ItsAllTrue on the Road: Oklahoma City Lego Store Grand Opening

On Saturday, the Crew got up unusually early and headed out to Oklahoma City for the grand opening of a LEGO Store at the Penn Square Mall. I was excited, to say the least. When NoisyDvL5 told me about the store, I knew I had to be there for the grand opening. Before now, if I wanted to “pick-a-brick” or buy exclusive sets I would have to travel at least nine hours. Needless to say, I’d never been to a Lego store before. I’d still like one closer, say Kansas City, but I’ll take what I can get.

Since this was my first visit to a LEGO Store, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But even if I was, I would have been surprised by the turnout. When we arrived it was so busy, they had to limit how many people could go into the store at one time. A line of people just waiting to go in snaked around the hallway of the mall. It took about half an hour just to reach the sign that explained where the line began.

The store itself was very cool. LEGOs of all kinds lined the walls and pre-built displays and dioramas were set up all around the store. Along with the product you would normally see in other stores, there were also some store exclusives and some products I’d never seen before like a Salt and Pepper shaker made from two bricks or a cake pan in the shape of a giant LEGO man. But nothing was as impressive as the “Pick-a-Brick” wall and the minifigure build station.

At the minifigure station, you can put together three LEGO minifigures for about ten dollars. For each figure you could pick one set of legs, one torso, one head, one hair or hat, and one accessory (brooms, axes, saws, and cups). While there were a bunch of random styles to choose from, our station was mostly “City” styles like orange workman shirts and overalls. I was impressed by the idea, but I would’ve preferred “Castle” theme minifigures. Had there been some knight or troll pieces in there, I would have been all over it.

Probably the greatest thing in any LEGO store is the “Pick-a-Brick” wall. The entire back wall of the store consists of containers set into the wall like drawers with clear fronts. Each bin has a different brick or element with different styles, sizes, and colors. The store provides you with small or large cups to fill with as many of the bricks as you can, all for a set price. It was about eight dollars for a small and fifteen for a medium.

After all was said and done, I had filled two large cups and bought the exclusive Castle set “Medieval Market Village” (expect that review in a few days), they also threw in a set that is exclusive to that opening. Since our store is in Oklahoma City, we got a little cowboy. The last store to open in Dallas got a longhorn skull. Honolulu got a Hawaiian fish.


To celebrate the grand opening, LEGO was also hosting an event in the middle of Penn Square Mall. Children and adults alike could help a “Master Builder” construct an eight foot tall R2-D2. In the court area, there was a ring of tables set up where participants would build a large LEGO brick and then have it added to the giant R2 in the middle.

Each person that helped, myself included, received a “Master Builder Certificate” (yes, I am now a Master Builder, thank you), and a commemorative white LEGO brick with R2-D2 and “LEGO Store Master Builder Event” printed on it. Since we were there on Saturday, we only got to see R2 partially completed, but I have no doubt that it was an awesome sight by Sunday evening.

At the end of the day, we were all tired, but we definitely had a fun time. If a LEGO store is opening near you in the future, I would greatly suggest you go, especially if you have kids.

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Special thanks to SilntAngl5 for all the great pictures.

16 thoughts on “ItsAllTrue on the Road: Oklahoma City Lego Store Grand Opening

  1. I hope we never get a lego store here. I don’t buy legos but I know if they gave me the option to buy a cup full of them of any type I want, I’d be broke with just cups of lego sitting around my house

    1. It’s a little easier because even though it’s impressive, it’s only about 85 bins.

      But, you still just grab one and fill it. Sil and I filled up two small ones at the Lego store in New York, but we spent a ton of money on exclusive sets.

      This time we were much better. We shared one large cup (that’s ours in her photo), the minifigure 3pk (that wasn’t at the last store), an orange brick keychain for me, and she had to have this really cool vacu-metal Stormtrooper magnet. Much cheaper than last time.

      1. It’s AdventureVault’s fault for getting us back into Legos again. All of this I fully blame on him.

  2. you can’t eat cups of legos so it’s not good to be broke with cups of them around the house.

    i enjoy visiting the one in down town disney whenever we’re there. i was very good a resisting the call of legos until they did the indy ones. i gave in to the truck, cycle and now the canal one

        1. That sounds like yum. 😉 I do have lego popsicle molds and a brick ice tray that I use…

  3. That is awesome! I want to fill up a cup just to do it. But it’d probably take me forever. I’d have to have a goal in mind.. And need certain bricks.. LOL. (_ _)~

  4. thanks noisy… the boys saw this this morning and now we have a road tripped planned sometime after xmas and a scheme to hit the grandparents up for money this year… you’ve turned my kids into scheming bastards. oh well… i suppose it was only a matter of time.

    1. If you do take the drive down into the middle of OKC, stick to I-44 through Tulsa. We went around on the Creek Turnpike and it blew. Every few miles you had to pull over and pay 75 cents TO STAY ON IT!

      And it seemed much quicker when we zipped through the middle of Tulsa on the way back.

      Otherwise, everything was spiffy. Penn Square is even on I-44.

      1. Just be careful you don’t magically get off I-44 on the way back at Tulsa and end up on 412… like some people do.

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