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Speaking of Legoland, we'll be having an indoor Lego amusment center opening in Tokyo around June of next year. Total area should be about 3300 sq meters. Although it's only "a" place in one country, I still hope it would spur on more demand for Legos, kids and adults alike.
I'm from Kawasaki, a tiny but overpopulated city just south of Tokyo. And thanks for the offer. I'll give you a holler when there's anything I want from abroad.
Glad you like Odaiba! It's one of the most popular places to go on a date in Tokyo:) ! If you ever come to Japan again, you should also visit the Kansai areas, which are less crowded than Tokyo and have a lot of historic sites.
It's interesting to check on the local Lego prices. But it's definitely not a place to buy them, unless you're looking into getting the Shinkai, which can be acquired for as low as about 4,000 yen a pop ( yes about $52, but lower than retail ).
My wife just told me that her sister read something about a LEGOLAND being built in Nagoya... heard anything about that? Just Googled it & it looks like it may be a few years away still...
@Silber334 - How's your Japanese? (mine is terrible). I've always assumed LEGO had a big adult following in Japan, but then my Japanese language skills are around -5%, and I've never even tried to check online (as I do my other hobby of collecting minicars). I've seen some specials about LEGO on TV Japan, and it appeared there was/is quite some interest. I've also seen some very remarkable builds. There was a disussion with some links somewhere on the Brickset forum recently with some excellent stuff from a Japanese builder that won some of these events (have to see if I can find it again).
@LostInTranslation - go if you get the chance. I highly recommend it! It might not be cost effective to buy sets you can get closer to home, but if you can find something unique to a Click Brick store you should be happy! Besides, there is plenty to see & do in Japan!
Sachiko Akinaga's Let's LEGO - http://www.lets-brick.com/index2.html
I am still looking for a someone/channel to which I can rely and get all the latest stuff for myself and to sell to the few selective customers I have over here. Lets see.
Hey, that'd be great! Now that everything's settled down, it's safe to visit Tokyo. But there are people still getting paranoid about wee levels of radiation contaminating the Tokyo area. But as long you keep yourself updated with all the latest information, it shouldn't be a problem. The Kansai area ( western Japan ) should be safer, and has more places worth seeing :)
My Japanese is near perfect. The locals sometimes make fun of my imperfect Japanese. But hey, I don't consider it an insult. I grew up in the US so I'm not a Japanese native.
BTW, is this what you're talking about?
I posted about this in the events thread when I joined around June. It's about a Lego building contest which Sachiko also participated in.
That's a shame they don't have much demand in your region. But it'd be cool if you can help contribute to more Lego sales and popularity in your region:) You have any friends in your area that are into the hobby?
If they plan to build a Legoland in Dubai, I'm sure you will have chances to get more Lego products into your country. It's just a matter of time and how much influence it's going to have on the region. Lego is just something to die for.
And I am helping to contribute in this, by getting anything Lego related and handing them over to people who do not have access to get Lego. Mainly kids under 14 year old. It is slow but its better than nothing :) One of my dream is to form a small Lego Club in my country, gathering fans and hobbyists and offer them a platform to discuss and bounce ideas and to grow together, like its meant to be done. But for that, I need a better, prompt, and humble channel to get Lego easily. Lets see what happens.
RE your BTW - yes, I think that may be the same 'contest' I watched earlier this year (or more likely a newer one). I recall the contestants (4 or 5) visited the zoo and had to build an animal - I think one person built a white tiger and another built a Secretary bird (head only). Another part of the contest had the contestants building face masks. Although I couldn't understand most of the dialog, it was fun to watch.
@Coolsplash - just want to wish you the best of luck in your endeavor to acquire & distribute LEGO in your region!
That's be great! I can take you to some of the popular tourist sites or restaurants in the area. I know some good izakayas, or Japanese traditional bars.
And speaking of the Lego GP, some of the contest "entries" were displayed at my local toy stores. They were impressive to see up close.
I think we also got the Hayabusa close to becoming a product here. Japanese exclusives are fine. But I think they should also market them outside as well
Yeah, if you ever manage to help promote Lego sales in your region, not only will the local fans and children thank you. But you'll also feel great in achieving your accomplishments :-)
I was wondering if anybody here knows exact locations of Legoland parks set to be open in near future.
I am working on a list of all current and future Legoland parks and Legoland Discovery Centers http://www.tripomatic.com/trip/where-is-legoland/ with map locations and need to place the parks on a map.
Not sure about locations of these:
Legoland Malaysia http://www.tripomatic.com/Malaysia/Legoland-Malaysia/
Legoland Discovery Center Tokyo http://www.tripomatic.com/Japan/Legoland-Discovery-Center-Tokyo/
Does any of you here know? GPS coordinates would be a great help.