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2.0 out of 5 stars Over priced. Spoiled surprise. Strange theme., October 4, 2012
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= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: LEGO 2012 City Advent Calendar 4428 (Kitchen)
I agree with the other reviewers. I am a long time LEGO fan and somewhat serious collector. I have been buying LEGO Advent calendars for my kids since 2005. Every year they seem to get a little stranger and more expensive. The advent calendar really is a $20 set as another reviewer suggested.

My main gripes come from two different areas. 1) They spoil the surprise by showing every model on the outside of the box. Good for parents, I suppose, but horrible for kids. 2) The theme for the past 2 years has been very strange. Last year it was a cops and robbers theme... for Christmas! Three of the days didn't even contain a complete model, they just had sections of a jail house. It was pretty lame. This year they focus on fire fighters. Why? What do fire fighters have to do with Christmas?

I love the idea of opening a tiny LEGO set every day, but I can't stand the theme and I can't stomach the price.
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Initial post: Oct 16, 2012 10:58:34 AM PDT
Ken Zirkel says:
I agree about the strange themes. I would love to see snowmen, sleds, santa's sleigh, that kind of thing in the Advent calendar.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 11:04:23 AM PDT
Steven says:
Yeah, anything that would enhance a LEGO Holiday setup would be welcome. I'm not going to stick cops and robbers in my holiday scene... nor a little section of a fire house. Now, a holiday decorated fire (or police) station would be cool as a separate LEGO set. That being said, I still ordered this Advent Calendar when it went down to a sale price last week.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 8:18:21 AM PDT
13GoGirl13 says:
This is the first time I have seen this. Can someone please explain how it works? Does the child get to open a small package of Legos that he gets to put together each day until Christmas? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 5:10:37 AM PDT
Janet says:
Yes!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 7:14:19 AM PDT
Julie says:
yes, that is correct. They open a door with a small bag to put together each day, just like a chocolate Advent calendar.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 7:24:55 AM PDT
13GoGirl13 says:
Excellent. Thanks. Have you already bought one and your child tried it out? This sounds like my six year old would love it. I agree with many of the other posts that Lego could have made this much more Christmas themed... But the truth is, I don't think my son will care at this point. He is going to be thrilled to have a little Lego set to put together each day.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 11:22:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2012 11:28:59 AM PDT
Steven says:
We have been purchasing these every year for our kids. They do enjoy it. Having two kids though, forces them to take turns opening one door every other day. Last year, we bought the City and LEGO 2012 Star Wars Advent Calendar 9509 calendars so they could each open a door a day... but they didn't like the Star Wars calendar very much. It's more fun to open minifig-scale models rather than micro models of giant spacecraft.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 9:57:16 AM PDT
LaMama says:
Thank you for pointing these out! I totally agree.
I am not sure if I will buy a calendar this year, although I am tempting to get one to keep our family tradition going. Just hoping the price will go down even further:o

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 10:27:01 AM PST
nysnowbird92 says:
i guess they just go with themes so it's something the kids can add to their 'Lego City' (which is what this is parts of).. and play with it all year instead of packing up the snowmen and santa in january having to wait until november to see it again.. and then they get another advent calendar with, guess what, more snowmen and santas... there has to be variety.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 1:07:30 PM PST
senseimike says:
The price is even higher at Toys R Us(39.99)
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