Thursday, December 13, 2018

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 13

Day 13 is a blocky fairly uninteresting model of a fairly uninteresting Star Wars ship, an Imperial Troop Carrier.

I'd thought that I knew what it was because it was in the prequels (or maybe Rogue One) somewhere, but according to the wikia page, it hasn't shown up in movies. But it's quite similar to troops carriers in the movies, so I managed to intuit what it is.

As a model, it works very well - it's just that the original lacks in inspiration, like so many of the transport ships in the prequels.

That said, though, I'm happy with the build: it's a good looking microfigure, and so far as I can remember hasn't shown up before, so it's a good addition to the collection.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 12

Day 12 brings another iconic and good looking ship model from the prequels: Anakin's starfighter. A pretty good approximation of it, too. Like the Naboo Starfighter and General Grievous' ship Soulless One, the starfighter that Anakin flew in Episode III (in that amazing opening scene - imagine ol' George doing that scene with the physical models and matting and other tricks he had to use before CGI!) is a really good looking ship design, some of the few in the prequels that I found exciting and interesting.

Clever use of the single white stud to represent our hero R2D2, too!

Really, really sweet build.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 11

Day 11 brought a very wonderful minifigure! I had no idea who it is, so I had to look it up. My first thought was the kid at the end of The Last Jedi, but that kid didn't have a lightsaber.

This is a kid named Rowan Freemaker. Check out his wiki page. Not to be confused with Rowan Atkinson, whom we're all watching this holiday season wrap that present for Snape in "Love Actually". I mean, you are watching it, right? One of the greatest Christmas movies ever? It even has a Jedi! And a hobbit, and Game of Thrones, and a Hogwart's professor, and a museum curator from Dr. Who, a Kingsman... it's got every cool franchise represented!

Okay, okay. Calm down, David. Rowan Freemaker is from the non-Canon Disney XD animated TV series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures. I've never watched it. Maybe I should. Not even sure how. But maybe I will.

Here he is. Great minifigure! I'm very pleased about today, especially after the battle droid and the laser canon.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 10

Day 10 brings us a cool looking laser turret that, so far as I know, has no actual tie-in to a movie. Maybe it shows up in a video game or one of the animated series. Who knows. It does actually shoot the red stud, so at least it does something, but this is as headscratchingly "WTF LEGO?" as the toolbox from last year. Whoopty do. But it is, as I said, cool looking, so I don't mind as much unless I remember the hundreds of other really cool things that would have been nice to have today.

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 9

So today was my birthday build - really hoping for something special on my special day!

Let's see what I got (Ignore the stack of translucent pieces: I made a tower of them to put the ship on so I could make a better photo because the model doesn't sit flat due to the triangle pieces sticking out on the bottom; also, the translucent piece under the cockpit IS part of the model, put there to help make the model *almost* sit flat):

General Grievous' fighter! It's a cool ship that showed up in Episode III. The character of General Grievous I thought was silly and rather cliche (like so much of the prequels), but the ship is a stunner, and this little build does a bloody good job capturing a complex and very rounded design.

Not my first choice for what I would like to have seen on my birthday, but it's a darn fine one and I'm totally happy with it!

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 8

A sad day: another boring old battle droid. We've had it in at least one other Advent Calendar, and these are in a bunch of kits.

Is it a nice model? Sure. But come on, LEGO. We're spending $40 on these calendars - you don't have to maximize your profits by filling up with the cheapest models.

Oh, well. Add it to the growing pile of battle droids I have. Roger Roger. :D

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Day 7

I got a bit behind in posting. Sorry about that! Been busy with concerts and church and other stuff.

So, here we are: Day 7. We move to the prequels for this very cool Naboo Starfighter from Episode I. Much of the ship designs in the prequels are not as interesting (to me) as the ones from the original trio, but the Naboo Starfighter really captured my imagination: sleek, beautiful, elegant. It seemed to be very much the kind of design that the peaceful and artistic people of Naboo would come up with.

It's the kind of design that a people would come up who don't do really "do war" so the few devices of war they have speak to what they truly value: beauty. Not conquest or killing.

Imagine what the U.S. could build if we didn't spend half our federal budget on engines of death.

The build for this one is quite good - as always for these microfigures, very few parts are used. The LEGO masters managed to make this about as close a model of the real thing as possible.

Look at that!

But I will admit to some disappointment that we had the same ship a few years ago in another Advent Calendar. We don't need to duplicate, LEGO. On the other hand, for those who haven't been doing these calendars for the past number of years, this is a really cool ship that others should be allowed to collect, so maybe duplicating it this year isn't too bad of a thing.

But as the Advent calendars seem to deliver more disappointments each year than they did the previous year, this duplication just seems another sign of laziness at LEGO.