You may feel like it’s a bit early to talk about Christmas, however I wanted to bring it to your attention that this year’s LEGO Advent Calendar sets are now available. The reason I mention this is because these are sets that tend to sell by the time you would think about buying them, so picking them up early is a good idea. 🙂
If you are not familiar with the LEGO Advent Calendars I recommend that you read the following article I wrote about the history of these fun holiday sets: LEGO Christmas Sets: Advent Calendars. In short LEGO Advent Calendars mimic traditional European advent calendars; counting down to Christmas by opening a little window each day, and finding a little treasure inside (in this case small LEGO set). LEGO usually releases two or three advent calendars in different themes, so we will talk about the ones available for this year, as well as where you can get them.
➡ #60063 LEGO CITY ADVENT CALENDAR – This is one of the most traditional LEGO Advent Calendars, and although sometimes people feel that LEGO City is a bit boring, this year’s LEGO City Advent Calendar is excellent! First of all there is a proper Santa minifig, instead of that fake Santa we have been getting for years with a red pirate headband. This more appropriate version of Santa only appeared once previously in the LEGO Collectible Minifigure Series, and comes with another rare piece in the form of his bag. Then there is also a full turkey, another piece that is hard to come by and LEGO fans love to get their hands on. There are many other rare and very useful pieces in this set: food items, minifig accessories, pieces in nice colors… and a little Christmas tree – there is really nothing negative I can say about this collection, in fact for this year this is my favorite! Below is the official description as well as links to get the set either on Amazon or at the Online LEGO Shop.
Count down to Christmas with the LEGO City Advent Calendar, a great gift featuring 7 minifigures, a snowman, turkey, sled and more. Make every day a festive building adventure as you count down to Christmas with the LEGO City Advent Calendar! Take the boy to post a letter to Santa, build a snowman, visit the Christmas market and go ice-skating with his friend. Play with an early Christmas gift of a duck built from LEGO bricks. Help the police to build an awesome sled to catch the crook who’s stolen the presents. Then it’s time for a celebration feast, exchanging gifts around the Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest. Ho-ho-who could it be?! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: a boy, woman, girl, crook, 2 policemen and Santa. 218 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY ON AMAZON or BUY AT THE ONLINE LEGO SHOP
➡ #75056 LEGO STAR WARS ADVENT CALENDAR – Traditionally this is always the most fun LEGO Advent Calendar with micro versions of LEGO Star Wars ships, and LEGO Star Wars characters in Christmas-y outfits. This year is no exception, with Darth Vader dressed up as Santa, and R2-D2 disguised as a Christmas tree! The little ships and other Star Wars vehicles are also excellent this year and would be fun for any LEGO Star Wars fan. However because the set is licensed, it is more expensive that the other two. Below is the official description as well as links to get the set either on Amazon or at the Online LEGO Shop.
Get the festive period off to a cool start with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar! Spend the festive period on icy planet Hoth with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar! Open up a door each December day to reveal a cool Star Wars themed gift, including minifigures starships, vehicles and more. Once you have all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and act out hilarious Hoth-based scenes that everyone in the family will love to watch. This is the perfect holiday gift for LEGO Star Wars fans from any galaxy! $274 pieces. Price: $39.99 – BUY ON AMAZON or BUY AT THE ONLINE LEGO SHOP
➡ #41040 LEGO FRIENDS ADVENT CALENDAR – LEGO Friends Advent Calendars were first introduced just a couple of years ago, but they had become popular with little girls and collectors alike. This year’s set has been well thought out, with lots of cute accessories; like a whole set of dishes, a little stove, a Christmas tree, some gift items and two cute animals. There are also two LEGO Friends mini-dolls with nice printing. Below is the official description as well as links to get the set either on Amazon or at the Online LEGO Shop.
Count down to Christmas with the LEGO Friends! Count down to a LEGO Friends Christmas this December! Build the holiday story as you follow Mia on a sledding adventure! Spot the wildlife in the forest on the way to her friend Ewa’s house. Help them prepare a delicious Christmas dinner and then share in the excitement as they open all their presents! Includes Mia and Ewa mini-doll figures with 24 buildable surprises in a calendar with 24 secret compartments. 228 pieces. Price $29.99 – BUY ON AMAZON or BUY AT THE ONLINE LEGO SHOP
Again, while waiting until later with your other LEGO purchases for the holidays is just fine, I recommend you get these earlier to make sure you don’t miss out. The exclusive #10245 LEGO Winter Village Santa’s Workshop set is not yet available so we will talk about that later, however you may want to check out a couple of other small sets related to upcoming holidays to meet the thresholds needed for freebies and free shipping: the #40090 LEGO Halloween Bat (very cute), and the #850936 LEGO Halloween Set (very spooky!). 😈
So what do you think? How do you like the 2014 LEGO Advent Calendars? Are you planning to get any of them and use them to count down to Christmas? And how do you like the LEGO Halloween sets? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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