Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar 2013 Day 11: Robopup.

It's day number 11 into our sometimes baffling descent into the Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar which seems to alternate wildly between giving us hope and punching us in the face. (Or if you bought this for your kids, which a lot of you did, then it's punching your kids in the face). Just one day short of the halfway point we've yet to receive anything that has truly blown us away. Will today be the day. No... Probably not. 

Let's kick open Door Number 11 and see...

And... it's... a...

ZOMG! It's my favourite character in the Star Wars saga: Skippy, Obi Wan Kenobi's robot dog! Remember that hilarious moment on the first Death Star when Skippy cocked his sixth leg and squirted oil all over the leg of that Stormtrooper? HAHAHAHAHA! George Lucas - you're the best!

No, not really. This is a tiny blocky rendition of an AT-TE (All Terrain Tactical Enforcer) - the six-legged walker that the clones use to attack in the aptly named Attack of the Clones. 

Now, I'm usually pretty cynical and sarcastic about these micro vehicles, but today I am infused with the spirit of Christmas, so - with sugar plums and fairies dancing around my head - I will say that it must be an extremely difficult task for the Lego designers to have to construct a recognizable vehicle out of ten or so parts. Let alone have to design a dozen of them each year! So well done, Lego! We may not always have the urge to put these things on our shelves, but I do appreciate your tenacity and pluck!

And for those keeping score, each day I pit this calendar against the Playmobil Jurassic Park one. And sorry, Lego, Playmobil absolutely murdered you today with a fantastic gift. So the scores stand at:

Playmobil Jurassic Park advent calendar6
Star Wars Lego advent calendar5


  1. Lego picked a bad day to send their ringer against s a dinosaur, they should have bumped the AT-TE up a weight class to dodge it. My kid loves this thing. Although his favorite so far is the droid chauffeur, whats up with that?

  2. And I agree, I think some of the vehicles are totally ingenious, plus once I explained to my son that you throw them in a ziplock bag, and bam, you got traveling air-warfare ready to go, he's totally into them. Although I can only assume they're running out of ideas, 2014's going to be an epic mini-fig year.