41382 Friends Advent Calendar Review

As per usual, with all four of the 2019 Advent Calendars, I’ll be updating this post daily. Each day will have an image of the day’s build, a quick comment, with a final overall review at the end of the month. If you want to keep up to date with the post, use the link to the right of the page – it’ll be there for the duration of December. I won’t be posting any pics on social media, so it won’t get spoilt by me!

Theme: Seasonal; Friends
No: 41382
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AUD $49.95
Pieces: 330 (with three minidolls)

After last year’s excellent inclusion of Christmas Tree ornaments, I was really hopeful we were going to get this again. Alas, the minidolls have started creeping back. There does look to be a few tree ornaments though, thanks to the image of the girls decorating the tree, so it’s not all bad (apologies in advance to the Friends fans!).

41382 Friends Advent Calendar
Friends Advent Calendar Display Stand

The display stand is very different this year – it’s not a display stand. There’s just a giant advertisement for LEGO Life.

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Day 1:

Friends 2019 Day 1

First up is a heart ornament, using the new 3×3 heart plate. It looks good, and the holly in the corner is nice. My two year old daughter had fun putting this one together with her mum, so it was nice and easy! There’s also a gold bar stud attached, so it can be hung, although the string would have to be threaded through.


Day 2: Stereo

Friends Day 2

Today is a little stereo (or sound system). I like it, although I think the speakers could have been black dishes instead of trans light blue. It also appears to be a Christmas tree decoration, given the tile with bar in the middle.


Day 3: Toy Penguins

Friends Day 3

Aww, these are cute! Two wind up toy penguins. They’re simple and could be paired on a Christmas tree, as well as having almost enough spare parts to build another one! Only the 1×1 brick was missing. I’ve also noticed recently but neglected to mention that the doors have been redesigned on all of the boxes – they’re much better this year. No accidental tears!


Day 4: Hamster & Sleigh

It’s another quicker build today, with a hamster on a sleigh. I like the use of ice skates underneath, too. I’m not sure if this is meant to be hung or not, but it’s got the option there.


Day 5: Mia

We’ve got our first minidoll, Mia. Normally Advent Calendar minidolls mean exclusive torsos, but not in 2019, clearly. It is a rare one though, seen in 41363 Mia’s Forest Adventures, albeit with different arms.


Day 6: Cake

Friends Day 6

Feeling hungry? We’ve got a rather fancy cake. It looks great! Nicely decorated, and fun to put together, although I don’t think it’ll hang well.

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