Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016 LEGO City Advent Calendar (60133): Final Builds!

It's hard to believe that it is Christmas Eve 2016 already!  I don't know what happened to the month of December...it flew by as usual I guess.  No matter, I'm back with one last look at this year's LEGO City Advent Calendar - and we begin with the overview.

The last few builds had us construct a Christmas tree (that was quite small)...too small in fact for all the presents that came with the calendar.

I do like the simple build of the tree - the offset green slopes do, in fact, nicely mimic a tree.

After the tree, the next two days had you construct Santa's sleigh...which this year is being pulled by a husky (don't ask).

I like the small dog "feeding" station that you get as well - and yes, you do get an extra bone piece (not shown).

And finally, just in time for Christmas - the final door yielded Santa Claus!

While it's not surprise that you end with a Santa figure, this one did come with a red mug which was a bit of a surprise (though I guess it shouldn't have been because doesn't every City set have at least on mug in it these days)?

I must say, overall I very much enjoyed the Advent Calendar.  I ended up with a bunch of little "bits" that will end up in next year's Christmas Village.  I also got some things that will find their way to my big City layout (non-Christmas themed).

Until next year, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas...and to all a good night!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 LEGO City Advent Calendar (60133): Week 2 & 3 Review

Back in the early part of December, I took a look at the first week's worth of minibuilds from the LEGO City Advent Calendar from 2016.  Now that another two (!) weeks have passed, let's take a look at the next batch of minibuilds!

As you can see, the little "scene" is starting to come together nicely.  That's probably a good thing because there are only four more doors to open (and one of those four is very likely to be a Santa Claus minifigure - I try to stay spoiler free for my advent calendar but you can count on getting Santa on Christmas Eve).

Looking at each of the clusters a bit more closely, we begin with the firefighter band.

The stage looks pretty good (though nothing new was added to this little ensamble since the first week).  I was sort of hoping for another band member (and another new instrument) but that doesn't look like it is going to happen.  I do like the street light quite a bit (though truth be told, it needs a few more black round 1x1s to make it the "proper" height).

Next, we have the hockey players (along with a pair of store front builds).

I have a big "pond" in my main Christmas village set-up this year...so I'm sure these two hockey players will find their way to my pond next Christmas season!  For now though, they'll have to be satisfied with skating on the cardboard printed pond instead.

Moving on to the pile of Christmas gifts (including a remote control helicopter and a "pilot" figure for the toy).

There's also the snowmobile (and fire extinguisher - or is that a mustard dispenser)?  Either way, I fully expect a brick built Christmas tree to end up here in the very near future!

Finally, we get to the funniest of the builds so far - a firefighter decked out in almost complete Hazmat gear baking some cookies.

There's also a "Charlie Brown" tree in the background, though I suppose it could also be a tree that burnt up (and perhaps why there are so many firefighters around now).

This has been a fun advent Calendar - I'll have to try and compare it to the 2014 version (the only other version I own) when all is said and done.  I still have four more doors to open...including today's, so I should be able to do one more wrap-up post around Christmas Eve/Day.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 LEGO City Advent Calendar (60133): Week 1 Review

For my birthday (which is in November) this year, my brother and his wife gave me the new 2016 LEGO City Advent Calendar.  I was excited for the gift because I definitely enjoyed the 2014 LEGO City Advent Calendar (which was also a gift from my brother that year).

Unlike in 2014 when I had more free time, I (obviously) have not shown off every single day's calendar contents on the blog this year.  Instead, I figured I would show off the first week's worth of builds in a single post. That ended up being a good choice since two of the days' builds went together to create a full snowmobile (the one day had you just build the plow).

This year's Calendar theme seems to be firefighters - something you'll notice on the very first day when you build a snowman and stick a firefighter's helmet on it!

I didn't get the Calendar in 2015, but in 2014 the theme was definitely cops & robbers.  It works for me because the more "Christmas-y" stuff ends up in my season winter village display while the more "City" stuff ends up in my custom LEGO city display.  Either way, I can pretty much use everything I get in the calendar!

Overall, I'd say the first week of the Calendar was a success.  Most of the mini builds were quite satisfying - the only truly weak build was the "trumpet" that the one firefighter is holding.  It doesn't look like a trumpet - and I think LEGO would have been better served to include one of their many molded instrument pieces instead.  I do like the green wreath piece - I can never get enough of those for my holiday village!

I'm certainly looking forward to the next week's worth of builds - and hopefully by the end of Advent I'll have another big batch of things to add to my respective city builds!