Advent countdown, day 1

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It's likely to be a slow couple of weeks for news, so member Red Five Standing By suggested I do an article a day featuring the advent sets of the day. I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep it up for 24 days but I'll start as I mean to go on...

Day 1So, on day 1, in the Star Wars calendar, we have a rather excellent Republic Cruiser made from about 20 pieces. It really is a good rendition for its size.

Day 1
In the City calendar we have a very shifty looking minifig wearing a standard issue prison shirt under a scruffy jacket. He must be shifty, he has a gold tooth, LEGO only gives them to shifty characters for some reason. What's more, he's brandishing an offensive weapon. I can't decide whether it's a snowball or a toilet roll :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Please don't do this it spoils the surprise in the calendar!

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By in United States,

Haven't you opened yours yet? I thought it was traditional to do so in the morning when you get up. At least it is in our house :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Wish I have my Advent Calendar! My mum ordered it on Monday, so it will probably come on Monday!

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By in United States,

I wish the Star wars event Calendar had more minifigs instead of mini sets. @Legoplasticman1111 Hello! Today is Dec 1st and your supposed to open one each day in order.

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By in United Kingdom,

Must admit, I may be being a big kid but having not opened mine yet (had to agree to open it with my son and I leave for work before 7am) I would rather not have known what it was going to be...

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By in Germany,

Must be a snowball. :)
@legoplasticman and any other spoiler-haters: Simply tick out "Advent countdown" here: http://www.brickset.com/news/preferences/

EDIT: Actually, it's a toilet roll, as snowballs are usually white 1x1 round studs. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

A toilet roll can be a dangerous weapon in the wrong/right hands, or so teen-frat movies would have me believe.

Perhaps you could do a hidden drop-down or something, so people can avoid ruining their surprise. But it's quite nice for those of us too cheap/lazy to buy the calendars ourselves.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love this idea! The mini Republic Cruiser I think is quite good. The parts included are nice too.
As for the shifty character, yes I do believe he has stolen a toilet roll. I'd love to know his intentions. Is he going to throw it at a policeman? Or perhaps flood the prison toilets with it? Or he may simply just wants a break from that rough sand-paper stuff they normally have. ;)

Anyway I think this idea is quite exciting, sharing our thoughts on the daily LEGO. Also, with little news going around, it's something extra to fill the gap :P
Hope you make it to the end!

EDIT: Perhaps you could put this under a separate news heading, e.g. Advent Count-down, so those who don't want the surprise to be spoiled can filter it out. Although I don't see why it does spoil it, everyone usually opens it first thing in the morning.

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By in United Kingdom,

As I have both, I open one in the morning and the other later.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ahhhh, I've been waiting for weeks to open my Star Wars one and totally forgot about it today until I saw this.
May have to rush upstairs and do it now although I'm not that fussed about the sets to be honest, only a few of the figures. I suppose the Yoda will be the last one?
Seeing the guy with the toilet roll makes me wish is for the city one too! Have to draw the spending line somewhere though. Especially with an expensive year next year! ;-)

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By in United States,

How about doing the review of the set the following day? That way you don't ruin the surprise.

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By in United States,

@Brickbob, great idea. I've created a new news category so those wanting to avoid spoilers can do so.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thanks Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw, thanks. It's a really good idea, I don't see where the fuss is coming from, unless some people open it in the evening like Firox 5000. Personally, I can't wait to open it in the morning! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I guess hes stealing the toilet paper so he has a gift for the other jailbirds

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, perhaps you could post these under a new category - 'Advent Calendars 2011' or similar? People who don't want to see them could then opt out. I haven't got either, the same as Andhe, but I'm considering it now!

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By in United Kingdom,

Gah, You got there first Huw!

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By in United States,

Awesome looking ship! I gotta see if I have the pieces to build myself one, as I don't have the Advent Calendar myself. Oh, and that is definetly a toilet-paper roll. He's gonna "TP" the Christmas tree or something :)

EDIT: Yes! I had all the right pieces to build one for myself! Of course, I made mine the "Charger c70 retrofit" AKA the Republic Frigate, as seen in The Clone Wars

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By in Switzerland,

aww now you spoiled it :( *goes to open the calender* whoop a republic cruiser!

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By in United Kingdom,

My boys opened it after school. Great little build! If you don't want a spoiler don't log on till after you open it?

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By in United States,

@Huw - you might think about adding a notice on the main post about the news category feature advising people they can turn it off if need be... like you did with the Amazon updates. ;o)

Me, I'm looking forward to seeing each day here since I don't have either calendar.

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By in United States,

Please don't do anymore of these without some sort of spoiler for those who don't wish to see, or I can't check back in to the site for a month. Not everyone does their advent first thing in the morning. :(

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thank you. Having just finished mine with Sam (he had to wait for Daddy to get home), realised that indeed it was the same as the pic I glanced at quickly earlier.

I came on here to have a winge but seems others got there first! :o) Thanks for posting this 'switch.'

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By in Germany,

@Huw: YOU JUST COPIED AND PASTED WHAT I SAID!!! :P XD

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By in United States,

^ Because you said it so eloquently :-)

@All, tell you what, I'll make sure I publish these later in the day from now on, >8pm GMT or something.

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By in Germany,

@Huw: Good grief, I said something eloquent enough that Huw used the exact same sentence. :P I officially feel humbled. :P

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel humbled to keep such company. :p

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw. Thanks for taking up the challenge/burden of sharing the advent calendar contents. I only have the Star Wars calendar so it will be interesting to see how the other one goes. Sorry if any surprises have been spoiled!

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By in United Kingdom,

Th villain is that evil he had to use toilet paper on his victims! Anyhow the republic cruiser looks nice! Very simple build to it!

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By in United States,

Teh...Police, very christmasy <_<

Anyway, still a good idea. I'm looking forward to the rest.

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By in United States,

Regarding gold teeth on minifigures: I know of at least one non-shifty character with a gold tooth. MAX-treme (in 8863 Blizzard's Peak and 8864 Desert of Destruction) has a gold tooth. So does Captain Stunt (with the same head as MAX-treme) in 9094 Star Striker.

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By in United States,

Great idea Huw!! I have the star wars one, and did an in bag assembly (IBA), which was fun and challenging.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've gone all retro and get the kingdom's calendar from a couple of years ago 7952, since the city one this year wasn't very nice - for the record I got a blacksmith today. #odd

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By in United States,

My mother placed an order for the City Calender, said it should be here tomorrow. :) So you know, I get to open TWO tomorrow! WHOO!! :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps Huw it would be a good idea if you posted the countdown on the morning after it we in the UK have opened it, because then it won't ruin the surprise for people in the US or Australia etc. Just a suggestion!

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't see why people are being so unappreciative of Huw's genius idea of reviewing each day's mini set/fig. If you don't wanna see what's in it, don't go on brickset until you've opened it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great idea, wish I bought the Star Wars one, but still happy about geting the city one. Maybe the shifty guy got fed up with all the toilets in police stations with no toilet rolls, or he going to leak behind the calender. I still think the guy in the green hood looks like a serial killer with that axe!

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By in United Kingdom,

Surely the Australian readers will have already opened their advent calendars before us in the UK?!

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By in United Kingdom,

Just finished the cruiser and have three pieces left over. I wonder if they go towards a secret set...?

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By in United Kingdom,

@Red Five Standing By - Good point, I didn't think that through! But still...

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By in United States,

@Savage_Steel - me too! Bought my son the Star Wars, and my daughter last years' Kingdoms calendar. The City set this year is a horrible Advent calendar.

^^Any time LEGO puts those small 1x1 pieces in a set, they always include an extra of each piece.

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By in United States,

Thanks, Huw. *fist bump*

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw, i dont have the calendar so it will be nice to see it daily on here ;) And for the record, my family has always opened our advent calendars in the evening :P (Because we usually buy those cheapo chocolate ones, and we wouldn't want to spoil or dinner :O) but im sure if it was lego i would be all over it first thing in the morning ;)

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By in United States,

A toylet paper roll sounds intresting. I'am kinda wish I got the city calendar.

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By in Norway,

How a bout to present the stuff with one day delay? Than no suprise is spoiled and all of us will be updated? I like that idea. My friend he has SW calendar - and he is takig pictures in his cell phone to how it around :-)

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw! I haven't gotten the Lego AC in last couple of years as they have gotten higher in price by five dollars with the quality getting lower (I don't really get in the Christmas mood when playing cops and robbers for one :P) But it's still nice to see what I would've got.

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By in United Kingdom,

i think just think that is not bog roll and seeing that it is in an advent calander is a snowball, but hey we all build and play in different ways!!?!

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By in United States,

today is the 6th and no sets are shown for today

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