Now with craptacular pictures!
There was a certain present Ryan had pined for. One that we weren't going to get him, because we already had his birthday present planned. But, his grandpa asked what he wanted, and I told him whatever would be fine, but let him in on what Ryan had been really hoping for.
Sure enough, grandpa swooped in to save the day. And thus, the following chain of events unfolded.
Ryan opening the box
And here he is excited about what it is. (a robotic arm that has to be built before you can use it)
And thus the building began
Ryan working on freeing the plastic pieces (it builds character you know)
Assembling the various gear boxes (try to ignore the "art" on the wall, it will be gone soon)
Which became a whole family affair
Building the base
After a few other moves, the arm began to take shape
Ooh, it's beginning to look like. . .something.
Working on building the claw
The completed claw! (which I built most of, thank you very much)
Attaching the claw to the arm (ok here, you are supposed to ignore the crappy looking net, which is a long story, and will hopefully be gone soon too. Ahem.)
The hubby assembling the control box
Almost there. . .