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Merry Christmas everyone! While I recover from eating way too much food over the past
two three several days, I’ll show you what came in the last two days of the advent calendar.
In some sort of homage to the people who only put up a Christmas tree like a day or two before Christmas (ours goes up on Thanksgiving or maybe the day after and stays up until we finally get sick of it, which is typically after the New Year, anyway), the Lego for the 23d was this Christmas tree!
All of the Lego people are (more-or-less) circled around the tree, (more-or-less) holding (more-or-less) hands and singing the dahoo dore song from the Grinch. (I couldn’t find a Youtube video where all the Whos down in Whoville are holding hands and swaying, so you can just listen to the song and use your imagination.)
Check this out: The tree topper with the star is exactly the same size at the base as the lightsaber blade. That means that we can transform Chewbacca into the Fuzzy Spirit of Christmas Cheer, complete with Wand of Cheerfulness and Delight! (+161 stamina, +107 intellect, +72 spirit, and increases mastery (and cheerfulness) by 72. If you understood this parenthetical, you’re a geek; if you laughed, you’re an even bigger geek; if you recognized the statistics and know what wand this is without looking it up, may the good Lord have mercy on your geeky, geeky soul.)
Aaaaaaaaaand here’s Day 24:
Santa Yoda! (Slip a saber under the tree, for meeeee — I’ve been an awful good Jedi (This is just going to stop right here, because I hate this song almost as much as the worst Christmas song in the world, and even making a Star Wars parody of it really won’t help.)) In his pouch he has a yellow brick and a blue brick, for boys and girls who have been very good all year! (Presumably they are presents wrapped in yellow and blue paper, respectively, but my version is funnier.)
You’re probably wondering where the pictures of Yoda with his lightsaber are. Well, you’ll just have to wait until tomorrow, when we are having a Star Wars movie-watching party, and I’m totally bringing all these Legos. There will be a picture-post-extravaganza afterwards, because who says the advent calendar fun has to end on Christmas Day? Not me, that’s who! (That sentence sounds ridiculous, like something an overly cheerful striped-shirt-and-overalls-wearing ruby-cheeked 1950s neighborhood scamp would say, but I’m having too much fun writing a description of why it sounds silly to actually try to remedy the problem.)
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas!
Hey look, a post that’s coming in on time and everything! I know, crazy, huh. Potentially even shocking!
We’re coming up on the end of the Star Wars Lego advent calendar. This is sad, but on Monday, several friends and I are going to watch the Star Wars movies. Of course I am bringing all the Legos. Pictures will be taken, and summarily posted on this blog.
Today’s Lego is pretty awesome:
Iiiiiiiiit’s the Millennium Falcon! I would say that you can make it with less than 12 bricks, but it actually takes 13. Chewie is going to put this one together. With a hammer, and a tire iron.
And here’s him hammering the canopy on:
“AAAAGGHGHHGOOOGHGHOOOORRRAAAGHGH*” (*”If I had a hammer, I’d-a hammer in the mo-or-nin’…”)
It’s amazing what Chewie can accomplish with a hammer.
So, I was about to write this post, but then an attack of going to get running shoes for Christmas broke out. I’m pretty excited about this because I’m tired of being out of shape, and I live in a place where winter doesn’t exist, so there’s no reason for me not to take up running. Also, my sister is a big runner and she’s giving me a bunch of tips about how to start and stuff. I’m going to do the Couch to 5K program, and then we’ll see where it goes from there.
Congratulations, you made it through the paragraph about things that are not Legos. Now, here are some things that are Legos! Day 16 brought us a clone trooper with an all-black head. Of course it got put on a bunch of different people:
Don’t they look sort of menacing? Here’s the original clone trooper, and Day 17′s piece, which is his weapons rack!
The weapons rack contained a pair of binoculars (which the clone trooper is looking into in the picture), two blaster rifles, and HELL YES A LIGHTSABER.
“WWOOAAAGHGHHRRGAAAGHAAAHH*” (*”An elegant weapon, from a more civilized age; also, a crossbow.”)
Day 18 brought us a Y-wing, so now Wedge can fly that too, if he wants to, I guess. Day 19 is a TIE fighter pilot, who looks like he wants to start something with Wedge. I’d advise him not to. Wedge is pretty bad-ass. Remember, this is the guy whose hand fell off, who then bandaged it back on, no big deal.
So, since I got a TIE fighter pilot on Day 19, it would only make sense that Day 20′s little box held a TIE fighter!
Mr. TIE Fighter Pilot couldn’t be one-upped by Wedge’s spacecraft construction skills, so he borrowed the wrench and put his TIE fighter together himself.
Four more little boxes to go, and don’t worry, now that I’m caught up, I’ll go back to full-length posts and trying to be funny for the rest of the days!
Okay, so here’s what happened. I had a final project due last Thursday, so I couldn’t justify playing with Legos while I was trying to write up my paper. Then on Friday I went home for the Christmas break, and on Saturday I took a bunch of Legos out and put them together, and then I totally failed to have any motivation to write them up. So, finally I decided that I’m just going to post a bunch of pictures and not try to be super funny about all of them. I will probably break up days 11-20 into about two posts so that you aren’t faced with a massive wall of text and pictures.
Look how perfectly the advent calendar box fit in my suitcase! :D
Day 11 is a battle-droid that was kinda difficult to put together. He came with an extra set of arms, and also a blaster rifle! He has a hard time standing up straight. I finally got him to balance while holding his blaster rifle and a tire iron. Danger is his middle name.
Day 12: A snowspeeder!
They did a killer job with this one. In particular, they put a black grate on the rear to look like the heatsink or whatever is on the rear of the original snowspeeder.
Day 13: Not exactly R2-D2, because he’s black! (My niece: “Don’t be racist.”) I put a laser hat on him. Also, Day 14: A mouse droid! My mom decided it is the not-exactly-R2-D2′s pet dog. We decided he should have a laser hat too.
Also I have included a picture of the original mouse droids from actual Star Wars.
Day 15: A LAAT\i gunship! It’s even better if you put someone’s head on it!
There. Now you have days 11 through 15. In a few moments, 16 through 20!
Guys, I had way too much fun taking pictures for this post. :D
Today’s Lego is another one of the iconic flying vehicles of the original Star Wars series!
If you know what it is, award yourself 7 points. If you don’t know what it is, watch this video:
Just kidding – Youtube does not have a video of the original quote that is not dubbed in French. Instead, read this quote: “I used to bullseye womp-rats in my T-16 back home. They’re not much bigger than two meters.”
Yay, it’s a
womp rat T-16! [EDIT: As mcnutcase and imwacco have noted below, it's pretty clear that this is a Lambda-class shuttle instead. I bow to their superior nerdery. :D ] Let’s make Wedge put it together again with his trusty wrench!
Wedge, are you sure you should be lifting something that heavy with one hand?? “Mehhhh, it’s fiiiiine. I got this.”
Moments later, TRAGEDY STRIKES:
“AAAGHGGHGHG MY HAND (and also my forearm)!!” (This actually happened, it wasn’t engineered, I promise, and it made me laugh a lot.)
While Wedge gets patched up, Chewbacca will put things together. With a hammer. Because he don’t use no sissy wrench. Also, he can lift much larger things than Wedge can without catastrophic forearm detachment.
Here it is, all put together! Also, note that Wedge is so hard-core that he bandaged his own forearm back on. With a wrench. NBD. Ain’t nobody tellin’ Wedge to cut the chatter now, are they.
Here’s all the flying vehicles so far lined up together:
And finally, the idea for this picture made me laugh pretty hard, and the picture itself is making me laugh even harder.
Tune in tomorrow for more head-switching, emergency surgery, and hitting things with hammers!
Okay, so I actually took these pictures this morning, before I even left my house, intending to write this post before lunch, but then that didn’t happen because I was transcribing interviews I conducted for my term project that’s due next Thursday, and then I went to a colloquium, and then I launched a counter-assault against the dirty dishes’ advance position in my sink, and then I went to a Christmas party. But now I’m here and writing a post, which hopefully makes someone happy, if only just me.
Also, there is a helicopter that is circling in obnoxious proximity to my apartment complex. I hope that they are not looking for the bodies that I may or may not have disposed of in the green space adjacent to our parking lot. Ooh, it just flew away, which is probably a good sign.
Now that I’ve gotten my long-form Facebook status updates out of my system, here’s today’s Lego surprise!
… an X-wing!!
I’m way excited about this because the three most iconic starships of the original series are, in some order, the X-wing, the Millenium Falcon, and the TIE fighter. (That was potentially the nerdiest sentence I have so far written on this blog, and the best part is, I’m more or less serious.) I will fight anyone who disagrees, because they are objectively and perhaps even morally wrong.
Anyway, who else would I pick to build the X-wing besides X-wing pilot extraordinaire, Wedge Antilles? Now that he has his trusty, um, wrench, he’ll have this thing together in no time! He does have his work cut out for him:
Good work, Wedge; looks like the wings section is coming along nicely. Why don’t you put together the fuselage next?
Oh goodness. Wrong, Wedge; very, very wrong.
Looks nice when it’s all put together! Why don’t you take it for a spin? What’s that? It’s way too small?
That’s what she saiThis calendar does seem to have a serious problem with scale. Also, with extra parts – unless these are the power converters you were going to take to Toshi Station.
Today’s Lego is pretty cool too. Check it out:
This guy could be any one of the X-wing pilots, but I’ma go ahead and say that he’s Wedge Antilles, because Wedge Antilles is the most badass of all the X-wing pilots not named Luke Skywalker, and this is clearly not Luke Skywalker. Also, because his call-sign is Red 2, and you know how cool that makes him:
The only thing that could possibly lead to a better Youtube video is if I get an Admiral Ackbar. If I get an Admiral Ackbar, I’ma be so excited. :D
Here is the obligatory helmet/hair-switching picture:
Wedge looks really happy with his wrench; he would probably be even happier with an X-wing to fly. Until the Lego calendar delivers such, he’ll have to be content with a really tiny Slave I:
I was up until 2 this morning writing that stupid essay, and I am fading rapidly. Accordingly, I’m going to finish writing this post and go to bed. Another Lego adventure awaits us all tomorrow!
My essay is done! Woo! Now I just need to finish (i.e., start) my term project that’s due next Thursday. But instead of working on that, I’ma write two blog posts for you while watching the Mentalist. Isn’t procrastination great?
Here’s the Lego for Dec. 7!
a) Woo, it’s Chewbacca’s crossbow!
b) Woo, it’s… a bucket? With a wrench and a hammer?
Well, let’s give some people some stuff and start playing with them! Look how much more menacing Chewbacca looks when he is properly armed!
I decided that he could have the wrench too.
But then I was like, hey, hammer; hey, vaguely semicircular other implement…
… hey, a subtle George Lucas allusion to a totalitarian leader! (Okay, fine, I know the Japanese weren’t Communist. I still think it’s funny.)
But now that the squid-Communist threat has reared its betentacled head, Chewbacca will stop at nothing to protect truth, justice, and the Rebellion way!
You should note that Calamari-san is holding up his hammer and sickle in the universal sign for “Oh noes!”.
After I took this picture, I noticed something that made me laugh, so I took this other picture:
Look at the poor neglected barrel, off on its own. The barrel just isn’t as cool as a Chewbacca with a crossbow. I’m sorry, barrel. Maybe we will find a way to make you cool too.
This post is going to be shorter and probably less amusing than most of my posts. It’s finals week and I really shouldn’t be spending a ton of time screwing around on the internet, despite the fact that I’m spending a ton of time screwing around on the internet. So, let’s get down to brass tacks.
I chortled with glee when I ripped open today’s tab. That’s right, chortled. There’s really no other way to describe the noise I produced. Here’s why:
Oops, no, sorry, wrong picture.
Yes, it’s Chewbacca! Actually, let me rephrase that: HELL yes, it’s Chewbacca! I will admit to a momentary and fleeting sense of disappointment that he did not have a crossbow like he does in the picture on the front of the box, but that’s okay, because he’s going to wrest the tire iron from Squidward by main force and unintelligible (except perhaps to Han Solo) grunting:
“AAAAHWRRWGWGGGRRGRG!!*” (* “Give me the tire iron or I will pulverize your cartilaginous face, and you can bet I’ll do it in less than twelve parsecs.” (The Wookiee grunting language is surprisingly economical. It’s all in the tone, you see.))
You can imagine that I’ve stuck him on several vehicles and ridden him around on them while making little zooming noises, but I’m not going to post pictures of this because finals feed on my tears. I will however include this picture of what happens when you forget the body Lego:
Heh heh :D