When LEGO Star Wars advent calendars arrived in 2011 with 7958 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, so did the festive minifigures. Yoda made an appearance wearing a red Santa jacket and carrying a few presents to give out to his fellow Jedi, inspired by a classic Lucasfilm Christmas card. The advent calendars continued this tradition for the next few years, with many iconic Star Wars characters wearing Santa outfits.
Recently, the festive minifigures have switched from Santa-style outfits to ugly Christmas sweaters that feature other Star Wars characters sewn in. With so many holiday minifigures released to date, it can be difficult to pick the very best. But Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, is hopping in Santa Yoda’s sleigh and blasting into hyperspace in search of the top five LEGO Star Wars holiday minifigures.
The minifigure that started it all is still one of the best. Part of 2011’s 7958 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar, Santa Yoda doesn’t have any elaborate printing, but what is there is wonderful. The coat has fuzzy white fur along the edges and is held up by a large belt and buckle. Tucked into the belt isn’t a lightsaber, but rather a candy cane, showing that Yoda has taken a break from fighting the Clone Wars to spread some Christmas cheer. The figure comes complete with a walking stick and sack with space for a few presents.
The Snow Astromech arrived in 2012’s 9509 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. The figure follows the basic outline for astromech droids of the time but puts a fun wintery spin on it. The figure is entirely white with the majority of details made to look carved in the snow. The most iconic parts of the droid’s design, the eye and extending hands, are replicated by a piece of coal and two carrots, respectively. A top hat sits on the figure’s head, making for an adorable little figure.
2015’s 75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar included the last of the Santa characters, Santa C-3PO. The figure is an odd mix of incredibly simple and well detailed — the torso printing is little more than a belt and line of fur while the well-printed legs are taken directly from the standard C-3PO minifigure. What earns Santa C-3PO a spot on the list is the beard. It’s horribly oversized for the small head mould, but the absurdity of it all somehow makes it look even better.
Christmas Tree Astromech
The Christmas Tree Astromech came in 75056 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. Just like the Snow Astromech, the Christmas Tree variant puts a holiday twist on the standard astromech design. The torso is standard in its printing; the head is where the figure shines. It forgoes the standard astromech droid head piece and replaces it with a dark green cone printed to look like a Christmas tree, complete with ornaments. A holocron star sits atop the ‘tree,’ making an already wonderful figure even better.
It may come as a surprise that the Dark Lord of the Sith is also the King of LEGO Star Wars Christmas Cheer, but 75056 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar’s Santa Vader claims the title with ease. Santa Vader beautifully mixes the standard LEGO Darth Vader design with a Santa coat, leaving the centre of his chest open to include the iconic Darth Vader suit. Vader’s cape has switched from black to red and perfectly compliments the rest of the figure.