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But it really is junk compared to the bricks, and elements from PAB..
Although I do need to go back up to my Lego Store by me and pick up scorpions...
@Commodorelegolas - welcome to the forum. I live in Roseville, which is about 20 min away from Arden Fair. But I work downtown, so I HAVE to drive by it every day. I stop by almost every day to see if there is anything new. :) Introduce yourself in the forum. I did do a little profile stalking and saw your excellent photos of your minifigs. :) They really are great photos, you have some good photography skills.
Larger parts, depending on how many you want, are actually cheaper buying online
Id rather buy 10 6x10 plates online than try to cram 10 of those into a PAB cup.. That may be a bad example but I did some basic math and found that again for larger pieces that you want a large Quantity on it seems to be better to do it through PAB online.
However the Lego store by me had their PAB stocked with tan 2 x 2 tiles in and I loaded a cup of those, big time...
I would say the best buy at a PAB are probably the 2 x 2 tiles that are earth colors as those are expensive of BL for those selling large quantities know this and bump up the price per part.
Im kinda kicking myself I did not go up and get more the weekend after I discovered the local store got them in.. Hopefully they go a lot of them
So, again it depends on parts and ease of getting to an actually Lego store (and if there is one in your area)
* all window displays are dictated to specific detail
* all custom built stuff shown in the little windows around the store are dictated (used to not be true for the whole store, but now apparently is)
* Every set built and displayed is dictated
* wall locations withing a store are dictated
* Store managers cannot even control their own inventory - ordering of stock is automatic, and sets/quantities are set by corporate.
* about the only thing the stores can order on their own is the PAB stuff - including whole boxes for sale to customers (a non-advertised fact)