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!
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.
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After half year of work Bartek H has finished his brick recreation of Biskupin. That long it took from first sketches and LDD project to the final MOC to be created. The build consists of 36000 elements and is 5×4 baseplates big, not counting wooden bridge sticking away.
Here is short history behind Biskupin: Continue reading Biskupin – premedieval Polish setlement.
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.
Zbudujmy.to was present at the biggest Polish fan festival in Poznań with it’s MOC exibit. This video shows what we got there, as well as some look at the rest of PYRKON event. Continue reading Zbudujmy.to Exhibition at Pyrkon 2015
Another Train Ride by Rash and Benny of Zbudujmy.to. This time during Fantasy Fair PYRKON in Poznań 2014
Joint exhibition of LUGPol and Zbudujmy.to during Fantasy Fair PYRKON in Poznań/POLAND 2014
Stories Built With Bricks, or Legowisko 2013 is LUGPol’s exhibition in Rzeszów/Poland. Footage from the show is accompanied by beautiful music by Maniacs Of Noice – legends of C64 music scene.