Tuesday, August 18, 2015

BrickPak Unboxing - August 2015 - "Construction" by FoxBlockhead

G'Day,

The next installment of the geeky and fun Brick Pak has now arrived and is themed "Construction" for August, 2015. That means that all the Lego and Lego themed items are all Construction based. I have also recorded an unboxing video highlighting the items in this box, which is linked below.

As you can see from the picture, there are 6 very cool items (and 1 not pictured) in this Pak.

First, although not pictured because I'm wearing it right now, is an exclusive shirt with the text "Master Builder" across the front. The size is a perfect fit and the colour goes very nicely on me. Just ask my wife!

Just like in all the BrickPaks I have received so far, there are some recurring items that change with the theme:
- The Polybag for this month is a mobile jackhammer. A quick build also including a minifigure to add to our collection.
- A Lego Minifigure from minifigures.com
- A Parts Pak with pieces to build some construction road-cones, a construction barrier, and a hand-held signal.
- A pair of sticker sheets with stickers to cut out and add to my Lego creations. The diagonal striped sticker and triangle 'emergency' stickers can even be added to the parts pak pieces straight away too!

A construction themed item I didn't see coming was the silicone tray. I filled it with water and added it to the freezer almost immediately to see if it could be used for ice. I also see uses including playdough, sand, and cakes (not all at the same time).

Finally, there is a Lego figure craft that is printed on glossy card. You cut the figure out and glue together to create a very nice little addition to any desk. The figures included in the BrickPak for this month are a male and female construction worker. I made the male figure to show what it looked like when it was built.
They are a nice addition to this pak and a great little craft idea.

The craft was included in partnership with Fox Shop, a haven for all things creative, educational and fun. In addition to the construction workers, 2 other characters were created and are now available exclusively at Fox Shop online and in the Everton Park store (Northern Brisbane suburbs). The additional characters are a male ice cream vendor and female scientist.

Overall, I enjoyed this BrickPak and I can see myself wearing the shirt all the time! It will be interesting to see whether the silicone tray can handle making ice, but even if it doesn't it will make a great mold. The Lego will be proudly displayed on my shelf alongside the other Lego models I have. I have plans to build the other 3 characters from the glossy card and I will post images on my twitter feed @foxblockhead as they are completed.

If you would like to order your own BrickPak, simply head over to brickpak.com and check out their subscription options (1, 3, & 6 month options are available).

thanks BrickPak for another great box. I look forward to next month when the theme is "Blue".

That's what the Fox Says...
See ya later alligators...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Minecraft BINGO by Fox Blockhead - week of July 3rd - seed: 5111



G'Day everyone,



Today I announce the launch of a new weekly challenge... BINGO!

Lorgon111, an extremely talented programmer in the Minecraft space, has created a game of BINGO in Minecraft!



The game operates as follows:

- You choose whether to play a random map or one of the challenge seeds.

- When you spawn in the world, you have a stack of 64 maps that show you the 5x5 BINGO grid.

- As you collect the items on the grid, command block trickery lets you know you have collected an item.

- If you throw (default 'q') one of your maps, the map will update with the collected item highlighted.

- Finally, you attempt to collect 5 items in a row [a-la Bingo] to complete the challenge.





 It's that simple!



The challenge I have chosen to attempt is to find as many items on the 5x5 grid as possible in 25 minutes. There are many people on the Reddit thread who have attempted the same challenge seed [5111 for this week] and there is a leader-board too.



Watch the video to see how I go and look out for more of these challenges in the weeks to come. It was intense, but a lot of fun!



That's what the Fox Says...

See you later alligators...





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Minecraft with Blockhead Episode 31 "Redstone Farming"











G'Day everyone,



this will hopefully be the fist of many Blog posts from Fox Blockhead.



Today in my minecraft episode, I further develop my farm building and add a redstone tower so I can operate the dispensers from 1 button at the base of the building. My MEGA FARM concept is coming together nicely. My hope is that next week I can have the space cleared out so I can show off the concept for the pumpkin / melon harvesting system.



Until next episode, That's what the Fox says...

I'll see ya later alligators ;)



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Building with Blockhead Episode #1 - "A Whole New World"

G'Day and welcome to my new series of videos. Join me in my journey as I discover all that Minecraft has to offer. In this episode, I find the perfect location for a house and survey the landscape as I ponder what the future may hold in this brand new world.




that's all for now and that's what the Fox says!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

World Cup Breakfast tradition begins

 June, 2014 and the FIFA World Cup is almost upon us. To get our family into the tournament, and prepared for the month of football, we decided to initiate a new tradition. From the first Sunday in June until the World Cup Final, we will have a special family breakfast representative of some of the qualifying countries.

We have brainstormed a few breakfast options and researched some more from among the 32 countries involved in the 2014 tournament and have begun with the 2 pictured.



Last Sunday, 1st June, we decided to start with France, and French Toast. Not sure if this is actually a French breakfast, or whether it's named for France only, but a craving for French Toast overtook us and we decided to begin the World Cup breakfast tradition as a way of justifying the craving. It worked and now our boys are interested in World delicacies and the upcoming FIFA World Cup!




Second on our list of World Cup breakfasts was Dutch Poffertjes. The batter was made from scratch and made in our Dutch pancake maker (used very infrequently!) Topping these delicious Poffertjes with strawberries, ice cream, and maple syrup, possibly takes them from being a Dutch breakfast food to something we have created, but they were so yummy!


 So, the build up to the World Cup has begun. Friendly matches have been played and we are only 1 week away from the opening ceremony and match-up. I know I'm excited, and due to the World Cup breakfast tradition we have started the rest of the family are excited too!

If you would like to follow our World Cup Breakfast on social media, you can find me on Twitter as Fox Blockhead or you can search #brisfillanbreaky on Instagram & Twitter for the latest photos.

I wonder what will be next?

- That's what The Fox says...