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I like darth maul's hood, is that a new piece?
ahh, yes, good spot. great use of it.
still cant believe that they think darth maul makes a good santa!
Its going to be a star wars kind of Christmas :o)
Shame the Gonk droid is brick built, rather than a new printed one, like the old version (that i don't have).
And the City calendar is probably worth a pickup simply to deck out the Fire Brigade for the holidays.
I wish they would do another castles one, Id take even a Pirate one.. at least the Fire Dept one should be conspiracy free
I think you're mostly missing the point guys (or maybe I just like christmas too much) - there's not much lego building value in these, but the thrill of opening each door and getting a 'surprise' is worth the money to me. must not let myself look at these again, so that they're a surprise for me!
The first 3-4 calendars that had minifigs were neat with a lot of mini themes for the fig (like the crossing gate for the train guy, mini pizza station with a chef, security check guy, construction guy with carts and garbage guy with bin, etc., but these new city theme sets are ridiculous.. it is almost like LEGO forgot that you can have a construction fig with accessories and a railroad man with accessories in one calendar and it is OK.
I would not mind if they had better stuff in them, which they do not.. They could do wonders with these SW calendars, either put figures of lesser known characters in them that will never be in a set (but known to collectors or die hard fans, Aunt Beru anyone, not an action hero, but I think you get the idea.. pick random aliens from the cantina scene) OR at least put a ton of droid parts in the calendar to be able to build a droid and that are interchangeable with the parts in the calendar..
They could do so much more with this calendar IMO, especially for the money they are charging for it...
Or they may be targeting a lower price point than the city calendar?
Christmas just gone we got an old pirates one from 2009 (6299), for £25.
I have a feeling that they're both going to want the Star Wars one this year, but otherwise I might look at the castle one from 2008: 7979, which is available for £30.
I think the best one though was the City one from 2010: 2824, which had loads of lovely microscale models, so some proper building.
It's certainly more expensive that getting the new ones, but potentially more rewarding, and in fact not that much more than the RRP of the 2010 calendars (but I assume that was a price point test that failed).
This conversation reminded me, and I've just picked up the 2010 Kingdoms calendar for less than the RRP from Brickset. I'm sure it will be used in the next few years.
I mean, what the hell do you do with a Santa-Yoda??? It doesn't fit with the Star Wars theme because he's wearing a freakin' Santa outfit and it doesn't fit with any other theme because it's Yoda!!!!
Same goes with every Santa Star Wars minifig they release. I HATES THEM!
Now where the heck is the LOTR calendar LEGO???
My understanding of the girl market is that girls really get involved with the story-telling aspect of Lego. This is why accessories are a big element, but I do not think at the expense of minifigs. One can't have a story without minifigs.
With my two girls, minifigs are a big deal. If it came down to minifigs are accessories, minifigs majorly trump. Considering the increase of females from series 1 until now in minifig line, I think Lego has also realized that girls really gravitate to minifigs.
In addition, I have also seen, with my 2 girl test case, that they veto whole themes based on the lack of female minfigs. Minifigs are a huge deal over here.
I suspect this is more due to
a) There are limited minifigs in in the line, and to include too many, dilutes the need to buy specific other sets. At the same time, I think if one made a few more of them exclusives with Christmas outfits, like these two are, it wouldn't compete.
b) With the popularity of friends, maybe they felt they could simply have two minifigs and still sell it.
Unless we're talking about a majorly good price point, though, I'm still highly disappointed with this set.
I like the City calendar far better than last year's. Nice it get 12 brick-bricks, and more of the new firefighters. It also looks like the little girl has the long ponytail hairpiece, which hasn't appeared in many sets.
Why did TLG not do a LOTR advent calender?!
"Shall we give him a lightsaber?"
"Naaaah, just give him a spade and a 1x1 round plate to hold."
Actually Im kinda surpised there is no Ninjago Calendar