What was by far the best wedding gift, at least in my opinion and maybe Yufang’s as well, was the Lego Star Wars Darth Vader’s TIE Advance Fighter 8017. Our good friend Kolter, who is now living it up in New York at Columbia University, gave us this Lego kit when he came to our wedding back in October 2009. I cannot really speak to the pleasure of building this particular Lego model, because Yufang beat me to it–she put it together while I was busy reading and providing feedback to my 50 students last semester. I do think that she had fun building this Star Wars Lego set, but I think I will take it apart in the near future so that I can see how it is put together. Again, I really like the updates that Lego made to Vader’s TIE Fighter. I used to own the first version from the beginning of the Star Wars Lego line, but it seems that this version has more detail and more accurate use of colored bricks (something that all of the first kits suffered from–particularly the 7190 Falcon, which is why I am giving it a ‘refit’).
Published by Jason W. Ellis
I am an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications. View more posts