2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 6

Welcome to Day 6 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO Star WarsLEGO Friends, and LEGO City 2018 advent calendars along with commentary from The Brothers Brick team.

If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. What bricks will we get for Day 6?

For Day 6, we have a micro-Cloud City from Star Wars, a stocking ornament from Friends, and a snowman from City.

Dave: Today, every calendar shines! The mini Cloud City, though not as detailed and the newly released 75222 Betrayal at Cloud City set, is entirely charming and wins for best part usage for the red dual pod cloud car. The Friends stocking ornament is well-shaped and colored, and finally, City gets a snowman sipping hot chocolate that is for once recognizable as a snowman (though the upside-down brown stud falls out of the mug–I really wish the mug element had a connection there like the tall clear goblets do).

Rod: The cloud car is awesome. I’m totally stealing that for a micro Star Wars scene.

Daniel: Star Wars is killing it! That Coud City is so cute!

Andrew:  This tiny Cloud City is one of my all-time favorite Star Wars Advent Calendar builds. The stocking and snowman are certainly lovely, but the twin-pod cloud car might be the best three-piece LEGO vehicle that LEGO has ever designed.

Nick:  Imagine the excitement of finding THE perfect parts usage for the cloud car. Dang, that’s clever. NPU.

Chris: I’m not going to lie, I kind of want to buy another copy of this Advent Calendar just for the Cloud City model. But wait, I have all the parts so I think I’ll just make my own. I’m absolutely loving that twin-pod cloud car made of just three elements. The stocking is solid (albeit blocky) but the snowman is creepy. He looks more like a faceless snow golem rising from the winter chill than a happy snowman.

Bre: With the number of snowmen that have been made over the years, you would think LEGO would have made at least one printed face by now…

Edwinder:  LEGO needs to make a proper snowman minifigure already! I assure you it’s gonna be a hit. The other two builds are decent with a stocking and Cloud City–both fine addition to today’s reveal.

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5 comments on “2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 6

  1. FlyingSioux

    Surprised by the illegal stud in mug, I turned the mug upside down and connected the stud properly so my son could run around and show off his snowman without losing the hot-cocoa in the mug.

  2. Purple Dave

    I first learned about the mug/goblet thing back when TLM came out, and someone complained that they couldn’t mount flames in the mugs on Lord Business’ headdress. I had always just assumed the mug was designed like the goblet, but I’d never had a reason to try. Then TLBM came out, and I wanted to have one of the Security Guards trapped in a Clayface splat with a mug of spilling water. I ended up figuring out a way to pull it off, but it involves getting a small white Technic belt wrapped just right around the base of a flame element, and it’s not a permanent connection. Eventually I’ll show up at an event and it will have popped loose, and I have to start all over again.

    The hot chocolate is not an illegal connection. Really, it’s not even a connection. The cockpits on the twin-pod cloud car verge on being illegal connections. According to Jamie Berard’s presentation, 1×1 elements are allowed, but anything larger is not due to how tight the stud is in a Technic hole (note that the inside of 1×1 round bricks and plates is _not_ round like a Technic hole). If it was a Technic brick, they’d also be restricted from placing any elements on the studs if it resulted in them overhanging the plates because the Technic holes sit a bit higher than the hole on the back of a headlight brick (but maybe a 1×1 round plate would past muster because the flange could end up in a gap, where a square plate has much more surface area to intersect.

  3. Exxos

    How I get things to stick in mugs for display is to take a 3cm piece of lego decal sheet scrap, wrap it around the stud, and it thickens up the stud diameter to that of the inside of the mug for a light friction fit that does not hurt the parts and is technically still lego.

  4. Håkan

    *Spoiler Alert*

    There’s an actual snowman head in the Star Wars calendar.for this year. Further reuse to be expected…

    *Spoiler ends!*

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