Today, I am bringing you an overview of the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary event that took place in LEGO Stores across the U.S. on October 10, 2009 at 2-4 PM. These pictures are of the LEGO Store in the Valley Fair Shopping Center, which is in Santa Clara, California. You have voted for this to be the next review for me to do in the chrome black Darth Vader review, and here it is!
I had arrived at the store at 2:05 PM. Luckily, nothing had started yet and I made it just in time. I had brought my book to the store, along with my dad's camera.
There was a line on the left of the back of the store where you could take pictures of the 501st members that were there, and get your book signed.
Here's the first sighting of the members. Also notice the nice LEGO Star Wars stormtrooper T-shirt on the bottom part of the picture. That was not being given out in a raffle or anything, unfortunately.
While waiting in line, someone in front of me asked a worker for a poster. The worker gave one to the person. I then asked if I could get one. She looked at my book (which was covered in a red book cover), and asked, "Did you bring one from home?"
I said yes, and she secretly gave me a poster, and said, "You didn't get it from me."
The first sighting of the other members of the 501st!
It was at this point that I got my book signed and took a picture with one of the stormtroopers. Sorry guys, I have decided not to upload the picture, even if just only for my best friends (when it comes to "best friends" on the Internet, that is) to view. My identity will remain hidden in the shadows forever (or for at least five more years)!
Over here you can see a very cool-looking green and silver clone trooper. Can anyone please point me out to a Wookieepedia entry of this clone?
EDIT: Natman and 501st Commando have confirmed that he is Commander Gree, CC-1004 (which is who EB member JCC1004 is named after). Thanks guys!
You can see here that the store has many enthusiastic children inside. Either that or their parents dragged them here.
Also notice the hand at the bottom. That was my mom telling me to get in the back-right corner of the store to wait for the employees to ask questions to the kids.
Over here you can see the children that were waiting to answer questions.
It looks like the stormtroopers are heading out for a break! Let's follow them...
They're starting to come out of the store...
Over here you can see the piece of paper that was on the store's front wall telling people that an event is taking place (it's next the the stormtrooper on the right).
The right of the store (ignore the reflection of the "Journeys" shoe store's sign )...
...and the left. Notice the three modular sets on display.
A picture of the female rebel pilot. If I was older, I would use the "wub" emote.
It was at this point that I spotted the Christmas themed sets. I only took pictures of the $5 ones, which you can see here.
What's this? Chrome gold minifig keychains?
It looks like LEGO has decided to sell them normally after all!
Also notice the multiple
After taking this picture, I went to look at some other stuff for a while. When I returned, over 15 of the gold keychains (there were about 20 total on the rack) were gone.
I then went to look at the PAB wall's selection. There were 8 x 16 dark bley tiles and other things like trans-light blue 1 x 1 round plates (my favorite color of 1 x 1 round plates!), flower bases, and flowers on sprues, all of which I would have gotten if they were there when I filled my first PAB cup!
At about this point, I won a chrome Vader by answering a question!
You can read the review here.
Also we get a first glimpse of November's Monthly Mini Model Build model, which is a nice brick-built turkey. I won't be going to get it, as I do not want to wait in line for two hours just to get a few bricks.
My first look at the Tantive IV in real life!
It's very huge. Pictures don't do it justice!
And now, the event is over.
There isn't much left to this overview, except for the freebies and purchased things, which you'll see next.
The chrome Vader is just worth going to the event, and all of the other things are a nice bonus!
A closer view of the poster that I was secretly given.
The idea of putting the books in a way that they look like lightsaber is very clever.
Two LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary activity kits. Unfortunately, these were made for kids, and everything in it is too easy (also the whole thing is black and white).
I have taken pictures of the other pages, which you can see when the folder goes public.
The third to last page and the last page is pretty interesting, though:
An interview with the 501st...
...and a small article about the book.
Next up is this card which I just found on a table, lonely and abandoned.
And the back. I have blocked out his e-mail address because he probably doesn't want to be bombarded with many spammy e-mails.
There is this card advertising the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Republic Heroes game, which came out four days before the event.
And the back, which shows a black and white
EDIT: If you go to watchtheclonewars.com and have a webcam, you can hold the Oky Wan picture up to it and get a transmission from him.
You can also view a Yoda, Anakin, and Captain Rex transmission that do not require cards (The Oky Wan one doesn't either by the way).
A Star Wars: The Clone Wars small booklet with four tear-out cards.
Back of Ahsoka Tano's card
Back of Embo's card
Back of Cad Bane's card
Back of Sugi's card
And last but not least (this is actually the second best freebie, other than the chrome Vader), two stickers and a signature from TK3390, the stormtrooper I took a picture with. You can find his profile here.
There were about five Visual Dictionary stickers, but I could only get two by asking one employee and the manager.
Jango Fett sticker
Celebration Luke sticker - It's odd how a very old X-wing set was used instead of the 2006 version.
And finally, for the "freebies" section, a summary of what I got:
- Star Wars "book lightsaber" poster
- chrome black Darth Vader
- two activity books
- Republic Heroes advertisement card and Oky Wan "access picture"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series collectible cards
- "business card" of one of the 501st members
- two Visual Dictionary sticker
- signature from a stormtrooper named TK3390
Now for the purchased goods!
Yeah, all of the sets are already opened.
Over here, the Separatist Shuttle minifigs are wondering why their pictures are on a box.
The dog is going over 50 miles per hour, so the police officer is pulling him over.
And over here, the firefighter is attempting to chop up the flame with two hatchets (yeah, I've been reading Gary Paulsen's "Brian" series lately ).
A list of everything I bought:
- Separatist Shuttle ($30 USD)
- chrome silver stormtrooper magnet ($10 USD)
- chrome gold minifigure keychain ($5 USD)
- Firefighter ($3.50 USD)
- Police Officer ($3.50 USD)
Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience, and I would love to go to larger events in the future (like BrickCon and BrickWorld).
I hope you enjoyed reading this! I finished this two days earlier than I planned (it took 1½ hours to make).
Be sure to cast your vote on what you want to see next! Like last time, I will count the votes tomorrow at 5 PM Pacific Standard Time, which is approximately 23 hours from the posting of this overview.
Only 30 or so pictures were used in this overview, and over 100 can be found in my Brickshelf folder when public.
Also, feel free to point out any typos, mess-ups, or grammatical mistakes.
Edited by KimT, 16 December 2009 - 11:45 PM.