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A LEGO Event In My Store
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Hello, my fellow FOLs. So, I had a very exciting experience a few days ago when I got to host a LEGO event in my store. I thought I would share it with the community.

LEGO has just come out with a new product called LEGO Architecture Studio and the company I work for was the first to carry it. As a result, every store across the nation held an event to introduce the product to teens and adults, and, of course, try to sell some in the process. Well, I didn’t have any luck selling the product, but this was a lot of fun.

I don’t want to throw a lot of build-up on this one, so I’ll just get right to the event.




This was the box of 10,000 LEGO bricks that showed up at our back door. Do you think I was able to contain my enthusiasm when I saw this? Well, actually, I was. I try really hard to maintain an air of professionalism whilst I’m at work. But on the inside, I was jumping up and down, giggling maniacally, and saying, “They’re here! They’re here! They’re here!” and so on.



Then I saw the inside of the box and immediately became stressed at the sight of 10,000 unsorted bricks.



For the event, I had to build something with architecture in mind. As much as I wanted to sit cross-legged in a corner and growl at anyone who came near me as I built a really big starship, I threw together a 15-minute hospital.



Laying the pieces out down the middle of the tables.



The participants were mostly adults, but I did have a few kids show up and they gave us the most interesting builds of them all. This was one of them.



Here is the other.



One of the adults’ builds.



LEGO and coffee. Is there a better combination? Well, there was one adult that wanted to know if we had any brandy to add to his coffee. Maybe there is a better combination after all.



A good group shot. I didn’t get permission to post anyone’s picture on the internet, so I have blurred everyone’s face out. In case you’re wondering, yes, that guy in the middle with the blue shirt, acting like a know-it-all, is lil’ ol’ me. I’m sure that everyone is aware by now that I like to talk. Folks, I got to talk to a group of strangers about LEGO for about an hour and a half. This is me in my element.



One of the kids finishing his building.



Done! Check this thing out. He built it in about a half hour. He said it was a cliffside mansion. I think it looks like some religious building, but who am I?



All of the works together. There’s my little hospital in the middle of it all, wishing that I had more time to add more detail to it. Poor little hospital.



This is the table at the head of the event. We have a few LEGO books there, (on a side note, I just found out that we’ll be carrying stock of Mike Doyle’s new book, “Beautiful LEGO.” I believe September 10th. It will be mine), and the new LEGO Architecture Studio. It comes with 1210 pieces and a 250-page book covering the basics of architecture. The thing that I like most about it is that it’s basically a parts pack. All white and trans-clear with no instructions.

Thanks for checking it out, everyone! What do you think?



Comments

 I like it 
  November 30, 2013
What a fun day that would have been. Keep these days happening
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  July 30, 2013
Nice one, thanks for sharing!
Tim C
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Thoy Bradley
  July 29, 2013
Excellent work Tim! Sorry to hear that you didn't manage to sell any, on a more positive note though, perhaps if you were to build one of your beautiful spaceSHIPs you may get a few more sales :) Always fun looking in those huge Lego tubs! ~Thoy
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting David Alexander Smith I bet that was a fun day. All those white bricks, inspiring stuff, certainly got my mind working overtime. You could make the most amazing negative space sculpture - if I'd been there I'd have built you a Rachel Whiteread house. Seriously, it must have been great seeing your local closet lego builders come out of their sheds and attics to play in the daylight.
A Rachel Whiteread house? Wot for? Heehee. I would love to see what you would do with this, David. With any other color but white being your negative space would make a very interesting sight indeed. Like a LEGO scratchboard. It was nice to see who showed up. I honestly thought it was going to be a bunch of KFOLs showing up for this. Even a few parents bringing kids that were clearly too young to be playing with anything smaller than Duplo. There was one couple that showed up with a two-year-old. I told them that unfortunately the event was not for kids his age and they said, "Oh, we didn't come here for him. We're playing with LEGO today." You can actually see the cute little tike in the background of one of the shots. Thanks for checking it out, David.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Looks like that was a lot of fun! Cool event!
Absolutely, David. Thanks for the comment.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting A M Looks like quite a fun time!
It definitely was. And I feel like I'm the lucky one for being able to host the event, rather than participate in it.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 great event! I m interested, but, it s unclear as to what the book look like, I see many, can you focus on the book for your next post? I wonder if it will be any help for me to have it, it seems to be the meat of the product, as the bricks are nt exclusive, or perhaps give a link for a more in-deapth look at it, thanks! and good luck!
Hey, cyberfrank. Thanks for the enthusiasm! I haven't gotten the best look at the book. I'm not much for architecture at this point in my building life. I can say that it has pointers and covers the basics of architecture, focusing a bit on scale, modules, and repitition. Besides, the book is inside the set and is not pictured in my post, but check out this link: http://thebrickblogger.com/2013/07/lego-architecture-studio-set-review/. It gives you a pretty good idea what's going on in there. It seems to me that if you're interested in the architectural capabilities of LEGO, this set would be absolutely perfect for you. I will say, though, that the book and sorting trays appears to me to be included in the price, as well it should be, of course.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett Looks like a good day was had by all. I'll definitely get this set for it's endless possibilities - which the kids who built here showed best. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Nick. I appreciate it. The best part was the kids. I felt myself wondering if I'd see any of their builds show up on the web in the future. You know, after they discover girls and go through their own dark age;)
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Starscream Soundwave That looks like a lot of fun!
A lot of fun, Starscream.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Paul Vermeesch A fantastic concept, and I'm glad you were able to host such a neat event at your store!
Agreed, Paul. Thanks for the enthusiasm. I'm hoping to host more in the future. Being one of this site's best LEGO architects, it would be cool if you could step in and be the talented lecturer at one of these events.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Thoy Bradley Excellent work Tim! Sorry to hear that you didn't manage to sell any, on a more positive note though, perhaps if you were to build one of your beautiful spaceSHIPs you may get a few more sales :) Always fun looking in those huge Lego tubs! ~Thoy
Thanks, Thoy. I'm sure the sales will come. It is a pretty cool set, but I can see how it would be more appealing to someone who wants to explore architectural concept as opposed to someone who wants to build, say, a spaceship. Thanks for the compliment on my builds. I always appreciate hearing from one of our favorite website's great builders.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting David Roberts What fun, if a little stressful for organiser! It must be great to share your enthusiasm with lots of other people in person, plus the challenge of building something in white bricks only. The concept of a big box of bricks and no instructions sounds brilliant, if perhaps a little daunting. I wonder if this will limited sales to devotees? Now the event is over, do you have to send the bricks back, or is there a big, white spaceship taking shape in a quiet corner of your stock room?
Thanks, David. It was a bit of a challenge, but a welcome one. I was really looking forward to seeing who was going to show up for it. The funny thing is, I had this huge itinerary that I was supposed to use for it, but about halfway through, I canned it. Once they all got going, there were no stages, it was either kids doing what they do with our favorite building toy, or adults revisiting their youth...with our favorite building toy. To the monochromatic restrictions, I acually found that when I got going with the hospital, I found that it flowed much quicker when I didn't have to think about the effect of colors. I can see how this would be a useful tool for an architect. The bricks stay in the store for future projects. I will keep you posted if the boss lets me stay in the stockroom and build all day. I'm not holding my breath for it;)
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting MortalSwordsman . This is so cool. I am a property developer and have been talking with my boss about making a scale model of the mansion we are refurbishing - oldway mansion in paignton england (former Singer residence) check it out on wiki. I want the big box with 10000 pieces :)
Agreed! Though, I must say, Joe, I like you, you're a good guy, but I wouldn't give up that box to my grandmother;) I couldn't agree more that architect's should utilize this medium more. What a perfect material for a project. Thanks for the comment, Joe. It was loads of fun.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
I bet that was a fun day. All those white bricks, inspiring stuff, certainly got my mind working overtime. You could make the most amazing negative space sculpture - if I'd been there I'd have built you a Rachel Whiteread house. Seriously, it must have been great seeing your local closet lego builders come out of their sheds and attics to play in the daylight.
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
Looks like that was a lot of fun! Cool event!
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
Looks like quite a fun time!
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
great event! I m interested, but, it s unclear as to what the book look like, I see many, can you focus on the book for your next post? I wonder if it will be any help for me to have it, it seems to be the meat of the product, as the bricks are nt exclusive, or perhaps give a link for a more in-deapth look at it, thanks! and good luck!
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
Looks like a good day was had by all. I'll definitely get this set for it's endless possibilities - which the kids who built here showed best. Thanks for sharing.
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  July 29, 2013
That looks like a lot of fun!
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  July 29, 2013
A fantastic concept, and I'm glad you were able to host such a neat event at your store!
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
What fun, if a little stressful for organiser! It must be great to share your enthusiasm with lots of other people in person, plus the challenge of building something in white bricks only. The concept of a big box of bricks and no instructions sounds brilliant, if perhaps a little daunting. I wonder if this will limited sales to devotees? Now the event is over, do you have to send the bricks back, or is there a big, white spaceship taking shape in a quiet corner of your stock room?
 I like it 
  July 29, 2013
This is so cool. I am a property developer and have been talking with my boss about making a scale model of the mansion we are refurbishing - oldway mansion in paignton england (former Singer residence) check it out on wiki. I want the big box with 10000 pieces :)
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Tim! What fun! :)
Yes, it was. I hope we keep doing these events, and more often!
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Achintya Prasad Do you operate a Barnes and Nobel bookshop? Respect man! This is brilliant; and the builds weren't shabby either. You should've had the Exodus make a showing, just to see how many people tried to make something that was a bit longer :-) Anyways, excellent; and I can already see BL stores greedily waiting to buy these up, so they can stock up their stores..... Will these be available in regular stores, or will this just be a limited addition thing from LEGO Shop at Home?
Yeah, that's Barnes & Noble. We're a pretty large LEGO retailer. My store doesn't have a ton, but a pretty good selection of Architecture sets and a few Star Wars sets. We still have some Hobbit sets and are now carrying Chima. I am considered the resident LEGO geek, so everyone is always pointing out to me when a new set comes in or a new LEGO book is coming out. (As if I didn't already know). Unfortunately, The Exodus is now disassembled so I couldn't bring it. I considered taking it before I took it apart, but this was an Architecture event, so I didn't want to add any distractions. This is currently only available at BN stores, but should be generally available in the future. There is already a listing on BL, but I don't think they have the parts inventory listed yet.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Mike Johnson If I may ask, where is your store or others like it which are carrying these new lego sets so if the oppotunity arises we can go out and acquire them?
You can get these at Barnes & Noble right now, but other stores will be carrying them in the future.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting Mark McPeek Looks like a great idea! Keep us posted on how it goes!
Well, this was the first event of its kind in the stores. I'm not sure how successful it was on the company scale, but it was a great turnout for us. Hopefully there will be more.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti You look like you were having loads of fun . I'll bet that a blast lucky
I am very lucky. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but it ended up being a lot of fun indeed.
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  July 29, 2013
Quoting John Stahlman Wow! That seems like a fun event! Too bad nothing like this will ever happen at my work. What became of the 10k bricks from the event?
It was indeed fun. Especially watching the kids dive in there. The adults took a little time to decide what they were going to do, but the two boys dug right in and got started. Unfortunately, the huge tub o' bricks is now a permanent fixture in the store for future events, but if they ever come up for grabs, I'm going all gladiator for them;)
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  July 28, 2013
Tim! What fun! :)
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  July 28, 2013
Do you operate a Barnes and Nobel bookshop? Respect man! This is brilliant; and the builds weren't shabby either. You should've had the Exodus make a showing, just to see how many people tried to make something that was a bit longer :-) Anyways, excellent; and I can already see BL stores greedily waiting to buy these up, so they can stock up their stores..... Will these be available in regular stores, or will this just be a limited addition thing from LEGO Shop at Home?
 I like it 
  July 28, 2013
If I may ask, where is your store or others like it which are carrying these new lego sets so if the oppotunity arises we can go out and acquire them?
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  July 28, 2013
Looks like a great idea! Keep us posted on how it goes!
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  July 28, 2013
Quoting El Barto ! Cool event! So, let me get this straight: There was a 10K parts pack for the event, and the kits with 1.2K are for sale. How much are the kits, and what happens to that big bucket?
Well, Barto, the kits are $149.99. A little pricy for just the parts, but the price includes the book and it comes with some sorting trays as well. Unfortunately, that big bucket has a permanent home in my store for future events. No special prizes for being the host of the event:(
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  July 28, 2013
You look like you were having loads of fun . I'll bet that a blast lucky
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  July 28, 2013
Wow! That seems like a fun event! Too bad nothing like this will ever happen at my work. What became of the 10k bricks from the event?
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  July 28, 2013
Cool event! So, let me get this straight: There was a 10K parts pack for the event, and the kits with 1.2K are for sale. How much are the kits, and what happens to that big bucket?
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  July 28, 2013
Quoting matt rowntRee "I can see you!" (Roy Batty, Blade Runner) This is such an awesome idea. I actually use Lego to remodel my house (I still play around with new ideas and rooms for scale and feel.) I hope this catches on as the greatest tool for architecture ever. Certainly better than balsa wood. Looks completely, bombastically fun to watch other peoples heads grinding away at spatial environs. Great stuff here Tim!
It was fun. I can't tell you how much. It's funny, Matt, many of those people you see thought that this had to be the most boring thing in the world for me to stand there and watch so many people build. But being able to walk around and talk to people about their own LEGO pasts, (and in the cases of those kids, their present and future), ask them about their inspirations, and talk about my own passion for the brick is about the most fun I've ever had at work. Thanks for the comment, Matt.
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  July 28, 2013
"I can see you!" (Roy Batty, Blade Runner) This is such an awesome idea. I actually use Lego to remodel my house (I still play around with new ideas and rooms for scale and feel.) I hope this catches on as the greatest tool for architecture ever. Certainly better than balsa wood. Looks completely, bombastically fun to watch other peoples heads grinding away at spatial environs. Great stuff here Tim!
 
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