• How to make your own advent calendar

    Compiled by hewman. Updated 12 November 2009. Contains 6 sets.
    Advent calendars are usually shop at home or Lego store exclusives so for many of us they are hard to find if you're not prepared to pay for outrageous shipping, but for the same cost as a regular calendar and shipping you can get your own much better one. This list is the one I made for myself, all for less than the cost of an advent calendar plus shipping all with sets readily available to me in Australia.

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7195: Ambush In Cairo

39 reviews
Pieces
79
Minifigs
4
RRP
$10.99, £9.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This has to be the best value set of the year, rare parts including the brown carrot/horse manure, lots of great colours and 4 excellent minifigs, all for just $16!
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3820 own this set, 1308 want it

8967: Gold Tooth's Getaway

22 reviews
Pieces
68
Minifigs
2
RRP
$9.99, £8.79
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Two minifigs, two vehicles and look at all that gold, for $12 that's great value for 4 days, sure the vehicles are a bit ordinary but still above the standard you'd usually get in an advent calendar.
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1588 own this set, 632 want it

8401: City Minifigure Collection

32 reviews
Pieces
60
Minifigs
4
RRP
$9.99, £7.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66307-1 66326-1 66330-1 66362-1
Bricklist notes
If this was part of an actual advent calendar Lego surely would have made this 7 or 8 days, but I crammed it into 6
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5686 own this set, 1172 want it

6239: Cannon Battle

60 reviews
Pieces
45
Minifigs
2
RRP
$5.99, £4.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66309-1
Bricklist notes
Besides the soldier and the pirate and the cool cannon and a little hideout for the pirate who has a printed tile as a map, this set comes withheaps of spare parts, For $8 and 4 days for the advent calendar, it's almost as good as value as the Ambush in Cairo.
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4346 own this set, 652 want it