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Obviously I've never been to one of these things, but there was no kind of special master-builder build going on that I could see. Just an area for kids to build stuff - which may or may not have turned into something special when put together. Lots of red bricks in big boxes is all I could really make out and I couldn't see any instructions for the kids to follow, but there may have been. I find it best as a 30 something man not to stand and stare at other peoples kids in shopping malls. It wasn't particularly busy there.
Anyway, full steam ahead for tomorrow - the staff know its going to be the busiest day as its the 'best of the three gifts' but as the first time the mini stores have been available in the UK I'm not sure they realise just how busy it may be. Kind of glad Sheffield is opening next week to split the load a bit.
Also didn't see the opening minifigs set, so not sure what they'll be. I think the T-Shirt had the girl on the postcard on.
Going for some mini figures or a set of mini modulars? Hard decision!
I think I know what I'm getting!
Then a set of recycling truck for my brother. + a keyring.
I'll get there for 8 with a bit of luck!
Do they know what they are doing down there?
I will be really annoyed if I can not get one tomorrow as they said they would give out bands at the event for the free store with £25 purchase. I rang tlg cust services and they didn't have a clue either.
To be honest, I can't think of one particular Manchester Landmark and the wording sounds to me like you don't just build one big thing between everyone but just get on and build your own landmark. Hilton hotel then, thats nice and easy. Anyway, choosing red bricks is a good way to alienate (more than) half the community. D'oh!
If anyone is able and willing to buy £25 worth of stuff and get a Brand Store for me that would be great. The £25 spend could be on Team GB minifigs or Series 4 minfigs.
I can send a paypal payment through if anyone is able to do this.
Would be nice to go to one of these things one day - but wouldn't want to sacrifice a whole day & travel expense just to find the place empty of exclusives but full of rampaging kids dribbling ice-cream and chocolate over the brick walls.
I can't be bothered to go even though I'm 10 minutes away and originally my wife offered to go with me in order to get two freebies.
They are apparently being strict 1 per person.
We could have a guess on how many will appear. I'l start 25.
Am I correct in understanding 500 brand shops will be given out today.
Seller from Rochdale. Spot the brand store auctions, perhaps we should start another thread.
I would guess about 200 to 250 will be resold now or in the future.
Was busy but actually didn't mind queuing outside as met up with @kevbags and a couple of others. We were about tenth in line and when the doors opened it was every one for themselves, managed to get out quite quickly though!
Building the model store now! It is very nice!
Well my brother has one more store model to keep, no sales.
My brother was in the queue for paying while I went round the shop to grab my wanted list ;) glad the newly promoted manager? Heather?? Helped us in the queue..
I collected a couple of campervans from Robert clarkson.
Kevbags was talking to the couple with the fancy pram!
Spread the brickset word as well with the couple behind me who had not heard of the site
I wish I could've made it or could go next week but just a bit too far really.
Enjoy building your store models!