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Woodlands, TX (Houston-area) Lego Store Opening May 18-20
I just received a card from Lego saying that the grand store opening for the Woodlands Mall Lego Store will be the weekend of May 18-20. From what I can see there will be a build event where they will build a life-sized Buzz Lightyear, which I find somewhat strange given that the Lego Toy Story line seems to be dead.
The card does not say anything about store opening sets, Lego Store sets, or T-shirts, but I'm assuming the pattern will be the same as for the other Lego Store openings this year. I'm sure they will get more information on the sets soon, but currently Lego.com does not show any detailed information on this event.
The card does mention a Buzz Lightyear promotional Duplo brick as well, but does say that it will be in exchange of the card.
The hours of the event are as follows:
Fri, May 18 - 11am to 7pm
Sat, May 19 - 12pm to 8pm
Sun, May 20 - 12pm to 6pm
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I actually did the full one hour drive to the Woodlands each of the three days. Friday I came one hour after the opening, and the crowds had pretty much dissipated, although on a school day I cannot think there ever was too many people in line for the opening, still, I got to pick up the DC funhouse set and a SW battle pack to get a T-shirt (nothing special) and a Hulk minifig.
Saturday I came with my wife and we arrived there right after their opening at ten. Had to wait in line for about a half hour before being allowed into the store, but we got two Lego Store opening sets and additional promotional minifigures so I really can't complain. Conditions were nothing like what I heard from the Vancouver opening.
Sunday we arrived way early due to misinformation from employees on loan from other area Lego stores as well as emails form the Woodlands mall stating their opening was at 11 when in reality was 12. We were literally first in line, and didn't really care about the extra wait, although many of the families around us with kids had issues and complained to the store staff, who proceeded to hand out free Toy Story Army Men sets and limited UCS R2D2 posters to the kids. I guess I could have lied and said we had little ones at home, but I wouldn't have the heart to deprive a kiddo of their freebee. In any case I was very impressed with the way they handled the mishap.
Scored two of the minifigure sets numbered at 115 and 154, so I can state with certainty that the sets were handed out in random order. The sets themselves were very generic apart from the exclusive back printing, with a Kingdoms Lion Knight, an ordinary Octan mechanic minifig and a generic female City minifig.
The Lego store didn't seem like anything beyond the other two in the Houston area, with a PaB wall in the back and with stock along the walls, I guess it's how most mall Lego stores are laid out. They did seem to carry a bit more stock than the Galleria Lego store, as I noticed they had nearly full stock of the PoTC sets that can barely be found in the former store, but I think the extra stock could just have been due to the opening. In any case I'll certainly go back there although the Galleria store is closer, I feel the atmosphere is more pleasant and down to earth (just like @mrseatle I expected the Woodlands to be far more posh than it really is) and parking seems a lot easier.