Star Wars Advent Calendar: Day 5

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Sabine Wren is an accomplished warrior so can wield a vast array of weapons to deadly effect. However, yesterday's mounted blaster cannon seems better suited to a generic soldier so I am hoping to find another minifigure on day five.

Major Brance serves as a communications officer for the Resistance on D'Qar and appears most prominently in a deleted scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, during which he reports the destruction of Tuanal Village to Leia. I am always delighted to see obscure characters in minifigure form so am very pleased to add this figure to my collection, particularly since he will soon be joined by Major Ematt in 75202 Defence of Crait.

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The minifigure features a new torso which is decorated with a dark tan tunic and a metallic silver badge denoting his rank. I like the belt printed around his waist and the inclusion of a few subtle dark bluish grey lines depicting seams shows impressive attention to detail on the part of the graphic designer. There is no printing on the dark brown legs, thereby reflecting their plain appearance in the film.

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Brance's head has been used for Owen Grady, Star Lord and the Winter Soldier in past sets so is fairly common. A brand new design would have been ideal but I think this one suits him quite well, featuring some stubble along with smiling and angry facial expressions. The minifigure comes equipped with a pearl dark grey blaster rifle so matches other Resistance forces who are similarly armed.

Overall - 4.5 - LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars can always be relied upon to include an obscure minifigure and Major Brance is an excellent addition to the range!

 

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16 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Another excellent day. A fantastic yet generic figure that could be put in a lot of different scenes. I still think we're yet to see a bad gift on this calendar!

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By in United States,

So this is basically a minifigure of Chris Pratt cosplaying as a Resistance Officer.

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By in United States,

I like these minifigures that seem rather generic at first, but are in fact obscure background characters. Not as outstanding as last year's U-3PO minifigure, but in the same class nonetheless.

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By in United Kingdom,

I assumed I already had this guy in a battlepack or something. So is this an exclusive fig made up of non exclusive parts, or is his body print exclusive too?

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By in United States,

Capn, thanks for cluing us in as to this minifig's identity. At first I erroneously thought he was Cassian from Rogue One and realized he must be a generic trooper from TFA. I really like it and the blaster included. I have him already positioned in front of the cannon from yesterday.

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By in United States,

Are you sure this is Taslin Brance? It looks kind of like his still picture, but looks significantly different than his minifig from the video game (and the official Lego website just lists this minifig as a generic "Resistance Officer").

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By in Germany,

@Brainslugged: I also thought he seemed familiar.

There's another Resistance officer in the Battlepack from early last year, but he's different. Clean-shaven head with headset that's been on a few Imperials too, slicked-back hair, and a slightly different torso print (with a lieutenant's rank badge).

For now, this print is exclusive to this fig.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Brainslugged - The torso is exclusive to this set. I have clarified that in the article.

@jccarlos - The minifigure from the video game (which appears in 75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack with reddish brown hair) has been incorrectly identified. He wears a lieutenant's rank indicator rather than that belonging to a major. LEGO often identifies minifigures using generic terminology rather than by the name of the character upon whom they are based, as shown in 75144 Snowspeeder. Those figures are identified as a Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and a Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner but are intended to represent Zev Senesca and Will Scotian, respectively. The same has been applied to Major Brance in this case.

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By in United Kingdom,

We get this guy but still no Nien Nunb! Come on Lego! Enough is enough!

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By in Australia,

I opened my Advent Calendar weeks ago (sorry, Santa, I'm on the naughty list). I thought, 'very nicely printed figure. Who is it?'. Thanks fellow nerds!

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By in Canada,

Even though the character is new the fig feels recycled because 75% of it is old. The new torso is very similar to the resistence battle pack officer so you can recreate the guy using that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Still good with the builds so far, particularly considering the mounted blaster from the previous day could actually pass for a mini AV-7 Cannon. There are quite a few figures in the calendar so it'll be interesting to see how consistently spread out they are. Hoping for a strong mini-build for the next day!

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By in Netherlands,

Looks more like Mr. Bean if you ask me.

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By in Netherlands,

@CapnRex101: just forwarded your Major Brance foundings to minifigs.nl. Response: if this fig is Major Brance, then who is sw699? Please respond!

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By in United States,

Guardians of the Galaxy far far away... ...That's what I think when I look at this minifigure, I like it but why is Star Lord in a Star Wars set? Could this be the long awaited Marvel Star Wars crossover? If so I'm going to be very happy!

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