Sunday, 26 April 2015

Transformers Prime: Beasthunters - Battle For Darkmount Review and Toy Giveaway

The Transformers are back in a new DVD in time for May half term. Transformers Prime Beasthunters - Battle For Darkmount is released on 27th April and we've been sent a copy for a sneaky preview, plus we have some great Transformers toys to give away.

Transformers Prime Beasthunters Battle For Darkmount Review and Hasbro Toy Giveaway

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sly Stallone in Bolton....

Yep, it's true. I knew it was true a long while ago because friends told us they had seen Sly Stallone running up and down the Town Hall steps in Bolton City Centre. I did question it "Are you sure it was him?" "Why would Sylvester Stallone be in Bolton, apparently doing a re-enactment of his own scene from Rocky?" The answer is now clear....it was Warburton's fault.

Sly Stallone in Bolton for Warburtons Bread advert

To celebrate their new star-studded (well, Sly at least) advert, Warburtons sent me a lovely hamper of goodies. 2 loaves of bread, a bakers hat, oven gloves and a t-shirt bearing the slogan "I love Bolton". We had a bit of fun with the contents. Here's our oldest lad - do not ask me how I managed to take this photograph, I still can't believe it happened (maybe the shades make up for the I Love Bolton shirt). 

A Mouse's Tale DVD Review and Giveaway

A Mouse's Tale is a new release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment for May half term this year. Featuring an host of great voice actors, including Carey Elwes and Tom Arnold, it tells the story of two little mice as they attempt to save their kingdom. We've been sent a copy to preview, and Lionsgate Home Entertainment have also offered a copy to one of my readers.

A Mouse's Tale DVD Review

Sebastian and Samantha and their two trusty knights are on a quest to find a magic crystal which will help them overcome the evil rodents trying to take over. The story is a bit formulaic and obvious to adults, but it's also timeless and enthralls children.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

A Super DC Super Hero Day!

Last weekend we took part in a Guinness World Record attempt to have the most people ever dressed as DC Super Heroes worldwide at the same time. When I was invited I thought it would be a good thing for my 2 little boys, I actually had no idea what a huge breath of fresh air it would be for us all!


As it turns out, dressing up as a Superhero DOES give you special powers. It makes you smile. I don't know if it's because you look awesome, if it's because you are someone else, or if it's because everyone else views you as someone else, but it has true magic.


Wednesday, 22 April 2015

LEGO Simpson's Apu's Kwik-E-Mart Review set 71016

It's been a while coming, and I've been looking forward to this since it was announced, so here is our review of LEGO set 71016 The Kwik-E-Mart. Complete with 6 minifigures, the police car and a whole array of stock, this is another huge playset from LEGO.

LEGO Simpson's Apu's Kwik-E-Mart Review set 71016

Apu's LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016

LEGO The Simpson's Kwik E Mart Review set 71016 box rear

Monday, 20 April 2015

Bee Good Intensive Hand Cream and Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm Review

Bee Good are a UK company making products using Honey, Beeswax and Propolis (a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds and sap etc) from UK bees. I'm allergic to bee venom, but I can use the other products and Bee Good have kindly sent me their Intensive Hand Repair cream with Honey, Borage and Echium, and their Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm for review.

Bee Good Intensive Hand Cream and Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm Review

Friday, 17 April 2015

LEGO Marvel Avengers Age Of Ultron Giant LEGO Statue

To celebrate the release of the LEGO Marvel 'Avengers Age Of Ultron' sets, and to coincide with the film release, the UK's largest LEGO statue will be built in time for the London premiere. The build is already well underway, and here is a sneaky preview...can you guess who it is? (It's not very hard to be honest).

Marvel Avengers UK's largest LEGO statue preview taster
Scary looking pot of Kragle there....
LEGO Avengers Age Of Ultron statue premiere unveiled Hulk Smash
Look at all the drawers in the background!!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Family Games Bundle Giveaway from Drumond Park

We love board games here at The Brick Castle, and today I am delighted to be able to tell you that Drumond Park have kindly offered a fabulous bundle of games as a prize for one of my readers. Added together these games would cost you over £70, and keep your family entertained all Summer if the sunshine lets us down.


Rapidough Family Game Review for Drumond Park

Our latest family game to review from Drumond Park has proven to be one of the most popular. Rapidough is great fun and fantastic to play with different generations at the same time. Recommended for children aged 8+ and 4 or more players, our 6 1/2 year old can just about hold his own and join in on a level.

Rapidough family game from Drumond Park review

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

8 Months After Losing Elspeth

I've taken some time off over the last few weeks to play with (wrangle and umpire) the kids, and enjoy Easter as much as was possible, and also because we had Elspeth's Inquest, and coming back to the laptop has proven harder than I suspected it would.

We knew the Inquest wouldn't be a picnic day out for the family, and I was expecting re-hearing details and statements would be hard. As it turns out it's finding out the things you didn't already know that is hardest. It gives you more to mull over, more to consider, more ways to feel you should have protected her more. More chance to remember those comments she made and wonder if you didn't take them seriously enough. More sad.