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Ken Robichaud | December 24th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 24 & Wrap-up

Day 24 - Santa Darth Maul
Day 24 – Santa Darth Maul

Santa Yoda was better, but at least now the Force is closer to being balanced and isn’t that what Life Day is all about? Maul’s a pretty popular guy right now, so I can see the appeal in giving him the starring role in this year’s calendar. If I can put in my order for next year now, how about a red Santa Vader building a Snow 3PO? Pretty sweet right? Or how about a Luke and Leia as elves building a Snow Vader? Either way, this year is now complete and it’s time to look to 2013 and all the good things the theme will (hopefully) have in store for us. First though, a quickie recap.

Ken Robichaud | December 23rd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 23

Day 23 - R2-D2 Snowman
Day 23 – R2-D2 Snowman

Hallelujah! See, that’s more like it. Rusty the Snowdroid here makes the craptastic models that make up nearly half of the micros in this calendar dang near forgivable! The inclusion of a base is a nice touch because it’s really not necessary, but it drives home the “snowman” aspect. I’ve always loved R2 (certainly not as much as some folks), but have never felt compelled to obtain all the different astromechs in LEGO form. Until now that is. I have no issue with the spacing of the top hat either, though I may or may not try to straighten that out later if it begins to bother me. Easily my favourite day of both Star Wars Advent Calendars thus far. They’re going to have to really pull out something phenomenal to top this!

*SPOILER* They won’t.

To Be Concluded…

Ken Robichaud | December 22nd, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 22

Day 4 - Star Destroyer
Day 22 – Sith Infiltrator

I don’t even think this can pass for chibi. This micro is a perfect example of LEGO not knowing when to say no. Some models don’t translate well into LEGO and some can be pulled of in a fairly reasonable resemblance, like the previous Infiltrators. The key to pulling off ships like this is plates, as few as possible to try and replicate the shape while keeping it slender and as in proportion as possible. Or, you can just stick a few blocks together in the right basic shape call in a Sith Infiltrator and laugh it up because we’ll buy whatever you throw at us.

*Shakes fist at LEGO*

To Be Continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 21st, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 21

Day 21 - Super Battle Droid
Day 21 – Super Battle Droid

Honestly, I’ll take a regular battle droid over a so-called super battle droid any day of the week. Why? The parts of course, as I find them much more useful in building and I like it when the main body comes in a solid colour other then tan. That being said, this is a fine generic figure and makes a nice addition to your droid army should you be so inclined to build one. There was something else I meant to mention today too, now what was that…
I can’t remember. Meh, it’s not like it’s the end of the world or anything.


To Be Continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 20th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 20

Day 20 - General Grievous Starfighter

I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked this prequel ship and this micro captures it very well in a soullessly charicaturish sort of way. It’s difficult to focus on reviewing this little guy, what with the awesome announcement of a Back to the Future set this morning and the impending doom that awaits us at the stroke of midnight tonight (PST obviously). I’m going to assume that since LEGO now has a time machine, they’ve already seen that everything’s going to be ok and that’s why they couldn’t wait to tell us the good news. Since the other option is that they know the world is going to end anyway, so they can make this announcement and by the time Universal has their legal team mobilized it’ll be to late, I’m choosing optimism/sanity.

If this is the end (and it’s not… hopefully), I’d just like to say that while I thought Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy were really good films, it was one of the worst depictions of Batman ever So long and thanks for all the fish Rosebud was the name of Charles Foster Kane’s childhood sled I honestly don’t regret buying this calendar… but I wish I’d gotten it on sale.

To Be Continued?

Ken Robichaud | December 19th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 19

Day 19 - Trade Federation Shuttle
Day 19 – Trade Federation Shuttle

This little Neimoidian shuttle is cute and recognizable, but really should have been in last years with Nute Gunray. It’s a nice little tan assortment that makes me wish I had about twenty of these for the parts alone. It doesn’t have the transparent cheese slope cockpit they use for practically every other micro (even foolishly on the Nubian), so this must be an automated version. Too bad they didn’t cap it off with a tan lever as well, I could use more of those.

To Be Continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 18th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 18

Day 18 - Rebel Trooper
Day 18 – Rebel Trooper

I don’t really know where this guy fits in so far, so I guess we’ll be seeing an OT micro tomorrow to go with him. If not, we could certainly have been stuck with worse figs that could’ve been shoe-horned in. Oh wait, he’s probably one of the generic troopers strewn about when Vader boarded the Tantive IV after it was capture by the Star Destroyer! Connection made. End transmission.

Ken Robichaud | December 17th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 17

Day 17 - Flash Speeder
Day 17 – Flash Speeder

Much better. Here’s a model that not only works well in the micro scale, but they even managed to incorporate a nifty little build into it as well. It looks good on its own, pretty much nails the vehicle at this difficult scale and it’s green. I always like a little colour in the predominantly bland Star Wars palette. I have less issue with them focusing on the prequels as I do with them making the wrong vehicular choices. Today is a win in my book and I look forward to whatever fig they’ve got in store for us (if their pattern holds true) tomorrow.

Ken Robichaud | December 16th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 16

Day 16 - Naboo Royal Starship
Day 16 – Naboo Royal Starship

I guess that’s enough of a trip to Hoth for one calendar, it’s time top get back to TPM! This falls into the “OIC” catagory for not being as instantly recognizable as some of the micros and it’s also a straight-up fail imo. The super sleek shape of the ship would be difficult to pull off at any scale and here, it’s pitiful. The majority of the bley bits on this have been produced in metallic silver so this would have been LEGO’s one shot at giving up a shiny Nubian, as I believe the assumption at this point is that they haven’t because they don’t want to produce all the shiny and figure we’ll revolt if they make it in bley. Let me tell you, it’s the reason I own a pitchfork.
Just in case.

To Be Continued…

Ken Robichaud | December 15th, 2012 | LEGO Star Wars

Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 15

Day 15 - Snowtrooper
Day 15 – Snowtrooper

That’s better. Not fantastic, but better. Sticking with generic army building figures and the winter wonderland of Hoth, we now have a Snowtrooper. I don’t buy multiples of many sets, so I was pleased to get another of these snow flakes. Getting even more short on weapons though, hope that doesn’t mean we have another depot on the way.

To Be Continued…