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Oh and, I read the details on the mall's website and it seems like they are actually using the idea of tickets. So it does not end up like Vancouver with many people being unhappy and you can go shop around while you wait. :)
Well, I just posted in another thread that I'm going to stick my Blue Yuck Avatar on my jacket, so if you see me say hi. :) I am going to go as close to 6AM as I can and if the gods are good the Starbucks in the mall will be open.
There were all kinds of Star Wars costume characters there too - including Boba Fett dragging around Slave Leia by a chain. LOL!
I don't know how many of the minifig sets they're going to give away, but we pretty much nailed it with our timing - if I were going to do it again I'd probably aim for 5AM instead of 6 though since we were probably among the last to get the promo sets. You can grab your ticket and take off and come back later when the store opens.
They give out the tickets in groups, group 1, 2, 3 and so on. Each group is around 40 people or so. You don't have to even get in a line until it's close to your group's turn. They had the front person of the waiting 2 groups hold signs that says what group it is so you could see where they were at any time.
And only two groups at a time even get to line up, when we got there group 1 was in the front queue waiting to go into the store, and group 2 is in a pen a ways back. No group 3 assembling anywhere. They let group one go in all at once, moved 2 into that area, and 3's started filling the pen, first come. THen as people left, they let group 2 dribble into the store, and once their area was nearly empty, they let the 3's into the front queue and 4s started into the pen, and so on.
I think we got in the pen (close to the front of the line for our group 5) at 11:10 or so, and we were out of the store and on our way home by 11:45 or so. Grand total time in a line was 20 minutes tops. We did come in at 10 just to see how things were and we just wandered around and kept an eye on the pen.
Hope that helps! I would advise a 5-6am arrival to get a ticket, turn around and leave and go to breakfast or go back home, come in 15 minutes before opening and enjoy yourself. :)
Gosh that was long.
But the store was much larger than I expected or have visited before. I like that it is deep and narrow, much better than walking around in Bellevue or Vancouver.
Btw, I filled my first PAB cup at Bellevue today. It was so much fun! :)
Do like the ticket idea. I wonder if that was the manager's idea or word from TLG HQ?