And the winners are...

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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

Epic Models in Micro Calendar

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.

Lego "Christmas at Sea" Advent Models

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

LostInTranslation: "Really excellent harmonious set of models. Even without printed details the engines are perfectly recognisable."

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

CapnRex101: "The sheer quality of these tiny models is impressive and inspiring. I am eager to have a go at some of my own architecture models!"

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.

The Movie Robots Advent CalendarMeganL: "Lovely mini models of robots we have all known and loved, plus who can resist Robby the Robot in a Santa hat?"

Huw: "Everyone loves robots in movies and likes to build them in LEGO, so this is the perfect combination. It's a fantastic idea!"


Honorable mentions: Age of Ultron by Sarah Reischmann, Birds by James Francis and Super Heroes by SilverDipper.

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.

 

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55 comments on this article

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By in Netherlands,

Congratulations to all winners, awesome builds!

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations to the winners, I didn't envy the judges on that at all!

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By in United Kingdom,

All great ideas but the Movie Robots Advent Calendar is my favourite.

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By in United States,

+1 to the movie robots, there. Those are brilliantly built and so cute! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent...... I have to say Brainslugged add a few retro minifigs (Castle, Classic Space etc) and you are half way to a Full advent Calendar already. Get on that Ideas site.....This would appeal to all ages. Maybe nano winter village to keep it Christmassy.

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By in Australia,

If that Thomas and Friends calendar had actually been a thing, I would've bought that so fast that I would've left after-images.

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By in Puerto Rico,

So happy for the ones who won, not jealous at all (okay maybe a little).

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By in United States,

Congratulation to the winners! They deserved it, great job to all the other entrants as well!

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By in United States,

Congratulations winners!

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By in United States,

And congratulations to the newlyweds... @brainslugged.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congrats to the winners. Very impressive! As a film buff, I especially liked the Movie Robots, which were all instantly recognisable! Well done Nick L.

TLG take note of what can be done with a handful of parts and a healthy dose of creativity! Churning out weapon racks and bits of scenery are not what we want to see!

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By in United Kingdom,

Congatulations! This Chritsmas I enjoyed this competition only as an audience, but next time I will join too!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great stuff, I like them all but the robots and architecture are my favourites.

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By in United States,

Congratulations to the winners ... indeed to everyone for making this competition so much fun. So many great entries; my favorite was the Movie Robots!

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By in United States,

Congratulations to the winners! All great entries, and well deserved.

I admit I'm shocked that the Chickens Acting Suspicious set by IamKritch ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/iamkritch/23370744266/in/pool-bricksetcompetitions/ ) didn't win a prize at all, though - I was sure that was a slam dunk.

The Lego Movie set by Timmy's Bricks ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/23546192815/in/pool-bricksetcompetitions/ ) is also a wonderful set. It should have been produced by TLG in 2014 - that was a missed opportunity by them.

I also love my own son's Santa Benny's Space ADVENTure Calendar ( https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/23528894241/in/pool-bricksetcompetitions/ ) but I admit to being a bit biased :)

I think this whole competition shows that there is room for a huge amount of creativity in Advent Calendar sets, and I hope TLG takes notice. I think an Architecture set would be perfect for a more grown-up advent calendar.

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By in Canada,

Here Lego, want some great ideas?

These are all just awesome. I only bought a few of the advent calendars over the years due to the re-hash. Something like this would be sooooooo nice!

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By in United States,

-Firstly, congratulations to all the winners and mentions! Great participation, and some really fantastic ideas throughout the whole contest!
-Secondly, let this be an example to LEGO!!!
-Thirdly, here's hoping Brickset does this or a similar contest next year, and that I am able to participate!!!
-Lastly, wow, that's a lot of exclamation marks!

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By in United Kingdom,

Well done to the winners! Very well deserved choices. This competition was great fun to enter but even more fun to browse through the entries. Hardest part was trying to finish off my own entry in the hectic build up to Christmas. Loved it tho :) Please do it again next year!

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By in United States,

(I'm Flanagan Brothers Inc. by the way)

Oh, wow! I just woke up to this this morning and saw it just before heading to class...First day of the new semester over here and it really helped add some motivation to my morning!

I'm honestly rather shocked I even placed, after looking at the entries I'd thought there were many others that were shoo-in's to win something. I actually feel kind of bad because there's a lot of other amazing entries in there, lol. I really hope you do the contest again next year! This absolutely made my day.

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By in United States,

Fabulous! These are incredible. Congrats to all the winners and the many other very creative entries. As others have said - take note LEGO, advent calendars can be so much more. Good job HUW and the Brickset team for hosting this contest.

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By in United Kingdom,

These entries are brilliant, and there are many other excellent entries. When I look at the tired offerings of the Lego City and Friends Advent calendars (Star Wars is a bit better, if it wasn't for so many weapons racks), you have to wonder why Lego don't come out with one new Themed calendar each year. I bet they would sell at least as well as the current ones

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By in United States,

I would happily buy any of these in a full advent calendar. Congratulations to the winners, and come on LEGO, stretch your boundaries a little :)

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By in United States,

These are all fantastic - congratulations to the winners! My 3-year-old train fanatic looked over my shoulder and yelled "Thomas" when he saw the train set.

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By in United States,

These were all just amazing. I truly love them all, and will be showing my son the robots. I think he will enjoy using that as an inspiration to make his own. The Christmas/Santa at sea I think has a slight edge for me, simply being more my style. I do not envy the judges on this one, because any one of these is so deserving, Congrats.

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By in United Kingdom,

Massive congrats to all the worthy winners, some brilliant and inspirational entries. Very pleased I got an honorable mention with the Birds entry, well done to everyone that entered.

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By in United States,

Those are excellent..instantly recognizable!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm so excited that I won - especially seeing as how awesome some of the entries were. I'd always wanted to make a Lego Dewey - it never occurred to me that one could be made with less than 20 bricks.

Thanks, Brickset team for such an awesome idea for a competition that was so accessible for people who don't have the time to build something huge. I absolutely loved every minute of trying to refine my models down to 20 bricks or less. Sometimes having to make compromises and sometimes actually improving the models by reducing the brick count. And thanks, Maxximus for the well wishes - although the wedding wasn't super recent as that bump in my wife's tummy is now another 3 month old little girl!

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By in United States,

Well, I didn't enter, but my idea clearly would've been the best thing LEGO's ever done for an advent calendar: all weapon racks.

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By in Netherlands,

Brilliant little models! I wonder what kind of piece holds the dome on top of the little taj mahal.

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By in Czech Republic,

Cool contest, congratz to the winners.

One question about these thomas engines - does they have the 'wheels' on both sides? Judging from the parts I think are used, it seems there are only one-sided. Pictures that only show one side at the time doesn't help to het rid of the suspicion either. If it's reall the case, I find a litte bit cheaty to reverse the wheels for different pictures so it looks like nothing is missing. But maybe I'm wrong? :)

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By in Canada,

Congrats to the winners! Looks like it was a lot of fun for those that built. Lots of creativity out there. Would definitely be tempted to buy a calendar if there was more variety with the themes as displayed here.

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By in United States,

I'm proud to have placed in the contest alongside so many great entries. Great contest and awesome participation, we all win by creating a rich and creative community of LEGO enthusiasts!

---Tom Alphin

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By in United States,

Wow! Those are excellent submissions! Congrats to the winners!
I hope Brickset does this again next year.

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By in United Kingdom,

@nona - a little section of pipe/tubing. I could have just balanced the dome there, but I figured that would be cheating :) I thought the inverted dome looked better than a regular dome piece.

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By in United Kingdom,

Movie Robots was my favourite too!
Well done to all the winners and I have to admit that there were so many other great ideas and builds in the other entries. This was a fun contest to follow. Next time (HINT) I'll definitely have a go :-)

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By in United States,

I'd purchase Epic Models or Architecture as an advent calendar. Perfect for AFOLs, as there are no stud shooters or weapon racks to clutter things up.

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By in United States,

@krisandkris I too was so enamored by the cuteness and cleverness of the Thomas engines, that I didn't notice that at first either. But you must be correct. Sadly, as I look at the engine+tender model, I also am counting more than 20 pieces (at least 21, possibly 22) and that would not provide for wheels on the back side. :-(

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By in Czech Republic,

Steve, yea, that's right as well, I didn't count the pieces before but it's perhaps even better proof. Well I'm curious whether judges noticed this. It's not the missing wheels what bugs me most (but to be honest, it somewhat reduces the value of such models) but the fact that on each photo it's presented WITH the wheels, which means they were switched from one side to another between taking the pictures. That looks like an attempt for hoodwing :)

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By in United Kingdom,

@SteveDJ - We carefully inspected each of the shortlisted models and the engine with the tender contains 20 pieces. The trains in the Thomas & Friends entry do only have wheels on one side and this was taken into account when making a judgement.

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By in Poland,

While Birds impressed me more than Thomas and Friends I think the winners deserve a lot of praise and the jury's choice is very wise.
A community prize (through a vote) might be a good idea next time. I think TLG could take an idea or two there, their advent calendars do seem to recycle a bit too much.

The advent arcade, Hey DJ, Jurassic Park also looked good IMHO

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By in Italy,

also, 4 out of 6 models were basically the same model with different colour :) well people judge by different criteria and the Thomas entry surely is super cute! I think the judge made an awesome job!

Thanks everybody for the support on the Robot Advent Calendar, i'm super happy to be on the top five :) So much fun was had building them!

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By in Netherlands,

@Brainslugged - thank you! Clever solution :) Works very well. Quite something different from Castle Charlotte.. which I also really adore!

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By in Czech Republic,

@CapnRex101 - alright :) Though I think kids would be disappointed getting one sided models especially when the box art suggested it's complete from both sides (I certainly would be). Still it's great job in micro scale and I have no intention to question the results.

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By in United States,

Congratulations! The builds are great.

I love how I can look at the builds by Brainslugged and name them all without looking a list.

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By in Australia,

Congratulations !! Creative, imaginative and great little sets. Fantastic :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @cedricsagne :)

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By in United States,

Wow! As mentioned above, we def need these models in advent calendars, which have become a bit boring IMHO. Hope they introduce something like this. Way to go, entrants!

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By in Romania,

This competition was an awesome idea! I saw just great creations. Wait to see what other competitions will take place, hopefully soon :-)
Thank you!

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By in United States,

Perhaps there's a new, or old, part I just don't recognize. But currently I'm counting 9 pieces in the tender (2 wheels, 2 neck brackets, 2 headlight bricks, 2 tiles (one in each headlight), and 1 plate w/clip on the bottom). For the engine I'm coming up with 12 pieces (2 wheels, 2 neck brackets, 1 brick w/two side studs (guessing), 1 square tile on top, 3 green round plates, 1 plate w/clip, 1 round tile, and finally 1 plate with side handles on the bottom). 9+12 yields 21 pieces. :-(

If there is some other weird piece(s) in there that I'm seeing wrong, please let me know.

ETA: P.S. But for the record, I just *love* how they used the lever/base that way for the clock tower!

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By in Italy,

amazing contest and amazing MOCS, congratulations to winners!

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By in Italy,

@SteveDJ it looks like you're right, same count for me. I bet they didn't count the black piece (1x2 plate with clip) on the tender, it escaped me too at first. You basically have to guess it becouse it's barely visible, but it's definitely there

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By in United States,

The first is my favorite

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By in United Kingdom,

Congratulations to all the winners, and people who entered! These are truly great, and like many before, I hope Lego take note!

As an AFOL the architecture set would be great, but I see the general appeal of many of the sets for all ages.

Great work!

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By in United States,

My award for 4th place just arrived - two custom Brickset minifigures.

See the brickset minifigures look at my advent calendar entry firsthand by visiting https://instagram.com/tomalphin/

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