22kane, on 20 May 2011 - 10:41 PM, said:
I read on a post a couple of days ago that the Lego stores had a "build your own Minifigure" station with various body parts and "tools". Someone had said that Lego took many of the parts from series one and is offering them in these little stations at the Lego stores. I decided to visit my local Lego store today and sure enough there it was. I immediately got excited until I saw the $9.99 price tag for three figures and was disappointed in the parts they were offering. Many of the torso's were common figures like a police man or a pirate shirt. There were only about five different faces available including the skeleton head but not his body. The tools were brooms, swords and a few other common pieces. I quickly realized that it certainly wasn't worth the 10 dollars as I probably already had most of the pieces. Here is the question... I am wondering if this various by store? Maybe most of the good stuff was picked through at the KOP location. Has anyone out there had better luck?
It varies, not only from store to store, but at the same store from day to day. As it happens, I was just at the LEGO Store at Downtown Disney Marketplace at Orlando, Florida a couple times in the past few days, and they had several Build-A-Minifigure elements I found interesting, though I wasn't able to get as many things as I'd like. They had a few mermaid torsos and tails, some Minifigures Series 1 parts (Forestman torsos, heads and hats, Cheerleader heads and hair, Nurse hair and I think some heads, Clown legs, torsos, heads and hair, Magician torsos and faces), some Pirates elements (mermaid torsos and tails, various heads, "striped shirt" pirate torsos, lots of cutlasses and a single flintlock pistol), a couple of the newer Space Police criminal torsos with the Blacktron homage, a kepi hat in black, a surprising number of Naboo Fighter Pilot torsos, some pointed witch/wizard-style hats, and so on. Usually I don't see such interesting pieces in BAM sections, but as noted, it always varies.
The things I notice most often are "semi-generic" heads (heads commonly used in various themes), torsos for the more common City folk (cops, firefighters, etc.), and certain regularly recurring accessory items (visors for helmets, pickaxes, binoculars, etc.), but I've also found black fedoras, Pirates redcoats elements (torsos, shakos, etc.), and more.