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Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar now at Costco

Getting kids to be excited about Christmas is not a very difficult thing to do! I find the idea of the Advent Calendar compelling, even though we are not very religious at all, as it helps crystallize¬†in their young minds the idea of *waiting* for something. This is something that is considerably hard to establish with kids, for some reason. I’m not a huge fans of Advent Calendars that come with a bunch of chocolate inside – they don’t need any more of that – but on the other hand, you can never have too many Legos! Introducing the really cool Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar, available in a bunch of places, as well as my local Costco!

Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar

Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar

I love Legos as much as the next guy … I mean, my son loves Legos as much as any four-year-old can… and there can never be too many Legos in a house.

I love the idea of getting a little toy every day of the Advent Calendar. These are not cheap Kinder toys, or Dollarama crap. These are genuine, brand name Legos that fit with all the other Legos we own. There’s a Lego Santa, cops and robbers, a snow man and a bunch of other things.

This Lego City set is available at my local Costco for only $29.99 – $10 cheaper than on Amazon. For a set containing 278 pieces, this is a really good price, and something original to give your kids just ahead of Christmas. If you’re interested in this Lego Advent Calendar, I would encourage you to get there soon. There is a limited quantity, and Costco won’t be receiving more between now and Christmas.

Star Wars Lego 73035 Kashyyyk Troopers: Product Review

Like most self-respecting little boys, my son is crazy about Star Wars. This may have something to do with his Dad, but I don’t know for sure. Despite his very young age – he isn’t 4 yet – he knows all about Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and Luke and the Force and all that stuff. So imagine his glee when he found out that you could have both Star Wars *and* Lego in the same toy! I was also very happy, since I get to put together the stuff, at least the first time, since he’s still little.

Since I wasn’t working yesterday, I kept him from daycare, and we went on an adventure downtown, visiting bookstores, shopping malls, the University and a lot of other places. Since he was so good, on the way back I offered him a small Lego set at Toys R Us, and he chose it all by himself: the Star Wars Lego 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers , which I’ll review today. Here’s what the set looks like once completed:

Star Wars Lego 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers (assembled)

Star Wars Lego 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers (assembled)

This is not a huge set; it only has 99 pieces, and a lot of these are the little blue pieces you can see on the gunship’s guns, which act as ammunition. More on that later. I believe my son chose this one in great part because it comes with no less that 4 Stormtroopers, 2 traditionally-clad ones and two ‘Scout’ troopers with the different visors, which are the little ship’s pilot and gunner. Adding four little guys greatly enhances my son’s Lego collection, which is just starting out.

Star Wars Lego 75035 Stormtrooper

Awesome!

This little Lego set, which costs $15.99 (Canadian dollars) at Toys R Us comes with much-vaunted (by the packaging) ‘NEW BLASTERS‘, which is a new and imaginative way to lose Lego pieces. The little guy’s blasters are fitted with a tiny lever-like piece that creates pressure, and causes the little blue pieces to go flying – quite far – thereby reproducing with high accuracy a blaster shot, especially if you get the little blue dot in the eyeball.

Fortunately, my son is already aware of the grief of losing Lego pieces, and doesn’t ‘load’ his Stormtroopers’ blasters when he plays. Good kid.

Star Wars Lego 75035 Closeup

Just a little close-up.

The assembly of the ship, and the little characters was a breeze, and my son should be able to assemble it by himself quickly, provided he doesn’t lose any pieces. I do have an issue with the fact that many of the pieces seem to be specialized, so I’m not sure how easily they can be integrated and used in a large bag of random Lego pieces, which I still have from my youth and am planning on giving to my son.

He’s a really smart kid, I’m sure he’ll figure it out, even if his Dad doesn’t.

Star Wars Lego 75035 Mean-looking Kashyyyk Trooper

Mean-looking Kashyyyk Trooper!

Being an old-school Lego enthusiast, I am fascinated with all these new Lego collections coming out, the Hobbit and Lord of The Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic World and all the others. It’s really fun to see new pieces and to discover new uses for old ones. Just look at this mean-looking Lego dude!

In conclusion, both my son and I are really happy with the Star Wars Lego 75035 Kashyyyk Troopers. It was fun, if easy to assemble, provides a little ‘star ship’ for my son, and increases his little Lego dudes count¬†to 5. All in all, a great purchase, which I know he’ll enjoy, one way or the other, for many years to come. As with all Legos.