Homemade Lego Advent Calendar 2014: Recap

A few folks mentioned that a wrap-up post would be useful, since they missed some of the builds throughout the month. And then all of a sudden the holidays flew by, the new year started and I still hadn't posted it. So here we are, almost mid-January, and I am finally getting down to recapping my December project for the Dude.

The story behind the Homemade Lego Advent Calendar

We opted not to buy the Dude a Lego Advent Calendar for the past couple of years. The Dude was quite amenable, countering with: "Ok, then you have to build me something every day until Christmas." Challenge accepted!

There is no manual, and there are no shortcuts. Each day, I try to think of something to build, head to Google for ideas or instructions if necessary, and then head to the playroom for anywhere from half an hour to sometimes 2 hours, to source all the pieces and build the item(s). Then I leave them out for the Dude to find first thing in the morning.

This year, I was about 50/50 between the builds for which I found examples or instructions and the ones I made up on my own. Even when I had instructions, it was usually too difficult to find all the right pieces, so there was a good deal of redesigning involved (or "Lego hacking" as we like to call it :)

I tried to create things that were significant in some way to our family: games we play, characters from shows we watch, references to recent conversations or general household memes. It was a lot of fun to see if the Dude could figure them out (which he did although some took longer than others). Hubby had no clue on a few of them (Mordecai and the Red Knight, for example) so we sometimes had to Google pics to show him what I'd built. LOL

Overall, the entire project was a success in so many respects: from the enjoyment the Dude got, the fact that it forced me to relax in the playroom to exercise my creative muscle building Lego every night, and the fact that we saved $50 on an actual advent calendar. (Bonus!)

2014 Homemade Lego Advent Calendar Recap

Here's a look back at this year's builds.
Click the photos or links to view the original posts.

Day 1: Camera and Lighting Umbrella
Day 2: Red Knight from Castle Crashers
Day 3: Dive Tower
Day 4: Spaceship
Day 5: Lighthouse
Day 6: Gamers playing Call of Duty
Day 7: Minimalist Frankenstein
Day 8: Mech Robot
Day 9: Shopping cart
Day 10: Millenium Falcon
Day 11: Teeny Tiny Transformer
Day 12: Jake the Dog
Day 13: Hunger Games Logo (The Mockingjay)
Day 14: Crossbow (and it works!)
Day 15: P-Body (Robot from Portal)
Day 16: Laser Laboratory
Day 17: Super Meat Boy
Day 18: Robot Skull
Day 19: Blueberry The Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny Owl
Day 20: Mordecai (from Regular Show)
Day 21: Wall-E
Day 22: Elf on the Shelf
Day 23: Tree and Presents
Santa's Turbo Sleigh


And there you have it. The fruits of my nightly labour leading up to Christmas. So will I do a 3rd one next year? I likely don't have a choice. I'm pretty sure I'll be on the hook for one until the Dude no longer cares about Lego or moves out. Hell, if the apple falls close to the tree, and Lego is always in the picture, I might be on the hook for these until my hands can no longer handle the small pieces.

Hope you enjoyed the builds as much as I did. And if you have any ideas, leave a comment! I think this year I will start bookmarking ideas much earlier though, to help speed up the process. Hmm, 11 months to come up with 24 builds? Should't be too hard... #obsessed