While we are still a few months away from the Christmas holidays, LEGO already released all three of the LEGO Advent Calendars for this holiday season. Just like in previous years, the calendars are in the LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Friends, and LEGO City theme. Below we will take a closer look at each of them, and this year we also get an extra special surprise. 🙂
If you are not familiar with the LEGO Advent Calendars, they are much like the traditional advent calendars that originated in Germany in the 19th century. The calendars feature small doors that you can open each day leading up to Christmas. Behind the doors there may be a picture, a poem, a story, candy, or a small gift item. The LEGO Advent Calendars are quite similar, and come in a special box with 24 doors. Behind each door there is a small LEGO set in its own packaging. It is particularly fun for kids to use the LEGO Advent Calendars as they eagerly await the arrival of Christmas.
➡ #75146 LEGO STAR WARS ADVENT CALENDAR: The LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is always the most anticipated, and also the most expensive of the three. They usually include micro versions of iconic Star Wars spaceships, and a nice collection of minifigures. And there is always at least one holiday-themed minifigure exclusive to the set. This year Chewy gets the honor. Here is the official description: Take a festive tour of the galaxy with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. Open up a door each December day to reveal a Star Wars themed minifigure, starship, vehicle or other themed collectible. Once you’ve collected all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and create your own epic Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and space-based adventures. This is the perfect holiday gift for any life form. Includes eight minifigures plus a Battle Droid. Vehicles include: Slave I, a TIE Interceptor, AAT, T-16 Skyhopper, Sleigh, Republic Cruiser, Droid Gunship, Jedi Interceptor, Skiff and an Imperial Landing Craft. Also includes a foldout playmat. 282 pieces. Price: $39.99 –
➡ #41131 LEGO FRIENDS ADVENT CALENDAR: The LEGO Friends Advent Calendars are known for interesting accessories and unique and/or rare printed pieces, and this year’s calendar doesn’t disappoint in this regard. We get a cute polar bear and a hamster, various food items, a nicely printed guitar, printed gifts, and lots of little accessories. The two mini-dolls are exclusive to this set. According to the description, you can also visit the official LEGO Friends website each Sunday before Christmas and on Christmas Eve, to find new building instructions for a mini build with all the gifts you have opened that week. Here is the official description: Open the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to add a piece to your Christmas party scene. Includes Emma and Naomi mini-doll figures in a calendar with 24 secret compartments, each containing its own buildable surprise. 218 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #60133 LEGO CITY ADVENT CALENDAR: While the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar is the most popular, and the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar is full of cute little bits, the LEGO City Advent Calendar is my favorite. It may not have as many special pieces and minifigures as the other two, but the small builds are the most authentically Christmas-y in both color and theme. Here is the official description: Celebrate the holidays with LEGO City, featuring 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season, including Santa’s sleigh and presents, a snow-scooter, Christmas tree, helicopter, shop, cookie stand and much more. Includes seven minifigures: two firefighters, a volcano worker, volcano adventurer, two ice hockey players and Santa, plus a dog. 290 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE
The LEGO Advent Calendars are a fun way to get ready for Christmas, and also make great gifts for any LEGO fan. Even if you know someone who has a lot of LEGO already, because the advent calendars are unique each year, and every LEGO fan likes small interesting pieces, you can’t go wrong with giving these as gifts. While LEGO has been getting better at keeping sets in stock through the holiday season, there is always the risk of the holiday sets selling out fast, or becoming unavailable for long periods. So if you have a favorite that you definitely want to get, or you would like all of them, I would suggest you pick them up before the shopping madness begins. They are not yet listed under the seasonal section of the Online LEGO Shop, but you can find them in their specific themed categories I have included above with each set.
But wait, there is more! This year we will also get a fourth LEGO Advent Calendar! The #40222 LEGO Advent Calendar is going to be free exclusive with purchases of $99 or more from October 1st to the 25th! This set comes with 250 pieces and contains 24 small builds, so it’s pretty much the same as the other LEGO Advent Calendars. Below is a picture of the set from the October LEGO Store Calendar.
So what do you think? How do you like the 2016 LEGO Advent Calendars? Do you have a favorite? Or are you planning to get all of them? Or skip this year and get something else awesome? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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