REVIEW: Friends Advent Calendar

Set number:
41016
Release year:
2013
Theme(s):
,
# of parts:
213
# of figures:
2
RRP
GBP 19.99 / USD 29.99
WARNING: this review may contain content unsuitable for children.

The Verdict

There isn’t much I have to say about this advent calendar, except that City fans and Friends fans have more or less the same deal. The Friends calendar has less figures (two minidolls to the City Calendar’s six), but a superior parts selection and arguably better quality builds. There is the expected filler of course, but nothing in this calendar is nearly as bad as the fire boat from the City advent calendar!

I’m more impressed with this year’s minidolls in the advent calendar than last year’s, and I like that they didn’t go for a rehashed Father Christmas/Santa outfit. It will be interesting to see which main cast member will appear in next year’s calendar and what their outfit will be like… assuming it will be a different person! If there is any concern at all, it’s with Stephanie having made more unique appearances than the others (I make this one eight) so far – to which I’d suggest we acknowledge she’s the main character.

I would recommend picking this calendar up if you know of a fan of the Friends theme, though if you’re collecting parts from it it’s better to wait until you see discounts.

Rating breakdown

Design: 7 out of 10
Even with the use of girly Friends colours, this advent calendar looks more Chirstmassy (to me at least) than the City Advent Calendar.
Build: 7 out of 10
More or less the same building experience as the City Advent Calendar, with nothing tricky or overwhelming to build.
Parts: 7 out of 10
There isn't anything I'm particularly excited about, apart from the minidolls, but the calendar makes use of a good selection. Will probably be of more interest to Friends MOC enthusiasts.
Playability: 7 out of 10
Best used in conjuction with other minidolls, and perhaps one of the larger models from the Friends theme, to make a good time of it.
Price: 6 out of 10
Definitely worth waiting for a discount if you're looking for minidolls or parts from this calendar: might be worth getting one for someone who really likes Friends.

Based on the above breakdown this advent calendar gets 6.8/10.

There will be at least one more review before the year is out, so stay tuned.