LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar: Day 5

Where has this year gone?! It’s hard to believe that we’re already into December, but we really are into the final stretch of 2022, and with that comes something that I have been looking forward to for months: time to open the new LEGO Star Wars advent calendar. Last year was my first ever time getting the calendar, as one of my friends bought it for me, and I absolutely loved it, so had to get this year’s!

But rather than keep it to myself, I thought that this year it would be fun to chart this month’s gifts with you. So each day, I will be showing you the minikit that was behind that day’s door, allowing you to decide if the calendar is something you would consider purchasing in the future, but I will also then give a few details about the ship/item/character the kit is of.

So… let’s get going!

LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 20222022 Advent Calendar:

  1. LAAT/i gunship
  2. Clone trooper – 212ᵗʰ Attack Battalion – Phase I armor
  3. Droid tri-fighter
  4. Acclamator-class Republic assault ship
  5. B1 battle droid

Day 5 has given us a minikit of a B1 battle droid. Created by the Geonosians and somewhat in their image, the B1 battle droids were created as the primary troopers of the Trade Federation and, with the Federation’s involvement in the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Separatist Army. The B1-series battle droid was flimsily designed and easy to destroy, and was only truly successful in substantial overwhelming numbers. Early versions of the model also required the use of a Central Control Computer, which could lead to situations as in the Liberation of Naboo, where destruction of the Droid Control Ship would neutralise the entire army. Newer models introduced during the Clone Wars had this reliance on a Droid Control Ship removed, while they were also limited of slightly more independent thought.

The B1-series droids were shut down along with the rest of the Separatists’ droid forces by Darth Vader at the end of the clone wars, however some rogue Separatist holdouts—such as on Agamar—and the availability of them on the black market would see them continue to pop back up many years later. One B1 unit ended up under the ownership of Temmin “Snap” Wexley on Akiva. Wexley heavily modified the droid, which he called Mister Bones, and the droid developed a close bond with him, while also gaining a unique (and somewhat murderous) personality.

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What do you think of the minikit, and the advent calendar in general?

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