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LEGO Inside Tour 2014

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  • papluhpapluh Member Posts: 52
    edited May 2014
    Just a question, I saw in the description for the LIT set here that 'Production run 80.' which is less than the number of participants. Is everybody getting their own copy or just one per people paying together ? If only one, I should start planning now, how it will be only mine,mine ... mine >:-D

    @evert‌ See you there in 4 weeks...
  • adiemcadiemc UKMember Posts: 516
    @papluh‌ I asked about that. Don't worry everyone gets a set. The number refers to the number of sets for that particular tour. Lego employees who have participated get one as well and Sanne (one of the brilliant hosts) told me that Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen likes to keep 2 or 3 for himself!
  • minicoopers11minicoopers11 USAMember Posts: 104
    @‌chiukeung

    Hi CK! We were the ones ogling the super-rare #106 UNICEF Van in the vault. Haha, that was alot of fun.

    Thanks for the HKLUG minifig...that was really cool!

    Cheers,
    Jeremy
    chiukeung
  • chiukeungchiukeung Member Posts: 4
    @minicoopers11
    hi Jeremy, i remembered you :D you are welcome.
    The Tour experience was awesome, i enjoy every single moment
    CK
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    Who's coming to the June 17th tour? :D
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 9,621
    adiemc said:

    ...hosts) told me that Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen likes to keep 2 or 3 for himself!

    Those damn evil resellers... :-p
    I am jealous. I wish I could go.
  • SKP87SKP87 Member Posts: 1
    Greetings, fellow May 7 to 9 tour people. It's Sarah from Melbourne. I'm another lurker in that I was reading the forums without actually having an account. My Lego staff shop box actually arrived back in Australia before me. Can't wait to get building on all those sets!
  • minicoopers11minicoopers11 USAMember Posts: 104
    Hello,

    My Lego shop box arrived back before me as well. Hoping it wasn't returned to Denmark yet...lol
  • kennywestkennywest Member Posts: 25
    Dear May 7 to 9 tour people,

    Apparently I was not the only one mailing Sanne about sharing the other attendees' e-mail addresses. She has sent a mail to all of the first tour participants if they are willing to share their e-mail address or not. I don't see any problem with this, so mine will be shared :)
    What I would like to have from all my fellow tour participants is a photo of you together with your creation during the building challenge, so be prepared :)
    I would like to add this to my personal LIT 2014 photo-album as a memory to all of you.
    Thanks and Leg godt!
  • DoppelgangerDoppelganger Member Posts: 8
    @kennywest: I have a few (not amazing) photos of you accepting your award. If you'd like me to email them to you for that album, PM me.

    That's true of most, if not all, the award recipients. I've promised already to two others and only sent to one. If anyone else wants, let me know!
  • MauricioMauricio Member Posts: 28
    I will likewise be sharing photos (and perhaps some video) as soon as I get the email addresses.
    adiemc
  • husky96husky96 Member Posts: 46
    edited May 2014
    *INSIDE TOUR SPOILERS - FUTURE ATTENDEES READ AT TOUR PERIL!*

    I'm back from the LIT #2 and it was a blast. I don't profess to be a good builder/designer, but my son is really into it and so am I and this tour exceeded my expectations. It was nice to meet everyone on the tour who posts on here or lurks and I look forward to keeping in touch with you once we get emails from LEGO.

    Day 1 Highlights
    While the 1st group got introduced to "JV", we got to meet Soren Lund, GM of the new LEGO House. Once that project is done, I think it will become a destination aside from just LEGOLAND itself.

    For those who are more into the design standpoint, we got to meet folks from the Design Team and have dinner with them. While it was pointed out by HR that many are introverted, the ones interacting with us are definitely the extroverted ones. I don't think people stayed up as late as the first tour for the Building Challenge, but many were up past 12:30am. During the time with the designers, I think we all tried to pry info out of them, but they did a good job not to reveal future releases. Booooo!

    Day 2 Highlights
    I enjoyed this with my background in Supply Chain, so seeing the factory and how things work operationally was really interesting. The amount of elements and assembled parts was really impressive and seeing how fast the machines operate is really impressive.

    At the employee store, everyone enjoyed this. I mean, who wouldn't!?! We spent less than Tour 1 at 75,000DKK but that may be due to the fact we had less people for the EU and more Americans where the discounts aren't as great? My family of 3 used up 1 box, but still spent about 3800DKK in the store as we bought sets that were at least 25% USD prices like the Palace Cinema, Parisian Restaurant, Winter Village, and R2-D2.

    The Award Show was fun to recognize those who stayed up late and made some great creations and be rewarded for it. I know for many of you, it is an opportunity to showcase your skills, young or old. It was a nice touch for the team to recognize the kids efforts as well.

    Day 3
    The highlight of the day had to be the Exclusive set and meet the designer who did it. He signed the set and i know everyone was happy with it. Truly a unique set!

    Summary
    In all, we had 35 members in Tour 2. Of those 35, I think 7 were women/girls and we had 7 kids including mine.

    Camilla, Sanne, and Regina are great to work with and I feel like they did a fabulous job.

    The LEGO House wasn't available at Hotel LEGOLAND or the employee store, but was available at all nearby stores that are within a 10 minute walk.

    There is no Air Conditioning in the rooms so it gets very warm!

    We flew in Tuesday night and left Friday evening. For us, it was the right amount of time as I had some concerns there wouldn't be enough free time, but the park itself wasn't too crowded. For the June folks, if you are planning on going on the rides, I would expect longer lines and the pass you get is a season pass and not a VIP pass to skip the lines.

    Food was "amusement park" food. Not the best. The food we did get inside the hotel for breakfast and our first meal was good. The meals inside the park was average at best.

    Even though my son is 7, I think I'd have reservations bringing kids that young. There are exceptions of course, but days are long and they aren't going to be excited about a lot of stuff as adults are. The tour does do a good job balancing things out and keeping them busy.

    Lots of freebies along the way. While I didn't want to expect them, they were always welcome. We definitely came home with a lot more than expected. As others have said, pack light so you have room!

    While I don't expect to be back in Billund any time soon, I would love to attend this again once the LEGO House is completed. I think it can be argued if the tour is worth it, but for my family, it definitely was. I made sure to take advantage of the free beers when available. :)
  • kennywestkennywest Member Posts: 25
    @husky96‌, I have to agree with you bringing young kids. Day 2 is a very busy day and they will get tired and bored much sooner than us, adults. I can also imagine that lot of the stuff we get to see is very interesting for us, AFOL, but not so much for the kids.
    But hey, LEGO is a toy company so it would be a shame to have these tours only available for adults :)
    Thanks for your nice wrap-up ...
  • MauricioMauricio Member Posts: 28
    Ack, spoilers! @husky96, you may want to tag your post for the folks who are going on future tours. Nice summary!
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    @husky96‌, no A/C in the rooms?! WHAT?!?!?!
    Say it ain't so!
  • MauricioMauricio Member Posts: 28
    @Ronny, I will confirm that... indeed no A/C. It was fine for the first tour, but I don't understand how that can work for the entire summer.
  • husky96husky96 Member Posts: 46
    @Mauricio‌ I tried to be as vague as possible to not throw in any spoilers. I will edit accordingly if I gave away too much.
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    How is all the plastic not melting?
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,859
    husky96 said:


    Food was "amusement park" food. Not the best. The food we did get inside the hotel for breakfast and our first meal was good. The meals inside the park was average at best.

    Yeah, LEGOLAND food isn't super-great. However, looking at the online park map, I am astonished that LEGOLAND Billund does not have Granny's Apple Fries, one of the most unforgettable food items I had either at LEGOLAND California when I visited for my eleventh birthday or at LEGOLAND Florida when I visited for my twenty-third birthday. I'm surprised that hasn't gone global, since it's one of the American LEGOLAND parks' best food items, hands-down!
  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 93
    @husky96 Thanks for your wrap up! Good to hear you had a great trip! Nice to know that they got different presenters for each tour! And tour #1 still holds the record!
  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 242
    Wow, sounds like a great trip! I hope that I get an opportunity to do this next year!

    If any of the US visitors picked up a few extra "LEGO House" sets, let me know via PM. It's the only set in the Architecture Series that I don't have!
  • husky96husky96 Member Posts: 46
    @henrysunset‌ I wanted to bring a few extra back but I just didn't have any extra luggage space.
  • mankinmankin Member Posts: 2
    @husky96 hi, me and my wife who came from asia in LIT #2, nice to meet all you guys. After LIT, we stayed at Copenhagen for few days. We luckily found 10244 Fairground Mixer and 21108 Ghostbusters at local store.
  • chiukeungchiukeung Member Posts: 4
    mankin said:

    @husky96 hi, me and my wife who came from asia in LIT #2, nice to meet all you guys. After LIT, we stayed at Copenhagen for few days. We luckily found 10244 Fairground Mixer and 21108 Ghostbusters at local store.

    welcome mankin, glad to hear you can find Fairgound mixer, you should bought from LEGO brand retail store, right?
    CK
  • mankinmankin Member Posts: 2
    @chiukeung yes, i bought fairground mixer on day one at Lego store, and bought the Ghostbusters pretty vehicle on my last day in Copenhagen. Luckily, I got the 40108 Balloon Cart, and 5002127 Flashback Shredder gift poly begs. Anyway, thanks very much for your information and advices before my LIT trip, its useful, thx.
  • khopewosinkhopewosin Member Posts: 93
    @mankin The big question is what did you get from the employee store?
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    I will appreciate it if someone who attended the tour could answer this question.
    My understanding is that the store is offering a 50% discount on sets. Are prices already including the VAT or is it added at the register.
    If a set normally costs 1000 DKK, will I pay 500 DKK (50% off) or 750 DKK (50% off, but then 25% VAT)?

    Thank you!
  • MauricioMauricio Member Posts: 28
    @Ronny, VAT is included. You would pay 500 DKK.
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    Thanks for the info @Mauricio‌!
  • andyscouseandyscouse Western MAMember Posts: 365
    Mauricio said:

    Here is what came in our boxes, plus a few extra things we picked up on the trip. But what you see here is basically what will fit in two boxes.

    Enjoy Tour #2!

    Intrigued!

    What are these boxes you speak of? Do you get to decide what to put in them, or do you choose a box size and they fill it randomly? They ship direct to you?

  • theLEGOmantheLEGOman UKMember Posts: 1,520

    Mauricio said:

    Here is what came in our boxes, plus a few extra things we picked up on the trip. But what you see here is basically what will fit in two boxes.

    Enjoy Tour #2!

    Intrigued!

    What are these boxes you speak of? Do you get to decide what to put in them, or do you choose a box size and they fill it randomly? They ship direct to you?

    I think they cover the cost of 2 shipping boxes so you can buy what you like and send it home.
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86

    Mauricio said:

    Here is what came in our boxes, plus a few extra things we picked up on the trip. But what you see here is basically what will fit in two boxes.

    Enjoy Tour #2!

    Intrigued!

    What are these boxes you speak of? Do you get to decide what to put in them, or do you choose a box size and they fill it randomly? They ship direct to you?

    They give you a box (dimensions provided to the attendees) to put your purchased items in, and then ship it home for you.
  • MauricioMauricio Member Posts: 28
    It's one shipping box per person. You fill the box with purchases (LEGO sets only, not clothing) and they handle shipping it.
  • husky96husky96 Member Posts: 46
    edited June 2014
    @Mauricio‌ have you received your box from Tour #1? @andyscouse‌ We bought the Parisian Restaurant, R2-D2, Winter Market, Mindstorms EV3, and some discounted Series 4 CMF's and a bunch of polybags with some room to spare. The box is pretty generous.
  • Gooker1Gooker1 Member Posts: 598

    Well I must be VERY lucky, as I have received a phone call this morning from Lego offering me and my son a place on the tour 17th - 20th due to a cancellation. Now to find flights!!! :-)

    That's super cool, but flights this late must cost a fortune more than when it could have been booked right?

  • MauricioMauricio Member Posts: 28
    @husky96, we did get our boxes. I also posted a pic of the sets earlier in the thread, to give folks an idea how much will fit.
  • husky96husky96 Member Posts: 46
    Thanks @Mauricio‌ We are anxiously waiting for our box to arrive!
  • scottwb2010scottwb2010 ScotlandMember Posts: 239
    ^^^ Cheers! Flights not as bad as I thought. Flight home dearer than going. but glad I booked up today as there was only 2 seats left for flight I needed.
    RonnyStormKitty
  • kennywestkennywest Member Posts: 25
    We were also called for the first tour. I had to sit down for a while after the call ... so @scottwb2010‌, I know exactly how you feel :)
  • scottwb2010scottwb2010 ScotlandMember Posts: 239
    Yeh @kennywest its been a bit of a wirlwind since the first got in touch so only sinking in now :-)
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    @scottwb2010‌, where are you traveling to Billund from?
  • scottwb2010scottwb2010 ScotlandMember Posts: 239
    ^ @Ronny I will be flying from Edinburgh via Stanstead.
  • RonnyRonny USAMember Posts: 86
    Cool. Milton, GA, USA :)
  • DoppelgangerDoppelganger Member Posts: 8
    I'm with @henrysunset: if anyone from the US wants to bring me back a Lego House set, I would be hugely grateful. My son got one (thanks to a very nice fellow tour participant), but I'm wishing I had gotten one for myself.
  • evertevert Member Posts: 16
    Guys I am going next week on the tour. Does anybody know if the employee store has any lego serious play sets? And are there still any firebrigades left? I would like to and some to my collection.
  • minicoopers11minicoopers11 USAMember Posts: 104
    Serious play? What do you mean by that? I didn't notice any Fire Brigades, but I was not focused on the larger sets.
  • GoldJonoGoldJono Aberdeen, UKMember Posts: 215
    @evert‌ They didn't have any of the serious play kits in the staff store. There weren't any fire brigades in the staff store, but there were a few in the lego store in Legoland during the first tour although the price was high at 1499.99 dkk.
  • markarm919markarm919 USAMember Posts: 60
    All these posts make me jealous I had to cancel my spots. Unfortunate circumstances...next year hopefully.
  • evertevert Member Posts: 16
    GoldJono thanks for you´reply. To bad that there is no serious play in employstore. I am looking for set 2000409, 2000414 and 2000430. The sets are very difficult to buy here. Good to hear that the firebrigade is still aviable.. only the pice is high.
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