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.
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.
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.
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.
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.