853663 LEGO Iconic Holiday Magnet [Review]

Each year LEGO reveals new ideas for holiday ornaments, and this time it’s an adorable 853663 LEGO Iconic Holiday Magnet consisting just of 45 pieces. The set is offered for $9.99/€6,99, and the reason for it to be a little bit pricey is a pair of modified bricks with magnets — somewhat peculiar pieces in uncommon color. At the same time, colours are what make this build a very pretty thing to decorate one’s dwelling with.

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Turns out, this small set captures a unique concept of LEGO Christmas ornaments. The reason it has the word ‘iconic’ in its name is quite simple: a very special line-up of Christmas magnets was first introduced with M565 Santa Magnet Set back in 2006. Since then a new Santa magnet souvenir set was released each year till 2011, and this season we are finally getting a brilliant addition to that small holiday collection.

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Unfortunately, there is no Santa minifigure this time, but a Christmas trio instead: a classical snowman, a playful little girl, and a traditional holiday tree to decorate. Without the magnet stand these three look like they are right from a City advent calendar. To be honest, the snowman looks better than any of the 2017 advent snowmen, even though it consists of about a dozen of pieces and can be easily put behind a random advent door.

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However, for many of LEGO fans the main reason to get the set may be a pair of modified 2×4 bricks with magnets inside in medium azure. There is no particular reason for these pieces to be included in medium azure, but still there is something special about the way the color goes with pieces in white and trans-light blue. Additionally, the only other set to include bricks with magnets in medium azure was released about a couple of years ago.

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Anyway, modified bricks with magnets are probably one of the simplest ways to see your favourite builds and minifigures in a new light. For instance, on a door of your fridge, which would be a perfect place to keep them till the next holiday season.

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