Posts Tagged ‘Grand Opening’

Two weekends — Two LEGO Store Openings

October 18, 2011

Fresh off the plane from BrickCon — and yes, I know I still haven’t covered it yet (I’m getting there eventually ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) — I went to not one, but two LEGO Store Grand Openings. This may be one of the first times that two LEGO stores have opened so relatively close, geographically speaking, to each other.

I can hear the complaints now, and I’m sorry that California has so many LEGO stores when you might not have any. It’s not like its my idea. For me I’m very grateful that I have so much access to LEGO, it certainly helps my business. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, back to the Grand Openings. Two weekends ago the Mission Viejo store opened. Located in Orange County California, its a bit of a drive from my house, but as its very close to several of my LUGOLA friends, I’m up there all the time anyways.

Here’s what the new Mission Viejo Store looks like
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I didn’t manage to get a picture of the interior of San Diego, but here’s a shot of the outside. It looks like it might be even bigger than the Mission Viejo one, but I’m not sure.
P1310529I really like the giant minifigs on the side ๐Ÿ™‚

The main reason I am combining the two grand openings is that they both had the same building event — Giant LEGO Spongebob.

Here’s the 2 foot version
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And here’s what he looks like at 8ft with Master Model Builder Steve Gerling standing by
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The builds were the same, but they were also completely different. Mission Viejo is an indoor mall, so it was nicely climate controlled and better lit at night. The San Diego Fashion Vally mall is outdoor, so even with umbrellas, and the fact that its October, the mid-day sun was not fun to work in!

The set up was slightly different too as you can see:

Mission Viejo
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San Diego
P1310509 I am really surprised that hardly any LEGO fell in the water fountain that we were using as our backdrop. ๐Ÿ˜€

I helped construct a good deal of the San Diego one, in fact I started the build, and was on my knees a lot that first day putting all the bricks into place. By Sunday I couldn’t really help much as even with a ladder Spongebob was a little too tall for me. Somehow with both builds I got drafted to build the feet. That may not sound like a lot, but you haven’t seen the picture yet:
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That’s me holding the small feet while the big ones are on the table. Fellow SandLUG member Michael Todd, dressed as LEGO’s original mascot, jumped in the picture too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Not only was Spongebob built, there were quite a few original creations too like this great giraffe
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Some of San Diego’s finest, members of our local marines, came to help out too.
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I also snapped this awesome Mario and Goomba created by Austin Scott at the San Diego LEGO Store
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In addition to all the Spongebob fun, there are the Grand Opening exclusives that everyone always wants to see so here they are —

Mission Viejo Minifigs
Mission Viejo Store Minifigs
Sadly no exclusive torsos in this one, but it does have the exclusive container and the printing on the backs

Mision Viejo Shirt
Mission Viejo Store T-Shirt

San Diego Minifigs
San Diego Store Minifigs
There is one exclusive torso — “I Love LEGOLAND” — and all have exclusive printing on back

San Diego Shirt
San Diego Store T-Shirt

They were great events to help participate in and both stores have an awesome staff!!!

I look forward to finally being able to go to some of the LEGO store events now that the San Diego one is open and I know I’ll be spending a lot of time at both stores. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fashion Valley LEGO Store Opening

October 14, 2011

The Fashion Valley LEGO Store Grand Opening is this weekend in San Diego. For all of you who are locals like me I’d encourage you to come on down and participate. For those of you who don’t live in the area, I’ll be covering both the Fashion Valley and Mission Viejo store openings after this weekend is over as they have the same building event — SpongeBob Squarepants.

Join in the weekend-long grand opening celebrations and LEGO Master Builder Event! Help a LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO model and get a free certificate of achievement for participating! Plus, when you make a qualifying purchase at the new LEGO Store, you could receive an exclusive LEGO minifigure set and a collectible, limited-edition LEGO t-shirt!

That’s right, not only am I going to this Grand Opening, I was at the one in Mission Viejo last weekend. Helping out at these events is fun, but can make you very tired! But its all in good fun and I love being a part of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

To give you an idea of scale, this is the little and big versions of Spongebob’s foot
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I built both feet in about a day.

If you want to see pictures of the Mission Viejo opening before I talk about it here, you can see them on my Flickr set.

WQYK Guitar

October 11, 2011

Okay, I know I’ve been off the internet airwaves for a while. I have lots to talk about — BrickCon, LCP Dan Parker’s studio, and the Mission Viejo LEGO store Grand Opening for starters. I’ve just been so busy doing LEGO events that I haven’t had time to write about them. Now that I have a lull in the tide of events I can get back to blogging. But, as I haven’t yet written about all those things I’ll give you a MOC to look at in the interim.

WQYK Guitar - 01

Radio station WQYK held a contest for their listeners — build their name into a LEGO creation for a family 4 pack of LEGOLAND Florida tickets. Naturally Tyler Clites aka Legohaulic would create something spectacular and he was declared the winner! ๐Ÿ™‚

The contest simply asked you to build “WQYK” into a Lego creation. I chose to incorporate it into the station’s iconic Guitar. I threw this together in about two days and was informed to day that I won the contest.

Not a bad recreation of their guitar and I love the 3D effects of the logo and the palm trees being raised up. A well deserved win, congrats Tyler! 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™‚

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Here’s a look at the new store:

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And here’s where we set up to do the giant Yoda build:
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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:
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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
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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
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Also Ace of FBTB.com 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.
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By the end of the day we had made a good bit of progress.
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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˜€
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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!

Building Display Sets

March 1, 2011

I mentioned earlier about the Brand Ribbon Models for the LEGO Store that my LUG (LEGO User Group) was asked to build for the new Costa Mesa LEGO Store. Well imagine my surprise when I got three huge boxes last week that was filled with LEGO sets!

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Man, when I got all these models it was like Christmas! 66 sets were sent to my house and at first I didn’t know why they had sent them to me, but then a quick conversation with the new LEGO store manager I found out that they were all the sets on display. And it wasn’t just small sets — Ultimate Collector Imperial Shuttle, Harry Potter Diagon Alley, and the Tower Bridge were also included.

So there was nothing to do but gather some of my fellow LUG members and have another building party! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Some models took only minutes to build (Hero Factory) while others took hours. We all had a fun time and the chance to build a whole bunch of LEGO sets was just plain cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll be setting all of these models up at the store this Sunday and then next weekend is the Grand Opening!

LEGO Store Grand Opening Event:
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
March 11 – 13
Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO Yoda during our 3-day Grand Opening Celebration weekend! You’ll get a free LEGO Star Wars Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last! Plus, visit the LEGO Store during the event to enter for a chance to win a $50 LEGO Store Gift Card! No purhcase necessary to enter.

I’ll be there all weekend and I plan on covering the weekend here for all of you who can’t make it. But for those of you who can, I look forward to seeing you there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Building LEGO Store Models

February 7, 2011

First off, I apologize for my long absence from posting on this blog. I was a tad too busy this weekend to get around to posting anything.

This weekend and several of my fellow LEGO club members got together and built all day and all night long! What were we building you might ask? The post title might give you a clue. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, did you know that when a new LEGO store opens in your area they ask the local LEGO club to build the display models? Those are the models that line the shelves — the Miniland scenes, ducks, fish, etc. Although I don’t know how many there are in total, Costa Mesa, California’s newest LEGO Store will be getting quite a few!

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As you can see from the picture, this is what the LEGO models look like when they are in the boxes. ๐Ÿ˜€

The models vary in complexity from Miniland scale Circus performers
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to large rats with cheese ๐Ÿ™‚
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P1250216 Tim works on building a golf scene

P1250208 Karen built a fast food tray while Skylar made a pair of bunnies.

P1250206 And here’s what I worked on with Tiffeny, the Miniland scale LEGO Store.

There were about eight of us that worked from 10 am till about 10:30 pm at night. We all worked on several models, some more complex than others. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of all the models when they were finished (it had been a rather long day), but as they will be on display at the new Costa Mesa Store I’ll take pictures of them eventually. If you are in the area, the Grand Opening will be next month:

LEGO Store Grand Opening Event:
South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, CA
March 11 – 13
Come visit our new LEGO store in the South Coast Plaza. This grand opening event will feature a Master Model Build of Yoda!

I plan on being there so maybe I’ll see you. ๐Ÿ™‚

New LEGO NY Store takes a bite out of the Big Apple

July 1, 2010

New York’s Rockefeller Center will never be the same now that a LEGO store has moved in. For the past three days there has been a Building Event extravaganza as 4 Master Model Builders have been constructing a massive LEGO apple to culminate the opening of the new LEGO store.

I couldn’t be there in person (as it is across the country from me) but my friend Scott Lyttle was kind enough to take lots of pictures and allow me to share them with all of you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here you can see the giant apple as it is half way done. It was just completed this morning and is an awesome sight.

above photo taken by Master Model Builder Erik Varszegi

Unlike regular LEGO stores, the Rockefeller LEGO Flagship store is similar to the Downtown Disney Stores or the Mall of America store because it has theme specific models to the area.

One of the interesting is a smaller version of the LEGO logo made completely out of minifigs — there is a much larger version in Denmark

There is a massive pick-a-brick wall, although anything about adult height is just for show. ๐Ÿ˜‰

They even made a minifig scale Rockefeller Center so that all of the minifigs could shop too.

This mural is similar to the actual Rockefeller one.

If you want to see more, you’ll just have to go to New York. ๐Ÿ˜€

I just found out that the Big LEGO Apple will be on display until Tuesday of next week (I heard it from a very reliable source). So if you are in the area, check it and the store out for yourself.