Dear LEGO: We want 7979 Castle Advent Calendar!

UPDATE (9/26/08): You can order your copy of the set by following the directions in How to get your 7979 Castle Advent Calendar, currently at the top of the front page.

UPDATE (9/25/08): Limited quantities of this set will be made available on September 26 in the US and Canada.

We’ve recently received news from The LEGO Group that the much-anticipated holiday set 7979 Castle Advent Calendar will not be available in the United States (with ambiguity around its availability in other markets).

Just look at this gorgeous set, full of unique minifigs — including a jester, new witch, peasant woman, goblin, and dwarf:

Naturally, the hue and cry from LEGO Castle fans was heard ’round the ‘net. I’m personally extremely disappointed, and and am therefore abusing my position as the Editor-in-Chief of this blog to rally the LEGO fan community and try to change LEGO’s mind.

Note: For those of you in continental Europe, 7979 Castle Advent Calendar has been confirmed for most of your markets. Elsewhere, there’s still some question about places like the UK, Australia, Canada, and Japan.

EDIT (TG): The set is presently available on Shop@Home for both the UK and Australia.

For those of you who’d like to let The LEGO Group know that you want this set, there are several ways you can communicate your wishes.

  • Leave a comment here on The Brothers Brick and one of the resident LEGO Ambassadors will pass your comments on to LEGO.
  • Contact LEGO Customer Service by e-mail, phone, or snail-mail.
  • Vote in the Brothers Brick poll at the end of this post.
  • Vote in the Classic-Castle.com poll and leave a shout-out on the Dear LEGO forum.
  • Ask about it at your local LEGO Store.
  • All of the above!

Just to be realistic for a moment, let’s not get our hopes up. It’s already very late in the year to be changing plans for a holiday set. Packaging requirements, for example, are different from market to market, and it may be too late to design, repackage, and ship this set to other markets.

Finally, for those of you on the fence about this, here’s the beautiful peasant woman:

Okay people, fan activism ON!

EDIT (AB): If you see an error when you try to vote, rest assured that your vote is still being counted. (For those who care, see my technical explanation in the comments below.)

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EDIT (AB): Bumping this by a few hours so it stays on the front page a bit longer.

88 comments on “Dear LEGO: We want 7979 Castle Advent Calendar!

  1. Aaron West

    Living in North America does have it’s share of perks, but I’d still like to be able to buy a 2008 Castle Advent Calender for each of my four children at reasonable rates. I think LEGO needs to understand that availability of information through the internet puts them under the microscope as consumers and fans dream and wish for some pretty marvelous things for Christmas. It is a shame that my families wish list has been reduced by one LEGO set, and it seems the Castle Advent Calender will not be a part of our 2008 celebration. At least, it has become an unreasonable expense I am afraid.

  2. James Forsyth

    This set certainly seems to be available in the UK – in fact, according to a flier I’ve recently acquired at the Milton Keynes Lego shop it will be free with the Giant Castle Chess Set between 27 & 31 October. If Lego don’t relent my advice is for bricklink or other net traders to buy as many as possible & let our American friends have them at reasonable prices before Xmas. Swings & roundabouts: I only managed to to get 6071, Forestmen’s Crossing, because I was sent to the States to work for 6 weeks in 1992.

  3. Mindey

    I love collecting various advent calendars and would love to get this one. I can’t believe they won’t sell it in the US. I look all over the internet to find my collection so I guess I will have to get it on E-Bay when the people in Europe start putting them up for auction. If anyone else collects advents I found some very beautiful Advent Calendars:
    http://www.tealaden.com/advent_houses/advent_calendars.htm

  4. Brent

    I would have bought two, one for myself and one for my son. I assume TLG had a good reason for doing this, based on some kind of business plan (advent calendars selling poorly in NA?), but considering the buzz this set was getting from when it was leaked way back, I would have thought it would be a best seller everywhere.

    Disappointing to say the least.

  5. Black Six

    As much as I disagree with Lego’s decision to do this, I doubt I would have bought the set if it ws available in the states. Good luck everyone.

  6. Gretchen

    Oooohhhhh, I hadn’t heard about it before; I would definitely have bought one of these. Waahhh I want one! I sure hope you can get TLG to change their minds about releasing it here. My boys just saw it and they are disappointed too.

  7. Brad

    Well, I ordered three for myself from the UK Shop at Home site and had them sent to a friend in Edinburgh. Near as I can tell, they let me get away with that, so I expect to get my hot hands on some this season. Exclusives I don’t mind; some places get something special and that can be nice. However, that we saw the preview pics so early and had no idea we could not buy, that just breaks my heart. I’m glad I don’t have any kids who were pining after this!

  8. Brickule

    Well I E-mailed Lego this is what I said….

    Dear Lego Company, I Josh Neyman. (Also know as “Brickule” online) Am E-mailing on behalf of the Lego Castle fans in the United States. We are (to put it lightly) disappointed that the Castle Advent Calendar will not be available to us.

    We ask that you please reconsider and see the horrible mistake you are making, I myself was hoping to get at least two or three of the sets. We were exited about the maiden available in the calendar, and also were looking forward to the witch. It is not often we have the chance to get women for our castle MOCs. So please, we would very much appreciate it if you made the Castle Advent Calendar available to your loving fans in the good oll’ USA.

    And this is what they said….

    Dear Joshua
    Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in LEGO® brand products.

    The Advent Calendar you referred to is not available in our current product selection and is not expected to be available for sale in the United States at this time. We currently have the LEGO City Advent Calendar for sale, item number 7724. To confirm an availability date at a later time or to answer any questions, call our Customer Service Department at 1-800-835-4386. Customer Service hours are 8:00am to 10:00pm EST Monday-Friday and 10:00am to 6:00pm EST Saturday and Sunday. Please call also if you wish to request a catalog which will list our current line of LEGO toys as well as the suggested retail price or check our website at http://www.LEGOshop.com.

    Thank you again for contacting us. We wish your family many happy hours of creative building with LEGO brand toys in the years to come.

    LEGO Direct Consumer Services

    ….Not exactly the answer I was expecting. Any way, this is probobly what we will ALL recive in reply to our E-mails.

  9. Alex

    I’ll be buying one. I’ll be paying more to buy it with shipping and/or Bricklink markups, and it’ll be an annoyance rather than a joy to purchase, but I’ll be buying one. Thanks, TLC.

  10. Ryan

    @Brickule: Arrgh. I hate their pointless, obvious replies. They always tell you what sets are currently out, and have almost nothing to do with what you asked for/about.

  11. Andrew Post author

    For all of you trying to vote in the poll, we’ve got a minor conflict between a caching plugin (which speeds up the site and reduces bandwidth usage) and the poll plugin, so a few of you may see a “Select a valid option” error when you try to vote.

    Despite that error, your votes are successfully being tallied and should appear the next time you come back to the page (assuming somebody else has left a comment and therefore forced a refresh).

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  13. E.J.

    I sent this message to Lego customer service, if you would like to cut and paste, I would encourage it and just add your name to the end of the message.

    **********************************************
    Hello! I have just read online that the holiday set 7979 Castle Advent Calendar will not be available in the United States, and I was very unhappy to hear it. I had heard that this set was coming out months ago and hoped to buy at least a dozen! (ok, maybe only 10) I am an adult fan of Lego and have been a huge castle fan for years. I am sad to see this set not available in my country, and would petition that you make it available to the United States. I realize that it may be late in the season to ship these out to stores and such, but even making them available on the Shop at Home site would be fantastic! Even if they are not available before Christmas, I would STILL buy ten of these to add to my castle collection when they become available to me.

    I just wanted my opinion and voice to be heard. Thanks for all you do! Lego customer service has always been fantastic in all of my past purchases. Keep up the good work :-)
    ************************************************

    It’s true, I totally WOULD buy a dozen of these, given the chance. And I’m sure many of you agree, even if these are made available AFTER Christmas, we’d snatch them up in a heartbeat!

    ~E.J.

  14. Mr. Meep

    It’s times like this that I’m thankful I have relatives in the UK. I’m gonna order a few and have ‘em sent to my grandparent’s house, then have them bring them here when they come to the States next month. That means that there’ll be some on eBay in October and November. Still, though, I will send an email.

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  16. Jakob Trier

    I have seen the set advertised at Amazon in Japan, that is where I plan to get one for my oldest son if the local Legoshop will not sell it.

  17. E.J.

    I just received mine in the mail today, they look sweet! A to Lego for making these available to us in the US :-)

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  20. Denise

    This is to be my first year buying a lego advent calendar for my 2 sons…they would be so much more excited about the castle set! I would definitely buy 2. I’ll have to think more about the city version now.
    A disappointed LEGO mom

  21. Andrew Post author

    ^ Denise, click through the link at the top of this post. :) A small number was made available in North America, and we’re receiving word that some are still available for order as late as today.

  22. Ceej

    I would have bought 3 of these if it was in the shops or at lego.ca. Now because of the shipping costs I will only buy one from the UK.

    Bad move lego.

  23. Lukas

    i agree with Tinyblob yuo americans get too much good sets its time for yuo not have some! btw i have this set! and its just too awesome !
    wote for yuor favorite!

    ps:mines the jester whats yuor?

  24. E.J.

    Lukas,

    Well if you’ve been opening the doors on time, you wouldn’t have gotten to the jester yet!

    Why did you have to go and spoil my Advent Calendar surprises?

    It’s like telling me there’s no Santa Claus :-(

    Besides, Dwarves are the best minifigs ever!

  25. Lukas

    well ej yes i opened all the doors :( and yes the dwarve is very good but the jester is better

    ps: yuo believe in santa? lol

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