iPhone 4S at an effective 35mm — 1/40 sec, f/2.4, ISO 50 — map & image data — nearby photos
at a LEGO Store near Cleveland, Ohio
During our recent trip to The States to visit my folks, 10-year-old Anthony and I stopped by a LEGO store that had a “Pick-a-Brick” wall.
iPhone 4S at an effective 35mm — 1/20 sec, f/2.4, ISO 80 — map & image data — nearby photos
( which is hard to see in these crappy phone pictures )
With “Pick a Brick”, you pay by the bucket, so the goal is to engineer as much stuff to fit as possible...
For example, some large white wall pieces had hollow space when stacked, so we worked on filling that space as much as possible...
iPhone 4S at an effective 35mm — 1/20 sec, f/2.4, ISO 125 — map & image data — nearby photos
awaiting matching “cover” wall piece
It was a fun challenge, perhaps more fun for me than for Anthony.
When we got home to Japan, he opened up his two buckets and we counted how much of each piece he ended up with, and then tallied what it would have cost at the LEGO online store, where he's placed orders before.
Just the aforementioned handful of grass (he ended up with 207 pieces) would have cost $31, which is about what the two buckets cost, so everything else was gravy. In the end, all the stuff in his $30+tax pair of buckets would have cost $201, plus tax plus shipping plus handling. (This says more about how ridiculously expensive LEGO is than how good a deal the Pick-a-Brick is, but what can you do....)
As big a haul as it was, it didn't do much to dampen his hunger for everything LEGO. He's already placed (and received) an order from the Swedish Warehouse19 on a bunch of special parts, along the lines of what he did last year (as chronicled in “Anthony’s LEGO Battle at an Abandoned Castle”).
I recently got a bunch of Plexiglas and foam-core sheets to help with photo lighting (so that I don't have to use a kitchen cutting board as a reflector as I did here), and am planning on using the detailed LEGO pieces from Anthony's Warehouse19 order as practice, if I could only find the time....