I’m not sure there’s ever been a more “wait, what?” moment in seeing a set than when we first saw the second largest First Order set in the Force Awakens lineup, the First Order Transporter. At first, it almost seemed like the box art was just preliminary or something, as it was clearly a small ocean-fairing vessel that was floating through some nameless forest. I mean, it looks like a fine boat, but I question its use as a ship.
Of course, thinking to some other Abrams fare, like Star Trek, this is something he’s kind of known for: technology that’s at the same time recognizable, yet used in a way that makes absolutely no logical sense. I’m talking all of those pipes in Star Trek with those convenient human-sized hatches and windows, everything ever in Lost, and the big McGuffins in Alias. I like to imagine that he came into a concept meeting, and right after he was trying to sell the giant spider in the 3rd act, he yelled “I’ve got it! Actual battleships, except they float!”
Sure, you could say that with the dual boat / flying ship, you now have two ways to attack… if one of those ways was considerably more inefficient and made for a far more defensible position because it’s limited to coming over shorelines as compared to dropping out of the sky to where it needed to be. But hey, I have a whole review to rant about how 75103 First Order Transporter is a boat with wheels that also flies and how the First Order apparently lets eight-year-olds design their military technology. In a sense, that makes this $89.99, 792 piece set the most basic of LEGO sets. After all who among us didn’t spend our childhoods building houses that also had rocket engines and catapults for fighting space elves?
What, it was just me?