Copenhagen LEGO World 2014 – ABC review

A world of LEGO sounds amazing right?
B ricks everywhere – 22 truckloads plus AFOL MOCs and wares for the shop. The
C hicks, yours truly, were of course there.
D uplon troopers (aka. children) and their money machines (aka. parents) outnumbered the AFOLs by far.
E minent MOCs were the main attraction for us;
F antasy realms, Danish countryside, historic landmarks, Copenhagen theme park, Tivoli, and microbuilds.
G eeks when they are most awesome (though some of the exhibitors seemed quite tired of people on this the forth day).
H ours went by exploring the LEGO World – five to be exact.
I n the end we had had enough of Duplon Troopers and they themselves had had enough stimuli for one day, having
Jumped in those tubs of bricks (how do they not hurt their feet when walking on bricks?!)
Kragle was not anywhere to be seen – but the LEGO movie did get some attention, though surprisingly little.
Looking at new individual bricks and bricks new to us was how we spend the majority of our time. It is great MOC inspiration to actually hold the pieces in your hand.
M y future plans for building were definitely altered this day. Less building sets and more MOCs: I will strive to make my city,
N eufalkenburg, neat and unique. We also got our names printed
O n a brick. We took loads of
P hotos and will of course share them with you. Some of them today.
Questions arose: Where do all the bricks at the LEGO World come from – sets or directly from production? What happens with them afterwards?
(Radical idea: Let me have them!)
Seeing bricks being produced, printed and packed was an interesting experience. Your
T wo chicks were quite content, this means content for you, our audience, to see and read.
Under the circumstances – the target group is children – LEGO World was great. I recorded some
V ideos – a couple of them are already on Facebook.
Wouldn’t you like to see bricks being printed live? It’s not
X-rated so go to Facebook, check it out! In conclusion:
Y ou should definitely go to a LEGO World if you get the chance, but
Z ones specifically for AFOLs would make it more attractive to, well, AFOLs.

LEGOLAND – 25 years ago

When visiting my parents this Tuesday, we looked at old photos to compare baby pictures of me and my sister with pictures of my niece who is just six months old. Among the pictures of me, I found a very early evidence of my love of LEGO and thought I would share it with you:
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Christmas greetings from Berlin

In December my husband and I go to Berlin every year. To enjoy the Christmas Markets and to buy a new ornament for our tree. It’s a tradition.

This year I also had time for some LEGO fun. First of all, I went to the toy store in Saarstraße which Laura visited in October this year. An awesome place with pick a brick with fixed prices per item.
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Secondly, I was at The SONY Center to watch the new Hobbit film and wouldn’t miss the no less than two LEGO stores in connection with the LEGO Discovery Center also in the SONY Center. I bought a small scale version of the German parliament building, the Reichstag, and a small bag of bricks including the cool brick-like bricks.
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There were LEGO decorations all over the SONY Center including a life size Santa sleigh. Here I am sending you season’s greetings next to Santa.
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A happy new year to all of you!

LEGOLAND – the shopping experience

For once, I’m not particularly excited about writing a post on this blog. Because what I have to share with you is not very positive. This is the long-promised post about our trip to LEGOLAND – more specifically about the stores in the park.
Our first disappointments were that the Castle shop doesn’t sell many Castle sets (not even this year’s releases), that the Go Figure store does not have any different pieces that the little display in the LEGO stores elsewhere – just more copies of the same parts – and that the polar shop doesn’t sell much LEGO, but a whide range of stuffed animals.
Next, we went to the outlet in hopes of finding LEGO sets on sale or at least sets which are no longer available elsewhere. We found neither. Well, that’s not entirely true: there were two Ninjago sets on sale and some uninteresting polybags (the kind containing standard bricks available in loads of sets and in PaB.
That’s where we went next: to Pick-a-brick. At first we were happy to see some things, we hadn’t seen before in PaB: golden pieces, pieces in FRIENDS colours and more. Later, it turned out that those things where the standard inventory in PaB that period – we found them in Copenhagen, Hamburg and Berlin. Then we realised that the pricing system wasn’t the normal one with cups at fixed prices. Instead prices were based on weight and horribly expensive! We both took one of the enormous bags available and filled one little corner of it at a terribly high price: 7€ or 9$ per 100 grams!. Not a very nice shopping experience. When we asked about why the pricing system was different there, they said that the store was not owned by LEGO and they had to buy the pieces from LEGO at quite a high price. I really don’t get that! There are LEGO stores all over the world, but the one two kilometres from the headquarter of the whole LEGO group is run by someone else??
The last negative thing I want to mention is the fact that the regular store with sets didn’t have anything special to offer. It was just like the Copenhagen store, but with a lot of non-brick souvenirs from the park.
To end this miserable post on a happier note, LEGOLAND is where we found the awesome minifig ice lolly moulds!

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LEGOLAND.

As we told you, we went to LEGOLAND Billund, here in Denmark. The park opened in 1968 and was the first in the world. It is located in the small town of Billund, that basically is revolving around LEGO. Billund Airport is the second largest in Denmark, but when it opened, is was a private airport for LEGO. And a huge part of the resident in Billund works at some form, for LEGO.
So it makes sense that when we hit the town limit of Billund there were huge LEGO bricks lying at the sides of the road. We drove by so fast, that we didn’t really get any good photos.
But we did get a photo of the entrance, with us, of course!

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LEGOLAND Billund Denmark entrance

Marie never goes anywhere without her Würst.

We are going to do this review in two parts, one part about the park, the other about the shops.

The park is 45 years old, and it is showing in some parts of the park.
The mini land is looking a bit old, and some sundamage is showing, and it is all right, because it is an old park, and the kids who come, probably won’t see it, but for an adult, it is starting to look ready to be changed. But some things were great! Despite the long queue, to the ride, the Polar X-plorer turned out to be great! They had some cute models in the waiting area. Especially the polar bear cup had me smiling.

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LEGO polar bear cub, LEGOLAND Billund Denmark

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LEGO baby seal, LEGOLAND Billund Denmark

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LEGO sled dog cubs, LEGOLAND Billund Denmark

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LEGOLAND Billund Denmark – results from The Temple

We also went to the Temple, which was an interactive ride, where you must shoot at targets. You battle against your co-rider, which for me, were Marie, of course. We were Team 4, and it ended like this:

I shoot my way to 14700 points, Marie only shoot 7900 points. Haha!

When were done, we headed towards the stores. This was not a great experience. Marie will tell you more about that, in a later post.

LEGOLAND is 3 hours by car, from Copenhagen (in Denmark, as opposed to i.e the U.S, it is quite far, since it “only” takes 4 hours to drive across the country), and I had to drive both ways, so when we headed home, I requested that we played some car games, so I could stay clear minded on the long drive home. We played a game, where one should think of a collectible minifig, and the other should guess it in 20 question. Only a few was under 20 questions, and some where quite hard, but we had fun!

All in all it was a fun trip, despite the disappointing stores, and we had a great day amongst KFOL and AFOL’s!