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[DE] Buying loose bricks in Germany?
First of all, I am not a "serious" lego collector, so this is just a parent who feels lego is the best toy around for my daughter.
I will be going to germany to legoland in august. I am trying to find all my buying options whilst in Germany and see there is the store in legoland after the "factory" tour that sells bricks by weight - 9€ per 100 grams(?).
Also there are lego stores in Nuremberg with pick a brick walls.
So my question is which one is better value: the weight option in legoland or the pick a brick wall? Or am I better off getting classic sets?
Also, to counter the gender inbalance of the "non-girly" sets, someone once suggested getting female minifig heads, and this was the BEST suggestion I ever got :-) - so I bought online at the legoshop 10 heads, and my daughter has used all 10 heads already. I would like to buy more in person as well as more variety, since online there was only one option. Any clues if I can get these at legoland or in a lego store in germany?
Any tips on how to optimize our lego purchases?
Thanks for all the help.
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The PAB section in LEGOland is awesome, and very expensive. We were there a couple of years ago and bought very few elements by weight. The PAB section also sells more expensive things by piece and we bought some of them such as baseplates. When we were there the sales tent had some bins of bricks that were sold by weight for a reduced price but they were a very limited selection.
Unless there are particular pieces you're looking for I would much rather buy PAB cups at a LEGO store, the small cups can easily hold about 250g (I went and weighed one I filled this week). But if you're just looking for some basic bricks to start the collection then the Classic sets may suit you better, especially the "bright" colored ones that are aimed at girls.
Neither LEGOland or LEGO stores sell minifig parts separately. Each sells make your own minifigure sets, 3 in stores and 5 figures at LEGOland. I would think your daughter would love any minifigures you make for her there, LEGOland has a better selection. You'll be able to get female torsos and maybe some printed skirt pieces. There were Friends accessories available at LEGOland such as the guitar when we were there.
It's opening up a huge can of worms but it sounds like you need to look at bricklink.com or brickowl.com. These are marketplaces where people sell LEGO by the piece and I'm sure you'll find lots of female minifigure heads there, I bought some for my daughter when she first got glasses as she wanted to make herself. There's a learning curve to using these sites and lots of good advice in other parts of this website.
Hope that helps,
I will look at the links provided to look for heads, but I am guessing I will bump into the same "problem" that I have with the legoshop website: postage. It is not that it is too high as you can get it free with 55€ of purchases, but I can find cheaper lego sets back home than online... and I cannot justify the cost of 11.95 for under 55 euros purchases.
Thanks for the advise on the PAB cups vs. legoland.
@kevin_hyatt Yes, it's terrible value and a fantastic selection. If there's something there you really want and would have trouble finding in quantity elsewhere then it's worth it but a car boot full of bricks is going to cost more than your tickets. I feel like we just bought a handful of translucent purple starfish because we could. There were a few other pieces but I don't remember what. The build a minifig was 5 for 10€ and had a great selection though, my daughter had a lot of fun with that. We bought our 48x48 blue baseplate there, I kind of wish we'd bought more.
After talking with someone who did it before am now looking at doing the triple of Windsor, Billund and Gunzberg in one holiday!
Just me, my wife, a road trip and some LEGO!
Some of the best bits are on the wall behind the counter (checkout), so have a good look there before you queue up. (sound bricks, pneumatics)
They have signs on some of the element boxes saying limit of 100g per person per day. a lot of those are technic pieces, although its also on 1x1 studs.
And no pneumatic pieces this year.
As for legoland it was a disappointment lego-wise (not theme park wise). Too many wasps as well! We had a much better time in the store store in Nurmberg where we explored the new sets, bought several sets, made 3 female mini-figs (with really nice pieces), I was able to ID several of the female figs from the halloween series (interestingly when we were in the lego store in disneyland, the people in the store helped us "feel" the figs, whereas in legoland and in the store I kept getting the same reply: it is a surprise!), used VIP points and got the Ninjago polybag. For us, much better experience in a lego store than in legoland for Lego buying.
I love that LL Fabrik attraction which is more akin to a warehouse than the PAB wall in your LEGO store. We were asked to use separate bags in the LL Fabrik attraction last weekend to help staff monitor the 100g per element per day rule (not sure that it applies to the more basic pieces). It does help to maintain stock levels somewhat. Lots of useful plates, tiles, plant pieces etc. in rarer colours. If you get a Merlin premium pass you'll get a voucher booklet that will allow a one time 20% discount on the price - otherwise its 10% with the card. Useful place to pick up rarer 32x32 brown and grey and 48x48blue baseplates. The discount tent's loose bricks were priced at 9euro per bag which the sign said could take up to 500g. Lots of unprinted Chima wolf heads on top of lots of smaller pieces of various colours.
In my defense though, the year before we moved there my daughter and I spent 4 days in England attending a Brickset picnic (right off the plane) and visiting @legonut80 (by train) before moving on to check out France. Hence my reputation for insanity in certain circles (and legonut80's for letting us stay with her).
Most of my loose bricks come from the PAB wall.
As for real bargains on loose bricks, I can now recommend Bricklink myself. I used to be a little sceptical for a long time, but decided to finally pull the trigger when I saw that a special part I looked for (the metallic gold dish at the front of the 2015 Christmas Train freebie) was available there for 6 Eurocents apiece at a German seller. In the end I bought about 500 new bricks and pieces for about 35 Euro including postage, which for the parts I got was tremendous value for money. The same parts at Lego [email protected] Pick-a-brick would have been three to four times as expensive.
So yes, Bricklink does seem to be a viable option for getting special parts for a very attractive price. Of course you have to look around a bit to find a seller that offers most if not all of the parts you are looking for, otherwise postage can get the best of your bargains.
That is kind of funny to hear. About the wasps I mean. Not the fact, that your daughter was stung by one of course, but that there were so many in the first place. Because when we were there in August a couple of years ago, our daughter was also stung by one while waiting at the 4-D cinema and I also felt there were enormous amounts of wasps everywhere.
This year we went in October and thankfully there were hardly any wasps (thanks to the cold temperatures and rainy weather).
And by the way, concerning the shopping experience, one has to remember that LL is not owned by Lego any longer and therefor can't really be compared with the Lego stores elsewhere.