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Review: Lego Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Out

Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox for this Special Edition review copy of Lego Star Wars -The Empire Strikes Out. 

Darth Vader LEGO® mini figure unleashes the dark side around London and its landmarks inspired by the DVD, LEGO® Star Wars™The Empire Strikes Out. (OUT now to buy)

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Darth Vader has certainly been getting around London recently, but he also managed a sneak up to Aberdeen for the Scottish Mum household.

Littlest was most happy with the lego minfigure on the front of the review box, and has been very patient waiting for the time that it could be opened and let him finally get his hands on the exclusive and collectible Darth Vader LEGO minifigure for his own Lego Collection.


It’s a 21-minute special feature with familiar territory and a completely new story for the LEGO Star Wars characters.

All the favourite characters are there and this story is actually good for us adults to watch too.  I’ve often found myself engrossed with the kids and some LEGO products.


Your favourite characters are back to save the galaxy in LEGO® Star Wars®: The Empire Strikes Out™. The heroes of the Rebel Alliance including heroic Luke Skywalker, swaggering Han Solo and steadfast Princess Leia have no time to celebrate their victory over the Empire as a new Imperial threat arises. But as Jedi-in training Luke embarks on this next mission, he discovers that his celebrity status as a “Death-Star-Blower-Upper” can be a double-edged lightsaber when he’s constantly mobbed by crazed fans. So much for secret missions! Meanwhile, Darth Vader and Darth Maul are locked in a hilarious “Sith-ling” rivalry as they compete for the Emperor’s approval. It’s an action-packed comic adventure that’s out of this world!

What did the kids think?

“Mental, it’s brill.”

“Can we watch it again at bedtime?”  (success any time)

Mini Darth at Big Ben

Lego Star Wars DVD Launch, London, Britain - 14 Mar 2013

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Review: The Three Stooges – Released on Blu Ray and DVD on 11th February 2013

Thank you to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for the review copy.  You can watch the trailer here.

We were sent a pre-release to DVD and Blu-Ray copy of the Three Stooges.  It’s a slapstick version of the version I used to watch when I was younger.   The kids were enthralled from the start as there is a lot of coshing, boshing and old-fashioned bopping on the heads.  I’ve not seen middler laugh at a film for a long time and I did worry about letting him see it, but he thoroughly enjoyed it.

It was a nice touch at the end where they showed that the hammers were soft rubber and didn’t hurt anyone at all.  I know some people will see that as pointless and irrelevant, but for my special needs boy it is something that I appreciated as it gave the slapstick a reference for being fake and not real bopping and tweaking.

Basically, it’s pretty much about three boneheads in three way comedy.   The Farrelly Brothers are the three stooges, and the film starts off with them being abandoned at the door of an orphanage.   When the home is at risk, it falls on the brothers to create a miracle to save their childhood home.  They keep getting themselves into trouble and manage to find themselves in the middle of many odd situations.

It’s not as predictable as I thought it would be, and it definitely appealed to my boys.

There are differences in the options, which are listed below.  Buying from Amazon, you can pre-order now for delivery on the 11th.

Blu-Ray from Amazon £17.50

  • Deleted / Extended Scenes
  • What’s the Big Idea? A History of The Three Stooges
  • Knuckleheads: Behind the Scenes of The Three Stooges
  • Did You Hear That? The Three Stooges Sound Effects
  • Poifect!: Casting The Three Stooges
  • The Three Stooges Mash-Up
  • Original Screen Test
  • Theatrical Trailer

DVD from Amazon – £9.99

  • Deleted / Extended Scenes
  • Knuckleheads: Behind the Scenes of The Three Stooges
  • Did You Hear That? The Three Stooges Sound Effects
  • The Three Stooges Mash-Up
  • Theatrical Trailer