Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 21

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I noticed a lack of Rebel ships appropriate for dogfighting with the TIE Fighter a few days ago but today that is at last rectified with the arrival of a Y-Wing mini model! This is a popular vehicle from the Original Trilogy which appeared before in the 2011 Advent Calendar, and no changes have been made for this year. I think there are enough vehicles in the entire Star Wars saga to avoid repeats...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 21

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Christmas is a time of traditions but today's gift is a thoroughly modern item - a loudspeaker and a mobile phone or mp3 player in what I guess is supposed to be a docking station. The rarest part in the model is the 1x2 smartphone tile, which I really like and consider an essential for any modern minifig (speaking as somebody who is pretty much addicted to her smartphone). The speaker...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 21

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After yesterday's debacle in the City Advent Calendar, pretty much anything would be a welcome change and today's seasonal gifts fit the bill nicely! Although we see very similar builds every year, a present and a stocking are necessities in a LEGO Advent Calendar, so they are very welcome additions. Both models look pretty good to me and are instantly recognisable. The designers can...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 20

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Another mini model joins the roster today, this time a neat little Imperial Shuttle. I have to confess to being somewhat biased here as I absolutely love the Imperial Shuttle as a vehicle, although this rendition it is not without its flaws. The Imperial Shuttle is obviously quite simple in its shape and therefore lends itself well to a mini model, so much so that another appeared in the first...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 20

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While the last few days' models have not been overly festive, they have at least formed essential household items and included useful parts. Today unfortunately, I think we take a bit of step back. Today's gift consists of merely 3 parts: a lime 2x2 plate, a 2x2 medium azure jumper and a white cat. Obviously the cat is the main attraction here, and it is indeed very cute. (In fact it...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 20

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Every LEGO Advent Calendar has good days and bad days. After the excellent turkey feast we saw yesterday I was hoping for something equally impressive, perhaps an expansion of the meal or a nice Christmas fire place. I would be disappointed... There is no construction involved in today's 'model' (if you can call it that) of some woodcutting equipment, and only five pieces, plus two...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 19

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In an unexpected twist the Star Wars Advent Calendar has taken a turn towards seasonal gifts rather earlier than usual today! This mini speeder, which presumably belongs to General Reikken, appears on the front of the box, but since it carries a present I thought it might be kept for a day nearer to Christmas. Although this is a fairly simple design, it captures many of the features expected...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 19

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I'm very excitable today as it's my last day at work prior to a nice long Christmas break, and today's model represents exactly where I want to be right now - chilling out on the sofa! The model is again a simple but effective design that can be repurposed or recreated for use in any LEGO dwelling. The medium lavender and pink colour scheme looks very attractive and is ideal for...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 19

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Now that we have reached the final week of the Advent Calendar the gifts usually improve dramatically in all three, and the City offering today is certainly keeping up with that trend as not only is it seasonal and fun, but includes some great pieces! I love adding more food pieces to my collection, even if I have no instant use for them, so today's full turkey dinner is a real treat. LEGO...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 18

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The Hoth theme continues for a fourth day as the Rebel General Rieekan makes an appearance today. This is a minifigure which has only appeared once before, in 75014 Battle of Hoth, and it is therefore quite rare. This figure's rarity is not its only asset though. The detailed printing on the head and torso look very accurate to the film (complete with Purina logo according to Family Guy)...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 18

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After yesterday's fireplace, today's gift provides more furnishings for the living room, in the form of a side table, lamp and book. The table consists of two 1x2 medium dark flesh log bricks with a tan 2x2 plate, topped by two green and two red 1x1 plates by way of a checked Christmas tablecloth. The lamp is made of a white cone, with a medium azure dome which is relatively rare...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 18

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We are now getting close to the end of the calendar, so I would expect the gifts to improve. Today's Police Officer bucks that trend though by offering us something we have already, in fact only a week ago! As I said in my review on day 11, I love this Police Officer design: it is printed with great detail, looks fairly realistic and, best of all, includes a superb hat. This too therefore...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 17

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It feels like quite a while since day 7 of this Star Wars Advent Calendar where we saw a snowball launching E-Web cannon. At last the Rebels on Hoth can defend themselves against the Imperial onslaught with the arrival of a small defensive outpost today, which once again includes a stud-shooter. This is a fun little model which is obviously a fair addition as far as playability is concerned,...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 17

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Just one week left of our advent calendar countdown! I hope you've all decked your halls and trimmed your trees in anticipation of the big day. Speaking of which, we haven't had much in the way of interior festive decorations yet have we? Well, we get something very traditional today, in the form of a fireplace with some mistletoe (I'm guessing) hanging from it. The bottom section...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 17

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Yesterday we wondered whether the hole on the back of the Police snowmobile was there to receive a trailer hook, and today this is confirmed. Trailers are almost as common as snowmobiles in Advent Calendars and this one closely resembles those that appeared in 2012's Friends Advent Calendar, so may feel rather familiar to some. The trailer is functional as some accessories can be stored...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 16

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We have often seen a vehicle followed by its pilot in this Advent Calendar and that is maintained today as a rather nice Rebel Pilot minifigure follows the Snowspeeder mini model from yesterday. I have plenty of Rebel Pilots from other sets but this minifigure is actually exclusive, albeit only as a new combination of pieces. The legs and torso have appeared in three other sets but his head...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review - Day 16

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As well as being the season for giving, Christmas is also a time to indulge ourselves with some tasty treats, and our Friends Mia and Ewa are no exception to this - today they have been provided with a delicious dessert! The dessert consists of a dark brown 2x2 round plate with a white dome, crowned with a pink bracelet, presumably some sort of pudding or sponge covered with white icing and...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 16

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Just in case our Police Officer from a few days ago was feeling weary of singing, today he is provided with a snowmobile to get him back to the station! These, like the sled from day 14, are a constant of City Advent Calendars, but I do not recall any looking quite like this one. This is a simple vehicle but the blue and white colour scheme, looks suitably official for a Police model, particularly...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 15

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Another mini model from the Original Trilogy joins the line-up today. The Snowspeeder has always been popular so many Star Wars fans will be delighted to see a mini version included today, even if the model could be improved upon in areas. The general shape of the Snowspeeder is very simple, but not even minifigure scale models have perfectly captured the nuances in its design, so that would...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 15

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Many apologies for the late posting of today's review. This week has not started terribly well for me, with my bus to work being 30 mins late this morning and then having to queue for 40 mins at the post office during my lunch break, when I really should be tackling the mountain of work in my in-tray. But no matter - was today's model worth waiting for? Today we have a sink unit that...

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