Rudolph and company are all very well for Earthly Christmas travels. All around the world on a sleigh pulled by eight to nine flying reindeer is doable when your distances are only thousands of miles. But in the galactic future, the Big Red Guy is going to need an upgrade.
The idea of Santa calling on the aid of warp-dwelling transgalactic lifeforms such as Hyperspace Reindeer has a lot of awesome story potential but it’s difficult to build. No, Father Christmas is going to need a spaceship.
Enter the Spirit of Christmas Future.
Santa drives a Vic Viper, obviously. This is only my third or fourth Viper, and I’m pleased with how it’s turned out. And this from the guy who built his first Vic Viper and said to himself “Right, done that now. Can’t see myself building another one.”
Since in the spirit of goodwill to all men, Santa has to visit all the factions of the Classic Space universe, even the Spyrius, he can’t have a spaceship in any of those colour combinations. White with green and red accents works great against a black background but when I combined it with my icy planetary backdrop I wished I’d gone with more green and red.
There’s even a storage compartment for presents in the back. Unfortunately it won’t open any more than that because engines, but the thought is there. I can’t rebuild to correct it because that would drastically mess up the overall profile of the ship, and I won’t change the engines for the same reason. But there it is.
Alongside Santa’s spaceship, the scene was crying out for some Ice Planet goodness, so I built a little Krystovian Christmas scene adjunct to go with it. Stockings hung by the reactor with care, the reactor itself having a lot of the look of a Christmas tree, presents, hot tea and Christmas cookies. Sounds good to me, except I hope that reactor is properly shielded!
Old Obi-Wan makes a pretty good Commander Bear, and I followed through on the slight Star Wars subtext by using Rei and Finn’s heads as well. Ice Planet needs at least a few black people, after all.