The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #16

We are now two thirds of the way through our Advent-ure, where the Rambling Brick is travelling across the years to look at Seasonal Holiday sets that have been released over the years.  Today I thought I would look at Holiday Trains.  Train Sets have a great appeal for any LEGO Layout, as they add a sense of motion and life to an otherwise static display.

All Aboard!

Now, exactly what constitutes a Holiday Train seems to vary across the years. The First to be released was 10173 Holiday Train, in 2006: years before the conception of the current Winter Village.

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #14

I found this set on display in  friend’s living room: it’s a great little way to display your love of LEGO at Christmas time.

As we continue our Advent-ure today ( exploring Christmas holiday related sets, as it is the 20th Anniversary of the first LEGO Advent Calendar), I thought we might look at a couple of small vignette sets related to the theme. 40106 Toy Workshop was released as a gift with purchase in 2014. With two elf minifigures and a small, 8×8 stud workshop, with a few microscale builds as toys as well, it is a great example of what can be achieved with a low part count.How great is the detail in the vice, as well as the microscale train engine!

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #13

Following on from yesterday’s Christmas Ornaments, I thought I would survey the other sets that used the 2×1 printed white ‘Santa Head’ element.  This print is not listed in the LEGO inventories on Brickset, and results in all of these sets appearing to be slightly incomplete in that database.

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #12

We finally got around to decorating our Christmas tree last night. As we unpacked our decorations we found these great baubles, Holiday Ornaments 852744 from 2009. Released as a set of three, we have several different renditions of Santa Claus: one wielding a sack, another with a present, and finally one on skis! I think we found them when we visited the USA around that time.  Based around a printed white brick for Santa’s head, each of these models is subtly different. As a group, they provide an interesting look in our tree.

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #11

Today, we continue our Advent-ure: exploring past and present seasonal LEGO® sets released over the years.

Time for something we just have hanging around…

I am preparing to decorate my Christmas Tree. I suspect there might be some LEGO® based decorations to go on it this year. One, we picked up while travelling a few years ago, and was sitting close to the top of our box of decorations: 851358 – Holiday Bauble with White Bricks.

In a day or two, this bauble will be just hanging around…

The name is somewhat of a misnomer: this bauble also contains a selection of transparent clear and transparent light blue bricks, for an appropriately icy effect. Did I mention that it is now summer in Australia?

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #10

Ten days into Advent and here at the Rambling Brick, we continue our investigation of ways that the LEGO® sets have been used to specifically celebrate the Christmas Holiday season, in light of this being the 20th anniversary of the first LEGO Advent Calendar.

The Christmas Build Ups: 40222 and 40253

Today, I thought we would take a quick look at the Christmas Build Up sets – 40222 and 40235, seen in 2016 and 2017 respectively.  Both sets have a range of about 250 elements, and were available as gifts with purchase from shop.lego.com and LEGO Brand Retail stores of their respective years.

These sets involved a series of Advent builds (24 in total), but unlike the standard Advent Calendars, the expectation is that each day’s model would be dismantled before attempting to construct the new one.  Most of the elements are readily available. 

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #9

We continue looking at LEGO sub-themes and sets released over the years, celebrating the holiday season, as part of recognising that this year is the twentieth year since the release of the first LEGO Advent Calendar. Before unveiling today’s Friends Advent Calendar minibuild, I would like to look at the Belville Advent Calendar 7600, from 2007.

In world before the introduction of LEGO Friends, but after Scala, Belville was a theme directed primarily at girls.  With larger figures, and brighter colours than the majority of regular system sets, Belville sets were in production from 1994 to 2008.  While the sets over the years covered a variety of themes: home, farm, horses and fairy tales, this was the only Advent Calendar released.

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #8

AS we continue Further and further into advent, we continue to look at short lived Advent Calendar themes.  While Castle has been a long standing theme since the beginning days of the Minifigure, it has not been an endless source of Advent Calendar based material.  this is a shame, as the daily development of accessories and stories works quite well in this context.

There have been two Castle themed Advent Calendars over the years: ‘Castle Advent Calendar 7979’ in 2008 and Kingdoms Advent Calendar 7952 from 2010

7979 Castle Advent Calendar – 1978

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The Rambling Brick’s Advent-ure #7

We continue our nostalgia trip through the curiosities of LEGO® Seasonal offerings over the years, as a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the first LEGO Advent Calendar. After visiting the Pirates Calendar, we continue to explore some of the lesser known themes in Advent Calendars.

In 2004 a most peculiar Advent Calendar was produced. Yes, I’m talking about 7575 Clikits Advent Calendar.  Aimed squarely at tween age girls, for whom constructible jewellery and accessories might be desirable, this set prodded 24 days of bangles, hair clips, gift tags and picture frames, culminating on December 24 with a case to carry the previous 23 gifts in.

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