Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Brick Loot October Box Review: Game of Bricks

 I've been seeing a lot of ads for Brick Loot but didn't pull the trigger until I saw their October theme.

"Game of Bricks"

Say, WHAT?!?  LEGO AND Game of Thrones?  2 favorites, I had to see what it was all about.

I ordered it on the sly and the excitement on my 4 year old's face when he saw that the box had his name on it was already worth the $33 price tag.  My husband's face was equally as cute.


He's handsome.

This is their unboxing video, if you prefer to watch the fun instead of read about it.

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." *per website
The founder is 9 year old Parker Krex.  I LOVE that a 9 year old holds the reigns to this, it makes me want to support them even more.  
These boxes have exclusive builds for their subscribers, which is always fun.  Everyone likes exclusive stuff. This month the exclusive build was "The Velvet Throne", designed using BrickBuildersPro.  It was easy enough for my 4 year old to build and detailed enough to keep my husband interested.  Custom flame lights designed by LiteupBlocks were also included, so the boys put those on the side of the throne and the effect was awesome.  
They set off to build the castle next.  Harrison was really excited about the castle.  Ryan has been building the modulars a lot and, while Harrison helps, it can get a little confusing for him.  He (Harrison) has been doing a lot of free building with his bricks, and it is almost always some form of a castle with a moat where his McDonald's toys fall into extreme peril.  This castle was easy enough for Harrison to build on his own.  

It looked really cool with the flame lights, and Harrison was crazy proud of it.  No castle is complete without a knight to guard it.  "Sir DaBlock" is a custom 100% LEGO Minifigure that was created using United Bricks.  He is a welcome addition to the mini figure collection and did a bang up job protecting the Royal Family from the evil knight and jester that were trying to take over the kingdom.

A ton of extra weapons were included so Sir DaBlock had a lot to choose from.  A sticker was also in this box, which you can see in the video.  Harrison immediately claimed it for himself because he is a crazy sticker fiend. I don't know where it ended up being stuck after he took it off his shirt.  I'm sure I'll find it someplace strange when we eventually move.

So to recap, for $33 shipped we got:

*An exclusive build, The Velvet Throne (only available in the Brick Loot October box)
*Flame lights that can be used on multiple items (and makes things look awesome)
*Knight Castle build (easy enough for a 4 year old, detailed enough for a grown man)
*Knight Accessory Kit (swords, knives & daggers to defeat the enemy)
*Sir DaBlock (custom LEGO figure)
*Sticker (loved so much we've already lost it)

as well as...

*An hour of fun building (priceless)
*A fun unboxing video that Harrison has watched non-stop (quiet time for Mom)

For me, anything I purchase that keeps my 4 year old entertained for more than 10 minutes is a huge win.  This not only kept him entertained for over an hour, it also allowed him & his dad to get creative and bond over a shared interest.  I feel the retail value of everything meets or exceeds what I paid.  I never like putting a retail value on these subscription/mystery boxes, mainly because so much of the JOY that comes from it involves my child's happiness at getting mail, the exclusivity of certain items and the convenience of not having to go to the mall.  All of those things, to me, are priceless.

Head on over to Brickloot and snag yourself a box!

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