Pirate Advent 2009: Day 1
The 2009 LEGO Pirate Advent Calendar is a European exclusive set. Although 2008 Castle set showed strong support for a non-CITY themed advent stateside, LEGO didn't have time to modify their 2009 plans to include a North American release of this set. They claim they'll have worldwide releases of all advent themes for 2010...we'll see how that goes.
Anyway, lurking behind Day 1 of the Pirate Advent is a studly Pirate Captain Minifigure. He's the same figure that's been shipping with the rest of the 2009 Pirate sets, but that's not really a bad thing. He has dual sided printing on his torso, a snazzy upgraded skull and bones logo on his hat, a well drawn face, sword, and shiny gold epaulets. (In fact, he comes with two of them. In case one gets dirty or something.)
Sure, it's not much of a holiday theme - but I forgive LEGO for that. Holiday Pirates? Sounds like a bad webcomic to me.