Monday, December 8, 2008

Advent Madness: CITY Day 8

Advent Madness Day Eight
(Open the Doors Here)

Kitten up a Tree

Well, this is a bit of departure from the CITY sets we've seen in the past. Sure, we're still doing a "Fireman" sub-theme, but this time it's a Pleasantville version where the fire department just waits for a call about a cat up a tree.

As far as trees go, this is a bit iffy - three fronds stuck to a rectangular pole. It's a bit more creative than the one-piece trees LEGO also produces, but to me it looks a bit too cubist. Maybe it's supposed to be a subtle slam against people who buy plastic Christmas trees over the real pine-scented deal. I doubt it, though.

The cat is also a disappointment - last year's Belville Advent also had a cat behind door eight - but that cat had printed features. Once again, LEGO's cost cutting shows through.

Still, I have to give them points for an original twist on a very tired sub-theme. When I saw the fireman yesterday, this set was pretty far down my list of expected follow-ups.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

you really should be giving them a tiny bit of credit.

The leaf things and the cat are not always easy to find. Plus those pieces could b handy with the expansion of people's collections

December 8, 2008 8:04 AM  
Blogger Christopher Doyle said...


Uh, I must be coming across as more cynical than I'm feeling - I thought I put a *somewhat* happy spin on today's item.

December 8, 2008 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Brian McB said...

Incidentally, I this style of cat was introduced in '95 (as near as I can tell) without painted features. So it's not that LEGO is cutting costs, they're just going "old school" and giving the fans what they want.

December 9, 2008 12:05 AM  
Blogger Sor Cyress said...

Just want to giggle at the Plesantville references --the shouting of "CAT!" was one of the absolute funniest moments in the whole movie.

December 9, 2008 8:11 PM  

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