Today my son and I went to a LEGO® event in the city of Apeldoorn (the Netherlands). It is a two day event organized by LEGO® club “De Bouwsteen“. From their website I gather the club was started in 1994 and has about 700 members. They claim they are the largest club in the world, at the moment. I have no frame of reference but to me, the entire setup looked rather big.
After paying the entrance fee we entered a big space which is often used for events of any type. Long rows of tables lined up across the space and the best thing… LEGO® Everywhere you look. There was a good mix of builders displaying their work and vendors selling LEGO and LEGO related products. For the kids there was a build contest and two bouncy cushions in the corners.
There was a wide variety of displays at the event. Displays with moving parts like a great ball contraption or moving trains throughout a huge city build. The picture below is only a part of the total build.
There were even some displays with older LEGO.
As for vendors, there was a lot for sale. I must admit there were some things I did not expect. The opened bags of minifigs I expected. Older sets in boxes, and single bricks, I expected. I did not expect a huge amount of unboxed sets with original instruction booklets in plastic bags. I suspect these are sets they build themselves for fun, an then decided to part with so they can buy new LEGO for their collection. The more I think of it, the more sense it makes.
I was kind of hoping for a Pick-A-Brick kind of thing. A while back I went to a LEGO store and they had one. I liked getting to put all kinds of bricks in that cup. Here each brick has an actual price. On some occasions the bricks are packed in small bags containing several identical bricks. This gives me a less “fun” feel and seems to be useful if you know exactly what you are looking for.
Those of you that read previous posts may know I am a fan of LEGO Star Wars. There was one vendor that was completely specialized in Star Wars LEGO. Though they had a lot their display of minifigs was awesome. I so impressed that I completely forgot to take pictures of it. They were extremely knowledgeable about Star Wars minifigs and I learned some things. Yellow heads for older figures, pink ones for newer models. Prices depend on more factors than just age alone. I figured the older a minifig is, the more expensive it would be. But that is not always the case.
I bought some battle droids and an Obi-Wan to use in future films.
Their other displays were as impressive as the Minifig display.
After our visit to the Star Wars tables we went home. My son got some Ninjago LEGO and just couldn’t wait any longer to play with it.
In closing, I would like to apologize for the quality of the pictures. The lighting in the room was awful.