We've looked at some of the of small polybags that are available exclusively at the LEGO House (here, here and here) and today I turn my attention to the pick-a-model sets that can be purchased in the shop there.
The pick-a-model initiative started in 2015 and has yielded 21 models so far. For those not familiar with the concept, they can be found near the pick-a-brick wall in brand stores and consist of a blister pack containing an instruction manual which you fill with the pieces needed from the wall, as directed by the parts list on the cover of the manual. A new one is introduced every 3 or 4 months.
I have heard that the generic pick-a-models are being discontinued in other stores, but location-exclusive ones like these, 3850033 Guardsman (Leicester Square) and 3850011 Statue of Liberty (New York) continue to thrive, it seems.
They are an expensive way to buy parts compared with by the tub so I've never bothered in the past but felt obliged to get these two given these are unique to the LEGO House store and contain some nice pieces.
The two models are, photographed with front panel removed:
3850060 Fish Tank
3850061 Fish Tank
As you can see there are some nice pieces in them, the 6x5 clear panels, the dark green sea grass, the black inverted curved slope, starfish and ice cream.
Normally one would pick the pieces yourself from the pab wall but when we visited the packs had been pre-filled. All the parts were in the wall, at least they were when the shop first opened, but needless to say the coolest parts were soon depleted; perhaps not surprisingly given the building was full of AFOLs. I would hope it's been restocked by now, though!
Instructions for both can be viewed at Brothers Brick.
Why fish in tanks, you may be asking... One of the coolest experiences in the LEGO house is the virtual fish tank. You build a fish from the huge selection of parts available, insert it into a machine to be scanned, add a face and other features digitally, then let is loose in a virtual fish tank to interact with other fish and objects in it. We'll tell you more about that in a future article.
Speaking of which, here are our plans for future LEGO House coverage:
- Tomorrow, we hope to publish a review of the Architecture set 21037 LEGO House
- Later this week we'll take a look at the history collection in the basement
- Next week we'll cover the masterpiece gallery, the experience zones and the store before giving you our overall opinion of the house and the experience of visiting.
If you can't wait that long, Elspeth has written a nice piece over at The Brothers Brick.