Our local Lego club, VicLUG, has gotten involved in a great new venture with one of the great local toy stores here, Cherrybomb Toys, to do a monthly kids club. I am pretty sure they run the club more times a month but the Lego themed one is just once. This weekend was our second one and it went great! There was a turnout of 6 or 7 kids with parents and I think the cap will be around 10 or 12 kids.
Last week we did a co-operative blind build where the kids can’t see what they are building and the parents guide the kids to make the small set. This week’s was to make a wacky racer and then set it hurtling down a ramp to see how it does.
Cherrybomb stores our club assets like tables, blind build stands and kid build bins and then can use them for this sort of thing. We get to finally tell parents that their kids *can* join a VicLUG jr. We’ve never been able to do that, much to the dismay of parents and kids alike, because of liabilities, insurance and location.
At the end of the planned event the kids get to do a draw for whatever they made, a build a fig or a baseplate. Then they can talk to us Lego geeks about the hobby and parents can get tips as well.
Cherrybomb is a hell of a store, specializing in 70’s through current action figures with a healthy representation of girl, toddler, customized, collector toys as well as a great Lego section. They have a pick through brick section ( like pick a brick, but it’s a random tub that you fill up a cup ), a build a fig, sets, specialized figs, rare part polybags, and is the Canadian reseller for BrickArms. The proprietor, B, has his own personal stash of bricks and one of our club members works there part time, so it’s kind of our unofficial club house 🙂
This week I brought in a few plates of various Lego people to show the history of different types of people. This was prompted by the recent outrage over the Friends line ( which I am happily collecting ), and to show this isn’t the first time Lego has tried different types of people. It was a lot of fun not only for the kids and parents, but club members as well!
image links to biggified version.
And check this out, one of the kids made this for wacky racers!