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!

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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