Friday, April 13, 2012

Visiting a LEGO Store

I know, I know...Fridays are supposed to be building challenge days, but life has gotten a little hectic. I'm managing to find time for a quick post, though, so that should count for something!

Last week the LEGOFamily and I went to visit our nearest LEGO store, which means visiting a foreign country.  The closest store is just outside of Toronto, so we made the trip up there.  (A new LEGO store will be opening at the end of the month in upstate NY...YAY!)

It's very cool to see all the sets and displays that the LEGO store has, and they usually have a small clearance section.  But for us, the big draw is the Pick-a-Brick wall.  For one price you get to jam as many pieces into a plastic cup as you can.  The supply of pieces is limited, but it's still a lot of fun.  I should mention that we are casual Pick-a-Brickers.  I've read accounts of people taking the time to stick pieces together to minimize the empty space in the cup.  We do try to fill up the cup completely, but we don't take any extraordinary measures in doing so.

LEGOGirl, being a LEGOBaby, thought it was great fun to reach into the bins of pieces and pull out pieces to walk around with.  Thus we ended up taking home some pieces we really didn't need more of.  If you haven't ever experienced the joy of Pick-a-Brick, I'd encourage you to do so.

We also enjoy the Build-a-Mini kiosk.  There you can build any minifig you want from the available pieces.  This time there were parts from some of the recent collectible minifig series.  It's fun to be able to take home some specially designed little people.

One of the cutest moments we had in the store was when LEGOGirl found the keychains.  There were many cast-offs at the bottom of the display, and she had the best time hanging them back up on the hooks.  Of course, she didn't care about putting Kai back with all the other Kai's, and LEGOMom couldn't let that slide.  And then LEGOGirl decided to start taking them all down again, and then it was time to be picked up by Mom.  :)

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