Santa has visited early this year, and has brought a Lego Advent calendar. There are 24 little numbered doors, each containing a dime bag of Legos. There’s a new toy or doodad to build every day, which, in turn, builds anticipation for Christmas.
I will build these and attempt to discern what they are.
December 2: Postal Nerd
This is a postal nerd. He has an unbelievably large envelope sealed with wax, but is also wearing a puffy vest and a propeller hat. His smile seems forced, which is mildly disconcerting. One might be tempted to consider this a child, but he is of the exact same height and build as every other Lego adult*, which makes the propeller hat more odd.
Maybe I’m as much of a sociopath as this postal nerd, but I don’t find the Lego people that interesting in general, and this one in particular is pretty weird. I don’t see myself inhabiting this character.
Ease of Build ★★★★★
The people are quite easy to build, to the point where the build is not that exciting. At least it’s straightforward.
It is easy to see that this is a grown man with a propeller hat and Priority Mail Flat Rate Box adorned with a wax seal as if it were sent by a viscount, but begs the question: WHY?
Extra Parts ★☆☆☆☆
All of these inexplicably come with extra parts. This one has only a spare propeller. Someone needs to tell this guy that the proper number of propellers is zero.
It’s a lot to contemplate. Is it a boy? Is it a man? Why does his smile make him look like an invading alien in disguise who hasn’t yet perfected the human mannerisms that will allow him to live among us without attracting unwanted attention? Isn’t a propeller hat supposed to be a beanie? What’s up with the enormous envelope? I mean, I assume it’s supposed to be a letter to Santa, but such a letter should fit in a standard First Class envelope. You’re not supposed to just circle what you want in the Sears Wish Book and send the whole catalog to the North Pole via Parcel Post. Maybe he’s out of scale, and he’s a small boy with an only moderately-large letter that looks bigger than it is, but that’s a lot of mental gymnastics, and I’m afraid it’s only going to get weirder as more characters are introduced.
* UPDATE: I have learned that this is likely not an adult. I had been away from Lego people for too long and did not recognize that this guy has child legs (or that child legs even existed in the Legoverse). On December 14, I determined that there is a second kind of leg that is shorter and can’t bend, and that this must be a Lego kid. I retract my previous statements, but will leave them here for posterity.