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Building Spartan Stadium/The Brez: A FOCO Product Review

FOCO has a lot of cool products to peruse if you need a new hobby during all this at home time.

You might have seen ads for FOCO BRXLZ stadiums on social media long before reading this and been tempted to take a look at their model kits. Well, my husband and I just so happened to receive Spartan Stadium as a Christmas present from my brother and sister-in-law back in December 2018. After finally sitting down to build it out, I was so hooked I insisted to my husband that he get me the Breslin Center set for our anniversary as well.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I am sure you are like me and at times struggling to come up with ideas for what to do with all this time at home that doesn’t involve rewatching television shows or the same movies. So I thought this was a perfect opportunity to offer a review of FOCO’s sets being they are having a huge sale right now on most of their product line-up. Not only that, but they also have other great MSU gear like this Draymond Green bobblehead:

But as for their stadium models, here is what they look like and the suggestions I have from trial and error at building them.

There are enough variety of shapes and sizes that you will need to really spread them out across bowls at first, and I recommend you try to keep similar shape/size pieces together as much as possible early on. However, best to keep similar colors separate at first until you have enough room to keep them apart within the same bowl. I cannot stress enough how many bowls you will need for these as there are a total of 3,187 pieces for Spartan Stadium and 2,854 pieces for the Breslin Center. I just bought last month the BRXLZ for Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium and built it, so this is what 4,648 pieces looks like:

If the BRXLZ model kits are a bit too daunting for you, you can also try the 101-piece PZLZ Spartan Stadium option instead. I have not built that one myself yet, but FOCO is a great brand and I am sure you will be happy with that as well.

This could be a fun parent/child project, but overall this is not something a young child should be exposed to as the pieces can be super tiny. Recommended ages are 12 and up, so also bear that in mind. The directions can be a bit tricky at first, but once you see the difference between a previous layer and the current along with the different color contrasts of pieces then it is straight forward as long as you pay close attention to what you are doing. The step by step build-out will look something like this if you’re curious:

There is a lot of fan gear and other smaller Husker logo and mascot models you can find, as well as plenty of MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and other college gear they have in addition to the stadium model kit. Sadly no Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena, Palace, or LCA at this point, though. But FOCO does have most of their product line-up marked way, way down right now so take a look here. On top of that, I reached out to them about Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium after I built it and managed to get a promo code for you all for an extra 10 percent off anything not already marked down. I am not getting any kick back or anything from the code so don’t think this is some rigged write-up, it’s just a nice discount they are offering you all during our time of home-bound boredom so be sure to take advantage! In the promo code just type in “CORNNATION10” for the discount, limit one use per customer, but active until May 3.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask away in the comments, on Twitter, or via email and I am happy to answer. I hope you enjoy building one for yourself because they look awesome when you are done!