A great advent calendar for fans of the franchise and Lego alike thanks to its 1-of-a-kind figures.
Comes with 4 unique holiday-themed Star Wars mini figures. Each small build is instantly recognizable to fans of the series. The builds are fairly straightforward even for little kids. Includes a variety of figures from different eras of the series.
Some of the pieces don't feel like they belong with the holiday theme.
A fun calendar that features a variety of builds with a different style from traditional blocks.
Has a holiday market theme that includes stalls, toys, and even a Santa picture station. Each mini-figure ditches the classic block style for a more stylized look. The sleigh with a reindeer pulling it is a particular stand-out piece.
Some of the builds are too simple even for younger kids.
A great choice for kids who are fans of recreating their favorite superhero scenes.
Features every current member of the Guardians cast in fun and unique Christmas-themed costumes. Each day features a build that allows for creative play throughout the month. The calendar itself has a fold-out base mat for play.
Some of the mini-build models are hard to recognize.
With pieces inspired by Christmas itself and simple builds, this is a great pick for every-year use.
Each piece has a timeless use allowing for it to be built every year. The mini-figures include a unique accessory and look that you can't find in other sets. A foldout playmat features a distinctive scene with a place for every included build.
The cardboard used for the box is a little thin making it easy to dent.
A great collection of mini-figures allows this to be used as a decoration year round.
Includes 7 mini-figures that are well-designed. Includes a variety of mini-builds that are reminiscent of different scenes from the books and movies. The playmat doubles as a board game to play once all the figures and mini-builds are revealed.
Is a tad expensive compared to other Lego advent calendars.
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The only thing better than getting a new LEGO minifigure or model is getting a different minifigure or model every day for 24 days. LEGO Advent calendars offer bite-size building experiences with sets based on popular franchises and other LEGO themes.
Each LEGO Advent calendar contains 24 items hidden behind numbered doors on an illustrated panel, not unlike traditional Advent calendars. LEGO calendars have different themes, usually based on popular franchises, so choosing the right one for your loved one (or yourself) is the most important decision. Most of the calendars are similar in their complexity and number of pieces, but there is some variation. In addition, the calendars disclose their contents on the packaging or online if you like to collect certain minifigures.
New LEGO Advent calendars are released before each holiday season, so there are many to choose from, all with a festive touch. A good buying guide and recommendations can help make your shopping easier.
Most people want a specific theme for their LEGO Advent calendar, and there are several to choose from. They vary in complexity and total piece count, so be sure the calendar you choose is age-appropriate if you’re buying one for a child.
The themes of LEGO Advent calendars are the same as the company’s most popular lines. However, LEGO only releases a few calendars per year, so not all the themes are featured every year.
Star Wars: A popular choice with both children and adults, LEGO Star Wars Advent calendars include scenery, vehicles, Jedi, and droids. Most builds are slightly more complicated than those in the other Advent calendars.
Marvel: These Advent calendars are suitable for kids and adults and include a handful of superhero minifigures as well as vehicles. Many have moving parts and projectiles you can launch a short distance. Some focus on a specific film or series, such as Guardians of the Galaxy.
Friends: Like the larger LEGO Friends sets, these calendars include characters from the Friends line and are made with young children in mind. The holiday theme is usually much more evident in these sets, allowing kids to create scenes with elves, snowmen, sleighs, trees, and more.
LEGO City: Aimed at children and teens, these Advent calendars feature the most variety with minifigures, vehicles, and an assortment of everyday objects. While there aren’t many holiday sets, some of the sets combine well with other LEGO City toys you might have.
Harry Potter: For Harry Potter fans of all ages, these sets include a variety of items from the Wizarding World as well as more minifigures than most other Advent calendars. In some cases, the sets have a motif of their own, like the 2020 Harry Potter calendar that includes items from the Yule Ball and characters dressed in gowns and tuxedos.
Other: Less common are the Pirates calendars, which include pirate minifigures, cannons, and other nautical paraphernalia. Other calendars include basic holiday-themed builds and usually have larger pieces that are easier to manipulate. Also keep an eye out for bundles that include two calendars. Because LEGO pairs calendars from the same year, they typically have two different themes. If you want to buy calendars for more than one child, this can work out well.
Instructions are fairly limited in LEGO Advent calendars and some of these can be challenging to assemble for younger kids. Most Advent calendars contain around 300 pieces, which can be very small. Pay close attention to the recommended age range on the packaging. Small pieces pose a choking hazard for very young children. LEGO sets for young children have large pieces that are easier for tiny hands to work with.
For many LEGO fans, it’s all about the minifigures. In the Advent calendars, you’ll find classic minifigures as well as familiar characters in unusual clothing, like Tony Stark in a holiday sweater. These one-of-a-kind minifigures can be collected and may even be valuable in a few years, especially since each Advent calendar is only produced once. Next year’s calendar will be different.
Don’t forget about the look of the Advent calendar itself. Each box features an illustration on the back, often depicting a holiday scene that fits with the theme, with the doors hidden throughout. The back of the box serves as a cover for the calendar. When you unfold the flap and lay it on the table, it becomes a stage for the LEGO pieces and the holiday scene.
There aren’t many pieces to go around in one LEGO Advent calendar. If you have a few children, consider buying a calendar for each one.
The most affordable LEGO Advent calendars are from the Friends and City lines. These cost about $35 when they’re released before each holiday season.
Advent calendars for franchises with wide appeal like Marvel, Star Wars, and Harry Potter typically cost $45 upon release and up to $65 for calendars from a couple of years ago.
Older LEGO Advent calendars are usually more expensive because they’re harder to find. These cost from $60 to $120 and more, depending on their rarity. Star Wars calendars tend to increase in value significantly over time.
A. Most of these calendars are fairly comparable in price to standard sets, sometimes skewing slightly higher per piece. However, also consider the number of unique builds in each box, plus the Advent calendar itself.
A. That depends on the franchise and the set, but in most cases, there are a few festive touches like holiday sweaters or a snowman, with the rest of the set made up of characters and items from the franchise. LEGO City Advent calendars tend to have more of a festive theme than other calendars. However, even without an obvious holiday look, these calendars still work like traditional Advent calendars, with presents hidden behind numbered doors.
A. Yes. In fact, two days often include two components that are designed to go together, such as a character and a motorcycle it can ride. A few Advent calendars even have several sets that go together to create a bigger party, action, or other scenes.
A. The back of each flap has either basic instructions or a detailed picture of the assembled set. Instructions rarely have more than a couple of steps since the sets are typically quite simple. For some people, it’s almost like solving a tiny puzzle.