Raleigh LEGO Store / NCLUG upcoming festivities

The LEGO Store at the Crabtree Valley Mall is OPEN NOW! They have had a successful soft opening and are apparently selling the full selection of LEGO products currently available, as well as a full Pick-A-Brick wall (the parts on this wall are similar to those found on other such walls but are a great treat to have available locally). Small Pick-A-Brick (PaB) cups cost $8 each, large PaB cups cost $15 each, and K2 shipping boxes of an one element from PaB cost $70 each. This is THE destination for buying LEGO now – while the LEGO store does not have TRU’s speed with rushing out new items, the LEGO store’s prices are better and the LEGO store also offers a loyalty card system (stamp-based, with every $25 you spend earning you a stamp on the card). Store hours are from 10 am – 9pm weekdays and Saturday, and on Sunday from 12 – 6pm.

Mike Walsh of NCLUG (and the North Carolina LEGO Train Club) provided the diorama for the first monthly Window Into the Community (WITC) display. His city scene will be on display through the end of June. The WITC is near the back of the store, to your left when you are looking at the PaB wall.

The Grand Opening weekend is from May 29th through May 31st. On Saturday, May 30th, you’ll receive an exclusive Cape Hattaras-style Lighthouse set if you are one of the first 300 customers to spend $35 at the LEGO Store. On Sunday, May 31st, you’ll receive a child-size exclusive T-shirt commemorating the store opening if you are one of the first 300 customers to spend $35 at the LEGO Store.

There is a Yoda Build Event with Master Builder Dan Steininger in the Crabtree Valley Mall “Promotional Court”
Friday, May 29th from 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, May 30th from 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 31st from 11 am – 6 pm
Participants in this event will get an “Official LEGO Building Certificate” while supplies last. If you received the promotional postcard for this event, you can bring in the postcard to get a free LEGO Yoda promotional DUPLO brick (DUPLO bricks are compatible with regular-sized LEGO bricks – more info on promo bricks, as well as ideas for displaying promo bricks at http://www.promobricks.com/). Volunteers (must be 16+) are still needed for this event (contact Joe Meno for details).

There will not be a separate Promo Brick offered to commemorate the store opening. Although these have been done in the past, they are now doing promotional sets (like the Lighthouse set mentioned above) instead.

June 2nd from 5 pm – 7 pm: Free Monthly Model Build at the LEGO store. Children can build and receive a free model of a sailboat. Offer good while supplies last, approximately 250 per store. EVENT IS OPEN TO CHILDREN AGED 6-14 ONLY. Builds like this are regularly offered at LEGO stores – keep an eye on the calendar available from the LEGO store for news about these and other kid-specific events in the future (since NCLUG is a group for Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs), we will not be regularly mentioning kids-only events on our website). There are other events for kids planned in June, including “LEGO Club
Meeting”s on the 20th and 27th.

For more details on the store opening, please visit the official LEGO page for the Raleigh LEGO Store Grand Opening at http://stores.lego.com/en-us/Raleigh/events.aspx

The LEGO Store has monthly calendars available for free by the PaB wall (this is handy for the cashiers as well – ask one of them if you don’t see calendars out). The Raleigh location is starting with the June calendar (however, if you can find a May calendar from another LEGO store, it mentions the Raleigh store opening – not easy to get, but I know I’d love one to scrapbook with my Grand Opening photos).

On June 13th from 1 pm – ?, there will be a building event/contest at the Crabtree Valley Mall Barnes and Noble. There will be 1 hour timed builds to a theme in the children’s area. There will be space for roughly 20 builders for each session. The top three builds will be selected in two categories (adults and kids). We will be running some sort of NCLUG display (4 or 5 tables) at this event as well.

On Sunday, June 14th from 1 pm – 4:30 pm, we will be having a “regular monthly” NCLUG meeting at the Cameron Village Library. This is for AFOLs new and old, and as with all of our meetings, anyone can come in to join us and talk LEGO. Carin’s suggested building theme for this Flag Day meeting is Summer Beach MOCs. Build your best BOAT(s) and bring ’em. And anything else having to do with the beach in summer.

About Dan

Dan is an AFOL previously living in Cary, North Carolina. He is a life-long LEGO fan, but has only fairly recently (2007 onwards) become active in the Adult Fan of LEGO community. He had previously lived in Londonderry, New Hampshire and Sammamish, Washington, and naturally managed to move out just as LEGO stores went into each area. He has not gotten back on his feet after moving out of NC suddenly due to personal concerns in early 2013.
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3 Responses to Raleigh LEGO Store / NCLUG upcoming festivities

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  2. Joshua Provost says:

    You mention “K2 shipping boxes” for PaB legos. What does that refer to? 2000 bricks/box, 2 kilos? Wondering how much you get for $70.

  3. Dan says:

    Nothing so exciting, I’m afraid. The various shipping boxes LEGO uses behind the scenes (K2 through K8, as I recall, with the boxes getting larger as the numbers get higher) are just sizes of box, and how well they’re packed inside seems to be pretty random. Depending on the part, the K2 boxes can sometimes be a good deal, but obviously you can’t fit as many of a large element into a box as you can a small one. I’ve heard often enough that sometimes the boxes are only half full, as if they had been packed by weight instead of how much the box can hold.

    Rumor has it that a proper pack-your-own-box set-up will be available one of these days in addition to the current cups, but I’m yet to see any real signs of that.

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