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LEGO NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (10266) Build

Woo Hoo! We got the Lunar Lander set! Now…one half of us was not really interested in this set, but the beginning of Moorogel Erusa Ert construction created a need for this set to be included (yayyyyy!!!! for the half of us who really wanted this set!)! What’s Erusa Ert? Keep watching this blog and our socials to find out!

Ok…let’s begin! This is a Lego exclusive, so you’ll need to get it from your local Lego Store on online at lego.com. It has 1087 pieces, 1 instruction book, 3 piles of bricks, and (sadly) stickers.

Look at all that knolling in the background that has to happen….

Despite the small number of pieces, this build actually took a bit of time because it’s intricate. It’s really fun though with some great techniques…a few that I’d never seen before. Let’s build!

And just like that…we’re done!

We really recommend picking up this set while it’s available! The gold pieces are spectacular, and the little astronauts are amazing. This set will go in Moorogel Erusa Ert!

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LEGO Bookshop (10270) Build

Y’all. This LEGO set was MADE FOR MEEEEE!!! I love books. Love them!!! I had been wanting this set since it came out, but limited time exclusive sets kept taking our Lego dollars. Well, one cancelled vacation due to COVID-19, and we have the bookshop! We loved this build. Loved it! It has really cool building techniques, and we loved the color scheme.

First off, it’s an Expert level set with 2,504 pieces, 8 piles of bags and a few extra base plates, 2 instruction booklets, and NO stickers! It builds as two modulars: the bookshop and the townhouse. This set is also a Lego Store exclusive, so you’ll have to get it there or online at lego.com.

Let’s get started. We love the floor pattern and the bookshelves. We kinda think there should be more shelves and more books in a bookshop.

We LOVE the circular stair technique, and we’ll definitely be stealing it to use in some of our MOCs. Here is the second floor. Don’t miss that grandfather clock!

Moving on the the 3rd floor. It’s a small bedroom. There’s an especially great teal iguana that we might be replacing with a froggy or something so that the iguana can go live on the Moorogel Rescue Island 🙂 And, there you have it…the bookshop!

The second phase of this build is the townhouse. I wanted to love the bookshop best, but the townhouse is really fantastic! First up, the basement and first floor:

Then, the second floor, balcony, and roof!

And we’re done!

Finishing this build and trying to incorporate it into Moorogel caused a bit of reconfiguring, but we love the result. It’s one of the best things about LEGO…you get to continually recreate and imagine!

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LEGO 40th Anniversary Train Set (40370) Build

The LEGO 40th Anniversary Train set was a free gift with a purchase over $99. We have 3. Seriously. The COVID-19 social distancing/self-quarantining caused us to spend our cancelled vacation dollars on LEGO sets to build while we’re at home for the foreseeable future.

Anyway, cancelled Bali vacation aside, this was a cute, fun build! One instruction book, a few stickers (which is disappointing…we were hoping everything was printed), and a few bags. We’re still building in a temporary spot due to the most epic LEGO knolling happening in our regular spot.

This was a quick build as there are only 188 pieces, but there were some interesting techniques which we enjoyed.

So far, cute! Right?

Here’s the finished build!

Wondering where it ended up in Moorogel? In the park! For kids to play on!

What are we doing with the other 2 trains that we got? Glad you asked! One will stay in the box on a shelf 🙂 The other is going in Moorogel Erusa Ert…a big, exciting new project for the citizens of our Lego city! Stay tuned to find out what Erusa Ert is, and watch its progress here on the blog!

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Book Bites: The Testaments

Since I devour books, I decided to call this series “Book Bites”…little book reports on yummy books!

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood is the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Now, I LOVED The Handmaid’s Tale. I didn’t love The Testaments quite as much. In fact, if you ask me for a recommendation on whether or not to read this book, I would say no.

I got this book at NY ComicCon in October, and I just finished it this month (March). I’d pick it up, read a few pages, and put it back down. It just didn’t keep my interest, and I felt like I had to slog through it. I kept reading hoping that I would be drawn in at some point, but that didn’t happen.

Summary

The book takes place about fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. The icky regime of the Republic of Gilead is still in power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge to take it down. Two of the women have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third: Aunt Lydia (we know her from The Handmaid’s Tale). 

I thought Aunt Lydia’s accounts were the most interesting parts of the novel. And, I guess that’s about all I have to say about it 🙂

If you’d like to give it a read, you can get a copy here:

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