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PAB Uniformity

Postby meeotch » Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:23 pm

Simple question here: how similar are different b&m Lego Stores' PAB stock? If they are different, how is it chosen which store gets which elements?
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby ellerb » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:58 am

Unfortunately the stock is now highly similar at most North American LEGO Brand Stores. Standard items such as wheels, steering wheels, flowers, slopes, and basic bricks are always sold. My guess is there is less overproduction of elements for sets. These extra elements were originally offered frequently at PAB.

Now TLG is likely producing certain elements specifically for PAB. I am sure this makes kids and parents happy but it is less fun for AFOLs who would like more variety at the brand stores.

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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby theJudeAbides » Sun May 03, 2009 9:17 pm

You know, I've talked to LEGO store employees about this myself, and basically they get whatever LEGO sends them, and there isn't much rhyme or reason to it. In fact, there are times when pieces like wedges and wings which have "opposite" pieces (i.e. left and right), where one store will get one and another store will get another (and the two stores will be nowhere near each other). I personally find it annoying that LEGO can't get some kind of rotation going, but whatever.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby gfxguy » Tue May 05, 2009 11:21 am

theJudeAbides wrote:You know, I've talked to LEGO store employees about this myself, and basically they get whatever LEGO sends them, and there isn't much rhyme or reason to it. In fact, there are times when pieces like wedges and wings which have "opposite" pieces (i.e. left and right), where one store will get one and another store will get another (and the two stores will be nowhere near each other). I personally find it annoying that LEGO can't get some kind of rotation going, but whatever.


What's funny is that recently our LEGO store had a PAB item that wouldn't even fit in the container. When I asked how the heck I was supposed to buy one, they were like "well... uh... we'll let you take a couple outside of the container, I guess."
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby meeotch » Tue May 05, 2009 11:59 am

Ha! Which piece is that? My store has some big Castle tower building plates that they're just selling a la carte.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby Blondie-Wan » Tue May 05, 2009 12:44 pm

gfxguy wrote:What's funny is that recently our LEGO store had a PAB item that wouldn't even fit in the container. When I asked how the heck I was supposed to buy one, they were like "well... uh... we'll let you take a couple outside of the container, I guess."


Hah! Funny. Like meeotch, I'm curious about the piece, and I'll add that I'm also curious about the store - which one was it?
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby gfxguy » Wed May 06, 2009 11:50 am

meeotch wrote:Ha! Which piece is that? My store has some big Castle tower building plates that they're just selling a la carte.


That's probably the one... it was a large brick (it was brick thick, not plate thick) and had small posts in the corners. I can't find it on BL.

This is the Lawrenceville, GA store.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby meeotch » Wed May 06, 2009 12:21 pm

That's the one.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby Puddleglum » Wed May 06, 2009 5:18 pm

I've heard tell from a WAMALUG member that all manner of plant and leaf will be showing up on PaB walls soon enough. (Or at least, the Tyson's Corner store. But in my experience the PaB walls tend to be pretty similar from store to store) Here's the list I saw:

Plant 1 x 1 x 2/3 with 3 Large Leaves in green (Kee's plant)
Plant Brick 1 x 1 Round with 3 Bamboo Leaves in green
Plant Leaves 4 x 3 in green
Plant Leaves 6 x 5 in bright green (maybe green, I cannot remember)
Plant Sea Grass in transgreen
Small pine trees in green
Large pine trees in green (I think)
Plant Tree Palm Leaf Small in green but no palm tree tops or palm tree trunks.
Arch 1 x 5 x 4 in dark brown (chocolate) from MMV.
1x1x6 solid pillar in redbrown and bley


Also . . .
gfxguy wrote:That's probably the one... it was a large brick (it was brick thick, not plate thick) and had small posts in the corners. I can't find it on BL.


If you're referring to this:
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I'm quite certain that part will fit in an empty PaB cup. Was it a different part, perhaps?
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby gfxguy » Wed May 06, 2009 5:52 pm

I think it was this:

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And it'd fit into the rim of the cup, but it wouldn't go in far enough that you could close the top, it'd only fit like halfway into the large cup.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby Puddleglum » Wed May 06, 2009 7:38 pm

Hmm, don't think I've ever seen that part before! Strange that it's in PaB when it hasn't been in a set since 2004.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby meeotch » Wed May 06, 2009 7:50 pm

TLG probably plans to not ever use the piece again and needs to sell off their stock.
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Re: PAB Uniformity

Postby Puddleglum » Thu May 07, 2009 5:11 am

meeotch wrote:TLG probably plans to not ever use the piece again and needs to sell off their stock.

I certainly hope that's the case, because that is one ugly POOP.
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