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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Unikitty Takes Lego Town!!

I think Unikitty is great. I like Lego, unicorns and cats, so of course I would appreciate all three things wrapped up in one tiny pink entity! I can also relate to the Unikitty character from the movie. She constantly tries to stay calm and positive no matter what is going on around her or in her head. Sometimes this gets to be a bit much and her emotions get away from her resulting in an explosive reaction. Although Unikitty is a bit more extreme, that is definitely me most of the time!

My husband thinks Unikitty is completely ridiculous, which I have no argument for. This fact just makes me like her even more! So I was quite pleased, thanks to my sister and much to my husband’s dismay, that Unikitty joined our growing Lego town last week! While Hubby wasn’t looking, Unikitty took Lego town by storm! All the inhabitants of Lego town flocked to the Chinese Theatre to see her, haha. Hubby was not pleased.

Lego town has grown quite a bit since the last time I posted about it. Before this Lego craze started, Hubby promised to dismantle his creations when they started to take up too much space. Both of us can no longer sit at the dining table with Lego town. I miss my table, but I haven’t the heart to ask him to put it away yet. It makes him so happy and it is pretty neat!

The Grand Emporium is the most recent addition. It’s a three story, modular corner piece built to be a department store. The details are fun….. a revolving door, billboards, escalators, a cashier, a window washer and a changing room that includes a minifig trying on a pair of pants. There is even an intricate chandelier on the third floor. So far, it keeps going all Phantom of the Opera on us.

The Emporium has some extra space in it, so Hubby stuck the Research set he got from my sister in there. The Research set is awesome! Lego was receiving complaints that all the minifigs coming with sets were male, so this set is all female. It was designed by a fan and was so well received that Lego decided to manufacture and market it. It comes with three scientists (a chemist, an astronomer and a paleontologist) and their associated equipment.

If anyone out there is following these Lego sets, then you’ll know the Grand Emporium is a recently retired set and is REALLY hard to find for a reasonable price. When I say retired, I don’t mean it goes back into the Disney vault kind of retired. I mean done. As in vintage set, never to be manufactured again. At least that what Lego is doing so far. I searched everywhere for this set. My aunt actually found it for me. A friend of hers had just started working at this random toy store and they happened to have it. Upon seeing this toy store, I couldn’t figure out how they stayed open. It was hidden in some industrial area and there were no signs. I never would have come across it if it weren’t for my aunt.

As it turns out, luck was really on my side…or maybe Hubby’s side, because when I went to the store to get the Emporium, I found another retired set for regular price. Whoohoo! It was the Apple Tree House, a cute little cottage set with a yard. On top of all this, my folks got him the kid’s Treehouse.

I think it’s suffice to say Hubby was spoiled rotten this holiday season! So the least he can do is let Unikitty into his Lego town!

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