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Brick 2014 - My thoughts, your thoughts?
I went to Brick 2014 at Excel this morning, found it a very mixed bag.
1 Even though I'm a minifig collector rather than a builder, looking at the AFOL models and chatting to the makers was really fun.
2. Free Batman minifig at the DK stand.
3. Good support from people like Store (seller of Lego storage, DK and even Lego itself.
4. Bricks Essien - picked up some great bargains on this stand. One was a Toy Story set for £13 that was going for £35 on the next stall. Well worth checking out.
5. Local school kids - they seemed to be having a blast, but there weren't so many of them that the place was swamped.
1. The official Lego stand was abysmal. A few giant boxes, some beanbags and current sets in glass cases. Surely Lego UK could have previewed a few upcoming sets, or put on a little history exhibit, shipped in a big model or SOMETHING.
2. The model displays had giant crash barriers around them. It looked awful, and there must be a better solution than this. I've been to loads of other model shows where this isn't done.
3. For some reason, the stage area had four women on it singing/screeching, 'Everything is Lego,' to a non-existent audience. I suppose it was quite funny in a Simpsons parody kinda way...
4. Toys R Us - just full price Lego, no show offers or exclusives. I couldn't help noticing that the shop was packed, but nobody was buying.
5. A lot of the smaller sellers weren't set up for credit cards. Pity, for at least one who would have sold me a £200 set if they'd provided a way for me to buy it.
6. I left through a wide open entrance and got chased by a security guard who wanted me to go back and walk around to an official 'exit.' There was no sign saying it wasn't an exit and I told him to bugger off. So rude, and pointless!
7. Parking £15!
If this had been in my part of London and cost £15, I think I'd have been happy. But my VIP ticket (I didn't mention the VIP goodie bag because it was just OK) was about £40 plus £15 to park. It took me about 90 minutes to see everything, so that puts it on a par with the cost of a theatre ticket or football match.
I don't regret going for a one off experience, but I don't think I'd be in any rush to go back.
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