Since 2008, new Lego Brand Stores have celebrated their opening with exclusive in-store sets that have typically been limited to the first 300 customers (sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less) who have spent at least US$35 (or the local equivalent) in the store on the opening day. As you can imagine, these are pretty rare sets. They are usually modelled on something of local interest, which means some of the subjects are a little obscure to non-residents.
These sets are usually provided in a zip-lock bag with colour photocopied (or inkjet printed) instructions, with the obvious exception being the 'Big Apple' poly-bagged set from earlier this year that was used as the opening day set for the New York city store. According to our research, there have been 28 of them released since 2008 (and an additional one released way back in 1992).
Today we've added to the database all the 'Grand Opening' sets that we've been able to track down. If you know of any others, please let us know. It looks like we'll need to update this list quite frequently with the new stores expected to open in the coming months!
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