LEGO at FAO Schwarz, Spring 2014

by admin on April 9, 2014

For a number of years now, the FAO Shwarz entrance has been eclipsed by Apple’s now iconic glass cube. The FAO entrance is in the far right of the building, just behind the glass cube in the photo:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

They have a “guard” stationed outside, a toy soldier. This guy is a real character:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

The huge entrance, filled with their stuffed animal display:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

The LEGO section is in the far back corner of the 2nd floor. For some reason, it is custom designed with a factory theme:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

There were lots of themed displays under acrylic, this one from Legends of Chima::
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

And a few lifesize LEGO statues. The toy soldier on the left, and Clone Trooper (captain Rex?) on the right:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

These are new, from the LEGO Movie:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Really nicely done:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

A very cool Star Wars Hoth MOC:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

The other side:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Still plenty of Monster Fighters in stock:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

I hadn’t seen this Chima 2 in 1 pack before:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

The BIG Star Wars sets. The prices at FAO are MUCH higher than you would find elsewhere. The Death Star costs $600 here, whereas you can find it for $400 outside of the city. When I was in the aisle, someone picked it up to consider buying it. That DID NOT happen with the B-Wing, or SSD:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Star Wars section:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Ninjago:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Super Heroes:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO Movie:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Plenty of Galaxy Squad still in stock:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

More Super Heroes:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

A lifesized Batman:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Some Exclusive sets:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Lone Ranger, Castle, and TMNT:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Friends display:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

More TMNT:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

A closeup of Batman:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

The Hobbit, LOTR, Castle, and Kingdoms:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

A neat minifig on display – he was about 1.5 feet tall:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Statue of Liberty:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Modulars, and that Death Star the person had picked up in the other aisle. I guess they didn’t feel like lugging it around the city, OR parting with $600:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Friends:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Back to the Future and Creator:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

City:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Technic:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

More City, with a real city in the background:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

More City:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

The City display:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO at FAO Schwarz

A look at the overall LEGO section:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Hero Factory and Bionicle:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Another angle of the LEGO section:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

I hadn’t seen this LEGO set before:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

Creator:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO at FAO Schwarz

LEGO at FAO Schwarz

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LEGO Store Rockefeller Center, Spring 2014

by admin on April 3, 2014

Well, the skating rink is still active in Rockefeller Center, despite 60+ degree weather. And of course, LEGO still occupies a prime retail spot in the center of it all:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

It’s a pretty impressive space:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Star Wars:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Death Star, still in stock:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

LEGO Rockefeller Center
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Super Heroes
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

LOTR, The Hobbit, and Chima
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Some small speciality sets:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Simpsons house with Rockefeller Center in the background:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Lots of modulars:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

TMNT and Ninjago:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

A funny error on their interactive box screen:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Crowds crowds crowds:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Interesting train track box:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

I totally forgot that Joust hadn’t retired yet. You can also see the AFOL checking out the new Maersk Container Ship:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

City:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Technic:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Master Builder:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Olive cheese slopes:
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

Pink!
LEGO Store Rockefeller Center

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LEGO at Toys R Us, Spring 2014

by admin on March 29, 2014

I have to say, it is unbelievable how big the displays for LEGO have gotten at Toys R Us. That said, I’m not upset about it! When you first walk in to the store:

LEGO at Toys R Us

Looking down the first main aisle:
LEGO at Toys R Us

The double-wide LEGO section:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Looking at it from another angle:
LEGO at Toys R Us

The giant LEGO Movie display in the front of the store:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Tower of Orthanc, and some Chima on sale:
LEGO at Toys R Us

These rocking horses somehow seemed out of place, and out of season:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Super Heroes and Star Wars. Still plenty of Dynamic Duo Funhouse Escapes in stock:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Technic and Ninjago, with some Monster Fighters mixed in:
LEGO at Toys R Us

More Super Heroes:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Huge Star Wars LEGO display:
LEGO at Toys R Us

More Star Wars:
LEGO at Toys R Us

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and LOTS of Galaxy Squad still left:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Technic endcap:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Batman watches:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Friends:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Castle and Creator:
LEGO at Toys R Us

City:
LEGO at Toys R Us

More City:
LEGO at Toys R Us

LEGO Movie:
LEGO at Toys R Us

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More LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

by admin on March 24, 2014

More Super Hero minifigs arrived in the mail today: Bane, Poison Ivy, Lex Luthor Battle Armor and Clark Kent. It’s fun collecting this, and especially the idea that I can collect without taking up as much space with entire sets. These will go right into my modular building display:

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

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2014 LEGO Sets FINALLY Arriving at Target

by admin on March 21, 2014

It sure took awhile, but 2014 sets have finally begun showing up at Target. Although, a lot of shelves were pretty empty:
LEGO at Target

Literally ZERO LEGO Movie sets on the shelves, all sold out:
LEGO at Target

Creator & Castle:
LEGO at Target

One TMNT set:
LEGO at Target

City:
LEGO at Target

And more City.
LEGO at Target

Evidently, Mixels must be popular:
LEGO at Target

Chima still has an enormous display:
LEGO at Target

A new “Gift Guide” catalog front and center:
LEGO at Target

Ninjago:
LEGO at Target

Some Super Heroes sets:
LEGO at Target

Lots of empty spaces in the Super Heroes section:
LEGO at Target

New Star Wars battle packs:
LEGO at Target

More new Star Wars sets, along with some older sets:
LEGO at Target

More Star Wars:
LEGO at Target

More Star Wars:
LEGO at Target

And finally, Friends and Disney Princess:
LEGO at Target

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Collecting LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

by admin on March 20, 2014

So I have been adding some LEGO Super Hero minifigs to my collection. Here are some of the new arrivals:

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

LEGO Super Hero Minifigs

And yes, I am opening the polybags. Also, I’ll likely get rid of the bricks from the sets, and just keep the characters. More are on their way!

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Adding to the LEGO Collection

by admin on March 15, 2014

LEGO Super Heroes
Now that I have clear parameters as to what LEGO I can collect – and DISPLAY – I have started buying LEGO again. For the most part, this now involves purchasing Super Heroes minifigures. I really like how well they fit with the modular buildings – a nice way to have a cool looking street with a bit of fun mixed in.

As I go back and re-collect some Super Heroes minifigures that I sold last year when I unloaded all of my sets, I am quickly realizing that a similar thing is happening with Super Heroes as happened to Star Wars: new versions of characters coming out again and again.

For instance, I went to buy Funhouse Escape so I could get Robin, Riddler, and Joker all in one purchase. But then I saw that all three have new versions out this year.

For me, this is a bonus – it means I can get the minifigs more easily, and for less money. But for the “collectors,” see this as something that tends to remove the long-term value or demand for older minifigures. I see this most in the Star Wars universe, where LEGO keeps releasing amazing updates to characters such as clones, with lots of printing and new designs. It doesn’t necessarily make older versions LESS valuable, but it certainly decreases demand. Also: I still have a bag of Stormtroopers somewhere, and now I see that the new versions all have leg printing.

Anyhow – happy to be actively collecting again. I picked up Iron Patriot and Catwoman today, and as you can see, I added Martian Manhunter to the collection.

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Collecting vs Hoarding LEGO

by admin on March 9, 2014

In the past year, I’ve talked about how I have gotten rid of most of my LEGO. Today I want to discuss the distinction between collecting, and HOARDING, LEGO. I tend to follow a few online LEGO message boards, such as the good folks over at Brickset Forum. One of the nice benefits of being active here is that you are notified immediately of discounts and sales on LEGO. What can easily happen in this process is that you find deals too hard to pass up. For instance: a set that is about to retire for 50% off, or a favorite set at an incredible discount.

With LEGO producing hundreds of sets each year – many of them very impressive – it is hard to put limits on a collection. And that really is what I feel defines a “collection” from just “hoarding” – LIMITS.

As I bought more and more LEGO in the past few years, I found it stressful to figure out how to store it all, dust it, and often felt overwhelmed with decisions to either pass up amazing deals, or somehow try to justify buying FOUR LEGO Death Stars because I found such a great deal.

Now that the bulk of my LEGO is gone, I have begun collecting again. For now, this is the limits of my collection:

  1. Modular buildings
  2. Super Hero minifigs

These two categories should comprise 70-80% of the LEGO I own, if not more. Clearly, there will be some exceptions, but the goal is to keep them very small. Things such as:

  • Small sets such as Back to the Future or Ghostbusters
  • Minifigs I really like and just want to pick up for fun, such as Star Wars or Simpsons. Not huge collections, just select figures
  • Classic sets I love, and already own. For instance, I have a built Emerald Night that I really like, plus a box of vintage castle sets with their boxes. Sure, I may get rid of them, but I may also try to find a way to display them.

Which brings me to the other thing that should define a COLLECTION from a HOARD: display. I want to be able to display all LEGO I own. If I have to shove it into the attic, then what good is owning that LEGO doing for me? For instance, I own all of the last series of Harry Potter sets still sealed in the boxes. I love that line, and really like owning them. But… they are in a storage box where I can’t see them. And I don’t have room to display them. So what good is owning them? So I’ll likely get rid of them.

Here is a video where one toy collector talks about the distinction of collecting vs hoarding:

Thanks.

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2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

by admin on March 8, 2014

This is my first trip to the LEGO Store in 2014, and certainly the first after the release of the LEGO Movie. As expected, the store was packed with customers, and tons of great new sets:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

The Simpsons welcome me. Cute set:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

The Ewok Village looks amazing. I love the colors and the level of detail. This will be a difficult set for me to pass up:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

I was never a fan of this train, but now with so many other amazing sets next to it, it just seems out of place.
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

The Maersk Container Ship and the big LEGO Movie ship on the bottom. Oh yeah, and the Parisian Restaurant hidden in the middle!
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Packed store:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Sale items! Not a huge discount, but these are some fun little sets:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

I haven’t followed it closely, but I couldn’t remember if Architecture Studio was some sought after set or not:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Castle:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Huge Aquaman:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Lots of new Super Heroes sets:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

The new Star Wars sets in stock. The battle packs are really nice:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Last year’s Star Wars:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

More new Star Wars sets:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Two amazing sets. Still incredible to see the Death Star still hanging around!
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

More incredible sets:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

And even more. Funny that Grand Emporium still occupies shelves too:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Plenty of Back to the Future sets in stock:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

All three Minecraft sets:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

The $200 Simpson’s set was a toddler height for some reason:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

This Mountain Hut set is really nice:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Soooo glad to see that LEGO didn’t do an early retirement for the Haunted House. An incredible set:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Some nice stuff on the pick-a-brick wall. Purple tiles:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Dark green 1x1s:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Trans blue tiles:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

These are fun little pieces:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Pink tiles:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

LOTR and Hobbit:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Technic and Mindstorms:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

The new Juniors line:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

City:
2014 Sets Arrive at LEGO Store!

Overall – a fun trip!

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I Bought a LEGO Set!

by admin on February 28, 2014

Well, for the first time after getting rid of most of my LEGO, I bought a LEGO set! I have been thinking about the Back to the Future set for awhile, and finally ordered it. I am trying to work within a boundary: only owning sets that I can display on a single shelf. The modular buildings will makeup most of my collection. Other than that, I have recently been wanting to have a small collection of some of the super hero minifigs. Which of course lead to buying two MORE sets in quick succession. It’s an addiction, I tell you!

:)

For the super hero stuff, I plan on:

  1. Buying them new – without obsessing over getting the cheapest price by running around to a million stores. I absolutely love “the hunt” and I love the idea of getting “a deal,” but I find that process to take me off course way too often. For instance: waiting for 70% off at Target, spending $20 in gas to find the sets I want, and then feeling tempted to buy 8 other sets because they were too cheap to pass up.
  2. Open them immediately, take out the minifigs I want, display them within my modular building display.
  3. Sell off the other pieces in a group lot asap, and not worrying about profit.

All of this is being more intentional about crafting my collection, and working within boundaries. To experience LEGO without being overwhelmed by it.

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