This week, I am working on building the LEGO Medieval Market Village. At first, I was a little underwhelmed because the baseplates were small, it reminded me of a Harry Potter castle. But wow does this set come together really nicely. It really clicked with me halfway through the first building when I closed it so it truly looked like a building. Loved it. There is so much detail here, I can see why everyone calls this set an absolute classic:
I wanted to share some shots of LEGO products that I normally don’t pay attention to. I was surprised that many of these items even existed. First up is LEGO Minifigure Speech Bubbles. I can’t believe these even exist!
Next, is LEGO Stop Animation Software, with video camera and two minifigs. Again, I was surprised at this one:
I’ve seen this before online, but had never noticed it in person, “The Original LEGO Brick” retro set #5549. It wasn’t with the regular sets, but by the Duplo stuff:
I honestly don’t even know what this is – some kind of Duplo product that seems to have no relation to bricks of any type:
A cute little idea here, a LEGO Creationary game. Again, I had never heard of this – where you seem to have to build items that are on the cards. This is the Toys & Sports Booster Pack:
I found the next two at my local foodstore, and don’t recall seeing them in the regular Ninjago section before. They are “articulated figures with clip-on battle sound bases.” It looks just like another way to market keychains to me. For some reason, I felt like these might actually be even a little larger than regular minifigs, but I’m not sure:
All in all, cool to see these other products LEGO came up with.
My collection of LEGO Crusaders is coming together. A preview of about half the army:
The sales & deals forum at Toys n Bricks alerted me to a great price on the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon, so I picked up (another) one:
The deal involved buying online with a coupon, and then choosing to pick up in the store. When the employee went to get mine, I noticed four others in there waiting to be picked up by others!
I lucked into a deal on an army of class LEGO castle Crusaders minifigs. I have been cleaning them up, so I thought I would give you a preview of the lot. Castle has always been my favorite theme, though I am just learning that this torso design signified “Crusaders” as opposed to “classic castle” or “black falcons.”
I have a pretty big stash of castle minifigs packed away that I will have to dig out. But for now, I present about 50 minifigs being dried after a light clean up:
About 50 minifigs and accessories:
Just arrived in the mail, the LEGO Imperial Shuttle 10212. I have to say, the box is thinner than I expected for a set of this price – $260! Looking forward to the build.
I stopped by the LEGO Store in Rockefeller Center to check out some of the latest sets. The store from the outside:
Double VIP points in October:
The LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van set 10220. Really impressive, much larger than I expected for some reason. Definitely planning on picking this up:
The LEGO Winter Village Post Office on display, with Rockefeller Center in the background. A nice looking set, nothing unexpected, but a great addition to the line:
I am very impressed that LEGO is keeping three sets from the winter village series on the shelves:
The box to Winter Village Post Office set 10222. Looking at it now, I’m surprised it doesn’t say the set name on the front.
The VW Camper box. I think they only had two on the shelves, even though the display is front and center when you walk into the store:
The new Life of George iPhone app set:
I loved seeing this, a family picking out the LEGO Death Star, and it taking two of them to carry it across the store to the register. It was the last set on the shelf, and the box was a little rough. You can see the hole on the shelf in the back left of the shot:
On the pick-a-brick wall, for some reason, these caught my eye:
A LEGO Store employee refilling the pick-a-brick wall. Magic in those little boxes.
Three series of collectible minifigs on display:
I had never paid much attention to the selection in the build-a-minifig displays. Some torsos:
And… more torsos:
An appearance of the Super Star Destroyer, plus THREE other $250+ LEGO Star Wars sets:
They still had tons of Maersk container ships in stock (here and high on the shelves:
City magnet sets are already on sale:
I stopped by LEGO section at FAO Schwarz in New York City to see their Fall selection. Nothing too unusual, but always nice to see how they display their LEGO. For such a large display area, they have a surprisingly limited number of sets. Yes, the shelves are full, but you see the same set repeated again and again. The LEGO section is also the hardest to get to, all the way in the back corner of the second floor. It is next to the famed piano featured in the movie Big, and next to the Playmobil toys. The overall display is custom made for LEGO, but to me, doesn’t fully evoke LEGO, as much as some kind of gears of a machine. A few exclusive sets not seen at regular Toy Stores, such as UCS Imperial Shuttle, and Tower Bridge. The one surprise was a nice selection of LEGO Books. Onto the images:
A quick trip to Wal-Mart to see what was in the LEGO aisle. Always a strange selection:
Target has a much larger assortment than Wal-Mart. I was shocked to see the Star Wars advent calendar in stock
Nice to see they had the Creator light house here:
I had a few minutes to pop into the Toys R Us in Times Square, and grabbed a couple dozen shots of the LEGO section. The store is right in the middle of Times Square:
The LEGO section is on the second floor, and has very large LEGO buildings of famous New York landmarks:
It’s one of the few Toys R Us locations that has some of the hard to find items. But… because the rent is so high in Times Square, there is a significant mark up on most LEGO sets here. So, even with a sale it really isn’t worth it to buy from this store. They had one Imperial Shuttle with a crushed box in the corner:
And a bunch of Tower Bridges:
The Technic section:
A life size LEGO statue of Jack Sparrow:
Plenty of Collectible Minifigs series 5, plus the holiday promos:
Pirates of the Caribbean:
No idea which building this is:
The Hearst Building:
Statue of Liberty:
Empire State Building with King Kong:
Some “other” Ninjago stuff: