The fact that they were a leftover idea from a banned X Factor performance was more than compensated for by the way they made Plan B's own attempt at an onstage riot seem hilariously po-faced. But mainly we just liked the fact that they were a big shiny thing with a Take That logo on.
Well it seems we dropped a sufficient quantity of increasingly desperate hints, because AN ACTUAL TAKE THAT RIOT SHIELD arrived at Popjustice HQ last week.
It is one of the best things we've ever touched. And we have touched some impressive things.