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Advent calendar
1076-Advent Calendar
Years

1998 - Present


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 begining of December till 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

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
1298 Basic Advent Calender 1298  Basic Advent Calendar  216  Santa Claus (2)     1998 

1999

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
1076-Advent Calendar 1076  Advent Calendar  229  Santa Claus     1999 

2000

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
2250 Holiday Advent Calendar 2250  Holiday Advent Calendar  240     $20.00  2000 

2001

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
4124 Countdown to the Holidays 4124  Countdown to the Holidays  231  2   $14.99  2001 

2002

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
4524-1 4524  Advent Calendar    2     2002 

2003

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
4024 Advent Calendar 4024  Advent Calendar       $14.99  2003 

2004

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
4924 Advent Calendar 4924  Advent Calendar  335       2004 
7575 Advent Calendar 7575  CLIKITS Advent Calendar  124     $15.00  2004 

2005

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
No image 4424  Advent Calendar         Would have been 2005 
7324 LEGO City Advent Calendar 7324  LEGO City Advent Calendar  203  ChefCrookPolice OfficerConstruction WorkerSanta ClausOctan DriverSurfboard DudeTrain Conductor     2005 
7574 Holiday Gift Calendar 7574  CLIKITS Holiday Gift Calendar  115       2005 

2006

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
7904 City Advent Calendar 7904  City Advent Calendar  257  Airport WorkerPolice OfficerFirefighterConstruction WorkerDoctorTrain WorkerMechanicCleanerSanta Claus   $20.00  2006 

2007

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
7600 Belville Advent Calendar 7600  Belville Advent Calendar  215  1   $19.99  October 7, 2007 
7907 City Advent Calendar 7907  City Advent Calendar  232  Airport WorkerHarbor WorkerConstruction WorkerSanitary EngineerPolice OfficerOctan WorkerTrain WorkerFirefighter   $24.99  October 24, 2007 

2008

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
7979 7979  Castle Advent Calendar  176  Skeleton WarriorBlack Skeleton WarriorCrown Knight (2)Troll WarriorEvil WitchJesterMaidDwarf   $29.99 / €16.99  September 14, 2008 
7724-0000-xx-12-1 7724  City Advent Calendar  196  People (3), 

FiremanChefDiverPolice OfficerCriminalTrain Worker

Hiker  
$29.99 / €16.99  August 26, 2008 

2009

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
6299-Pirates Advent Calendar 2009 6299  Pirates Advent Calendar  148  8   $39.99 / €19.99  2009 
Lego7687 7687  City Advent Calendar  257  Police Officer

Skaters (2),  ChildLumberjackSanitary EngineerPostmanChef

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

2010

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
2824-Boxart 2824  City Advent Calendar  271  6   $34.99 / €19.99  August 2010 
7952-Boxart 7952  Kingdoms Advent Calendar  167  Lion QueenLion PrinceSpear Lion KnightCrossbow Lion KnightAxe Dragon KnightWizardBlacksmithMaidSkeleton   $34.99 / €19.99  August 2010 

2011

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
7553 7553  City Advent Calendar  232  Police Officer (2)Crook (2)FishermanSanta   €19.99  2011 
71NDXwFGPNL AA1350 7958  Star Wars Advent Calendar  266  Pilot Battle Droid

Clone PilotYodaChewbaccaNute GunrayRebel PilotR2-Q5Mouse Droid

TIE Pilot  
$39.99 / €29.99  August 2011 

2012

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
3316 box 3316  Friends Advent Calendar  193  Olivia, Christina   $34.99 / €19.99  September 2012 
4428-1 4428  LEGO City Advent Calendar 2012  249  SantaFireman (2) ,  Firewoman ,  Boy ,  Girl ,  Repairman   $39.99 / €19.99  2012 
9509 box 9509  Star Wars Advent Calendar  234  Darth Maul (Santa)Super Battle DroidSnowtrooperRebel TrooperSecurity Battle DroidGungan WarriorHoth Rebel TrooperImperial Officer (Hoth)R2-D2 (Snowman)Gonk Droid   $49.99 / €29.99  August, 2012 

2013

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
Friend1 41016  Friends Advent Calendar  213  StephanieLily   €19.99  2013 
2013-LEGO-City-Advent-Calendar-60024-Box 60024  City Advent Calendar  244  8   $29.99 / €19.99   
B 75023 box side 75023  Star Wars Advent Calendar  254     $39.99  September 2013 

2014

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2014 box front -41040 largest size right side view 41040  Friends Advent Calendar  228  MiaEwa   $29.99  2014 
60063 alt1 60063  City Advent Calendar  218  7     2014 
75056 alt1 75056  LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar  274  Super Battle DroidTIE PilotSnowtrooperLuke SkywalkerDak RalterGeneral RieekanDarth Vader (Christmas)R2-D2 (Christmas Tree)Clone Trooper(Santa Hat)   $39.99  August 2014 

2015

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
41102 main 41102  Friends Advent Calendar  233  AndreaLiza   $29.99 / €19.99  2015 
60099 LEGO City Advent Calendar 60099  LEGO City Advent Calendar  278  6   $29.99  2015 
75097 Box 75097  Star Wars Advent Calendar  292  C-3PO (Santa)R2-D2 (Reindeer)JawaStormtrooperHoth Rebel TrooperEwok WarriorAssassin DroidLIN Droid     2015 

2016

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
41131 alt1 41131  Friends Advent Calendar  218  EmmaNaomi   $29.99 / €19.99  2016 
LEGO City Advent Calendar 60133  City Advent Calendar  290  7   $29.99  2016 
75146 Box 75146  Star Wars Advent Calendar  281  Battle DroidU-3POChewbacca (Christmas), Bespin GuardLuke SkywalkerStormtrooper (x2), Imperial Navy OfficerHoth Rebel TrooperSnowtrooper     2016 

2017

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
41326 alt1 41326  Friends Advent Calendar  217  Stephanie     2017 
60155 Box 60155  City Advent Calendar  248       1 September 2017 
75184 Box 75184  Star Wars Advent Calendar  323  BB-8 (Santa), 

First Order SnowtrooperFirst Order StormtrooperImperial Ground TrooperImperial OfficerMajor BranceSabine Wren (Season 2), 

Unkar Henchman,   
  2017 


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