6.08.2016 First LEGO Store opened in Poland. Store is located in the middle of one of Warsaw’s shopping mall – Galeria-Mokotów. Opening the shop was celebrated by a huge event where kids, as well as adults are building enormous 3d map of Poland. The event was organized by LEGO Poland with cooperation with polish AFOLs, and the map was designed by Zbudujmy.to’s member – SZWW.
After opening there was huge queue, which was a few hours of waiting long. What draw so many people was probably rare opportunity to get 40145 exclusive that you can only aquire during LEGO Store openings. To get it you had to spent 600 pln (about 150 euro), but if you just bought anything you could spin a wheel of fortune and win some goodies.
Prices in the shop are exactly the same as in catalogue, or shop.lego.com, however because the shop is not owned by Lego Brick Retail, but is frenchised, we do not have VIP program here as of now. There is a pick-a-brick wall, where small cup cost 50pln (about 12 euro), and big one 90pln (about 22 euro). This is more than in the western Europe, but it really depends of the currency exchange rates. I do not know if that will be common practice, but during opening there were no problems with packing the cups really tight. We also heard that store menager is open to suggestions for new parts.
There is also make a minifig stand. 3 minifigs cost 45pln (11 euro), pretty steppy, especially considering that the element selection was not very broad.
The staff is very nice and professional and despite huge amount of customers bothering them all the time they kept smiling and level of service was at the same high standards as in the western LBR stores.
There was wide assortment of lego sets, including exclusives and lego ideas sets, but due huge demands those were cleared from the shelves pretty early. Looking through sales perspective, opening was real success.
Opening of the shop has also made a lot of people around here really happy. Having brick wall around is something we have been waiting for. And if there was first Lego Shop open around, that means there will be more 🙂
Building map of Poland
Next to the shop there is an event spanning for 4 weekends of August, where public takes part in building 3d map of Poland. After the map will be built, it will be populated by brick creations.
The event was designed by Zbudujmy.to’s SZWW, and entire LUG was involved in making models of key landmarks of Poland so the map would not start totally empty. I will present those landmarks with more detail in another article.
Except building the map kids could just build with thousands LEGO bricks, and there was also area for smaller kids to play with Duplo
Except those attractions there were also models from Stefa Dorosłych Fanów LEGO (adult LEGO fans zone) including my Palace of Culture and Science. It was really nice to look at people getting amazed by the build. Surprisingly what was getting the most attention were the microscale cars parked around the building.
There were 2 other models presented, Warsaw’s King’s Castle by Nexus7 and Biskupin by BHs. Gdansk’s Port Crane got broken during transport and it was not rebuilt on time. There is a chance it will be rebuilt soon and will join the event next week.
We will be watching the building process of the map and will post another article with more details and photos, once the map will get finished, so stay tuned, and better yet subscribe!
Traditional exhibition “ Lugs United ” will be held on 10th and 11th September 2016. at the premises of the Children’s Cultural Center Belgrade, at Takovska 8, Belgrade, Serbia.
The event is pretty big and it is something closest to Fan Weekend people of Balkan area have. There will be visitors from over 20 countries, and some prominent builders will sent their stuff even if they wont be able to come in flesh and body. You can expect works from such well known names as Mihai Marius Mihu, Sean and Steph Mayo, Alice Finch, Djordje Djokson, Kosmas Santosa, Arzlan, Nathaniel Shields, Absurde Letrange and many more.
Except usual MOCs exhibition and play areas there will be AFOL night (2 of them!), Ambassador meeting, presentations, AFOL Party, Cinebrick – presentation of fan brick built films.
Some of those attractions are for everybody, some just for exhibiting AFOLs. That is all very nice considering entrance is free.
Closer to the event we will remind you about it, meantime go to the Beokocka website for more info.
If you walk in Galeria Mokotów shopping center in Warsaw, Poland you can stumble upon a view depicted in a photo above. Yes! Certified LEGO Store opens in Poland soon.
Fans are already getting excited, especially about Pick a Brick wall, but judging form experiences form other countries deals and level of service can vary greatly from what people are used to in genuine Lego Brand Retail stores. How will it look here? We don’t know yet, but we are full of hopes and will definitely write an report form opening, so stay tuned and subscribe.
ul. Wołoska 12
02-675 Warszawa/ Polska
Photo by Piotr Machalski aka Stelario
Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science was originally build by Russian architect Lew Rudniew in 1952-1955. This LEGO brick version was built by me (Jetboy) during 2015-2016.
This build consist of almost 30000 bricks, is over 125 cm high, and it is the biggest thing i ever built. It’s base 4×5 baseplates, although i seen bigger things built out of LEGO bricks, is huge enough to call it crazy.
In late 2015 Polish LUGs were approached by LEGO Poland, to build some most iconic Polish landmarks AFOL style fir their Zone of Adult Fans of LEGO. We made projects in LDD, and 4 of them were selected to be built with real bricks. Palace of Culture and Science was one of them. It took me about half year from starting project in LDD to handing the model to LEGO Poland, it was and adventure of it’s own. I will write in depth article about it soon. Subscribe, so you will not miss it!
I was building it keeping LEGO Architecture style in mind. That’s why there is that black, stripe around it. The thing is that Palace is so huge, i had to make it 2 studs wide, as one stud tiles would be hardly noticeable.
The entire work took him about half year of hard work, where he put both his building and photographic skills to the test. The effect is stunning! Some example photos after the break: Continue reading The Last Mission – LEGO Sci-Fi comic book by Michał Kazmierczak
Yesterday i read on Mark Staffords flickr photostream:
Daniel Krentz, retired LEGO designer passed away at the weekend.
That is sad news, because Daniel was not only lego designer who
brought us classic sets like Yellow Castle, but he was probably first Adult Fan of Lego.
Daniel was born and raised in the USA in 1937 living in Colorado and Chicago, he discovered LEGO bricks while at college in the 1960’s. He bought as many brick packs as he could afford on his salary and soon his fan creations came to the attention of LEGO’s US distributor at the time (Samsonite) who began using them as display models to increase sales. Soon after they showed off his MOCs to visiting LEGO reps he was recruited to be a designer in Billund Denmark. He was both the first AFOL and the first non-Dane hired to be a designer by the company. He started work as a designer in the mid 1970’s and continued until the year 2000. In Denmark he fell in love and married his wife who passed in the 1990’s, attended church every Sunday and lived a quiet peaceful life in Billund building with LEGO bricks every single day.
Daniel was the designer of many LEGO sets in his time but among his most iconic sets are:
And dozens upon dozens of others.
His funeral is on Tuesday 21st.
If his work or life had a positive impact on yours we will make sure his family gets any messages you would like to leave.
After retiring Daniel has kept his interests in LEGO. I have meet him during last Fan Weekend, unfortunately we did not talk long enough. Daniel had inspired so many builders with his creations… He will be missed.
If this photo is not Crazy enough to be posted on Crazy Builders, then i don’t know what is.
Some crazy builds by Daniel Siskind and friends, and one of the builders that is crazy enough to walk on his hands, as they are setting up weekend exhibition in Evansville Museum, Indiana, USA.
I wish i could go.
If you are one of those crazy afols that go to Skaerbaek Fan Weekend in Denmark, you would be interested that Monday programme has been announced.
This time it is visit at construction site of LEGO house, and usual visit to the Employee Shop.
Also Signup for Big Box od LEGO started at the same time, so if you are going to attend the event be quick, as the spots are going out quickly.
What is LEGO House?
LEGO House is going to be a hands-on minds-on experience center where children and fans of all ages can experience the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick. It will be a place where the visitors are offered an active and fun as well as educational and inspiring experience based on everything that LEGO play has to offer.
Lego happens to be a theme of the songs form time to time. Today we have even rarer thing, Lego themed parody of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space. It talks about never ending topic for Lego fans – sorting.