A quick review of the 2019 Star Wars Advent Calendar (75245).
- First Order Stormtrooper (Dec 3) (TFA)
- Chewbacca with porg and fire (Dec 7) (TFA)
- Luke Skywalker (Dec 9) (TLJ)
- Death Star Gunner (Dec 12) (ANH)
- Tantive IV Rebel Solider (Dec 18) (ANH)
- Cloud Car Pilot (Dec 22) (ESB)
- Mouse Droid (Dec 13) (ANH)
- Battle Droid (Dec 15) (TPM)
- Gronk Droid as a present (Dec 23) (ANH)
- Santa Porg (Dec 24) (TLJ)
- First Order Star Destroyer(Dec 1) (TFA)
- Kylo Ren’s ship (Dec 2) (TFA)
- Poe Dameron’s X-wing (Dec 5) (TFA)
- Resistance Troop Transporter (Dec 6) (TFA)
- Quad Jumper (Dec 10) (TFA)
- N-99 Persuader-class enforcer droid tank (Dec 14) (TPM)
- Trade Federation MTT (Dec 16) (TPM)
- Escape Pod (Dec 18) (ANH)
- Cloud Car (Dec 21) (ESB)
- Ahch-To (Dec 8)(TLJ).
- Icon Cannon ad turret at Echo Base (Dec 20) (ESB).
- Cannon (Dec 4) (TFA)
- Death Star Turrets(Dec 11) (ANH)
- Mynock (Dec19) (ESB)
(TPM) the Phantom Menace
(ATC) Attack of the Clones
(ROS) Return of the Sith
(ANH) Star Wars:A New Hope
(ESB) The Empire Strikes back
(RTJ) Return of the Jedi
(TFA) The Force Awakens
(TLJ) The Last Jedi
My favorites were Chewbacca cooking a Porg, Luke Skywalker, Poe’s X-wing, the Mynock, and Ahch-To. I think this is the third Chewbacca we’ve seen in the advent Calendars. One was a snowman version. But Chewie cooking a Porg is just funny. I love the micro location build like Ahch-To.
Like last year the wasn’t much holiday themed builds. I miss that the themed build help make the calendar special. See below for the snowman Chewbacca from 2016. I hope next year there are more. I also wish they would not show everything on the box. I want to be surprised by the build. It would be great if they would show a few and say 24 gifts. Maybe blot out the models, like Kenner did before Jedi was released. Also if they could make the online PDF instructions less spoiler. If you download it you can see all the builds.
What Christmas theme minifig would you like to see in 2020? I like to see Queen Amidala from set #9499 Gungan Sub as a Christmas tree. Or back to the Original Trilogy and an Empire Strikes Back theme with Santa Solo in red Hoth gear. Plus a Miss Santa Leia. Or Maybe a Snow Droid C3-PO or Gift wrapped Han Solo in Carbonite with a bow. It would be real easy to make snowman BB-8,
What was your favorite? What was you least favorite?
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Savage land Storm from the Toy Biz collection.
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My traditional posting of one of film’s great speeches with text so you can recite it.
President Whitmore’s Speech From Independence Day
“Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive.’ Today we celebrate our independence day!”
Sauron wants these Cryptkins to fly.
Last fall I bought a 1990’s ToyBiz Sauron figure at a comic convention. It was a cool figure, and I thought it would be great for photography. The guy at the booth said they were coming about with a Sauron Build A Figure series. How many times have a bought a loose figure only to have a new version come out soon afterwards? Well there was Toy Biz Sasquatch I got then shortly later the Sasquatch build a figure, was announced, I bought a loose Leonardo mini-fig and literally the next day the Karai Bike Escape Building Set (79118) with Leonardo set was announced. I’ve bought custom Captain Marvel and Storm(1)(2) LEGO mini figs only to have official versions released later. So it happens, just part of being a collector.
Here’s the ToyBiz 1990s Sauron figure. You may have seen him on the blog earlier. He’s nicely sculpted, but there’s not a lot of paint, His jaw opens and there’s articulation at arms and legs. Cool figure but a little hard to stand. I tried to several times to get a good shot of him standing overhead. The image is not as intimidating as I envisioned.
I looked up the Sauron build a figure and it looked awesome. But I really didn’t have that much interest in the figures from the series. I already had a Deadpool. Lady Deadpool was neat. Wolverine and Bishop are cool looking figs the but not worth $20 a pop to me. Sauron was cool but not $120.00 cool.
A few months pass and the post-Christmas sales start. I see the Lady Deadpool at a decent price online. Which led me to to start checking online and offline for other deals. I didn’t find any figures on sale, but there’s always the secondary market. Some people part out the sets. I won a few auctions and started collecting the parts. I gave in and got Deadpool in boxers figure and rounded off the set with a couple more eBay purchases.
Finally, I have Sauron. He is massive. This figure is amazing. The sculpt is detailed. There are scales on the torso, veins in his arms and neck. The head is large with a movable jaw, pointed teeth, and nasty red eyes. Sauron has huge freaking wings. They are segmented so parts can move as the arms move.
The paint job is well done with great hues of green and yellow on the torso and wings. The leathery textured wings have some slits in them that give it a more realistic appearance. The loin cloth is sculpted to show motion. Blue pouches give a visual pop to his belt. There’s not a lot of paint to the legs, arms, or tail but they do have sculpted scales.
You can move his legs, turn his feet, bend knees but this isn’t a figure you would crouch. It is tall and has a wide wing span. There’s articulation at his head, neck and jaw, shoulders, and elbows. His hands rotate. The tail is great to balance him standing but I need some of those action figure stands so I can pose him flying.
Now that’s an intimidating Sauron.
This is only the second BAF I have collected. The other was Dormammu which I got cause I liked the series and got many of the figures super cheap at Target post-Christmas. Then finished it with parts via E-bay. You can see Dormammu on this post.
What do you think?
Do you collect any Build a Figures? Would you read more toy reviews? Who has the best stands for posing figures?
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