LEGO at an Indie Toy Store

by admin on September 25, 2014

I think independent toy stores get so overlooked in the landscape now defined by big box stores. It is impressive to see the setup at this small toy store, including a little holdover from the LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest line:

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LEGO at Target, September 2014

by admin on September 25, 2014

I stopped by my local Target a couple weeks back, and had a look at their pre-holiday setup:

LEGO at Target

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LEGO Polybag Bonuses

by admin on September 25, 2014

LEGO Polybags

Thanks to the good folks over at the Brickset.com forums, I was made aware of this nice bonus that LEGO offered when you purchase a VW T1 Camper Van earlier in September. LEGO was running one or two promotions already for the Chima polybag pictured above, plus the Classic Spaceman box, but ended up also offering a free mini Camper Van polybag in the mix! All three polybags were included when you bought the larger Camper Van for regular price of $120.

It turns out, the mini Camper Van polybag is worth quite a bit all by itself. Anyhow, even though I am in the middle of already building a Camper Van I purchased two months back, I couldn’t pass up all these great bonuses. For some reason, LEGO sent out the polybags separately from the larger set – as the photo above illustrates.

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LEGO Store, Summer 2014

by admin on August 16, 2014

Stopped by the LEGO Store today, I am still pretty amazed at how many nice sets they have for sale at once! Tower Bridge is still around, as is Arkham Asylum, and then there is the new Mini Cooper, and The Tumblr comes out in a couple weeks. I have been buying sets again, but just stuff I want to build and display: the Ghostbusters car, VW Bus, and I just ordered the Exo Suit in a the brief moment it was available for sale on Amazon. Anyhow, onto the photos:

LEGO Store

LEGO Store

LEGO Store

LEGO Store

LEGO Store

LEGO Store

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LEGO Store

LEGO Store

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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:
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Technic:
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More City, with a real city in the background:
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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:
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Another angle of the LEGO section:
LEGO at FAO Schwarz

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

Creator:
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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:
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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:
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The double-wide LEGO section:
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Looking at it from another angle:
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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:
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Huge Star Wars LEGO display:
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More Star Wars:
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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings:
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and LOTS of Galaxy Squad still left:
LEGO at Toys R Us

Technic endcap:
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Batman watches:
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Friends:
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Castle and Creator:
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City:
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More City:
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LEGO Movie:
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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:
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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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