daughter went out to see what Santa had left, then came running back to our bedroom shouting, “WE GOT JABBA!!!”
Yes, under the tree, there was the LEGO set 6210, Jabba’s Sail Barge, for which my daughter had been asking for some time.
My wife noted that she said “We” got Jabba, an indication that she knew I wanted the set as much as our daughter did.
Christmas Day involved a lot of driving, so we did not have time to put the set together until the day after Christmas.
As far as LEGO Star Wars sets go, the sail barge is pretty good. I tend to judge sets based on what else I can make with the pieces, and this set score high in that regard. But it also makes for a pretty solid play set and it looks really good.
Plus, it came with minifigures of Jabba the Hutt, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Lando, Princess Leia (in chain bikini), Boba Fett, a Gamorrean Guard, and R2-D2 with attached serving tray.
So we set all the pieces out on a big table, assembled the minifigures so my daughter would have something to occupy herself with, and then the construction started. The minifigures are what our daughter really likes.
LEGO kits have three type of instructions:
- Ones that show you the pieces used with each step
- Ones that show you the pieces used and where they go with each step
- Ones that show you a picture and makes you guess what changed from the last one
The sail barge kit falls into the third category, but the building phase did not take as long as I thought it would, and I made mercifully few “mirror image” mistakes.
So here is Jabba’s sail barge, with a happy five year old looming above.
The sides of the barge fold down and, surprisingly, hold together quite well.
The set also includes the skiff. We threw our own Chewbacca into the mix for play time.
This is the whole set. You can see our golden C-3PO in the mix as well.
The barge with the sides folded up and Leia peering out.
And, finally, Boba Fett getting chomped in the sarlacc pit.
So we have had lots of LEGO action here over the holiday break!