In what has been our annual tradition, it’s another year and another batch of Advent Calendars. This year gives us a unique opportunity with the addition of the Marvel Advent Calendar, allowing all of us to focus on licensed Advent Calendars. Ace will be handling Star Wars (75307), Eric will take Harry Potter (76390), and Nick is taking on Marvel (76196) instead of City. We’ll be walking through them all, giving our little pictures and mini reviews, and keeping a running tally of the hits and misses for each day.


Swooooooosh! Awoooossshhhh wwwwaaahhhhrrreeerrrrr!

That’s me swooshing around yesterday’s micro TIE Fighter and making TIE Fighter sound effects. Probably going to be the stand out build of the calendar.

  • Star Wars: 9 Hits / 3 Misses
  • Harry Potter: 6 Hits / 6 Misses
  • Marvel:5 Hits / 7 Misses

LEGO Star Wars (Ace)

I’m honestly torn about this one. Like Day 3’s Stormtrooper, today’s Scout Trooper has a dual-molded helmet but unlike the Stormie, this one looks fantastic! But once my eyes scan down to the torso and legs I just lose all interest. The hip printing may be a nice little feature, seldom seen in minifigs but oft requested. However it just adds to the visual cacophony of details that pushes the minifig past a cute figure in a kids toy line to an attempted level of realism that contradicts the medium. All the effort put into the torso/hip/leg printing, and they don’t give the arms any attention. I’m a fan of the helmet but it’s not enough for me to turn this frown upside down.

LEGO Harry Potter (Eric)

What’s this? A tie between good builds and crap ones?! I know how to fix this! With a crap build!

It’s a vault, and it’s a vault that I placed the wrong way down. Just like the fireplace from earlier, if anything’s not clear about these builds, then I’m docking it.

I don’t have to accept responsibility! It’s LEGO’s fault, not mine! Bad build!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Nick)

Somewhere out there, someone is looking at the gap on the build on the right and their eye is now twitching uncontrollably.

We’re starting to feel a little more solid in the footing and feel, with another day of mini “gifts.” Here at least we get two gifts, and in case it wasn’t obvious, they are themed. The left one is Captain Marvel, and the right one is for The Hulk. They’re simple and straight-forward, and good little advent builds. I’m going to call them a hit.

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