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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Review: 70221 Flinx's Ultimate Phoenix

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Toy shops across the UK have started filling the empty spaces of their LEGO shelves with 2015 sets, at last. My branch of The Entertainer put City, Chima and Friends sets out yesterday and I've already bought more than I intended to. CapnRex101 has also secured a number of sets so between us we'll be posting a review a day or so over the festive period. The battle of Fire-vs-Ice is clearly...

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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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Review: 10246 Detective's Office

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The release of a new modular building has become a much anticipated event over the last few years. On 1st January, 10246 Detective's Office will be available, a year after the release of the last one, 10243 Parisian Restaurant. Rumours that the next modular would be a 'detective's agency' were circulating in the summer and many speculated that it might be based on 221b Baker Street...

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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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Review: 60074 Bulldozer

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Bulldozer

This year City offers a new spin on many traditional themes such as police and construction with the release of swamp police and demolition based sets among others. Our first review of a standard release 2015 set concerns one of those demolition sets, 60074 Bulldozer, which is priced at £24.99 in the UK and contains 383-pieces. Perhaps surprisingly it is a full six years since we last saw...

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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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Two new 2015 sets uncovered

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Valentine's Day Dinner

Two more 2015 sets have been uncovered today: 60070 Water Plane Chase is another City Swamp Police set. It may be a Walmart exclusive in the USA. It has been purchased at Walmart.com and reviewed by The Brick Show on YouTube. But far more interesting than that is 40120, which I've called Marriage Proposal for now. It's obviously going to be released in good time for Valentine's Day....

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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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Traffic and user review of the year

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Just before Christmas I like to look back at traffic statistics for the year and compare them with previous years. The figures from Google Analytics are as follows: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Page views 85,658,634 78,595,421 58,871,313 49,404,168 40,447,000 25,434,000 Visits 20,761,051 19,810,668 15,656,887 11,408,177 7,926,000 4,556,000 Visitors 6,624,114 6,187,944 4,980,424 3,895,394 2,719,000 1,766,000 All...

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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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This week's top news articles

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These are the most read articles that we've posted over the last couple of weeks: Review: 75060 Slave 1 (09 Dec, 21445 views) 2015 Set Sightings - Update #1 (13 Dec, 20820 views) Avengers: Age of Ultron Sets Revealed (16 Dec, 16971 views) 2015 Set Sightings - Update #2 (17 Dec, 13389 views) Which minifigs are most desirable? (11 Dec, 7267 views) Final LEGO Elves Set Images Arrive...

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Jurassic World: first image

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The French consumer catalogue has provided us with our first view of Jurassic World, and also states that the six sets will be released at the start of June, just before the film's premiere. The image shows a T-Rex, two raptors and a Pterodactyl that all look similar to those in the 2012 Dino theme which is unsurprising but disappointing. Via Jurassic Bricks and TheBrickFan. ...

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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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