Most people are probably aware of the multitudinous Duplo promotional bricks that have been released over the years - see some examples in the attached pictures.
Capturing info about all these bricks in the Database is something we've shied away from, mostly because it seemed like such a huge, and endless, task to track them all down, record them, get decent photographs, maintain the entries over time, etc.
However, now that we've got such a large & vibrant user community here, it might not be that big a task if we tackle this as a community project?
So do we have any Duplo promotional brick collectors in the community here? I don't consider myself to be a collector of them, but I've picked up around a dozen different ones over the last 14 years, a small fraction of all the different versions that have been produced. Hopefully we have some much better informed folk around here somewhere ... our preference would be for the info to come directly from owners of the bricks; we're reluctant, for various reasons, to just poach the info from other fan sites.
We'll need to think about how best to record them in the Database, if we are to take this forward. Would they count as 'sets', or are they 'gear', for example? Things we would need for each entry might include -
(a) a decent photo/scan of each brick, showing both sides (if printed on both sides)
(b) a naming convention for the bricks to identify them in the database (and maybe a categorisation scheme)
(c) info about where the brick came from - some are from Legoland parks, some from store openings, others from store promotions or from Lego Club, etc.
(d) an (approximate) year of first release, or even specific dates (if known, e.g. the 'Bricktober' bricks)
One of the nice things about them is that they are very easy to trade :-)
If you can help with info, photos/scans, etc., or are otherwise interested in this community project, please post below & we'll see if there is enough interest to make it worthwhile taking forward. If there is, we'll move discussion over to 'The Database' area.
There are also a load of regular 'System' promotional bricks, but we can worry about them later :-)
@Huw currently has a small portion of my collection awaiting to be photographed, with the intention being once he has done these to be swapped for the next portion and so on... I have quite a few!
I have also gathered a list of all (?) promo bricks I can possibly find or find reference to again with the intention of listing. I have so far listed a couple here and there a few weeks back in the database just to gauge interest. All release information recorded in notes.
These were given out(w/any purchase big or small) at the Lego Store Queens Center Mall Grand Opening (July 2010) when they had the Master Builder Event: 8ft. R2-D2...
This one is from the Rockefeller Lego Store. If I remember it was another promo if you spend like $35 sometime in Sept. 2010 (I'm not entirely sure on the details...my memory is fuzzy. Gettin' old).
These four (plus the 2x8 brick) I got from a great friend @bmwlego. I believe these were given out each week in October 2009 at TRU with $30 purchase each time(?)...Brian...is that correct amigo?
This one is another Rockefeller Store brick. From their Grand Opening June 2010 w/$35 purchase...
Duplo collector bricks
Factory Tour, Green - Minifig dressed in blue w/wrench in hand, 2009 (10+)
Factory Tour, Purple - red brick design makes face, 2010 (3)
Brick or Treat, black - w/ghost 2006 (3)
Brick or Treat, dark gray - w/ghost 2009 (3)
Kids New Years Eve 2009, red w/fireworks (1)
Lego Club 2009, Yellow. (1)
Lego Club, Join Now, Yellow, 2010 (3)
Lego Club, White, 2010 (2)
Lego Club Aug 14-15 2010, White, w/die (1)
Star Wars Days, Aug 7-8, 2010, white (2)
Prince of Persia, Tan, 2010. (1)
Legoland Holly Jolly Holidays white w/red and green brick design, 2009 (8)
Legoland 10 years of fun, yellow, 2009 (4)
Legoland, trans blue w/minifig bursting thru wall 2009 (2)
Land of Adventure, tan, w/minifig with map, 2008 (2)
Happy Halloween, orange w/minifig ghost Lego logo on reverse (3)
Brick or Treat, undated, white w/ghost - Very yellowed Legoland California on reverse w/red Lego flag on stem of N. (1)
Brick-Tober Toys R Us, set of 4, yellow (1). NOT DUPLO
Brick-Tober Toys R Us, week 3 and 4 only (1) NOT DUPLO
Dino Island/Legoland California, tan, 2004 (2)
New in package:
SpongeBob SquarePants 2011 (2)
Alien Conquest 2011 NOT DUPLO 2x4x3. (1)
Best Friends Set NOT DUPLO (1)
The Buzz is from the Roosevelt Field Store Grand Opening correct but it was in 2010, not in 2009.
I should have mentioned, my preference is to trade for other bricks rather than sell. If anyone has an extra Buzz I'd love to make a trade. Most of the bricks I listed are in good to very good condition.
There are a couple of real rarities, such as the Star 107 FM Party , and the Life on Mars, The Show bricks included...
LEGOLAND PROMO BRICK Auction
Are there any active collectors around? Maybe we wan swap some bricks.
My Promobricks website is in German, but I'm planning a translation especially for the catalogue. The website is still in progress, the catalogue is not open to the public at the moment because of a recent change of the Wordpress Theme.
Part of me thinks they'd make awesome billboards/posters if you built them into the side of proper Lego-sized City buildings (but that's probably sacrilege to the die-hard collectors here! They might get exposed to UV light! ;-)).
My own collection is actually pretty small so far, but after seeing a number of AFOLs try to sell DUPLO Promo Bricks at the "yard sale" (a private flea market at BrickFair), I saw a need to encourage people to trade these instead of selling them. I'm hoping we'll get a good turnout and rekindle interest in collecting these.
I have been curious, though - does anyone know why Promo Bricks seem to be going away? LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Florida seem to have phased them out, and they seem to have vanished from Master Builder Events lately too. Not only are my contacts at LEGO clueless on this, but they don't even know who to try asking to figure this out.
R2-D2 (2009 and 2010 copyrights) 2 separate LEGO Store building events
Yoda (from a BFVA trade with Brickapolis)
SpongeBob (Elizabeth, NJ build)
Buzz Lightyear (Garden City, NY build)
NYC Promo Brick (Rock Center build)
Big Apple (Rock Center)
Ninjago (BFVA trade with @brickriver)
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester grand opening brick
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Factory Tour
Various LDC California Bricks via trade with Joe Meno at BFVA
LEGO Universe promo/LEGO Club (@ store)
Bricktober 2009 weeks 1-4 skeleton bricks
Thinking about photographing them, posting them to flickr and starting a marketplace thread here for us to trade extras? I've got extras of several of these and tons of the Bricktobers to trade (3 of the 4 weeks I've got extras of).
Since I see you've been to BFVA and traded with friends of mine there before, I would highly encourage you to go to the Promo Brick event there this year (and bring your duplicates). Trading in person at a large event like that is much easier than trading online, and the future of promo collectible trading events depends on this year's event being successful.
I've also tried to get in touch with the guy who ran the old promobricks.com site - I dug it up on the Internet Archive (see: http://web.archive.org/web/20100317150825/http://www.promobricks.com/ ), and it has some great information on older bricks, but I feel strange referring people to a website that isn't readily available (not to mention not up to date).
As long as I'm posting links, here are my other two sources of information (I know others are out there, but I'm going to try to avoid out-of-date sources when all their information can be found elsewhere) - two more incomplete online catalogs:
I hear that LEGOLAND (FL and CA) will be getting promo bricks in again for Brick Or Treat this year. I'm planning on hitting that the weekend after BrickCon, and I'll see about taking newer photos of my collection after that.
I just came across a few of these- I have:
- R2-D2 store building event
-1700's (NYC Flatiron store opening) (3x)
-1840 (NYC Flatiron store opening) (2)
I don't collect these and would like to trade for 2015 SH minifigs. Please PM if you're interested