Happy Holidays everybody! We had two LEGO Advent Calendars this year, something that is becoming a bit of a tradition – LEGO City and LEGO Star Wars in this case. All the little boxes are now open and built, so time for a little retrospective.

Advent retrospective

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Having now had two LEGO Star Wars calendars in a row (we had one last year too), I’m beginning to think this one was the last at least for me personally. I am not convinced the LEGO Advent Calendar concept works well with the Star Wars theme. For those unaware, the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar alternates between microscale spaceships and Star Wars minifigures. The minifigures are cool, of course (a bit more on that later), but they feel wholly separate from the spaceships and the spaceships are, well, a little dull. Unlike with other LEGO Advent Calendars, there is no coherent set being added to day by day, there is just a bunch of minifigures and somewhat recognizable miniature ships. Boring.

In comparison, the LEGO City advent calendar was in a galaxy far, far away. This year’s LEGO City was once again excellent. I think this is the third “winter park” LEGO City calendar we’ve had, but the idea is still as fresh as ever. The calendar contains a fold-out cardboard base for the park and every day something little is added to the set: minifigures, vehicles, small structures etc. When all is said and done, you have this wonderful winter landscape bustling with LEGO activity. Last year the sub-theme was police, now firefighters. There wasn’t a building like last year’s small police station, built section by section, but there was a multi-part equipment wall and office equipment for the firefighters.

Advent retrospective

Frankly, I should have gone with the third option, LEGO Friends calendar instead of Star Wars. That said, the latter almost redeemed itself with an excellent ending, pictured above: an R2D2 snowman (note the carrots) and Darth Maul as Santa. LEGO City topped off with Santa Claus and his snowmobile, a fine ending for a fine calendar.