Advent day 2

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As promised, a bit later today. I hope you've all opened yours!

Day 2The Star Wars calendar today features its first minifigure, Nute Gunray, the Neimoidian, first seen in The Phantom Menace. He's such a popular, pleasant chap, isn't he, and perhaps a strange choice for inclusion in the calendar. Perhaps there was a stash of his hat somewhere in the warehouse :-)

In proper (as opposed to Chinese) plastic, he was quite rare until today, having appeared in only one set, 8036, Separatist Shuttle, in 2009.

Day 2In the City calendar we have a toilet-roll slinger, which explains why the crook was holding one yesterday!

32 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

"Phantopm Menace" I think someone 'p'eed in the advent calender again ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I wondered what the white round 1x1s were supposed to be, as Lego usually use 1x1 round plates for this bit! Maybe he's planning to toilet-paper the Police log cabin?

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By in United Kingdom,

Lovely clear pic of Nute Gunray - you really need to crack on with that Star Wars minifig gallery, Huw.

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By in Canada,

I really want the SW calendar. Still, I have the CITY one and I think it's great! Those white pieces are snow, I think.

^Yes, you should, Huw.

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By in United States,

So far my son isn't terribly excited by his Star Wars calendar. Since he already has the Separatist Shuttle (one of the ten sets he has not counting polybags and Battle Packs), the first minifig was less than exciting to him. Luckily the calendar seems to get better as it goes on.

One thing I noticed is the scale of the mini-models, the scale is all over the place. The builds are interesting, but the mis-matched scale makes the play value limited.

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By in United Kingdom,

I haven't got a Nute Gunray figure before, so this was quite nice.
I hope the later time is better for those who open their calendars in the evening. Lets see if we can make it all the way to 24! :P

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By in Ireland,

Aw, spoiler alert! I haven't gotten round to getting the calendars down from my attic yet... ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

@DrD, when I have more time, I will do :-)

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By in Ireland,

Hey thanks @LegoCity578, and thanks @Huw, I see the "Advent countdown" news topic there, that's a really neat idea to have it optional! (I didn't see yesterday's update, facepalm...) :)

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By in Germany,

ROFL, toilet rolls again! XD

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By in Denmark,

Haha... toilet-roll slinger :-)

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By in United States,

Well, that's how you "T-P" a building/tree if you can't throw far/high enough. Or maybe... The robber is planning to catapult a roll or two over the jail fence, then use the tp as a rope to climb over the wall and make his escape! :)

Oh yeah, Nute Gunray is pretty cool to have, but there's not much you can do with him other than make him the butt of jokes in a Legomation. :D

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By in United Kingdom,

Not bad, I quite like these two calendars so far this year. We are bound to get a couple of dud gifts, and I think Nute Gunray is one of them if you already have him!

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By in United States,

So... when/if the Advent Calender comes in the mail tonight... I'll get a toilet roll slinger and a crook with a toilet roll? :P

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By in United States,

Why isn't Lego using white 1x1 round plates for the snowballs, as they typically do? Extra inventory?

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By in Germany,

@padinc: Probably... but it's still a strange choice. :P

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By in Germany,

@TooMuchLEGO: Uh... yes, you will. :P Hey, at least all your minifigs will have some toilet paper to go with a loo! :P

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By in United States,

I want a toilet paper flinger.....

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By in United States,

Not that long age the Nute Gunray keychain was marked down to 99 cents so I gather he's not the most popular minifig. Maybe they did have a glut of them.

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By in Germany,

So... LEGO uses the "left-over" pieces in their Advent Calendars?

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By in United States,

Never realized Nute was a kinda rare fig. Weird choice though to put in the calendar as a 'villain'...I guess.
He's in that Jar-Jar vein of characters.

Another fantastic photo Huw! Crisp, clear...large!

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By in United States,

Huw - I LIKE this... My kids are opening this each evening and splitting up the contents. It gives me an idea of what I will have to contend with every night. Thanks for the heads up!!!!

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By in United States,

I finally got the Advent Calender in the mail! My younger sister enjoys it as much as I do... probably even more. I asked her what she thinks we'll get tomorrow... she said, "Well um, maybe the rest of the robbers and the policemens and everything." I don't quite think she gets the Advent Calender purpose. :)

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By in Germany,

@TooMuchLEGO: Younger sister? Does she have a LEGO.com account? :P

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By in Norway,

LOL, a toilet-roll slinger. I thought it was a snow ball thrower.

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By in United States,

So far as I can tell, the SW calendar is going to go in chronological order, starting with the very first ship we see in episode I (the Federation Frigate) and moving on to one of the first characters we see. That's why Gunray's in it, and in it so early.

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By in United States,

Ha Ha! Well at least Lego still has it's sense of humor! XD Never would have thought of a toilet roll catapult for Christmas. Seems more like a Halloween set then anything else :)

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By in United States,

I don't have the sepratist shuttle so the nute gunnray is a great find. He actualy is a rare figure since he is in only one other set.

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By in United Kingdom,

I am wondering is there anyway this can not be on the main notice board. I am away for work during the week and open them when I can. The surprise of what is behind each door is being ruined by this feature. Or at least have the item hidden unless you click on it. if this can be done that would be great. And if this is not the place for this request can someone tell me where to send it.

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By in United States,

matt71young: Huw has done all he can to solve this. Go under the Recently Added to Database and click on Change News Preferences, you can opt them out there. IF you don't want to do that Huw is doing the reviews later in the evening. If that doesn't help then I just suggest waiting to go on Brickset until after you've opened your Advent Calender. Hope this helps! :)

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By in United States,

I wish they sold theese mini sets normaly.

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