As I mentioned last week, MeganL and I were privileged to be able to attend the LEGO House fan pre-opening event last Friday, ahead of the official opening this Thursday.
It was a fantastic day in a fantastic place and we'll write up our experiences and thoughts later this week once Megan is back in the US and over her jet-lag.
For now, though, I will review the 'parting gift' given to visitors: 624210 LEGO House 6 Bricks, a polybag containing bricks that are moulded and packed on-site.
It's a set of almost infinite possibilities and it could be the only set you ever need. Here's why...
Packaging, parts and instructions
It's packed in a standard polybag and if you've ever wondered how they are filled and sealed you'll be able to see for yourself.
Inside the bag are 6 2x4 red bricks, but no instructions. To get those you offer your RFID-enabled wristband to a reader (more on which in our next article) which prints a personalised credit card showing one of the 915,103,765 possible combinations of combining six 2x4 bricks.
It's said that everyone receives a unique card (that is, until the billionth visitor...) which suggests that the system has calculated every combination and numbered them, which if so is quite a feat. Of course it could just be random...
There's also a code on the card (removed from the photo) that can be entered into the new LEGO House app for IOS and Android (more on which later) to retrieve the instructions.
The back of the card is quite cool too...
It doesn't take long to snap the pieces together in the pattern shown, and indeed you may well have the parts in your collection already to avoid having to open the bag.
It's not the most robust construction and probably wouldn't pass inspection by LEGO's design department.
It looks like a simple enough set, doesn't it, but it's one with almost infinite possibilities and could therefore be the only set you need ever own.
Let's assume that putting the above model together takes 10 seconds. Thus, to construct all of the nearly 1 billion combinations will take you about 152 million minutes, or 290 years. If you start now you can hand the project down to your children, you grandchildren and their kids too...
Getting yourself to the House to obtain one of these will avoid the need to buy a UCS Millennium Falcon or any other set for that matter and will provide years and years of building possibilities!