2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 24!!!!!!

We’ve reached the end of the Lego Advent Calendar. Overall, I was unimpressed with this year’s offerings, but it was still a fun 24-day event. And this means things can only get better for next year.

Today’s item is Santa Claus. Of course it’s Santa Claus. And he comes with a fun accessory.

Click on to see the grand finale and read my list of the best Lego Calendar items.

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 23

Tomorrow is the final day of the Lego Calendar. We all know that Santa is coming, and judging by what I received on the other days of this calendar, he will probably be riding an invisible sleigh that can only be seen through your “imagination eyes.”

Yeah. This calendar kinda sucks.

Luckily, today’s item was made infinitely better thanks to a little creative construction and the power of love.

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 22

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” should be sung with the male and female roles reversed. Has anyone ever recorded such a version? Had I the resources, I would do it, and it would be an instant hit. I’m so novel!

I haven’t wrapped a single present yet, and there are still more gifts to buy. But that’s what Fridays are for, right?

I’ve come to terms with this year’s Lego Calendar. I know it can never be as wonderful as last year’s, and that’s OK. Getting upset over expectations is a poor use of energy. Life’s too short.

Whatever is in today’s box will be fine with me.

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 21

Yesterday was crazy. After sucking up a whole three hours of sleep, I took the bus into New York, had some incredible meetings, got lost, got sweaty on the subway, got cold on the street, took the bus home, and then live-blogged Die Hard.

There’s a very good chance my entire body will give up within the hour so I better make this quick.

And in case you missed it, here’s my video tutorial “How to Wrap Presents.” Much can be learned.

Here is the Lego present on this fine Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve.

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 20

I cheated. I opened this box on December 19th at eleven o’clock at night. But I had my reasons. By the time you’re reading this, I will be on my way to Manhattan for some meetings. When I return, I’ll have only a few short minutes to collect my thoughts and prepare for the Die Hard live-blog (happening on Justin.TV tonight at 8 p.m.).

There are not enough hours in December 20th, 2011 to do all that I need to get done. And for that reason, I cheated. I wrote this up a few hours in advance.

I feel bad, but this was the only way I could have written about the item.


Do you hate me?

There’s one thing you won’t hate – today’s Lego item.

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 19

Tomorrow night I will be video live-blogging the classic holiday movie Die Hard over on Justin.TV as part of the SparkNotes Movie Club. This is the first time I’m trying a video live-blog. Stop by and watch me awkwardly play with my beard for two hours. The show starts at 8 p.m. (est) and you may want to show up a bit early so I can figure out some tech issues.

Today’s item fits in perfectly with the Die Hard event. It’s an item I never knew I wanted until it arrived.

It’s a…

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 18

By this time next week the calendar will be empty and Christmas will be here. I better savor each and every day. And if you want to have a fun holiday season, you better make the most of the remaining seven days as well.

This is the week to do everything Christmasy that you can! Time’s running out!!! Don the gay apparel! Hurry!

In that spirit, my girlfriend and I drove on a self-guided Christmas light tour last night. Guess how long the tour route was?

A. 30 miles.
B. No. I don’t want to. Just tell me.
C. 33.6 miles.
D. 86 miles.

Correct Answer: D.

Yep. For 86 miles we slowly cruised around Eastern Pennsylvania. It was fun, but some of the houses were too far apart. Can’t all the people with crazy decorations agree to live on the same block? And what the hell does Disney’s Beauty and the Beast have to do with the birth of Jesus and Santa?

Enough about lights. Here’s today’s item…

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2011 Lego Advent Calendar: Day 16

If you read and memorized last year’s Calendar Blog you know that today is my brother’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dave! Tradition states that I give Dave whatever pops out of the calendar on his birthday. But not this year. You can probably guess why.

Before we get to the big reveal and my brother’s crushing disappointment, you should check out this fascinating Business Week article about Lego’s new line of girl-themed products. The mini-figs are “prettier” and five millimeters taller. The entire article is an informative look into the world of toy making and selling. But if you don’t want to read the whole thing, here are some takeaway news nuggets.

1. Boys and girls both love to build, but boys are more interested in making and finishing a specific building, while girls would rather build a little, play a little, build a little, play a little and so on.

2. Girls project themselves onto the figures, which is why the new figures look more human. Boys don’t seem to care about that as much…though I do see myself as The Winter Wraith.

Anyway, there are tons of interesting bits in the story. Read it.

On to today’s item!

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