… at The National Space Centre no less! What could be more prefect?
We are big big fans of the Space Centre and big big fans of Lego. So, my boys were over the moon when I told them we had been especially invited to the Launch of the new Lego Galaxy Squad.
All great days out have their little hiccups, on this particular day it was the car breaking down a mere twenty minutes into our journey, almost irreparably!
It looked like all was lost and that our day was over before it had even started. But, thank you to the great people at our local Vauxhall dealership who after receiving our car from the RAC (not to mention some rather great negotiating skills on my part ;)) gave us a courtesy car for the weekend.
We were on our way at last, albeit 2 hours behind schedule. We’d miss the mornings events but we would be there for the remaining part of the day. As far as the boys were concerned, any amount of time would be a great time!
We arrived just in time for lunch which worked out great because as soon as we entered the Shuttle Suite, Wriggler immediately wanted to start building the Lego that was out on the tables. We got started on building the Alien Dragonfly which was part of the Bug Obliterator set. Bruiser kept himself happy playing with the contents of his goody bag which included a space monkey (his favorite film is Space Chimps so you can imagine his excitement can’t you) and some Galaxy Squad Lego.
Now I have to say I was VERY impressed with The Galaxy Squad. Over the years Lego has just got better and better, a far cry from the simple box of blocks that I owned when I was little. Galaxy Squad is big, its bright and in one word, its BRILLIANT!
So who are The Galaxy Squad? They are in fact, an elite unit of Galaxy Soldiers that operate in four specialised task forces (red, blue, orange, green) to save the galaxy from a mysterious race of evil Alien Bugs that are swarming across the galaxy, capturing civilians in cocoons and turning one planet after another into bug hives.
The Galaxy Squad products range in price from £7.99 to £79.99 so there is something for everyone! We particularly liked the Bug Obliterator priced at £59.99 and its this that we built on the day. Unfortunately we just didn’t get time to finish it all. We did complete the Alien Dragonfly and it looked stunning. I regretfully didnt capture a picture of it!!
All of the different models were very impressive though, even the miniature sets from the goody bags!
The beauty of Lego is that you can build pretty much anything your imagination conjures up. Galaxy Squad was no exception! The boys had great fun taking part in the various Lego activities taking part around the Space Centre and building their own space vehicles and aliens. Wriggler made himself a satellite and displayed it in the Space Centre along with all the other fantastic creations.
Part of the afternoon events included a talk by Englands only Certified Lego Builder. Wriggler had no idea that you could build Lego for a job and was particularly interested in what he had to say. He sat watching him in awe, mentally taking notes while the Lego Builder talked about what he built so far and how he went about designing and building the creations he was asked to work on.
Other Lego activities going on was making your own Lego Movie, unfortunately we didn’t get time to do that but it looked brilliant. The giant Galaxy Squad Mosaic. It was great to see first hand how these are constructed and even have a go ourselves. I have to admit it looked very impressive! Unfortunately it didn’t get finished on the day but I have heard that it was eventually finished in the week that followed by other visitors to the centre. The finished creation was made up of 192 boards, each board had 256 LEGO pieces on it. The completed mosaic contained a whopping 49,152 LEGO bricks. Now that’s a lot of Lego!
We had a fantastic day, okay half day on this occasion. Even after all the Lego activities, we still got to explore the Space Centre all over again. It was great to revisit our favorite parts in particular the Planetarium, The Rocket Tower and Space Now and this time I managed to capture a picture of the piece of Moon Rock that’s on display.
Thank you to Lego and Elyssa for the invitation and for such a fantastic day. We loved The Galaxy Lego Squad. I know for sure that Galaxy Squad will feature highly on the boys’ Christmas lists this year… and possibly even mine 😉
Lego Summer is taking part in the Space Centre all through the summer holidays. Go along until the 1st September to meet the Galaxy Squad for yourself.
You can find out more about the Lego Galaxy Squad by following the links within this post or by following this link now.
Also available are: The Lego Galaxy Squad game – Bug Battle and Cocoon Crusher. They are free to play online at: LEGO.com/GalaxySquad and The Lego Galaxy Squad Bug Battle is also available for iOS as a free app game.