Dec 112017
 

Remember yesterday when I insinuated that my lack of interest in the Unkar’s Thug minifigure was directly proportional to the miniscule screen time the thugs had? Apparently that is not a hard and fast rule, because I don’t think the luggabeast was in The Force Awakens for any longer, and it is my favorite build so far from the 2017 LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar. The fact that the luggabeast  is a heavily armored, cybernetically enhanced, rhinoceros-looking quadruped is most of the reason, but I’m digging the color scheme, too.

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Dec 102017
 

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. Continue reading »

Dec 092017
 

With Rey’s Speeder, Day 9 finds the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar back on track after yesterday’s disappointing build.  Built from scratch using parts she scavenged from the starship graveyard that are the wastelands of Jakku, the speeder served her well ferrying parts to the Niima outpost to sell.  She left it behind when she hastily left the planet with Finn on the Millennium Falcon, and I’m wondering if we’ll see it again if she ends up back on Jakku in The Last Jedi. In 6 days I will know the answer to that question.

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Dec 072017
 

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.

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Dec 062017
 

LEGO calls this a Stormtrooper Transport, which I guess it is, but since these weren’t around until The Force Awakens it is technically a First Order Transporter or Atmospheric Assault Lander if you’re nasty. I admit to finding this build challenging, even thinking at one point that all of the pieces weren’t included. I also admit to not having any coffee before tackling it so ymmv.

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Dec 052017
 

Resistance Officer Minifigure

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.

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Nov 302017
 

23 long days I’ve waited to open this box up, and in less than 20 hours I will find out what’s behind door # 1. For now my appetite has been whetted by the calendar’s backdrop: Starkiller Base hovering over a Jakku littered with Star Destroyers, AT-ATs, and Christmas trees.  That’s not quite how I remember The Force Awakens, but for LEGO Star Wars I’ll let it slide.

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Nov 072017
 

2017 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar #75184 Box - Front

If you want to get your hands on a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, you need to buy it in early November. That is a lesson I learned the hard way last year. The downside of planning ahead is that once you’ve got it, it will be several weeks before you can tear into day 1’s build. I am beginning to think that I really could use a pre-Advent calendar that counts down the days until the Advent calendar starts. Preferably that would be LEGO Star Wars, too.

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