Culture on My Mind
The 2022 LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar
January 27, 2023
It’s time to talk about the 2022 LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy Advent Calendar!
My family has been doing these LEGO advent calendars since 2015 and I chronicle the daily builds on Instagram. Each of the annual box sets has been spotlighted on this site. These boxes contain twenty-four unique small builds, many of which are abstract, along with exclusive mini-figures and whimsical winter-themed spins on franchise staples. This box is the second themed after Marvel characters, specifically those of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and leaned heavily on the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Special.
This set continues the trend established in the 2021 Marvel calendar of building a scene or a world for the minifigures within, but it also dives a bit more into the building of abstract versions of ships and elements from the property like the Star Wars calendars. This box contains minifigs for each of the Guardians, including Star-Lord, Rocket, Nebula, Mantis, Groot, and Drax. Nebula and Drax have unique and fun prints for holiday sweaters and Groot has some blue on his body to simulate frost.
The set contains presents for the heroes – Mantis’s guitar (and her metal face) and Rocket’s BFG were my favorites – and a few deep-cuts in the movie mythos like the Kyln hoverbots. It also has a couple of nods to the holiday special itself. I thought that the Milano build and the contents of Rocket’s crate were stars of the box while the Benetar build was a bit uninspired.
There was some filler such as the snacks and the weapons rack, but overall this box set was a fun one to work through over the twenty-four days leading to Christmas. Special thanks go to Joe Heath for his advice during the building process.
Now, on to the countdown:
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