Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Advent Madness: CASTLE Day 24

Advent Madness Day Twenty Four

(Open the Doors Here)


Here we are - the grand finale of the Castle Advent Calendar. The final door hides a new mini-figure - an awesome addition to any Castle Collection - The Jester.

I can't claim to be surprised to get this guy - he's figured prominently on the front of the Castle Advent box after all.

When news of this set was first leaked back in January it was a tossup which figure would generate more excitement - the Wench or the Jester. (No one really noticed the new Witch over in the corner - mostly due to the leaked image being too low-res to make out any details.)

Later in 2008 we would see the Jester hat turn up as part of the Batman line - recolored to Black and Red for Harley Quinn. But the blue-and-red version would remain a Castle Advent exclusive - along with an all new "Big Grin" face that wasn't shown on the box front!

Since today completes the Castle Advent, I wanted to close with a few observations about the calendar as a whole. While I regularly whine about the repetition of the CITY calendar, I'm sure I'd be equally grumpy if I were to see a Castle-only offering year after year. There's only so much you can do with one theme in the scope of an Advent run - you might get away with two years, but after that you're going to be sucking fumes, and the calendar will suffer for it.

But, fresh out of the gate, this calendar had just about everything you could want. New figures with unique and hard to find parts. A few interesting Mini-Models. Solid sub-themes. Sure, it had a few days where you couldn't help but feel cheated - but those days just helped the truly awesome kits stand out that much more.

From the news that's already leaked for the 2009 Advent Season it doesn't look like we'll have to worry about what a second year of Castle would look like. From what we've seen it isn't being developed.

But...there is word of an alternate to the ever-present CITY option. Just a rumor at this stage...but still....

Advent Pirates.

See you next year, Matey!

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Blogger Nick said...

There's Advent news already?

December 24, 2008 12:09 AM  
Anonymous somesome said...

a minifig with a tounge!

now im very very angry i didnt get one.yes i still think its the codes falt

Word Verification:supsals

December 24, 2008 2:16 AM  
Blogger Ray-The-Sun said...

...That Code...
...Has made me a very Unhappy man...
...A very, VERY unhappy man...
...All work an no play makes Jack a dull boy...
...All work an no play makes Jack a dull boy...
...All work an no play makes Jack a dull boy...

December 24, 2008 2:43 AM  
OpenID dionysus1999 said...


Dude, I think some lucky nephew is getting an advent calendar next year.

December 24, 2008 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pirates! Forget the castle, I have NO pirates!I have a buch of castle! yea! I hope it comes with the guy with the hook hand and peg leg!

December 24, 2008 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Castle Advent is over. It seems just like yesterday I first told you about the Castle Advent, Chris. :)

December 24, 2008 9:50 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

December 24, 2008 10:27 AM  
OpenID modelbuildingsecrets said...

Chris, cool take on the Advent Calendar. I did my own homage to the Castle Advent Calendar on my blog, even writing a story as the days progressed. I didn't get the City one this year because I simply couldn't justify the cost at $30 a pop! That almost (not really) stopped me from getting the Castle one, but since Castle has always been one of my favorites, I couldn't pass it up.

Pirates Advent? ... Now that has possibilities! ;)

December 24, 2008 10:44 AM  
Anonymous sophie said...

I can has?

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December 24, 2008 1:50 PM  
Blogger Gasper said...

Chris, I've been reading your Castle, City and Castle Vs. City posts and I decided you really deserve I drop you a line or two ;)

Anyway, I enjoyed reading the posts very much and my daily rutine for the past month included some tough self-control in order to avoid reading your posts before opening the surprise of the day. Thank you and please give also my thanks to players A and B in the duel pit. Cheers!

December 25, 2008 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new Lego Castle set, Drawbridge Defense (Which is very cool by the way), HAS the jester mini-figure. Also has 2 new figs: Queen and Mastah Kngiht (At least that's what I call 'em). I suggest anyone pick it up. Finally, a way for U.S. citizens (Without the special way to get it) to get the jester!

May 23, 2009 10:08 AM  

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