Friends Advent Calendar - Day 11

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One theme that seems to be recurring in this calendar is that for every day that there's a really nice build, the next build is.....fine, but nothing exciting. Yesterday's build was quite nice, but not all that exciting.

However, I remember well that in previous years, on day 10 or 11 was when the "build" was assorted hair pieces and bows, and nothing to build whatsoever. Compared to that, I'm very happy knowing that whatever lies behind door number 11, it's not going to be accessories!

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Today's build seems to belong to the other theme building in this calendar, the colour purple. It's a very nice lantern in medium lavender and medium lilac, with accents in warm gold on each of the four pillars. I like that window pieces have been used for the glass, as opposed to leaving them out.

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Although a flame piece could have been used, I like the choice of the transparent orange globe piece for the flame - it likely fits much better in the provided space and looks like a candle. There's some decorative greenery on the top of the lantern, which is hung from a black 2x2 round plate w/ eye.

So far in this calendar, I think there have been as many purple pieces as red pieces. I'm looking forward to seeing the alternate builds on the 25th - I think they'll feature a lot of purple!

 

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11 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I think this is a great build and ornament! My favorite so far. I mean, sure it could be better: four leave pieces around the top and I’d like to see some red for berries incorporated, but for a small Advent calendar gift, I think this is a winner. I mean, normally Advent calendars give you a chocolate the size of your thumbnail.

That all said, yes, the build experience is much greater this year, but I’m still not convinced ornaments are worth sacrificing the play experience. The bits and builds that were given in the first several Advent calendars really did make a pretty nice display—and play—scene when all put together carefully (minus the 2017 calendar). I think I’d have to see this discounted to around $10-$15 for me to consider buying it.

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By in United Kingdom,

This year's calendar has been a real winner so far for my daughter she really enjoys the little ornament build before school each morning and then being able to hang them on the tree.

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By in United States,

The purple gods have blessed us with a wonderful Advent Calendar

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By in Hungary,

Wow, so many purple!

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By in United Kingdom,

The daughter opened her No. 11 today and got another No. 4. She’s not to bothered about it as hopefully Lego will send out a No. 11 and she will have some extra pieces. Silver lining to everything.

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By in Sweden,

A whopping 31 pieces in today's build. You certainly get your money's worth with this one!

I do wish it'd included the new candle piece, but I think they design these calendars far in advance, so this was probably a finished product/design by the time they introduced the new candle piece internally.

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By in United States,

I think my daughter is going to enjoy this one. She's had fun building, and then having me string them, for her to then place them each on the tree. After Christmas this one might have to "get lost." I could really use those 4 window pieces!

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By in Australia,

This seems like a really substantial build, more like a polybag set than a simple advent calendar inclusion.

And that is a whole lot of purple.

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By in United States,

@Graysmith:
Advent calendars are display as early as NYTF in February, so yeah, "well in advance" is one way of putting it.

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By in Germany,

Regarding substantial build: it definitely is. I was surprised when (and how) my daughter got the plastic bag out of the box behind the door, being so full of parts made one wonder how they managed to cram it in in the first place.

I can honestly say this to us is by far the best Friends Advent calendar to date. So many pieces, so many cool builds, even the smallest one seems to offer more than the largest of those crappy mini-builds of 2015 and 2016 (or 2017, we were so annoyed by the 2016 one that we didn't even buy one last year, and thank god for that in hindsight, as it was easily the worst of any Advent calendar offerings LEGO has ever produced).

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