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Sunday, November 24, 2013

I got a great shout-out from Bins Toy Bin!

Bins Toy Bin is a really fun channel the boys and I watch on YouTube. I've been chatting with them through e-mail and helping them find some books for their collection. They were so sweet they gave me a shout-out in their newest video. It's around the 8:30 time mark. Subscribe to their channel for some really fun toy reviews!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Create your own minifigure family now on the Lego website!  Happy Thanksgiving!  Loved all the great options, hoping they add even more in the future.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

First YouTube Lego Haul video

Last Friday I made a few Bricklink orders and I decided when they arrived I'd make my first Lego Haul video on YouTube.  It was actually very fun to film even if I was a bit nervous.  My Mom and I had a great time ordering from the various Bricklink sellers and found some great minifigs and parts.  Looking forward to adding more great pieces to our collection!

Here are the links to the Bricklink Stores I purchased from:

Grandma's Attic:
Bricks on the Dollar:

Their YouTube Channels:

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Huge Lego Haul! Series 11 Minifigures, Lego Chima Sign, Lego Friends Auction

I went to our local Walmart yesterday and found that they had just stocked the Series 11 Lego Minifigures! I was shocked that Walmart got them this quickly as I just found Series 10 last week hanging by the clearance section (regular price.) By feeling the packages (always an uncomfortable and awkward time) and using the bump codes shown in Brick Tsar's YouTube videos we were able to find all 16! I'm going to put them in a case today quickly so they stay intact, my 6 year old really enjoys mixing them up. Here are all 16 minifigures:


(my personal favorites are the Scarecrow, Gingerbread Man, Elf, and Female Scientist)

We also found set 3818: Spongebob Squarepants: Bikini Bottom Undersea Party on clearance for $35. My oldest is almost done building the set and when it's all together I'll post a pic. Fantastic pieces and colors in that set and great play-ability.

 While we were at Walmart I happened to run into the Lego Rep who was stocking and taking down some of the signage. I'm usually not one to walk up to someone and ask for something but I decided to take a chance and ask her if I could take home the big Lego Chima sign that was in her cart. She was very nice and pleasant and more than happy to let me take it. We discussed what a difference Lego has made in my children's lives and how much it helps my oldest with his fine motor skills and other skills as he's on the autism scale. The sign is great and will look fantastic on the wall of our Lego room.  Time for me to peel off the wall decals from when it was a Pixar themed bedroom and start hanging our Lego Store posters too.


Last but certainly not least, my Lego Friends auction box arrived by FedEx yesterday.  I was a bit scared at first to check the box because when I got the shipping notification e-mail this last week that said the shipping weight was 3.2 pounds.  The auction said 7 pounds!  When I received the package the box said 3.2 but when I could clearly tell it was much heavier and when I used the scale it was exactly 7.  So I opened it up and saw a giant beautiful bag full of girly Lego pieces!  I know not everyone loves the Lego Friends sets and yes some of the stickers and decals are downright nauseating but I love the play-ability, unique colors (other than pink and purple) and the just plain fun builds.  I was definitely spot on with most of my predictions as to what was in the box as well as being pleasantly surprised at how complete most of the sets were.  So far we've been able to assemble The City Park Cafe and Olivia's House!  I'm now working on assembling the Heartlake Pool.  It looks like I might have a complete Beauty Shop, Heartlake Vet and Stephanie's Pet Patrol.   I'll post pictures of the sets as they are completed.  Looks like my next bricklink order will be to fill in what is missing like the fridge in Olivia's House.  I couldn't have asked for a better auction of a mystery bag!



Also a big "Thank you! " goes out to the Brick Show for commenting on my sons' YouTube video "Kid Brick Show."  They are huge fans of the Brick Show and were so excited to know that they saw the video.  We had the pleasure of meeting Jason and Stephen at the Brickfair in Virginia last month, they are great guys!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Brickfair Virginia 2013


Brickfair Virginia 2013, a set on Flickr.

Here are our pictures from the Brickfair in Chantilly, VA - August 3, 2013. It was our first year attending and we'll definitely be back again! The MOC's were simply beautiful!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lego Birthday Party

In June my littlest celebrated his 4th birthday and since he is already a big Lego fan we threw him a Lego themed birthday party.  I tried to get him some Lego theme decorations at Walmart but they had just reset the mod and got rid of all the Lego Star Wars party items.  So off to Pinterest I went and got some great ideas!  A few months ago during our first trip to the Lego Store we had purchased a Lego minifig ice cube tray.  I knew someone most likely had used it to make chocolate figures and of course they had!  I also ordered some brick shaped silicone molds off from Amazon and used those to make both Lego Gummies and crayons to give as favors.  My husband did a great job and decorated the favor bags by drawing various Lego faces on yellow bags I found at a party supply store.  Finally he made an awesome Lego minifig head cake all on his own with no mold and I made cupcakes and put the chocolate minifigs on top!  It all turned out very well and I'm sure we'll have more Lego birthday parties in our future!


To make the candy Lego minifigures I placed a quarter of the bag of candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and microwaved it at 50% power and at 30 second intervals, stirring each time. Once the candy was melted I used a spoon to transfer it to the molds. Then place the mold in the freezer for 15 minutes. Between each batch I washed and dried the molds to make sure I didn't get any air bubbles on the minifigures. 061213134939


To make the Lego gummies in a sauce pan mix 1/2 cup of water with 3 packets of Knox Gelatin, let that sit for 10 minutes. Place a larger frying pan on medium heat with a good layer of water to act as a double broiler. Once the gelatin has set for 10 minutes place the sauce pan in the water of the frying pan to heat the gelatin up. Once it is liquid again mix in 1 packet of Emergen-C vitamin c(or vitamin c flavoring of your choice) and a 3 oz box of Jello. Mix them all together then used a dropper (I used a medicine dropper and it worked just fine) to pour the mix into the mold. The place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes. Remove and refrigerate before serving. 061313114417

To make the Lego crayons I used a box of new Cra-Z-art crayons, cut the wrappers off with an x-acto knife, broke the crayons into a few pieces for each mold then placed the mold on a baking sheet and put it in a 230 degree oven for 15 minutes. Once they were completely melted I removed the pan and placed it directly into the freezer for another 30 minutes. When they were cool I was easily able to peel them from the mold. 061413101707







Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lego Book: Building Animals

Over a year ago I discovered a book at my local library book sale called "Lego Modelers: Build Amazing Animals" published by DK in 1999. It looked like a great book but I had some difficulty trying to build the animals as we were missing some of the pieces that were needed. Our collection has grown since then with auction buys of 10 pound miscellaneous boxes.  I've recently taken to the tedious task of organizing our Lego collection and discovered that we now had some of those missing pieces.  The most interesting one I used was part #6216, "Yellow Brick, Modified 2 x 4 x 2 No Studs, Triple Curved Top." This brick was used to make the hump on the camel.  Now all the colors might not be exact, as is the case with the rabbit but it was fun switching the colors up.  With that I bring you the pics of our first three animals we built:

Building Animals









I'm looking forward to making more of the animals featured in the book this coming week!

Lego News: Minifigure Online Game Trailer

Funcom, the makers of the upcoming online game "Lego: Minifigures Online Game" published a reveal trailer on YouTube on the 29th of August. The game looks fantastic! Looks like you'll be able to unlock all sorts of minifigures from Lego's Series line as well as others from the vast Lego history. You'll also be able to unlock brand new figures with codes that will come in the packages of upcoming Series Minifigures. The game will be free-to-play but I'm sure certain add-ons will cost. The game will be released during the second half of 2014.

Built From a Tutorial - Lego Gumball Machine

Here's a small build I made after seeing a video tutorial on Youtube from Lego4Chris. He did his tutorial after finding this design online.

This was a great little build to make. I knew I had at least one of the gray bricks with the "handle" on them and a few of the pedestal pieces so I really wanted to make this. I found sprinkles on clearance at Walmart that worked really well. They were Christmas sprinkles so I took a small butter knife and separated the green from the red as to not make the gumballs look too Christmas like. My sons "helped" and also enjoyed eating the sprinkles as I made this. Yummy and fun! With all the sorting I've done to our Lego collection lately I'll have to rebuild the second one of these with a proper handle piece.