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Ken Robichaud | December 24th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 24 & Wrap Up

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Day 24 – Santa Jango Fett

(Singing) On cycle twenty four of Life Day my first mate gave to me, a merry-making Mando,
a jet propelled toboggan,
a future Sarlacc snack,
an asteroid evader,
a hyperdriveless delta,
a toothless soldier beetle,
an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

Well, here we are. The end of our third Star Wars Advent Calendar and this year Santa is being played by none other than Jango Fett, capping off our four day Fett-mas. I like the printing on this guy and will probably switch it out for a Santa Boba, but now I have the new Jango helmet at least to go with the other Mando brain buckets. Good to see the family together again for the holidays, however dysfunctional.

Overall, I quite enjoyed the advent this year and was pleased with the micro builds for the most part. A pretty decent selection of minifigures too and while it may have had some lemons, I still think it could have been a lot worse. It isn’t like basing it on AotC was any kind of guarantee we’d get a winner, but they still snuck in some surprises and a couple of stand out micros. I don’t know if next year the calendar will be based on Episode III or not, but if they do, they could be in for a real challenge. I vote for a Santa Vader with a Snow Threepio… again.

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Ken Robichaud | December 23rd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 23

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Day 23 – Sled I

(Singing) On cycle twenty two of Life Day my first mate gave to me, a jet propelled toboggan,
a future Sarlacc snack,
an asteroid evader,
a hyperdriveless delta,
a toothless soldier beetle,
an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

Due to a busy schedule leading up to Christmas, this is probably as close to building a sleigh for Nick’s community build as I’m going to get. Of course, this is a sled and no, being jet propelled doesn’t take the place of being pulled along by a faithful animal. Just ask Santa.

I snickered when I opened this one, but it’s still a neat idea to go along with this final four day arc. As for the build, what can I say? It’s a little brown sled. Just one day left to go. I wonder who it could be…

To be concluded…

Ken Robichaud | December 22nd, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 22

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Day 22 – Young Boba Fett

(Singing) On cycle twenty two of Life Day my first mate gave to me, a future Sarlacc snack,
an asteroid evader,
a hyperdriveless delta,
a toothless soldier beetle,
an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

Can you believe this pint-sized future bounty hunter hasn’t appeared in a set since 2002? I can because that was the only set that actually made sense to have him in… until now. Being primarily an episode II grab bag, having baby Boba here really fits and his dad appearing in a set this year makes it pretty easy to get your hands on an updated set in the flesh. I like his mischievous/evil facial expression and the more innocent one on the flipside as well, updated Dastan-y hair and new printing. First Slave I and now young Boba, I think we all know where this heading… unless you’ve been opening these days without ever having looked at the box. I have to say that I preferred the exclusive we got along with the Santa fig last year more, but it’s hard to top a astro-snow-mech.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 21st, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 21

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Day 21 – Jango Fett’s Slave I

(Singing) On cycle twenty one of Life Day my first mate gave to me, an asteroid evader,
a hyperdriveless delta,
a toothless soldier beetle,
an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

I love me some Slave I, but I prefer the version Boba had to buy back from Bernie Mac’s used car lot. Fun fact: Boba almost went with the Volkswagon Beetle as well. This is a straight up redo of the Slave I from 2011’s calendar in a Jango-fied colour scheme and why not really? It is after all the same ship. I love the thought of Boba escaping from the Sarlacc, but the thought of him piloting the sorry looking excuses he supposedly flew later does nothing for me. Slave I is another example of a bounty hunter riding in style. Same sweet little micro as 2011, but this time with a perfect excuse that isn’t laziness.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 20th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 20

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Day 20 – Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter

(Singing) On cycle twenty of Life Day my first mate gave to me, a hyperdriveless delta,
a toothless soldier beetle,
an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

Delta-7 Aethersprite-class light interceptor or Colonial Viper? The starfighter is the more obvious choice and I do think it’s a really good approximation at this tiny scale. I love getting these little neck brackets and the advent calendars have been a nice source of them. Too bad the Astromech wasn’t behind the cockpit on this ship because it certainly looks like it could be here. It would be sweet if they had included a hyperdrive docking ring as well though. Tomorrow perhaps?
Fingers crossed.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 19th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 19

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Day 19 – Separatist Shuttle

(Singing) On cycle nineteen of Life Day my first mate gave to me, a toothless soldier beetle,
an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

I never did get the Separatist Shuttle set, but the first SW advent had Nute and I’m pretty sure I’ve got all the parts to build the ship, so all I’m really missing figure-wise is Onaconda Farr. I always liked his cousin Jamie better anyway. This is actually a pretty neat little micro, but the shuttle’s simple shape makes that so much easier. The tail fin is probably my favourite part because the designers seem to use less traditional building techniques more often when they’re building at this scale. The micro reverses the undersized landing gear from the actual set with hilariously and adorably oversized nubs. Overall, I’d call this one a win and I can always use more blue cheese. Even though, I really don’t like blue cheese.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 18th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 18

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Day 18 – Scout Trooper

(Singing) On cycle eighteen of Life Day my first mate gave to me, an Ewok chasing trooper,
one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

Remember that Endor Rebel we got way back on the 6th? Well he finally has a frenemy to do battle/go carolling with. This set is certainly a cheaper way to get your hands on this new Scout Trooper other than forking out $250 plus for the new Ultimate Endor Treehouse set. It’s a nice figure to be sure, but buyer beware:

Speeder Bike Not Included.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 17th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 17

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Day 17 – Naboo Cruiser

(Singing) On cycle seventeen of Life Day my first mate gave to me, one shiny explosion,
two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

Remember the big shiny J-type diplomatic barge that was supposed to ferry Senator Amidala to Coruscant at the beginning of Attack Of The Clones? No? Then you probably blinked and missed it. Chances are you remember the resulting explosion that started things rolling and if not, you may have blocked it all out. In any case, I quite like the design of this micro and it captures the chibi aesthetic extremely well. It may have been a forgettable ship, but it makes for a very nifty model with a very retro bomber-esque look to it.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 16th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 16

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Day 16 – Geonosian Weapon Depot

(Singing) On cycle sixteen of Life Day my first mate gave to me, two racks and counting,
a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

This one looks like a really well armed droid. Since any object in the SW universe can be made a sentient roboslave by slapping wheels, legs or a hover unit on it and making it talk, hiss, beep or fzzt, let’s call it a droid and move along.

To be continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 15th, 2013 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 – Day 15

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Day 15 – Geonosian Warrior

(Singing) On cycle fifteen of Life Day my first mate gave to me, a creepy crawling brawler,
one big brown disappointment,
a disco crazy clanker,
a snazzy little space crane,
a Volkswalker Beetle,
a cranky Xerox copy,
another grey triangle,
a case of Déjà vu,
three teeny blasters,
an angry Steward of Endor,
a pair of ruby slippers,
a bounty hunter’s hot rod,
a break-dancing pilot,
an impractical escape ship
and a dancing droid beneath the Life Tree.
(/Singing)

If you’re a fan of the era, you just scored another bug for your battles. I do wish that it had been the winged variety, but that element is probably too expensive or there was worry they’d get bent in the tray. I’m guessing the former.

At the very least, this ugly bug makes a great PSA for kids to keep plastic bags away from their heads.

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Warning: This Bag Is Not A Toy.

To be continued…