See The Lego Movie early on blinkbox offer!

legomovieMy kids have been dying to see the Lego Movie but unfortunately we never had the time to visit the cinema while it was showing. Thankfully blinkbox came to the rescue this week by releasing The Lego Movie a whole two weeks before it’s DVD debut! What’s more they are offering 500 Clubcard points and 50% off tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort with every purchase of the film!

For those unfamiliar with blinkbox you can rent or buy movies and TV shows and watch them on a range of internet devices including games consoles, tablets, Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, set top boxes and desktop computers. When you rent a movie you have 30 days to start watching it. When you buy a movie it’s available permanently through your blinkbox account, yours to keep forever.

The Lego Movie

The problem with high anticipation is it often brings huge disappointment when the reality doesn’t live up to your expectations. I was worried this would be the case with the Lego Movie. I needn’t have been concerned as it was just as witty and engaging as I imagined it would be! My kids loved the wonderful characters and catchy songs while I chuckled along with the humour and digs at adult based Lego perfection. The animation is perfect, the voice overs fantastic and I defy anyone not to get the song ‘Everything is Awesome’ stuck in your head! It was a really great movie which I definitely recommend you all see at once!

‘Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) the original 3D computer-animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as The Special, the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.  He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.’

Details of the blinkbox offer

Customers who buy the Lego movie will get a whopping 50% off tickets to LEGOLAND Windsor Resort (up to 4 Adult & 4 Children’s tickets) and 500 Clubcard points which can be transferred into vouchers to spend with Tesco online, in-store, on fuel or exchanged to get four times more value with Clubcard Boost. This offer ends on 31st August. T&Cs apply.

Pricing: £9.99 in SD/£13.99 in HD

Click here for more details.

My Lego Shame!

While perusing my kids Christmas Lists the other day I noticed a familiar theme recurring, Lego in all its guises from the bricks and board games right through to video games. These children love Lego! It’s hardly surprising considering the enduring fondness both my husband and I have for the bricky stuff.


For my husband’s birthday I bought him a personalised Lego man complete with Metallica tshirt! As a family we’ve made several Lego animations which you check out on Youtube here.


We’re all mildly (alright completely) addicted to the Lego Minifigure series. My kids are even quite adept at feeling the bags to find the right character, which explains these shelves that house their favourites. I’m sure you get the picture, we love Lego!


But… I have a guilty secret. A shameful Lego based regret that I’ve carried around for more years than I can recall or am willing to admit! *Takes a big chest steadying breath*

I broke my brother’s Lego Technic Car!

At the time I swore it wasn’t me, truly I had no idea what had happened or why the sophisticated Lego suspension had a clean break through the plastic. It was a mystery never to be solved or remedied despite many trips to toy shops looking for spare parts.

The truth however is a dark and terrible thing. Not only had I broken the car, I’d also stolen it!

Rather sensibly I had been forbidden to play with my brother’s new gift. Mini Abi was more than a little miffed by this rebuff and I took that car and hid it under my quilt. I planned to return later when no one was looking but instead I completely forgot what I had done.

I did return but not to play with the Lego, instead I jumped up onto my bed with a bounce and a twirl and……..


I had jumped straight down onto the car!

The carefully constructed suspension had broken in two and I knew instantly I was in serious trouble. Red faced and light of foot I smuggled that sad broken vehicle back into my brother’s bedroom, never to admit my shameful guilt.

My remorse both for the crime and the lack of admission is profound! To my brother I want to say that I’m exceedingly sorry and I’ll buy you another Lego set if you’d like. Or perhaps I could take you along to the brand new Lego Movie next year instead?

Spooky Halloween Lego!

Whether you’re young or old chances are that you know at least one person who loves Lego building and what better excuse to grab out the bricks than Halloween! Plus it’s a fab way to entertain your little ones this half term.

Even if you’re not a fan of the holiday these great little Lego building tutorials from the folks at LEGOLAND Discovery Manchester are sure to inspire you with a pumpkin and ghost!

Credits: LEGO® video tutorials with Master Model Builder Alex Bidolak at the kids attraction LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester