Draykov wrote:I have to admit that my unrealistic expectations regarding the Pick-a-Brick wall at my nearest LEGO store lead to a bit of a disappointment. I've been twice, once just before the grand opening got completely nuts and once a few weeks later. The selection was unchanged and I was really bummed to see the lack of the little Squidman SPIII set.
I understand that the Pick-a-Brick selection is unlikely to vary drastically over short periods of time. Anyone know how often they switch stuff out? Do they circulate parts bins in and out or is it a sweeping change of the entire palette every time? Does it typically alter more frequently than the online equivalent? I imagine all of these questions have different answers depending on region or even individual stores.
When I helped with the Annapolis, MD grand opening, the store manager mentioned to us being bummed about his PaB wall. Apparently when a store opens, LEGO corporate orders all the parts for their wall. So usually there isn't much in the way of special parts or selection, since it's probably whatever corporate thought they have extra of. It can never hurt to ask the store manager if they have ordered any new parts, or if they expect to cycle any parts out soon. Sometimes they have ordered parts, but still have them in the back because they don't have any empty slots for them yet.
As to the original poster, it seems (this is just speculation on my part) there has a been a change of policy with regards to new sets. In the past, they would wait until they had tons of these sets to put them on the shelves. It seems like now they are releasing them as they have them, even if they only have a few here and a few there. I'm not sure which is better, since I'd rather have a chance to get the sets early, than have to wait until August. But I can also understand why you would not want to have disappointed buyers looking for sets that are all sold out. Anyways, as others have said, I would just call ahead next time to see if they have the sets you want!