September 27, 2023

Bricks Of Christmas Past – Day 8

A Look at LEGO® Christmas Sets From Past to Present

Welcome back to the 12 Bricks of Christmas Past! This is my countdown of traditional Christmas subjects done over the years in LEGO® form. Seasonal LEGO® sets are always a huge hit over the holidays. So for the next 12 days – the traditional Christmas amount – I’m going to look at a particular subject and see the offerings past to present. There’s some fun stuff to explore so check back each day 😉 Click below for previous articles and read on for today’s topic!

It’s Day 8 of the Bricks of Christmas Past. For today’s article we’re building snowpeople. LEGO® built snowmen are a staple of the winter season, not only on the holidays. At least wherever it snows. I doubt there are many snow builds in tropical locales. But you will find them in many an advent calendar, set and polybag. I built my fair share growing up, even a snow-Batman that was pretty darn slick if I may say so. And at least with LEGO® bricks, you don’t have to worry about the temperature outside. Let’s build some snowfolk.

Snowman / Seasonal Polybag / 1989-2014 / 9-64 pcs

There have been a decent number of snowmen polybags over the last 30 years! Like the elves, they started blocky and eventually turn into more recognizable objects. I love 1995’s squat little snowman, very….healthy?

Advent Calendars / Seasonal / 1999-2021 / 6-20 pcs

Much like the polybags, there have been A LOT of snowmen included over the years. They are particularly plentiful in advent calendars. Like many of the other entries in this series, there’s been some fun twists of snowmen across newer licensed themes. In total I count at least 30 entries from Friends, City, Belville, Star Wars and Marvel. I won’t list them all, but here’s a small sampling.

Snowman / Seasonal / 2014 / #40093 / 140 pcs

2014 brought us this fun Brickheadz style set. You can certainly see quite a few build techniques that will later show up in the Brickheadz theme. I would have upsized the hat a bit myself, but overall it’s pretty cute. Digging the broom!

Snowman Ornament / Seasonal / 2017 / #853670 / 25 pcs

Our last two sets are ornaments. The first one is a clear ball with a micro-scale snowman inside. It’s a very nice build for such a tiny size and the ribbon is very lovely. The recoloured claw in orange makes for quite the nose.

Snowman & Reindeer Duo Ornament / Seasonal / 2020 / #854050 / 126 pcs

The second ornament is a set with a snowman and reindeer. Both are blocky-shaped heads with sticker elements for added details. The reindeer antlers are pretty great at this scale. I prefer the ball, but these make for fun gifts and will look cute on many a tree.

Do you want to buil- . . . you know the rest

Today’s Bricks of Christmas Past was chock full of polybags and advent calendar builds. Of all the holiday builds, this has been the most prolific in those themes. But I think there’ll be a new challenger with some of the upcoming topics. But what do you all think? Are you a seasonal builder of snowpeople? What’s your favourite subject to build out of snow? Do you have all these advent calendar builds? Please comment below and on our social channels to let me know. And as always, keep on brickin’. 🧱


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