It’s a ‘Jurassic World’ Lego Giveaway!

Image: Universal Pictures (used with permission)

If you are anything like me, you are completely stoked about the release of Jurassic World this Friday, June 12. Whether you want to see it in Real D 3D, IMAX 3D, or just as a regular film (they still show those, right?), viewers are sure to get plenty of thrills and dinosaur chills. Chris Pratt! Trained velociraptors! And more ginormous dinos than you can sink your teeth into.

In order to help celebrate the release of Jurassic World, we are holding a giveaway for one of the only things I might get more geeked out about than dinosaurs. Lego! That’s right, one winner will receive a Jurassic World Lego prize bundle with three Lego sets, valued at $90. The play sets feature the Jurassic helicopter with net shooter, T. rex Chaser with its big cage, ACU Transport with scientific equipment, Jurassic off-roader, Raptor pen, and more (may vary).

Image: Universal Pictures (used with permission)

So click on the Rafflecopter entry form and find out how you can enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Image: Universal Pictures (used with permission)

About Jurassic World:

Jurassic World – The Park Opens June 12
In Theaters, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D
Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure based on characters created by Michael Crichton. The screenplay is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Trevorrow, and the story is by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers.

Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Irrfan Khan

Rated PG-13

Visit Jurassic World on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr! And follow the #JurassicWorld hashtag on Twitter to keep up with the exciting movie news.


Rules and disclaimer: Open to US only. Prize pack supplied by Universal Pictures/Jurassic World. GeekMom received one prize pack for personal use.

Contest: What’s in Your Scottevest?


I’ve reviewed several products from Scottevest, including their Travel Vest for Women, their Ultimate Microfleece Hoodie, and their Blackout Pockets. Most recently, I’ve been able to put their Q.U.E.S.T. Vest for Women through its paces. As part of the company’s new campaign, “What’s in your Scottevest?”, they asked me to make a video of what is in my Scottevest. After much personal freak-out time, I went ahead and made a video. It is tucked away with other blog-type folks on the YouTube channel that Scottevest put together for this campaign, so you can see me talk about what’s in my Scottevest pockets along side such people as Chris Pirillo, Johnny Jet, and even my dear Rory, who made a video in the name of GeekDad.

The QUEST Vest for Women. There's also a decent hood tucked away in back. Image: Scottevest
The QUEST Vest for Women. There’s also a decent hood tucked away in back. Image: Scottevest

What’s the purpose of this campaign, you ask? Is it merely for famous (and not so famous) sorts to show off their clothing? Nope. It is to set an example for the rest of you to submit your own video, showing off what you keep in your Scottevest. Submit a video to the Scottevest website and you can win a $1,111 Scottevest shopping spree. You will have no problem spending all of that money on their site, believe me. They have so many great clothing options, including accessories and underthings. There will also be second and third place winners, along with some runner-ups.

Since I can’t win, however, I want one (or more) of our readers to win. So if you love your Scottevest clothes, or were thinking about ordering some, make a video and show off your carrying capacity! The What’s In Your Scottevest contest ends July 3, 2014, so get filming!

Check out the Scottevest website for full contest rules and to see what products they currently offer. Every product of theirs that I’ve gotten my hands on I have adored. I am sure you will feel the same.

Note: I have received products for the purposes of reviews.

Lottie Dolls Is Running a Super(hero) Costume Contest!

Girls can be superheroes, too! Photo credit: @Lottie_Dolls

Here at GeekMom we’ve had some spirited behind-the-scenes debates on whether or not Barbie’s unrealistic dimensions affect a little girl’s self-image. Some, like me, wonder if women’s tendency toward perfectionism isn’t perhaps the result of the barrage of idealized feminine images children receive through their toys and the media. Others at the blog take a softer approach, claiming, “I played with Barbies as a kid and I turned out happy and confident.”

What we have agreed upon, though, is that Arklu’s Lottie Dolls are wonderful toys—many of us have bought them for our children or for friends. Whether you appreciate the fact that Lottie has a “childlike” body (she doesn’t wear makeup, jewelry, or high heels either), or just enjoy her for her hobbies (including robotics, ballet, karate) and accessories (puppies, picnic baskets, pirate queen ensembles), there is no getting around the fact that this is a fun, well-constructed, charmingly-conceived toy. Also: affordable.

And now, as it turns out, your family could win the entire Lottie collection—dolls, accessories, clothing, and animal friends. Lottie Dolls is teaming up with the non-profit organization “Brave Girls Want” to launch a global competition to get kids aged 10 and under to design a superhero outfit—the first “crowdsourced doll outfit design by a child” for the Lottie™  doll.

With the release of a whole slew of superhero movies on the way, we know that there is an acknowledged lack of strong female superheroes out there, so this is why we thought a competition and campaign with the message that girls can be superheroes too is very much needed.

Want to enter the contest? Here are the details…

The prize:

  • One lucky child will see their superhero outfit design manufactured and made commercially available in Autumn 2014.
  • The winning child will see their original artwork design, first name, age, city, and country on the back of the outfit packaging.
  • The winning child will also win the entire range of Lottie dolls, accessories, and outfits.

How to enter:

  • Parents: Go to the Superhero Contest app on the Lottie Facebook page; like the page and download and print out the Superhero Outfit Design template.
  • Kids: Start coloring and create a superhero outfit design for Lottie.
  • Parents: Take a photo of your child’s design and upload it on the Lottie Facebook app, and fill in a form to allow your child to enter.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Competition open to kids aged 10 and under only.
  • Parental permission required to enter the competition.
  • Competition closing date 7th May 2014.
  • A winner will be selected by jury and confidentially notified in May 2014.
  • Multiple entries permitted.

Full terms and conditions available here.

PS: A selection of entries is shown on Pinterest—and if you have ever enjoyed the company of a little person with a vivid imagination you will need to immediately head over there and check out some of the superpowers that the contestants have imagined for Lottie:

  • “She can touch animals wounds and they go away. She shoots bandages over their wounds.”
  • “She can fly into whirlwinds in air and water. She can make rainbows.”
  • “She shoots love hearts from her hands to make sick children better.”
  • “Her cape shoots out [watermelon] seeds to grow for all the children [so that they] never go hungry again. No one will ever die from hunger or thirst again!”
  • “She can fly with her jet pack and protect dinosaurs.”
  • “She shoots rainbow colored hearts from her hands. When she hits a villain it makes them turn nice/good instantly. If she was real there would be no wars.”

This is good stuff; you won’t want to miss it!

Brainy Film Contest Winners

I just watched an entertaining video about congenital anosmia, the inability to smell. It was the winning video submitted to in their annual Brain Awareness Video Contest. You can check out all of the top videos there, plus submit your own for next year’s challenge. Getting people to watch these videos shows how amazing and complex our brain is, and how even the smallest problem can have large effects, as well as bringing awareness to little-known conditions so people can empathize, or get the help they need. For example, in the smell-less video, people without this sense need to be extra careful about cooking dangers.

The best way to learn about something is to do a creative project around it. So consider entering for next year! This could be for a biology class, or a family activity to explore a condition of someone you know.

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Enter Our First GeekMom Video Challenge!

Monster’s Lullaby, composed and performed by our own GeekMom Rebecca Angel, begs to be immortalized in video. Rebecca’s sweet voice provides a perfect contrast to the hysterically vivid lyrics. We gleefully note they include being boiled in soup and dragged by a disembodied arm.

This contest is open to all sorts of video treatment, from kids holding up a series of photos they’ve crayoned to parents dancing in zombie costumes to stop motion animation. Or whatever twisted cleverness the song inspires.

(Contest is over)

You have a month to polish your entry in one of three categories:

  • Adult
  • Youth ages 11-18.
  • Junior ages 10 and under

The deadline is April 21, 2012.

Your prize is the thrill, of course, of winning the First GeekMom Video Challenge. But we’re throwing in a few perks too. We’ll cross post the winning video on And we’ll send you some swag you didn’t know you needed (including Rebecca’s CD!).

Check out our rules below, listen to the song, and let inspiration scream on camera!


  1. Create a video to accompany the tune composed and performed by GeekMom Rebecca Angel, Monster’s Lullaby.
  2. Upload your video to YouTube. Your tags must include “GeekMom video challenge,” “Monster’s Lullaby,” and “Rebecca Angel.”
  3.  Officially enter the GeekMom Video Challenge by adding your video URL on this GeekMom post as a comment. In the comment you must also note your video title and the category you are entering: Adult, Youth 11-18, Junior 10 and under.
  4. Submissions need to be your own and you must have rights to use all content within them.
  5. GeekMom is a family-friendly site. Videos deemed too violent or rude will be disqualified by a Panel of Easily Offended Experts.

Transformers KRE-O: A Review

I was pleased to have received a sampling of Hasbro’s latest addition to the building-brick genre: KRE-O Transformers.  We received a Bumblebee 75-piece set and Kreon minifigure in mid-October, both of which my youngest son immediately helped himself.

My sons were very excited to see this arrive in the mail! Photo: Patricia Vollmer

This set doesn’t pretend to be any better or different than that other plastic brick company’s product.  In fact, there’s even an emblem on the front of the box declaring these bricks fully compatible with other brands’ building bricks.

These bricks are VERY similar to those “other” bricks. Note the hollowed-out circle, which sets it apart from other companies’ bricks.  Photo: Patricia Vollmer

My youngest son (age six and a half) wasted no time assembling the robot variation of this set.  The directions and my son’s fine motor skills for assembling the robot were what I expected, very similar to Lego.  He’s able to do about 90% of the tasks, mostly asking for help in separating particularly stubborn bricks.  He didn’t fail to point out that the set is “just like Lego”, and wondered “Why isn’t this Lego?”

Assembling the KRE-O set was very similar to Lego. Photo: Patricia Vollmer
A completed Bumblebee! Photo: Patricia Vollmer

This is the point where we all expected that you can flip, twist and rotate the robot and voila!  You’d have a car!  But this is not the case.  To go from the robot to the vehicle, you have to disassemble everything and start from scratch with a separate set of directions.  Definitely not what we expected for Transformers!  Both the kids and the parents were disappointed in this, but our son took it in stride.

It didn’t take long for my youngest son to convert Bumblebee into the vehicle.

Following the second set of directions in the set will yield a vehicle. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

The 75-piece KRE-O Transformers Bumblebee kit retails for about $7.99 and can be found at major toy retailers.  There is also a 325-piece kit that retails for $19.99.  KRE-O kits are also available as Optimus Prime, Starscream, Megatron, and Sentinal Prime.

We also received a free “Kreon” minifigure sample.  The larger kits include these Kreon figures:

A “Kreon” Minifigure. Photo: Patricia Vollmer

GeekMom is pleased to pass along two promotional events that Hasbro is sponsoring if you are interested in purchasing KRE-O products for your loved ones this holiday season.

First, you can visit this link at, view a short promotional video and download a coupon worth $5 off any $20 KRE-O purchase (through 27 November).

Secondly, Hasbro’s KRE-O website is sponsoring a Great Brick Giveaway, where they’re giving away one KRE-O brick set per hour, 7 days per week, from now through December 9th.  That’s over 1000 KRE-O sets, and all you have to do is visit their website and play the game!  (Login is required).

Note: The KRE-O Bumblebee and Kreon minifigure were provided free of charge for review purposes.