2014 Advent Calendar Roundup

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Star Wars Advent Calendar

So there you have it, our reviews of the 2014 LEGO Advent Calendars are complete! In past years people have complained due to a lack of scores for each build, so this year we decided to rate each gift, which will allow us to take an average for each calendar and compare them. City: (3.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 4.5 + 4 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 3 + 4 + 4.5 + 3 + 3 + 3.5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 5 + 1.5 + 3.5 + 3.5...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 24

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24 days, 72 reviews and it all comes down to this! The annual festive treat from the Star Wars Advent Calendar this year comes in the form of Darth Vader, who wears a red overcoat and special belt for the occasion just like his predecessors over the last three years. I always enjoy these seasonal versions of popular characters in the Star Wars calendars and I count this year's offering among...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 24

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Well, the big day is upon us and those of us with chocolate-filled advent calendars will be enjoying an extra-large treat today. But is today's final LEGO Friends gift a bumper build or not? Actually, it does contain 17-parts which I think is the most we've had in any model of this calendar. These parts together form a very pretty lime and white parcel with removable lid, containing...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 24

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On day 24 we receive our final minifigure, and there are no prizes for guessing who it might be. Once again the appearance of Santa Claus in the Advent Calendar is a tradition, unsurprisingly, and he usually varies very little from one year to the next. That is true for this year as the hat, beard, torso and legs are all the same as they were last year, although this is not a criticism as these...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 23

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As we reach the end of the penultimate day of this year's Advent Calendars, we would expect the gifts to be the best yet. Unfortunately that is not the case with today's fireplace, which is a nice idea I think, but has been executed awfully. At this late stage of the calendar, the gifts should be better than this one. I like the concept of a Star Wars fireplace, but it could have been...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 23

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I'm happy to say I feel much better today and I was also cheered by today's gift, which is an excellent rendition of a Christmas tree. As with previous Christmas tree models, this is made up of various green slopes and round reddish brown parts, on a white round plate as a base. It is topped with a trans dark pink heart, which is not perhaps a traditional Christmas tree decoration but is...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 23

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We are now getting very close to the big day so I would expect the gifts to be improving dramatically and remaining festive. Today's trike fits the bill for me as it features a festive colour scheme and is one of the most entertaining gifts we have had so far as the first wheeled vehicle. The most appealing element of this model for me is the raised front wheel. This provides the vehicle...

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Star Wars Advent Calendar Review - Day 22

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At last we have reached the final few days, and the first of the gifts we have all been waiting for! This festively attired Astromech Droid is a superb addition to one's minifigure collection as although he is not particularly useful, he has real character and charm in my opinion. The cylindrical body component is printed with the panels seen on any Astromech Droid in the Star Wars saga...

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Friends Advent Calendar Review: Day 22

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I'm sorry to have to tell you that Lucy is laid up with the lurgy today so you'll have to make do with my review of today's gift. For a nice change, it's a seasonal model: a gift box with a bow inside. What's interesting about it is that that the lid is attached upside down: the studs fit perfectly inside the 1x1 corner panels and it's held securely when in place. I'm...

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City Advent Calendar Review - Day 22

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The seasonal theme continues as one would hope today with the arrival of a Christmas tree! These are mainstays of City Advent Calendars and the designs are often very similar. In fact, this year's model only differs from last year as it lacks a red mat to go underneath the tree and loses the 2x2 round plates in favour of simple 2x2 plates to go between the layers of branches. In terms of...

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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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