March 2, 2020
This February was pretty calm. While there was snow, winter hasn’t really been that bad (there were a lot of defrosting breaks). I didn’t have work travel again this month, but we did end up going on a short road trip to Kingston for one night.
I started getting pretty deep into Lego Legacy Heroes. That’s my primary game now. I started playing in November, during beta/soft launch, and the global launch happened at the end of Feb, so I am pretty far ahead (one reason to keep playing). I didn’t really play Hearthstone this month (although there were a lot of Battleground changes), not even keeping up with quests. Disney Heroes I am kind of on the fence on. It is a bit of a chore on most days (and difficult to make progress), but sometimes it is nice to have a lot of things to do and click. The kids continued being deep into LEGO this month, maybe not as crazy as January, but they’re still building new sets and creations.
The big news story this month was Coronavirus. It is truly an interesting time because this is a global event, where every country is on the same side. This might be the first time in history that this is happening! While still contained, there are signs at the end of this month that a pandemic is about to happen.
October 13, 2016
Apollo is 4 years old now so we’ve started him on normal LEGO. In the past he has played with the baby LEGO (i.e., Duplo) and we’ve bought a couple of sets of that for him. Now that he’s on to normal-sized LEGO, I’ve looked at the sets to buy and am back at the position of wondering why LEGO has so many themed sets.
Now this isn’t a surprise – they’ve been like this for a long time. I just haven’t cared so it wasn’t on my mind. I guess it is better now that they sell “creative” sets which are just bricks of various colours that you can use to build whatever you want, but the majority of the Lego products will still build something specific without a lot of re-use for building other things.
What has dawned on me is that LEGO has positioned itself as the layman’s model building. I remember when I was younger, you could buy model kits to carefully build your own car. Then you apply the stickers and/or paint and you would have a replica of some real world (expensive) item. LEGO makes this super simple by having pre-built pieces that fit together easily, without a risk that you would screw up the entire model if you didn’t put a part on correctly. Once it is built, you can put it on your mantle to display or to marvel at it – you’re not supposed to take it apart and rebuild it.
In a way, it’s also become a lot like a puzzle. You follow the instructions to build something complicated. I suppose you could take it apart, store it, and rebuild it just like a puzzle. But from my perspective, and possibly my kid’s, it’s no fun to build something and then look at it forever. Creative kits are fun, but building models just isn’t that interesting.
June 15, 2010
When I get lazy with blogging, I just post links to some neat stuff around the web:
January 10, 2009
Legoland was the fourth, and last theme park we visited on our trip; and I use the term visited lightly. The admission was another $60+ and although I’m a geeky fan of Lego, I don’t see how it would be worth the price of admission since we already saw animals, fairy tales and movie themed parks. We take the $10 parking hit, take some pictures and visit the gift shop without paying admission; but there was no gift shop outside and the gate was rather lame. Although on the way in, near the entrance, we saw a section of sponsored parking for Volvos (there is a Volvo-themed ride in Legoland)!
But lucky for us, we found out that we could get a 1-hour Shopper’s Pass and enter the park for free. We visited the gift shop, bought some overpriced Lego (but hey, we got our parking validated) and then dashed around the park for the rest of the hour. We spent a lot of time in Miniland USA which are reproductions of various cities and sites around the US in the style of Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village (but done in Lego).
Our quick visit was a interesting teaser for the park, it almost seems like it would be worth spending a few hours there; but maybe if the admission was only $20.
September 4, 2008
Almost as common as vending machines are those machines that dole out little plastic balls. We have them in Canada too, and typically the balls open to give a Winnie the Poo key chain or a cell phone straps. In Japan, there is more variety and better machines for otaku to spend their loose change on; I was tempted to buy a lot but Pauline made me buy drinks with the change instead.
I did spend ¥300 on one, in a toy store, when Pauline wasn’t looking, and that was a ¥300 well spent! I don’t know where my character is from, but it’s designed really well – the legs connectors are different shape so you don’t have a mutant figurine! The best thing about it, even though it wasn’t even $3CDN, is that it’s very detailed. Here’s a better picture:
I also picked up a lego case of Coke, although this wasn’t from a vending machine. We were in the corner store looking for a drink and they were clearing out this “special” serving of Coke. For the same price as a 500ml bottle, we received this lego set and a 300ml bottle of Coke!