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#26 Brickthing

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 04:43 AM

View Postkeetong, on Apr 12 2009, 04:36 PM, said:

And Australia, then I could finally finish of my MOC, it only need 1x1 Dkgray tiles

And New Zealand, we need a PAB wall here too.

But lets not turn this into a "Why isn't there a PAB in my country?" thread.  :tongue:

Eilif, what do the LEGO store employees think of you when you pack the PAB cups so well? I don't know if they'd appreciate your techniques... :sceptic:

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 05:45 AM

nice strategy you have there Eilif.
but when you pack them up, did the store worker watch you very strictly or you can have hours of packing there?
so the PAB cup rule is fill as you can fit in that cup, am i right?
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:46 AM

View Postdjo, on Apr 11 2009, 09:45 PM, said:

nice strategy you have there Eilif.
but when you pack them up, did the store worker watch you very strictly or you can have hours of packing there?
so the PAB cup rule is fill as you can fit in that cup, am i right?
You can take as much time as you want to fill the cup. At the LEGO Store in Valley Fair, CA, there's only 2 or 3 workers (except for when there's those monthly mini builds, where there's like 5-7), and two of them have to man the cash registers.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:37 AM

im jealous of your pab selection  :cry_sad:

i've found that the lids are out in blue water in UK, in MK they gave me one while i was filling it, so im sure you could ask for one while picking. and they usually put a sticker to reuse the tub and get a discount so you would have the lid then.

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 02:02 PM

View Post3D Brickthing, on Apr 11 2009, 10:43 PM, said:

And New Zealand, we need a PAB wall here too.

But lets not turn this into a "Why isn't there a PAB in my country?" thread.  :tongue:

Eilif, what do the LEGO store employees think of you when you pack the PAB cups so well? I don't know if they'd appreciate your techniques... :sceptic:
Agreed, I'd rather this thread be about PAB packing strategies, and not a complaint thread for the lack of PAB walls in certain areas.

View Postdjo, on Apr 11 2009, 11:45 PM, said:

but when you pack them up, did the store worker watch you very strictly or you can have hours of packing there?
so the PAB cup rule is fill as you can fit in that cup, am i right?

I've packed dozens of PAB cups at stores in Minnesota, Oregon, and Illinois and I've never had a problem. In fact, if business is slow, I often have pleasant conversations with LEGO store staff. I've heard from other AFOL's that at some stores, they will actually give you hints on packing a PAB cup.

Sometimes I'll pack more than one cup, and if any of you remember the $100 PAB tubs that were sold for a while in 2007, once a friend an I took nearly an hour to pack one (it was quite heavy when we were done) at a wall located right behind the cash register and got nothing but friendly conversation with the staff.

This is not my pic, but it's the same tub packed similarly.
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Posted 12 April 2009 - 03:10 PM

Did you happen to count the pieces in that bucket? I can only imagine!  :oh:

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:44 PM

View Postdarthperson, on Apr 12 2009, 07:10 AM, said:

Did you happen to count the pieces in that bucket? I can only imagine!  :oh:
He said that that picture isn't his...but I bet that there's at least maybe 5,000 small pieces in that bucket!

Oh, and thanks for reminding me that today is Easter, Eilif!  :laugh:

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I never knew that there was such a thing as PAB tubs, thanks for showing us that picture! :classic:

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 01:41 AM

Thank you so much for the helpful hints!  :classic: I can pack the PAB cups better and get more for my money. Darn, I wish they still had those tubs!  :angry:
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:07 AM

View Postdarthperson, on Apr 12 2009, 09:10 AM, said:

Did you happen to count the pieces in that bucket? I can only imagine!  :oh:

I didn't pack that PAB bin, but I think that somewhere I did record how many pieces I packed into mine.  I can't seem to find it. If I run across it I'll post it.  Further down in this old thread on lugnet, there are two examples (including this one) with lists of pieces they've fit into a PAB tub and links to pics. http://news.lugnet.c...=...amp;t=f&v=a

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Oh, and thanks for reminding me that today is Easter, Eilif!  :laugh:

Happy Easter!  :classic:

I never knew that there was such a thing as PAB tubs, thanks for showing us that picture! :classic:

You're welcome, and thank you! Unfortunately there are no more PAB tubs. However, see below...

View PostSpyder, on Apr 12 2009, 07:41 PM, said:

Thank you so much for the helpful hints!  :classic: I can pack the PAB cups better and get more for my money. Darn, I wish they still had those tubs!  :angry:

While the tubs are long gone, some LEGO stores have a cardboard box that you can fill for $150.  Unfortunately the cardboard boxes are only ever so slightly larger than the old PAB bins, so as well as not getting a useful green tub, you really have to pack it to make it worth while.  I've not purchased one and probably won't bother, but I know a couple of guys who have, and they seem satisfied with what they got.  Also, since it's a cardboard box with strait sides, you can really pack it tight.

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:45 AM

How much do these cups cost?
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:00 AM

View PostNatman8000, on Apr 12 2009, 08:45 PM, said:

How much do these cups cost?

View PostEilif, on Apr 11 2009, 09:12 AM, said:

...I'm pretty sure the large cup  (the one I packed) is 15 dollars. I think the small size cups are 8 dollars...

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 03:01 AM

Oops, I missed that. 500 plus parts for 15 dollars isnt too bad! I really hope I can find a place that does this.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 02:24 PM

Shame there is no PAB near me. On those green big tree top/vine pieces on the ends/leaves with the holes in couldn't you put lightsabre blade style pieces if them too? Then you could stack them up inside your stack of green tree top pieces and have even more parts. I hope you understood what I meant :grin: , it was quite hard to explain without pictures. Great work.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 08:25 PM

View PostNatman8000, on Apr 12 2009, 09:01 PM, said:

Oops, I missed that. 500 plus parts for 15 dollars isnt too bad! I really hope I can find a place that does this.
You'll probably have to call ahead to find out if they have PAB, but here's the list of LEGO stores http://stores.lego.c...US/default.aspx

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Shame there is no PAB near me. On those green big tree top/vine pieces on the ends/leaves with the holes in couldn't you put lightsabre blade style pieces if them too? Then you could stack them up inside your stack of green tree top pieces and have even more parts. I hope you understood what I meant :grin: , it was quite hard to explain without pictures. Great work.

I know exactly what you mean. Besides flag poles, I've never seen light sabers or other "rod" pieces in PAB, but you've got a good idea there right idea. It's all about finding out which pieces will fit in between which other pieces.  Some other hints:

-Stacks of roof slopes can be reversed and slid together.
-Stacks of flower stems can fit in odd sized crevasses.
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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:40 PM

View PostEilif, on Apr 13 2009, 01:25 PM, said:

You'll probably have to call ahead to find out if they have PAB, but here's the list of LEGO stores http://stores.lego.c...US/default.aspx

I found that there is a store with a pick a brick wall that is only an hour away. I plan on going there tommorow.
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Posted 14 April 2009 - 02:36 AM

hmmm... $8 seems pretty cheap, on average how many pieces can fit in a small cup?

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View Postprateek, on Apr 13 2009, 06:36 PM, said:

hmmm... $8 seems pretty cheap, on average how many pieces can fit in a small cup?
Well, since Eilif managed to fit around 500 pieces in the $15 cup, probably around 200 pieces would fit in the small cup. The small cup holds much less than half of what the large cup holds.

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 03:18 PM

View PostILikePi, on Apr 14 2009, 12:58 AM, said:

Well, since Eilif managed to fit around 500 pieces in the $15 cup, probably around 200 pieces would fit in the small cup. The small cup holds much less than half of what the large cup holds.

That sounds about right.  I've only bought 3 or 4 of the small cups.  That was when there was only one or two parts on the PAB wall that I was interested in, such as tiles, 1x1 plates, or similar items.  If I'm going to purchase any bricks or larger elements items I'll always go with the larger cups.  

The small cups are great for sorting and storing pieces in your collection though.
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View PostILikePi, on Apr 14 2009, 05:58 AM, said:

Well, since Eilif managed to fit around 500 pieces in the $15 cup, probably around 200 pieces would fit in the small cup. The small cup holds much less than half of what the large cup holds.
ok thanks its kinda worth it either way but the big one is better  :classic:

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:57 AM

I went to a store yesterday. I fit in 640 parts about, I am really proud of my self. I basically made a hollow central structue out of brick and then stacked other things like clear 1x2s and windows. Lots of fun!
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View PostNatman8000, on Apr 21 2009, 12:57 AM, said:

I went to a store yesterday. I fit in 640 parts about, I am really proud of my self. I basically made a hollow central structue out of brick and then stacked other things like clear 1x2s and windows. Lots of fun!
in the $15 one? if you did thats really good :thumbup:

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View Postprateek, on Apr 21 2009, 03:14 PM, said:

in the $15 one? if you did thats really good :thumbup:
240 of them were 1x1 trans blue studs :grin:
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View PostNatman8000, on Apr 21 2009, 10:51 PM, said:

240 of them were 1x1 trans blue studs :grin:
:laugh: Now your loaded at least. That's still pretty good. Did you stack them on top of eachother?

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 12:58 AM

The reapings!

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And Prateek, I only stacked a few, most of them fit in the nooks.

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 02:05 AM

thats amazing, so much trans blue and lime green :thumbup:



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