Thursday, March 16, 2017

LEGO Passport - Minifigure Companion Set

It's spring break for the kids and LEGO has just released this adorable LEGO minifigure passport/travel accessories kit! It's great for minifigure photography and for people who like taking pictures of minifigures in the real world while on vacation - like me!

This little set was only $5 so I couldn't resist picking one up even though I have many of the accesories already. The box is a printed suitecase and once you open it up, you get a "passport" which contains building instructions as well as some photography ideas. You also get some cards where you can write stuff for your minifigure to say.

Dumping out the 41 pieces, we get a jumble of neat pieces.

All built and ready to relax!

I think I'm definitely going to be having some fun with these!

Here's an unboxing video I shot in case you wanted a more detailed description of everything!

Friday, March 10, 2017

LEGO Brickheadz - Beauty and the Beast

With BrickCan just a little over a month away, I decided to bust out some of my LEGO to build. Brickheadz is a new line that LEGO just released on March 1, 2017 with themes from Marvel Avengers, The LEGO Batman Movie and Disney. If you have a LEGO VIP card, you were able to purchase the Brickheadz on February 15 as an early release - which I did! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite classic Disney movies, so I couldn't pass these up. I didn't receive them in the mail until just a couple of weeks ago, and I was really eager to open them up. Check out the pictures below and the live and speed build videos I've uploaded on Youtube.

Tale as old as time.
New Pirates of the Caribbean BrickHeadz are being released next month to coincide with the newest movie of the franchise.
I think LEGO is capitalizing on the popularity of Funko Pop vinyl figures since they look awfully similar. These are pretty small (smaller than a Funko Pop) and pretty quick and easy to build. Let me know your thoughts on Brickheadz - love them? Hate them? They retail for $12.00 in Canada. There will most likely be sales on the in the future - when there is, should I buy more? Make sure you subscribe to the blog and stay tuned on the Surprise Toybox Youtube channel for more LEGO builds and fun things!

Monday, February 06, 2017

BrickCan is Back in April 2017!

BrickCan is back! An international group of talented adult builders have been hard at work for months, designing amazing new creations to showcase at Canada's largest public LEGO exhibition.

On April 22 and 23, 2017, the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC will host the second BrickCan exhibition. LEGO fans of all ages will view a huge variety of original LEGO creations, and shop with vendors selling LEGO themed merchandise as well as rare LEGO parts and sets. In the Creation Station, attendees can try their hands at building, and participate in interactive activities. Ticketholders ages 12 and under will receive an exclusive, custom-designed BrickCan building kit to take home.

"The response to last year's event was huge - the  Lower Mainland loves LEGO," says Robin Sather, LEGO Certified Professional builder and one of the event's organizers. "We can't wait to do it all again!"

Last year, tickets for BrickCan sold out very quickly. More tickets will be made available this year, but interested fans and families are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Tickets for specific, two-hour viewing times are on
sale through Ticketmaster, starting January 15, 2017.

Admission for children aged three and under is free. Please note that strollers and wagons are not permitted in the exhibit hall, due to space constraints. The exhibition hall is fully wheelchair accessible.

Coming from out of town? Consider staying right at the River Rock Casino Resort and enjoy luxury rooms, amazing amenities, and a special BrickCan room rate (available for booking until March 1, 2017). Don't forget to mention BrickCan while making your reservation.

For more information and details, go to

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 - The Boathouse

Wow, a record five restaurants during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival period this year! I took my family out to The Boathouse because I received a promotional email and I got sucked in by the dessert on their $30 menu. I guess advertising does work! A $40 menu is also available but I didn't like the options as much. We braved the snow last night and after driving at a snail's pace for an hour, we all feasted on delicious seafood.

We started with a sourdough bread basket.
West coast seafood chowder. This really hit the spot after being in the cold!
Coconut Pacific cod with quinoa.
Mocha ice cream pie. The whole reason we came to eat here!
I thought the food was delicious! I've also decided I am not that big a fan of cod, which seemed to be the fish that most restaurants were serving this year. The Vancouver Dine Out Festival ends this weekend, so make your reservations now!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 - C Prime

It was girl's night again with some other friends and we decided to try C Prime, located inside the Century Plaza Hotel downtown. The menu was a tad different than what was posted on the Dine Out Vancouver website, but the choices were delicious still!

We started with some delicious garlic bread and olives.
Grilled clamari steak on a bed of arugula.  
Mediterranean octopus with heirloom tomatoes and fingerling potatoes.
Arctic char with chickpeas and chorizo.
Gnocchi, wild BC mushrooms and porcini truffle cream sauce.
Lemon tart and Italian meringue. This was a little odd, since the filling was super runny and just poured into the tart shell. I'm not sure if it wasn't finished setting yet.
Spiced pumpkin bread pudding with salted caramel gelato.
I really enjoyed this meal! This is the last weekend of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival so make sure to book soon!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 - WildTale Coastal Grill

It was girl's night last week at WildTale Coastal Grill in Yaletown. The Dine Out Festival menu sounded delicious for $30, so we all went with that. We tried to order one of each dish on the menu so we could try it all.

Organic beets and watercress with toasted almonds, crisp apples, horseradish crème fraîche.
Albacore tuna carpaccio with baby gem citrus salad.
WildTale seafood chowder corn and crab fritter.
7-hour braised Alberta beef short rib celeriac pomme puree, roasted bone marrow jus.
Herb-Crusted wild coho salmon on bay scallop risotto, brown butter caper sauce.
Bittersweet chocolate mousse - no biscotti?
We sat near the kitchen so were able to watch the chefs prepare the food, which was really cool. The food was delicious! The chocolate mousse was suppose to come with a housemade biscotti but we didn't get one and it seemed like none of the desserts coming out of the kitchen had it. Maybe they ran out :( We looked at the regular menu and the dishes sounded yummy, so we all might go back another day!

The Dine Out Vancouver Festival is on for another week, so make sure to make your reservations soon!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 - Stages Bistro & Lounge

I took my family out for our second Dine Out 2017 Festival meal at Stages Bistro and Lounge, located at the Holiday Inn. This was one of the places with a $20 menu that looked pretty good.

Roasted beet salad with goat cheese.
Fire roasted tomato basil soup.
Pork tenderloin with a wild mushroom demi.
Cod loin pan seared and topped with a pineapple salsa.
Mango mousse cake and raspberry cheesecake.
I had the soup (a tad salty), the cod (a bit bland, but the pineapple salsa helped add flavour) and the mango mousse (yum!). The food was decent for the price and what you'd expect for $20. Dine Out Vancouver is happening until February 5, 2017.