LEGO City Advent Calendar 2015

This is the story of our LEGO City Advent Calendar… To jump ahead, click on a daily link below:

 

Day 1 – Remote Control Cars

I have to admit I was pretty psyched to have my own LEGO Advent Calendar to open each day until Christmas.  I was wondering if I would be happy with the daily mini builds.

As far as today goes, I can definitely say I am happy.

LEGO City Advent Calendar - Day 1 - Remote Control Cars
LEGO City Advent Calendar – Day 1 – Remote Control Cars

The remote-control race cars are awfully cute. Super easy builds, but not solid sturdy feeling like when you snap two regular bricks together. (You can see my daughter has already seperated the speciality plates while simply playing with the red RC car.) I especially liked the additional color-coded touch of a red and green translucent 1×1 round stud on the remote controls to match the race cars.

As you can see, I’ve already lost my little RC cars to Andrea from the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar.

I may never see these little cars again…

 

Day 2 – Minifigure Boy with Camera & Pretzel

LEGO City Advent Calendar - Day 2 - Minifigure Boy with Camera and Pretzel
LEGO City Advent Calendar – Day 2 – Minifigure Boy with Camera and Pretzel

I was super excited to get my first minifigure today! While this little boy is wearing a plain blue shirt with hood and plain tan legs, he came with 2 cameras and 2 pretzels. My extras were immediately “acquired” by our girl (as you can see in Day 2 of the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar post.)

I’m sure never to be seen again by moi… I suppose I should get used to that.

 

Day 3 – Side of an Ice Rink with Bucket, Ice Skates & a Pie

Day 3 of #legocity #legoadventcalendar #lego
Day 3 of #legocity #legoadventcalendar #lego

You’ll have to forgive the pixelation in my photos. Having issues with my Samsung phone…

This was an interesting little build tonight. It’s the start of a market stall on the edge of an ice pond. I’m just not sure who would be buying a pie and ice skates while already skating on the pond…

Either way, you at least get an extra pair of skates for the minifigure from yesterday. Oh and now you “could put the skates on yesterday’s minifigure and let him skate on the ice! He could fall over, smash his camera and choke on his pretzel” as one reader over on Brickset mentioned in comments.

 

Day 4 – Hot Chocolate Kiosk

"It's time for some hot cocoa!" #day4 #legocity #legoadventcalendar #lego #icerink #andrea #bucket #mug #kiosk #legofriends
“It’s time for some hot cocoa!” #day4 #legocity #legoadventcalendar #lego #icerink #andrea #bucket #mug #kiosk #legofriends

I really liked today’s build – a hot chocolate kiosk. I think it made a good match with yesterday’s side of an icerink. Especially cute where the cheese slopes used at the top of the kiosk for built-up snow accents.

Didn’t see it until I uploaded the photo to this post, but both pieces make a good beginning to an ice skate rental shack.

Maybe I’ll rebrick them into that for tomorrow’s photo…

 

Day 5 – Biplane

12/11/2015 – So you know, by this time I’m in an all out war with my phone and Instagram, so I haven’t been able to successfully upload all of our photos without missing pixels. And the back and forth warring has put me behind on my Advent Calendar post series. I’m officially calling it quits on Instagram until I can get a nondefective phone. For now, I’ll come back to the posts and upload my photos directly to the blog…)

Day 5 Biplane from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Day 5 Biplane from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Once again, I’m super happy with the build for today – a blue and white biplane. My only issue with it is when you place it side by side with a minfigure – this just isn’t minifigure size. It’s way to large for them to hold it.

Maybe I’ll modify it and make a a remote control biplane for my minifigures…

 

Day 6 – Bulldozer

Day 6 Bulldozer from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Day 6 Bulldozer from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Andrea is clearly not being nice as she modified today’s calendar build – the wind up bulldozer – into a remote control terrorrizer to chase our new friend who we’ll call Timmy.

Timmy is so scared, he lost all his freckles!

We love this little bulldozer. Super easy to visualize what it is in its micro state. Excellent build and we give it a thumbs up.

 

Day 7 – Teenager Minifigure

Day 7 Minifigure LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Snowball fight! But first, let me take a selfie…” – Day 7 from LEGO City Advent Calendar

On Day 7, we got another minifigure kid… This time, he seems a little bit older than the one we got Day 2. He comes with a cell phone and a snowball. I wonder what mischeif he’s up to. But if he’s like any of the teenagers I know, he’s probably taking a selfie with that snowball.

I’m happy with the minifigure. Thumbs up here.

 

 

Day 8 – Lamp Post with Wreath

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Remote control cars by lamp light – Day 8 from LEGO City Advent Calendar

The Day 8 build was great! We got an old-timey lamp post with an attached wreath. It looks great with the short legged minifigures… probably a little short for the regular sized minifigures, but still cute none-the-less.

We’ll be adding this little build to our winter village MOC. Big thumbs up!

 

Day 9 – Santa’s Chair

"Santa's Coming!" - Day 9 of LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Santa’s Coming!” – Day 9 of LEGO City Advent Calendar

I *love* this chair from the Day 9 build of the advent calendar. Clearly it’s meant for Santa Claus, which we probably won’t get until later days. Regardless, we’re super inspired to build a better chair for the portrait Santa in our winter village MOC.

Super happy with this build. Thumbs up.

 

Day 10 – Christmas Tree

"Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree..." - Day 10 of LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…” – Day 10 of LEGO City Advent Calendar

Again, LEGO made a hit for us with this Christmas tree build from Day 10 of the advent calendar. We liked the gold and silver studs used for decoration and the unique piece for the base of the tree stand.

Great build. Thumbs up!

 

Day 11 – Standing Street Clock

Day 11 Standing Street Clock from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Day 11 Street Clock from LEGO City Advent Calendar

A great match to Day 8’s street lamp, the street lamp is a lovely addition. I’m not a fan of the backer for the lamp face, but it’s not a deal breaker for the design. I think a variation of it will fit in well with the winter village.

I seem to be repurposing a ton into the winter village…

 

Day 12 – Gifts

day 12 presents lego city advent calendar
“Yay a gift!” – Day 12 Presents from LEGO City Advent Calendar

We’ve had such a great streak of excellent advent calendar days, so it was just a matter of time before we ran into a humdrum build. The gifts are a great accessory for minifigures and the Christmas tree, but they are just another filler build… one that’s been seen in almost all previous years.

Not thumbs up, but not thumbs down either.

 

Day 13 – Criminal Minifigure

Day 13 Criminal Minifigure from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Day 13 Criminal Minifigure from LEGO City Advent Calendar

A standard in the last three LEGO City Advent Calendars, the criminal minifigure is far from a new item in this year’s advent calendar. Fortunately, this criminal looks like he came from the LEGO City Swamp line of products, with his rope belt and what I can assume to be crocodile teeth necklace.

I’m always a fan of minifigures. The more, the merrier. Thumbs up.

 

Day 14 – Train Locomotive

"Choo! Choo!" - Day 14 Train Locomotive from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Choo! Choo!” – Day 14 Train Locomotive from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Such an awesome little build! The train locomotive features 2×2 wheel type parts I haven’t seen before. They roll quiet excellent in this build and with a hitch on the back of the build, I’m excited to see what comes in the following builds.

Can’t wait to add this to our winter village build. Big thumbs up!

 

Day 15 – Cargo Car

Day 15 Cargo Car from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Day 15 Cargo Car from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Yes! I was hoping to get a second part of the train, but I wasn’t expecting to get it so soon! The ball snaps in nicely on to the hitch and the train makes lovely turns. And just like on the box, it all looks wonderful with the gifts on top.

Again, I’m a happy camper with this build. Woot!

 

Day 16 – Swamp Police Officer

"Hey you down there! Put your hands up!" - Day 16 Swamp Police Officer from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Hey you down there! Put your hands up!” – Day 16 Swamp Police Officer from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Wherever there’s a robber, you need a cop! And that’s exactly what we got… specifically a Swamp Police Officer. We haven’t picked up any of the swamp sets, so this will be fun to play with for a bit.

 

Day 17 – Snowspeeder

"I'm watching you!" - Day 17 Snowspeeder from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“I’m watching you!” – Day 17 Snowspeeder from LEGO City Advent Calendar

I really enjoyed this snowspeeder build. I’m not sure I’ve ever built a snowspeeder this small, but it works well for the minifigures. I may make a few of these to create a rental shop for our Winter Village MOC.

Big thumbs up.

 

Day 18 – Husky, Bowl and Bones

"Woof! Woof!" - Day 18 Husky with Bone and Bowl from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Woof! Woof!” – Day 18 Husky with Bones and Bowl from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Today’s box opened up the ever super cute husky along with a dog bowl filled with 2 bones. These aren’t that easy to come by, unless you picked them up from the last 3 year’s advent calendars or in one of the LEGO City Arctic sets.

As a matter of fact, I bought a set of 6 for the husband as a stocking stuffer last year. Paid a pretty penny for them, too. Glad to get one in this year’s calendar.

We love it!

 

Day 19 – Girl Minifigure

Cupcakes and Music - Day 19 Girl Minifigure from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Cupcakes and Music – Day 19 Girl Minifigure from LEGO City Advent Calendar

This minifigure girl is almost a perfect match for the girl, so you know I was super happy with it. I’m planning on switching out the hair and bringing her along with me for some candid shots.

 

Day 20 – Snowman

"Baby, it's cold outside..." - Day 20 Snowman from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Baby, it’s cold outside…” – Day 20 Snowman from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Yay! We finally got a snowman! This is one of the regular builds in the advent calendars every year, but it hardly seems like Christmas without one. Plus, a snowman gives you so many play opportunities, the repeat build from year to year can be forgiven.

Amywho…who needs Mr. and Mrs. Claus when you have Mr. and Mrs. Snowman?

 

Day 21 – Fire Pit & Marshmallows on Sticks

"Let's make S'mores!" - Day 21 Fire Pit & Marshmallows on Sticks from LEGO Friends Advent Calendar
“Let’s make S’mores!” – Day 21 Fire Pit & Marshmallows on Sticks from LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

While today’s build was done in 5 seconds flat (not much to build there), it does have a ton of play opportunities surrounding it. The firepit is rather nice and the unique cross piece gets the point across. The marshmallows on a stick are nothing new, but fun to see in the calendar.

I’m surprised our LEGO Friends Advent Calendar girls went camping… after all, they just came back from the salon apparently…

 

Day 22 – Rockets

"Up, up and away!" - Day 22 Rocket from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“Up, up and away!” – Day 22 Rocket from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Today’s build was just okay. I’m assuming it was a rocket, but it feels a bit… unfinished. Maybe I’m overthinking it. I’m hoping tomorrow “completes” this build…

 

Day 23 – Space Shuttle

"3... 2... 1... Liftoff!" - Day 23 Space Shuttle from LEGO City Advent Calendar
“3… 2… 1… Liftoff!” – Day 23 Space Shuttle from LEGO City Advent Calendar

As I expected, yesterday’s build was just “part 1” of a 2-part build. As standalone rockets, they were lack luster, but in conjunction with the space shuttle from today’s build, it is a very impressive design.

Very happy with the build!

 

Day 24 – Santa Claus

Day 24 Santa Clause Minifigure from LEGO City Advent Calendar
Day 24 Santa Clause Minifigure from LEGO City Advent Calendar

Last day of the LEGO City Advent Calendar and we get… tada tada! Santa Claus! He looks awesome on the chair we got earlier this advent calendar. We’ll be adding him to our Winter Village build this year.

And with that, the 2015 LEGO City Advent Calendar is done!


Come back and check this post for later days of the LEGO City Advent Calendar!

Not the calendar your interested in? We’re doing the same thing with the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar and the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar! Go check them out.

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