Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar – Review
A great way to lead up to a Lego Christmas!
Now that the 24 days of Lego Star Wars Advent are over, I can post the entire set in all it’s glory. The 2014 Calendar had three major themes that I discovered as I opened each package every day.
This was my first year doing the Advent Calendar Challenge. For the last several years Lego has been making advent calendars – they had a City one, a Star Wars one, and a Friends one. The idea is simple – every day of advent, you open a new door, and get a little present related to the theme of the calendar. On the first day of Advent (or Dec 1) you open the first door, on the second day of Advent (Dec 2) door #2, and so forth, all the way to Christmas Eve
I only did the Star Wars Advent Calendar this year, but it was so much fun, that next year I’ll do both the Star wars and the City Theme as well.
Each “gift” you receive every day is a little Lego bag with some sort of Star Wars related item, Sometimes it is a minifigure, sometimes it’s a micro build, sometimes it is a little building. You never know until you open the door for that day!
This year, 2014, I did the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar. I didn’t know what to expect. Sure, I had seen the other Lego blogs post about the Lego Advent Calendar last year, but there was no formally organized opening. I think next year, I’ll reach out on Twitter, and organize a little informal Challenge next year with badges or whatever (If you are interested, let me know via the comments below, and I’ll contact you).
As I opened the different bags over the course of 3 1/2 weeks, I began to notice a pattern. There were, in 2014, 3 distinct styles of sets. Of course, each build was different, but it fell into one of three categories. Better, still, you never got the same category two days in a row. Here’s what I discovered:
Lego Advent Calendar Minifigures
In 2014, you get 9 different Star Wars Minifigures plus all the micro builds and weapons that are covered below. The first one I got is the Super Battle Droid on Day 2, Then a Clone War Trooper on Day 4, A Snow Storm Trooper on Day 8, a Tie Fighter Minifigure, on Day 11, a Luke Skywalker Minifigure on Day 13, a Snow Speeder Pilot on Day 16, a Lego Rebel Commander Minifigure on Day 18, a R2-D2 type droid dressed up as a Christmas tree on day 22, and Darth Vader dressed as Santa Claus on the last day Day 24.
My subscribers know that I love the minifigures, and this is the primary reason I got the set. To see how many and what kind of collectible minifigs I could add to my collection. Some of them are repeats from previous sets, but several are new and unique to this one, like the droid, and of course Darth Vader as Santa Claus.
Lego Advent Calendar Micro Models
A common theme among the Star Wars Advent Calendars are Micro models. Nine different ships are represented in the 2014 set in addition to the minifigures and the weapons. These are really tiny replicas of the different starcraft in Star Wars. Sure, it is a lot of fun to build a super huge, complicated model like the Lego Super Star Destroyer 10221 but that is super expensive, and out of reach for a lot of people. besides you can’t really play with a set that big. With these micro models with each about the same size as a minifigure, it’s easy to keep a couple in your pocket and zoom them around while you wait at the DMV or whatever.
All in all, there are 9 micro Star Wars Lego models – ATT on Day 1, a Micro Drone on Day 6, a yellow Jedi Starfighter on Day 9, a very cool micro Lego Tie Fighter on Day 10, Luke’s Landspeeder on Day 12, a Micro Snowspeeder on Day 15, a Lego Imperial Speeder Bike on Day 19, an Imperial Shuttle on Day 20, and Anakin’s Y wing Starfighter on Day 22.
Lego Advent Calendar Weapons
What does every rebel or imperial fighter need? Guns and weapons of course! Some are designed for the minifigures to hold, and others are canons that actually shoot! Most of these are larger than the hand held blasters that the Minifigures grab, and one isn’t even a weapon at all. But they are all fun to build and play with, and compliment the set nicely. All in all, it was a great year for Star Wars. Thanks for following along. Next year I’ll be promoting a little blog competition around the Lego Advent Calendars, so be sure to subscribe to this site to be notified when that starts.
You get 6 weapons: A Lego Star Wars canon on Day 3, a Stormtrooper gun rack on Day 5, an Imperial Big blaster on day 7, a moisture vaporator on Day 14, a Hoth Canon on day 17, and 2 lightsabers on the mantle on day 23.
Now that the 2014 holdiay season is over, you will probably have a hard time finding this set in the stores. I’ve always had great luck using Amazon to get out of production Lego sets at the best price.
I prefer to do it this way instead of using eBay because I know that the resellers have had to be reviewed by Amazon.com and that I have better recourse if something goes wrong. Meaning that I can get Amazon involved instead of dealing directly with a reseller.
What is a Lego Advent Calendar?
The Lego Advent Calendar is a special set that comes out in the fall. Instead of being like a regular set, you get 24 different mini sets, or minifigures, or a combination of the two. Each is individually packaged and stored behind a perforated door in the box. The idea is that you open one set every day from December 1, to December 24, and you don’t know exactly what you are going to get, which makes for a great surprise every day. This year, 2014, there were three different kinds of sets. The Star Wars set that I’ve reveiewed above, a city set (which I will also be doing next year), and a friends set, too.
How do you open the Lego Advent Calendar?
The Lego Advent Calendar is unlike a regular Lego set in that you don’t open the box the same way. Instead of opening the side, and sliding a bunch of numbered bags and instructions out, you carefully cut some tape at the bottom edge of the front of the box. The front of the box lifts up like a lid and reveals 24 numbered perforated doors. The back side of the lid is designed to be a play surface as you open each of the doors on the appropriate days.
How many pieces are in set 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
There are 274 pieces in this set. Over 24 days that averages to 11.4 pieces per day. Additionally there are 24 individual bags, each with it’s own build in it.
How many instruction books are in set 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
There are no instruction books in the Lego Advent Calendar. Instead, behind each door is a little picture showing what the build looks like when completed. The little builds are easy to understand, and since each is right around 11 pieces, they don’t need complicated instructions. You could probably figure out how to build some of the micro ships just by looking at the photos on my website, and using your own pieces.
How long does it take to build 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
It takes 24 days to build this set. One door each day. It really only takes a few minutes per day, but most of the fun is waiting to open the door for that day and seeing what you get, and watching your set grow over the 24 days of Advent.
How many minifigs are in 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
This set comes with 9 minifigures. The Super Battle Droid, a Clone War Trooper, a Snow Storm Trooper, a Tie Fighter Minifigure, a Luke Skywalker Minifigure, a Snow Speeder Pilot, a Lego Rebel Commander Minifigure, a R2-D2 type droid dressed up as a Christmas tree, and Darth Vader dressed as Santa Claus.
Does 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar come with any stickers?
No, there are no stickers included in set 75056, the Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar. Personally, I’m not a fan of stickers. I prefer the printed bricks, which this set doesn’t have either.
What is the best piece(s) in 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
A lot of the pieces in this set are pretty standard. Lots of 1×1 bricks, tiles and plates, mostly because of all the micro builds. There are a couple of rare pieces, and for me is the LEGO Transparent Light Blue Tile 1 x 2 Grille (with Bottom Groove) (30244) which is part of the micro Imperial Shuttle build. This piece hasn’t been around for a few years, and was part of the original Lego Mini Imperial Shuttle, as well as the Lego Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets Set.
Should I buy 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
If you are a fan of Lego Star Wars, or Star Wars movies, or even Advent Calendars, I would definitely buy this set. Every year when the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendars come out, they sell out pretty quickly. Sometimes you can find them on the aftermarket sites like Amazon.com
What theme or group is the 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar a part of?
The Star Wars Advent Calendar is a seasonal set. It is usually released in the Fall around late October. This set is part of two groups – the Lego Advent Calendar Group, and the Lego Star Wars group. Most hardcore Lego Star Wars collectors get this set. So do Advent calendar collectors, even if they aren’t usual Lego Fans. I also know of some Lego collectors that get all three kinds of the Lego advent Calendars, even if they don’t usually collect the series that they come from. The Three Lego advent calendars from 2014 are Friends, City, and Star Wars.
Does the 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar come with a parts separator?
No. The Lego parts separator is not part of this set.
What was your favorite component or part to build in 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
None of the builds in the Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar are hard to build. The pieces are pretty small though, the longest was a 1×4 tile I think. The minifigures go together very fast, just snap the legs to the body, and stick on a head and a hat. Hard to get that wrong. The guns were fun to build, especially the canons that shoot the 1×1 round plates that resemble snowballs.
For me, the most fun thing to build was the speeder bike. It’s not my favorite micro build of this set, but for me it was the most fun to build.
Would you buy 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar again?
Because this is a seasonal set, and a new one comes out every year, I absolutely will buy this set again. I don’t know what the 2015 Lego Advent Calendar will have in it, but it sure will be exciting, that’s for sure. This was my first year doing the Lego Advent Callendar Challenge, and I plan on doing it next year, too. Plus instead of just buying the Star wars one, I plan on getting the City one if Lego makes that too (which I think they will). Plus, if my budget allows, I’ll buy a couple of extra sets. One to give away, and another few to save to re-sell later on the Lego aftermarket.
How experienced a Lego builder do you need to be to build 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
Building the Lego Advent Calendar is pretty hard, There are no printed instructions, and there are a lot of little pieces. The age range on the box is 6-14, and I think that is a good range. If you are 4 or 5 and play with Lego blocks regularly, this set would be fun for you. Of course I’m a lot older than 14 and I consider myself an expert builder with a lot of experience so it wasn’t any problem for me. If you are a complete novice, and have never bought a Lego advent calendar before, I’d make sure that you are at least 6.
Where is the best place to buy 75056 – Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar?
There are lots of stores that sell the Lego Advent calendar. My favorite place to buy it is from Amazon.com. Click this link to see all the Lego Advent Calendar, from all the different series, and from all the past years.