As fans eagerly anticipate opening the doors of this year’s LEGO Star Wars advent calendar, Blocks looks back at the best holiday minifigures inspired by a galaxy far, far away.
From Santa to snowmen, Christmas trees to ugly sweaters, there is no shortage of festive LEGO Star Wars minifigures. In fact, it’s getting to the point where the designers are having to be really creative to avoid rehashing Threepio and Artoo…again. The holidays are always a time of excitement to see who might get a Christmas makeover in the latest Star Wars advent calendar, and sometimes fans are spoiled with two or even three designs.
Join Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, as we jump into an X-Wing to fly through some of the best LEGO Star Wars Christmas minifigures yet…
Santa Darth Vader
He may be the Dark Lord of the Sith, but that also means he’s sensed your presents! Terrible cracker jokes aside, Darth Vader in a Santa suit is nothing short of genius. This minifigure keeps everything iconic about Vader, but with a festive twist. Vader’s swapped his cape for a red one, his life support belt carries little presents, and even his red lightsaber fits into everything. The white fur collar printed onto his suit just adds an extra vibe of cosiness.
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Out of all the festive Star Wars minifigures, Chewbacca actually makes the most sense. In a galaxy far, far away there is a yuletide tradition called Life Day, which was invented by the wookiees. So, this is an adorable version of the lovable wookiee. Chewie uses his regular parts just moulded in all white and his bandolier is printed in red and green to look like a candy cane. Traditionally Life Day has the wookiees holding glowing orbs (containing memories), but this miniature comes with a tiny Christmas tree.
Santa Darth Maul
Another Sith Lord that’s gotten the Santa makeover is Darth Maul. He’s actually deceptively simple, which is what makes this minifigure so successful. His Sith robes are basically exactly the same as in The Phantom Menace, including his wide belt, but everything is printed in red. Meanwhile Maul’s hood is a unique element with a moulded fur trim, so he looks lovely and cosy, even if his eyes are a creepy yellow.
Christmas Tree R2-X2
C-3PO and R2-D2 have had the most Christmas makeovers of any Star Wars character, which has made quite a few LEGO Star Wars Advent calendars feel repetitive. So, in 20__ it was really refreshing to get a different droid. R2-X2 is a background astromech from A New Hope, yet his dark green paint job makes him perfect for doubling as a Christmas tree. He has a specially printed cone element for his head, and some trans-yellow studs on top recreate a little star tree topper.
Christmas Jumper Poe Dameron
Poe’s currently the only sequel trilogy character to get a festive makeover (for some reason we haven’t had a Santa Kylo Ren) because putting a Santa hat on BB-8 or D-0 does not count. This minifigure ties in with the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, in which Poe’s relaxing after defeating the First Order. And what’s more relaxing than putting on a cosy jumper? It’s beautifully printed with a knitted design of BB-8 and some snowflakes.
That’s a wrap on our list of the best festive Star Wars minifigures so far, but do you agree? Come tell Blocks on our social media channels who is your favourite, and which character you think needs a Christmas makeover next!