Advent Calendar Legos? What????

My first thought is "What is an Advent Calendar?" Sure, maybe I live in a box. I’m somewhat specific about what I know a lot about. For example, I know far more about the Star Wars universe than about what’s going on in our nation right now. Sad, but true. Don't we have a new president or something?

So, I’m looking at this thing and the kid part of me is going "Cool! Legos!!!" and the adult part of me is wearing a giant question mark.

So I hit Wikipedia. Apparently an Advent Calendar is "…a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content."

Here’s the picture on Wikipedia:

Okay. We have Santa and a bunch of happy looking people hangin' out in a house...

Grrrrrr!!!!!Grrrrrr!!!!!So then I look at the Lego Advent Calendar set. Well, it doesn't actually assemble into a calendar. There are siege weapons, a pissed-off looking wizard, and some sort of wall piece with a skull emblem and big blades attached to it.

My mind goes to "Perhaps this is how they celebrated Christmas during the Crusades?"

Obviously more research was required. So back I go to Wikipedia to look up the definition of Advent:

"Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus; in other words, the period immediately before Christmas."

Okay... No mention of mean wizards or weapons of destruction...

Have yourself a blade-filled little ChristmasHave yourself a blade-filled little Christmas



So, while I can't reconcile the disparities between a real Advent Calendar and the 2008 Lego Advent Calendar set, I can at least acknowledge that its pretty cool. While medieval weaponry and dark magic don't say "Merry Christmas!" to everyone, there are some kids out there that will have a blast with this set.




Simply replace the Nativity with a chest of treasure and a creepy spider: voila! Instant Christmas... sort'a.

Nothing says Christmas like a giant spider...Nothing says Christmas like a giant spider...

To be fair, this is just the current version of Lego's Advent Calendar set; a different rendition is released each year. The 2007 set (Belville) at least featured Christmas-themed items such as a wreath and a festive looking little tree.

A wreath from the 2007 Lego Advent Calendar set.  Much less lethal than a giant sword...A wreath from the 2007 Lego Advent Calendar set. Much less lethal than a giant sword...

I guess my whole point is that this year's Lego Advent Calendar set just isn't in the Christmas spirit. Or maybe it is... if you're into Renaissance Fairs and such.

But these are still Legos. And Legos rule.

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Dec 12, 2008
by Anonymous


is chocolate advent calenders too! But these days most taste bleh.

Dec 12, 2008
by John P. Barker
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But does the chocolate advent calendar come with an evil wizard?

Seriously, I had no idea what an advent calendar was when I got started; I must live under a bush...

Dec 14, 2008
by Anonymous

I associate advent calendars with Scandinavia

Advent calendars are a long-standing tradition here in Norway, and the advent time is used as a preparation time for Christmas, with the Christian ritual of lighting a new candle on each successive advent Sunday for a total of four candles.

For the kids, there is the secular calendar to help them count down to Christmas. Most folks just buy whatever's in the store. Some use homemade calendars, like a small wooden cupboard with 24 doors or packages numbered and hung on a ribbon. The little daily present can be anything the family deems appropriate for the child. It's usually something edible and/or something cheap. Lego's thinking seems to be to give items that are good for play at any time of year, which I actually want to commend them for.

–Keera in Norway

Dec 15, 2008
by John P. Barker
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I like that.  It would be a great tradition for the kids.  Wish I'd had that when I was but a wee lad...

 I'm not slamming Lego.  In fact, I love Legos--my nephew and I just built a GIANT car out of them that was actually structurally sound and had a dinosaur head on the front... pretty cool.

 I just don't quite get the marketing idea behind this year's Advent set.

Maybe next year there will be the three wise men set: Batman, a dinosaur, and Indiana Jones.  LOL

Dec 21, 2008
by Anonymous

there are themes...

You reviewed the CASTLE Advent Calendar. For those who are who have the castle legos, these will fit into their collection. Nice that you can use the legos year round. My problem is that I can't figure out what some of the mini-figures equipment is. I suppose it is challenging to come up with new things every year, but Lego is known for being creative--so create, but with recognizable items.