When it comes to highly anticipated LEGO sets, one of the most eagerly awaited sets is the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar.
Luckily details have been shared by the 2HY Japanese LEGO catalog, and we’re here to break it all down for you!
The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2022 is set number 75340, contains 329 pieces, and will be released on September 1st.
It will be retailing at around $45, which is just over 13 cents per brick, which is pretty much in line with what you would expect to pay for a set like this.
As usual, this calendar will feature 24 separate doors, behind which are various small LEGO builds, and fun and unique Minifigures.
So let’s start with the stuff that we already knew was going to be in there.
LEGO 75340 Darth Vader Minifigure & Sandcastle Build
Firstly there is a summer Darth Vader Minifigure.
The iconic Sith Lord has ditched the cape and is instead wearing a stylish red vest with a summery print on it.
Secondly, there is a sandcastle set to accompany the Minifigure.
This simple and small sandcastle build is designed to look like Vader’s Castle on Mustafar, and it will also include a bucket, spade, and beach ball.
Both the Darth Vader Minifigure and the sandcastle build are likely in there to help promote the upcoming LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation special that begins streaming in Disney+ in August.
Let’s move on to the NEW stuff; the stuff we didn’t know we were getting until the images circulated!
We’ll start with Minifigures because there are some truly cool additions to your collection in there.
New Minifigures in the Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar
All the Minifigures mentioned here are unique to the 2022 Star Wars advent calendar.
C-3PO and R2-D2 in Christmas Sweaters
We’re going to be getting C-3PO and R2-D2 in Christmas sweaters.
C-3POs is an icy blue and sports a festive design of his droid counterpart.
Similarly, R2-D2 has a cozy red sweater that similarly featured a festive design of his golden best friend.
Santa Claus Gonk Droid
Sticking to the droid theme, there is also a Santa Claus Gonk droid in the set too.
Gonk droids have had quite the resurgence in popularity, especially since they were so prominently (and hilariously) featured in the LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga game.
We guess that LEGO is just riding that wave and keeping that joke going.
Existing Minifigures in the Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar
There are plenty more Minifigures hidden away behind the doors! Let’s go through the figures reused from other sets.
Imperial Snowtrooper and Luke Skywalker
There is obviously an Imperial Snowtrooper in there, as well as Luke Skywalker in his Hoth gear as seen in The Empire Strikes Back.
These two Minifigures make a lot of sense, and we’d honestly have been disappointed if we didn’t get something like this!
You can pick these up in a multitude of sets, but it’s nice that they were included here.
Clone Trooper Commander and Battle Droid
Similarly, this calendar includes a Clone Trooper Commander and a battle droid.
While they might not be the most Christmassy of choices, the love for The Clone Wars is evergreen, so they are appreciated.
Also, any LEGO fans do love to army build, so being able to add more clones and droids to your ranks can only be a good thing!
One thing we will mention though is that this calendar set only includes 8 Minifigures, whereas the 2021 LEGO Star Wars calendar included 10.
It’s a slight drop, but it could be a dealbreaker for those that pick up this set primarily for the Minifigures.
Anyway, let’s take a look at what micro builds we’re going to be getting in this set.
Micro Builds in the Star Wars 2022 Advent Calendar
There is a Republic Gunship, The Marauder (the ship used by The Bad Batch), Luke Skywalkers X-34 landspeeder, a V-35 landspeeder, an Acclamator-class assault ship, and a T-16 Skyhopper (the toy that Ben Kenobi gives to Luke in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series).
But wait, we’re not done there! You’re also going to find a B-wing starfighter, a TIE Interceptor, a droid tri-fighter, a moisture vaporator, and a Hoth-style AT-ST.
These micro builds are simple to put together, and – as with all LEGO calendars, the instructions will come on the back of the door.
While they might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there is definitely a decent offering, with some really interesting and exciting choices.
For example, it’s rare that LEGO shows any love for the B-wing starfighter or the Hoth-style AT-ST, so the inclusion of those two, in particular, is something to be excited about.
Now, those of you that have been counting (and we know some of you will have been) will notice that the number of Minifigures and micro builds only adds up to 20.
LEGO Star Wars calendars have 24 doors, which begs the question of what is missing from the list? What don’t we know about yet?
Well, we’re going to go into speculation mode here, but our prediction is a few weapons racks.
You’ve only got to take a look at the 2021 calendar to see that there were 3 weapons racks included in that one. There was also 1 set of targets that had no real play value without the Minifigures.
So if we go with that number (4) and add it to the number of known items in the 2022 LEGO Star Wars calendar (20) then we hit that magic number of 24.
Again, this is all just us speculating, we might be in for some surprises, but we’d be shocked if that was the case!
Overall though, we’d say that this is a pretty strong LEGO Star Wars set.
The selection of Minifigures is strong. The unique ones are fantastic, and the reused ones make sense.
The micro builds are interesting enough to not feel like ‘filler’ items, and there are some fun choices in there.
LEGO Star Wars very rarely disappoints when it comes to their calendars. Once again they’re giving us something that lovers of LEGO, Star Wars, and LEGO Star Wars will love!
So what are your thoughts on the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar 2022?
Let us know your favorite Minifigures or micro builds from this set, or maybe what you’d have included if you were in charge!
It’s always great to read your thoughts and opinions!