October 2020 VIP Haul
It has been months since I last shared a LEGO® haul post. In truth, I have not been making “haul” purchases much lately. Most sets I buy are one-offs as I find good deals. Additionally, the LEGO® Group has really spoiled me this year. True North Bricks’ Recognized Fan Media status has brought a lot of review sets my way. So, while I have been getting a lot of new LEGO® sets, I have not been buying them at once in typical “haul” fashion. Additionally, I have been ordering more online due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic rather than shopping in store. However, double VIP points is on at the LEGO® Store. Additionally, there are two freebies with purchase. Combined, those factors were enough to draw me from my COVID-induced hole. Consequently, I have an October 2020 VIP haul to share.
I ventured out into the real world this morning. Not only that, I went to a LEGO® Store I do not frequent. I chose to go a little farther than usual because there is a LEVI’s store across the corridor from the LEGO® Store at this location. Since stock is scant at levis.com, I decided to try my luck at an actual store and kill two birds with one stone. I hoped to obtain a new LEGO® hoodie. However, the store did not have any. Instead, I picked up one of the t-shirts I have been eying. The store staff put my name on a waiting list if the hoodies come in stock. It seems the hoodies are a hot commodity.
LEGO x LEVI’s hoodies are hard to come by…
Once finished at the LEVI’s store, I hit the LEGO® Store. There were no stock issues that I could see. All the sets on my current wish list were there, making my decision more difficult. I opted to pick up the new Destiny’s Bounty. There are no large, exclusive sets that rarely go on sale on my current list. A few are hitting stores in the coming weeks, but not in time for double points. However, Bounty is still a large enough set to rack up some points and land me the two freebies.
What are the two freebies? The first is available with all purchases over $100 both online and in store. It is a smaller, non-programmable version of the new Mindstorms Robot Inventor announced last June. The second gift-with-purchase is only available in store with purchases over $40. It consists of a brick assortment for building vehicles in a polybag. Of the two, the Mini Robots kit is the more impressive.
Since COVID started, I have not made a Pick-and-Build purchase. However, that changed today. The LEGO® Store is filling cups for customers. An employee uses a scoop to fill cups to the desired volume with pieces. This location had some bricks my usual haunt did not. Specifically, I found trans-blue 1×2 tiles. I am craving these tiles to help with my Ninjago City expansion. Now, I have a large cup full. With that said, I am not big on the scoop method. I usually pack my cups like nobody’s business. The scoops mean I will get fewer bricks in a cup. However, a few scoops is better than nothing.
A glorious Pick-and-Build cup of trans-blue tiles…
Finally, Build-a-Mini was also available in a fashion. The store employees pre-built a handful of different character variants. This is the first time I have seen new Minifigure parts in my area since January. The store had a menu with the pre-built variants on it. All you had to do was point which three you wanted, and the employee packaged them for you. It was a pleasant surprise.
In the end, I got my double VIP points for a purchase much larger than I initially intended to make. Incidentally, that often seems to be the case when I go to the LEGO® store. Did you make a double VIP points purchase? Share your own haul in the comments below or reach out on social media.
Until next time,
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