Ask a LEGO Fan

Pick A Brick Store Selection

Posted in Inventories, Sorting, & Storage, Marketplace by lfanquestions on February 9, 2010

James writes:

We have no lego stores where I live, however we will be spending a week (part at Disneyland and part at Legoland) in California.  Where is the best place to buy things and what different options are available at those two locations?  For example, I’ve read that the PAB options are different at the two (legoland by weight vs downtown Disney by volume).

Do you have any tips or suggestions for shopping at either location?

Dear James,

The typical LEGO Brand Store offers Pick-A-Brick in two sizes of plastic cups.  Many of these stores have very similar inventory across the USA.  You can check out inventory information here:

http://www.brickbuildr.com/view/pab/

Stores at theme parks could have a better selection of elements.  Your mileage may vary.

Sincerely,

LFan

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  1. Michael Huffman said, on February 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    This link might look a little better in a web browser:

    http://www.brickbuildr.com/view/pab/

    The other link is better suited for mobile devices.

    –Mike.

  2. Qwendy said, on February 9, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    The PAB selection at Downtown Disney is pretty poor. At Legoland, over by the firetrucks there is a fantastic PAB store. The whole store is devoted to PAB, with great elements.

    Don’t forget to become a lego rewards member while you are at the Lego store at Downtown Disney.

  3. JamesH said, on February 10, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the responses guys, I’m still a bit confused over the weight vs volume thing.

    I understrand the volume method that, AFAIK, is standard at all Lego shops where you buy a cup (either size) and fill it. Where I’m confused is how the buy weight works and what the advantages and disadvantages of the two are. I’m sure it can’t be too hard to figure out once we’re there, but any more tips would be great!

    Thanks for the tip on selection, that’s something I hadn’t really considered.

    Cheers,
    - James

  4. Michael Huffman said, on February 11, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    In most LEGO retail stores, you buy PaB by a small or large cup. One of the (fun) problems with this method is figuring out how to pack the cup full with the most parts — people have become creative in packing cups full of parts, leaving no empty space. However with Legoland & Legoland Discover Centers, you fill a plastic bag with parts and pay via weight — the limit here isn’t the size & shape of the container, but the amount of money you have.

    There are advantages/disadvantages to either method. The biggest is the size of the part — for instance a 1×16 brick in tan was on the wall in Orlando. You can get roughly 30-40 in a cup, then pack it with smaller parts; which if you only need 30-40 of them, that’s great. But for larger projects, where you need 100+, it becomes tedious to fill cups after awhile — around screaming kids, people who are in the store to window shop, trying to find a place to stack bricks and pack cups — it’s a pain. However, to buy it via weight, you pack them into a plastic bag until you have enough. The down side to weight is the density of the parts — the more dense the part, the more weight, the more weight, the more you pay per piece. (I need to check this out, but do 8 1×2 bricks weight more than a 1×16 brick?)

    If I recall correctly, there is a premium for paying via weight; it slightly higher, but the quality of selection at a Legoland is much better — because they operate under different rules, unlike most LEGO retail stores that pretty much have the same selection of parts. There are a few exceptions to this rule — because the foot traffic in the Orlando store is so high, occasionally, factory over-run of parts find its way onto the PaB wall — there were 31L Technic plastic tubes (straws) on the wall; the problem, however, was you couldn’t pack them nicely into a cup. :)

    –Mike.

  5. Derek said, on August 25, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Hi,

    Can anyone update the inventory for the Mclean, VA store. Be nice as I’m coming in from outof town & would like to get a sneak peak before visiting the store.

    Derek


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