I’ve had to dial back my LEGO budget recently, which means that I’ve had to make my purchases count. This last weekend, I made a trip to my local LEGO store on the way to the monthly LUG meeting. With three empty Pick-A-Brick cups in my pack, I set out on my bike to see what treasures I could unearth. Continue reading February Cups
This last weekend, after the monthly PortLUG meeting, I swung by the Lego Store to sate my need for even more new elements. I went all in at the pick-a-brick wall and bought over $40 worth of cups so that I could get my free polybag (and all of those lovely elements)!
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Last summer, the Lego Stores made some adjustments to their Pick-a-Brick walls. Word on the street was that we would be seeing more thematic parts selection, and for a while that seemed to be true. A whole slew of ‘Friends’ themed elements (all those bright colors) started showing up and individual bins were getting signage to indicate that they would complement different themes. Then the wall started to get stagnant. Continue reading Pick-a-Model
This last week I made two trips to my local Lego store. I hadn’t planned it that way, but curiosity about the contents of the pick-a-brick wall took me there once on my own and then we took a family trip to the mall on the weekend. Two trips and two large cups of elements.
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I was in Seattle this last weekend, visiting friends when the siren call hit me. There are two Lego stores nearby, so I hopped some buses and sampled both PaB walls. That makes for a lot of long bus rides and malls, but the treasures that I found!
Continue reading Pick-a-Brick Tour
Last week I felt the siren call of the Lego store, so my son and I took the bus. It actually takes two or three buses to get there, so it takes a good chunk of our day. I’ve had the impending Shiptember on the mind a lot lately, which has been coloring my parts acquisition. Since it had been a couple of weeks since my last visit, I was hoping that something magical would have appeared in the bins.
Continue reading August Cup
Usually, I restrain myself to a single Pick-A-Brick cup a month. The pieces that I’m buying are often speculative, so even one cup is a bit of an indulgence. This month, I’ve been building Arcology modules and finding myself woefully low on basic bricks. It helps too, that the wall has had a lot of great elements in it lately, enough to send me back for more.
Continue reading Two More Cups
Yesterday was hot, so my son and I took a pilgrimage to the Lego store to participate in the monthly model build for kids. I say pilgrimage, since it takes three buses and about an hour and a half to get there from our house, but we’re used to the bus and so the trip can actually be a bit of a fun adventure. As it turned out, all of our connections were quick and the air-conditioned buses were much better than the 98 degree heat outside.
Continue reading July Cup
Last weekend I decided to have a little ‘me’ time and took off for a trip to the local Lego store. It had been a while since I’d updated the store’s entry on wallofbricks.com, and I am ever curious about what treasures the wall might hold for me.
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At the May PortLUG meeting, we drafted the Cinderella’s Carriage set. It was a big draft and I walked away with 64 medium blue curved slopes. When I got home and started trying to use these beautiful new elements, I realized that I didn’t have more than a handful of other medium blue bricks. Sigh. A lesson learned about drafting: when pulling an awesome inspiration piece, make sure to grab useful supporting bricks too. This brings me to last weekend’s trip to the Lego store. I filled a small PaB cup with handfuls of interesting bricks, including a helping of 1×2 medium blue bricks. I grabbed more travis bricks (the ones with studs on all four sides) and few other things that might come in handy. In all, I fit 425 small pieces in my cup, for a price per piece of just over 2 cents. Not a bad haul.