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All The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars For This Christmas 🙂
The first LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar was released in 2011. Since then, there has been a new version of an Advent calendar every year. Here we give you an overview of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendars from all the years since its first edition in 2011. Of course, we have taken a close look at the latest LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2019 and also the previous LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2019 (75245)
It’s about time because the first autumn biscuits have been on the shelves for a few days now and the first chocolate box will follow soon. So let’s take a look at this year’s LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, which is made up of 280 pieces. I’ll try to answer the question if this year’s calendar is worth it for you.
Spoiler: You should be aware that I present all the Advent calendar content extensively and in detail. If you want to be surprised, you should avoid this article! 🙂
In the box, there are 280 pieces with some mini-figures to discover among the usual mini-models to build, including an X-Wing, a Quadjumper, a First Order Star Destroyer or Kylo Ren’s ship.
As for the mini-figures, this year we’ll have a rather interesting selection of six mini-figures and some droids and other creatures: a Death Star Gunner, Luke Skywalker in the Ahch-To version, a Cloud Car Pilot, a Rebel Trooper, a First Order Stormtrooper, Chewbacca, a Porg dressed as Santa, a Battle Droid, a Mouse Droid, a Mynock and even a very festive Gonk Droid.
The design and packaging of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2019 have not changed much compared to the packaging in earlier years: If you unseal the box, you can unfold the Advent Calendar and put it down.
The small compartments can be opened by simply pressing with your finger, Inside the instructions are printed on each door. Depending on the model it can be more complicated than with some large sets of the Ultimate Collector Series. There are 1-2 models, where you have to “guess” where certain bricks are used.
To make the revision a little easier, I opened the calendar and removed the cardboard that has all 24 compartments.
If you destroy the box completely, you also get an overview of all the instructions and the included models. I don’t recommend you to do that because of course it completely spoils the Advent calendar experience.
The Building Mini-Models
In the LEGO Advent Calendar Star Wars 2019, there are a total of 16 items, that I would classify as “mini-models”.
There are some good (and not so good) vehicle and spacecraft versions, but also the usual blaster, cannons and even a mini landscape. The biggest disappointment is certainly the 13th day, with just one 6 pieces mouse droid.
I found the models of the First Order Star Destroyer, Kylo Ren’s Shuttle, Poe’s X-Wing, the Mynock (known from the Millennium Falcon UCS) and the Cloud City Car successful. Also, the Gonk Droid looks great. The Blaster Rifle and Ahch-To Island are disappointing besides the mouse droid. But also the Quadjumper, which had only 2 seconds of screen time in Episode VII, I honestly didn’t want a mini-model.
If you like mini-models, you won’t be disappointed. If you buy the calendar (like most fans) because of the mini-figures, you will get your money’s worth.
The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2019 includes a total of six “real” mini-figures. There’s also a Battle Droid and a Santa Porg.
The most important reason to buy this year’s Advent calendar is waiting for us on day 9: the old Luke Skywalker in Ahch-To Island clothes. This figure is so far completely exclusive and will probably remain so. All other mini-figures (except Santa-Porg) have already appeared in other sets. The Porg, besides the head, is made of normal bricks. It is neither exclusive nor rare.
The Cloud Car Pilot is a rather rare mini-model and it was only been included in the expensive LEGO 75222 Cloud City Set. Due to this calendar, its price will probably fall, but until recently the figure was traded for about $7.50.
Would I recommend the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar this year? That’s a difficult question.
For mini-figures collectors, the calendar is a must, since Luke Skywalker is a completely exclusive mini-figure that some people have wanted since Episode VIII was released. In addition to Luke Skywalker, the Cloud Car Pilot is of course still interesting. First Order Stormtroopers and Battle Droids are never enough, and you can never say no to a Rebel fleet soldier. The Mynock can still be wonderfully placed in the Millennium Falcon and some of the mini-models do well next to the big models on the shelf.
Besides, the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is frankly only “Ok”, but better than 2018. The year 2017 had very little to offer regarding mini-figures. I like the exclusive Christmas figures from the 2011-2016 calendars better.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2018 (75213)
The shape is also the same as every year, a box with hinged top, which also serves as a display surface. In addition there are 24 compartments and a divided tray which holds the 24 bags with the individual items. Since the 2017 edition, this tray has been made of cardboard instead of plastic.
After nine figures in 2016 and eight in 2017, this year with a lot of good will we also land at eight. But two of them are droids and a “built” figure with a mini-figure head. The calendar includes five real mini-figures. That is already less than in the earlier years.
Here the eight candidates lined up: A snowman, Rose, Rowan, Guavian Security, Death Trooper, Antoc Merrick, Battle Droid, IG-88
The rebel snowman is made of seven pieces, is inconspicuous at first sight, but two of them are interesting: a snowman’s head with the pattern did not exist before and the color of the rebel helmet is also new.
IG-88 comes in almost the same design as the 75167 Bounty Hunter Battle Pack, only the Round Plate 1×1 under the clamp on the back has been saved here – for whatever reason. At least he wears a real Blaster and not the Stud Shooter from the Battle Pack.
You can never have enough Battle Droids because they don’t bring anything individually, they always show up in a dozen. Otherwise, there is not much to say about it.
Now it gets interesting because Antoc Merrick is the only exclusive character in this calendar. And by exclusive I mean the head and the hair, because torso and legs are borrowed from the U-Wing (Torso+Legs) or Y-Wing Pilot (Legs). If you’re wondering who Antoc Merrick is, he played an X-Wing commander in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story while attacking Scarif.
The Imperial Death Trooper comes from the 75165 Imperial Trooper Battle Pack and the Guavian Security Guard from the 75180 Rathtar Escape. I still think the head is really good. Rowan from the Freemakers from the set 75185 Tracker I. And last but not least, Rose Tico. You can find them in the glorious 75176 Resistance Transport Pod set.
As promised, here are three of the remaining mini models. I have chosen the Rathtar, the Cloud City with Cloud Car and the Christmas Vaporator. I like the color of the Rathtar, especially the red wrench. Cloud City has finally succeeded in its form and the Cloud Car is ingeniously simple. And since we have an advent calendar in front of us, I am especially happy to find a piece with at least some Christmas cover with the green vaporator.
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2017 (75184)
The calendar includes 8 mini-figures and about 14 mini-models, which are mainly spaceships and vehicles.
Topic: Jakkur is a planet whose surface is covered by desert. After the Battle of Endor, the planet was the scene of an attack by the New Republic on important imperial hiding places. Spaceships of both factions crashed on the planet.
Highlights: Included is a play mat with game scenes on Jakku. One scene takes place in the Starkiller Base and another in the depths of space.
BB8 with Santa hat from snowboard
officer of resistance
First Order Stormtrooper
Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle
Slide with drive
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2016 (75146)
Included are 9 mini-figures and a total of 15 other mini-models. These are mainly spaceships and small components.
Main focus: The planets and worlds of Hoth, Tatooine, and Naboo
Highlights: Included is a play mat with game scenes on Hoth, Tatooine, and Naboo. The set also includes the Luke Skywalker mini-figure and two Blaster pistols.
Death Star Trooper
Hoth Rebel Trooper
Mini Slave I
Mini TIE Interceptor
Republic Attac Cruiser
Imperial Landing Craft
Hoth gun turret
Imperial Officer Snowman
Atgar gun turret
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2015 (75097)
This calendar contains altogether 9 mini-figures as well as 17 spaceships and small models.
Main focus: There are mini-figures, starships, and vehicles from the three planetary worlds of Tatooine, Endor, and Hoth to discover.
Highlights: Millennium Falcon and folding play mat on the three theme worlds. There are also two Christmas droids on board.
Hoth Officer’s Gun
Sarlacc Pit Droids
Imperial Probe Droid
Ewok weapon stand
Hoth Command Post
Jabbas Sail Barge
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2014 (75056)
The Advent calendar contains 9 mini-figures, including 2 exclusive figures, 10 ships, and vehicles, and 5 accessories and weapons.
The main focus: no specific planet world. Focus among other things on space ships and pilots.
Highlights: Darth Vader as Santa Claus, Luke Skywalker
Super Combat Droids
Stormtrooper with Christmas cap
TIE Fighter Pilot
Tatooine Luke Skywalker
Mini Trade Federation Battle Tank
AV-7 cannon gun
Weapon rack with clone warrior helmet
Hoth Cannon Gun
Speederbike with gift bag
Imperial Landing Craft
Fireplace with lightsaber holders
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 (75023)
Topic focus: no special focus. Some figures and small parts come from the forest moon Endor from ‘The Return of the Jedi’.
Highlights: Jango Fett as Santa Claus
The advent calendar of 2013 contains 9 mini-figures and 15 components.
Young Boba fat
Jango Fett as Santa Claus
Mini Count Dooku’s Solar Sailer
Mini Koro-2 Exodrive Airspeeder
Mini Cloud Car
Rack for weapons
Mini Republic Gunship
Mini Republic Assault Ship
Mini Geonosian Fighter
Rack for weapons
Mini Padmé’s Naboo Star Skiff
Mini Separatist Shuttle
Mini Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter
Mini Slave I
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2012 (9509)
The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar was released in September 2012 and features 10 mini-figures and around 15 mini-models. A Gonk Droid is built from individual Lego bricks.
Main topics: Sith and The Phantom Menace
Highlights: with Darth Maul, Mini Gungan and the Starfighter by General Grievous
Darth Maul (Santa Claus)
Super Combat Droids
2 rebels soldier
Equipment for the Gungan Warrior
Atgar P Tower
Naboo Royal Starship
Neimoidian Escort Shuttle
General Grievous Starfighter
Darth Maul Sith Interceptor
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2011 (7958)
The LEGO Star Wars Calendar was first released in 2011. So this is the first edition of the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. It includes 8 mini-figures and 16 spaceships and small items. The set is still available. The prices are significantly higher compared to the later sets. Here fans pay collector’s prices.
Main topics: none special. The first edition contains figures, spaceships and small parts from the previously released Star Wars movies.
Highlights: Mini Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Starfighter.
Battle Droid Pilot
TIE Defender Pilot
Boba Fett’s Slave I
Anakin’s Y-wing Starfighter
Separatist Spider Droid