Brickset news archive: Shopping (Canada)
It appears that the NEW Hobbit and Ninjago sets are available in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
They are being sold at a toy store called Playvalue Toys. (I've never heard of it before).
The good news is they have free shipping for orders of $75 or more within Canada.
Thank you Brickset user Jon Brick for the news.
130 David Manchester Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K0A 1L0
This weeks Toys R Us Flyer has The Goblin King Battle (79010) marked down a shocking 50%.
The sale lasts from October 4th through October 10th. But as we know first come, first served...
At that price I cannot see them lasting long.
Make sure to take advantage of the Bricktober freebies as well.
The City Mining Truck (4202) is also marked down 40% for those City fans out there.
It would appear that Bricktober is right around the corner with Toys R Us Canada offering a bunch of events.
The Toys R Us website has the specifics (or small print) but here is the run-down:
Free Minifigure Vintage Collection 5-Pack (Vol.1) - Friday, September 27th, with purchase of $75 or more (before taxes) on any LEGO Building Set, plus free LEGO City Seaplane when you spend $30 or more on any LEGO Building Set.
Minifigure Trade-In Event - Saturday, October 19th.
Superman Make N' Take Event - Saturday October 26th. from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Thank you Brickset user TZI for the info.
Costco Canada appears to have its full LEGO Christmas stock in store. Here is the run down:
"LEGO Minifigure Year By Year A Visual History" from DK Publishing. Priced at $19.99 CND
Friends Book Bundle "Heart Lake City Collection". Priced at $7.49 CND
"On the move collection" featuring polybag 30184. Priced at $7.49 CND
Friends Adventure Camper (3184). Priced at $28.99 CND
Friends City park Café (3061). Priced at $ 28.99 CND
Ninjago Temple of Light (70505). Priced at $ 66.99 CND
A-Wing Starfighter ( 75003). Priced at $ 23.99 CND
Madalorian Speeder (75022). Priced at $ 23.99 CND
City Coast Guard Helicopter (60013). Priced at $ 36.99 CND
City Fire Emergency ( 60003). Priced at $ 36.99 CND
Duplo Neverland Hideout (10513). Priced at $ 19.99 CND
Alarm Clock Darth Vadar / Storm Trooper. Priced at $ 16.79 CND
The City advent calendar was at some locations.
Thank you Brickset user Odeinoichus for reminding me.
I was just in Walmart and purchased my pre-order of the up-and-coming Marvel Super Heroes game.
It now states "you will be getting the Bonus Iron Patriot Figure on release."
I am sure this comes with much relief for all Canadian LEGO fans!
It would appear that Costco now has the City 2013 advent calendar out in some locations, priced at 27.99 Can.
Thank you Brickset user Christina for the news.
If you are a fan of LEGO Legends of Chima, then this deal is for you!
MTF Price Matters Canada Online is currently selling 70115 Ultimate Speedor Tournament Set for $23.97, which is 40% off the regular retail price.
This week Chapters Canada is offering 25% off one item in store or online.
Please use the promo code: 25OFFONEBTS
Offer ends: August 18, 2013.
Thank you Brickset user JonBrick for the news.
It appears that the Cuusoo DeLorean is currently up on the Toys R Us web page.
Currently unavailable however, this is great news for most of us. Has anyone spotted any in stores?
Thank you Brickset user Chrislopa for the news.
Series 2 of the Star Wars Planet Sets (9677, 9678 and 9679) were found at Target Canada Stores for $7.06 Can. each which is 45% off the regular price of $12.99 Can. each.
A great price to get another Lobot, what would Cloud City be without him?
Thank you suckerpunch83 for the news.
I just picked up Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles Book from Costco Canada.
Priced at $9.99 Can. Regularly $20.99 Can.
Worth it for the Exclusive minifigure: Special Forces Commander.
Stock will vary for each Canadian location.
It would appear that Chapters/Indigo Online has made the 2013 Summer sets available five days ahead of time.
If you're desperate for the new Star Wars sets, here is your chance!
Thanks to Brickset user Jon Brick for the news.
Update: problems with the link, just visit Chapters Online...
Some very weird news from the great white north, at least weird to me that is.
On my ventures, I recently found out that FUTURE SHOP Canada sells LEGO.
There is currently a 20% off sale on selected sets.
For all Canadian LEGO fans another LEGO distributor is always good news.
UPDATE: Online only so far
Amazon has started selling LEGO in Canada this week and we've wasted no time in getting our technology working to bring you Bargain Watch alerts for Amazon.ca.
As you'll see from the first alert below there are already some great >30% discounts to be had. You can see everything that's discounted on the full Bargain Watch list.
30166 Robin and Redbird Cycle, which we didn't have a picture of until now, is being given away in Toys R Us in Canada with purchases of Super Heroes sets. It's limited to 25 per store, so you'd better be in quick!
(Thanks tiker and alexa for the news).
While we are on the subject of Canada, I will be visiting Halifax and south New Brunswick in July. If you're in the vicinity let me know and maybe we can meet up!
The official opening is yet to come but it appears the doors are now open at Southgate Centre Edmonton. Please read this press release for more details.
Update: We've heard the official grand opening is next weekend.
Toys R Us Canada has these sets on sale:
- 8639 Big Bentley Bust Out: normally $89.99, on sale for $34.98
- 8638 Spy Jet Escape: normally $64.98, on sale for $34.98
Personally I think the Big Bentley Bust Out sale price may be in error since they have it listed at a regular price of $49.98, so place your order quick.
Thank you Brickset user Suckerpunch83 for the news.
I'm sorry if this news comes late to fellow Canadians, but I only now had a chance to visit the city.
I found this exclusive DVD and Blue Ray Version in Walmart, the DVD I believe was priced at 14.99 + tax.
I purchased my DVD copy however at Superstore for 15.97 + tax. Walmart is the better deal.
A wonderful Clark Kent figure made out of the most desired... lower grade ABS.
Priced at $11.17 Canadian with free shipping. Limited quantities.
Thank you Brickset user Madriz for the news.
UPDATE: Sale is no longer valid, they have changed the page. Must have been a mistake on their part?
Celebrate MOTHER’S DAY and give mom your heart!
Join us in-store on Saturday May 11th from 11 am – 1 pm to build a LEGO heart to take home.
Maximum of 100 per store and only while they last.
Excludes Express locations.
I am guessing there will be an age restriction for this event.
Update: Multiplex has posted photos of the instructions on flickr.
Running May 3 - 9 2013, Hulk's Helicarrier Breakout is 30% off in Target stores, Canada. Not a bad deal. Finding a Target that has officially opened may be tricky however.
Has a Target finally opened near you?
Running from May 3rd to 9th, 2013.
Toys R Us Canada is giving away a Z-95 headhunter polybag with a minimum $30 Star Wars LEGO purchase.
Nothing too special but worth mentioning...
Starting today, Toys R Us Canada is offering the following sets at 40% off:
City Mining Truck 4202 now priced at 29.87 Can.
Palpatines Arrest 9526 now Priced at 71.87 Can.
Technic Backhoe Loader 8069 now priced at 47.87 Can.
Palpatines Arrest has finally come to a reasonable price!
Thank you Brickset user Christian for the news.
Those of you looking for the exclusive Darth Vader in Canada can now buy it along with the Empire Strikes Out DVD at Future Shop, I just picked mine up yesterday.
Price: $6.99 Canadian.
UPDATE: Prices seem to vary.... Perhaps I got a sale?
Toys R Us Canada is offering a Space Insectoid polybag free with a minimum $30 purchase of LEGO Galaxy Squad product.
This offer starts March 22nd. See the flyer here.
Thank you Brickset user Christian for the news.
Starting tomorrow, March 15 - 21, Toys R Us Canada is offering the exclusive Elrond polybag with any LEGO video game purchase.
No rain checks and only available as quantities last.
Follow this link to see the details.
Update: It appears there is two other offers as well; spend $30 on Lord of the Rings/Hobbit sets and receive a free Gandalf. Purchase the LEGO City Under Cover video game and you get a bonus Chase McCain figure. I am not sure if you can double dip and get an Elrond figure as well with this video game purchase.
It appears Walmart Canada is just starting to stock series 3 Star Wars planet sets.
I found them on the West Coast in Kelowna, the web site does not show their availability however.
For those of you looking to collect all the Star Wars polybag sets, the Umbarran MHC has been spotted in Ottawa, Canada at Chapters. It was priced at $4.95 Canadian.
Thanks to Brickset member Shaase for the heads up. Much cheaper than the current Ebay prices.
UPDATE: It appears that if you spend $30 on regular priced LEGO products at Chapters, you also get one of these (or a different polybag free.
4202 Mining Truck, regularly priced at $49.99, has been spotted in Eastern Canada Walmarts for $20.00.
You can check availability at your local Walmart if you go to walmart.ca and select "check prices and availability" below the product image.
This sale seems to be nationwide in store.
Thank you Natedog for the news.
For most of the community, this is old news, however for us Canadians, series 9 minifigures are just starting to appear in stores.
I was able to pick up a case at my local Toys R Us here in Western Canada. Have you found them in your local Canadian stores? Please let us all know if you have spotted them as well.
It's a great set of figures but as stated before, I was only able to get two complete sets from a case, which is a disappointment.
Toys R Us has up to 50% off selected Star Wars sets starting Jan. 18 and running until Jan 31.
As per usual, it will probably be a struggle to actually find any of these sets on the shelves. Good luck!
MTF (PRICE MATTERS) Canada is advertising LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 on sale priced at $219.99.
lego.ca has this priced currently at $350.00.
Seems like a great deal for a set that tends not to go on sale. I believe they ship throughout North America for those of you without this wholesale store near you.
UPDATE: It appears their products are " re-certified " models, I do however find this hard to believe.
Toys R Us Express stores (potentially normal Toys R Us as well), are offering the LEGO Ambulance for $10.48 so far in one confirmed location.
Regular price is $24.99; please let us know if you have found them in your local store as well.
Sears Canada is offering the following sets at 50% off until 17th January 2013.
NOTE: I just made an attempt to order a Striker Class Starfighter but the web site says it is unavailable even though the sale states it is valid until the 17th. I was able to purchase a Tie Fighter however.
A big thank you to Brickset member Glizoomer77 for the news for without our members reporting sales, we would all miss out on fantastic deals.
This is just a big Christmas reminder that Zellers Canada is now in its final days of liquidation and is offering major discounts off what LEGO is left. Many stores are already closed however.
Make sure to check out your local store as I hear you will find 40-50% off sets available.
The Lord of the Rings polybag set 30211 "Uruk Hai with Ballista" will soon be available in Toys R Us in Canada! Our Brickset source Bonzai informed us that we should be seeing them as soon as Dec. 7th for $4.99.
Sadly for me, this news comes about a week to late as I just paid big bucks on eBay for them :-(
Adding to the great polybag debate, it appears Toys R Us Canada is offering three Mini Star Wars sets for $4.99 each.
These had been hard to find in Canada until now. Great stocking stuffers.
Imperial Star Destroyer, MTT, and Tie Fighter.
After the limited recall of LEGO Lord of the Rings Xbox game at my EB games store, and my inability to get my Elrond polybag on time, I thought things couldn't get any worse, but I was wrong.
It now appears after waiting for the game to be in stock, my local EB games is claiming they never got any Elrond figures and pre-order or not, they cannot provide me with an Elrond polybag. They even had the nerve to state that it was never part of the pre-order, and I had mistaken the offer for un-lockable content instead.
Have you struck this at your EB? if so, I would highly recommend Canadian users to no longer pre-order at EB if hoping to get any exclusive LEGO deal.
A different but similar story was published at the Buried in Bricks site.
UPDATE: Many apologies to those that feel this post is an attack against EB Games, it was never intended as such. From my perspective this is shopping news that affects all Canadian Lego shoppers. I have since confirmed with EB USA that the poly bags were supplied at limited quantities, pre-order does not guarantee you a poly, first come first served. They however were ready and willing to ship me an Elrond from the USA for my trouble ( did not accept). EB Canada has informed me that Elrond was never part of their offer, even though local staff had assured this, they also offered me a figure (did not accept). In summary perhaps i fell pray to a marketing web glitch, uninformed staff, or just a bad experience, I will be avoiding pre-orders from now on.
I am very sorry to all those that feel this was inappropriately posted.
I finally found a Canadian Cyber Monday/week sale worth noting. Walmart has listed Star Wars: The Malevolence at $99.00, down from $149.99.
I just picked one up for myself. At this price it's worth getting.
We all know that Toys R Us tend to mark-up their LEGO a bit higher than MSRP. We also know that Walmart Canada tend to sell their LEGO just a bit below MSRP. This bit however, seems a little bigger and is worth noting again when shopping for Christmas.
I could not believe the discrepancy between prices when I looked up The Mines of Moria (9473) at these three locations; I was shocked.
Walmart Canada $84.88 << shop.lego.ca $99.99 << Toys R Us, Canada $109.99
As much as I don't like supporting Walmart (unfair wages, etc.), the price difference between some sets is ridiculous.
If Walmart continues this trend with other sets, I don't think any of us can afford not to shop there.
I went into EB games yesterday to get my Xbox 360 version of LEGO Lord of the Rings and the exclusive Elrond minifigure.
I was VERY disappointed to find Warner Bros accidently packaged DEMO versions of the game instead of the full versions pushing the release date back further. If you picked up your game in the last few days, you had better check if you have the full version as this demo issue has affected many. This press release was aimed at the US but it has affected Canada as well.
UPDATE: It appears the press release states that the games were indeed the full versions, just labeled incorrectly. This however is NOT what I was told at EB games, and demo or not, they wouldn't even sell me a game because of the issue.
Please follow the link for the full article at examiner.com:
"Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is recalling a small number of "LEGO The Lord of the Rings" video games that were released for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to Walmart, Target and Toys 'R' Us in the United States with a disc labeling error. The discs in question are incorrectly labeled as demo discs, but those discs do contain the full game content and are fully functional. This error does not affect any other formats of the game. We are in the process of remanufacturing the discs and will get them to the stores as soon as possible. Consumers who purchased a copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game with the disc labeling error can contact customer support via email at email@example.com or phone 410-568-3680 for a replacement disc."
In the spirit of posting any sale over 20% off, Toys R US Canada is offering 30% off Lego 7962
valid November 9-15, 810-pieces at the reasonable price of $83.97 CAD.
I was just informed that my local Costco in Kelowna BC Canada has marked down the relatively over priced Ewok Attack (7956) to $19.99 . At this price its worth the money.
Perhaps others have spotted similar deals at their local Costco.
We've just received news that Toys R Us Canada will be offering 50% off the following themes between October 19-25. This has not been officially confirmed but it's worthwhile to plan accordingly. Thank you Brickset user TZI for the news.
Toy Story, Alien Conquest, Pharaohs Quest, Atlantis and Racers.
Happening October 13 and 14, Toys R Us is calling it their Trade In Weekend.
I'm not sure of what Toys R Us will have for trading at the start of the weekend, but it is an interesting concept. I am also unsure if it is restricted only to the collectable Minifigure series (Series 8?), but it's worth checking out if you have an army of doubles. Read the details on their website.
Also: Exclusive Darth Maul is available starting October 12 with a minimum purchase of $35 on Star Wars LEGO.
Valid Sept. 28 - Oct. 04 (sorry I'm a bit behind) Obi-Wans Jedi Starfighter is finally on for only $49.87 Can. A much better price now for the piece count! No rain checks.
Also City Toys R Us truck is half-price at $26.87 Can.
Toys R Us Canada deals for September 14-23.
LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia 50% off, now priced at 10.47
Free 30210 Frodo with $35 LEGO Lord of the Rings purchase.
Thank you Brickset user Shaase for the news.
Brickset user Xtreme Lego Builder 8968 was able to pick up some of these rare gems in Ontario Canada.
The UK exclusive seems to be coming abroad! If you have spotted Team GB Minifigs elseware in North America please let us know in the comments.
Collectable Minifigures Series 8 should be rolling out in Canada any time now.
If you have spotted them, please feel free to share the news in the comments.
Earth Defense HQ (7066) has been spotted at Walmart in Manitoba for $75.
A 38% savings from the original $120 price tag.
Most Walmarts however can clearance different LEGO sets at the store manager's discretion. I have found that they will price match each other if you can give some proof from another store.
Thank you Brickset user RichardR for the news.
News has just come in that Zellers stores in liquidation mode have just adjusted all prices to 40% off.
According to a cashier at one of the stores prices will continued to drop by 10% each week to follow.
Just a reminder to all of you watching the Zellers liquidation phases across Canada, stores in the liquidation phase are now marking all LEGO at 30% off.
Use the following link to find a liquidation store near you.
It appears there has been an early sighting of Series 7 in Calgary Alberta at a store called Discovery Hut.
As per usual, Canada usually lags behind the rest of the world on such releases but this is hopeful.
I have created a Roll Out map for this series so please add to it. Everyone is invited, not just us Canadians.
NOTE: a Google account is needed to add locations to the map.
Starting Today (April 13-19) at Toys R US, Canada
The following sets are priced at 50% off:
Republic Swamp Speeder, 20.87
Cad Bane's Speeder, 31.87
Off- Road Fire Truck and Fire Boat, 26.87
Power Boat Transporter, 24.87
When I went into my local store, there were also a few other sets at 50% off, like Cars 2 Big Bently Bust Out (8639-1), that were not in the flyer.
The sale is applicable for Star Wars, Hero and Alien themes and runs from March 30th through April 5th. This sale may or may not be applicable in the stores that are entering their clearance phase to becoming Target amongst other things.
Blizzard's Peak and Fire Lord will be on 1/2 price starting tomorrow (March 16-22) at Toys R Us Canada.
I would advise calling before hand to see about stock levels.
I Just noticed that Walmart has the most fantastic sale on two Pirates of the Caribbean sets.
Both "The Mill" and "Cannibal Escape" are now 15 dollars each here in Canada. Brickset user Multani from the UK noted that he bought them as well for $16 each. Cannibal Escape sells regularly at lego.ca for 39.99. The Mill sells regularly at lego.ca for 49.99; this being the better offer by piece count. Let's hope to see more prices like these.
It appears that Super Store is in its last round of clearance LEGO. Most prices have gone down substantially and for that reason have been picked over pretty well.
Sales have been anywhere from 50-75% off certain sets. This has been a gradual trend since January.
Some less desirable sets are still available and a great way to grab spare parts for a good price.
I was in my Walmart a few days ago and found Freeing Dobby (4736) for $7.00 CAN.
Stock levels will vary from store to store.
The price is worth it for Dobby alone.
As I got dragged into Home Sense (with locations across Canada), I was pleasantly surprised to find a small selection of LEGO in their kids' section; some of which has recently gone on clearance.
I just picked up a City of Atlantis set for $44 on sale. Great pieces to go with the roman minifig from series 6.
Another set to note on "double clearance" was 7326 Rise of the Sphinx (which I believe is regularly 64.99) on sale for around 35.
I found a new appreciation for Home Sense that day!
Canada seems to be left until last in most cases (cases of mini figs that is), so I am not surprised not seeing them on the shelves yet.
That being said, three Brickset users have spotted them in Canada already:
2 people have found them at Mastermind Toys in Toronto (Canada), and London Ontario (Canada).
1 person has spotted them in Walmart in Halifax Nova Scotia Canada.
Someone has started a Roll Out Map on Google maps for series 6 so please add to it as you see them pop up in Canada.
Super Store appears to be clearing some of their christmas stock with some decent deals. Be careful though as I have found some of the "regular" prices on their sale signs to be inflated thus tricking consumers into thinking it's a better deal than it really is.
Thank you to Brickset user "mine" for this news.
It appears London Drugs has a number of sets marked down. One to note is the Sith Infiltrator (7961) marked down from 89.99 to $60.00.
A few of the other Star Wars sets were also marked down so its worth checking out.
It appears General Grievous' Starfighter has been spotted in Costco here in Canada for an affordable $29.99 CAN.
Compared to the $69.99 price tag at lego.ca this is a great deal.
There will be another chance to obtain Grievous in an upcoming 2012 starwars set (9515) if you are not able to get the Starfighter.
Many thanks to Brickset user ms builder for the news.
It appears that Toys R Us will be offering a 50% off sale on Kingdoms, Atlantis and the Pharaohs Quest themes for Boxing week starting Dec 27th.
The ad was a bit blurry but I would suspect there will be some sort of catch. There is a star in the ad which usually means some sets are excluded. It seems a bit too good to be true but that's for you to find out!
Walmart has just posted its Boxing Day Flyer advertising 30% off a wide selection of LEGO from Pirates of the Caribbean through to Harry Potter sets. So if you didn't get what you wanted for Christmas, perhaps this would be a good place to start.
Thank you Brickset user suckerpunch83 for the news.
Saturday November 17, Zellers Canada is having a one day sale giving 63% off these two LEGO sets:
1) City Corner (7641)
2) Blizzards Peak (8863)
They are also having a BOGO 1/2 off LEGO sale starting Friday the 16th of December and lasting until the 22nd.
Looks like Canada is about to get its fourth LEGO store, this time in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The 'Jobs at LEGO' website has just posted a vacancy for the job of 'Store Manager' in Vancouver, which is usual for the first official announcement of a new store.
You can read all the details of the job at the link below ...
If you think you meet the requirements, and decide to apply, then good luck, and let us know how you get on!
It appears that Toys R Us has added the Atlantis Exporation HQ to their weekly 1/2 price holiday specials.
Brickset user RichardR has kindly notified us that Toys R Us will be selling this set for $34.97 Can compared to the US regular price of 49.99 from shop.lego.com.
NOTE: No rain checks and sale starts December 9th.
As Christmas approaches, Toys R US is offering a decent sale price on Plo Koon's Jedi Star Fighter at $20.97 and Emperor Palpatines Shuttle at $47.97.
The prices I have listed reflect the 40% off.
The sale lasts until December 8th.
Thanks to Brickset user KillDeer it appears Costco has just recently stocked up on LEGO Battle Of Naboo 7929.
Priced at $25.99 CAN, this set is almost at par with USA prices of $24.99 US.
Great set for some more droids. Lets hope Canadian prices continue to mirror the US a bit more.
Toys R Us, Canada, is having a 1/2 price sale starting Friday November 25 through Thursday December 1st on the Snow Trooper Battle Pack (8083) and the Rebel Trooper Battle Pack (8084). At $7.47 each, it's an easy buy for anyone building a hoth MOC.
My flyer says the sale can be store specific, so please check your own local flyer.
I just visited my local Winners store yesterday and found they actually had some decent LEGO sets for their usual 30-50% off. It's worth checking out if you have a Winners store nearby.
My local store (Kelowna, BC, Canada) had The Prison Tower Rescue set for $39.99 (7947), compared to its original $69.99 value on LEGO.CA.
If you're a Castle builder in Canada, this may a great way to stock up on some of the great elements in this particular set.
I did see some Games, Heros and world racer sets as well.
Since Christmas is nearing, a few sales to note:
London Drugs has a 20% off sale on all LEGO running until January 31st 2012. Toys R Us does have comparable sales on with their popular buy one get one 1/2 off sales on selected themes (25% off). Until Nov. 17, those themes will be Alien Conquest and Pharaoh's Quest.
I am sure Toys R US will have similar sales in the weeks to follow but with different themes. The disadvantage of these sales compared to London Drugs is the fact that you must buy two identically priced sets to get the full 25% off value, and they both must fall in the selected theme.
London Drugs vs. Toys R Us: the choice is yours...
Costco has added Alien Conquest set Jet-Copter Encounter to its stock for Christmas.
Priced at $35.99 compared to $49.99 at shop.LEGO.com, it might be a set to pick up if you're a fan of the Space theme.
Many thanks to Brickset user CeroKnight for the news.
The LEGO Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (b11sw02-1) is now available in Costco for a very reasonable price.
Priced at a regular $20.99 Canadian in other locations like London Drugs, the Character Encyclopedia is only $11.39 Can at Costco.
At this price it is well worth buying the book for the exclusive Han Solo minifigure alone.
It appears that Costco has started stocking its Christmas toys. HEROICA Waldurk Forest is selling for $14.97 CAN compared to the $26.99 CAN price listed at shop.lego.com. Not a bad discount for the Canadian LEGO market!
If you like playing the games and want to stock up on the new medieval weapons, it's not a bad set to get. I am sure more sets will pop up as Christmas approaches.
It's bound to cause more gnashing of teeth and complaints (the news of a new store always does this from those who don't live nearby... please, let it go...), but I'm happy to report that Canada is getting another LEGO Brand Retail store. This one is also in Toronto, at Fairview Mall, about 35km/22 miles (as the car drives) from the existing Toronto store at Sherway Gardens.
News from the mall here:
News from LEGO jobs site here:
"LEGO Store Grand Opening Weekend!
May 13 - 15
Help a real LEGO Master Builder construct an 8-foot tall LEGO R2-D2 during our 3-day Grand Opening celebration weekend!
Friday, May 13: 11am - 7pm
Saturday, May 14: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, May 15: 11am - 6pm
You'll get a free LEGO Star Wars Certificate of Achievement for helping, while supplies last! Plus, visit the LEGO Store during the event to enter for a chance to win a $50 LEGO Store Gift Card! No purchase necessary to enter.
On Saturday, be one of the first 300 customers to spend $35 in the LEGO Store and you'll receive an exclusive, limited-edition LEGO Minifigure set!
On Sunday, the first 300 customers to spend $35 in the LEGO Store will receive an exclusive, limited-edition LEGO Minifigure T-Shirt! Shirts are available in child's sizes only."
There have been rumours flying around for a couple of months, but we now have confirmation that LEGO are opening a bricks-and-mortar store in Toronto, their 2nd store in Canada. No news on the opening date, but based on previous store openings, it will likely be around June 2011.
The job advert for the manager for the new store can be found here.
"Store Managers need to have the following to succeed:
At least three years of management experience in a high volume, multi-unit, specialty retail environment."
"Assistant Store Managers need to have the following to succeed:
-At least two years of management experience in a high volume, multi-unit, specialty retail environment."
"Brick Specialists must have the following to succeed:
-A very outgoing, enthusiastic personality passion for the LEGO brand.
-At least 18 years of age and with a high school diploma.
-A full year of retail experience is preferred."
UPDATE - an interesting addendum to this ... the graphics at the beginning of the 2010 Annual Review & 2010 Annual Progress documents show a third store in Canada; in addition to the Toronto & Calgary stores, there is a another store location marked, seemingly to the north west of Calgary. It's not quite in the right place for Edmonton, but it's difficult to be sure given how basic the maps are ... interesting :-)
Chris 'powerpig' McVeigh has emailed & posted to tell us that the Series 2 collectable minifigs have started appearing in Canadian WalMart stores for Can$2.86 each.
Chris reports that he's taken full advantage of the availability already, so I'm looking forward to seeing the Series 2 figs pop up in his Flickrstream very soon :-)
From tomorrow you can get the chrome stormtrooper free in Canadian TRUs when you spend $30 on Star Wars LEGO. They are bound to go quickly -- they did in the USA -- so get down there first thing in the morning to claim yours!
UPDATE: Sears is also having a sale on ALL LEGO sets for 15% off regular price.
Toys-R-US is having a sale running from October, 2nd to October, 8th on all CAN$12.99 and CAN$14.99 Bionicle sets for 30% off regular price. You can also save up to 40% off all CAN$19.99 and CAN$22.99 LEGO Racers which are now CAN$12.87 each.