So this was a little random, but starting the 2016 Star Wars Advent Calendar this morning made me kinda regret not getting another one to go alongside it. One impulsive lunchtime shopping trip later, I’ve ended up with a 2016 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar to go along with my Star Wars countdown!
If you’ve been reading my blog for sometime, you’d know that I’m a pretty big fan of the Friends theme which is why I opted to get this one over the City one. It seems like it all sorts of interesting parts and elements and the minidolls designs are pretty great as well!
Be sure to also follow my LEGO Star Wars 2016 Advent Calendar countdown as well!
Spoiler warning! I live in Australia, and we’re generally ahead of most of the world, so if you don’t want each day’s surprise to be spoiled, look away or come back when you’ve opened your window!
I’m also mixing up the photography for the Friends Advent Calendar to differentiate it from my Star Wars Advent Calendar! Here’s a look at the front box which portrays a very cosy, traditional wintery Christmas scene.
To make it easier for you to check out each day’s section, as this post is going to grow longer with every new window, all you have to do is click on the Day you want, and you will instantly jump to the corresponding section.
Please feel free to bookmark this post to make it easier to check back everyday. I’ll be updating this post as we countdown to Christmas!
Like all other Advent Calendars, the box folds out to create a playmat that you can use to display each day’s contents.
Without further ado, let’s see start counting down the days to Christmas with the 2016 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar!
Day 1 of the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016 starts off with a minidoll! We get Emma, one of the main Friends characters who is dressed in a lovely green jumper. The printing on her torso is exquisite, and there’s all sorts of really nice details like the poofy balls, and her scarf. I might also add that her green top really brings out the colour of Olivia eyes.
I also like her tan pants, and her trendy brown boots. I think it’s one of the best variants of Emma, and I’m very satisfied with Day 1 so far.
That’s all for now! Check in tomorrow to see what Day 2 of the Friends Advent Calendar brings!
Day 2 of the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar gifts Emma with some fancy footwear. We get 2 pairs of ice skates (and one spare!) as well as a small stool for Emma to use as she’s putting on her gear. I think it’s a stool because of the tiles used which lets Emma sit down on it.
Or it could be a pedestal to display the shoes. They both work either way!
Here’s Emma getting her skates on and is all prepared to hit the ice! Day 2 is a little meh, but minifigure/minidoll accessories are always a welcome addition to any collection.
Check back tomorrow to see what Day 3 brings!
Day 3 of the Friends Advent Calendar gives us a delightful little mailbox. It’s top is covered by a sheet of snow, with a small plant popping out, defiant against winter! The mailbox is a fairly simple build, and rests on a bed of snow as well. We get a printed letter tile to go with it.
Here’s a look at the instructions on the window.
So that’s it for Day 3! Emma finally gets to send her Christmas letters out. With Christmas only 12 days away, they should arrive in time! Also, I still can’t get over how good her leg-piece looks. Those boots are to die for.
See you tomorrow!
In Day 4 of the Friends Advent Calendar, we get a cute little Christmas candle. It’s a pretty simple build, but I like the Christmas leaves which have bright red flowers attached to them to give it a very festive feel.
It’s perfect for to create an atmosphere filled with warmth and holiday cheer! All that’s missing are some marshmallows or a hot cup of cocoa!
Update: Thanks to Mark and Graham for pointing out that there’s supposed to be some sort of “Online Surprise” on Day 4 of the Advent Calendar. I had a poke on the LEGO Friends website but I couldn’t seem to find anything. Maybe it’ll only turn up when it becomes the 4th of December in the US?
Update 2: Finally found the Day 4 surprise. It’s located in the Downloads Section of the Friends Website, or you can use this link to directly download the instructions for the build, which seems to combine all 4 builds!
That’s all for Day 4! Plenty of toys and objects for Emma to interact with. Check back tomorrow to see what Day 5 brings!
We get another minidoll in Day 5 of the Friends Advent Calendar! This time, it’s Naomi, a relatively new character to Heartlake City. She’s quite rare, having only made an appearance in the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe. She has brown hair, tied in a ponytail, piercing blue eyes and freckles on her face.
She’s dressed in a very cute red jacket, paired with a red skirt, white leggings and some red laced up boots.
I didn’t expect to get another minidoll so close to the first, so this was a very pleasant surprise! Now that Emma has a companion, I wonder what else is going to greet us the next day. Hopefully something that the both of them can both enjoy together!
Day 6 gives us this adorable Hamster Feeding Station, complete with a sand-coloured hamster! The build is fairly simple, but I really like the tiny details like the water bottle, and the grass stalk for the Hamster to munch on.
The hamster, of course is the highlight of Day 6’s window. I really love these cute little LEGO animals, and you can never have enough little plastic critters.
Plenty of extra parts too!
So that’s it for Day 6! Naomi and Emma now have a furry little rodent as a companion!
Day 7’s build is a delightful little Fireplace, designed to keep Naomi and Emma warm during Winter. Too bad this doesn’t really apply to Australia since Christmas = Summer for us. I quite like the modern touches such as the transparent sides and the sleek shiny curved pieces on top. There’s a Christmas wreath as well which gives it that little bit of an extra festive feel.
The Friends Advent Calendar is coming along quite nicely, but I still feel that outside of the Christmas wreath on the fireplace, we’re still lacking builds that really capture the holiday spirit. Hope that changes tomorrow!
Day 8 of the Friends Advent Calendar features a very classic Christmas staple – a tray of cookies and milk left out for Santa… and for some bizarre reason… a carrot.
First things first, getting a carton of milk which is a printed 1 x 1 brick is always nice, and I also appreciate getting the printed cookie tile which is a relatively new element.
I did some research and apparently… carrots are a reindeer’s favourite food! That’s a pretty neat bit of trivia that I wouldn’t have otherwise known if not for the Friends Advent Calendar. Emma and Naomi are very considerate to not only leave some food out for Santa, but to also provide a treat for his reindeer, which to be honest, do most of the work hauling Saint Nicholas’ butt all over the world.
Can’t wait to bring this up at my office Christmas party!