Tuesday, June 21, 2016

40166 Legoland Train

Wow! Look at this cuteness! While browsing Facebook the other day I came across a post that showed this gem! WHAT! I've never seen or even heard about this Lego. I immediately did a google search and had to have it.

This train can only be found at Legoland and seems to have been produced just for the park or parks. I don't even know for sure if you can get it at any of the parks or just the one in Florida. We've been to both, the Orlando area park and other park in Carlsbad, California more than once and have never seen a special Lego available.

What an amazing build I'll share with you below!! 

Here are the entire contents of the box. 

Instruction book was folded in half but otherwise decent condition. I've had them arrive new from Lego much worse before, the cardboard is a great idea but seems to only happen in more expensive sets. 

Here are all the bags. I was a little baffled with the way the bags were numbered. Anyone who buys Lego regularly knows that isn't the norm. I chalked it up to being produced just for the parks, on a smaller scale. No harm, just different. 

The sticker sheet. Of course we would all be happier with printed tiles but at least there are some nice stickers. You have the park map, which is my favorite, along with a train sign, the controls and some others. 

Here is the entire set built. It was a fun and easy build that didn't take too long at all. A nice amount of time in fact that it was longer than a small $10 ish one yet not quite as involved as a $20-30 set. The four characters are especially nice although can we please get some new printed shirts. We have so many of that same one the boy is wearing. 

Love how the characters fit inside the train nicely. They really did a nice job in my opinion with being able to fit 3 in the car along with the conductor. 

The roof plates comes off for easy access! Thank goodness because no way were they going in easy otherwise. 

Details of the front of the train! 

And the characters in the passenger car. 

Close up of the little sign! 

Guess this means I now have a mini Legoland in the making vs just an amusement park!

Let me know your thoughts on this set. Do you love special sets as much as I do? I hope to see more sets like this in the future made just for Legoland.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cutest Father's Day Project Ever - Finding Nemo / Dory

Yesterday for Father's Day I wanted to make a fun family project. I saw this idea on a Disney Facebook page by a fan and decided to run with it adding a twist to make it fit for our family. We are family of three and therefore I decided we would go with Nemo, for my 13 year old, Marlin, for my husband, and Dory, for myself. That way we had one painting that represented our entire family.

First you'll want to gather your supplies. I used washable paint and finger paint paper because it was what I had here. I must say I think it turned out super well. Those were also just some brushes we had sitting around.

I decided to paint my left hand since I am right handed. I would suggest doing the same if right handed for best results, just place on the paper as needed to be swimming the "correct" way. 

Here you can see what exactly I painted on the hands. I found not using a ton of paint was best but you need enough if you move slower so that it doesn't soak in before you can print on the paper. Don't worry if you don't leave a spot for the eyeball or it doesn't turn out well, you can fix that later.

I ended up painting on my husband's and son's hands because they decided it would be best. They aren't too crafty or into painting. 

Let this dry, it doesn't need to be completely dry before you move on but the dryer the better because next you are going to add the details!

After it is mostly dry, you'll want to paint on the black stripes, dot a white eye, draw a mouth and then add on some seaweed, also add waves for water if you like (I chose to skip this step). We used fingerprints for the bubbles.

You can make this uniquely yours of course with your details! If you need more characters there are many to choose from, I think Squirt or Crush would be adorable or Pearl. I also think they would be super easy to achieve with hand prints!!

Enjoy!! Feel free to share your pictures in the comments or leave a link!!