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2015 LEGO Advent Calendars First Look: Star Wars, City, Friends [News]

For 2015, LEGO is rolling out 3 themed Advent calendars: Star Wars, City, and Friends. As with previous years’ Star Wars Advent Calendars, an exclusive holiday-themed Star Wars minifig is included. This time it’s C3-P0 dressed as Santa Claus, riding a sleigh pulled by an R2-D2 with reindeer antlers. The City calendar has a mini Santa train and loads of toys, while the Friends calendar includes parts for a small hockey match and a lot of accessories – both pretty par for the course.

75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar [flickr gallery] (expected $39.99, 292 pieces)
75097 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar

60099 LEGO City Advent Calendar [flickr gallery] (expected $29.99, 278 pieces)
60099 LEGO City Advent Calendar

41102 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar [flickr gallery] (expected $29.99, 233 pieces)
41102 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

For those who’d rather wait to reveal all the surprises inside the Advent calendars, I’ve placed the full set images after the jump. Click to reveal.

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Piazza Maria makes me long for Italy and ice cream

I don’t know whether it’s the scene, the yellow background or the combination of the two, but Piazza Maria by Andrew Tate has a distinctly Southern-European flair.

Piazza Maria

In fact, I’ll be a bit more specific. The model wasn’t specifically intended to be Italian, despite the name, but the colours on the buildings are spot-on and the gelateria really do remind me of a square in Udine, where, on a work trip to Italy, I had some wonderful ice cream a fair few years ago. I don’t remember a living statue there, but I don’t mind. It could easily have been there.

Updating the classics

In recent years, LEGO set design has been going from strength to strength. However, as far as I am concerned, some of the sets I had as a child are really hard to beat. Build techniques have obviously moved on and new parts have been introduced, but particularly city sets from the late seventies and early eighties were design marvels. They may have been fairly simple and built using primary colours, but they also had lots of character.

We haven’t featured models by Are Heiseldal (L@go) very often, but in recent years he has been steadily building his own updated interpretations of some of these classic sets from his (and my) childhood, of which I am going to share a few favourites. LEGO set 675 “Snack bar” was released in 1979.

Snack Bar 1

I never actually owned the oddly-named set 6694 “Car with Camper”, but remember poring over the 1984 catalogue to work out how to build the caravan. Are’s updated version seems to offer somewhat more privacy to the occupants.

Modern 6694 13

Finally, the latest model that he has uploaded is a modern reinterpretation of set 6689 “Post Station”.

Post Office 1

These models may not be spectacular in terms of build techniques, but I love them. There is enough of the original in them to ensure that a single glance is enough to trigger nostalgia. Furthermore, like the originals, if you look closely you’ll see that they are chock full of clever features. If you too get a warm and fuzzy feeling about these, I suggest you check out Are’s flickr album with more of his updated classics.

Teslatown – A Steampunk Metropolis

Rod Gillies created this lovely steampunk harbor town for Brick2014 in London. I love the whimsical, compact look he has going on. It’s also got all kinds of motors and lights and what-not, as seen in this video taken at the convention. I love the use of the Lava Lamp. That’s some creative thinking outside the brick!


Check out the video as well!

Aerial Arena – The more you look, the more you are drawn in

You have to check out the domed roof on this lovely building by Pete Strege. The curve of the roof is so perfectly smooth, I can’t believe it. So very, very nice. But I also really like the colors of the building and the overall architectural style. It reminds me a lot of Vista House, an observatory that my wife and I used to visit in the Columbia Gorge.

A Massive Micro Metropolis

I love this micro city-scape by LoctiteGirl. It is simply perfect. The backdrop brings your eyes in to the city, the lighting illuminates some parts and shadows other, creating a sense of mystery about the whole build. The congested city looks clean and symmetrical but every building is unique and has it’s own special features. This is masterpiece and I wish I could see it in person.


Amazon LEGO sales for Black Friday 2014: Friends, Castle and Super Heroes

Amazon.com has kicked off its Black Friday week with some good sales on LEGO sets, if you are looking to do some early Christmas shopping or just want to pick up something for your own collection.

LEGO Friends Olivia’s House 3315is currently $55.47, down from an original price of $74.99.

LEGO Kings Castleis on sale for $85.07, down from $99.99.

Lego Castle Dragon Mountain – 70403is currently $41.33, down from $49.99.

LEGO City 60025 Grand Prix Truck Toy Building Setis $20.99, down from $29.99.

LEGO Superheroes 76011 Batman: Man-Bat Attackis currently $16.00, down from $19.99.

LEGO Super Heroes Spider-Cycle Chase 76004is $14.79, down from $19.99.

LEGO Superheroes 76017 Captain America vs. Hydrais $14.97, down from $19.99.

LEGO Super Heroes Superman Vs Power Armor Lex 6862is $15.00, down from $19.99.

Future City Drone Carrier: Coming soon to a Big Brother near you

The police state will soon be able to look in on you from the skies, thanks to this creation by Galaktek. The folding, rotating, runway on the back of the truck looks awesome, and fun to play with. It’s like a mini aircraft carrier! The idea of a hovering vehicle, which launches flying vehicles is preposterously fun, too. Make sure you check out the other creations in this series in his photo stream, especially the robot dogs.

FutureCity Drone Carrier