Posts Tagged ‘California’

Costa Mesa, CA LEGO Store Building Event

April 20, 2012

If you are in the Orange County area this weekend, there will be a Ninjago building event at the South Coast Plaza LEGO Store in Costa Mesa, CA.

The LEGOยฎ Store
South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, CA, USA

3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 668-9017

Store Hours:
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm

LEGO Store One Year Anniversary Celebration!
Celebrate the one year anniversary of the LEGO Store at South Coast Plaza and help build a large scale Ninja out of LEGO bricks! Plus, show your creativity by helping build a giant, free-form LEGO display! You’ll receive a free LEGO Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last!

April 21 – 22
Carousel Court

Saturday, April 21: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, April 22: 11 am – 6 pm

During the event, visit the LEGO Store during the event for special offers that weekend only!

LUGOLA, the LA LEGO group will be helping out with the build. I would be up there too, but I can’t make it this weekend.

As you can probably guess, I’ve been pretty busy recently. Which is why I haven’t been posting much lately. And that’s also why I won’t be at the building event. One of my commissions is taking me to Florida this Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜€

I still don’t know if I will be able to post about this commission, I have to get permission from my clients, but as I will be heading down to the Sunshine State I plan on visiting both LEGOLAND Florida and the LEGO Imagination Center Store at Downtown Disney.

I have some pretty interesting commissions right now and I should be able to share some of them with you a little later so stay tuned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Series 7 — They’re Here!

April 15, 2012

They're here!

And once again the search begins! Series 7 of the Collectible Minifigures has started appearing in stores. Although the LEGO Store Catalog claims they will be available in May, they are already showing up in Toys R Us, Fred Meyer, and other retailers around the US.

Series 7 complete

I know there are confirmed reports in Portland, Oregon and Bakersfield, CA. But of course, at Toys R Us they are over priced and if one is patient, they will show up at the LEGO stores very soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I certainly am excited about practically the entire line! And I am seriously tempted to get a whole box of this one.

Sadly I don’t have any of Series 7 yet, but I assure you I will.

Why oh why LEGO do you keep producing such awesome stuff! My wallet groans a little every time another cool set comes out — but that’s not to say I won’t stop buying. ๐Ÿ˜€

Costa Mesa LEGO Store Grand Opening

March 11, 2011

Well, the LEGO Store in Costa Mesa, California officially opened today at 10 am. Along with the excitement of the store finally being opened there was the 8 foot tall Yoda Building Event. ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s a look at the new store:


And here’s where we set up to do the giant Yoda build:
This was of course before all the crowds and people got there. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another special model that was on hand for the opening, a newly designed Boba Fett model:

Once the building got started at 11 am, every one was excited and ready to start building. You can see Master Model Builder Dan Steininger talking to the kids

We couldn’t let Dan have all the fun so we got into the spirit of building. Here is Hao with his 2×4 tan brick version of a AT-AT

Also Ace of built a whole fleet of Star Wars ships in brown:
P1250437 (You can see him in the background looking a little tired ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

As we started to get giant bricks (4x the size of normal 2×4 bricks) from the kids Dan started to build the giant Yoda. The 2 foot tall version is used as a guide to create the 8 foot tall one.

By the end of the day we had made a good bit of progress.

One of the other cool things was that Dan gave several LEGO sets away during the day, and naturally when there is free LEGO involved the crowds gather ๐Ÿ˜€

Tomorrow and Sunday will be even more crazy but I look forward to being there even if I am super tired (I was there for about 11 hours today helping out). I will be sure to take more pictures to document this weekend. Now I’ve got to go to bed as it will be another very long day tomorrow. Night all!

LEGOLAND California’s Waterpark

June 9, 2010


The world’s first LEGOLAND waterpark opened up last Thursday to the public. Being as my friend Bill Vollbrecht designed it, I wanted to see how the real thing compared to the concept model.

Now don’t let the gray sky fool you, here in Southern California we have what is called “June Gloom” all along the San Diego coast. The temperature was actually pleasant for the most part, although just a tad chilly with the ocean breezes. ๐Ÿ˜‰


The kids I saw in the water looked like they were having fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

It does look like they aren’t completely finished with everything yet. Some of the giant gears on the main tower were still laying on the ground and the main waterfall wasn’t working yet.


The build-a-raft inter tubes were not yet available, although a park employee told me that they do have 20 that they just got in and will get more later on.

There are 4 large waterslides, 3 mini waterslides, a lazy river, and even a mini lazy river for the kids.
As my interest naturally turned to the LEGO models on display, I had to check them out. I really like the Duplo figures. There were also some giant 6 feet tall LEGO Minifigures

Its an up-charge of $10, which if you are already paying $244 (general park entrance) for a family of four I guess it’s not too bad for the $40 extra. That is one of the downsides, you can’t visit only the waterpark. Unlike Sealife, which has a separate entrance, the waterpark is inside LEGOLAND. For kids this is a nice addition and another excuse to get wet. There are two other, smaller water play areas in LEGOLAND — Pirate Shores and Duplo Playtown — that are completely free.

My general impression is that its small but cute. I might check out the slides when the weather is warmer, but most likely not until the summer crowds are gone. It wasn’t very busy when I visited, but with only 4 large slides I can see long lines and lots of wet, cranky children on the busiest days.

It is a nice expansion of the LEGOLAND resort, and I definitely can see that it will be popular. I just don’t like how expensive theme parks in general are getting. ๐Ÿ˜

Banning Art Hop 2010 Recap

May 3, 2010


The Banning Art Hop turned out to be a great event! ๐Ÿ™‚ Kids loved all the LEGO I brought for them do play with (thanks Matt Armstrong for letting me borrow his bricks). I also brought several LEGO models to display:



And in case you are wondering, yes that is a 5 foot long Golden Gate Bridge behind the Garbage Truck. It was originally designed for an event that didn’t end up happening. I’ve been holding on to the prototype for months and haven’t gotten around to build it till now (with some help from Kevin Rooten). The model isn’t completely finished, it is still missing the smaller cables that connect the bridge to the main cable. I was planning on making this for Bricks by the Bay, but with the Scripps Hospital project, I didn’t have time.

I want to thank the Banning Cultural Alliance and Waste Management for inviting me up to the Art Hop 2010 event and all the kids and LEGO fans that came to see me. I also have to thank my friend Kara Hildreth for coming up with me and helping with the event.

Bricks by the Bay — A LEGO Convention

March 10, 2010

In just about a month Northern California will have its first LEGO Convention — Bricks by the Bay. It will be held April 9th – 11th and will be located at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley in Fremont, CA (very close to San Francisco). The public hours are from 10am-4pm on Sunday, April 11.

I was on the fence attending this at first. I wanted to go, but even though it sounded fun and its relatively close (roughly an 8 hr drive) I was afraid it conflicted with my schedule. But now, thanks to a friend, it looks like I’ll be going. ๐Ÿ™‚

There is still time to register. The cost is $50 ($85 for deluxe) for a full attendee which includes exclusive perks like attending panels, taking part in activities and games, displaying your creations, and chance to go to the “ding and dent” sale at the LEGO Store.

If you’ve never been to a “ding and dent” sale you don’t know what you are missing. A couple of years ago when I went to BrickCon 08, I managed to get a Taj Mahal for 40% off! Sets range from 30-50%. Yes the boxes are dented, but the sets themselves are perfectly fine. There will also be discounts throughout the LEGO store for the entire weekend.

LEGO conventions are a lot of fun. Think a LUG (LEGO users group) but much bigger. It is an opportunity to meet many of your long distance LEGO friends that you may only know online and to share your creations with a much larger crowd.

For those of you who are going, I look forward to seeing you! ๐Ÿ˜€

Christmas Comes to LEGOLAND

November 24, 2008

Christmas Tree

While visiting LEGOLAND California today I was able to see the newly redecorated Christmas tree. They have added more lights and Christmas ornaments in classic red, yellow and blue. Although not all of the decorations are in place for the annual Holiday Block Party, they will be soon.

Not only that, but on December 1st at 5:30 pm, they are having their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with a surprise celebrity guest and honoring the late great founder of Wendy’s Dave Thomas and his Foundation. It looks to be a bit better this year than past years, because they have added strings of lights to the entire tree. There are over 245,000 Duplo bricks in this,one of the world’s largest LEGO Christmas trees.

The Holiday Block Party officially rolls out December 20th through December 31st. The entire park gets dressed up, with special scenes in Miniland and special Holiday themed models through out the park including a life-size Santa. Check it out, and Happy Holidays!