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 Nick picked up…

Star Wars: 13 Hits / 9 Misses
Harry Potter: 11 Hits / 11 Misses
City: 16 Hits / 6 Misses
Marvel: 6 Hits / 16 Misses
Bonus Star Wars: 11 Hits / 11 Misses

Star Wars Day 23 – Ace

When I popped the cover open and saw the picture on the other side of the flap, the first thing I said to myself was “WTF is this thing?” The handle bar threw me off and I thought maybe the whole thing was from Solo, that ship during the train heist segment that could lift away a container, and that the handlebars is what hooked onto them. I was really confused considering we’ve had such a long streak of builds centering around Return of the Jedi, why would they all of a sudden throw in a build from the worst Star Wars movie ever made? I was mulling over how I was going to write this when I cheated and read ahead on this draft and saw what Nick wrote. It is not the container lifter ship from Solo, but in fact, it is an Ewok glider. That makes so much more sense, right? But how bad does the model have to be to be completely mistaken for an entirely different ship, from an entirely different movie, and breaks from an established pattern of build? THIS bad. This is how bad this model is. This is, without a doubt, the absolute worst day of builds ever.

Ahhhh. In a calendar full of doubles and repeats, we finally get a second helping of a Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Nougat Praline.

Haven’t had one of these since Day 8

Still as nutty and delicious as ever. It was so good I almost forgot about the terrible Star Wars build. Almost. Unfortunately, no amount of chocolate will ever let me forget about that build.

Harry Potter Day 23 – Eric

I cannot believe this. Another Christmas tree. This one is taller than the one a few days ago, but that only means I had to spend more time building it. What a total waste of everyone’s time.

And let me be honest. I had this tea over 24 hours ago, and since then I drove through the night, slept restlessly, and have already been inundated with family drama and anxiety, so…my impression of NIGHT TIME was kinda lost in all of that.

I didn’t hate it, at least. So I’ll give it an optimistic 3/5.

One last day!

City Day 23 – Nick

It’s odd that the cart is better than the sleigh, usually works the other way around, but this is a solid little build that will eventually take the trash gift sack.

I’ll split the difference, and call the cart a hit, but the sleigh is still ugly, so it’s half good. There’s probably a decent way to build this thing without adding a whole lot of extra parts, but here we are. Mixed bag for the penultimate build combo.

Marvel Day 23 – Nick

Captain America’s shield as a… micro build for one of those ugly action figures? A larger than minifigure size version? Some kind of stand? It’s a mystery… a miss of a mystery.

Bonus Star Wars Day 23 – Nick

An Ewok glider… which you know, this isn’t a great build, but given that the original LEGO Ewok glider is legendarily awful, it’s at least interesting. It’s also got some utility for the figure we know is coming, because they’re on the box art. The issue is that the whole thing is just awkward, and the figure that goes on it isn’t going to be able stand upright. Since we don’t have a stand… that means you’re going to need to swoosh it or lay it down. Hate to say it, but a miss for me.

Pokemon Day 23 – Nick & Family

Finally back to a holiday figure, and it’s a winking Bulbasaur, or a Bulbasaur that’s sighting in a snowball throw. There is nothing not to love about this figure, and once these are all done, he’s going on the shelf up by my bulbasaur plush (I’m a big Bulbasaur fan). He’s the last of our original starters from the Red/Blue days, who made up the holiday themes… but I think everyone can guess who is coming tomorrow…

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