LEGO AFOL community members were invited along with the media to a special shopping event ahead of the LEGO Store Milton Keynes’ re-opening
The LEGO Store in the UK that has been opened for the longest is the one located in Milton Keynes. It is found in Midsummer Boulevard, next to the Centre:MK. It recently closed to undergo a refurbishment, re-opening on October 4 with special offers and promotions to celebrate.
Members of Recognised LEGO User Groups (also known as LUGs) and members of the media were received invited to a preview event on the evening of October 3, where they could do a spot of shopping, see the new store and have access to all of the promotions that it would re-open with.
From 5.00pm, eager LEGO fans enter the new-look LEGO Store Milton Keynes. Inside the store, that had a covered front to maintain the surprise, they select the sets, bricks and accessories that they will purchase. While shopping, fans enjoy a cup of juice and a tasty cupcake.
The store itself looks completely different to how it did before – fresh, shiny and on-brand. It is now the same as every other modern LEGO Store, replicating the layout of those found elsewhere in the UK and around the world. Two sculptures – a shark man minifigure and Chewbacca minifigure are very nice additions.
A highlight of the evening is getting to see LEGO Creator Expert 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine up close, with Power Functions making the new set move. It will be released on November 23, so it is a nice opportunity to get a sense of whether or not it is worth adding to the collection.
Every purchase that totals £125 or more receives 40146 LEGO Store for free, a set that is exclusively available during these official store openings. Unfortunately there are not enough of the advertised “Lucky Bags”, which contain an assortment of polybags, to go around.
LEGO Store Milton Keynes has gained the same polish that every other LEGO Store has, but in the process has lost some of its charm. Whatever the preference of its regular customers is, this weekend certainly offers a nice opportunity to get a few freebies and enjoy the smell of a fresh LEGO Store.