Continuing on from yesterday, Elf Advent Calendar Day 6 is another adorable animal, the Arctic Puffin. He appears with the other creatures saying goodbye to Buddy, but he also gets an early-bird appearance (no pun intended) in the opening credits. Matching the movie animation, his white face is entirely on one side of his head: if you want him to look to your left instead of your right, you'll only see a black lump with an orange beak.
We're as excited for No Way Home as anyone is, but let's face it: the toy selection is pretty uninspiring. There was a time when the fact that we're getting an interdimensional Sinister Six and a live-action Spiderverse was supposed to be kept under wraps, so Sony couldn't very well have Hasbro soliciting a series of Marvel Legends with old villains and Spideys as early as they'd need to, so instead we get a melange of comic, game, and movie toys. Speed round!
Okay, we're back on track now, because Day 5 of the Elf Advent Calendar is Baby Walrus, one of the animals who wished Buddy well on his trip to New York (and then broke down crying). He's looking very cute and chubby here, sitting on his little butt with his tail out in front of him. His big puffy cheeks have tusks sticking down from them, and his beady black eyes rest above his triangular brown nose.
Yesterday, the Four Horsemen sent out an email announcing a surprise sale to be held today:
Welcome to December! There's a chill in the air lately. Winter is upon us. As this is the season for surprises, why waste time? Tomorrow, there will be something special on the store.
They didn't say what would be on sale, just that it was something entirely new, there was a limit of two per person, and the product was already in stock and ready to ship. Well, the first sale period just went live at 9am, and the surprise turned out to be a Krampus!
It's made from Mythic Legions parts, with a few new bits to capture the classic look, and as of this posting, it's not sold out yet. If it does go before you get a chance to place your order, there will be a second drop tonight at 8pm EST. There are also greeting cards, a pin, and a mug, plus a bundle of all four offerings (which sold out in minutes this morning). Go add to your seasonal displays!
Elf Advent Calendar Day 4 and... is this Miles Finch? The author? I guess I was wrong about these figurines going in order, because Miles Finch definitely did not show up before Buddy left the North Pole. He does have pointy elf-shoes, but maybe that's just the style in this set. He's wearing his grey suit, though the arms don't quite match the body. There's a perfectly furious look on his face, with the eyebrows and goatee sculpted. It's weird to get him this early in the month, but like we said in the Minimate review who wouldn't want a Peter Dinklage?
Yesterday was Papa Elf and today is just some random femme elf citizen? the Elf Advent Calendar is sure taking its sweet time! It really feels like this mold will be reused later in the month for an Elven Jovie. She's wearing blue, like one of the elves seen in the pre-credits scenes, but her brown hair is totally styled like Jovie's. Unfortunately, that hair makes her want to fall over backwards, so you'll have to lean her against a tree or candy cane or something to keep her standing.
So it seems the Elf Advent Calendar is going in story order: yesterday we had a sign welcoming us to the North Pole, and today we've got Papa Elf, the first character to appear in the movie. Between this set and the Minimates, that's two more Bob Newhart figures than anyone ever expected there to be. He's wearing his green and yellow outfit, with all the details sculpted on - even his tiny glasses!