December 1st has finally arrived, which means for many that the winter holiday celebrations can truly begin. For us it means that it’s finally time to dive into unpacking this year’s LEGO Advent Calendars. Earlier in the year we took a look at all three new calendars for 2018. But rather than only count down to the holidays with one like last year, we’ll be assembling both the Star Wars and City kits. With 24 different builds to assemble for each set, it’ll be exciting to see what’s included this time around. Head below to see what today’s builds have stacked up to.
Star Wars – General Grievous Starfighter
Continuing the trend from the last few days, we’re now seeing a miniature brick-build version of General Grievous’ Starfighter. First making an appearance in Revenge of the Sith, the ship has made a variety of different LEGO appearances over the past 13 years. In fact, today’s inclusion is actually the second time it has made it into a Star Wars advent calendar. Back in 2012 we got a smaller version of the micro build, with the new model improving on its predecessor with an interesting selection of parts and more.
The build itself is one of my favorites so far. It nails the source material and while it may not be one of the most well-known vehicles in the Star Wars universe, I’ve always been pretty partial to it.
City – Steet Lamp
Today’s City build is about as classic of a festive decoration as you could ask. The holiday-themed street lamp is features a pretty normal looking lamp outfitted with some holly. It looks straight out of the Winter Village line of sets, making it a perfect addition to your festive City.
While we’ve seen the snowman and sled already, this is really the first Christmas-centered build so far. The street lamp may not be the flashiest way to decorate your town, but it’s a very solid one at that and a good omen for what’s to come down the line.
Star Wars – Battle Droid
Today’s gift follows nicely from yesterday, with a standard Battle Droid. Similarly to the Naboo Starfighter, the droids made their way into a galaxy far, far away in The Phantom Menace. In the LEGO world, they’ve dethroned Stormtroopers or Clones as the most commonly reoccurring minifigures in the Star Wars line up. Even so, it’s still a nice inclusion, as you can always have one more to add to your Trade Federation Army.
City – Drone
Today’s City build takes the form of a quadcopter drone with controller. Measuring up to 15 pieces, it’s about on-par with all of the other models that we’ve seen so far and utilizes clever parts usage better than any of the other City creations.
This is definitely my favorite build from the City calendar so far. The use of the steering wheels for propellers is such a great decision. It also follows the theming of many other miniatures so far, holiday gifts. I mean, who wouldn’t want to unwrap such a spiffy little drone. It may not be the most festive like the snowman, but I’m a big fan nonetheless.
Star Wars – Naboo Starfighter
Just as we were getting comfortable enjoying builds from the Original Trilogy, LEGO has thrown us a curveball. Day seven of the advent calendar drops us into the Prequel era with a The Phantom Menace-themed build. The miniature Naboo Starfigher stacks up to 16 pieces and does a phenomenal job recreating the sleek space craft.
It’s one of the most recognizable items from the Episode 1, so it makes sense that LEGO has chosen it as the first build from that section of the Star Wars universe. We’ve had three really top-notch builds in a row, and with LEGO abandoning any kind of order to the gifts, it’ll be exciting to see what we unbox tomorrow.
City – Shovel Women
The seventh day of the City Advent Calendar finally gives us our second minifigure. While we’ve seen three so far from the Star Wars side, today’s women with shovel has only been preceded by the boy with coin. The new figure is fairly average in my book as far as City characters go.
Her torso does have some great printing with a belt and scarf, though with just white pants, as well as common head and hair pieces, there isn’t much that makes today’s calendar inclusion standout too much.
Star Wars – Cloud City
Breaking the cycle that we’ve thus far, day six of the calendar returns to Bespin with such a fantastic miniature recreation of Cloud City. Rather than moving onto the. Sequel Trilogy, the calendar has stayed in the confines of the Empire Strikes Back. Yesterday we saw an IG-88 figure which tied in perfectly to Cloud City, so today’s gift is a pretty nice followup.
Sure it only stacks up to 12 pieces. But this micro build might just have one of the most brilliant usage of parts we’ve seen. It nails the look of the floating city and the extra touch of the miniature cloud car is just such a delightful addition. The previous builds have been great, but day six is definitely my favorite so far.
City – Snowman
Day six of the City Advent Calendar is giving us the most wintery builds so far, with a neat minifigure-scale snowman. It leverages a white torso alongside a nice snow bank-looking element and is rounded out by a top hat, scarf and a cup of hot cocoa.
Though not having a face printed on the snowman’s head is a little bit disappointing. There are plenty of different sets that do opt to include such a part. So it could have been done, but sadly was not. Even so, today’s build is a nice addition.
Star Wars – IG-88
Day five in the Star Wars calendar gives us our second minifigure, the infamous bounty hunter IG-88. The droid is a pretty standard build, with the same general design dating back quite a few years. IG-88 does have a very nice printed ‘face’ that features decals all the way around the 1 x 1 cylinder.
Similar bounty hunter droids have appeared in various LEGO sets in the past. Even though it is the same figure as this year’s Betrayal at Cloud City set, it’s a nice addition to one’s collection of Star Wars minifigures. Now that we’re back to the Original Trilogy, there’s a good chance that tomorrow we’ll see a build from the Sequel era if things continue similarly to the first four days.
City – Sled
In what seems like a perfect addition to yesterday’s calendar gift, today unwraps a miniature brick-built sled with a snowbank. Stacking up to 11 pieces, it isn’t the most complex build we’ve seen so far. But it fits the theming quite nicely and gives our boy minifigure yet another toy to play with.
The fact that it can fit a minifigure is a nice touch, though the two-piece snow pile build is almost as minimal as it gets and kind of silly. I see why they decided to include it, but those two pieces could have been better spent improving the sled or for another day’s build. Regardless, day five’s creation is yet another great way to add a little more festive cheer to your brick-built city.
Star Wars – Republic Fighter Tank
The fourth day’s build takes us to yet another part of the Star Wars universe. Stemming from the Clone Wars era, the miniature Republic Fighter Tank has seen its fair share of LEGO releases over the years. For its first model at this scale though, the LEGO creators have done a great job capturing its likeness in under 20 pieces.
You’ll find the tank’s iconic red sloping, a translucent cockpit and even two side-mounted cannons. As the first Prequel Era build we’ve seen so far, it’s a pretty great one and a nice way to round out all of the different models we’ve seen so far. In past years the calendars opted to hit us with several builds in the same era back-to-back. So it’s refreshing that we’re getting some variety each day.
City – Husky
While we’ve been pretty lucky with the first few days of the City Advent Calendar, day four brings us the first lackluster build. Comprised of just three different pieces, today we get a Siberian husky dog with a plate and turkey leg to snack on. It’ll be a nice addition to one’s LEGO city for sure. Though, the husky figure is pretty common amongst the City Arctic sets, so there isn’t anything exclusive or even rare. So compared to the other miniature models we’ve seen, it’s the weakest of the batch so far. Regardless, this husky is still a very good boy.
Star Wars – The Arrowhead
Today’s build was one that I wasn’t exactly familiar with right off the bat. The miniature ship isn’t exactly the most well-known star fighter in the Star Wars universe, and is in fact tied directly to the brick-built version of a galaxy far, far away. The Arrowhead made its debut last year in Freemaker Adventures.
As such, this is sure to be a bigger hit with younger LEGO fans than someone like myself. Even so, the build is well-done and captures the essence of the model it’s shaped from. Every year we get a few odd-ball inclusions in the calendar, and it looks like now we can check one of those off the list.
City – Formula One Car
Day three of City side of things brings us a neat little brick-built race car. It’s scaled perfectly with the boy minifigure and manages to include rolling wheels despite its smaller size. The build clocks in with a smaller part count than the daily builds usually do, but it makes such good use of the included parts that it’s hard to complain. Plus, the fact that it actually fits a minifigure makes it even more of a delightful little build.
So far the City advent calendar is packing a lot more playability than the Star Wars counterpart. Though we have yet to really get any festive-themed builds, the three miniatures thus far have all in hits in my book.
Star Wars – Rose Tico
This year LEGO is wasting no time diving into the Sequel Trilogy, and we’ve even gotten a notable minifigure as well. Today unboxes Rose Tico, a Resistance mechanic that joined the Star Wars universe with the debut of The Last Jedi. This is the same figure that was originally included in the Resistance Transport Pod set. Even though it isn’t an exclusive, this is only the second inclusion of Rose in a kit.
Rose’s printing is on par with just about any other Star Wars minifigure. The tan jumpsuit includes some nice detailing on the belt, with the torso featuring most of the notable printing. Given that she isn’t been in many sets before, the figure is a surprising early inclusion for the calendar and is a great addition to my Star Wars minifigure collection.
City – Boy with coin
The City calendar’s second day also brings a minifigure, which in this case is a small boy with a coin. He comes donning a puffy green jacket with blue pants. A gray beanie and $5 silver coin then complete the assumable. The figure’s face has a lot of character compared to a typical generic minifigure, and features a double-sided print; a smile on one side and an anxiety-filled lip-bitting look on the other.
It’s a solid figure for this early in the calendar and it will be interesting to see if tomorrow’s build assembles a new toy for the boy or if we’ll get some other kind of festive creation.
Star Wars – Landspeeder
Starting things off with some love for the Original Trilogy, the Star Wars Advent Calendar’s first build is a small but well-crafted Landspeeder. Even though it doesn’t get that much screen time in the first film, Luke’s speeder has still become one of the more memorable vehicles in the franchise.
As such we’ve seen it appear in LEGO form a variety of times in the past, with today’s build being the second miniature rendition. Back in 2014’s advent calendar there was a similar Landspeeder, but this year’s version features notable improvements. The 18-piece build nails the speeder’s design despite relying on mainly tan and brown pieces and all-in-all, the micro build is a fantastic start to this year’s festivities.
City – Space Shuttle
On the City side of things, we’re also getting a space-themed vehicle for day one of the advent calendar. Not to be shown up by the build from a galaxy far, far away, this micro space shuttle build was pretty surprising to find right off the bat. And at just 17 pieces, easily resembles its real-life inspiration.
The build is comprised of the space shuttle itself on top of a nicely-made booster rocket. The lower section employs some translucent orange bricks to give the appearance it’s in flight, which is a nice touch. It’s scale makes it the perfect size to use for a minifigure’s toy spaceship, a theme which we’re likely to see a lot of through the City calendar.
Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see what etach of the advent calendars have in store for us.
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