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The Lego Set, Queen Queen Watevra’s Build Whatever Box from Lego Movie 2

Lego. Is simply awesome. Considering how awesome this house (and myself), reckon Lego is, I’m not sure why I’ve not written a Lego review yet. But there was something about this set, that simply inspires.

Gentle Spoilers for Lego Movie 2 are found below!  

Lego Movie 2, introduces us to Queen Watevra. A character who can best be described as a shapeshifter, and therefore appears as many different shapes throughout the movie.

This set is based around that idea.

This is a set filled with many bricks, and instead of just an instruction booklet, there is an “inspiration guide” and a poster, which talks you through the 15 different smaller characters that can be made out of the many bricks you find in the box.

Great for smaller people, who are getting into Lego for themselves. Where with previous sets we’d brought for required “adult supervision”, she seems to get on and really own this one for herself.

If nothing else, it’s amazing to see this level of focus happening, enabling her to build the various colourful characters and more.

Queen Watevra is available from Amazon (affiliate link), but we managed to grab it super cheap from our local Tesco.

The “Momo Challenge”. The Twitter Thread That Sums It Up.

The disused bridge in Exeter

I wasn’t going to post “that” picture of The Momo Challenge. But I loved this thread from Jim Waterson, the Media Editor from The Guardian. (Click the text below to open up more in Twitter)

If you read nothing else, please read this from the article:

The UK Safer Internet Centre called the claims “fake news”. And YouTube said it had seen no evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on its platform.
The NSPCC said there is no confirmed evidence that the phenomenon is actually posing a threat to British children and said they have received more phone calls about it from members of the media than concerned parents.
A Samaritans spokesperson was similarly sceptical, saying: “These stories being highly publicised and starting a panic means vulnerable people get to know about it and that creates a risk.”

theguardian.com

It does feel we are reaching some sort of feedback loop stage of this whole thing. Basically freaked out adults, are talking to their kids, and accidently freaking them out in the process.

Maybe The Momo Challenge is actually about how many kids could get accidentally freaked out by creepy lady with big eyes?

The “Momo Challenge”.

No, I’m not going to post any of those pictures of the Momo Challenge. Yeah you know the ones, the pictures of that creepy lady with big eyes. She’s probably found on your Facebook.

Creepy lady associated with a suicide game aimed at kids. Yeah flip, be worried about that one. She and it are the stuff of nightmares.

I’ve had a dig around the internet about the Momo Challenge. While there seems to be concerning stuff there, its worth bearing in mind some of the following…

The Momo challenge is an alleged form of cyberbullying which spreads over the phone messaging service WhatsApp. Children receive threats from an anonymous number associated with a picture of “Momo” – an alien-like woman with bulging eyes, an eerie stretched smile, and straggly hair. Momo allegedly forces children to undertake dangerous tasks – up to and including suicide – by threatening them with violence.


https://inews.co.uk/

Creepy, but The Daily Mail could only manage this

A 12-year-old girl from Argentina allegedly took her life after playing the game 

dailymail.co.uk



Allegedly. The Buenos Aires Times article from the time can be found here. While it says a link was investigated. There doesn’t seem to be anything confirmed.

The BBC article on this seems to focus on the (in comparison) more basic data security issues that Momo presents:

Momo may be creepy, but police believe it is clear it is being used by hackers to harvest information.

Officers in Northern Ireland moved to reassure parents about the doll figure with bulging eyes and a creepy grin.

https://www.bbc.co.uk

But should people be concerned? The answer from rollingstone.com is no…

The Momo Challenge and the subsequent moral panic it has spawned is eerily similar to that inspired by the “Blue Whale” challenge, a Russia-based phenomenon that went viral last year. According to reports in the Russian media, the Blue Whale challenge involved teenagers following a series of increasingly self-harmful tasks over the course of 50 days, culminating with them being encouraged to take their own lives.

Additional reports linking Blue Whale to other teen suicides, like that of 15-year-old Isaiah Gonzalez from San Antonio, have proven to be largely uncorroborated. “There’s no real truth to [games like the Momo Challenge] or evidence that it’s a real threat,” says Benjamin Radford, a folklorist and research fellow for the Committee for Skeptic Inquiry.

https://www.rollingstone.com

The independent, suggests the we (parents) should be more concerned about our own wellbeing

“In terms of whether Blue Whale did cause the deaths of any children as was reported, this has been difficult to validate – however there is more evidence to suggest parents talked about their fears of their children undertaking the challenge, rather than their children actually doing so,” Sugiura says. Momo, she says, seems to be following the same pattern. “It is more likely to endanger the well-being of parents and carers, concerned about their children.”


https://inews.co.uk

I guess this is all a drawn out way for me to say. Can we please stop sharing pictures of that creepy lady character. She’s creepy. We’re creeping ourselves out, and possibly terrifying any kids who see the images over our shoulders.

Please read the above links for more information, and dont have nightmares.



Exploring Killerton in Devon

National Trust is great.

National Trust on your door step is even better.

The problem with having a massive National Trust property on your doorstep (in our case Killerton), is that it gets easy enough to keep going to the same old places.

Here’s a few pictures of what happens when you keep going in a different direction a bit longer then normal.

We keep meaning to check out a “den building” area at the top of the forest at some point, but I think we’ll leave the bike at home that time!

On a different note. This time of year, is a really good time to get the geocache near the motorway bridge!

Frozen 2 Trailer

Just in case you’ve not already seen the Frozen 2 Trailer…

Frozen 2 Trailer

After showing her the trailer, we asked Little Sofa what she thought of Frozen 2.

“Good” was the reply.

I guess that means shes excited?

Stuff Found Online This Week

A random collection of stuff I’ve found online this week, that I figured was… shareable…

Something to read…

You don’t often read many pieces in the news about the positive side of gaming. Now there’s this…

Robert and Trude mourned what they thought had been a lonely and isolated life for their disabled son. But when Mats died, they discovered that people all over Europe lit candles in his memory.

BBC

Something a little funny…

A Paint app? It a little… don’t play this around small kids… Or polite people…

Something to listen to…

David Tennant! You know… Doctor 10. He’s done a podcast, where he has basically opened up his address book, and sat down for a chat with a different famous person each week.

Either way. Its like having David Tennant in your ears. Listen to it here.

Something to watch…

Not seen the latest avengers trailer yet? Watch it here…

Anything you feel I’ve missed? Please share below!

The Gummy Bear Song

I was introduced to this earlier. I mean, I was subjected to this – whats known as The Gummy Bear Song.

I felt it only right to pass the joy on…

At least its not more Baby Shark..

Baby Shark The TV Show is Coming to Netflix

You remember Baby Shark don’t you? If you’ve forgotten it you’ve probably already started singing it again. You can thank me later… Anyway. Baby Shark, that viral hit from last year, that was heard everywhere from phones, car radios, and CD players, to school halls and clubs, is coming back in a new way to Netflix.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the creators of Baby Shark have revealed that they are working to bring some “short form content” to Netflix in March.

And I thought that Boss Baby was enough to make me regret our small one being introduced to Netflix…

Big List of Favourite Things From 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m stealing an idea from Barack Obama and a recent Facebook post of his where he shared his favourite things he has listened to, watched, or read over the last 12 months.

There may well be affiliate links thrown in to the mix, but if you dont know any of the below I’d encourage you to check it all out.

Some of my favourite books from this year:

Favourite Cbeebies Show

  • The Snow Queen! Yes I know it was from last year, but it took the small one a fair while to be ok with watching it, but once she was, there has been no stopping her! (I once had “Did you know Rebecca is the Snow Queen?” whispered in my ear)
  • The look of Disdain on the small ones face when I asked if the new CBeebies presenter was Topsy (from Topsy and Tim). It is indeed Evie, and I was suitably told off for such a comment.

My Favourite Movies of 2018

  • Avengers – Infinity War.
  • My Little Pony – Believe me, its underrated.
  • Thor – Ragnarok
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Doctor Strange

Theres possibly a Marvel theme going on here…

My Favourite Songs of 2018

  • A Million Dreams – Particularly the performance at the Small Ones school.
  • Voices – Switchfoot
  • Dual of The Fates – John Williams
  • 3 Lions – It was kinda the Summer Song. For a nice week anyway.
  • Zombie – Bad Wolves. Its different enough to be different to the original version, but in a good way. Plus the small one is great at singing it with her own misheard lyric slant. .

What was your favourite thing from 2018?