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!
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(involving downloading and then re-uploading an Excel sheet) therefore many of the store locations have been greatly out of date.
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.
Please note that the site is very new so the Pick-A-Brick Wall inventory of many of the LEGO stores is 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 the UK, and you can also request more locations.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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. 😉
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! 😀
Thank you! 🙂 What GS sets do you have? I’m guessing you have Bug Obliterator or maybe you just got the Eradicator Mech?
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. 😀
The battle at the black gate is awesome
I am awesome.Meneldur:WHOA.That’s like *counts on fingers* 500+29=972!!! That’s like,A LOT!
That’s right! 😉 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. 🙂 What sets do you plan on getting?
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
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. 🙂
Too bad the PAB wall has no licensed minifigs such as Aragorn or Gandalf the White.
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.
Yeah, that would never happen, but we can keep dreaming. 😉
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.
That’s also true. I’m happy with the selection they currently offer and I can buy everything else on Bricklink. 😉
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? 😛
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. 😉
Whoopie! Yes! Sets cheaper! I like it! 😀 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?
Oh how I wish we had this in Australia.
Yeah, it’s too bad. Countries without an official LEGO store can’t have these. However, some unofficial stores may have these.
You guys don’t have a LEGO store? 😕
Well, none official.
sad i would die!!
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!
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.
I love PAB and this guy’s website idea.
I’ll be helping to keep Yorkdale up-to-date.
Thanks, Kristina! 🙂
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.
Yeah, I know what you mean! The PAB wall is a LEGO fan’s dream! 😀
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
So far there are 1200+ parts entered for about 20 stores.
Daniel, thanks for mentioning that! I updated the links. 🙂
“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.
Michael, thanks for the update. 😉
this sounds so cool
I would like to know if they would have LEGO Star Wars pieces?
Like what kind of pieces?
Not found the new PAB very good
I have just buy a custom build, lego kit of the razor crest
When I when to lego PAB, some of the parts I was look for in the search the site couldn’t find
has anyone got any idea’s