Advent day 24

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Christmas Eve has arrived at last, and we are treated to an excellent minifig in today's City window. It's Santa, of course, pictured here with yesterday's sleigh. As far as I can tell it's the same as the one in CMF series 8, except this one is made in a LEGO factory and not one in China. It's a vast improvement on the normal Santa that has been used in regular sets up until...

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Advent Day 24 - Star Wars

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So here we are at last on the final day of this year's LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. It should come as no surprise that today's gift is, as ever, a Christmas version of one of our favourite characters. This year that character is Jango Fett, and while he might not have all the charm of Yoda, or the irony of Darth Maul as Santa Claus, he nevertheless makes for a lovely Minifigure. Only...

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Advent Day 23 - Star Wars

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Here we are, the penultimate day. A small jetpack powered sled is provided for us today, which looks lovely, and will go nicely with tomorrow's 'surprise.' I like how the skis are formed using 4L bars and brown robot arms, and there is some space for you to stand a Minifigure at the front if you wish. Probably my favourite element of the model however is the pearl silver jetpack which...

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Advent Day 22 - Star Wars

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I have awaited today's Minifigure with some excitement, as it has been staring out of the front of the box for twenty-two days now. Boba Fett is among my favourite characters, and so to get an updated version of him as a boy is very welcome. He appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones in this form, where he was living on Kamino with Jango, before watching his father perish at the...

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Advent Day 21 - Star Wars

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Today's model confirms that as LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars go along, they improve hugely. The Slave I is my favourite ship from the Star Wars universe, and I am not alone in that sentiment, so to see another outing for this fantastic mini model is a very welcome surprise. We first got a Slave I model at this scale in 2011, but in Boba's green colour scheme rather than Jango's blue...

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Advent day 20

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The window on Wednesday contained a boy with a remote control. Yesterday we had a couple of mini-aircraft for him to control, and today, we have this rather good fire boat, made from just 10 pieces, for him to play with.  Mind you, when I first built it I couldn't work out what it was: if you stand it on its end, it sort of looks like Santa with a long, bent, nose, holding out a present...

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Advent Day 20 - Star Wars

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Another mini model appears today, and this is yet another vehicle from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and actually a favourite of mine, the Delta-7 Aethersprite-class Light Interceptor. The vehicle is essentially a doorstop with an engine, and I think it looks great in the film as well as in this mini model in my opinion. The wedge shape is difficult to form at this scale, but I think...

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Advent Day 19 - Star Wars

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Today we are presented with another mini model, this time a Sheathipede Class Shuttle. This is another somewhat obscure vehicle, which appears in Star Wars Episodes I, II and III, as well as during the Clone Wars cartoon. Only one Minifigure scale version of this ship has been released before, 8036, but the same vehicle was included in last year's Star Wars Advent Calendar. However, unlike the...

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Advent day 18 bonus

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It's a good day in the Friends calendar today too. I thought this snowman was quite well executed and I particularly liked his purple hat, which first appeared in the Christmas Tree Seller set. The Friends calendar has been a little disappointing although there have been a few reasonable days. One reason I haven't posted many 'pics' from it is that my wife has been opening and building...

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Advent day 18

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In today's City calendar we have this cheeky chappie with what appears to be a remote control. He has a nice, and uncommon, torso but the best part of it IMO is the 1x1 round tile in orange, which has appeared previously only in the Friends Dolphin Cruiser. Better still, there are three spares... ...

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Advent Day 18 - Star Wars

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This time next week it will be Christmas Day, which means that we are now on the home straight of the Advent Calendars for this year. The gifts tend to improve as we come closer to the 24th of December and the final gift, and today's Imperial Biker Scout Minifigure adheres to that rule in my opinion. This Minifigure has only appeared once before, in the enormous 10236. This is therefore a rare...

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Advent Day 17 - Star Wars

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Today we have another mini model, this time of Padmé Amidala's J-type Diplomatic Barge. This is a ship which appears only briefly at the very start of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones before quickly being destroyed by Zam Wesell's bomb. In the film, the vehicle is chromed all over, but it should come as no surprise that the LEGO version is light bluish grey in colour. I would...

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Advent Day 16 - Star Wars

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In each of the previous LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars there have been two weapons racks, and this year is no different. Today we get our second of the pair, which is Geonosian in style and stores two weapons. I prefer the weapons rack from day 7 which looked a little more stylish in my opinion, and included an extra gun as well over this one. This model uses a dark tan 1x1 brick which is somewhat...

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Advent Day 15 - Star Wars

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Another Minifigure greets us today, a Geonosian Drone. This Minifigure appeared as a pilot in 7959 Geonosian Starfighter and has also appeared with the addition of some wings in 9491 Geonosian Cannon. It is perhaps an unsurprising inclusion given yesterday's Geonosian Starfighter and will go well with the Clone Trooper from day 10. This Minifigure is highly detailed on the torso (on both the front...

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Advent day 15

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In today's City calendar we have another minifig, a mechanic. The Octan logo race suit is new this year and appears in this and two other sets, the fire boat 60005 and Grand Prix truck 60025, so it's a new one for me. I have no idea what the 'accessory' is though, do you? ...

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Advent Day 14 - Star Wars

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Firstly, a huge thank you to rancorbait for standing in on my behalf for the past couple of days, he has done an excellent job in my absence. Today we are presented with another mini model after the slight disappointment of yesterday. On day two of this year's Advent Calendar there was some confusion as to exactly what the model was. The Geonosian Nantex-class Starfighter today confirms...

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Advent Day 13 - Star Wars

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Rancorbait has reviewed the window contents again today: On day thirteen we have a standard tan Battle Droid to combat the Clone trooper presented by CapnRex101 on day ten. This figure is by no means uncommon, it has been included in many Star Wars sets since 1999. This figure, although rather dull in my opinion, is great for army building and are not hard to come by at all. Since the rest of the...

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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...

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Advent Day 12 - Star Wars

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CapnRex is still away so guest reviewer rancorbait has provided this text: Today we have another mini model, a LAAT/c (Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier), or more simply, Republic Dropship. This vehicle, used by the Republic to transport heavy artillery and other cargo, is only seen for a few brief moments towards the end of Episode II: Attack of the Clones and in several Clone Wars...

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