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#1 Holly

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:18 PM

I wil be visiting Paris in two weeks time and wondered if anyone familliar with the city could advise me on the best Lego stocking toyshops please?  I've already checked the Lego site and discovered that, disappointingly,  there aren't any actual Lego stores in France (like the excellent one in Cologne I went to last year).  I don't suppose there's a Lego store at Disneyland Paris (like the one in Downtown Disney, Orlando)????

Any info appreciated,
Holly

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:54 PM

yoda will reply  X-D We're both livinbg there but he's just the best when it comes to shops...

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:55 PM

Holly,

Beeing a native from the capital ( :-D ), there are unfortunatly only 3 places to buy Lego in Paris:

* Jouéclub (3-5 Bd des Italiens, 75002 Paris): Really cool shop with only Lego (there are actually several toy stores in the Juéclub "compound" but one is dedicated to Lego). However they tend to be more expensive than SAH but sometimes have sets early and sometimes at the price of S@H (couple of cents more).
Metro: Richelieu Drout (Lines 9 & 8)

* Galeries Lafayette (40 Bd Haussman, 75009 Paris): They have a new 5th floor dedicated to toys, with a Lego section. Not as great but they have a little pick a brick section
Metro: Chaussée d'Antin La Fayette (Lines 9 & 7)
Its like 5/10 minutes walking from the village Joué Club  ;-)

* TRU La Défense: a HUGE anfd  great TRU
Metro La Défense - Grande Arche (line 1 & RER line A)

If you need more info, feel free to ask me  ;-)

Hope this helped you and I wish you a fantastic time in Paris  ;-)

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Edited by xwingyoda, 20 September 2006 - 05:04 PM.


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Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:56 PM

My tip : you could add the metro stations so she finds it more easely  ;-)

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:59 PM

 Holly, on Sep 20 2006, 04:18 PM, said:

I don't suppose there's a Lego store at Disneyland Paris (like the one in Downtown Disney, Orlando)????

Any info appreciated,
Holly
no lego bricks at Disneyland Paris i'm afraid...

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 04:59 PM

 jipay, on Sep 20 2006, 04:56 PM, said:

My tip : you could add the metro stations so she finds it more easely  ;-)
Ah yes I forgot that  ;-)

I edited my post to ad them  ;-)

Cheers,

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 06:08 PM

Many thanks to all three of you - that is very helpful :-)


I wonder if I could ask just one more question - what are official  prices in France like in relation to those in the UK?  I found prices in Germany to be a fair bit less than England - is France the same?

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 06:12 PM

Prices in France are definitly cheaper than in the UK and are mostly cheaper than Germany on normal retail prices. Germany has loads of "specials" France doesn't have for instance.

Cheers Holly  ;-)

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 04:58 PM

XWingyoda,

Wondered if I could please ask you one more question (yet again)?!

Can you tell me roughly how far TRU is from Charles De Gaul Airport?  And roughly how long it would take me to travel there by Metro?  Will I need to change trains?  

(Sorry that's THREE questions :-$ )

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:18 PM

 Holly, on Sep 22 2006, 04:58 PM, said:

XWingyoda,

Wondered if I could please ask you one more question (yet again)?!

Can you tell me roughly how far TRU is from Charles De Gaul Airport?  And roughly how long it would take me to travel there by Metro?  Will I need to change trains?  

(Sorry that's THREE questions :-$ )
No worries at all Holly  ;-)

The easiest and quickest way is this:
* From Charles de Gaulle (CDG), take the only line you can: RER line B3 and go all the way to the station called Chatelet les Halles
* Change and take line A1, A3 or A5 to go to La Défense - Grande Arche (since its within Paris, its the same line). Its only 3 stations. The TRU is in La Défense shopping mall called "Les Quatre Temps". Its really easy once you are out of the RER  ;-)

I think it would take around 45 minutes. The RER is a bit more expensive than the regular subway, but by regular subway it will take forever.
One very important tip: keep your RER ticket with you because you need it to get out (unlike the subway  ;-) ). Also the RER can be confusing because one same line has so many different destinations BUT you have a big bilboard where the train is telling you what stops it will make. For line A, its no problems because its within Paris so all trains do all the Paris stops. Just watch out going towards CDG - its seems more complicated that its really, don't worry.

On a side note, La Défense is on the same line as Disneyland  ;-)  (it might be easier for you).

Do not hesitate to ask more questions and I hope that was useful to you  ;-)

Cheers,

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:25 PM

there's a TRU at Torcy as well, about 30-40 minutes by RER if I'm not mistaken. it's in a new shopping mall, 5 minutes away from the train station, just in case that would be closer to where you're staying...

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 06:04 PM

Ah I never been there but looking on the map, Torcy is on the A4, 3 stations only from Disneyland  ;-)

If you are coming from CDG, I really would suggest La Défense which is a great toy store (they just redid it and it looks really amazing, especially if you are going with your small kid - he will LOVE it there  *wub* ) with automated polar bears ...

Also, it has a much better selection then the other TRU - I don't know the Torcy one but I talk from experience with the one in St Quentin.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:12 PM

I'd budget one hour to go there though. I find 45 minutes quite optimistic. This will mainly depend of the time you are planing on going there.
For instance during rush hours there's one RER (suburb trains) every minute. One every 20 during slow hours.


The best way to do all of this would be for you to have Yoda as a guide lol  :-P

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 10:26 AM

 xwingyoda, on Sep 22 2006, 06:04 PM, said:

Ah I never been there but looking on the map, Torcy is on the A4, 3 stations only from Disneyland  ;-)

If you are coming from CDG, I really would suggest La Défense which is a great toy store (they just redid it and it looks really amazing, especially if you are going with your small kid - he will LOVE it there  *wub* ) with automated polar bears ...

Also, it has a much better selection then the other TRU - I don't know the Torcy one but I talk from experience with the one in St Quentin.

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i think we visited Disney one day we were there, took the line back to the city at about 19.00, but got off at Torcy 15 minutes later, we went to TRU and then got to the main street of Torcy to eat in a restaurant there. it's perfectly doable, really. I don't think the TRU at Torcy has anything exceptional, just all the regular stuff, probably a few UCS sets, like the atst, they had the ywing last year, but no pab! :-X

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 12:07 PM

Thank you everyone for all of the information.  At the moment I'm thinking I will visit the La Defense store when I got off the plane as I know the Imperial Inspection are there - however, if someone were able to tell me that they were also at the Torcy store I could go there fairly easily at any time during the week which would probably be easier!

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 01:00 PM

Torcy is in the middle of nowhere, so I can't provide the info, sorry  :-P

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 04:20 PM

 Holly, on Sep 23 2006, 12:07 PM, said:

Thank you everyone for all of the information.  At the moment I'm thinking I will visit the La Defense store when I got off the plane as I know the Imperial Inspection are there -
Good idea because that shop is just brilliant !! A real feast for the eyes hehe !! I would have LOVED it as a kid - hey, I still do btw  :-D
On a side note there is also the Durmstrang ship at 50% off right now  ;-)

 Holly, on Sep 23 2006, 12:07 PM, said:

however, if someone were able to tell me that they were also at the Torcy store I could go there fairly easily at any time during the week which would probably be easier!
The easiest would be to call them to ask. When are you planning to be there ? I can call them just a few days before you leave and let you know on this thread - I think it woukld be the easiest.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 05:25 PM

 xwingyoda, on Sep 23 2006, 04:20 PM, said:

The easiest would be to call them to ask. When are you planning to be there ? I can call them just a few days before you leave and let you know on this thread - I think it woukld be the easiest.

I can't get over how kind you (and everyone) are being - that would be very helpful.

We arrive on Wednesday 4th October and leave on Sunday 8th - if I know the Torcy store has them it might be easier than trying to go there when we arrive at the airport or make our Paris sightseeing day a bit less rushed - though I'd like to get to the La Defense shop if I can.

Many thanks, I appreciate it :-)

Holly

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 08:09 PM

Hey, I'm going to Paris next Easter, so this thread is mighty helpful. :-) Does La Defense have a PAB wall?
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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:05 PM

@ Holly,

My pleasure  ;-)  I'll call Torcy on the 2nd and post the answer the same day.

@ The Kid,

Unfortunatly not  |-/  France is really bad with PAB: the only one in Paris is in the Galleries Lafayette and its tiny  >:-(

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:17 PM

Tiny but still has some usefull pieces, especially if you need bricks to build houses. It has everything from windows to doors.

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:45 PM

as far as I can remember, it's really expensive... the bags have become very small and i once calculated that you needed to get 300 1x4 plates to make it worth your while compared to bl, so classics bricks would be rather expensive ... actually it's not meant for us, Lego specialists, but for the general public who has no clue about bl...

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 08:32 PM

Thanks everyone. I'll check out the PAB if I'm nearby anyway. ;-) How much is the Sail Barge in France (especially at TRU La Defense)?

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 09:00 PM

 xwingyoda, on Sep 23 2006, 09:05 PM, said:

My pleasure  ;-)  I'll call Torcy on the 2nd and post the answer the same day.

Thank you yet again for all of your help, Yoda *sweet*

It's getting near now and I'm quite excited about the trip - although it's mainly about taking the children to Disneyland we'll also have a little time in Paris - anywhere else you would recommend we go in our limited time there (when I'm not hurrying between toyshops!)???

Holly

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 09:28 PM

 Holly, on Sep 25 2006, 09:00 PM, said:

 xwingyoda, on Sep 23 2006, 09:05 PM, said:


My pleasure  ;-)  I'll call Torcy on the 2nd and post the answer the same day.

Thank you yet again for all of your help, Yoda *sweet*

It's getting near now and I'm quite excited about the trip - although it's mainly about taking the children to Disneyland we'll also have a little time in Paris - anywhere else you would recommend we go in our limited time there (when I'm not hurrying between toyshops!)???

Holly
No worries at all Holly, always glad yo help when I can  ;-)
In order to help you with your question I have 2 questions to ask you (hehe its your turn  :-P ): how long will you have to visit Paris and is what you want to do more kid oriented ? (I mean I can give you a list of museums and what have you, but I'm not sure your kids are enthusiast about it  ;-) )

Cheers,

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