I saw Santa playing classic games

While the elves are busy making toys for girls and boys around the world, how does Santa spend his evening? For Taiwanese builder Joffre, the jolly old elf likes to hang up his hat and unwind with some retro gaming. Santa’s physical features are exaggerated so that he looks super stout and rotund. Joffre’s caricature is amusing and reminds me of the Santa from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. And is that a Nintendo Famicom he’s playing? It certainly looks the part!

Christmas Gift For Santa

Santa’s game room can be converted into a giant holiday gift, complete with a slick-looking bow.

Christmas Gift For Santa

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Come to the Dark Side….we have snowball fights.

Here’s something you won’t find in this year’s LEGO Star Wars advent calendar. Nathaniel Stoner recently created a whimsical Christmas ornament of a snowman in carbonite. He took things one step further when he incorporated it in this scene inspired by a Calvin and Hobbes-meets-Star Wars comic strip by Brian Kesinger. “Lil Kylo” makes light of an event his father Han would rather forget, and the results are hilarious.

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2018 LEGO Advent Calendars, Day 10

Welcome to Day 10 of our LEGO Advent Calendar countdown. Each day, we’ll reveal the three mini-builds from the LEGO Star WarsLEGO Friends, and LEGO City 2018 advent calendars along with commentary from The Brothers Brick team.

If you’re opening one (or more) of these advent calendars along with us, we’ve made sure the pictures and commentary on each day’s models will be behind a jump so we don’t accidentally ruin the surprise. What will we open for Day 10?

For Day 10, we have a blaster from Star Wars, a candle ornament from Friends, and mini-soccer goals.

Edwinder: The Star Wars designers decided to create a mechanical Red-Nosed Rudolph! I think it turned out quite well. If that’s a candle, I’m disappointed. The recent candle flame element that’s been introduced is perfect use here! As for the two goal posts, I think it’s a long way from scoring a win here.

Nick: What’s a Star Wars set from this decade without a stud shooter? The goals could benefit in playability by replacing the green 2×2 square plates with 2×2 corner plates and opening up the goal. I know if I were a kid with this advent calendar, I’d want to play soccer with the minifigures and try to score goals. This change would make that easier.

Andrew: Ah, the requisite stud shooter emplacement, though now that Edwinder notes its resemblance to Rudolph, that’s all I can see!

Daniel: That is one Rudolph that won’t be called any names if all of the other reindeer know what’s good for them. I am also very underwhelmed by the candle ornament, feels like a major fail to not use flame elements here.

Chris: I know Star Wars has to include a firing blaster, but it’s disappointing when that’s all you get for a model one day. Or maybe 8-year-olds are thrilled by this? The candle is barely recognizable as such, and the soccer goals are a wee bit small for my taste.

Dave: Don’t let that candle fool you. The topmost white piece, the round 2×2 with pin holes is brand new, only appearing in 10261 Roller Coaster and 10262 Aston Martin (and we’ve already seen quite a few more in the “snowman” build from Day 5.


Edwinder: Rose gets a little angry here, I hope she doesn’t blow the two kids into smithereens. That would go against the Christmas spirit! I’m now seeing the play value of the goal posts with the minifigures. I’m going to yet again wish that a better looking ball was used instead.

Andrew: Now I want to see that stud-shooter pulling a sleigh!

Chris: I don’t think Rose plays fair. Or maybe the girl was trying to desert her (goal) post.


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Time is money, friend! This LEGO Goblin Shredder from World of Warcraft won’t back down

World of Warcraft is still a remarkably popular game considering its age, and it’s no surprise that the millions of players worldwide overlap with the millions of LEGO fans somehow. A case of this combination is Chris Perron with his Goblin Shredder.

The mech piloted by a crazy little green guy seems ready to fell some sacred trees, and it is equipped for the job. The circular sawblade is very well incorporated into the arm and the little chains in the elbow joints give a convincing impression of a fantasy machine. I love the dark red lines at the ankles, but by far the best part is the “face” of the mecha, sculpted with all sorts of polygonal pieces. Its mouth, which uses a cowcatcher piece in front of various translucent orange pieces, even lights up!

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