US Availability - 2010 City Advent Calendar

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City Advent Calendar

Several people have reported the availability of the 2010 City Advent Calendar in the US. Chris "Reasonably Clever" Doyle has acquired one and is busy documenting the contents on his Flickr account; click the link to see details.

It seems a little early for this year's Advent Calendars to be available, it being over 3 months (thats 1/4 of a year) until you're supposed to start opening them, but they tend to sell out quickly in the US, so I wouldn't hang around too long if you want to get hold of one of these lovely sets!

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By in United States,

That is early, usually it's not out until the Holidays...

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By in United States,

Indeed, I saw it just today at the Baton Rouge Toys R Us (went looking for minifigures)

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By in United States,

I noticed TRU has been putting out their Lego sets very early this year. They had the Star Wars Lego sets 2 weeks before lego.com and they also did it with the Disney Cars Duplos.

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By in United States,

Whats with that santa?? He's like half naked!!!

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By in United States,

Anyone know the US retail price?

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By in United States,

I saw it for $35 at TRU tonight. I'm pretty sure that's a TRU mark-up though.

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By in United States,

Yay! Naked Santa!
Not too crazy about the mini-figs but the micro-toys are so cute!
@fadetoone: Ouchy....$35bucks? I remember getting the Advent last year from Target for like $25.00. It was either $29.99 and I had a $5 dollar coupon or it was on the shelf for $24.99. Either way, it's too much for a set with no real rare pieces (except maybe the loaf of bread?).

Does anyone know if the U.S. will get the Kingdom's Advent?

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By in United States,

Cause Lego is a European company. It's called favortism.

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By in Canada,

Actually it's because something like 90% of Americans have no idea what an Advent Calendar is. We have them up here in Canada only because of lots of British immigrants. I understand it's very difficult to find Christmas Crackers down there as well. Just different culture but it does suck because I'd rather have the alternate one as well and since the Yanks don't get it neither do we.

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By in United States,

What? We don't get the Kingdom Advent Calender? Oh man, I want the blue wizard to go with my midevil village. Wonder what it's going to cost me to get one now?

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By in United Kingdom,

You're right - Lego doesn't treat the various markets equally ... the US gets loads of stuff that Europe & the rest of the world doesn't, so it works both ways. If anything, the bias overall is probably in favour of the US ... but obviously US buyers aren't aware of all the 'good stuff' that they get that the rest of the world is excluded from (other than via eBay, with the resultant price hikes). It's the folk in Australia, New Zealand & other markets that I feel genuinely sorry for, as they get a pretty raw deal overall.

The issue is a recent thing, so far covering the 2008 'Castle' and 2009 'Pirates' advent calendars. It has been stated that LEGO's US/NA team (based in Enfield, CT) make the decision not to offer the 2nd Advent Calendar set to US/NA retailers or stock it through their direct outlets; this isn't a decision made in Europe, and it isn't a 'European conspiracy'. The usual reason given is that 'the use of Advent Calendars isn't a strong tradition in the US, and an offering of one Advent Calendar is sufficient for this Market'. I'm sure there are plenty of folk who would disagree with that view. Heck, I don't agree with it. Even if they don't think it will sell well through TRU/Target/WalMart/etal., there doesn't seem to be a good reason not to sell it through the Brand Stores and Lego Shop Online, and offering a choice is a good thing.

We don't know for sure that the 2010 'Kingdoms' advent calendar won't be available in the US or Canada yet - there has been a lot of fuss from the US & Canadian AFOL communities about this over the last couple of years, and the community liaison team in Lego have promised to look into it, but with no guarantee of success in convincing the team in Enfield to change their mind. The community team were able to help a little with the 2008 Castle Advent calendar, and a small number of sets were made available to US buyers. Fundamentally it's LEGO US's decision, not ours here at Brickset, so if you want to make your views known, talk to them.

Now, please, back on topic!

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By in United States,

NICE! I May Have to Get This One!

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By in United States,

i do believe that the kingdoms one will be available this year for north america.

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By in Australia,

i got a coupon from in my lego club mail to get this for 29.99, so i sent away for 2 :)

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By in United States,

@julialego where did you get that coupon do you know if that coupon is avalible in the us

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By in United States,

Picked up the last one at the Overland Park, KS TRU for 34.99. Checked the Olathe, KS store and they didn't have it and didn't think they were going to be getting it in.

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By in United States,

Just stopped in my local Lego store today and found both the CITY advent Calendar and KINGDOMS Advent calendar, I believe both were $34.99!

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By in United States,

YES!! Lego stores in the US carry the Kingdoms Advent Calender. At the Lego store in Concord, NC last night they had both the city & kingdoms advent calenders for 34.99 each.

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By in United States,

I can also confirm the availability of both advent calendars in the US. I grabbed one of each at the Lego store in Burlington, MA.

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By in United States,

we have both at the northbrook LEGO store.

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By in United States,

I doubt the Advent calendar's (at least the City ones) will sell out in the US this year, the price is WAY too much for what is included.. I hate to say this, but I kinda hope they do not sell out only because maybe that will make Lego realize that they should not skimp on the calendars.
If anything, the last years was way better, which was lesser quality, imo, then the one 2 years ago.. It just seems like the amount of what you get seems to be going down in relation to the price.

Also, imagine if they ever did a Star Wars Advent calendar? (I think I may have made some people pass out at that idea)

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By in United States,

Reasonably Clever is my Favorite Comic By The way. :D

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By in United States,

Bought one of each at the Lego Store in Oregon today.

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