For the last few years LEGO has been producing desk accessories in an effort to cater for the AFOL who wants to show their love of the brick in the workplace.
This year's offering is 40172 Brick Calendar, designed to adorn your desk and remind you of the date, but only if you remember to change it every day. Yes, really, in this era of smartphones and iWatches...
The set consists of four cubes with numbers on each face, and a stand that will hold them in a diagonal position.
In addition, a token minifig is provided, dressed in typical office attire, although I'm not sure how well red trousers would go down in most workplaces. At least he has a matching tie.
The cubes are sturdily constructed using eight of the new 1x1 brick with 2 studs on adjacent faces, which therefore means this set comes with 32 of them.
The 1x4 black plates along the edges seem to serve no purpose other than to ensure the 1x1 bricks are mounted squarely.
The finished article looks pretty cool but there are a couple of things I don't like about it. First, all the numerals, except the 6/9 and 0, are 4x5 studs in size making those three look too big. It's easily corrected, by using 1x3 tiles instead of 1x4s for the 0s, as I have done here. The 6 can be similarly corrected but that will mean that when turned to make a 9 it will have a row of studs at the bottom instead of at the top, which will probably bother me but perhaps not as much as it being too big.
Second, using square tiles for the curved numerals is so last year... had the designer's leveraged the elegance of the new 2x2 macaroni tile we could have had very attractive curved ones, plus a great source of them.
If you're interested, the distribution of numbers on both pairs of cubes is as follows:
- 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- 0, 1, 2, 6/9, 7, 8
The 1x1 tiles on, for example, the left edge of the 1 in the image above, are there to ensure the cube sit in the holder properly when that face is resting on it.
This is the sort of set that the AFOL who has everything would buy, or maybe have gifted to them. It doesn't have a lot going for it, to be honest, other than the 32 1x1 2 stud bricks. It's also pretty impractical and unnecessary these days although it could well be a good conversation starter when sat on your office cubicle's desk, particularly if you want everyone to know you're a fan of the brick.