This is the annual Lego Advent calendar. Just like previous years, there are 24 little compartments with a different Lego toy for each day leading up to Christmas. All total there are 232 pieces. Each toy is simple to assemble; there is an assembled picture on the back of each door.
This year they did a little more Christmas than previous years. Santa, Christmas tree, and somebody carrying presents are the theme. A car, snowmobile and a fisherman make up the remainder. They also included a bigger piece this time - four days are put together to make a Police station. It's a nice touch, the building. The odd part is a Police station for Christmas?
All 24 days come together to make a single scene. After Christmas, the toys make a nice addition to anybody's City collection.
The box is the same size as previous years. The cardboard is not very rugged; it's pretty standard Lego box issue. I've posted some pictures of the box and tray. It's possible some of the doors will get torn when opening them. I imagine if somebody was really careful, they could put the toys back and save it for next year. But then they'd miss out on a year of playing with the toys and the new 2012 version.
Every Lego Maniac will love this calendar. Even though my boys are much older now, we've enjoyed these sets for the past bunch of years. Heck, Dad gets a big kick out of the daily opening and building.
There is another Advent calendar this year. If it doesn't sell out and become outrageously expensive, the Star Wars set is rather cool: LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar (7958)
The MSRP for the City Advent calendar is $35.