2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 15

Welcome to Day 15 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 thrilled with what we build on Day 15?

For Day 15, we have an Imperial Death Trooper from Star Wars, a tic-tac-toe ornament from Friends, and a Christmas tree from City.

Dave: The minifigure has only ever appeared in 75165 Imperial Trooper Battle Pack. Also that is going to be be one short game of tic-tac-toe since there aren’t enough game pieces provided (but thankfully you can make two others from the extra pieces included). And in terms of LEGO Christmas trees, I’ve seen worse. I’m glad this variation has all one color of branches. The microfigure tree-topper is a nice touch–might even be an angel of a past kill from the Death Trooper. But I can’t help but look at this scene and imagine the Death Trooper is playing some sort of holiday game show. 

Andrew: What says the true meaning of Christmas more than a black-clad Death Trooper ready to kill your mom as you look on in terror? (Whoops, spoiler alert.) As much as I enjoy the unique minifigs and vehicles of the Star Wars universe that come in the LEGO advent calendars from the standpoint of an adult collector, I sometimes wonder at the choices LEGO makes about what to include. “Hey kid, it’s only a few more days until Christmas — here’s a space Nazi death commando!”

Chris: Who would win in a game of tic-tac-toe? A death trooper or a Christmas tree? My money’s on the Christmas tree, because it presents a mean bark that will needle the competition, giving it a real log up.

Andrew: Chris, you’re fired.

EdwinderI wouldn’t have caught on that the Friends ornament is a game of tic-tac-toe if Chris hadn’t mentioned it. I was just thinking of a box of chocolates and that someone stole three of them away from me! But what amazes me most is that there are an incredible amount of ways to build a LEGO Christmas trees — and this one turned out  just OK. But I do love that gold microfig!

Nick: More like Brick-tac-toe, am I right guys? … Guys? … Please don’t leave my high five hanging.

Andrew: Nick, you’re also fired.

Dave: Woohoo! I survived the pun-tastic Death Trooper slaughter! I almost had a bad feeling about that, but I guess the Trooper missed his shot.

Andrew: Dave, you’re also also fired.

Edwinder“All weapons charged! Jim, what’s the target we’re going for this year? I shot down 27 reindeer last year, I’m aiming for a new record this time!”

Daniel: That Trooper is lucky the weapons rack came first. A Death Trooper without a blaster, while still deadly, lacks a bit of their intimidation factor.

Andrew: So you’d say without a blaster, the Trooper is dis-armed? What’s next–is he going to be de-feeted? (I know, I know–Andrew you’re also also also fired.)

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1 comment on “2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 15

  1. Purple Dave

    If the pieces are shown in place, the Friends ornament is probably intended to depict a game that has just been completed rather than be dual-purposed as a playable game board. The fact that the spares get you to four per side means that if you’re very careful to not lose any of them, you can fake a game, as the ninth piece is always a forced move and you can fake that one.

    Or you could play Ironman Tic-Tac-Toe where after the previous eight pieces have been placed, you take turns filling the remaining open spot by removing one of your pieces from a different space. Eventually someone will get so exhausted that they’ll slip up and remove a piece that allows their opponent to win.

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