Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Direct Your Own Movies With Goldie Blox & The Movie Machine

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I've said it before, but my daughter, Eva is not your ordinary little girl. Of course (like any girl) at times she loves to play dress up or put on a tutu and dance around the living room, but more often than not, she would rather be outside with a shovel digging in the dirt to find hidden treasures, or up in her room building, creating, and inventing. One of the greatest joys as a Mom has been to watch her creative mind go to work as she invents a "no drip Popsicle" or to hear the excitement in her voice when she uncovers ancient bones, aka something the dog buried weeks ago in the yard. In all my years of shopping for presents and gifts for my daughter, I never could seem to find any "girl" related "toys" that encouraged her in the areas of science and engineering, those always seemed to be located in the "boy" isle.  Thanks to Goldie Blox,  girls have a fun hero, in this lovable character, as she shows them, through all of her play sets, that engineering, math and science aren't just for the boys, girls and boys can both share in the fun, creativity, and achievement.

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Disclosure: I was sent the item above, at no cost, to facilitate this review GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. A story + construction kit—in GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled. Kids learn how to build a zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device, while learning about illustration and animation. New characters + pieces! GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine introduces Li Gravity and Valentina Voltz, the series first male and Latina characters, as well as newly engineered pieces that are compatible with all GoldieBlox sets.
  • Builds spatial skills, engineering principles (drawing, animation, zoetrope), reading skills and confidence in problem solving.
  • Comes equipped with 4 movie packs and instructions for creating endless original animations.
  • All GoldieBlox building pieces are inter-compatible. - Taken from Goldie Blox website product description
The Goldie Blox Playset Includes:
  • 1 storybook
  • 1 character figurine
  • 4 movie packs
  • 1 movie hoop
  • 1 movie reel
  • 2 mini pegboards
  • 2 long axles
  • 4 short axles
  • 2 mini axles
  • 4 pegs
  • 2 big wheel ends
  • 4 small wheel ends
  • 1 small wheel hub
  • 8 star stoppers
  • 4 elbow joints
  • 1 crank
  • 1 noodle belt,
  • star coupler - Taken from website description
Let's face it, for a lot of kids, if you give them something like a craft packet, sit them down to put it together, they might stay focused on it for a few minutes. One of the things I love about the Goldie Blox play sets is that each one comes with its own back story. Kids naturally want to help, solve problems, and be successful in something great. Goldie Blox gives kids just that opportunity. In the Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine set, the film festival is in jeopardy! The projector has broken down and the only way the festival can be saved is with your child's help. Build the movie machine and save the film festival! You will find the written narrative included in each Goldie Blox play set that you and your child can read together. You can also find the stories on video, like the one below for the Movie Machine, to really get your child excited about getting to work!

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Just when you thought Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine wasn't enough fun, now available with Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine is an app, free to download, in the iOS app store. The app teaches kids the basics of animations while enabling them to create their own short animated GIFs. The app is compatible with the Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine toy, as kids can print out their animations and insert them into their constructed zoetrope. The app also features the first-ever Goldie Blox cartoon, bringing Goldie and her friends to life. Now even after my daughter has mastered all of the movies that come included in the Movie Machine set, she can how endless hours of writing, producing, and directing her very own movie creatives with the help of this app! Talk about never ending fun!

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  With the new Goldie Blox Movie Machine play set, there are so many things for kids, and parents to be excited about!
  • GoldieBlox aims to inspire kids to get building through the context of a narrative. By tapping into their verbal and spatial skills through a book and construction set, the toy aims to bolster confidence and gives young inventors the tools they need to build and create amazing things.
  • GoldieBlox has six toys in its product line, and all sets are compatible with each other for a maximized play experience.  GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, GoldieBlox and the Zipline and GoldieBlox and the Builders' Survival Kit are the newest sets.
  • The new sets introduce new characters and provide more context to Goldie's story.  Each of the characters is passionate about a different STEM field, introducing kids to new concepts and providing a variety of positive role models (Goldie is the "mechanical engineer," Ruby Rails is the "coder," Valentina Voltz is the "electrical engineer," Li Gravity is the "environmental scientist") - Taken from Goldie Blox promotional information
Goldie Blox has done everything right! The Movie Machine play set is easy enough that my daughter, who is in the 1st grade is able to easily follow the directions (which include easy to understand pictures) to put together the zoetrope all by herself. For kids who are pre-readers or who are having a difficult time completing their Goldie Blox project, there is even a Goldie Blox YouTube Channel where they can get a little bit of extra help from the Goldie Blox team themselves! I am so excited to have the Goldie Blox Movie Machine play set under my tree this year! I'm even more excited to give my daughter a gift that will not only inspire her creativity, but will show her that she can do anything she puts her mind to! And with so many new Goldie Blox play sets available - and pieces that all work together to construct anything her brain and imagination can come up with, Goldie and her friends will soon become part of my daughters daily creative routine!

 If you are still looking to finish off your Christmas purchases - make sure you add Goldie Blox to the list! With an award-winning book series and play sets, this won't be one of those toys your child plays with for a couple days and then moves on to something else, this play set will be one she comes back to again and again, feeling more confident about her self with each successful invention!

 You can PURCHASE Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine play set HERE  for $29.99 price subject to change. 

 Make sure you check out the Goldie Blox Website for more Goldie Blox fun!

 Don't forget to connect with Goldie Blox on social media! It's a great way to stay up to date on promotions and to hear about new Goldie Blox products!
  Goldie Blox Giveaway 
 One lucky reader will win their own Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine play sets! The giveaway will end December 24, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.  

Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of GoldieBlox and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.  


  1. I like the Zipline Action Figure.

  2. Love the Zipline figures!!! How fun would that be to have them zooming all over the house!?!?!

  3. My Daughter has been asking and asking for a GoldieBlox set. I would love to give her this or the Builders Survival Kit.

  4. The Float On Goldie Package would be awesome. There are so many fun things included in that pack. Thanks :)

  5. We actually have a;ready bought the Goldie Blox Zipline Action Figure, it's wrapped and under the tree!
    {in the contest I am Margot Core on the automated entry form}

  6. I'd ALSO love-- GoldieBlox Zipline Action Figure

  7. The GoldieBlox Builder's Survival Kit looks like it would be great training for a future Architect. My "niece and nephew" would love to learn with it. Thanks for the review and opportunity to win something from this great toy company.

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  9. My four year old friend Courtney would also like this from their site; GoldieBlox and the
    Parade Float

  10. I'd love the Goldie Blox Zipline Action Figure!

  11. I also like Goldie Blox and the Builder's Survival Kit as a Christmas present.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  12. I'd love to surprise my daughter with the GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine toy under the tree.

  13. I also like the GoldieBlox Zipline Action Figure for my daughter.