Saturday, March 11, 2017

February 2017: My Pick-a-Brick Wall Experience

Back in October of 2015, I visited my first ever LEGO brand store.  As I am sure most of my readers already know, the LEGO brand stores are known (in part) for their Pick-a-Brick wall.  Basically, a wall full of various LEGO pieces (all sorted) that you can choose from as you fill up a single-price cup.

This past February, I was able to visit my second ever LEGO brand store (this time in Rochester, NY).  Once again, I made a beeline to the Pick-a-Brick wall and I filled up a cup.  As with the last time, I didn't do any "stacking" or other things that would have allowed me to maximize my cup space.  Instead, I simply kept adding pieces until no more would easily fit.

Before I show off what I was able to nab this time around, I should note that last time I ended up with a total of 298 pieces for $16 (or about 5 cents per piece).  That haul had a lot of plant pieces (which I loved...and which were sadly not present at this year's Pick-a-Brick wall).  All that said, let's see how I did this time around!

You'll probably notice somewhat of a theme with the pieces I was able to get this year.  While there were no plant pieces or square 2x2 flat tiles (both of which I wanted), I was able to nab a fair number of useful pieces...and in useful colors as well!  For example, I did quite well getting a lot of new sand green pieces for my collection.

In that batch alone, I managed to grab 95 sand green 1x2 bricks with two studs on the side and 70 sand green 1x1 bricks.  I would have liked to have the option of adding some slightly larger sand green bricks (1x2 and 1x4 would have been especially nice) but I'll take what I can get!

Next, I hit the white brick section pretty hard.

In this case, I grabbed 6 large white panels (this took up a lot of space in the cup but I didn't have many left so I needed them).  I also was able to grab 6 white seats, 17 clear 1x2 bricks, and 30 white grill pieces.  I have no idea how the 2 black cheese slopes also ended up in my cup but I'll take 'em.

Last time, I grabbed quite a few 2x4 bricks - and since it's been two years and I still haven't found a use for a lot of those, I mostly avoided the classic LEGO brick this time around (I couldn't help myself though and did grab 9 of the 2x4 bricks in tan).

There wasn't a big plate selection available either, but I was happy to add 7 of the 4x4 green plates.  I always seem to need those.  I also threw in a handful (14 in total) of the 2x4 tan plates and I grabbed enough pieces to complete 4 turntables.  Finally, I threw in 34 of the white 1x2 bricks (a piece that I am always running out of) and 24 of the white angle pieces with four studs on the side.

As you can see, I managed to pack in a lot of pieces without even trying all that hard - and I'm still not done with the cup!

Finishing off, I grabbed 53 gray bricks with 1 stud on the side, 56 of the green bricks that also have one stud on the side, and 68 sand green 1x2 plates (can you tell I love the sand green color yet)?!  Finally, I snuck in 44 of the white rounded pieces, 26 of the white tooth pieces, and 31 of the white angle/seat pieces.

All told, not a bad haul for $15.99 (plus tax).  In the end, I had a cup with 596 pieces (or about 2.6 cents per piece).  Based strictly on price-per-piece, I did much better this time around (but it should be noted that I didn't get a lot in the way of unique pieces, nor did I get any greenery or fence pieces).
Overall, I was happy with my cup of pieces.  Getting a large number of sand green pieces was the real highlight for me - and hopefully I'll come up with a neat use for that color at some point soon.  I was also happy landing a whole lot of pieces with studs on the side - my collection was woefully lacking in that department prior to the store visit.

I enjoyed my visit to the Rochester store, even if I was only there for about 15 minutes (I had a plane to catch that day)!  I do hope to make it back there sometime soon seeing as how it's the closest official LEGO store to where I live (and thanks to this purchase plus a few other sets I bought, I was even given a LEGO Batman movie poster and a LEGO Batman polybag as "free" gifts).  

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Custom Amusement Park is Taking Shape!

By now, you have probably seen my three reviews for various LEGO Friends Amusement Park related sets.  Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that I am now working on my custom amusement park.  My park isn't done yet (and to be fair, it'll be a mix of official sets and custom builds) - but I can give you a sneak peek.

I hope to have more done on this project soon!