REVIEW: Advent calendar 10 December 2022

We have made it all the way to the two-digit numbers of the Advent Calendar. It should be predictable by now – or at least I thought I had it all figured out, but yet I was surprised today. Read to to see why…

Based on the symbol on today’s door, we should start on a series of models from the Goblet of Fire movie. And that was correct.

10 December model

Opening the tenth door, it was indeed a model from the fourth movie. But I had expected a micro-scale model, as we have had it so far – three models per movie, with the first two being micro-scale, followed by a minifigure.

Today, we didn’t get a micro-scale model nor a minifigure. Rather, the model is minifigure scale or close to at least – and definitely too large to be micro-scale…

It was also the bag with the fewest parts to date in this year’s calendar. Only 9 parts were included – none of which were spares.

Here you can see how the model is built:

As seen, this is the Goblet of Fire. The true star today is however the printed transparent tile, of the half-burned paper which blew out of the fire, revealing that Harry Potter was a surprising fourth contestant in the Tri-wizard tournament. The tile looks amazing!

It is not the first time we’ve seen the Goblet of Fire in a calendar, as it appeared on 6 December in the 2020 LEGO Harry Potter advent calendar. You can see the model below in comparison to the left – and my post describing it here:

As seen, the 2020 model was somewhat bigger (in particular taller), and better reflected the substantial size of the goblet in the movie.

So you’ll need to add a pedestal underneath if you want today’s model true minifigure scale as per the movie. But even without, it works out fine, as seen below.

Harry Potter! Did you put your name in the goblet?

If you like Dumbledore’s lectern in the back, you can find instructions for it on my Instructions page

Summary

So something unexpected today! One one hand, I’m slightly put off by the change in scale (and consistency) compared with the other models. But I really like that tile, and I’m sure I’ll seek to get a spare or two on Bricklink. The model is great representing the movie, which is named after the goblet after all. So even though the piece count is minimal, I’ll give it close to a maximum score, with 4.5 out of 5 house points.

This make we wonder if tomorrow will be micro-scale after all? Could this be another minifigure scale model? Might be the only chance to sneak in a Christmas related model – with me secretly hoping for a Christmas tree from the Yule Ball or something like that. Be sure to check back on the 2022 Advent Calendar page tomorrow to see what we got…

Till then, Build the Magic!

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