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Rey in the Garden


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Thor God of Thunder Build and Grow!


Build and Grow!

Last Saturday we made another trip to Lowe’s for Build and Grow. This week’s build was Thor. We were attending an art  show in another city, so had to attend a different location. They were set up different from my local Lowe’s, they didn’t have work stations set up so we just built on the floor.

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This was a fairly easy build. The instructions were clear for adults but smaller kids would need help. There are some steps where you have to place stickers before nailing. The instructions point these out just be sure to read them a couple of times.

 

Like all the other heroes, Thor has an action feature, he has an audio component. Press the button in his chest to hear thunder. It is not too loud. So should bother someone if a child is playing with it in the same room.

 

After completing the build. We showed it to the Clinic Captain and got a certificate. The Clinic Captains fill them out while the kids were building the project. That was a nice bit of organization on their part. It has the child’s name , the project name, and the date. The graphics are similar to the ones on the patches and instruction booklets.

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The figure comes with a wedge-shaped base with the character’s name on it. Once you get all six the wedges make a circle with the Avengers logo. The Avengers stand back to back in a cool display.

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There are two more Build and Grow Avengers events. The next one is Black Widow and Hulk finishes out the collection. The date for the Black Widow set is Aug 13 and the Hulk date has not been posted yet.

What’s Included?

The free kit has a wooden project, instructions with a comic on the back,  a patch of that project, an apron and goggles. The event I went to we saw kids with aprons and goggles. We didn’t get either when we checked in. When we returned the hammer, we saw the aprons and asked for one, but I didn’t see goggles. You can put your child’s name on the apron and iron on the patches. Then they can wear it the next time.

To attend the event you need to register at Lowe’s Build and Grow. Use the store locator to fins the nearest event. Fill out the form. Then print out the waiver and bring it to with you. Registration for the next event opens Monday after an event.

  • Captain America June 11
  • Iron Man June 25
  • Falcon July 9
  • Thor July 23
  • Black Widow Aug 13
  • Hulk Aug ?

NEXT PROJECT: The next Build and Grow project is Black Widow and the event date is August 13.

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They also sell some Build and Grow kits. They had a couple of wood car sets and some child sized hammers. The kits are not in the area where the event occurred. At our location they were near the Key cutting section. You can see some of the sets on the Build and Grow site.

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Have you ever taken your child to one of these events? Will you take them to one?

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LEGO Batman Trailer


The new trailer for the LEGO Batman movie. The movie comes out February 2017.


This Summer your Child can Assemble the Avengers!


Build and Grow!

Need a free activity for your little geek? Lowe’s offers free building clinics, the children’s version is called Build and Grow.  The summer theme is Avengers: Ultron Revolutions. Every other Saturday, they have a new kit.

I took my son to one a few weeks ago. They were set up in the lumber section.  There were lots of work stations set up for the event. I gave them my waiver and they ask “Are you building here?” We said yes and they gave us the set and a child sized hammer. We found a table and sorted the pieces.

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The first set was Captain America. The kit had several pieces of pre cut wood, two sizes of nails, stickers and instructions. Once sorted the pieces, we began building. There were a couple missteps in building but it was easy to back up and fix. My son was distracted by all the noise and got a little restless. But I told him we were almost done.

The instructions were clear for adults but kids will need help. There are some steps where you have to place stickers before nailing. Some parts have to be set between others before you can nail. The instructions point these out just be sure to read them a couple times.

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The final product is neat. A couple of weeks later they had the Iron Man. I had to work early that day so my wife took my son to pick up the set and they brought it home to build later. We did the same thing this past weekend with the Falcon Build and Grow event.

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Each character has an action, Captain America moves his shield, Iron man has a light up arc reactor. and Falcon flaps his wings. The figures also come with a wedge shaped base with the character’s name on it. Once you get all six the wedges make a circle with the Avengers logo. The Avengers stand Back to back in a cool display.

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There are three more Build and Grow Avengers events. The next one is on July 23 and the featured character is Thor. After that is Black Widow and Hulk finishes out the collection. The dates for the last two haven’t been posted yet, but so far it’s been every other Saturday.

What’s Included?

The free kit has a wooden project, instructions with a comic on the back,  a patch of that project, an apron and goggles. The event I went to we saw kids with aprons and goggles. We didn’t get either when we checked in. When we returned the hammer, we saw the aprons and asked for one, but I didn’t see goggles. You can put your child’s name on the apron and iron on the patches. Then they can wear next time.

To attend the event you need to register at Lowes Build and Grow. Use the store locator to fins the nearest event. Fill out the form. Then print out the waiver and bring it to with you. Registration for the next event opens Monday after an event.

  • Thor July 23
  • Black Widow Aug 13
  • Hulk Aug ?

UPDATE I have seen other articles stating that the events are every other Saturday year round. But that may not be the case. They are skipping a week between the Thor and Black Widow projcts. Always check The Lowe’s site for the event date.

They also sell some Build and Grow kits. They had a couple of wood cars sets and some child sized hammers. The kits are not in the area where the event occurred. At our location they were near the Key cutting section. You can see some of the sets on the Build and Grow site.

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New LEGO Justice League Movie


 

LEGO has a new DC Justice League dvd. The set includes a free Nightwing figure.


Brick Swag June Unboxing Theme: Sweet Treats


The theme for BrickSwag this month is “Sweet Treats”.

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The shirt is light blue and says “Studs Sweet Shoppe”

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The Silly Brick Pics poster features the player one minifig.. There are five Sweet n’ Sours themed trading cards. There was also a bag of bricks from Booster Bricks. This month there’s a challenge to build a rocket ship with only the parts in the bag. I got some neat bricks this time.

 

BrickSwag’s June Build

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The build pack for June is a Bubblegum machine. This is pack from The Brick Builders Club, the guys that make BrickSwag. There are also are some food brick; a pie, a popsicle, an ice-cream cone and there colors of ice-cream.  The BrickSwag brick is yellow and has the June 2016 printed one end.

 

BrickSwag Box Contents

  1. Bubblegum Machine Build
  2. Sweet Treats food bricks
  3. LEGO Sweets Shoppe Shirt
  4. BrickSwag 2×3 Brick
  5. Build Magazine
    • Bubblegum Machine Build Instructions
    • An article on Little Big Art.
    • An article on alternate uses of some elements.
    • Instructions from AbbieDabbles to build Candy Mascot. hint (Red with an M on it)
    • An article on a Sweet Shoppe MOC.
    • A list of events BrickSwag will be attending.
  6. Booster Bricks Pack
  7. Five mini-fig Cards
  8. Player One poster
  9.  Sheet of minifigs with food stickers
  10. Ice-cream cone coloring page

Contributors

Booster Bricks

Brick Builders Club

Little Big Art

Silly Brick Pics

Subscriptions?

So how much does this cost? A monthly subscription is $26 plus shipping. It was $7 for me so total cost was $34. The price per month goes down if you buy in 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscriptions. Subscribe to their email sometimes they send  discount code for new subscribers.

Next Month’s Theme

The Beach.

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Brick Swag May Unboxing Theme: Super Heroes


It’s July and I just now have time to post the May box. It’s kind of fitting since it’s Independence Day and I’m wearing the May shirt today.  The theme for Brick Swag this month is “Super Heroes”. BrickSwag

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The shirt design features a LEGO Captain America’s Shield. This is on of my favorite shirts. It tarnished a bit by that stupid Hydra Cap publicity stunt started right after I got the shirt.

 

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The Silly Brick Pics poster features Superheroes. The text says “Always be yourself, unless you can be a Superhero.” There are five Superhero themed trading cards.

BrickSwag’s May Build

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The build for May is a Creator Tiger polybag. Nice little set but disappointing considering it doesn’t fit the theme.  The BrickSwag brick is orange and has the May 2016 printed on on end.There’s also some custom capes from Cape Madness.

Brick Books

brick_swag_may_book  There was only one build in this month’s box but we did get a DK readers Super Heroes book. Plus a comic that is usually packed in the DC comics LEGO sets. brick_swag_comic

Have you noticed what Brick periodical is not pictured this month. This month my copy of Build was a digital copy. They are considering going digital to save on printing cost and putting that saving into more bricks per month or more colors on shirts.

BrickSwag Box Contents

  1. Tiger Build
  2. LEGO Captain America Shield Shirt
  3. BrickSwag 2×3 Brick
  4. Build Magazine
    • An article on how the Super Station Master minifigure from a 1998 PC game.
    • A timeline of how many Hero mini fig were released year by year.
    • Instructions on building a baby Kal-El Spaceship from AbbieDabbles
    • An Article of how they build the brick shield that used as a reference for the shield shirt.
    • An article on the LEGO Ideas Maze set.
    • A list of events BrickSwag will be attending.
  5. Custom capes
  6. Five mini-fig Cards
  7. Be a Super Hero poster
  8. Lego Book
  9. LEGO comic

Contributors

Cape Madness

Brick Builders Club

Silly Brick Pics

Subscriptions?

So how much does this cost? A monthly subscription is $26 plus shipping. It was $7 for me so total cost was $34. The price per month goes down if you buy in 3 month, 6 month, or 12 month subscriptions. Subscribe to their email sometimes they send  discount code for new subscribers.

Next Month’s Theme

Sweet Treats

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Independence Day speech clip and text!


My traditional posting of one of film’s great speeches with text so you can recite it.

President Whitmore’s Speech From Independence Day

“Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We’re fighting for our right to live, to exist. and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, ‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on, we’re going to survive.’ Today we celebrate our independence day!”


Brick Humor and Giant freaking robot at Teefury: Affiliate post


 

Today ,July 3 2016,  Tee fury features a classic giant Robot and a shirt ever builder can relate to. The first featuring that four letter word we all say when we step on a piece of ABS plastic. The other design is a classic 80’s cartoon that has a new show on netflix.
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Get these limited edition shirt now on TeeFury.com!

 


Sharkweek 2016, a new comic.


Aquaman celbrate shark week with deadpool

 

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