Lego Town Population Boom

Lego Town has continued to grow since my last Lego post. There was a lot of construction just after Christmas. Things have slowed down considerably since then. There has been one new addition though! The Lego Creator Bike and Coffee Shop. Hubby has decided to separate the two buildings in this set because that’s the way it happens to fit on the table best at this moment in time.

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Above is the outside of the Bike Shop. You can see the bike in the window. Both buildings are two story, smaller than the regular modular sets. Below is a bird’s eye view of the Bike Shop. It comes with a rooftop BBQ.

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The building also opens up so you can see inside. The bottom floor is the shop and above is an apartment with a bed and kitchenette. You get to the apartment from a ladder inside the Bike Shop. I guess the Bike Shop owner must live in the apartment.

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Across the street is the Coffee Shop which, in my opinion, was long overdue. How can a town not have a coffee shop?! Like the Bike Shop, it’s two story and opens so you can see the inside.

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The Coffee Shop has indoor and outdoor seating. It even has an ATM machine on the side there. Hubby has a cop outside the shop enjoying his java. The cop came from his Lego advent calendar I think. The apartment upstairs has a nice balcony and a private entrance out back (unlike the Bike Shop).

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The shop serves cupcakes (the pink things), pie and coffee. Hubby gave Emo Chick from Series 12 the job of manning the cash.

Since this set was bought from the official Lego Store, at the beginning of the month, Hubby got freebies! A flower cart and a Lego friends golf thing. He built the flower cart and is saving Lego Friends for Ebay.

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The Lego Town population has also been booming lately. So much so that construction can’t keep up and many minifigs have been left homeless! Luckily, the Lego Minifigure Series characters come with stands, so they’ve been converted into statues for the time being. Hubby decided he wanted to start collecting the Series minifigs. For those of you who don’t know, they all come packaged like this.

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So you have no idea what you are getting. There is a new set every year and the previous year becomes retired (hard to find). He got a few of Series 12 (last year) before they all sold out, now he is on to Series 13. Last week, we were in an art supply store getting stuff I needed to keep on drawing and art journaling when he stumbled across a collection of Series 12 packages. Who would have thought you’d find them in an art store?? Obviously not too many people because they haven’t sold out yet. Anyway, I went shopping and left Hubby to feel up the Lego baggies trying to figure out which was which. He did really well. He got all of the ones from Series 12 that he wanted, with no duplicates! Here is his collection of Series minifigs so far.

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And we found our favourites from Series 13….Unicorn Girl! Whoohoo!

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A Very Lego Summer: NYC Edition

It looks like Hubby’s Lego craze is continuing. If you missed the beginning of the Lego saga, read this post. There have been new additions to his Lego city and we did everything Lego in NYC. By everything Lego, I mean we saw the Rockefeller Lego Store, we saw the Lego exhibits at FAO Schwartz and the Times Square ToysRus. Below is the Rockafeller Center complete with Batman watching over the area.

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There was even…wait for it…..a Lego art exhibit! I’m not kidding! It was actually a really great exhibit. It’s called The Art of the Brick. It’s a combination of original pieces and Lego replicas of famous works. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who may go see it, but I’ll post my favourite piece here, Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Van Gogh is a favourite of mine.

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We found out we could save over $50 on Creator sets if we bought them while in the US. He decided he had to get the movie theatre next. The NYC Lego store however, was severely lacking, they didn’t have it! So he got the Parisian Cafe instead. We passed another Lego store in a Mall on the way home. That one had the Movie Theatre, so now there are two new Lego sets! Am I crazy to be letting him get this stuff? It’s taking over my kitchen table! I figure as long as it’s his “fun money” he is spending and he’s enjoying it, it’s ok. I decided to jump on the Lego band wagon too….I found myself a Unikitty keychain. Ridiculous, I know, but I really like Unikitty.

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We’ve been home a few days now and both Lego sets have been built. The Cafe took him an entire day to build. Here is the movie theatre. It was modeled after the famous Asian-looking theatre in Hollywood. I love the roof. The details are amazing. It even comes with a walk of fame and a limo.

The Cafe was more complicated. It had indoor and outdoor seating as well as the kitchen. The 2nd floor was an apartment with an artist’s loft on the top floor.

And now, here is Hubby’s little Lego town; a Pet Shop, a townhouse, Two Apartments, a movie Theatre, A Cafe and artist’s Loft and a house int he back.

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A Very Lego Summer

My husband has rediscovered his love for Lego. This started long before The Lego Movie. It began the Christmas before last. For some reason hubby and his sister got out all their old Lego sets and built them. They were mostly castle sets from the 80s and 90s, nothing as elaborate as what is available today.

This past Christmas, hubby got a Star Wars Lego advent calendar. This resulted in several Star Wars minifigures and ships. Shortly after that, the local mall opened an official Lego Store. Hubby couldn’t resist the pick-a-brick section where you get to fill a cup with all the different types of Lego bricks you want. He decided to build an iPhone dock with his Star Wars Lego and the pick-a-brick stuff. I thought it was a great idea. Something practical made out of Lego was fine with me…much better than Lego sets sitting around taking up space we don’t have. So the Star Wars iPhone dock was made. It is quite impressive. It can light up and the wheel on the back spins. The part that holds the iPhone even swivels so the phone can be held in different positions.

I think it was the Lego Movie that inspired him to start creating a Lego city. I was not thrilled because we live in a 1 1/2 apartment. There is no room for a Lego city!! He persuaded me by saying he would disassemble the sets he bought until we got a house with a “man cave”. He also built Lego minifigures of he and myself. I thought that was kind of cute. They kind of look like us.

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The first set he bought was the pet shop. It’s a really clever set. It’s pet shop with an apartment above and a town house next door. The detail is impressive, nothing like the simple Lego sets I used to play with. The pet shop came with animals, including a little orange cat. We were hoping the cat would look more like a Lego Ewok. He says he might paint it white.

Hubby got a Lego gift certificate for his birthday. That resulted in a Lego A-frame house.

No Lego city of hubby’s would be complete without a Lego Tim Hortons. Tim Hortons is the coffee/donut staple in Canada. Since Lego is not a Canadian company (it’s from Denmark), there are no Tim Hortons sets….but, there is an online Lego designer! Hubby has spent hours on this Lego designer since his summer vacation started designing his own Lego Tim Hortons. I’m amazed at how well it turned out and how much it actually looks like Tim Hortons. Unfortunately, once it was built, he calculated the price to order all the pieces and it was over $500. Not happening! So now he’s back to redesigning a less expensive Tim Hortons.

It’s shaping up to be a very Lego summer over here.

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