Posts Tagged ‘LEGO sets’

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. πŸ™‚


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. πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ )

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 πŸ˜€

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!

An Engaging Set-up

October 6, 2009

When Joe Sparano wanted to ask his girlfriend Kristin Kacerik to marry him he could have just gotten down on one knee. But that’s just not his style. πŸ˜‰

Instead he came up with an elaborate and really clever scheme in the guise of a “spontaneous” picnic celebrating their anniversary on July 18th, 2009.

Here’s Joe in his own words:

We were technically celebrating our dating anniversary, and since we regularly buy LEGO sets for each other, she didn’t suspect a thing. She didn’t know it at the time, but I had actually been planning the picnic (and all of its trappings) for months. It was a complicated scheme, but I couldn’t turn down the perfect opportunity to show her just how much she means to me.

Last September, after looking through a LEGO catalog together, it struck me just how perfectly LEGO represents our shared experience. Not only were we both huge LEGO geeks growing up, but neither of us really stopped (being geeks or growing up). πŸ™‚ Plus, we first met at a toy store (working at Toys R Us).

Over the next 6 months, I secretly assembled three custom LEGO sets. And on July 18th, I wrapped them up and gave them to her as “anniversary” gifts. The sets, the photography, and the boxes were assembled from the ground-up. The basic design was modeled after the 1980’s style, which is the era that she and I (separately) became life-long LEGO fans. All of the bricks were purchased new from Pick-a-Brick and BrickLink, and there were lots of amazing people online that helped me with my planning and research.

She and I decided awhile ago that we wanted the proposal to be a surprise, so I created a LEGO ring and box to stand in for the real thing.

Joe was able to capture the exact moment when Kristin realized that these were not just anniversary gifts. πŸ™‚

The three gifts were opened in succession (#7181 Kristin & Joe, #7182 Our Favorite Things, and #7183 Engagement Picnic). She gasped in surprise as soon as she unwrapped the last set. At that moment, I proposed with the LEGO ring, and she said yes! It’s absolutely wonderful!

Here’s the real Joe and Kristen.

This is one of the best marriage proposal stories I’ve ever heard and the fact that it centers around LEGO makes it extra special in my book. πŸ˜‰ Go check out Joe’s Flickr photostream to see even more pictures. Not to detract from the story itself, but Joe used some pretty clever building in his sets as well. You can see just how he made the Minifig scale ring too.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

I wonder if we’ll be seeing a “Wedding Day” set from Joe in the future. πŸ˜€