REVIEW: 2013 City Advent Calendar

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GBP 19.99 / USD 29.99

The Verdict

This advent calendar is definitely one for the kids, and unless you’re a fan of the City theme I wouldn’t bother purchasing this set, even for parts. However, as well as another opportunity to tear the box apart for the ever-useful black tray, there are some very nice pieces: the Orange 1×1 round tiles and transparent bottles stand out for me.

It is great to finally see a dedicated Father Christmas/Santa figure in a Christmas-themed set, with the added bonus of a shiny belt buckle to differentiate it from the S7 Santa minifigure. The toy crane is the most impressive build in the calendar, and the inclusion of food items (even if there is a pizza) is appreciated; everything else just seems to be filler.

Rating breakdown

Design: 6 out of 10
Appreciating the difficulty of designing for the advent calendar panels, everything is representative of 2013's City theme.
Build: 7 out of 10
All of the builds serve their purpose of being advent calendar gifts, and they will definitely keep children entertained. That toy crane, impressive as it is, will probably require adult supervision.
Parts: 7 out of 10
There's a mix of very interesting and seemingly useless parts, which means it's not necessarily worth getting multiples of them.
Playability: 6 out of 10
The kids will probably be interested in the builds in this calendar for the duration of the calendar, after which only the minifigures will get any action - and that's if they like City figures.
Price: 6 out of 10
It's nice for the children to have, but I would spend my money (if I was going to spend money) on something else and obtain those alluring parts from elsewhere.

I’m giving this advent calendar a 6.4/10, based on the above. It’s not for me, but someone is bound to like it.

To end this review, the most Christmassy thing I can think of to do with this set:

Photo of 2013 City Advent Calendar