Most of the web is filled with reviews and daily post of the content of the windows of the LEGO Advent Calendars. And I must confess that I also post one picture a day. I bother only those who are following me on Instagram and for some on Google+ as there is a great LEGO community there.
This year, I tried to post pictures linked to each other following the City calendar. We did the City and Star Wars calendars. Both of them comes with a display. But the Star Wars calendar mixes micro-scale vehicles with characters, so all the items are not consistent to be laid down on the same display. Besides, the City display has a better Christmas Spirit design. So I set the scene on the City display, showing also the Star Wars gift and including it when appropriate.
Those are the pictures of each day of the 24 windows content. This post will be of course updated each day until December 24th.
So here we are at Christmas Eve. All advent calendar windows have been opened and we finally have the whole set. This is the right time for an overview of the entire set. Of course, you may have already followed the day to day review on other sites, but it is also nice to see the entire set offered.
Lego advent calendars
Each year, you can get advent calendars from Lego. Those are boxes with a windows to open each day of December until Christmas. Each windows contains some bricks which are a simple model. This year, you could choose between three Lego themes: City, Star Wars and friends.
This year, Lego gave the Father’s Day theme. As a Father and son’s day, this is a great opportunity for a geekdaddy to share his gift with his geekid. And what does Lego has to offer ? Simply to share the playing universe in which the father and the son grew up.
Before having a peek on some sets, Lego set up a contest on their special web site (EDIT: the link does not exist anymore) for their french audience. It is a contest in which you have to design a spaceship from parts of existing Lego models. You can submit your own until june 17th.
And for the occasion, there is a special video featuring the best known father and son from the Galaxy. Yep, from the Star Wars galaxy.
Good introduction, lets get back to earth but stay in the Star Wars univers…
Lets begin with an awesome model at a decent price : Gold Leader’s Y Wing.
Gold Leader Y-Wing
Latest Lego’s interpretation of the Y-Wing, Gold leder’s Y-Wing Starfighter (9495) is an awesome set of 458 bricks. The assembled Y-Wing model measures over 16. It comes with 3 minifigures: Gold Leader (Dutch Vander), Princess Leïa in ceremonial outfit and astromech droid R5-A7. The starfighter is to be built in 3 steps: the main body, the cockpit and finally the engins. The Y-Wing’s body may be considered as the most difficult part, because of all the little details. The cockpit is much easier. As for the engines, you could build them with your eyes closed. You should plan 1:30 hour to assemble the model.
Compared to the earlier versions, the scale is more accurate and the model contains better details. The cockpit canon lost his vertical axis but it has an improved design.
The main body assembled
The cockpit is added
Engins added, ready to go
The Y-Wing may not be as emblematic as the X-Wing (bombers are never the stars compared to fighters 🙂 ). But it is definitely a must-have to any Star Wars fan.
Gold Leader’s Y-Wing also comes in a Superpack. The Superpack box contains the Endor Rebel Trooper & Imperial Trooper Battle Pack (9489) box and the Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack (9488) box.
The other great universe those days is the Super Heroes. As The Avengers are in our theaters, Lego released 5 sets in the Marvel universe. But the best set is not there, it is in the DC universe. Named Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape, it is obvious that the box contains Batman and the Jocker.
Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escape.
Besides the funhouse, which is full of traps and tricks, the interest of this box is to gather Batman, Robin, the Jocker, Harley Quinn and the Riddler. The content of the box should be easier to assemble than the previous as it contains only 380 parts. The assembled funhouse features moving floor, opening trap door, hammer, crane and also a wagon rails and the Batcycle. It must be just as fun to build as to play with. It is a great Batman collectible and a great game set.