|LEGO Store ribbon sets.|
We started with the "ribbon" sets for the store. These are the permanent installation pieces that are present in just about every LEGO store. They all have high piece counts and are very colorful models that don't really follow any theme. I only saw a few that used mini-figs, with most characters and animals being entirely brick-built instead. Some of these were intense builds, but the finished products were very rewarding.
|Check out those glorious feet.|
While the feet (or at least the instructions) were pretty intense, I got off easy. Another WisLUG member tackled a backyard swimming pool scene that ended up taking over six hours to complete. The entire base plate of the scene was made up of like 50 8x8 plates in two layers. I did not get many pictures, but this Flickr gallery has examples of quite a few of the models we built. The other ribbon set I did was a small dog walking scene, with all the people and animals being brick-built.
|SSD in progress.|
Of course, there were plenty of other sets to pick from still. I settled on Diagon Alley to finish up my day. I could have done the Grand Emporium, but I have a copy of that to build on my own. I wanted to stick with sets I'm not planning to buy/build for my own collection.
|Would you like fries with that?|
Overall, this was a great experience and I would love to do it again someday. There's just something about spending a day in a room building with a bunch of other AFOLs. We all had a chance to check out some great and interesting sets and it feels nice to have a connection with Wisconsin's first LEGO Store. Of course, the whole process also made me want several sets I had not previously considered (such as the Red Cargo Train), but that's half the fun of it all.