LEGO fans line up round the block for opening of new Canberra store

Damien Larkins 6 November 2021 82
LEGO fans line up outside the new Canberra Centre store

LEGO fans line up outside the new Canberra Centre store. Photo: Ben Calvert Photography.

Crowds have waited up to two hours, blocking the Canberra Centre’s walkways, to be the first inside the ACT’s first certified LEGO store.

Several hundred LEGO fans waited patiently in a line reportedly up to a kilometre long that wound out of the centre and along Bunda Street.

Members of the Canberra LEGO Users Group’s (CLUG) were given a sneak preview of the new store on Friday night.

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CLUG committee member Jake Radloff there’s been a huge response to finally having a local outlet.

“It was absolutely fantastic,” he says. “We’ve been waiting for many months for it to come out.

“There’s a lot of exclusives sets and a pick-a-brick wall and a few really, really cool activities that some of our members have been travelling to Sydney or sometimes to Melbourne to get.”

The store features two signature works by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, Australia’s only LEGO Certified Professional.

One is a woman having a selfie with a kangaroo, the other a giant mosaic featuring a scene of hot air balloons over Black Mountain Tower.

Canberra LEGO Users Group member Jake Radloff

CLUG’s Jake Radloff next to the mosaic which features thousands of individual blocks. Photo: Jake Radloff.

“It’s really iconic. It really hits you as you head into the store,” Jake says.

The store was announced in March 2021, but fans have had a long wait with COVID-19 lockdowns delaying its opening.

But there’s been an unexpected upside to the delay.

“Because they’ve been waiting for a little while to open the store, there are actually some older sets that are not too easy to find in some of the other stores,” Jake says.

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The CLUG meets monthly and holds regular events to showcase their own imaginative designs.

“To really fuel that passion, members have got to have access to bricks,” he says.

“One of the ways they can do that is the pick-a-brick wall … that gives you more bricks to be able to build larger creations or augment what you’ve got.”

Staff cut ribbon on new Canberra LEGO store

Staff cut the ribbon on the new Canberra LEGO store. Photo: Ben Calvert Photography.

LEGO Certified Stores general manager Matthew Robertson says the opening has been a huge success.

“The main thing for me is really the kids, watching them come in, [they’re] in awe of the large LEGO models, all the displays.

“We had a couple of the LEGO Masters in store … it’s been fantastic. It’s been a real happy, carnival-type atmosphere.”

Sales have run hot on day one with huge demand for hard-to-find sets.

“[They’ve] been sitting there waiting to open, so I think a lot of people had a lot of pent-up demand for the sets,” Mr Robertson says.

“We’re seeing huge demand, especially for some of the high-price sets.”

Crowds continued to build throughout Saturday, and by midday, it looked like some fans in line would sadly miss out.

Mr Robertson has praised everyone for their good behaviour.

“The people of Canberra have been so patient, waiting for us to open the doors,” he said.

“It’s just really fantastic to be welcomed.”

Don’t be surprised if there’s a lot of LEGO under your tree this Christmas.

If you want to meet up with other local LEGO fans – you can join the Canberra LEGO Users Group (CLUG).

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82 Responses to LEGO fans line up round the block for opening of new Canberra store
Jordan Boulton Jordan Boulton 4:54 pm 08 Nov 21

Lindy Boulton Kerrie Cumberland

Chelsea Amber Chelsea Amber 7:05 am 08 Nov 21

James Luongo you’ll soon find out the big secret 😂

Bree Joseph Bree Joseph 4:13 pm 07 Nov 21

Samantha Bird not fair

Kathy Coombe Kathy Coombe 3:39 pm 07 Nov 21

Road trip Benjamin Coombe!

Holly Stevens Holly Stevens 3:38 pm 07 Nov 21

Kyle lego date???

Patrick Swain Patrick Swain 3:20 pm 07 Nov 21

Rachel Swain The queue went past the post office

No Vak No Vak 2:07 pm 07 Nov 21

That's awesome! I love Lego. I am going to go and get my Lego out of the basket under my Nerf guns right now.

Marigold Osborne Marigold Osborne 11:40 am 07 Nov 21

Zane Menegazzo next date night we go 💖

Kylie Skelly Kylie Skelly 11:22 am 07 Nov 21

Nice! I’ll have to check it out

Marissa Booth Marissa Booth 11:09 am 07 Nov 21

Great to get some stock back into Canberra and see some variety again. However the store size was a bit disappointing.

Jacqueline Jones Jacqueline Jones 10:52 am 07 Nov 21

Peter!!! You need to go to the lego store!!!

I went to one up here and it was awesome. So much cool Harry Potter and Star Wars lego.

Kristy Doodt Kristy Doodt 8:36 am 07 Nov 21

Tiffany Thomson look who I can see

Luke Connell Luke Connell 7:45 am 07 Nov 21

Connor Stein you should check this out

Brett Dean Brett Dean 7:30 am 07 Nov 21

I can see you in the line Ben Cridland & Erin Morrissey

Alicia Bartlett Alicia Bartlett 10:41 pm 06 Nov 21

Roxy Willkom Kuenne Did Tristan go? 🤣

Rachel Graham Rachel Graham 10:37 pm 06 Nov 21

Jayden Mclennan is this what you were actually doing today 👀🤣

Em Dillon Em Dillon 9:56 pm 06 Nov 21

Kiara Gaspari did you know about this?!

Kayla Sparks Kayla Sparks 9:55 pm 06 Nov 21

Cameron Sparks it's open!

Holly Hollyf Holly Hollyf 9:35 pm 06 Nov 21

Belinda did you make it there today

    Belinda Black Belinda Black 7:31 am 07 Nov 21

    Holly Hollyf not yet! Too many people for me 😷

Shaun Phelan Shaun Phelan 9:35 pm 06 Nov 21

Meg Phelan told you

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