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LEGO Store July 2015 Monthly Mini Build Event Whale (40132) Review

LEGO July 2015 Monthly Mini Build Whale (40132)

I’m a few weeks late but here is my short review of the July 2015 LEGO Monthly Mini Build, the Whale (40132). This month’s event was the first one after the new registration changes were implemented in June. You can no longer do walkups to have your child(ren) build but instead you register and get on the list to build at a specific time. If you miss your time, then your spot may be given away at the store’s discretion and there are no rainchecks. I heard from attendees that the signups were pretty crazy and times spots filled up very quickly, pretty similar to SDCC signups but on a smaller level.

The whale itself is the smallest for 2015 so far coming in at only 31 pieces. The build is pretty straightforward with no special techniques and extremely easy to create even for younger children. Although the set is only named a whale, the shape of it is similar to a humpback. On top of the whale, there is a simulation of watching coming out of their blowhole. The tail is able to move up and down on the hinge.

LEGO July 2015 Monthly Mini Build Whale (40132)

Again to attend these LEGO Monthly Mini Builds, you have to register online. At the time of this review, registration for August’s build, the Squirrel (40133), is probably filled up but you can try and sign up. I can’t guarantee that there will still be any spots open because these events are that are that popular. I believe registration for September’s build will be the morning of August 4th at 9:00am EST/6:00am PST so set your alarms. There’s no word yet on what September’s build is at this time.

LEGO July 2015 Monthly Mini Build Whale (40132)

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LEGO Store June 2015 Monthly Mini Build Event Parrot (40131) Review

Today was the last LEGO Monthly Mini Build at its current state. If you haven’t heard yet, the event will be a little different starting in July with the upcoming changes. For June, we have the Parrot (40131) which consists of 55 pieces.

LEGO June 2015 Monthly Mini Build Parrot (40131)

In my opinion, the past two months LEGO has really hit homeruns with their Monthly Mini Builds with last month being the Koala (40131) and this month with the Parrot. The build is pretty satisfying by starting at the body and moving up to the head and finishing with the wings. The colors are very vibrant much to what a real parrot looks like. The wings are poseable and the tail can move up and down.

LEGO June 2015 Monthly Mini Build Parrot (40131)

LEGO June 2015 Monthly Mini Build Parrot (40131)

Overall, the Parrot (40130) is a great build for June. As I mentioned before, you are now required to register your child or whoever’s attending to be able to attend July’s Monthly Mini Build. If you don’t, you will be out of luck as only who have registered will be able to attend. Plus, you can’t take the build when you receive it. You’ll have to build it there along with the other participants. If you signed up and don’t attend, then you will lose out and won’t be able to receive the build. Registration lasts until the day before the event but I wouldn’t wait to sign up because most likely there won’t be any more spots open by then.

LEGO June 2015 Monthly Mini Build Parrot (40131)

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LEGO July Monthly Mini Build Registration Opens on June 1 at 9am EST

LEGO Monthly Mini Build Changes

If you haven’t heard the news yet, the LEGO Monthly Mini Builds will have some changes starting in July. Registration opens on June 1 at 9am EST and will be open until July 6th at 11:59pm EST.

You will now have to reserve your spot before you head out to the store. If you don’t register, you won’t be able to get one and there are no rainchecks. There are about 120 Mini Builds per store, per night and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Another change is that you can not just pick up the set and leave. Kids are now required to participate in the event so plan on staying a while if you sign up.

Introducing the NEW Online Registration Program for the LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build!”

Starting in July, you will be able to reserve your Mini Model Before you visit the LEGO Store!

What does this mean?

No more waiting in line!
Reserve your mini model build before your arrival!
Improved LEGO building experience!
Plan your mini model build according to YOUR schedule!
To register visit http://shop.lego.com/en-US/minibuild-registration July registration open 9am EST, June 1st – 11:59pm EST, July 6th.

In order to participate, guests must be between the ages of 6-14. All guests will be expected to complete the build in the store. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Stores will no longer accept walk ups on the night of the

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LEGO Store May 2015 Monthly Mini Build Event Koala (40130) Review

LEGO May 2015 Monthly Mini Build - Koala (40130)

It’s another month and another LEGO Store Monthly Mini Build event has gone by. For May 2015, we have a Koala (40130) which has a very similar building style as the LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear (40085) and Easter Bunny (40086) just to name a few. Since this is a mini build, it only has 65 pieces which is about half the size of the other creatures.

LEGO May 2015 Monthly Mini Build - Koala (40130)

The build itself is very simple with the major colors being bluish gray and white with some shades of pink for the mouth and ears. The completed look is pretty cute with a head that spins on a turntable piece. The arms and legs are on hinges so they have some articulation as well. The only thing I didn’t like about the Koala is the body looks a little thin if you look at it straight.

LEGO May 2015 Monthly Mini Build - Koala (40130)

Overall, the Koala (40130) is a nice little build for May and it goes great with the Seasonal characters from last year if you managed to pick them up. Next month’s Mini Build will be a Parrot and it’ll be the last one using the current system of waiting in line during the day of the event. If you saw my earlier post today, there will be some changes coming to LEGO Monthly Mini Build Program where you have to register online to reserve your spot to be able to participate. That means no more lining up during the day of the event. You can read more about the changes in the link above.

LEGO May 2015 Monthly Mini Build - Koala (40130)

LEGO May 2015 Monthly Mini Build - Koala (40130)

LEGO May 2015 Monthly Mini Build - Koala (40130)

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New LEGO Monthly Mini Build Program Changes

LEGO Monthly Mini Build Changes

If you haven’t been to the LEGO Monthly Mini Build events for a while, there’s a new change coming in July that you may want to know about. Normally, kids and their families usually line up for the event. Starting in July, parents are now required to register to participate in the Monthly Mini Builds and if you line up the day of the event without registering, you won’t be able to get one. No rainchecks are allowed either. This change is probably to reduce the traffic at the LEGO Stores. Below is what the flyer that LEGO Store employees have started to hand out today says regarding the upcoming change.

Introducing the NEW Online Registration Program for the LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build!”

Starting in July, you will be able to reserve your Mini Model Before you visit the LEGO Store!

What does this mean?

  • No more waiting in line!
  • Reserve your mini model build before your arrival!
  • Improved LEGO building experience!
  • Plan your mini model build according to YOUR schedule!

To register visit http://shop.lego.com/en-US/minibuild-registration July registration open 9am EST, June 1st – 11:59pm EST, July 6th.

In order to participate, guests must be between the ages of 6-14. All guests will be expected to complete the build in the store. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Stores will no longer accept walk ups on the night of the event.

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LEGO Store April 2015 Monthly Mini Build Event UFO (40129) Review

LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build

Earlier this week, the LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build took place and I was able to attend the event. For this month, the build was a little UFO (40129) which continues the Space type builds for this year. The event itself seemed extra busy, maybe because kids are still on Spring Break.

LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build - UFO (40129)

The 39 piece UFO is a simple build and has your typical UFO look to it. There isn’t much to say about it but I do like the color scheme and there are a few useful parts like the clear dome and dish pieces.

LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build - UFO (40129)

Next month’s build will stray away from the Space theme and be introducing a Koala (40130). Props to the Fashion Valley LEGO Store staff for keeping it running smoothly. If you missed out on this month’s building event, there are two more chances with the LEGO Club Meetings on April 18 & 25.

LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build - UFO (40129)

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Reminder: LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build Today

LEGO April 2015 Monthly Mini Build - UFO (40129)

Tonight is the April 2015 Monthly Mini Build at LEGO Brand Stores throughout the US. The event begins at 5pm but get there early if you want your kids to get one since supplies are very limited. As you can see from the image above, today’s build is an UFO (40129). Also be sure to bring your LEGO Passport there to get it stamped as well.

While you’re at the store, make sure you check out the changes at the Pick-A-Brick Wall and new elements in the Build-A-Minifigure bar.

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