You’ve already read Blocks magazine’s first seven picks for classic Christmas movies that would be perfect for LEGO sets. With 21330 Home Alone giving families a festive building project based on a beloved festive flick, coming up with other films that offer opportunities for LEGO models is great fun. So here is another batch of Christmas movies that deserve to be immortalised in LEGO.
There’s something special about Christmas movies that allow people of all ages to connect with them (well, maybe not Bad Santa). Is it the heartwarming, uplifting messages? The nostalgia? The tradition of watching these movies every year? Perhaps it’s a little of all of it.
A Christmas Story
Did you know that the film, A Christmas Story, was not popular upon release? Now a Christmas classic, it is time for this 1983 festive comedy to be made into a LEGO set. LEGO designers could take inspiration from 21330 Home Alone, recreating Ralphie’s family home. Much like 21330, it should be packed with details and references to the movie – including the iconic lamp in the window. If the LEGO Group were to make a whole line of classic Christmas movie houses, A Christmas Story would be a great addition.
Frosty the Snowman
The 1969 animated film Frosty the Snowman tells the story of Frosty, a snowman who came to life when a magical hat was placed atop his head by a group of children. The children and even Professor Hinkle, the failed magician, would be easy enough to recreate in minifigure form – but what about Frosty himself? The LEGO Group would have to explore different options, but creating a new specialised piece that is able to slide over a minifigure torso would be ideal.
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It’s a Wonderful Life
Starring James Stewart as George Bailey, the 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life is more than just a good Christmas movie, it’s a classic film with a really good story. Because of this, It’s a Wonderful Life has become a Christmas movie staple in many households. But how could the LEGO Group adapt this film into a set? Filmed in black and white, there aren’t very many visually colourful characters compared to other films on this list. The best option would be to recreate the Bailey house, which could be done in colour or in unique greyscale. Who wouldn’t want James Stewart in LEGO for the first time?
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Made in 1974, The Year Without a Santa Claus is another classic Christmas film made using claymation, a stop motion animated technique. In this story two of Santa’s elves, Jingle and Jangle, are sent by Mrs Claus along with Vixen the Reindeer to find children who believe in Santa Claus. Along the way they face all sorts of challenges, including trying to get the two brothers, Heat Miser and Snow Miser to agree. Minifigures would be the most appealing part of this box. Both Heat Miser and Snow Miser would require fun new head moulds due to their unique shapes.
A Christmas Carol
Based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel, and remade into countless live action as well as animated films, A Christmas Carol shares the valuable lesson of giving. Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas by the end of the story after being visited by four spirits throughout the night. While 40410 Charles Dickens Tribute was released last year, a larger set with a pyjama clad Scrooge and minifigures of the various Christmas spirits would be even better.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The 1989 Christmas comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation sees Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) try to give his family the perfect Christmas – but (as expected) things don’t quite go to plan. This is a movie from which two sets could be made; one could be the Griswold house that Clark decides to cover in as many Christmas lights as he can; another could be Clark’s car, used to bring home the gigantic Griswold family Christmas tree (roots and all).
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer features many fun and colourful characters that would translate well into the brick. There is Sam the Snowman, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey the Misfit Elf, and the star of the show, Rudolph. If made into minifigures, each character would need at least a brand-new head mould. As for the multiple reindeer characters, they could be brick-built, but a new mold would be ideal. Perhaps a better way of representing this movie would be through large buildable characters. A set akin to 43179 Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with a large Rudolph and Hermey the Misfit Elf would be perfect. At this larger scale, Rudolph could even have a light up nose!
While all these movies would be great LEGO sets, there are plenty of holiday sets to be enjoying right now including 21330 Home Alone. Or get creative – grab some hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and all the red, green, and white pieces you can, and get building! Take inspiration from this list, along with our other Christmas movie list, and recreate your own festive favourites.