Friends Advent Calendar - Day 3

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We started things off with a heart, and yesterday we built a guitar, something that represents Andrea, one of the five Friends. While those have been two very nice builds, neither one has been very reminiscent of the season. Will we get something to get us in the holiday mood today?

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Yes! Today's build are bells, ready for ringing in the holiday season. I love the bells in bright yellow, a very appropriate choice to represent brass or another golden metal. The parabolic reflector and 2x2 final bricks are used perfectly to illustrate the shape. The clappers are represented by two 1x1 round black pieces.

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A warm gold 1x1 plate connects each bell to a 1x2 medium stone grey plate w/ 2 shafts, which is dressed up with some greenery and a red flower, providing more of a holiday feel to the build. Finally, the bells can be hung using a T-beam with 1x2 plate in reddish violet.

I like the direction this calendar is taking with this very holiday-like build. Let's hope we have more in the coming days.

 

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9 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Shame they didn't do them in gold. It is also a bit odd that they used three round plates rather than a round brick, as this would have made the sides somewhat smoother.

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By in United States,

I agree with CCC; the three plates looks sloppy as do the different colors at the top. I personally think this is the weakest of the three ornaments.

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By in United Kingdom,

Best podracer I've had in an advent calendar yet.

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By in United States,

No score?

That’s my day ruined ;)

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By in Netherlands,

I remain wholly unonvinced by the concept and execution of this calendar; where's the (re)play value? Girls/parents essentially pay for very expensive and rather flimsy Christmas tree ornaments where you'd get a lot further with 5 bucks/quid/Euro at a Dollar Store/Poundland.

I don't know exactly who was in charge of this, but I hope the sales figure will leave her scratching her head.

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By in Sweden,

That's some nice bells :)

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By in Canada,

Though it would be nice if the bells had been gold, the elements used don't come in that colour so yellow is a good choice. I removed 2 of the 2x2 round yellow plates in each bell and like the proportions better this way. I also substituted black elements for the grey plate w 2 shafts and the T-beam w 1x2 plate in reddish violet and substituted the 1x1 black round plates for gold for the clappers. That's the fun of LEGO - it sparks your creativity!

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By in Australia,

I assume the plates instead of round bricks help bump up the parts count. Also it would depend on which elements are currently produced in yellow. This build was well received in our house, and the boys love sticking them on the tree. We have plenty of other Lego to play with!

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By in United States,

I could not disagree more with Golem25- I think this is the best advent calendar yet, but it's marketed all wrong. It should not be a Friends calendar; it should be Creator.

People outside the target Friends demographic are turned off to it by the packaging; fans of Friends are turned off because it doesn't have minidolls or cute animals.

It's unfortunate, because I've bonded immensely with my three year old *son* over this. It's his first time decorating a Christmas tree, and he wakes up so excited every morning to build a new ornament for it. The builds are simple enough he can do them mostly on his own, and when the season is done, we'll take them down and keep them for next year, and the next year, and the next year.

We will have lifelong happy memories thanks to this wonderful set.

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