2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO Star WarsLEGO Friends, and LEGO City 2018 advent calendars along with commentary from The Brothers Brick team.

If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. Will we be in heaven for Day 11?

For Day 11, we have Rowan Freemaker from Star Wars, a lantern ornament from Friends, and a mini-speed train from City.

Nick: Wow! A bullet train instead of the traditional steam locomotive. LEGO is going all in on modernizing with the City Advent Calendar this year. I’m not complaining.

Andrew: Despite my total lack of interest in “The Freemaker Adventures” as a TV series or sub-theme of LEGO Star Wars sets, I have to admit that I do love the minifigs, since they all have great designs and bring some much-needed diversity to the skin tones of the LEGO universe. The LEGO City train is fantastic, but I’m unconvinced by the Friends lamp…

Daniel:  I love the modern toy trend in this year’s City calendar, and the bullet train is no exception. Totally agree that the skin tones for the Freemakers are a great addition to any minifigure collection.

Chris:  OK, that’s a pretty awesome little train. It may be a bullet train, but I prefer to think of it as a streamliner from the 1930s with a huge jet engine out the back.

Edwinder: I’ve surely been living under a rock as this is the first I’m hearing of the Freemaker Adventures. A kid wielding a lightsaber?! Oh yes!!! I’ve got to see this in action! “Mommmm!, someone stole my lunch at school today so I sliced his hands off!” For Friends, yet another missed opportunity to use a flame element. I’m just iffy for the train… I’m not too quite sure what to think of it.

Dave: Am I the only one here who has watched both seasons of the Freemaker Adventures!? ::facepalm:: It is so worth your time! The show is a delightful romp through the original trilogy and even with the childlike humor, each season pulls everything together for an incredibly satisfying and even moving ending. Also, it looks like that train is based on 60197 Passenger Train. I quite like this trend of including microscale models of current sets in the City Advent Calendar.

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6 comments on “2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 11

  1. The Anonymous Hutt

    What nationality are the Freemakers supposed to be? To me, they look like whites who have gotten too much sun.

    They don’t look or sound Hispanic, they aren’t Asian…WHAT THE HECK ARE THEY?

  2. James Curtis-Smith

    The minifig I want from Freemakers is the baby Wampa… come on lego – it would be a great thing for an advent calendar…..!

  3. Purple Dave

    When trying to determine ethnicity of characters in an animated series (nevermind that I think they’re all Corellians), I find it helpful to look up the real ethnicity of the cast members. If they’re white, you can safely assume the characters are as well, or people would throw a fit over the casting.

    In this case, big sister Kordi is played by someone of mixed German/Egyptian heritage, and generally looks white. Big brother Zander is played by an actor who is clearly black, though I don’t see any specific info on his ancestry listed. Kid brother Rowan is from Texas and looks white, but based on the name I’m guessing he’s got some Hispanic heritage. Given the skintone used for these three characters, best guess is they were steering towards Latinx, but they never stated any specific ethnicity. So, basically feel free to read whatever you want into it, but keep the source in mind if you find yourself being offended by it.

  4. The Anonymous Hutt

    @Purple Dave

    Oh I’m unlikely to be offended at all, LOL. I was just wondering what ethnicity they are supposed to be. I guess they do look Egyptian-ish. That’s the closest real-life skin tone I can think of.

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