It seems the Northern Hemisphere is beginning its long cooling period, and what has been a harsh summer for many is starting to fade into a long-awaited fall. With this change in seasons comes a reminder that the holidays aren’t very far away. What better way to get a head start on the holidays than to do an unboxing of the LEGO Star Wars 2011 Advent Calendar? An Advent calendar is the kind of gift you generally receive at the end of November into early December, but in this case, my girlfriend and I decided to open it up early and enjoy it during the Labor Day weekend.

LEGO Star Wars 2011 Advent Calendar ReviewTraditionally, an Advent calendar has roughly 24 compartments (sometimes more, sometimes less), each hidden behind a door, filled with a single small gift for each day. These gifts can range from the religious to the secular, and are meant to be opened one-by-one each day leading up to Christmas. In the case of the LEGO Star Wars 2011 Advent Calendar, there are 24 compartments filled with minifigs, ships, and other Star Wars themed LEGO creations to assemble. Keep in mind that Advent calendars contain small things by their very nature, so you’re not going to end up building anything much larger than a minifig.

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The LEGO Star Wars 2011 Advent Calendar contains 8 minifigures, including a special Yoda dressed in a Santa suit with a large sack of gifts on his back. This minifig may well be one of the main reasons anyone would go for this calendar, since it is pretty unique, and a welcome addition to any respectable LEGO Star Wars collection. Other minifigs featured in the calendar include: Nute Gunray, R2-Q5, Chewbacca, Zev Senesca, Battle Droid Pilot, Clone Pilot, 2010 TIE Pilot, and the Santa Yoda.

The calendar also includes a sizable collection of vehicles from various points in the Star Wars timeline. For example, the Millennium Falcon is one of the Advent gifts, along with a TIE Fighter and Boba Fett’s Slave I. There are a few others scattered throughout the month, as well.

A few somewhat less recognizable figures are present in the calendar, including tools and weapon racks. A Mechano chair and a Christmas tree round out the collection nicely.

If you know a fan of both LEGO and Star Wars, this would be a pretty decent gift to give them prior to the Advent. These minifigs, vehicles, and other objects from the Star Wars universe are fun to build and each make great additions to a larger Star Wars LEGO collection.