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Lego City Advent Calendar:
My other half loves Lego and to be quite honest so do I, even though we are 'grown-ups' we still enjoy playing with our Lego and we think the mini-figures, (the little guys and girls), look cool. We also use the mini-figures for our role-playing games in place of the ridiculously expensive 'miniatures' sold by the RPG makers.
At Christmas I always like to spoil the other half as he works his butt off to provide for us and build us a better life and Christmas is a great reason to show him how absolutely amazing he is and so the Lego advent calendars have become something of a tradition. The price makes you do that sharp inhaling of breath at first, nearly £20.00, (they used to be £15.00), for an advent calendar seems like pure lunacy but once you see how big the box is and you start opening those doors you realise that you are getting good value for money.
Just like a normal advent calendar it has doors marked 1-25, (boo, my advent calendar only has 24 doors), which you open each day in the lead up to Christmas. The other half opens his when he gets home for work and literally runs through the door straight to his advent calendar without even taking his coat off first! The excitement from a 30 year old is amazing and great fun for me to watch and the excitement from an actual child must be stunning. This might be one of the coolest things to get a child at Christmas in terms of the reward you get from their joy and excitement! My other half used to be a bit of a "bah humbug" type person where Christmas was concerned but now he really gets into it and I can solely attribute that change to his Lego advent calendar.
Each day you will find a little Lego model or a mini-figure and they come in pieces which is brilliant as the fun of Lego is getting to build stuff. On each door there is a picture of how the model will look when complete and they are simple enough to put together in a few minutes. I would definitely recommend clearing some kind of surface so you child, (young or old), can build up the scene each day which just adds to their enjoyment of the thing.
Last year we got all sorts of cool stuff including a barbeque, 9 mini-figures, (including a Santa, a fireman and various other 'workers'), and even a snow-man which is so cool, (no pun intended). All the models and figures make a great addition to your Lego collection and allow you to add some really nice touches to sets you may already own. For kids this really opens up their imaginative play.
In terms of value for money I can tell you that this is amazing. You get so much more Lego than you would in a normal Lego set for the same price. In this year's version you get a whopping 257 pieces of Lego. A pack of five mini-figures will set you back nearly £9.00 making them around £1.80 each so in this set you get £16.00 worth of mini-figures alone as well sixteen other models!
I buy ours from Lego.com but places like toy shops and Amazon also stock them for the same price. I really can't put into words how great this advent calendar is and if anyone you know loves Lego this is an incredible gift! Completely recommended!
Oh I nearly forgot to mention that they do a version very year and it's different. They also do a themed set each year and this year it's Pirates which is the one we have opted for this year for a change.
Our 4 year old son absolutely loves Lego. He has always been quite creative with building blocks and the like, and it is only recently he moved from Duplo onto the Lego pieces, since we went to Legoland in August. He has a couple of large containers full of Lego, and every day he will happily sit there for hours building vehicle after vehicle, building after building, etc, etc.
So, with Christmas looming up, we wondered what to get for the little mite that had something to do with Lego, but not just another Lego toy - something different. I was trawling the online streets of amazon.co.uk when I spotted this product, and remembered that one of my friends had bought this for their little one a couple of years. In no time I was on the phone, asking about it, and the next day I went round to have a look at it, as they had kept it from the year before.
Essentially, this is a rather expensive advent calendar. It rocks in at about £15, but you'll need to get it soon otherwise places will start selling out. The way it works is quite simple, and explains the difference in price to a normal advent calendar with choc. Behind each 'door', numbered from 1 to 25 just like a traditional advent calendar, is a small bag of Lego which builds into a little item to add to your Lego collection. This is instead of the traditional chocolate, and it may just be something that a lot of people jump at to restrict kids running round on a sugar rush first thing in the morning.
It seems like the ideal present for my son, and the little Lego packs are quite generous with a few bits in each one. Considering how a small box of Lego costs around £3/4 in the shops, this is a bargain, as not only do you get 25 small packs of Lego for only £15, but you also get to give your kid a different and fun advent calendar. We've got ours sitting waiting for start of December and can't wait to see his face when he realises what he's going to get every morning. I can see myself having to get up a half an hour earlier each morning just to alow him time to build and experiment with it before school!
The Lego is good quality, and it's a brilliant way of incorporating it into your Christmas build up. It could also restrict the chocolate factor, although we're considering doing both at the weekends, and I highly value this product. I know he's going to love it and it is worth the money at £15. Any parent of a Lego fanatic is likely to go for this straight away - it's a great idea!