2022 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 23

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s the holiday season, but it’s also the return of our annual LEGO advent calendar extravaganza. We’ll be opening our calendar windows every day in the run-up to Christmas. Our team will also share their thoughts, comments, observations, and jokes about each day’s builds!

We have five advent calendars this year, across the City, Friends, Star Wars, Marvel (specifically Guardians of the Galaxy), and Harry Potter themes. This is the penultimate day, Christmas Eve’s Eve! Let’s get right into it and see what’s hiding behind the doors of day 23, shall we?

Just like in the Friends calendar, we get a sleigh for our equine friend in LEGO City. However, Friends isn’t taking cues from City this time, as we get a rather ornate chair.

Star Wars is also getting in the festive mood with a Santa Claus GNK droid. The penultimate Harry Potter build (and, if the pattern holds, the last micro build) is a minature Hogwarts Express at platform 9 and 3/4. We can complete the Guardians of the Galaxy sleigh speeder with a trailer and garbage bag sack of presents.

Kyle: And here’s Santa Gonk, bringing power converters to all the good little boys and girls of Tatooine on Life Day Eve.

That Hogwarts Express is quite a nice build!

Ben: Agreed, really nice 9 3/4 platform and train builds that would look perfect in a modular building MOC as a decoration. I really like the chair, the gold leaf adds a nice flourish.

Bart: The Hogwarts Express I can afford. Alas not the one I wanted.

CJ: I love Santa Gonk, and the train micro-build is very elegant. The GotG continues to feel unfinished/overly drawn out, though.

Chris: I always wanted a Santa Gonk! Harry Potter continues to knock it out the park too, and that miniature Hogwarts Express is just amazing. I’m guessing it is more of the rocket sleigh for Guardians; I hope you’re patient there, kids.

Santa Gonk seems quite popular, but personally, I can’t tell if it’s a cute or terrifying idea. He certainly wouldn’t be very conversational with kids at a mall.

“Santa! I’ve been really nice this year, and for Christmas, I’d like -”


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4 comments on “2022 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 23

  1. Dave Estes

    I don’t want to sound harsh right before the holidays but could you try to keep your blatant hostility to the Guardians of the Galaxy? There were things that you fawn over in the Star Wars and Harry Potter collection that well, I thought looked like crap but nearly every day of the Guardians calendar brought harsh criticism for what I thought were cute items. The instances where you were unable to recognize the items in the Guardians set and inability to recognize “jokes” or references to the films and the special clearly showed your bias.

    Was the Guardians set perfect? No, there were a couple of misfires and missed opportunities but all in all I was pleased with the set. But I could say the same for the Star Wars and Harry Potter sets as well. At least the Guardians set tried to capture the mood of the holidays. So you can ooh and ahh over what looked to me a red lump against a tan background or a part of the Hoth tunnel system as the best thing you’ve ever seen but in reality the emperor is stark naked and that’s still a red blob on a tan background and a a jagged white piece to differentiate the bland white square.

  2. Saxonaxe

    Is there any particular reason you seem to have intentionally avoided posting the entire rocket sleigh? I don’t especially see the point of complaining about the builds and then not even considering the final product.

  3. Dave Estes

    Obviously, I agree. It seems like someone made up their mind to dislike something before hand and then went out to prove themselves right. I know taste is variable but I think the rocket sleigh is cute. It combines the Christmas season with the Guardians franchise and was a fun build. Plus Rocket Raccoon looks cool playing Santa in it – Nebula too!

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