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What’s at the LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall?

by admin on June 30, 2013

in Shopping Tips

Official LEGO stores have this awesome feature called the Pick-A-Brick Wall, also referred to as PAB-Wall. It is a section of the LEGO store where you can buy loose LEGO elements by the cup from clear plastic bins arranged on an entire wall of the store – a LEGO fan’s dream! :P

LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall

One challenge is knowing what LEGO elements are available at the Pick-A-Brick Wall. If you live close to a LEGO store you have the privilege of checking the PAB-Wall regularly to see what’s there. However if you have to travel several hours just to get to the closest LEGO store you might want to plan ahead and make a shopping list.

You may be working on a LEGO project and would really like to know if your closest LEGO store carries the elements you need in quantity. So how would you know that? You could call the store and ask if a specific element is in stock, but if you have a long shopping-list this can turn into a tedious conversation with a LEGO store-employee.

There is an online inventory of the LEGO Pick-A-Brick-Wall maintained by LEGO fans at the BrickBuildr LEGO community site, you can check it out here: PAB-Wall inventory at BrickBuildr. Unfortunately the site has a quite cumbersome method of updating (involving downloading and then re-uploading an Excel-sheet) therefore many of the store-locations have been greatly out of date.

LEGO BrickBuildr Pick-A-Brick

Now another LEGO fan, Daniel Walton, decided to tackle the same problem and create an online LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall inventory with a friendlier interface, and an easier way to maintain and update the PAB-Walls by the LEGO fan community. You can simply access the site from your phone while at the store, and fix any discrepancies in the inventory. The website is WallOfBricks.com, and I recommend you check it out. :)

LEGO Wall Website

Please note that the site is very new so the Pick-A-Brick Wall inventory of many of the LEGO stores are still empty (last time I checked the Orlando store selection was completed for sure). However the PAB-Wall layout for each store is already set, so if you live near a LEGO store you can help out by filling in the PAB-Wall selection. Even if you can’t do the whole wall at one time, even doing a section would be of great benefit to the LEGO community. Also, the site is not just for the USA. You can add PAB-Wall inventories in Canada, Denmark, France, Germany and in the UK, and you can also request more locations.

LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall Selection

It would also be great if employees at LEGO stores would update the inventory, especially since it is so easy to do. Actually, best would be if LEGO would maintain a website like this themselves, but since they don’t, LEGO fan maintained inventories are the second best option. So go ahead and visit the WallOfBricks.com, and if you live near a LEGO store please use the site to help update the inventory. If you run into any issues or have questions you can email: help@wallofbricks.com

LEGO Model Building Resource - Pick-A-Brick

Speaking of LEGO Pick-A-Brick-Walls, you may or may not know that buying loose LEGO by the piece is also available at the Online LEGO Shop at the online Pick-A-Brick section. LEGO fans often choose BrickLink to buy specific LEGO pieces, however I highly recommend you also check the online Pick-A-Brick selection directly from LEGO. They don’t have the vast inventory of every LEGO element ever made like the community of BrickLink sellers do, however if you are looking for currently produced LEGO elements in quantities the online PAB store could be a great option. I found that they often have better prices on current items than what BrickLink sellers can offer. See here: Shop at the Online LEGO Pick-A-Brick

LEGO Trees & Leaves at Pick-A-Brick

What do you think? How do you like the new website for LEGO Pick-A-Brick Wall inventories? If you have a chance to try it out next time you go to your local LEGO store I would love to hear how it worked for you. Also, Daniel, the creator of the site, appreciates your comments, questions, feedback and suggestions. ;)

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Meneldur son of Garamar June 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Cool! BTW: just picked up three new sets including Warp Stinger, Star Slicer, and Crawley’s Claw Ripper. I’ll also be getting The Battle of Smallville, Council of Elrond, two Battle at the Black Gate sets, Wizard Battle, Orthanc, Malibu Mansion attack, Pirate Ship Ambush, and a bunch of SW sets sometime this year! I can’t wait to build…….and do some MOCing. Also, LEGO LOTR website has a new game: Battle at the Black Gate. :wink:

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admin June 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Sweet! I love those Galaxy Squad sets! I’m just in the process of finishing three badguy starfighters for my Galaxy Squad Orange Team to fight (the bugs were not enough – LOL!)Have fun with your new sets! :D

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Meneldur son of Garamar July 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Thank you! :smile: What GS sets do you have? I’m guessing you have Bug Obliterator or maybe you just got the Eradicator Mech?

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admin July 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I have the Bug Obliterator, and I also have a modified mech from the Vermin Vaporizer that I changed to white and orange (plus some other upgrades) for my Orange Team guys. I’m getting the Eradicator Mech as soon as it is available locally, or when I’m placing an order at the Online LEGO Shop. I’m just waiting for the new MBA sets to be available (I was told mid-July) so I can order them together. :D

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Jake July 3, 2014 at 2:25 PM

The battle at the black gate is awesome

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awesome's alt (just testing) June 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I am awesome.Meneldur:WHOA.That’s like *counts on fingers* 500+29=972!!! That’s like,A LOT!

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Meneldur son of Garamar July 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

That’s right! :wink: My brother is going to get a lot too. But I won’t be getting them all in a day. I’m talking the rest of the year. But by Christmas I’ll have around $1,000 worth of LEGO sets. :smile: What sets do you plan on getting?

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Micho June 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

That is sooooo cool, I love the fact that they made this inventory list. Now I can check before I travel to Phoenix or San Diego

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admin July 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Also, don’t forget to take your phone and update the wall if needed. They actually don’t change that often. At least the one here in Orlando doesn’t. :)

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Meneldur son of Garamar June 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Too bad the PAB wall has no licensed minifigs such as Aragorn or Gandalf the White.

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Fikko3107 June 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Of course not. If that was the case, sets such as Battle at the Black Gate, Tower of Orthanc, etc. won’t sell. This is due to some people buying it for the minifigures.

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admin July 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yeah, that would never happen, but we can keep dreaming. ;)

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Meneldur son of Garamar July 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Also notice that LEGO doesn’t put every single piece they’ve ever made on the PAB wall or one PAB on LEGO.com. If they did this, the sales on their sets would definitely drop.

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admin July 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

That’s also true. I’m happy with the selection they currently offer and I can buy everything else on Bricklink. ;)

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Darkon June 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Well, I’ve been searching around the internet the past few days, and there’s a lot of evidence pointing towards the death of Chima. The theme has not been selling well, Lego has actually lowered the prices on some of the sets, and I went on brickipedia and they do not have dates listed for the Wave 2 sets (or prices for that matter) which were supposed to come out next month. I fear that the TV series may be too late to save the theme. If the next 10 to 13 episodes are anything like the first three, there is no way it will last until 2015 (like brickipedia claims) or even 2014 for that matter. Laval: For Chima! Oh wait, our show got canceled already? :P

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admin July 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Darkon, yeah, that has been my impression too. The weekly TV show is starting shortly, so we sould see soon if it can resurrect the theme or not. In either case we should win. If Chima does well, that means more animals and sets, if it flops we will be able to get a bunch of great sets cheap. ;)

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Meneldur son of Garamar July 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Whoopie! Yes! :mrgreen: Sets cheaper! I like it! :grin: LEGO has really handled Chima very weirdly. I have a speculation on why Chima has not been a huge seller and more a failure than a success. Ninjago was a hit. But when the Golden Ninja series came out, probably many thought Ninjago was ending (the LEGO set boxes all say the Final Battle). When Chima came along, LEGO fans (a majority are Ninjago fans) probably thought it would be just another Ninjago-type theme but when it turned out it wasn’t, they were disappointed. Now with Ninjago returning, fans are turning back to Ninjago and Chima is fading. I wonder what would have happened to Chima if it came before Ninjago? Again, this is just a guess. Admin, do you know the reason?

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Wolvarie June 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Oh how I wish we had this in Australia.

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Fikko3107 June 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Yeah, it’s too bad. Countries without an official LEGO store can’t have these. However, some unofficial stores may have these.

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admin July 1, 2013 at 9:33 AM

You guys don’t have a LEGO store? :?

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Fikko3107 July 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Well, none official.

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NRGkai July 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

sad i would die!!

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Ike July 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I like the online Lego pick-a-brick. I bought 20 light sabers there for three dollars. a pretty good deal if you ask me!

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Kristina July 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Pick-A-Brick / Pick-A-Communicable Illness
Pot-a-to / Po-tat-o
My second time going to a LEGO Store I had a Christmas bonus PAB box to fill. I was sick for next week and a half.

Germs aside…
I love PAB and this guy’s website idea.
I’ll be helping to keep Yorkdale up-to-date.

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admin July 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Thanks, Kristina! :)

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LelilaOrganaSolo July 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Cool! I checked out the website, it’s a great idea. I can’t wait until all the stores PAB information has been put on the site, it will be so helpful! PAB is one of my favorite parts of the Lego Store.

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admin July 7, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Yeah, I know what you mean! The PAB wall is a LEGO fan’s dream! :D

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Daniel Walton July 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Thank you very much for mentioning the site in your blog! :) I renamed so that it doesn’t contain ‘lego’ in the name. Several people pointed out it would only be a matter of time until Lego’s lawyers contacted me about the old name.

The new site is
http://www.wallofbricks.com/

So far there are 1200+ parts entered for about 20 stores.

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admin July 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Daniel, thanks for mentioning that! I updated the links. :)

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Michael Huffman October 13, 2013 at 2:29 AM

“maintained by LEGO fans at the BrickBuildr LEGO community site, you can check it out here: PAB-Wall inventory at BrickBuildr. Unfortunately the site has a quite cumbersome method of updating (involving downloading and then re-uploading an Excel-sheet) therefore many of the store-locations have been greatly out of date.”

Um, you don’t down load the Excel style speadsheet to update the information. You click on each image of a part to update the web-site. The Excel is just for your personal reference.

And to be honest, the information is updated daily, just not all the stores — it really depends you the fans to keep the information updated.

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admin October 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Michael, thanks for the update. ;)

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Suzanne Battermann August 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM

this sounds so cool

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