Sunday, January 20, 2019

Minifiigure Review: Advent Calendar from Star Wars: Micro Force by Hasbro

   Yes, we're near the end of January. Yes, I'm reviewing an Advent Calendar. I actually didn't hear about the Star Wars: Micro Force Advent Calendar until after Christmas so I tracked mine down in early January. I got it on clearance, too (although I've hear they're down to around $8-$9 dollars at Target). Star Wars: Micro Force is a fun little line although the fact that they're typically blind bagged mixed with the terrible distribution of the single packs means there are a few of the series I haven't even seen in stores. The Advent Calendar is a fun idea and includes figures from the various series released thus far as well as some "exclusive" figures for this set. I'm going to buzz through these pretty quick, which is kind of the opposite of the intent of an Advent Calendar, but considering we're far past Christmas and Epiphany, I think we're OK. Light your advent wreath and join me after the break...

 The Facts:

Includes: 24 micofigures and 7 stickers

Non-Scalper Price : $30 dollars

* The box folds down into a display scene. The back of the box features the 24 compartments that open up (it's cardboard over a plastic tray, like most advent calendars) while the folded down base is a winter scene (Hoth?) with four pop up elements. There are two packages, a campfire, and a Porg wearing a Santa Claus hat. It doesn't stand up on its own, so you'll have to lean it against something to keep it in place.
 * There are 24 figures included in the set and six of them are holograms. You get:

*Yoda (green): He's cool as it looks like he's swinging his lightsaber in battle!
Maz Kanata (blue): I like her quite a bit as she's packing some blasters!
Obi-Wan Kenobi (blue): I've reviewed the regular version of this figure!
R2-D2 (blue): I've reviewed the regular version of this figure.
Luke Skywalker (green): He's in is Jedi outfit.
Emperor Palpatine (red): I've reviewed the regular version of this figure.

 * Next up are the Christmas variants. These are really just rereleases of previous figures with little Santa Claus hats glued on their heads. Well, except for Darth Vader. His boots are covered in snow! You get:
Chewbacca (Vandor-1)
Darth Vader
 * There are a few other "armored' characters, too!

Finn (FN-2187): I've reviewed this figure previously.

Prototype Boba Fett

Clone Commander Cody (from ROTS)

Sabine Wren (from Rebels)
 * For heroes, you've got a decent selection:

R2-A6 (from Episode I)
Lando Calrissian (from Solo)
Princess Leia Organa
Wicket W. Warrick
Han Solo in his Hoth outfit (who I've already reviewed)
 * Last, but not least, we get two Sequel Trilogy villains.

Supreme Leader Snoke

Kylo Ren

* The set also comes with seven stickers that are placed inside seven of the advent calendar doors. They're kind of fun and feature such silly things as a Stormtrooper gingerbread man cookie, Yoda roasting marshmallows, and Han Solo literally frozen in a block of ice.
 Had I known about this set before Christmas I would have tracked it down and opened one a day. Getting it after Christmas, I simply opened it up. I paid around $20 for it, so it cost me less than a dollar a figure which is cheaper than normal for Micro Force. I only ended up with four true duplicates, so that's not bad. Whether you are purchasing this for your kids or yourself to open next year or you just want the figures, how appealing this set is is based on how many of these you already have. Overall it's a Good and a 1/2 set with lots of coolness for the Advent season.

Surprisingly, I haven't reviewed that many other BB-8 items. Just the Black Series Rey and BB-8.

If you also have a Boba Fettish than check a couple other Boba Fett toys on the site, including the Black Series Boba Fett, the Walgreen's exclusive Boba Fett (Prototype Armor), both the standard Hero Mashers Boba Fett and the Han Solo Vs. Boba Fett two-pack version, the Funko POP! #102 Boba Fett, and the Micro Machines Bounty Hunters set as well as Fett as a background character in the Bossk Micro Machines Mini Head and in the 4-LOM Mini Head.

If C-3PO is your favorite protocol droid, check out the Black Series classic version and the Black Series Resistance Base version, my daughter's Hero Mashers C-3PO,  the Galoob's Classic Characters (2nd Edition) set, the Micro Machines C-3PO/ Cantina transforming playset, Ice Planet Hoth playset, and the C-3PO minihead set, the Micro Force series 1 C-3PO, the POP! C-3PO [Unfinished], and the Kinder Joy C-3PO.

   For more Chewbacca reviews check out the following: The Smuggler's Bounty Funko POP! Chewbacca #63 [Flocked], the Black Series Phase II Chewbacca,  Phase III Chewbacca, and the Solo Chewbacca, the Hasbro Micro Machines R2-D2 playset with a micro Chewbacca, the Galoob Micro Machines Chewbacca as Snoova from the Bounty Hunters set, the Hero Mashers Chewbacca, and the Micro Force Chewbacca.

If you like Clone Commander Cody I've also reviewed the Black Series Clone Commander Cody.

   If you're interested in Darth Sidious/ Emperor Sheev Palpatine I have reviewed a few other figures bearing his likeness in including the Black Series Emperor Palpatine, the Hero Mashers Yoda Vs. Emperor Palpatine set, the Micro Machines Darth Sidious from the Episode 1 Collection IV set, and the Micro Force Emperor Palpatine.

 Interested in more Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker stuff? I've checked out quite a few plastic renditions of Anakin Skywalker over the past few years including smaller Anakins in the Micro Machines Classic Characters pack, the Royal Starship Repair, the Star Destroyer/ Space Fortress Transforming Action Set, and the first set of Episode 1 Micro Machines, the Black Series Titanium Darth Vader, the 6 inch Black Series Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader, the 40th anniversary Legacy Pack Vader, and the Walgreen's exclusive Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath), the Centerpiece Series Darth Vader, the Hero Mashers Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader 2 pack, and the Jedi Speeder with Anakin Skywalker, the Funko POP! Darth Vader [Bespin] #158, and the Hikari Minis Darth Vader.

If you're looking for another Finn review, check out my reviews of the Black Series Finn (FN-2187) , Finn (First Order Disguise), and Finn (Jakku), as well as the micro figure of Finn included with the Micro Machines First Order Star Destroyer playset and the Micro Force Finn (FN-2187)

If you're looking for more Han Solo reviews I've also reviewed the POP! Hoth Han Solo with Tauntaun #125, the Black Series Han Solo & Tauntaun, the Ice Planet Hoth Micro Machines playset with a Han Solo on a Tauntaun microfigure, and the vintage Han Solo in Hoth Gear, as well as plenty more toys of Han: The Galoob Classic Characters microfigure, the Micro Machines C-3PO Cantina w/ a Han Solo microfigure and the Jabba the Hutt/ Mos Eisley Spaceport Transforming Action Set w/ a Han Solo microfigure, the Black Series basic Han Solo, Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise), Han Solo (Exogorth Escape), the Solo Han Solo, and The Force Awakens Han Solo, the Hero Mashers Han Solo Vs. Boba Fett two-pack, the Micro Force series 1 Han Solo and Han Solo from the Millennium Falcon vs TIE Fighter set the Disney Infinity Han Solo,and  the POTF2 Kellogg's Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise.

If you're looking for more Kylo-Ren inspired products, check out my reviews of the standard TFA Kylo Ren, the TLJ Kylo Ren, Kylo Ren (Throne Room), and the K-Mart exclusive Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base) set, as well as the SDCC 2016 Kylo Ren Unmasked. Of course, a miniature Kylo Ren also came with the Micro Machines First Order Star Destroyer playset. Oh, and there is the Micro Machines Kylo Ren Playcase, too!

Everything you've heard about Lando Calrissian is true, including my review of Black Series The Empire Strikes Back Lando Calrissian, Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard), and the Solo Lando Calrissian.

Looking for more Luke Skywalker reviews? You're in luck! I've reviewed the Funko POP! Luke Skywalker with Landspeeder! and the Mystery Minis Jedi Exile Luke Skywalker. I've also reviewed micro versions of Luke from the Galoob Micro Machines Classic Characters (2nd Edition) set, the Ice Planet Hoth playset, the 2-1B Mini head, the Mini Heads set, and the Hasbro Endor Forest Battle, multiple Black Series Lukes including (Bespin Outfit), (X-Wing Pilot), (Jedi Knight) , (Stormtrooper Disguise), in Hoth Gear with Wampa, Jedi Master, the deluxe Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) on Ahch-To, the standard classic Luke Skywalker, the SDCC Luke with the X-34 Landspeeder, and the Centerpiece Luke Skywalker. Oh, and the Hero Mashers Luke Skywalker and Luke Skywalker Vs. Darth Vader.

When it comes to Maz Kanata, I've also reviewed the Black Series Maz Kanata

 I've reviewed a few Obi-Wan Kenobi toys on here including the Micro Machines Classic Characters Obi-Wan, Funko's Ben Kenobi #99 and Obi-Wan Kenobi #214 POP! vinyls, and the Black Series Obi-Wan Kenobi from Revenge of the Sith, Force Spirit Obi-Wan Kenobi, the SDCC 2016 Obi-Wan Kenobi from A New Hope, and the Micro Force ROTS Obi-Wan Kenobi.

If you're all about Porgs, check out the Black Series Porgs set.

If you love Princess Leia Organa check out some of my other Leia reviews on here including the Black Series classic Princess Leia Organa, Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)Princess Leia Organa (Boushh), Princess Leia (Bespin Escape), Princess Leia Organa (Hoth), and General Leia Organa as well as the micro Leia from the Micro Machines Classic Characters 2nd edition pack, the Leia as Boushh from the Bounty Hunters pack, and Leia from the Ice Planet Hoth Playset, as well as the background Leias from the C-3PO and Jabba the Hutt mini heads.

If you're looking for more R2-D2 reviews then make sure to check out my reviews of the Micro Machines Classic Characters set and the Mini Heads set,  the R2-D2 Playset from Hasbro's Micro Machines revival, the Micro Machines Royal Starship Repair playset, the Black Series R2-D2, the POP! R2-D2 (Jabba's Skiff) #121, and the Micro Force R2-D2.

Where's Rey? Here she is! I've reviewed a few of Rey figures including Hasbro's Black Series Rey (Jakku) & BB-8, the K-Mart exclusive Rey (Starkiller Base), Rey with her Speeder, Rey (Jedi Training), Rey (Island Journey), and the Toys R Us exclusive Rey (Jedi Training) on Crait. I've also checked out the Micro Machines Speeder Chase set that includes a micro Rey on her Speeder.

If you're also a fan of Sabine Wren, check out  If a few other Sabine toys on here so far: The two pack of season one Sabine Wren and a Stormtrooper and the single carded season 2 Sabine Wren from Hasbro's 1/18th scaled line, the Black Series Sabine Wren, the POP! Sabine #135, and the Walgreen's exclusive Sabine [Helmeted] POP!.

For more Sandtrooper reviews, check out the Stormtrooper Micro Machines Mini Head and the Dewback/ Sandtrooper Black Series set, the Black Series Sandtrooper Sergeant and Sandtrooper Squad Leader and the Micro Machines C-3PO/ Cantina Transforming Action Set with a pair of Sandtroopers microfigure and the Jabba/ Mos Eisley Spaceport Transforming Action Set

If you're all about Supreme Leader Snoke, check out my review of the Black Series Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room) set

For more Yoda, check out the Hero Mashers version or the Micro Machines Classic Characters (2nd edition) Yoda.

This are the first figures R2-A6 and Wicket W. Warrick I've reviewed on the site.

For more Star Wars: Micro Force reviews, check out the following:

Emperor Palpatine
Finn (FN-2187)
Han Solo 
Millennium Falcon vs TIE Fighter
Obi-Wan Kenobi
TIE Fighter Pilot Elite

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