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Pick A Brick Walls - Interesting Parts Found

krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
edited October 2011 in Collecting
I'm a big fan of the Pic-A-Brick walls found at Lego stores. I think the largest number of pieces I've ever fit into a cup is around 850, but the total number is not always the great point of pic-a-brick walls. For me, the ability to fill a cup with one particular piece for MOC's is what I love.

With this said, what is the most exciting LEGO brick you've found on a pic-a-brick wall? Maybe its a specific piece, or a color?


  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    For me, it is the green bamboo plant (30176) simply because I was able to purchase a hundred of them at one shot... instead of receiving one or three in a set at a time.

    So, what is yours? btw, scored some gold treasure chests today at the Adventura store in Miami, Fl. Just the base, no lids... still cool for an underwater scene.
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Member Posts: 2,696
    They had the treasure chests with lids at the store in Lakewood, Co. and I also filled a full cup of 2 x 2 dark tan tiles.
  • trypticontrypticon Member Posts: 61
    I picked up like 288 dogs a few years back, thinking I could have them all over my land. Then I got home, and realized I only really needed like eleven before they started appearing a bit too frequently.

    Just recently, I came across black 2x1 slopes that I'd been wanting to get a bunch of for years. I didn't buy them, and now they are gone. Go me!
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    edited October 2011
    1x6x5 clear wall windows, 1x2 dark grey tiles(never seen them again) and 2x2 dark tan tiles. Found a couple of blue train doors down the side of 1 of the units when 1 pulled 1 out which was a bit of a find. I always used to pull out each unit to see was was stuck down the sides as they rarely used to clean them out properly. I miss white flowers and never got enough of them.
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    edited October 2011
    I only see the red flowers, myself. I passed up on 1X2 dark brown hinges at the Mall of America store.Imagine, a modular house builder passing them up :/
    @jonboy2000, I've pulled out a few bins in my days too :) handy little trick! @trypticon - that is alot of dogs! Would love to find goats in that number :)
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,794
    Today the Schaumburg Lego store had 1x2 tan tiles, 2x2 tan tiles, 1x16 White brick,
    6x8 Green Plates, and 1x2 White, red brown and tan brick also 1x2 White grill tiles
    That is what loaded up on anyways. I think they have 4 x 4 drk gray plates as well... 1 x 4 tan plates, 2x4 tan plates, 1x4 black brick 1x2 white brick with clips.. and a bunch of 2x4 bricks and what not....

    I would say the best parts to get are tiles and bricks, especially earth tone..

    Coolest thing I got probably was either the white ladders, brown wolves/dogs, or the 1x4x3 Trans panels.. especially since it seems those are no longer in the PAB inventory....
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    ^ still waiting for 1x2 tan and 1x2 lime tiles to show up in UK stores. By checking brickbuildr it seems like every other counrty has them except us : ( I heard that Germany nabs all the best parts in Europe before we get a pick of the left overs!
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    I'm wondering if its a size-of-store concept? When I lived in Minnesota (Mall of America store) the PAB wall was huge, and I always found enough unique pieces to fill 2-3 cups per visit. Now that I'm in Miami (Adventura store), the PAB wall is nearly 1/3 the size of Mall-of-America's PAB wall.

    I'm just interested in seeing what the great finds are at various stores :)
  • bmwlegobmwlego Member Posts: 819
    I wish I bought more trans green 1x2 bricks when the Rockefeller Center store had them last year.
    I also remember buying a small helping of trans red and trans green2x2 bricks at the West Nyack store. Should have bought more of them.
    Finally, i bought a cup of dark bley 6x16? Tiles and would have bought more but they are so big I couldn't get too many to fit in the cup!
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    Just stopped by the Lego store tonight, they said they were getting a new shipment of pick-a-bricks in on Tuesday and to call them and ask what they had.

    Depends on the person staffing the store, sometimes you have to put a lid on the cup, but I've been told to forget the lid and just stuff whatever I wanted in there, even if it comes out the top, mostly for the larger plates as you mention. Just whatever doesn't spill out on its own from being carried around without your hand on the top. :)
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    @bmwlego if you ask the store staff they will usually let you buy larger parts (like the tiles and lrg lattice fences) indiviually. They put it through the till as an "element". What you get them for will largely depend on the price you can agree upon but they will more than likely be cheaper than buying them from lego PAB 0n line
  • bmwlegobmwlego Member Posts: 819
    ^thanks for the tip. If I come across something large like that again I'll be sure to ask for this arrangement.

    Each store is different and even employees take different approaches within the same store.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,794
    ^-- my store lets you take one if you have a small cup of parts, and two if you take a bigger cup of parts... I guess if you schmooze enough you can get more, I try not to be greddy with them though...
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    edited October 2011
    ^^ Things definately vary store to store and between employees

    ^ I definately do plenty of schmoozing when I'm there! : )
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    I scored some fences this weekend! both the white picket fence and the larger animal pen fence. Not sure what sets they have been in, but they'll go great on a spread of land next to my harvesters!
  • emilewskiemilewski Member Posts: 482
    Why can't they build a LEGO store in CT I ask? They should be able to put something in Enfield, CT one would think, or a nearby mall. Ah well...I have seen pictures and PAB walls sound fantastic.
  • krklintkrklint Member Posts: 502
    They are! I pick up pieces and take them to my technical writing courses to have students build construct technical documents. emilewski, sounds like you need a road trip to one!
  • DavidBrickleyDavidBrickley Member Posts: 369
    For anyone who may know... I've heard that LegoLands' PAB is priced by weight rather than than volume, but how does the selection compare to regular stores?

    I've got a project designed which will need about about 3000 each of 2 different plates; needless to say, [email protected] and even Bricklink prices are a bit intimidating.
  • jonboy2000jonboy2000 Member Posts: 259
    I haven't been for a while but the selection is usually alot more extensive than any PAB wall. I seem to remeber that it's about £4.50 for 100g (so very expensive) but I could be completely wrong.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Administrator Posts: 6,755
    The selection at LEGOLAND Windsor is far from extensive I'm afraid.... And while not extensive, it IS expensive - sold by weight.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    For 3,000 parts, have you considered calling or writing Lego with your proposal and asking for a bulk purchase discount?

    I'd think they would do a deal for you if asked for that many of a single part.
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