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Incredibly disappointing and boring
on December 27, 2012
We received the calendar very quickly and in perfect condition. This is about the only positive thing I have to say about this calendar.
My daughters are 8 and 4 yrs. old and every year they get a traditional advent calendar with pictures or chocolates and one that has something for them to build. Since the Lego ones are so expensive and only very few have a nice Christmas theme I decided I would get my 8-yr-old the Smurf calendar this year. She loves the smurfs and I was very excited that Amazon carried their Advent calendar. The pictures on the box reveal practically everything that's contained inside so I decided to cover up parts of the box so there would be at least a little bit of a surprise. Day 1: my daughter is over the moon because she gets Hefty Smurf (one of her favorites). Day 2: she gets a few white mega blocks with stickers to build a 'snow pile' - still ok. Day 3 - more white blocks, uh - ok? Day 4 - more blocks, nothing that you can build anything with. She starts to get bored... Day 5 - a ladder. She definitely gets frustrated by now. Another day she gets one (!) red stud or one brown 2x6 plate or just stickers. Really? After that it became obvious that she wouldn't have to expect anything exciting until Day 24 when she would at least get Smurfette. All the while my four year old opens her Playmobil finding a nice mini figure, accessories, furniture, a treasure chest, etc. every single day. And every piece or kit continues to fill the included 3-D scenery and allows for more creative play with the set. The Smurf 'scenery' is printed on a flap attached to the calendar and is quite boring. For almost the same price the Playmobil calendar offers five times the fun to open and ten times more fun to play with after opening. The entire Mega Blok calendar went into the trash on Dec 24. The parts are now in a box and have not been played with since - only Hefty and Smurfette were added to a different smurf set she already had. We are extremely disappointed with this set.