Advent day 13

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The City calendar window contains another minifig today: an astronaut brandishing a fairy wand. I don't know what to say... there might be a good reason why, but it's lost on me. Maybe he's floating up to the top of yesterday's tree to add the wand to it?

The minifig itself is however unique, and the 'underwater' helmet he's wearing in white hasn't been used since 2011 so overall it's not too bad.

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By in United States,

My daughter decided the wand looked better as a tree-topper.

The astronaut looks awesome! The EVA pack/helmet is a great use of the part.

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By in Canada,

Lol! an astronaut with a fairy wand! I like the gold visor though.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's the most absurd minifigure in my collection. Is it supposed to be an angel or what?

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By in United Kingdom,

The totally opaque gold visor is the second most stupid-looking minifig accessory ever. The reigning champion being the yellow lifejacket that requires the minifig's head to be pulled half off.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seeing this, Chris De Burgh's seasonal track "A Spaceman Came Travelling" has started playing in my mental jukebox...!

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By in United States,

Uhh... Missing Brick

In case you weren't aware, I think they were going for real-world accuracy

http://vizfact.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/gold-astronaut-visor.jpg

There's a reason it's gold and "opaque", too.

http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/74412/why-does-nasa-use-gold-foil-on-equipment-and-gold-coated-visors

If you still don't like it, that's fine and all, but I honestly thought it was pretty good. Chrome would have been amazing, like they used to make, but oh well.

Also, I think he's definitely expected to jet-pack the star on top of the tree

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By in United Kingdom,

From your link, a NASA space helmet visor blocks infra-red but transmits 60% of visible light. The lego version transmits precisely 0%. Perhaps it might look better if it was chromed to produce specular reflections like a NASA visor - but the lego matt finish produces only diffuse refections. So in summary: it neither looks right, nor functions correctly.

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By in Canada,

Gee. I feel really cheated that Lego didn't give us functional space-age minifig accessories.

Oh, and Huw, the wand is the star for the tree! And you get two spare, which is nice.

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By in United Kingdom,

I always thought this astronaut design looked great. It's sort of realistic, but the oversized helmet still makes it look LEGO-y. The wand is also pretty useful, even if it is very common in that colour.

I had it in my mind I would buy this set, but I just seem to keep spending the money on something else. I guess I may as well just wait until I see it on sale now.

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By in United States,

It's supposed to be a tree topper, as the tree the day before did not have anything on the top.

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By in United States,

Never had this astronaut before. He's welcome to my collection :D

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By in Netherlands,

Since I only do the advent for my Winter village... What to do with an astronaut? :)
Guess the boys will be happy with it ;)

I'm glad with the wand as top for the tree ;)

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By in Canada,

Ivo: you could recreate those Axe commercials.

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By in Netherlands,

Nice idea, but first I need to find so e time for a Christmas stop motion... ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

This was my first CITY Astronaut Minifigure and I like him, although I agree that he makes little sense as an inclusion. I suppose he is there solely to put the star on top of the tree, which seems like a gross misuse of NASA funding...

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By in United States,

I like him. Although he does seem to be the same Astronaut as came in that little City Space Rover impulse set that has dwelled on store shelves for so long. And hey! He's a lot more exciting than a bench.

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By in Canada,

I believe BrickLink think's he's unique because the figs in the 2011 City space sets typically came with hair/hat as well as a helmet, so that has been considered a separate piece.

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By in United States,

@Huw @Faefrost his face is different

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By in United States,

There was a tree for day 12? Never would have known. I didn't do the city advent calendar.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex,
ROFL, just thinking the same think mate! xD

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By in United States,

my dad help build the lunar landing ship and moon rover. i got to go watch the moon landing on a big screen at mc donald aircraft. was thrilled to get this astronaut. its a very nice reminder of a great experience. if you look on the box you will see him putting the star on the tree.

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By in United States,

@Missing Brick, this is CITY! LEGO isn't going to go for 100% accuracy for a theme that is geared for kids.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Missing Brick - I think you've got more than a brick missing! We complain about prices as it is, can you imagine how much Lego would cost if they made their space suit visors NASA spec, or the stone pieces out of real stone, or the lightsaber blades out of real LASER... *sigh* ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

@zipforbananas. I just feel it would look better if they used trans yellow, trans black or chromed finish. That's not unresonable since Lego already produce many parts with those materials / colours (sry I mean 'colors'). I just think it looks silly like it is. I mean, how does the astronaut see where he's going?

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By in United States,

The link to the picture is missing an "h" at the beginning (right now, it begins with "ttp" rather than "http").

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By in United Kingdom,

I think CarlQ is right.
It's a play on the seasonal Chris De Burgh tune "A Spaceman Came Travelling"!
It's on many British Christmas Best Of Cds and he is very well known in Europe - so I think it's an in-joke.
Then again - you could say it is about as Christmas-y as police, fire and robbers....
Are we reading too much into it?

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By in United Kingdom,

Am I the only one that thinks it is simply a fancy dress party?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Missing Brick - fair enough! If they make that part in the colour already, why not? :P
And I'm more than happy having a faux-French u in colour by the way. ;)

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By in United States,

It made me think of the Chris de Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling song too.
But my son's comment was "Why does the spaceman have a girl wand?!"

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