The site hasn’t been the most active lately… 2023 has been a sledgehammer to the face of a few of us and it’s hard to get the time to keep up with everything. I can’t speak for everyone here, but the annual tradition of us opening all the calendars and being shocked at the iffy builds is something that we look forward to.
We’re doing it a bit different this year, or more specifically, Nick just couldn’t find all that much joy in just doing the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. So he’s decided to do more than that one and compare them all a bit. Ace is going to do his normal review of it as well, and Eric will be covering Harry Potter yet again, for whatever the wizarding version of Groundhog Day is. And double the Star Wars!
We’re also bringing back our “random advent” calendar tradition, because it was fun last year. So tune in to see we go through and talk about. Maybe I’ll even bring in a special guest expert to talk about the one that I picked up…
Star Wars: 3 Hits / 2 Misses
Harry Potter: 4 Hits / 1 Misses
City: 4 Hits / 1 Misses
Marvel: 1 Hits / 4 Misses
Bonus Star Wars: 4 Hits / 1 Misses
Star Wars Day 6 – Ace
Fairly certain this is Commander Cody with a long rifle. If not, it’s some sort of elite trooper I’m guessing. They wouldn’t waste precious paint on some regular ol’ noncom. It is a bit weird that we’re getting some random colored clone trooper though. Was the Clone Wars a recent product push by LEGO? Not entirely sure, but I’ll give it a thumbs up. Who doesn’t like Star Wars minifigs? What’s surprising though is the inclusion of the weapon. That sort of thing was always held off for the following day’s inevitable weapons rack. If we get some other nice-ish build tomorrow then I am sold on the idea that this year’s calendar is the dawn of a new era. An era of (mostly) non sucky calendar days. I wish I could say the same for today’s Lindt calendar day though.
I hadn’t looked at the back of the box to verify. But instead what I got was…
A gigantic RIP OFF!!! I felt so cheated. It is not a Lindt Mini Milk Chocolate Double Milk TEDDY but instead it is in fact a Lindt Mini Milk Chocolate TEDDY. Single, not double. I hate hollow chocolates. Sure they’re easier to eat, and not as hard on the teeth but that’s part of the fun. Just how much can you destroy your teeth and gums trying to eat a solid hunk o’ chocolate. But anyways, hollow chocolates have always been, and will forever be, one of the biggest crimes against humanity. At least fill it with creamy ganache or something. C’mon!
Harry Potter Day 6 – Eric
Fireworks! If Days 2 and 3 were Honeydukes, then this must be…I’m guessing Zonko’s Joke Shop? Pretty cool, because I don’t even think this place was featured in the movies. We get Gryffindor- and Slytherin-themed fireworks, and two…magic wands? That’s what I’d normally call them, but since Harry Potter already has wands, I’m not sure.
What purpose would a wizard even have for those?
At least Ron seems happy.
Today’s tea had great potential – ELDERBERRY AND ECHINACEA.
It looked great, it smelled great, but the taste…was nothing. Seriously. It tasted like hot water. I was so disappointed.
All style, no substance. Truly sad day.
See ya tomorrow!
City Day 6 – Nick
Ice turd? A high-quality Chima build… wait, that wasn’t ever a thing. I’m going to assume an ice sculpture or something… but it’s more like “WTF is this?” Calling it a miss, because I don’t get why it’s a thing.
Marvel Day 6 – Nick
How is it we get a better City advent build in the Marvel calendar than we got in the City? This is a solid little build, if uninspired, but I don’t get why it’s in the Marvel calendar. Still, given how awful the rest of the thing has been, it’s at least seasonal, so it can steal a hit from the City calendar.
Star Wars Day 6 – Nick
This is not Commander Cody, and it’s not a holiday thing. Sure, getting a 212th trooper is cool, but getting Commander Cody would have been even cooler. He needs the visor and the proper markings. He was just in Bad Batch too, so easily could have been included as part of that run.
A miss, because this is just disjointed filler.
Pokemon Day 6 – Nick & Family
After the disappointment of the tree, this is a solid little cardboard build. I mean, it’s going to die the same tragic death the other things like this will, but at least my the little Pokemon can go take a ride.
I’d give you input from my kids on this, but they’re too busy having a battle. Squirtle vs. Spheal, if you were curious.