60268 City Advent Calendar Review

As per usual, with all four (yes, four!) of the 2020 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; City
No: 60268
Release Year: 2020
Cost: AUD $49.95
Pieces: 342 (with six minifigures)

This year the set seems to be based on the LEGO City Adventures TV series. I’m a little excited!

The display stand this year looks great! A road layout, jetty, helipad and runway.

Day 1: Micro Ocean Exploration Ship

It begins with a little container ship. It’s simple, using a small 2×6 boat hull piece as the base. I love it!

Edit: Thanks to an eagle eyed reader (thanks Russell!) we now know that this is a microscale 60266 Ocean Exploration Ship!

Day 2: Christmas Duke DeTain

I’m a fan of LEGO City Adventures – the characters are clever and the show itself is really funny, even for adults. This character – the City cop legend Duke DeTain is a stereotypical Hero cop. Everything has to be action packed. While there’s not a lot on the whole that’s exciting, his torso is – with a Christmas police print, the big highlight has to be the face of Cubby (his childhood teddy and best buddy) emblazoned on the front. It’s excellent.

Day 3: Micro Police Station

Following on from Day 1’s microscale LEGO set build, this appears to be a microsale 60270 Police Brick Box building! I love the printed tile and the use of headlight bricks as windows. An oldie but a goodie!

Day 4: Dump Truck

We’ve got a funny looking dump truck today – it’s cute, but the proportions are a little out, especially at the front end. Perfect for those roads though!

Day 5: Harl Hubbs

We’ve got a pretty standard Harl Hubbs today – the super keen to help handyman of LEGO City. The printing is very nice, but it’s no different to the other sets he’s been seen in. He’s got a stick of dynamite with him.

Day 6: Service Station

Continuing on from Day 3’s microscale police station, today we’ve got a microscale service station – I’m thinking this resembles 60257 Service Station. I love the nod to Octan in the red and green. It’s instantly recognised for what it’s meant to be, although it’s a shame there’s no printed logo tile.

Day 7: Helicopter

This is great! We’ve got a superb looking helicopter today – and it looks like a police one! I love the shape of this build, especially the bracing of the tail at the body of the craft. It’s fantastic.

Day 8: Christmas Tree

We’ve got a Christmas tree today – it’s nice, but I would have liked to have seen a bit more differentiation with the leaves and lights. Having them all on the same row is a little lazy.

Day 9: Presents

As is customary after the Christmas Tree build, the next day is presents! These are a pretty standard design – we’ve seen these before. Still nice, and Miss 3 was very happy to help build one all by herself!

Day 10: Freya McCloud

We’ve got another main character from LEGO City Adventures – Freya McCloud, the fire chief. She’s pretty funny in the show, and the printing and hairpiece on this minifigure is top notch. It’s also nice to see that the alternate face is not the coffee stained signature expression, but a determined one – perfect for her character.

Day 11: Fire Engine

Similar to Day 4’s Dump Truck, we’ve got a cute little fire engine! I like the ladder at the back, but I feel the wheels are too far to the back. It just looks odd to me. I love the little vehicles for the road – it’s perfect for playability on the display mat.

Day 12: Train

At the halfway point today we’ve got a microscale train. It looks really good, but it’s a pity that it’s not joined together. The colours are great – very Christmassy.

Also, thanks to Neil for pointing out that I had yesterday’s fire engine chassis the wrong way around! It’s been fixed and looks much better.

Day 13: Micro Bank

It’s a micro bank today! Nice and simple with a great little micro pine tree next to it. I wonder if we’ll get another minifigure tomorrow to go with it?

Day 14: Monster Truck

This is the coolest build so far for the City Advent Calendar – a big (but little) bright red and black monster truck! It’s excellent. I love the big spotlights on the top.

Day 15: Police Car

Going with Day 2 and 3’s police theme, today we get a Police Car, presumably Duke’s vehicle. It’s pretty simple but works well. Instantly recognisable.

Day 16: Daisy Kaboom

We’ve got another minifigure, the female crook Daisy Kaboom! Nice printing and I like that hairpiece.

Day 17: Plane

Apologies for the delay in posting day 17’s builds – I’ve landed myself in hospital with pancreatitis! I was just too weak to do anything yesterday. I’m here for a few more days, but will try to continue to post.

We finally have a use for the runway! This is a build full of nice parts usage. The wings and tail in particular are super clever. The tail uses a boomerang part! It’s perfect.

Day 18: Sports Car

This is presumably the getaway car for the crooks. It’s a nice build, and in teal of all colours! An added bonus. Our city is slowly becoming a bustling metropolis.

Day 19: Rooky Partnur

Another minifigure today, with Rooky Partnur. She’s a Sky Police Officer and has a great uniform print. I have absolutely no idea what the deal is with the pineapple. I’ve probably missed something in an episode. It’s weird, but hey, another pineapple for the collection!

Day 20: Semitrailer Truck

I’m out of hospital! Time to recover and get stuck into some more LEGO. Time to catch up on Day 20 as well.

Day 20 gave us a funny looking semitrailer truck. It’s oddly shaped, but pretty obvious as to what it is, given the hitch point at the back. I’m really liking how this whole calendar fits together cohesively. It’s a really great approach.

Day 21: Trailer

After yesterday’s semitrailer truck, we get the trailer. As soon as I saw this, I knew exactly what it was. This is a microscale version of 60254 Race Boat Transporter! I love the links back to LEGO sets in the City sets. It’s super clever and I wish they did it more. Hopefully tomorrow we get the racing boat.

Day 22: Race Boat

As predicted, we’ve got the Race Boat to complete the Race Boat Transporter! The hull of the boat is rather large, using a 2×3 lime brick as the bulk of it, so it tends to look short and fat. The engines, however, are perfect.

Once on the trailer, it’s shortness is accentuated. I think it could have been a bit longer and a plate lower in thickness to be spot on. A great multi day build.

Day 23: Rudolph and Sleigh

I was really pleasantly surprised by this! A fantastic little microscale sleigh and Rudolph. They’re brilliant! The use of ice skates under the sleigh are fantastic, and those antlers! Just awesome. One more day to go!

Day 24: Santa Wheeler

To finish off the City Advent Calendar we get a Santa Wheeler on Christmas Eve! Chief Wheeler is the Police Chief in LEGO City and he’s always seen on a skateboard. It’s a pity he’s not on it this time. That would have been perfect!

This has been a really strong calendar from City! I’m super impressed. The cohesiveness thanks to sticking with LEGO City Adventures has really helped to solidify this calendar as a favourite for the year. The display mat was fantastic and actually useful, and the builds have been really fun. Favourites are the monster truck and the Race Boat Transporter days. I’d say the weakest would probably be the presents. I’ve found it hard to pick a weak one this year!

Thank you to all of you for following along with the calendar this year. It’s been a big month! In the coming week I’ll be preparing my 2020 Reflections article and then in the new year I’ll be releasing the results of the Top 5 Sets for 2020 poll, and who the winner is! We’ve had a lot (I mean a lot!) of entries.

Merry Christmas to Everyone, and have a great New Year’s break.

6 thoughts on “60268 City Advent Calendar Review

  1. Russell Chapman

    Not to nitpick, but the inside of the flap clearly shows this build to be a miniature of 60266 Ocean Exploration Ship.
    It’s a brilliant start to the calendar!.

    • neil

      enjoying the countdown.

      Looks like the fire engine chassis should be the other way round. Wheels close to the front rather than the back.

  2. Naomi

    I’m happy to have found this blog this year!
    My middle son is opening the City calendar this year and I am jealous of every build so far! I think the monster truck is my favourite though. My son loves the fact there is now robber getaway vehicle and is looking forward to outfoxing the police with a bank robbery. He’s placed the bank right next to the police station to make things extra tricky 😀
    I’m doing the Friends calendar and it’s not nearly so consistent.

  3. TabletopLoot

    We opened day 16 and did not get Daisy Kaboom! She’s on the inside cover, but we got an airboat looking thing!

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