Lego Advent: Day 22

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I looked it in the mouth.

Santa has visited early this year, and has brought a Lego Advent calendar. There are 24 little numbered doors, each containing a dime bag of Legos. There’s a new toy or doodad to build every day, which, in turn, builds anticipation for Christmas.

I will build these and attempt to discern what they are.

December 22: Gift Horse

This is a gift horse. I’m not a horse scientist, but I’m pretty sure that you would check out its mouth if you were considering buying it. You might even have a veterinarian look at it. That’s called “vetting,” and that’s why I get irritated when someone says that they’re “vetting candidates for the engineering position” in a corporate setting. Just look at their JavaScript. There’s no reason to get out the long glove.


Fun ★★★☆☆

The horse is kind of cute, although not terribly Lego. The rocking horse from a few days ago at least required some building. I’m not sure what the gift is all about.

Ease of Build ★★★★★

The only part to “build” is the gift, which is essentially a box with a bow on it made of four parts.

Comprehensibility ★★★☆☆

I really want this to be a metaphor for “gift horse” (obviously) since it is a gift and a horse, but I suppose that it’s actually a pony, like what little girls in old movies frequently want for Christmas. I’m not confident about the beige gift. Ideas include:

  • Completely not-to-scale crate containing a pony
  • Random beige gift
  • Generac Guardian® series home backup generator
  • The gift of a bale of hay for the pony to eat

Extra Parts ★☆☆☆☆

This has one extra bow/ninja star—the same extra part as Day 13, Egg of Kotopoulo.

Overall ★★★☆☆

It’s fine. The horse only has one nubbin in its saddle area, so it would be difficult for a Lego person to ride on, although maybe it’s a pony or foal and grownups aren’t supposed to be riding it. As we have learned, Lego children can’t bend their legs, so they’d only be able to stand on it with one foot, which seems precarious. You can put the gift on the horse’s back and make it a beast of burden, like a donkey tooling around with a sack of coffee beans or something. At least it’s not upsetting.

"Prepare to fend off the bridge abutment."