|The building area.|
Part of the grand opening celebration is having kids help build an eight foot tall model of Spongebob Squarepants. To accomplish this goal, each kid (and some adults) would use a bunch of smaller bricks to make what are basically large 2x4 bricks. I believe the model was at 1:4 scale to the prototype. One large brick was equal to a regular sized brick in the prototype. Of course, this means tens of thousands of bricks are required to make the big guy. We started out the morning setting up bins at eight work tables and making sure there was enough brick on the floor to get us started.
|The line at about 9:45am Saturday|
|Dan and his awesome LEGO coat.|
|Our progress when I left.|
Of course, the other reward for our day of work was doing a little shopping in the store. After going a little crazy after the ribbon build, this was supposed to be a bit more laid back trip for me. My goal was to just pick up a few of the lingering Super Heroes sets on my list, namely the Quinjet and Helicarrier Escape. But then, I was offered a chance to get a UCS R2-D2...which I could not pass up. We walked out of the store at about 3pm, just as they ran out of the mini store model for the day. I was kind of shocked they lasted that long, which makes me thinks the claims of only 300 sets per store is being shorted a little.
So that was my day. It was a ton of fun and I really hope that if you ever have the opportunity to volunteer for something like this you jump on the chance. It was great to watch all day as so many fans of LEGO, both young and old, came out to take part in the event. If you were among them, I hope you had as much fun as I did!