If you’re looking to buy LEGO pieces from the LEGO Store then you’ll need a good LEGO Pick a Brick Wall Strategy to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
I recently visited a LEGO Pick a Brick Wall for the first time and was given a little tip from the staff on how to maximize the contents of your PAB (Pick a Brick) cup.
LEGO Pick a Brick Wall Strategy for Beginners
What is the Pick a Brick Wall?
The pick a brick wall is as the name suggests a wall of individual LEGO pieces. And although it looks impressive in the photo above, it’s not uncommon that the top few rows are just for display purposes because it’s hard to get up ladder all day.
But make sure you take an adult with you because they’ll be able to reach the higher rows. Of course the LEGO store staff will be able to assist you if you simply can’t reach.
So rather than order parts from the online LEGO Store or Bricklink, you can actually grab the LEGO pieces right there in the store and you’ll be building in no time.
Pick a Brick Inventory
The PAB wall can be different in size depending on the store you visit, but you can expect around 100 different LEGO elements to choose from. Most of these pieces are popular items and also can be used to build a few simple items from the build sheets they provide.
After you visit a few different LEGO stores you begin to notice the part inventory isn’t always the same, but they are very similar.
I asked a LEGO Store Pick a Brick Wall Specialist about the Pick a Brick Inventory and she suggested all the stores get the same stock. So I’m led to believe the differences might be due to the slower turnover of some pieces in that area and they don’t restock with new inventory until they’ve exhausted all the pieces.
There is a website where the LEGO community helps maintain, which might be useful when looking for the different LEGO elements available in your area.
Tip: If you’re having LEGO themed party you can grab all the pieces for the simple builds and then let the kids make one and take it home. And because of the decent size of the cup you’ll be able to max at least 10 builds per PAB cup which works out to be really cost effective.
LEGO Store Pick a Brick Cup Prices
The LEGO store pick a brick cup prices have changed recently and are currently priced at:
Small LEGO Cup : $8.99 USD +tax
Large LEGO Cup : $15.99 USD +tax
However, you can get a $0.25 and $0.50 discount respectively if you refill your cups, or actually choose not to take a cup with you. So if you’re looking to maximize your yields then this really help with the overall cost of the LEGO bricks.
LEGO Pick a Brick Wall Strategy for Packing LEGO 2×4 bricks
LEGO 2×4 bricks are the core for most LEGO creations and still remain one of the most popular bricks to own. However, packing rectangles in a round container can be somewhat challenging, but don’t despair as they are way to maximize your visit to the LEGO Store.
So don’t just take a scoop of LEGO 2×4 bricks when visiting the LEGO store, which will yield around 54 bricks for a small cup, but rather consider a different PAB strategy.
The most common LEGO pick a brick wall strategy for maximizing your LEGO 2×4 bricks, involves careful stacking in the cup.
As you can see in the following video you stack the 2×4 bricks on end around the outside of the cup and then keep stacking until you’ve reached 3 rows. (Most PAB wall keepers will allow you to stack 3 units high even though technically you can’t touch the lid to the sides of the PAB cup, which is a normal requirement. But check to see if this ok first)
Now the normal strategy to yield 104 LEGO 2×4 bricks is to stack the bricks inside, finishing with a special block of 2-3-4-4-3-2 brick rows and then another 4 bricks on top to fill the knob in the lid, but I like a simpler approach.
Generally there are plenty of smaller elements that I’d like to grab from the PAB wall so I take the opportunity to fill the bottom of my PAB cup with these smaller less stackable elements.
But here’s the bonus, because you’ve effectively made the PAB cup a little taller by stacking three 2×4 bricks high you’ll actually yield more of these smaller elements too. Bargain!!!
Of course if you’re just there to maximize your LEGO 2×4 haul you might want to try another popular stacking method that is used for the larger PAB cups, and it’s usually a little quicker to stack in the cup. The video below shows this method.
So don’t be that person who half fills a LEGO PAB cup and doesn’t take note of this LEGO Pick a Brick Wall Strategy for Beginners. With a little careful planning you are likely to save plenty of dollars on the PAB wall.
Money Saved = More LEGO
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