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Lego Ideas and MyKids Emporium

by Twitchy on June 10, 2014

Not a sponsored post but please see disclaimer below.

Mr 14 has always been a huge fan of trains and Lego. Recently we introduced him to the Back to the Future trilogy and before the credits rolled on the first movie he was off to build a Delorean time machine!

When he was just a little boy, a huge regular treat for him was to stay with my mother overnight. He knew what was usually going to happen in the morning… They’d catch a train into the city, look out the windows for all the landmarks, then head directly for the Myer toy department where an excited little person could choose a Thomas wooden engine character to add to his treasured collection.

Soon enough, this little boy who’d barely started school could lead his grandmother right from the platform at Flinders Street station, onto Flinders Street, up Elizabeth Street, into the Bourke Street Mall and up the escalators to the Toy Department.

Recently I received an invitation to attend the launch of MyKids Emporium. The original building between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Street is now part of the new Emporium Melbourne and MyKids is on the top floor at Level 4. My big boy now would never recognise it- it’s beautifully done. When he heard The Brickman was going to be there, he insisted I take a photo of his latest creation to show him. Sadly, I missed him but we did find out about something else very exciting that we didn’t know about.

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Made from his own pieces with just a photo for a guide.

Lego runs a Lego Ideas section.  If you can make or design a proposed set (within guidelines either with your own bricks at home or digitally) and upload an image to Lego Ideas, you can have supporters vote for it. If you gain the required 10,000 votes from supporters within the time limit, your idea goes into review. If your proposal is supported by Lego, it may be “greenlit” and put into production! Mr 14 has had a new boost of enthusiasm and is cooking up some ideas. In the meantime, he showed me THIS, my favourite: A Big Bang Theory Set that’s received its 10,000 supporter votes and is under review. Now THAT’S exciting!

Lego Ideas Big Bang Theory Set

Image taken from here

From the launch day. I’ll never be too grown up to bypass Wizard of Oz dolls!

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Miss 7 and I are huge Wizard of Oz fans. It was hard but I settled on Dorothy from the 75th Anniversary collection. If my girl ever sees this wall of Princess outfits, I’m in trouble. Sit-in Thomas is a big hit with the kids as Percy looks on in the background.

Do you have any Lego Ideas bubbling away in the minds of your creative people at home? If not, what is the current favourite at your house? (Heaven help you if its loombands….)

Not a sponsored post. I was a guest at the launch of Myer MyKids Emporium through Kids Business. Attendees received gift bags with vouchers.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Glenda @ Healthy Stories June 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

My nephews are into both lego and loombands, and they are everywhere. I’m babysitting them tonight and after stepping over all sorts of toys, and playing kids Monopoly with them, I’m kind of happy for the peace that resulted when they went to bed. Who knew that young boys could get so excited about handing over money to someone else when playing Monopoly?

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Tegan June 12, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I was looking at the pictures on Instagram and the MyKids Emporium looks amazing. Dyllan is just starting to get into constructing his own stuff with Duplo so I was looking at getting him some lego for his Birthday.

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Sheridan @Me and My Ready Made Family June 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Lego is amazing stuff, isn’t it?! My step sons love Lego and I absolutely love to help build them.
But I curse all of the little bits and pieces that end up everywhere haha. Looks like fun, and I can’t wait to see whether they release some Big Bang Theory Lego!

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Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me June 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

My boys love Lego, and I do my best to build cars til dad gets home! A great day out from the looks! Mine are going through a drawing and colouring stage which I LOVE x

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Renee Wilson June 10, 2014 at 10:42 pm

This new emporium sounds AMAZING! I would love to take the girls to something like that. They are too young for lego just yet, but love the Duplo and MegaBloks. It’s just a matter of time. At the moment all they build are dinosaurs and crocodiles which look nothing like dinosaurs and crocodiles :)

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Twitchy June 11, 2014 at 12:18 am

All they need is a spark of inspiration- I always used to like to build houses. They had the little opening windows back then too.

Lara @ This Charming Mum June 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

My kids are only just getting into Lego and I am blown away by how many wild things are out there online. It’s a bit unfortunate that department stores only seem to stock the basic boys vs girls packs when there are clearly more varieties floating around out there. I think the mixed packs of basic blocks that let you build whatever you like, not necessarily a star wars ship etc, will be the best loved in our house for awhile yet.

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Twitchy June 11, 2014 at 12:19 am

True. Even op shops never have Lego because it goes so quickly back into someone else’s vast collection.

ann June 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

My boys would love this!! Secretly I love seeing big lego displays!!

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Mrs Organised June 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Lego is such an amazing toy and “food” for the imagination. My kids loved it when they were growing up and played with it all the time!

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Twitchy June 11, 2014 at 12:20 am

I don’t think ours will ever get thrown out, Mr14 says Lego is forever :)

Josefa @always Josefa June 10, 2014 at 6:23 pm

I was all caught up in other things and missed this – although I’m sure my boys may have spent a fortune there. Lego is and I think always will be as important in this house as air and water – I step on it every day, we talk about it every day and I’m sure little boys dream about it every day xx

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Lee-Anne June 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Our family has always been big fans of Lego as (within the confines of imagination) you can build ANYTHING. Never mind the tedious instructions, (although there is satisfaction to be had by completing the one on the box) the world is their oyster! :)

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Leisa June 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

Game of Thrones!!! Ok, ok….so maybe that will have to be of the grown-up Lego sort but oh what you could do with it!!!
I love Lego. Always have. I should put it on my Birthday and Christmas list every year!

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Twitchy June 11, 2014 at 12:21 am

Ha! Let me know if you ever do make your own set. I’d love to see it!

EssentiallyJess June 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Loom bands has hit here! We usually break out the lego in school holidays because it’s a great indoor activity that does not revolve around a screen!!
I would love to check out the emporium one day. Looks like so much fun :)

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Twitchy June 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Let me know when you’re in my ‘hood, Jess!

Bec @ The Plumbette June 10, 2014 at 1:57 pm

My daughters love Lego and so does my husband. I think they would love going to the Emporium and seeing all that lego on display. I’d love to take our family to Lego Land one day. :)

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Janet aka Middle Aged Mama June 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I loved lego when I was a kid, but I had a deprived childhood – we never had any until my brother came along. He is 9 years younger than me so I was practically a teenager before I got to enjoy lego, unless I was visiting a friend’s house!

I reckon you just can’t go wrong giving Lego as a gift to kids :-)

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Janet aka Middle Aged Mama June 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Oh, and visiting from #teamIBOT today! xxx

Twitchy June 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Our folks took us to Legoland when we were 5 & 7, true. Don’t remember much so I think I’m due another trip?

Toni @ Finding Myself Young June 10, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I wish they’d do this in Brisbane! Although I imagine it’d be hard getting the kids to leave. Lego was my favourite toy and Trent cant wait for bub to be old enough to play with it. My mum kept all our old Lego so we’ve got three big tubs just waiting to be played with.

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Twitchy June 11, 2014 at 12:22 am

So worth holding onto and keeping. And would you believe, the 50th anniversary has passed and at the start they were told it would never catch on- “boring old bricks”!

Jody at Six Little Hearts June 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

I was meant to attend this too but the usual disasters stepped in the way!
We love Lego. In fact I’d go as far to say that I could happily throw out every single toy in our home except the Lego – in my mind the very best toy ever created and perfectly unisex.

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Twitchy June 11, 2014 at 12:23 am

Totally agree. Unfortunately not everyone has that kind of interest- my husband being one, meaning it is me who encourages the love.

Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting June 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

Lego is great – my eldest (4 years) can get lost for hours building spaceships. I’m glad he can do it himself now though, because I’m absolutely not interested in it myself! A great idea from Lego though.

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Lydia C. Lee June 10, 2014 at 7:06 am

I love lego! My youngest is into loombands, and hama beads -so it’s big mess all around here…

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Twitchy June 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

Yep, that’s the way to do it. Mess by tiny pieces by a bajillion!

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