LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 14: Food

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I’m kind of phoning this one in. Much like the Kitchen Accessories from Day 10, for today you get a bunch of tiny food items. You get two carrots, two chicken legs, two glasses, and what I can only assume are two muffins with green frosting. It just feels like LEGO didn’t put much effort into today. And I’m not using that reason as a way to excuse my lowered journalistic standards for today’s post, but as uninspiring today’s build was, I, too, am uninspired to find the silver lining. The amount of clutter generated by Days 10 and 14 is just too much to handle.

LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 13: Kitchen Cabinet

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It’s either cheese or butter, but I prefer to think of it as a wedge of cheddar being worshipped by the local primitives, Salt and Pepper, representatives of their respective Seasoning clans. And nothing screams holiday more than cheese in a bell jar. I suppose that could be said about some of the other items from the previous days though. At least it matches up nicely with the stove from yesterday extending the kitchen vignette a bit more. All this cheese talk is making me hungry now.

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LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 12: Apple Pancakes

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This is exactly the same as the Fiery Wreath from Day 9, and by exactly the same I mean they are all mysterious objects. I only called them Apple Pancakes because that’s what the two big red things look like. That little pot has a two 1×1 red round plates stacked one on top of the other. Could be spaghetti sauce in the pot? And maybe the two apple pancakes are actually pasta dishes drowning in marinara sauce garnished with a little parsley? Yeah, that’s the ticket. That’s what they’ll be and if anyone asks, they’re doing it wrong.

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LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 11: Stove

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“We’re not trying to reinforce gender role stereotypes,” said someone at LEGO at some point I’m sure but here we are on Day 11 with a stove. It’s actually quite nicely built featuring a four-element stove top and a glass door oven. And that gigantic frying pan from yesterday at least has somewhere to go (I’m still not opening my accessory bag). Still, I doubt a stove like this would ever make an appearance in the boy-oriented CITY Advent Calendar so having it here in the Friends set will just reinforce the stereotypes of woman belonging in the kitchen. I’m probably making a mountain out of a mole hill though. One day out of 24 in a LEGO Advent Calendar doesn’t amount to much in the grand scheme of things, right?

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LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 10: Kitchen Accessories

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This was inevitable. Every Friends advent calendar set has had a pile of accessories. Previously, it was fashion accessories: bows, brushes, stars, etc. This year’s a little different in that you get kitchen accessories instead: bowls, utensils, a mixer, a gigantic frying pan, something that looks like cupcakes, and some other odds and ends. I personally can’t stand these accessories. There’s just too many of them and they’re difficult to store or put on display. Plus, in an advent calendar, it’s a bit of a cop out to just include the pre-bagged set of accessories instead of something that requires building. Might be the worst day, and this coming up on the heels of the Fiery Wreath or whatever it was from yesterday.

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LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 8: Chairs

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Can’t have a table without some chairs now can we? You get two charis, one for each of the minidolls included in this set. Hopefully there won’t be a third minidoll figure later on in the calendar. And either the chairs are a little high or the table’s too short because they can’t really sit up to the table. Oh well, first world problems of a Heartlake City resident.

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LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 6: Ewa

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Ewa. It’s a unique name and one I think is pronounced as YOO-a. A unique name for a minidoll unique in more than one way. She’s unique to this set having never appeared in any other set before. Plus, her torso print is unique as well having never appeared anywhere else before. Her leg, head, and hair pieces have all been used before but if she is truly going to be unique, I would have liked to have seen her with a different face print on the head. That torso has limited use outside of a holiday setting and switching body out for another just ends up making her look like Naya or Danielle. A minidoll shouldn’t be defined by torso alone. Anyways, at least now Mia has a buddy to play with for the rest of the days.

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LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Day 5: Window

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Now this is a build! Consisting of 13 pieces, you build a small window which is the perfect height for a minidoll to stand behind. There’s a festive wreath underneath the sill, and you get some extra white and red 1×1 round plates to dress it up a bit further if you wish. This, and yesterday’s nice little build, I can’t help but hope that the next few days will be just as nice. Here’s hoping!

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