Showing posts with label #LEGO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #LEGO. Show all posts

Thursday, 6 July 2017

LEGO City // Jungle Halftrack Mission Review

I recently shared a post all about how LEGO and Nat Geo Kids were teaming up...

National Geographic Kids and LEGO® City have collaborated on a special partnership to inspire children to explore, discover and learn about jungles and the importance of their preservation. 
Known for his Science outreach work and exploration of the "Boiling River” in the Amazon, National Geographic Explorer, Andres Ruzo, is spearheading the project, and is passionate about sharing the importance of these habitats with future ‘young explorers’. 

Through LEGO City Jungle bricks, vehicles, and mini-figures Ruzo has created a fun way to highlight what incredible habitats jungles are, helping children learn more about their diversity, incredible plant and animal species, as well the importance of conservation for the future.

To go along side that blog post, LEGO sent me the new Lego City Jungle Halftrack Mission to review.


Noah loves his wildlife and often enjoys watching programmes like Deadly 60, Planet Earth etc, so when I told him all about LEGO's venture he was eager to get his hands on one of the new sets.


The Jungle Halftrack Mission comes with 4 bags and 3 instruction books!
The set includes a male and female explorer mini figures, 
panther and spider figures, 
a camera, 
machete, 
walkie-talkie, 
pan 
and a build-able campfire, 
an AVT with removable crate and the halftrack with chain.
Total piece count - 378 pieces,
Recommended age 6+.


Noah found it really easy following the instructions and whizzed his way through the first book within 10 minutes.
He loved that he now has a LEGO panther, which is one of his favourite animals!


Book two was the Halftrack, he needed a little help with this and I was more than happy to lend a hand.
I love building LEGO, I find it quite therapeutic in a way.
It was also nice spending some one on one time with Noah, as that doesn't seem to happen as much as it should.


Book Three was the Temple.
Noah loved building this as he loved making the booby trap and laughed even more as he said it....
Much to my annoyance he didn't let me help with this bit.


This LEGO set was great fun to build, and we had even more fun setting the scenes for the photos in the garden and having fun playing with the mini figures.

It was great to see Noah's imagination come alive.




You can buy the LEGO Jungle halftrack Mission from SMYTHS Toy store for £24.99

Thursday, 29 June 2017

National Geographic Kids and LEGO® City inspire children to explore and learn more about our Jungles

National Geographic Kids and LEGO® City have collaborated on a special partnership to inspire children to explore, discover and learn about jungles and the importance of their preservation.
Known for his Science outreach work and exploration of the "Boiling River” in the Amazon, National Geographic Explorer, Andres Ruzo, is spearheading the project, and is passionate about sharing the importance of these habitats with future ‘young explorers’. 

Through LEGO City Jungle bricks, vehicles, and mini-figures Ruzo has created a fun way to highlight what incredible habitats jungles are, helping children learn more about their diversity, incredible plant and animal species, as well the importance of conservation for the future.



Ruzo shares “Of all my expeditions to the Amazon Rainforest this was definitely the one my 9-year-old-self would have not wanted to miss! 
The mission: To explore the sacred and mysterious Boiling River of the Amazon, deep in the heart of the jungle.
 The Goal: To inspire kids to care about the jungle and the planet. The Tools: High-tech gear like drones, GPS´s, and thermal cameras - and the new LEGO® City Jungle sets of course! I want kids to love the jungle, and to want to protect and understand it as much as I do. 
Long before I was ever exploring the jungle, I was dreaming up my own jungle adventures as a boy. This is why I am so excited for the LEGO City Jungle range, I want playtime to inspire the next generation of jungle explorers.”


LEGO City designer Andrew Butler Coghill, who has been part of developing the new Jungle models, comments; “Children are our role models and we believe that inviting children on a LEGO jungle adventure is a great way to inspire them to learn more about the real jungles. 
It has been very motivating to meet the reactions from the children when testing the products and I am really pleased that National Geographic Kids have partnered with us to use our models to teach children about life in the jungle”.



As part of the initiative, LEGO® City & National Geographic Kids will launch an exciting new competition to win a National Geographic Family Expedition to the jungles of Costa Rica in Central America! 
The winning family will explore the treetops and volcanic canyon landscapes of Rio Blanco, go zip lining through tropical forests surrounded by astonishing wildlife, visit a wildcat rescue centre to meet orphaned ocelots and jaguars, dine in a tree house and get to experience the real-life jungle.

The competition is open to children between the ages of 6 and 16, and open to residents of US, UK, Benelux, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Czech, Romania & Russia. 
For a chance to win, candidates must imagine something they might discover deep in the jungle – and then draw it or build it with LEGO bricks. For further details, and to enter, please visit: www.LEGO.com/jungle. 

A special jungle-themed issue of National Geographic Kids will be available from 16th August and will include exciting LEGO® content, including a pull-out jungle poster which children can use as a backdrop to their imaginative play.

Within this Issue, you will find a LEGO City and National Geographic Kids ‘Explorer’s Handbook’ – a mini guide to everything you need to know about the jungle. From what to pack, to how to wrestle a caiman in an emergency, the Explorer’s Handbook is filled with fun facts and activities for children to delve into.


You can also explore the Jungle with LEGO City and National Geographic Kids online. Children can join the jungle expedition on LEGO.com/jungle and find funny facts, activities and videos and from 24th July, National Geographic Kids’ dedicated Jungle hub (www.natgeokids.com/jungle) will be available to children and parents globally. 

The jungle hub will be bursting with jungle facts and fun activities for kids. You can also check out the jungle videos following AndrĂ©s Ruzo and his LEGO companions through the Amazon on an educational and immersive journey of adventure and discovery.  
These can be viewed at www.LEGO.com/jungle from 1st July.


We have been very kindly sent a new Lego City Jungle Halftrack Mission set to build, so keep an eye on the blog to see what we thought.....




Monday, 26 June 2017

Weekend Vibes..

It wasn't a weekend filled with excitement but I thought I would share what we got up too.

With Jon's back still healing we are very limited to what we can do, as he isn't allowed to be in a car or walk too far, but we tried to make it as fun for the boys as we could.

Saturday

We put up our new framed posters in the lounge, we recently had a re-jig in the lounge and are trying to put our own stamp on it rather than have it looking like it came out of the Next catalogue.

So both Jon and I picked one of our favourite films and found a poster ....
Mine is My Neighbour Totoro and Jon's is The Goonies.

The lounge is really becoming how we both want it to look.
One of the best things about the lounge is that there are no toys in there!


The twins had a party to attend in the afternoon, so I took them off and left Jon with Ru and Noah.
The party was over the road at the lavender farm, so before we went into the play barn I got the boys to take a picture next to the rows of lavender and of course they couldn't pose nicely, they both had to dab...


I also managed to get a quick snap of a bumblebee as we headed off towards the barn.
I'm going to have to go back with my camera and see if I can capture some better pictures.


The boys had a nice time at the party and were both ready for bed by the time we got back home.
They ate their cake and goodies from their party bag whilst the rest of us had dinner.
Once the boys were all in bed I cracked on with my cross stitch as I was determined to finish it before we settled down to watch Dr Who.



Sunday.

After the morning tidy up, I sat down with the boys and we had a bit of a Lego session.
They had been given a couple of sets for their birthday and Rupert found my Wonder Woman set that has been sat on my bedside table forever.






We then sat down and played a few games which I had been sent, but you'll find out about those in another post.

Sam came over and kept Noah entertained and the twins and Ru sat down to watch Goosebumps, one of their favourite films at the moment.

When they weren't playing games with me or in their rooms they were in the garden on their bikes.

Whilst the boys were busy in the garden I decided that I would put up all my cross stitch projects up on the kitchen wall....


It's a work in progress as I have more kits in the post.
I'm really enjoying my new hobby.

Once dinner was finished and Sam had gone home we sat down and did some homework with the boys.

As you can see it wasn't really that exciting but the boys all had fun just chilling and playing.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lego Minifigures Series 17!

On the 1st May Lego launched its brand new Minifigures series.
Series 17 and I was very lucky to be a part of that launch.

I was sent two boxes on two separate days, each containing 8 different Lego Minifigures.
The first box also came with highwayman outfit and instructions on what to do with the Minifigures....


The aim of the game was to hide the Lego Minifigure's accessories and write some clues, so the kids could hunt them out.
I had to keep my identity hidden and not let on who had hidden them.


I loved running round the house in my cape hiding all the accessories and the boys were beside themselves with excitement when they found the clues.
When I said it wasn't me who had been hiding them, that made them even more keen to find them.


Our first lot of Minifigures included;
Butterfly Girl,
Rocket Boy,
Corn Cob Guy,
Elf Maiden,
Hot Dog Vendor,
Battle Dwarf,
Roman Gladiator,
Retro Space Hero.


I made the clues easy as I wanted them all to be able to have a guess at where the hiding places were.


They were really good at taking it in turns to be the one who found the item.
They each got to find two things and then add them to the figures.


After the hunt all the Minifigures were happy to be reunited with their accessories.


Little did the boys know that, that wasn't the end of the game.

The next day the second box arrived with 8 more Lego Minifigures.
So once again I donned my cap and cape and got writing some riddles for them to solve.


This time round they wouldn't just be hunting out the missing accessories but they would also have to find out who had been hiding them in the first place.


Our second lot of Lego Minifigures included;
Gourmet Chef,
Pro Surfer,
Veterinarian, 
Circus Strongman,
Fitness Instructor,
Connoisseur,
The Yuppie
and the mystery figure....


The mystery figure was none other than the highwayman who had been hiding all the accessories.
Along with the final 8 of the collection I was sent another highwayman hat and some gold coins.
Once the boys had found me they were meant to get the gold, but unfortunately I was stupid and left them out and the dog got too them.
Thankfully he wasn't sick and we did get him checked over by the vet to be on the safe side.


Again the boys all worked really well during the hunt and made sure everyone got a turn in finding the missing item. 
During the hunt I slipped away upstairs to change back into my outfit and hide in my hiding place....

I'm outside....but not on the ground.....!?


I was up on the balcony reading a Lego magazine.

After the hunt the boys were very happy with themselves.
They'd managed to crack the clues and reunite all the Minifigures with their accessories and for the first time ever they had a whole collection of Lego Minifigures,
including the mystery figure!!!


They also loved that they could dress up in my highwayman outfit.
Which they are still playing with a day after the hunt.


Thank You Lego for letting us be a part of the Series 17 launch!

Lego Minifigures are available at retailers nationwide RRP £2.99
To find out more about the characters go to www.lego.com/minifigures

Monday, 3 April 2017

After School Fun With Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

Noah has been a big Lego fan since he was 3/4. 
My brother handed down his old box of Lego to him and it was instant love.

His room now boasts a mighty collection of Star Wars & Minecraft Lego and a array of mini builds.
He's even got a Lego Poke-ball which he made using a YouTube tutorial.

Also many other sets that have been long destroyed over the years are now in big lego heads waiting to be re-built.


Noah was sent some super cool Mighty Micros sets, which are now taking over his room.
The Mighty Micro sets come in a nice range of heroes
from Iron man to Wonder Woman.

I'm always trying to think of ways to get Noah away from his PS4 and to spend some time with me.
Lego is always the number one winner.

He will happily switch off the playstation and get stuck right into building.
I've always loved lego and will happily sit in his room having a build off.
Its a great way to spend some quality one on one time with him.



Noah took no time at all building his Mighty Micros.
They have an RRP of £8.99 which is pretty perfect if your looking for a birthday present for someone.
You get two mini figures & two vehicles in each sets.


Rupert even took a shine to the superman one and made my dad build it for him when he was up visiting.
I used to love sitting with my dad building Lego, so it was lovely to see him doing it with the boys.


Noah couldn't wait to dig into the Hulk lego set.
I dont blame him as it looked pretty epic.


We decided to make it a little more entertaining and have a race to see who could build their car the fastest.

Noah built the Green Hulk car and I built the Red.
We both finished around the half hour mark.

I love how when building the bigger sets, the bricks are nicely arranged into different bags, so you don't have to empty them all out over the table and risk losing the tiny important bits.


This Lego Marvel Super Heroes Hulk Vs Red Hulk set has an RRP of £49.99
The set comes complete with a She-Hulk and a Red She-Hulk mini figures, plus Hulk and Red Hulk big figures.


After the build we took them into the garden and had a little battle!
Who do you think won?!?!


Lego Marvel Super Heroes sets can be found in most Toy Shops.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Lego City // The Twins First Lego Sets

The twins have always been jealous of Noah's lego collection and desperate for their own.
So when I was sent some Lego City sets I knew they would be over the moon.


We were sent the Lego City Race plane (RRP £7.99)
Lego City Stunt Truck (RRP £7.99)
Lego City Sweeper &Excavator (RRP £24.99)


The twins each picked one of the little boxes and said they'd share the big box.

Alex took the Race Plane.
Get ready to put on an amazing show from the skies with the Lego City Race Plane, featuring a spinning propeller and opening cockpit.
includes mini figure.

Oscar opted for the Stunt Truck.
It's time to put on a daring show in the amazing stunt truck! Strap yourself into the cab and take off for your first trick!
Show off and make each jump higher than the last. This set features a truck with a big rear wing and big knobbly tyres, plus a mini figure.


We all sat at the kitchen table and the boys helped me build them.
I was the builder and they were my helpers by finding me the right bricks that I needed.
The instructions are great and even the boys could understand what was needed and how to do it.

They took it in turns to help and were very impressed with the final masterpiece.

Once we had completed the plane and truck we moved on to the Sweeper and Excavator.
Keep the Lego City streets clear for the traffic with the help of the city work crew and their Sweeper & Excavator, featuring a truck sweeper with spinning brushes, various work tools and detachable trailer, an excavator with movable arm and shovel bucket, rotating body and opening cage, a street sign, cones, brick wall elements and two mini figures.


When it came to building the bigger set, I tried to get them to get involved in the building part.
They were a little hesitant at first but once I showed them it was pretty easy and pretty impossible to go wrong if they listened and looked at the instructions, and even if they did put the wrong brick on, they could easily re do it.

They loved how the brushes on the sweeper actually spun around and that they could spin the exactor around and around.

It was lovely to see them so proud of something they had made.
They put it straight on display in their bedroom, just like Noah has his.


Lego City sets are just perfect for brand new Lego fans and it was one of the very first sets Noah was given.


It really is amazing what you can build from simple little bricks!

You can find Lego in all good toy stores!