This set was part of the Piermont bin of LEGO I bought off Craigslist. It was a nice surprise because it features Princess Padme Amidala, Master Obi-One Kenobi, Padawan Anakin Skywalker and of course Jar Jar Binks!
To my further surprise, this 2012 set is a complete redesign of the 7161 Gungan Sub set released in 1999. The design difference are obvious with a smoother shape helped with curved slopes and hinges. I didn’t expect such a forgettable vehicle from Star Wars: Episode One to be featured twice but evidently LEGO saw a demand.
Once completed, I tried to display it on my top shelf, but neither the sides nor the underside have any visual interest, so I built a heavily slanted custom display stand to enjoy the detailed top view of the sub no matter where I am in the room.
Also Jar Jar isn’t here to play.
Rebrickable page for the LEGO Star Wars Episode One 9499 gungan Sub set