I think I would have to say playing with lego is one of the few ‘kids toys’ I actually really enjoy. And I have been known to play with it without any kid in sight. My husband used to come home and see me playing with lego and comment “I guess its been a hard day”….not because I was playing but more so because he knows I find it quite therapeutic.
Last week I was invited by the Digital Parents Collective to attend a pretty cool event put together by Shell, Lego and Ferrari. Now car racing is actually not really my thing but I must say being surrounded by international and local press all vying for the attention of a couple of Italians in catsuits was a fun way to spend a Thursday afternoon. I won’t tell you about the slightly embarrassing bloggers up the back searching our invites just to remember the names of the said Formula 1 racing car drivers. Like I said, car racing isn’t really my thing.
What I was impressed with however, was the unveiling of the replica Formula 1 Ferrari made out of over 200,000 lego bricks. I also got to have a sit in it. No wonder they need catsuits, there isn’t a lot of room for any overhang in those things! I did learn however that Formula 1 drivers lose about 3kg every race due to high G-forces and temperatures so maybe that all helps! I also got to meet Ryan Mcnaught AKA ‘The Brickman’, one of only 13 official lego builders in the world! What a cool job! Wow, imagine building something with 2000000 bricks. I asked if he did what I do sometimes which is think I am a bit smartypants for the instructions and go ahead only to discover I have missed a vital brick in the engineering and have to start all over again? As every piece is stuck with glue however, the only way he can fix a mistake is with a hammer and chisel…so he is a little more careful with the construction. I was also impressed with the fact that every lego brick in the Ferrari car is available with your standard lego sets. No custom made bricks at all. So no excuses for not whipping up something similar at home!
So Shell, Lego and Ferrari got together and decided to release a limited edition set of 6 replica Formula One cars available for only 6 weeks. You can purchase them from any Coles Shell Petrol Station for $6 with a $40 purchase of V-Power fuel or $8 without. Starting from Monday 18th March until the 8th May you can get a different car each week. And I do believe that some of them have become collectors items in Europe as they became difficult to come by. So head to Shell for your first replica lego car….or alternately leave a comment below on my blog and you can win a whole set! And I have 2 sets to give away.
To win, just leave a comment below telling me anything at all about your experience with lego…are those in your family a ‘strictly by the instruction’s type, or a ‘make a creation of their own’ type? Do they destroy straight away or leave on display? Or what about Formula 1 racing? Is it something your family enjoys?
Here’s a few pics of what you could win, and some proof of my kids enjoying the construction! And on completion we also discovered they have little propulsion thingys that make them go fast, hence we have had lots of races of our own!
So remember to leave a comment for a chance to win the lego and car lovers in your house a full set of replica cars.
Competition open to Australian residents only and closes 5pm aest, Tuesday 26th March, 2013.
Hosted by Three Lil Princesses