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LEGO advent calendars is a collection of seasonal sets which are released annualy some time before Christmas. They belong to different themes (Basic, Belville, Castle, City, Clikits, Creator, Friends, Kingdoms, Pirates, Star Wars). Every advent calendar contain 24 little models for each day, from the beginning of December to Christmas Eve.

History and Background

An advent calendar is used to countdown the days preceding the Christmas Day. In the XIX Century it had strictly religious character, as it was used by German Lutherans to mark passing days of preparation time (advent) before the birth of Christ’s celebrations. The printed or home-made calendars revealed daily a part of a Nativity story, a verse from the Bible or a religious image. The idea of a device allowing children to receive one small gift a day while waiting for presents under the Chistmas tree was created after the Second World War. The typical calendar is made of 24 little sealed compartments which can be reached by forcing open the pre-cut ‘windows’ of the cardboard cover. The windows are designed to be opened one per day. Each compartment contains a small treat (usually a sweet or an image) – in LEGO sets there is a few bricks or a minifigure inside. The calendar is supposed to be given to children on December the 1st to teach them patience and to make the waiting for holidays more interesting.

The first LEGO advent calendar appeared in 1998. The late nineties’ sets contained a Santa Claus minifigure and – typicaly to the Basic theme – simple brick-made structures, which can be finally reassembled into a bigger model. This idea was continued in Creator’s calendars (2001–2004), which also included Max and Tina 4+ figures. In 2004 two advent calendars representing different themes appeared for the first time. An alternative advent calendar set belonged to Clikits theme and from then on up to three sets are available each year. The City theme calendars have been released every year since 2005, usually accompanied by one or two sets from other popular themes. Apart from various minifigures, the mystery windows contain many useful accessories. Nowadays the biggest advantage of purchasing advent calendars – apart from receiving a suprise gift every day – is the possibility of obtaining rare parts and unique variations of certain minifigures (e.g. Friends girls wearing winter clothes).

Description

Many models hidden in Basic, Creator, City and Friends advent calendars are connected to Christmas celebrations and winter activities, therefore they represent typical holidays icons (like Santa Claus, a snowman or a Christmas tree), which throughout the years appeared in many variations.

Other non-seasonal themed treats are included in order to enrich owner’s collection. Star Wars, Castle and Pirates calendars are focused on valuable themed parts and figures but sometimes contain unique and suprising elements like main characters clad as Santa.

List of LEGO advent calendars

1998

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1298 Basic Advent Calender1298Basic Advent Calendar216Santa Claus (2) 1998


1999

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
1076-Advent Calendar1076Advent Calendar229Santa Claus 1999


2000

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
2250 Holiday Advent Calendar2250Holiday Advent Calendar240$20.002000


2001

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
4124 Countdown to the Holidays4124Countdown to the Holidays2312$14.992001


2002

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
4524-14524Advent Calendar 2 2002


2003

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
4024 Advent Calendar4024Advent Calendar $14.992003


2004

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
4924 Advent Calendar4924Advent Calendar335 2004
7575 Advent Calendar7575CLIKITS Advent Calendar124$15.002004


2005

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
No image4424Advent Calendar  Would have been 2005
7324 LEGO City Advent Calendar7324City Advent Calendar203Chef, Crook, Police Officer, Construction Worker, Santa Claus, Octan Driver, Surfboard Dude, Train Conductor 2005
7574 Holiday Gift Calendar7574CLIKITS Holiday Gift Calendar115 2005


2006

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
7904 City Advent Calendar7904City Advent Calendar257Airport Worker, Police Officer, Firefighter, Construction Worker, Doctor, Train Worker, Mechanic, Cleaner, Santa Claus$20.002006


2007

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
7600 Belville Advent Calendar7600Belville Advent Calendar2151$19.99October 7, 2007
7907 City Advent Calendar7907City Advent Calendar232Airport Worker, Harbor Worker, Construction Worker, Sanitary Engineer, Police Officer, Octan Worker, Train Worker, Firefighter$24.99October 24, 2007


2008

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
79797979Castle Advent Calendar176Skeleton Warrior, Black Skeleton Warrior, Crown Knight (2), Troll Warrior, Evil Witch, Jester, Maid, Dwarf$29.99 / €16.99September 14, 2008
7724-0000-xx-12-17724City Advent Calendar196People (3),

Fireman, Chef, Diver, Police Officer, Criminal, Train Worker,

Hiker
$29.99 / €16.99August 26, 2008


2009

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
6299-Pirates Advent Calendar 20096299Pirates Advent Calendar1488$39.99 / €19.992009
Lego76877687City Advent Calendar257Police Officer,

Skaters (2), Child, Lumberjack, Sanitary Engineer, Postman, Chef,

Santa Claus,
$29.99September 12, 2009 (US and UK)


2010

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
2824-Boxart2824City Advent Calendar2716$34.99 / €19.99August 2010
7952-Boxart7952Kingdoms Advent Calendar167Lion Queen, Lion Prince, Spear Lion Knight, Crossbow Lion Knight, Axe Dragon Knight, Wizard, Blacksmith, Maid, Skeleton$34.99 / €19.99August 2010


2011

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
75537553City Advent Calendar232Police Officer (2), Crook (2), Fisherman, Santa€19.992011
71NDXwFGPNL AA1350 7958Star Wars Advent Calendar266Pilot Battle Droid,

Clone Pilot, Yoda, Chewbacca, Nute Gunray, Rebel Pilot, R2-Q5, Mouse Droid,

TIE Pilot
$39.99 / €29.99August 2011


2012

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
3316 box3316Friends Advent Calendar193Olivia, Christina$34.99 / €19.992012
4428-14428City Advent Calendar249Santa , Fireman (2) , Firewoman , Boy , Girl , Repairman$39.99 / €19.992012
9509 box9509Star Wars Advent Calendar234Darth Maul (Santa), Super Battle Droid, Snowtrooper, Rebel Trooper, Security Battle Droid, Gungan Warrior, Hoth Rebel Trooper, Imperial Officer (Hoth), R2-D2 (Snowman), Gonk Droid$49.99 / €29.99August, 2012


2013

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
Friend141016Friends Advent Calendar213Stephanie, Lily$29.99 / €19.992013
2013-LEGO-City-Advent-Calendar-60024-Box60024City Advent Calendar2448$29.99 / €19.99 
B 75023 box side75023Star Wars Advent Calendar254$39.99September 2013


2014

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2014 box front -41040 largest size right side view41040Friends Advent Calendar228Mia, Ewa$29.992014
60063 alt160063City Advent Calendar2187 2014
75056 alt175056Star Wars Advent Calendar274Super Battle Droid, TIE Pilot, Snowtrooper, Luke Skywalker, Dak Ralter, General Rieekan, Darth Vader (Christmas), R2-D2 (Christmas Tree), Clone Trooper(Santa Hat)$39.99August 2014


2015

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
41102 main41102Friends Advent Calendar233Andrea, Liza$29.99 / €19.992015
60099 LEGO City Advent Calendar60099City Advent Calendar2786$29.992015
75097 Box75097Star Wars Advent Calendar292C-3PO (Santa),

R2-D2 (Reindeer), Jawa, Stormtrooper, Hoth Rebel Trooper , Ewok Warrior, Assassin Droid,

LIN-Droid
 2015


2016

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
41131 alt141131Friends Advent Calendar218Emma, Naomi$29.99 / €19.992016
LEGO City Advent Calendar60133City Advent Calendar2907$29.992016
75146 Box75146Star Wars Advent Calendar282Battle Droid,

Bespin Guard, Chewbacca (Snow), Hoth Rebel Trooper, Imperial Trooper, Luke Skywalker (Jedi), Snowtrooper (with backpack), Stormtrooper,

U-3PO
 2016


2017

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
41326 alt141326Friends Advent Calendar217Stephanie$29.99 / €19.992017
60155 Box60155City Advent Calendar248 1 September 2017
75184 Box75184Star Wars Advent Calendar309BB-8 (Santa),

First Order Snowtrooper, First Order Stormtrooper, Imperial Ground Trooper, Imperial Officer, Major Brance, Sabine Wren (Season 2),

Unkar Henchman,
 2017


2018

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
4135341353Friends Advent Calendar500$29.99 / €24.992018
60201-box60201City Advent Calendar313$29.992018
7521375213Star Wars Advent Calendar307Battle Droid,

General Merrick, Guavian Security Soldier, IG-88, Imperial Death Trooper, Rathtar, Rose Tico,

Rowan Freemaker
$39.99 / €29.99September 1st, 2018


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