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 / 10 Misses
Harry Potter: 11 Hits / 12 Misses
City: 17 Hits / 6 Misses
Marvel: 6 Hits / 17 Misses
Bonus Star Wars: 11 Hits / 12 Misses

Star Wars Day 24 – Ace

I get it. I get what they’re trying to go for. Winter = snow = white stuff on the ground, so maybe this Ewok was out all morning shoveling the walkways of the village. And that’s why he’s white? I assume this is supposed to be Wicket. But it begs the question why isn’t he just brown with white highlights? I guess it was cheaper to do it this way? I don’t know. It just seems so off but it keeps up with the theme that all hairy aliens are white for the winter. They did the same treatment for Chewbacca. Seems a bit weird to only target those characters and not anyone else. Darth Vader didn’t come in a white winter suit now did he? I would have preferred just a regular brown Wicket with the green festive ugly sweater-esque hood instead. It’s a miss for me.

Now, remember yesterday’s epic fail? I think this is what it’s supposed to look like when you put them together.

Wicket + glider doesn’t stand very well given that the contraption is way behind the the minifigs feet. On a LEGO plate it’s not an issue obviously, but it just didn’t stand very well.

Wicket doing his best.

This is it. This is the big one. Day 24 of the Lindt Chocolate Calendar and we get a big ol’ hollow Santa.

The molded details are pretty top tier if you ask me.

I thought I took a pic of the hollow figure with its head chomped off but I couldn’t find it in my camera roll. No matter. It’s just like the other hollow chocolates but bigger! The sheer volume of the thing is almost enough to make you forget that there are no insides. Still, every last bite was enjoyable if even a bit crumbly. I ate this over a plate and there were tiny chocolate particles. Yes I licked them up like a dog. I have no shame.


Harry Potter Day 24 – Eric

It’s been a disappointing few days, and right now this calendar is sitting at 11 hits and 12 misses. So the best we can hope for is something to break even.

Will it be a minifig? Or a cool build?

Or a…snowman? What? I feel like this should be in the City calendar. In fact, wasn’t Day 1 a snowman for the City calendar? And it was way cooler!

I am disappointed.

At least today’s tea – JOY – was really good. There’s a whole bunch of spices in here that leave a wonderfully sweet aftertaste. Glad this calendar ended on a high note. A solid 5/5.

City Day 24 – Nick

There was never going to be another figure in the final day of the City calendar. The downside, of course, is that if you’ve gotten a City Calendar before, you have a Santa Claus minifigure. There’s no real change between them, but it’s a great minifigure. I can’t knock it for that though, it’s the cap off for a Christmas calendar, and it had to be there. So, clearly, going to give it a hit, even if I wished it was something more.

Marvel Day 24 – Nick

Oh, what a wet turd of a way to end the Marvel Advent. Part of a Christmas tree… not even a full thing.

The shield from yesterday is a “stand” and a tree skirt, I guess. We can go back to the second worst day until the cape came along, and add a topper. Of course, the only way you’d know to do that is by looking at the box that you’ve likely already torn apart by punching out the various days. Seriously, hard miss, which has been the this whole calendar.

Bonus Star Wars Day 24 – Nick

I don’t understand why Palpatine was the mid-calendar figure and a nameless Ewok was the Christmas Eve figure, but here we are. Overall, a weak figure, but the holiday theme is still… fine, I guess. I’ll call it a marginal hit, but they could have done so much more with this. Like putting a life-day tree on the hood instead of a Christmas tree, or giving us a globe with the little murder bear.

You can add them to the glider, and it’s as awkward as ever, doesn’t stand up, and barely works. So, yeah, that’s a thing.

Pokemon Day 24 – Nick & Family

Pikachu is, for better or worse, the face of Pokemon to multiple generations at this point. I’d argue for better, because he’s adorable and fun, and you know he’d be extra mischievous throwing snowballs. Be careful if he’s on your team in any given fight, because he’s just as likely to throw it at you as the other team.

Previous Days


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.