Behind door number 10 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar is … the Grim Reaper? Actually, I know this is one of Jakku junkboss Unkar Plutt’s “thugs.” I only know this because I had to look it up the first time I got one of these minifigures with the Rey’s Speeder set (#75099). My excitement about this minifigure, like the amount of time we see the thugs in The Force Awakens, is minimal. It’s better than a box with a wrench in it, but barely.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am no military strategist, but if the First Order wants to have any shot of winning this thing, they really should arm their soldiers. Day 7 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar is a First Order Stormtrooper – a weaponless First Order Stormtrooper. I’ll let it slide. Given my previous experience with these calendars it’s a safe bet that’s there’s a cache of weapons forthcoming.
I have mixed feelings about today’s offering. It is a Resistance officer minifigure, and I generally like all minifigures. But it’s also about as generic as a minifigure can be. I don’t remember leaving the theater after The Force Awakens and talking with my daughter about how awesome the Resistance officers were. But then again he does have the same haircut as me. I guess I ultimately lean toward liking it but only by a hair.
Day 2 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar is keeping it Rebels, and that is more than ok with me. Minifigures are my favorite, and Mandalorian warrior turned rebel Sabine Wren is a new one for my collection.
When out with Daisy on our morning walk, there are many things I expect to see: kids on their way to school, squirrels hustling to find all of the nuts they hid away months ago, middle-aged people jogging red-faced trying in vain (literally) to get ready for swimsuit weather. What I never expect to see is a box sitting by the sidewalk containing various LEGO bricks with FREE written on the side in magic marker. Not a bad way to start off the week.