We ended up not buying anything in Canada since we figured we could get it cheaper somewhere in the states. Still, the place just oozes fun. Consequently, a few months ago when we got word that Rochester was getting its own Lego store, we were pretty happy to hear it. It opened up a few weeks ago and Craig happened to visit the mall (on the other side of town) shortly after. He picked up a flier, and we were intrigued by one of the store opening specials. Each day of the grand opening weekend had a special if you spent $35--Friday was a free shirt, Sunday was a set of three minifigures, and Saturday was, in my opinion, the best--a free building kit of a miniature Lego store! There were also other events as part of the opening, so we penciled it on the calendar.
Since the store had been open for a while, I was hoping the opening events wouldn't be too crazy. Still, we planned to get there right around when the mall opened. And as we arrived in the center court at 10:15, the line was wrapped halfway around it. NOOOOOO. Still, we dutifully got in line and hoped for the best. We chatted with the mom in front of us (her kids ended up getting interviewed by the news) and the line moved steadily but never quickly enough. It was challenging managing Jacob, but we did what we could. I even walked him over to the building event (separate chaos from getting into the store) while Craig waited. I also ran into a friend of mine from college who was there with his son. It took a little over an hour, but we finally we got into the store, relieved to hear they still had some of the special kits. Our plan was to buy gifts for some upcoming birthdays, and believe it or not, Jacob came home empty-handed. Well, we did get the special kit, as well as a special Buzz Lightyear brick thanks to a special postcard we got in the mail. He'll get plenty for his birthday, I'm sure, so I wasn't in a rush to buy him anything, especially since we've been having some behavior issues, again. Had he listened better at any point in the previous 48 hours or so, I might have been a little more willing to supplement his collection further.
Anyway, here's the photo documentation of the adventure:
|Jacob with Buzz's head...I'm guessing that's the actual head they put on the 8-foot one they built this weekend. Impressive.|
|You can't beat a giant minifigure.|
|What a nice picture! Of course, this is five seconds before he turned around and started climbing it. Awesome.|
|Post-shopping and lunch, Daddy went to work and Jacob and I went to build blocks for the giant Buzz!|
|I was trying to get a picture of him with our two finished blocks, but ended up with this one instead. I kinda like it.|
|With the master builder and a scaled down version of Buzz...|
|And the part of Buzz that was done when we left...|
Morning came all too early today, and thanks to Jacob's wonky sleep schedule all weekend, he was a crazy kid for a good portion of it. I told him we could put together the mini Lego store today, but when the time came he wasn't that into it. He did help a bit, but I think he's used to building a bit more organically with Daddy and the instructions weren't his cup of tea. The boys are still working on their lacrosse arena, and here's a photo update: