For our fifth day we get 3 little models, and a lot of parts.
In Friends, we get a little booth, such as you might see at a winter flea market. The Star Wars calendar brings us a little Cloud Car (Hey, something I actually recognize from the original trilogy!).
But the City entry is a little baffling. We have a barrel with a crowbar, axe, and handcuffs, and a little wall with a bar protruding from it. Crowbars and axes make sense for fire departments, but handcuffs don’t; and the reverse for a police department. And what’s the little wall for? Maybe we’ll find out tomorrow.
Our fourth day in the 2013 LEGO Advent Calendars gives us two figures and a spaceship.
The Star Wars model is the “Koro-2 Exodrive airspeeder” which is of course a traditional Christmas image, unlike the girl in a sweater or a snowman. Oh wait, no it’s the other way around…
Today’s Advent Calendar entries bring us a lamppost, a cute Dalmatian dog, and an FA-4 droid.
You may notice each day’s entry has a few extra parts. This is normal LEGO practice – they usually include an extra part for any small pieces included in the set, as these are the most common/easily lost by children, and it’s cheaper for LEGO to include an extra one than to have to fulfill a customer service request to send another one. I’ve also heard that it may be because LEGO parts are counted by machines weighing them, including an extra one of the most lightweight elements guarantees that they don’t accidentally short you by one element. Whatever the reason, it’s something LEGO has been doing for as long as I can remember, and I remember even when I was a kid having extras, and having to find a spot on the built set to place them. I don’t understand why they give us an extra cone, but not an extra trans-yellow cylinder, since the cylinders weigh about the same as cones and are a lot more easy to lose since they can roll under furniture easily… Anyway, since each day’s advent calendar entry is its own build, we end up with a lot of these little loose parts by the end of the month.
I really like the Dalmatian dog – I imagine that like last year we’ll be building a series of fire department models in the City advent calendar. The lamppost is not terribly original but is pretty cute regardless. It’s kind of hard to tell in this photo, but the droid is made of dark grey and dark brown parts (the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar models are based on Clone Wars this year, which I don’t watch, so I’m not very familiar with the characters and ships we will be building).
Day 2 of the advent calendars gives us a little model for each of the three themes.
Just like last year we have a little snowmobile for Friends, though this one is a lot more elaborate. Last year, City gave us a fireplace on Day 21, but this year we get one right up front on Day 2. And for Star Wars we get the first in what is undoubtedly many micro scale spaceships (Count Dooku’s Solar Sailer).
December is here, and it’s time for another round of LEGO Advent Calendars. This year we have three calendars: Friends (set# 41016), City (60024), and Star Wars (75023).
Each of the sets gives us a figure: A Friends minidoll (Stephanie?), a City minifig (cop with black baseball cap and red mug), and a droid (R5-F7). They included an extra cap and mug in the City set. Here’s a photo of them all together: