***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
It's that time of year, everyone! The Holiday shopping season is upon us! (At least it is if you're like me and get an early start to avoid the mad rush of frazzled, last-minute shoppers in December!)
For the 2014 Holiday season, I will be featuring tons of great gift ideas for babies, kids, men, women, pets, and even for the person who has everything. We all have some of those on our gift lists, don't we? There will even be loads and loads of chances to win many of the gifts I am featuring. How cool is that?! You can check out my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide at any time from now till Christmas. Make sure to check often, as it will be growing by the day!
If your kids are anything like mine, they probably love to create. My kids especially love constructing buildings, vehicles, and more out of LEGOs and other building toys. (Actually, I prefer the cheaper, knock-off LEGOs. They're basically the same thing, but with a much smaller price tag!) The only think I don't like about these iconic building bricks? Stepping on them in the middle of the night. Man, that really, really HURTS! Can any other parents relate?
Anyway, recently I discovered a very cool subscription service, designed for building enthusiasts. Brick Loot offers a wide variety of building sets and fun accessories in a convenient little box! Each month, subscribers get something new to create, as well as some fun extras. Pretty awesome, right?
About Brick Loot :
Brick Loot is a box subscription company for LEGO and Brick fanatics! Our subscribers will receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.
Brick Loot is the creation of 9 year old Parker Krex. Parker has a deep love for LEGO and has accumulated a massive collection. He has been playing with LEGO since the age of 3 and, by the age of 4, he started reviewing his sets on You Tube. Here, his true passion for sharing LEGO with the world began. Parker is always looking for ways to make money so he can fund his LEGO addiction. One of the ways is our yearly garage sale. As we were sitting at our yearly sale selling all his non-LEGO toys, Brick Loot's business plan was created. Parker and his mother put together a "Shark Tank Type" pitch to get daddy as an investor. It worked!
With entrepreneurs for parents, Parker certainly has the gene to want to build something great. As supportive parents who also love LEGO, we were ready to make his dream a reality.
We received a Brick Loot box to check out for ourselves. Inside the pretty blue box were loads of treasures, sure to please building fans of all ages! (Although this particular box seems to be geared towards older kids and teens. My little ones liked watching, though!)
There was a cute little football player figurine, which my husband LOVED. They come in several NFL teams, too! This is a great addition for the sports fans out there!
Also included were a translucent LED Color Brick, a neat robot figure, and a Brick Popper. Seriously, the Brick Popper alone is well worth the price of the entire box....This helps free stuck blocks. Do you have ANY idea how many fingernails I have chipped and broken trying to free stuck Legos over the years? This is ingenious!
But the star of the box would have to be this Nano Block P-51 Mustang kit. This kit includes micro-sized building blocks, and has 480 teeny, tiny pieces. Don't let the small size of the box fool you...This kit is challenging, and took my husband a few hours to put together. That makes it perfect for a rainy day. This kit will definitely keep older kids engaged.
Here are the completed projects from our Brick Loot Box. The plane is SO detailed, and even has a propeller! You can build it with or without the landing gear, too! The robot is super cute, and Sophie and Xander both absolutely adore him. And of course, our little football player is awfully adorable, too. Overall, this is a pretty awesome little box full of building fun!
We're definitely impressed with our Brick Loot experience. The products may not be "Lego" branded, but they're good quality, and the projects are challenging and fun.
The ONLY concern I have, and this may just be because I am paranoid, would be with the LED brick....This brick includes a button battery inside. I was very disappointed to see that, since I consider them to be incredibly unsafe for use in children's products. I don't know if any of you remember this, but a few years ago on Mother's Day of all days, Sophie actually broke a toy open, and swallowed a button battery. Thankfully, she was okay. But, button batteries can and often do cause irreversible damage, and even death. So, that being said, I am a bit of a "Button Battery Nazi", and I don't even allow them in my home now. Parents, if you DO have toys that take these batteries, please be extra cautious. Even if the backing is screwed on, these batteries may still be accessible to children.
Still, button battery aside, I am definitely digging Brick Loot, and would highly recommend this subscription service to any family with budding architects. These products are loads of fun, and will provide hours of screen-free entertainment for the whole family!
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