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4. The Padme Naberrie ( Queen Amidala ) Mini-figure in Episode One.

Character – Padme Naberrie also known as Queen Amidala of Naboo and Senator Amidala of the Galactic Republic. Later in her life, Amidala became the secret wife of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo ( Princess Leia ), two of the most important figures in Galactic history.

In LEGO –  The origianl Padme Naberrie minifigure has yellow flesh, and slightly different printing on her torso she appears in Anakin’s podracer (7131) and Mos Espa Podrace (7171) dressed as one of her handmaidens to avoid detection. She was redesigned for (7961) Sith Infiltrator in 2011. She has never appeared as Queen Amidala wearing her royal robes, although we hope to see her in the later half of 2012.

Padme has two faces, one is smiling and the other has a look of concern.


What Amidala might look like in 2012


2011 variation of Padme Amidala



The redesigned variation of Padme can be seen with:

  • A short blaster to protect herself
  • Gray vest with Blue undershirt.
  • Red-jeweled Belt
  • Braided long hair at the top and flows down her back.

How to make a Boat in a Nutshell

So here is a very simple yet fun activity to make little model boats out of Nutshells. I seen this great post on WikiHow and thought I’d share it with you! 


What you will need:

  • A walnut
  • A piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Stickers or markers for drawings
  • A cocktail stick or matchstick
  • A small piece of modelling clay, plasticine, poster tack or chewing gum
  • Paint, Colouring penils or Pens for Drawing

1. Crack the walnut as carefully as you can. Make sure that it is in two perfect halves. A hammer would be the best tool to use although you could try to use a knife. Take the nut out of the shell.

2. Cut a small shape out of the paper to create a sail. It can be a rectangle or a few triangles; get creative, although you might like to try different shapes to see which sail best.

3. Decorate the little paper sail in any way you like. You can put stickers on the sail or you can colour it with coloured pencils.

4. Thread the cocktail stick or matchstick through the top and bottom of the paper sail to form a mast.

5. Push a small lump of clay, plasticine, post tack or chewed gum into the middle of the walnut half. Push one end of the cocktail stick or matchstick into the modelling clay. Adjust to ensure that the sail sits straight and even.

The best part is these actually float so you can have fun with these with friends!


Check out this tutorial, a fun activity to get involved with the kid’s with all those broken and unused crayons! You can do this on all different types of paper of different colours and sizes to brighten up any room.


Make your own Abstract Crayon art and frame it.

Or you can add in other elements such as your own paintwork  and illustrations like this wonderful example on sale at ETSY right now.


1. The Qui-Gon Jinn LEGO Mini-figure in Episode One

The Character–  Qui-Gon Jinn was a widely respected Jedi Master. He was Padawan to Count Dooku, Master to Obi-Wan Kenobi and briefly Anakin Skywalker after discovering him. Jinn served the Galactic Republic for his entire life.

In LEGO – He was first introduced to LEGO Star Wars in 1999 and has made a total of 7 appearances in Star Wars sets. Four different variations have been created. He was finally redesigned for the 7961 Sith Infiltrator set in 2011 ( which also has Queen Amidala in disguise! )

It is expected that the Qui-Gon Jinn Mini-figure will make another slight change in the later half of 2012 adding a smile to his face 🙂

His most recent variation comes with:

  • Updated Jedi Tunic and utility belt.
  • Green Lightsaber blade with Silver hilt.
  • Jedi Cape.


I’m always on the look out for upcycling and recycling ideas and tips. There is plenty of posts online covering almost everything you could think of, so today I thought I’d share just one of the many toys you can upcycle into home decor and personal accessories.

Plastic party animals, if you have kids you will likely have some of these somewhere, the type of toys you get in a child’s party bag. If not they are very cheap to buy online or at your local toy store and you can transform them into a piece of art to be proud of!

An example

1.  The first idea I’m going to share with you is – Animal Hooks to hang small items such as jewellery and bags/purses.

Explained in great detail over at Pysselbolaget 

What a transformation, and you can even do the same again using the other half of the animals!  Click on this link to find out how it’s done!

Using your own style, other mediums and different coloured paints you can definitely make your own piece of wall art with old plastic toys…who would have thought.

Click me to be taken to the tutorial

2. The second wonderful idea is turning the larger animals into book ends! You can find the tutorial over at Mad in Crafts Blog.

Again you can adorn your animals with other crafty ideas, decorating them with fabric, wire, jewellery, charms, paint work and more but I think these look great as they are!

Click me to be taken to the tutorial

3. Using larger plastic animals as plant holders – for home or garden. On sites like ETSY

you will find this great idea, using a larger plastic animal you can cut out a hole on the back, fill it with dirt and a plant and place them in your home!

Click to see me on etsy

This seller has put a cute chain on him and covered him in glitter, again there are so many ways to customise your plastic animal or just paint him a bold colour to brighten up your day!.

4. These look super stylish, customising your own jars. With some toys, glue and spray paint this is an idea anyone can do!

Luzia Pimpinella blog shows you how. You can even do this with plastic cars, soldiers and many other plastic toys.

Click me to be taken to the tutorial

5. Last of all… Mounted Toy Animal Heads – These would look great for a child’s bedroom!

Over at PleaseNote you will find a great tutorial on these.

Click me to be taken to the tutorial

Thank you for reading, I hope some of these ideas inspire you as they did for me! Instead of throwing away old toys in the bin, you can look up countless craft and D.I.Y ideas online for inspiration, upcycling them into something far more wonderful than they were before 🙂

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