The last couple of objectives have been less fanciful, but instead featured famous moments from history, the raising of the red banner on the Reichstag, and the Marines raising the stars and stripes on Iwo Jima.
With the return to Mid War in the desert this year, we wanted the objective to have a desert theme. At first we tried to think of a historical image as iconic as those depicted in the last two years' models. However, while there are certainly plenty of famous and evocative photographs from the desert war, none are so instantly recognisible, or so perfectly encapsulate the conflict as the Reichstag and Iwo Jima photographs.
Instead, someone had the idea of going back to popular culture and drawing inspiration from a well-known film with a desert setting. The film, featuring an intergalactic transit system, was not exactly praised by most critics when it was released in 1994. Nevertheless, it was a rollicking action adventure with undeniable visual flair. Not only did it gain a dedicated fan base, it even spawned no fewer than four spinoff television series.
We hope fans of the franchise will be happy with this latest objective. Alternatively, if the idea of the high-tech sarcophagus of a sinister alien with godlike powers, guarded by his Horus-headed minions, doesn't appeal to you, you could always paint the model in a single stone colour, representing statues left behind by an ancient civilisation.