After much deliberation the five judges have made their decision. Find out the winners of our alternative Advent calendar competition and what the judges have say to about their entries after the break!
First place goes to Epic Models by Brainslugged
LostInTranslation: "Beautiful instantly recognisable models of classic LEGO sets. Very impressive detail with such limited parts. It would be a real treat to find these in my advent calendar."
Snowhitie: "Great idea to be able to display epic models if you don't have a lot of display space or if you missed out on the real models, well executed."
CapnRex101: "Not only are each of the six models instantly recognisable but they are also based on sets from a variety of time periods which increases their appeal."
Huw: "An excellent idea, very well executed. I'd love a whole calendar's worth of them!"
In second place, Christmas at Sea by Flanagan Brothers Inc.
CapnRex101: "This is a clever idea and I think the combination of different scales works very well indeed."
Snowhitie: "Here we have a festive theme which I think is nice in an Advent calendar, some nice little builds with excellent play value and an original theme."
MeganL: "Something totally new and different, plus the sense of fun and whimsy."
Huw: "A great set of models that remind us that for half of the world Christmas is not all about snow and the cold."
Third, Thomas and Friends by bbchai
Huw: "These are so cute, and there's so much scope for a full calendar: the troublesome trucks, Annie and Clarabel and so on."
Snowhitie: "This one stood out for me as instantly recognizable, very original and I'm sure it would be a big hit with kids as well. Love the attention to detail."
Fourth, LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin
Huw: "These are miniature works of art! Tom has crammed so many details into these tiny models that impressively convey the characteristics of the architectural styles."
Fifth, The Movie Robots by Nick L.
Huw: "Everyone loves robots in movies and likes to build them in LEGO, so this is the perfect combination. It's a fantastic idea!"
Judging was not easy: all 104 entries demonstrated a lot of imagination and ingenuity. If only LEGO would apply some of the former and come up with something new and different for their Advent calendars.
Thank you to everyone that entered, and to the judges. Maybe we will do it again next year!
If you have won, drop me an email at huw [at] brickset.com and I will sort out getting the prizes to you.