After two weeks of being in quarantine, I finally got to go home and spend some time with my family.
I had some Christmas gifts. I got a shirt, shorts, pants, and a Lego set. This was not any old Lego set. It was a Lego set that brought back nostalgic memories from years ago (long time). The Lego set is the Nintendo Entertainment System, Kit #71374. It might be on the pricey side, but I would like to to think I am totally worth every cent. Despite the price, when you sit there and start building, like all the other Lego sets out there, there are a lot of little details that go into them.
Just in the TV set if this Lego set, there are a lot of moving parts. There is a crank which moves Mario through a moving screen. The details that go into it is extremely amazing! The folks at Lego that dream this stuff up, kudos!
The second part of the build is the Game console itself. The detail again for this build is amazing! It has moving parts that receives a Lego game cartridge (need picture here) and you can, like the real thing, insert the cartridge and push down.
The draw back is, unless I incorrectly assembled the blocks, the cartridge does not pop back up like the real game console. You have to grab the front of the the Lego game console and press on the cartridge. There is a piece inside the Lego console which will move back with the assistance of gravity, then the cartridge will pop back up thus allowing you to remove the cartridge. The remote is pretty detailed.
All in all, it took me several hours to build. My six year older daughter helped me retrieve parts, and even assemble some of the blocks. I allow myself to get lost while I am building. For me it is relaxing and allows me to sort of zone out. It helps me to unwind and unplug from the world good escape even for a few hours. The enjoyment of looking at what you have assembled you can enjoy for a long time. Check out the video below!
The upside of all this is if you have children remotely interested in tinkering with Legos you should get them a set. For me, it teaches them confidence. They can start out with easier build to more complicated builds with thousands of pieces. It teaches the little ones attention to detail, and ramifications when you do not pay close attention to the instructions.
All in all it is a fun activity that everyone can enjoy and definitely wow your friends and family the next time they visit you.