Well this escalated quickly.
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 3: Festive Mailbox?
Three days in, and I’m already at a loss. I can only assume that this is a festive mailbox. This is based primarily on the fact that the previous prize was a Postal Nerd, but humans are pattern-seeking animals and I may be reading too much into the potentially coincidental order of things. It is easier to accept the mailbox part than the festive part, which I can’t begin to identify. The mailbox does open, which I guess is cool.
I suppose that on some level, having a festive mailbox gives the Postal Nerd’s life meaning, but again, I don’t know that I’m ever going to connect on a deep level with this character or his postal fixation. It gets an extra star for being articulated.
Ease of Build ★★★☆☆
There are few parts, but the general confusion about what it’s supposed to be makes it difficult to know if it has been built correctly.
Ok, I’m just going to assume it’s a mailbox. Sure, it opens like one of those newspaper vending machines where a hobo can open the door for $0.50, take all of the newspapers, and then sell them manually for $0.50 each, but I can overlook that detail. The real question is: what is next to it? Is that a cake that’s half the size of a public mailbox? A package placed near the mailbox with holly on it? A very small segment of a brick wall upon which someone has left P.F. Chang’s hottest new dessert item, a gluten-free cherry pie filling lettuce wrap? I have no idea.
Extra Parts ★☆☆☆☆
While I never really need extra parts, this one comes with only a single round red thing. Ask your server to “make it a double” and get twice as much cherry pie filling in your lettuce wrap for only $4.99 more!
This would only be medium confusing if it weren’t festooned with the extra object that elevates it from a regular mailbox to a festive mailbox. If I were forced to come up with an explanation for the additional item, I guess I’d say that it’s a decorated package. Leaving a package near a mailbox might fly in Denmark, but it’s a sucker move in these parts. Even if today’s build had the words “Definitely a Mailbox” written on it and lacked the enormous petit four (grand four?), I’m not sure how much fun I could have playing make-believe about mailing a letter.