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I was just browsing the forum at Brickset, and it is reported that Lego is going to discontinue the monthly mini-build after December. It is disappointing, but I can understand some of the reasons why. I took my kids to their first one over the summer. It was packed, and that is where I learned you have to get there early to get your place in line. The Lego Store in Dallas has it arranged where you wait in line outside the store (it is in a mall). They would pass out cards for the kids who were there and then at 5pm direct kids to the tables to build their model. After a couple of times, they finally gave people the option of either building it at a table outside the store or taking it home. They also made sure the kids were actually present before issuing a card. Apparently, some people were abusing this and making up imaginary kids for the models. My kids enjoyed building the models, but it was not fun waiting that long with them, especially when the 7 year old has hyperactive attention deficit disorder. He would bother every living thing around him for that hour to hour and a half wait. Actually, I think forcing everyone to wait in line kind of hurt store sales a little bit. As the only parent with two kids in line, I myself wanted to go into the store while we were waiting, because (a) it was not busy inside, and (b) I am an AFOL who would likely purchase something. Going into the store would mean losing our place in line, because if I went in, then we would all have to go in. Therefore, I had to wait until we did the minibuild to go inside and maybe buy an item or two. By then, I was rushed, because it was dinner time for the kids. Certainly that and a more crowded store was not great for making a PAB cup. Even on a school night, the store easily gave out all of its supplies. The line extended back several stores and sometimes beyond. It will be disappointing to end this short lived monthly tradition with the kids, but again, I get it. It was not really profitable for Lego to give away free bricks and inadvertantly discourage people from going into the store. What are your thoughts?
Hello everyone! I want to start this news by saying, that if this is the wrong place for this news, or I am not allowed to postnews here, I will kindly take this page down. I've rarely made topics, this may be my first or second. I only mean to comply with those administrators who operate this website. I mean no harm if I make a mistake. Anyways, on the LEGO Store website, a downloadable .PDF file is available for the LEGO Calendar April 2014. Events are also posted but no email reminder has been sent to my inbox yet for the April events lineup. http://stores.lego.com/en-US/default.aspx?CMP=EMC-VIP2014_03_Store_Cal_Reminder_T_US&HQS=NewStoreBnr_Img&RRID=2010720&RMID=SAH_2014_03_02_Store_Mar_Event_Reminder_NA Monthly Mini Build: http://stores.lego.com/en-us/worldwide-news/april-mini-model?shareurl=http%3a%2f%2fstores.lego.com%2fen-us%3fid%3dCE1BE44B-E06A-43DF-95C1-287406069288 "Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home -- for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month -- ask a Store Associate for details! Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. See store for more details. Upcoming Mini Model Build: LEGO Helicopter: Tuesday, April 1 begins at 5:00 pm until supplies last." Danbury, CT Grand Opening Celebration: http://stores.lego.com/en-us/worldwide-news/go-danbury?shareurl=http%3a%2f%2fstores.lego.com%2fen-us%3fid%3dD08FE45C-5267-4A63-B949-7CD39B04C9C6 "Join in a huge LEGO Building event and help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall model of the Hulk™ completely out of LEGO bricks! You'll receive a FREE Certificate of Achievement for participating! April 4-6 • Center Court Friday, April 4: 11am-7pm Saturday, April 5: 10am-6pm Sunday, April 6: 11am-5pm Plus: During the event, be one of the first 300 people each day to make a qualifying purchase at the LEGO Store and you will receive one of these exclusive giveaways." Fashion Show, Las Vegas, NV Grand Opening: http://stores.lego.com/en-us/worldwide-news/fashion-show-go?shareurl=http%3a%2f%2fstores.lego.com%2fen-us%3fid%3d44F3DC8B-3AFD-437F-B079-201EF74AB523 "Join in a huge LEGO Building event and help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot-tall model of R2-D2™ completely out of LEGO bricks! You'll receive a FREE Certificate of Achievement for participating! April 25-27 • Great Hall, Fashion Show, Las Vegas, NV Friday, April 25: 11am-7pm Saturday, April 26: 10am-6pm Sunday, April 27: 11am-5pm Plus: During the event, be one of the first 300 people each day to make a qualifying purchase at the LEGO Store and you will receive one of these exclusive giveaways." Sorry I couldn't upload photos yet. Here's my news video of it!