I got a LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar!
The idea of using an Advent calendar once held deep, religious significance for me – but since evolving into a non-Catholic, I only seem to appreciate the winter Holiday season for nostalgic reasons. I love the sights and sounds of Christmas, but… not its largely-borrowed-by-Christianity foundation. As such, I don’t feel the slightest bit of guilt when I go about my merry way, spreading love and joy without being chained to an outdated dogma.
Speaking of chains and Advent calendars… when I was a child, my brothers and I would find ourselves counting down the days to Christmas by stapling together (then tearing apart) a string of paper rings. It was a Christmastime staple! And, yes, we used staples to keep those chains together. I took the tradition too far one year and accidentally stapled my finger to one of the links.
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a bandage.
I’m quite grateful that LEGO is producing Advent calendars which do not require the usage of any pointed object. I may not have the best hand-eye coordination, but I can click bricks with the best of ’em. I’ve missed a few earlier LEGO Advent calendars, but that won’t happen again now that I’ve come out of the bin as an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO). I even decided to completely assemble the 2011 Star Wars Advent Calendar long before this Holiday season was upon us.
My girlfriend and I stumbled through a couple of the models, but it wasn’t too much of a challenge. We’re certainly ready to open more presents! Having streamed the LEGO build live on YouTube, this particular walkthrough was an hour in the making.
The full list of items (including the ones I couldn’t quite identify by sight):
- Day 1 – Red Republic ship
- Day 2 – Nute Gunray
- Day 3 – Hologram Walker
- Day 4 – Homing Spider Droid
- Day 5 – Slave I
- Day 6 – Chewbacca
- Day 7 – Weapon holder with barrel of tools
- Day 8 – Rebel Pilot with completely white helmet
- Day 9 – X-wing
- Day 10 – Imperial Shuttle
- Day 11 – Battle Droid Pilot
- Day 12 – Rebel Snowspeeder
- Day 13 – Imperial Astromech Droid
- Day 14 – Mouse Droid
- Day 15 – Republic Gunship
- Day 16 – Clone Pilot
- Day 17 – Another Weapons Holder
- Day 18 – Y-wing
- Day 19 − 2010 TIE Fighter Pilot
- Day 20 – TIE Fighter
- Day 21 – Millennium Falcon
- Day 22 − A-wing
- Day 23 – Christmas Tree
- Day 24 – Santa Yoda
Wouldn’t it be nice for LEGO to create a full 365-day calendar with new bricks every day?