Tysons Lego Store: Why couldn’t we have had this 20 years ago?

One of the reasons Tysons Corner Center is one of the premier malls in the country is because it often has specialty stores before other malls. An excellent example of this the Lego Store, which I recently stopped by during my semi-annual mall trip. That place is cool and by cool, I mean totally sweet. Had it existed when I was a kid my parents might have gone broke. In addition to having lots of Lego sets and grabbags of random Legos, the store has an entire wall of Legos bins from which you can select individual pieces like brown chairs. Who knew there was such a need for brown chairs?

While the grumpy old man in me thinks that increasing the Lego specialization (i.e. spectrum beyond the classic blue-red-yellow-white-gray-black facial expressions other than smiles, ornamental grass?!) that started with Blacktron is a bit much, I make an exeption for coolest toy team-up ever — Lego Star Wars.

7 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    I have to say, if I wanted a left brained activity to calm down, Legos might just be where its at for a few minutes. This from the girl who, when I get all flustered, sit down to do a long multiplication math problem to straighten out and clear my brain.

    ANYWAY – I would argue that the grass allows a little more feminine interest for girls – as might some of those Lego options that didn’t used to exist when we were kids. I like it. I wouldn’t mind a little grouping of flowers either…

  2. wayan (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 9:51 am

    Legos are so damn HOT!!

    I had bins and bins as a kid, getting lost for days in entire worlds (many with flowers and grass) that would then end in a giant flurry of destruction (Mom!!) when the grew beyond my room and started colonizing other planets (Legos clog bathtubs).

    Now that I’m all “grown-up”, I limit myself to the Lego Tie Fighter Collection zooming around my bedroom.

    Yeah, I’m a geek and proud of it.

  3. Doug (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 11:49 am

    You can even download free software from Lego to create your designs “virtually.” Check out Lego Digital Designer. They have versions for both Windows and Mac OS X.

    The next time I’m anywhere near Carlsbad, I would definitely plan a trip to Logoland. They also have parks in the UK (Windsor), Germany (G├╝nzburg), and Denmark (Billund).

    Play well!

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on December 4th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    I’m thinking MBDC-sponsored Lego-athon…

  5. Jodi (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 11:53 am

    Doug: Nice typo. I wish there really WAS a Logoland…

  6. Doug (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    Jodi: Huh?

  7. bracey (unregistered) on December 5th, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    Hmmmmm. Why all of a sudden is everyone going Lego crazy?? To be fair i’m only jealous cause I was’nt very good at it as a child!

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