July releases in Bricksworld & Toystation

Hope you have been saving up cos the July releases are supposed to arrive at the shops this Friday (2 July).  That makes Toyshunt, Toystation (TS) & Bricksworld (BW).

Toystation’s email lists: 7946, 7947, 7948, 7949, 7950, 7953, 7955, 8089, 8093, 8095, 8096, 8097, 8098, 3221 and 8403 (?). [Refer to this post for the set pics]

Heard from the S0937 forum that 8403 shipment is delayed, so am wondering how come it’s still listed but anyways, guess that means I got to make a trip down to Serene Centre to check out TS. 😉

I was at BW Takashimaya today and they already have the superpacks (again, excluding hospital), and TS email says they have them too. 

 

Latest Singapore Lego sales & shopping news

This seems to be a popular topic, so here are some updates about Lego stocks and sales. 

  • Monday (tomorrow!) is the last day for the 20% +10% Lego sales at Takashimaya.  Not sure what the current stock situation is since I’m not in Singapore now but last Friday I did manage to nearly complete my Toy Story collection (with Trash Compactor & Western Train) and re-stock the 7641 (City Corner) that I gave to my niece recently.
  • If you missed the Taka offer, Metro should still be having 20% off plus 5% member rebate. 
  • Toy Station (TS) brought in the Lego games, so here is your chance to get the little microfigs you’ve been eyeing. They also re-stocked 6212 X-wing Fighter (at TRU regular price, but still less than the scalping prices on Ebay Singapore). Last I went tho I noticed the MMV, Emerald Night & Winter Toy Shop were out of stock, so call before you go down if you are eyeing these 3 sets. 
  • Toysrus is still having the 7599 Garbage Truck Getaway at ‘offer price’ of S$89.90.  Plus the 7637 Farm at S$109.90 (vs S$152.90), 7635 4WD with Horse Trailer at S$29.90 (vs S$41.90) & Technic 8041 Race Truck 
    at S$99.90 (vs S$110.90).  Apart from 7599 that is exclusive to TRU in Singapore, the offers for the rest are not that great (and 8041 actually sucks…) (until Monday Taka gives a better discount at 28% off all regular price sets).

Lego sale in Takashimaya

Hey, Takashimaya Singapore is now having 20% discount off all regular priced Lego, plus another 10% off with your Takashimaya member card for 5 days from 27 to 31 May (Thur to Mon).  That’s effectively 28% off, quite a decent offer.

They have the latest Toy Story 3 sets (excluding the TRU exclusive Garbage Truck & the Pizza Truck).  Plus I also saw SW, Troll Castle, the 2010 City & Power Miners, and Creator Apple Tree House. 

Happy shopping! 🙂

TRU offer for Toy Story 3 Garbage Truck Getaway

I bought a new set today, it’s the Toy Story 3 Garbage Truck Getaway (7599) exclusive to Toysrus in Singapore.  While it’s at a so-called ‘discount’ of S$89.90, it’s actually selling for US$49.99 so it still more expensive than USA, as usual… (grumble grumble…)

If you are curious, usual price is S$119.90.  

I guess if you are not willing to wait and see if better deals come along, this is as good as it gets (or unless you have a trip to the USA). 

One more thing, the Western Train Chase (7597) sets have arrived in Singapore retailing at S$189.90 (saw it at Bricksworld Takashimaya but not in Metro, Toysrus or Takashimaya toys department yet).  The pig looks great and so does the T-Rex and train, but  think I’ll wait for a sale before buying.  It’s only US$79.99 in the USA…

 

As usual, pics link to Brickset for details and reference.

Lego Shopping in Japan Part II

In my recent trip to Japan, I had the opportunity to experience shopping for Lego in these stores: 

  1. Amazon Japan
  2. Click Brick (Rinku Premium Outlet)
  3. Bic’s Camera (Kyoto Station and Osaka Shinsaibashi stores) and Yodobashi (Osaka Umeda)
  4. Muji
  5. Various department stores (Kyoto Isetan, Kyoto Takashimaya)

So here goes my experiences and some tips to share in case you are interested to shop for Legos in Japan… 

By the way, the non-Lego related tips/experiences are applicable to Nanoblock shopping in Japan as well (except for Muji).  You didn’t think I only bought Legos did you? Haha, yes I did buy loads of Nanoblock sets in Japan, including the Himeji Castle set I so admired in my earlier post… I got the set at JPY5,800 (vs retail price of JPY8,400) from Bic’s Kyoto.

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1. Amazon Japan 

I made the order online just before I flew to Japan, and received the parcels 2 days later.  Without doubt, this is the easiest and most hassle-free of the lot.  So the pros and cons are: 

Pros 

  • Able to purchase Japanese Lego books, which are great by the way, even if you do not understand Japanese like me. I bought 2 this time and will do a simple book review when I’ve some time.
  • Able to purchase English Lego books, that may not be available in your home country.  This is more for Asian AFOLs I guess, since Amazon is widely available elsewhere.
  • Not having to carry heavy and bulky parcels back to the hotel/the rest of the day.
  • Free cardboard box to check-in new toys back home (just have to buy some scotch tape to tape up the boxes).
  • Cheaper prices (for offer/discounted items) than most retail stores.
  • Some selection of discontinued items from Amazon’s 3rd party retailers.
  • As a first-time buyer from Amazon Japan, you probably qualify for the trial to have express delivery.

Cons 

  • Hardly any Lego lifestyle items offered.
  • Mostly Japanese descriptions and instructions, but English instructions are available when setting up new account.  
  • Need to have some sort of semi-permanent abode for at least a couple of days.
  • Not sure what is the implication if there is no receptionist/concierge to accept delivery for you – perhaps can choose pick-up at a nearby Lawsons instead?

Link to Amazon Japan  

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2. Click Brick (Rinku Premium Outlet) 

This is the 2nd time I’ve visited a Click Brick store (1st time was the store at Venus Fort, Odaiba, Tokyo) and overall…  

Pros 

  • Loads of Lego lifestyle products, some seems to be only available in Japan.
  • Able to view the display models (lots in the Rinku outlet, not so much in the Venus Fort one).
  • Some older discontinued items in-store.
  • Prices are discounted from Japanese retail price.  
  • The atmosphere is great! Loads of people in the store (though this may be due to Golden Week). 
  • Play area for kids.

 Cons 

  • Having to carry heavy and bulky parcels back to the hotel/the rest of the day (though day lockers are available for rent at the Premium outlet and most train stations).
  • May not be the cheapest place to buy sets from (vs Amazon).
  • Not easy to travel to… unless you go direct from the Kansai airport (which I did), it’s a long ride out from Osaka city centre or wherever you are based in.

 Link to Click Brick website 

 

  

  

 

  

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

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3. Bic’s Camera (Kyoto Station and Osaka Shinsaibashi stores) and Yodobashi (Osaka Umeda) 

Apart from electronics, these stores also have a toys section, usually on the upper floors of the store. 

Pros 

  • Prices generally seem to be discounted from Japanese retail price. Can get additional 5% discount if you exceed JPY10,000 and qualify for duty-free shopping.   
  • Convenient to get to… all the stores are located near transport or shopping hubs.

Cons 

  • Having to carry heavy and bulky parcels back to the hotel/the rest of the day (though day lockers are available for rent at the Premium outlet and most train stations).
  • May not be the cheapest place to buy sets from (vs Amazon), but still cheaper than department stores.
  • No lifestyle products.

Link to Bic’s Camera  

Link to Yodobashi 

 

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

4. Muji 

The only reason for an AFOL to shop in Muji is to get the exclusive Muji-Lego sets that were released end-2009.  I went to nearly all the Muji outlets I could find (Himeji, Nara, Osaka, Kyoto) and strangely the Lego sets were only available in the Muji-to-go outlet in Kansai (KIX) airport.  The shop is located in public Level 3 shopping area, so if you want to get your Muji Lego sets, remember to pop by after you exit from customs upon arrival, or get the sets before you enter immigration for departure. 

Pros 

  • Hey, it’s really the only place you can get those Muji Legos, apart from the online Muji store which is all in Japanese anyways so no idea how to order the sets online.

Cons 

  • Those sets are not cheap.
  • Muji sets may not appeal to all Lego fans…

  

5. Various department stores (Kyoto Isetan, Takashimaya) 

Pros 

  • Convenient to get to… all the stores are located near transport or shopping hubs.

Cons 

  • Those sets are not cheap, most expensive of all the other options 1 to 3 since the sets are only sold at full retail price.

  

It’s taking a while to process photos and add links, so plain text for now, and I’ll tweak the post until I’m happy. 🙂 

Questions, comments or updates? Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Lego shopping in Singapore

Updated on 1 Dec 2010: Added Gifts Greeting at Nex.  (Thanks to Shaun!)  Also added Secret Chamber @ Parkway Parade & Gifts Greeting at Great World City.

Updated on 6 Nov 2010: Added Brick Station & Bricks Empire info.

Updated on 26 Sep 2010: Added info on Toystation’s Facebook & Twitter, Toyshunt new outlet at Novena Square, BHG, NTUC Fairprice, Carrefour, Attic Pals & Kidz Story, and various transport info.  Many thanks again to Wongkw & Shaun for your helpful updates.

Updated on 9 Aug 2010: Added links to posts with store pictures of ToyStation & Toyshunt, and info on Lego at John Little department store.

Updated on 24 May 2010: Added info on where to buy custom Lego weapons for your minifigs.

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These are some shops I know of in Singapore.   During non-sales period, I prefer Toy Station, for the simple reason that they give regular discount of at least 15% over the standard price and also carry various lifestyle products.

During sales, discounts usually go up to 20%.  At department stores (such as Metro, Takashimaya & Tangs), you may get additional rebates if you have their member/credit/store cards).

Store member privileges are also mentioned below, to the best of my knowledge.

Enjoy shopping!

Update 29 Apr 2010: Please bear with the lousy formatting while I try to figure out the template. Some colours added to store names.

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For the benefit of visitors to Singapore, some transportation information is also listed, though taking taxi is probably the easiest and fastest way.  I usually drive, so I do not know how to use public transportation for the rest.   

Lego is generally not cheap in Singapore, not compared to USA and especially not for limited or exclusive sets.   However compared to nearby countries like Malaysia and Indonesia, the prices here are much cheaper (based on my personal shopping experiences in those countries).   

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Toy Station / Brick Station

Click here for post on Toy Station visit: Link

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Brick-Station/100001352366164

Twitter: http://twitter.com/bricksstation

Comment: Highly recommended if you want to shop during non-sale period.  Toy Station (TS) carries all retail sets and most (perhaps not all) exclusives.  Also brings in selected lifestyle products.  Limited selection of minifigs, and parts (lamp posts, trees & base plates) available at counter.  May also be able to find some older/discontinued sets (usually at much more reasonable prices than other stores). Call to check availability before you go down.
10 Jalan Serene, #02-09/10/11 
Serene Centre
Singapore 258748
Tel : 6468 3054

Mon-Sat: 1030a.m. to 7p.m. / Sun: 11a.m. to 4p.m. (Closes an hour earlier during fasting month)

Getting there: By taxi?

Membership: No need to be member to enjoy regular discount of at least 15% off retail price.

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Simply Toys

http://www.simplytoys.org/

Comment: Simply Toys (ST) carries all retail sets and most (perhaps not all) exclusives.  There are 4 outlets in total.  Also brings in selected lifestyle products available in Singapore and imports Lego related books. May also be able to find some older/discontinued sets (more so at Raffles Exchange and Suntec outlets) – call to check availability before you go down.  Three outlets (Raffles Exchange, Suntec & Plaza Singapura) have loose bricks (pick-a-brick).

Plaza Singapura has two stores selling Lego – Bricksworld on level 3 and Simply Toys on level 7, and is the only shopping centre where you can visit 2 different stores in the same shopping centre.  

a. ST Raffles Exchange (flagship)
#B1-01/04/05, 5 Raffles Place, Raffles Place MRT Station Exit H
Tel: 64382238 / 64388384

Monday to Friday – 11am to 8pm / Saturday – 11am to 6pm / Sunday and Public Holidays – Closed
Getting there: Nearest MRT Station – Raffles Place MRT Station Exit H (located in the underground mall of Raffles Place MRT Station)

Comment: Has widest selection of older/discontinued sets compared to the other ST stores.

b. ST Suntec
Suntec City Mall #03-53/61, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Tel: 62354458 / 62354934

Monday to Thursday & Public Holidays – 12pm to 9.30pm / Friday & Saturday – 12pm to 10pm / Sunday – 12pm to 9pm

Getting there: http://www.suntecreit.com/sunteccitymall/gettinghere.htm

c. ST Plaza Singapura

Plaza Singapura #07-10

Tel:+65 68844401/68844402

Monday to Sunday – 12 noon to 10 pm

Getting there: Nearest MRT Station – NS24/NE6 Dhoby Ghaut Exit D

Comment: ST Plaza Singapura has better selection of loose bricks (pick-a-brick) compared to Suntec/Raffles Exchange outlets.

d. ST Vivocity

Vivocity #02-119 Tel:+65 62767626

Getting there: Nearest MRT Station – Harbourfront Station

Comment: Vivocity outlet has no loose bricks and very limited sets.

 

ST Membership: 10% off regular priced items for normal members & 15% for elite members.  Not for life – you have to spend at least $300/year to renew but once you are an elite member it’s for life. You can be a member by accumulating S$300 sales receipts (no time limit).  Should one purchase S$300 in one single receipt, member’s prices apply to that transaction too.

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Bricksworld

http://www.bricksworld.com

Comment: Bricksworld (BW) sells Lego exclusively and so carries all retail sets and exclusives, and most of the lifestyle products available in Singapore. There are 2 outlets in Singapore.  Limited selection of piece parts and minifigs available at counter.

Plaza Singapura has two stores selling Lego – Bricksworld on level 3 and Simply Toys on level 7, and is the only shopping centre where you can visit 2 different stores in the same shopping centre.  

a. BW Ngee Ann City (flagship)
391, Orchard Road, #05-15A,
Ngee Ann City Podium Block
Singapore 238872

Tel/Fax: +65 6734 5512

Monday-Sunday: 10:30am – 9:30pm

Getting there: Nearest MRT Station – NS22 Orchard Exit D (Ngee Ann City is where Takashimaya is located)

b. BW Plaza Singapura
Plaza Singapura
68, Orchard Road, #03-16,
Singapore 298839

Tel/Fax: +65 6238 8252

Monday-Sunday: 10:30am – 9:30pm

Getting there: Nearest MRT Station – NS24/NE6 Dhoby Ghaut Exit D

Membership: 10% off regular priced items.  Eligible to purchase selected items at special bi-monthly member price.  Not for life – you have to spend at least $200/year to renew. You can be a member by:

  • Paying a subscription fee of S$30.00 (worthwhile if you will be purchasing items worth over $300), or
  • Cumulative minimum of S$300 sales receipts or invoices for period within 12 months.

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Secret Chamber

Comment: Secret Chamber (SC) sells Lego exclusively and so carries all retail sets and exclusives, and most of the lifestyle products available in Singapore. There are 2 outlets in Singapore. Some selection of piece parts and minifigs available at counter.  Likely to be able to find some older/discontinued sets (different selections at each outlet) – call to check availability (and prices! – can be eye-popping!) before you go down.  

Able to buy custom weapons for your minifigs too.

a. Thomson (flagship)
301 Up Thomson Rd
#01-18 Thomson Plaza
Singapore 574408
Tel : 6552 4338

Getting there: Nearest MRT is Bishan and then transfer there by taxi?

Alternative to taxi 1 (thanks to wongkw): Transfer to bus 410 at the Bishan inter-change, after alighting from MRT. The same bus service also takes one back to Bishan inter-change/MRT as it is a loop service.

Alternative to taxi 2: (from this blog)

Route 1: Thomson Plaza → Venus Drive Carpark → Tagore Lane
Operating Hours: Weekdays (1130-1430)
Frequency: 40 min

Route 2: Thomson Plaza → Jalan Pemimpin → Pemimpin Drive → Shunfu Rd
Operating Hours: Weekdays (1130-1430)
Frequency: 40 min

Route 3: Thomson Plaza → Venus Drive Carpark → Ang Mo Kio Ave 2 → Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 → Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 → Shunfu Rd
Operating Hours: Weekends (1000-2000)
Frequency: 30 min

b. Holland Village

211 Holland Avenue

#03-47 Holland Road Shopping Centre

Singapore 278967

Tel: 6467 2851



Getting there: Taxi?

Membership: 10% off regular priced items for life, box sets only (not for lifestyle products). You can be a member by accumulating $250 in sales receipts.

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c. Parkway Parade

Parkway Parade #B1-22
Tel : 6344 5514
Getting there: Taxi?

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Toyshunt

http://www.toyshunt.com.sg

Click here for post on Toyshunt visit: Link

Comment: Toyshunt (TH) sells Lego exclusively and so carries all retail sets and exclusives, and most of the lifestyle products available in Singapore. Quite a wide selection of piece parts and minifigs (probably most minifigs in Singapore) available at counter.  

Able to buy custom weapons for your minifigs too.

a. Great World City

1 Kim Seng Promenade
#03-26 Great World City
Singapore 237994
Tel : 6333 6936

Getting there: Nearest MRT is Orchard and then transfer to Great World City by taxi?  http://www.allgreen.com.sg/project_details.cfm?project_uin=34

b. Novena Square

238 Thomson Road
#02-23 Novena Square
Singapore 307683
Tel : 62588726

Getting there: Novena Square is just above Novena MRT Station.  Located at L2 near MPH, opposite side from the Adidas Factory Outlet.  

Membership: 10% off regular priced items.  Eligible to purchase already discounted items at slightly preferential member price.  Not for life – you have to spend at least $150/year to renew. You can be a member by:

  • Paying a subscription fee of S$30.00 (worthwhile if you will be purchasing items worth over $300), or
  • Cumulative minimum of S$300 sales receipts or invoices for period within 12 months.

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Toy Plaza

http://www.toyplaza.blogspot.com/

Comment: Toy Plaza (TP) carries all retail sets and gives regular discounts (10-15%).  Also brings in selected lifestyle products. May also be able to find some older/discontinued sets (but always at eye-popping prices).  Call to check availability before you go down. Range is not as wide as Toy Station.  Owner/sales staff not at all friendly.  Coronation Plaza is actually located near Serene Centre (walkable 5-10 min?)
587 Bukit Timah Road
#02-11 Coronation Shopping Plaza
Singapore 269707
Tel : 6468 3045

Mon – Sat (10am to 7pm)

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Bricks Empire

Comment: Bricks Empire (BE) sells Lego exclusively and so carries all retail sets and exclusives, and most of the lifestyle products available in Singapore.

Bishan Junction 8
9 Bishan Place #02-49 
#02-49 Bishan Junction 8 Shopping Centre
Singapore 579837
Tel : 6258 3221 

Getting there: Conveniently located @ Bishan MRT 

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Toys ‘R’ Us

http://www.toysrus.com.sg/

Comment: TRU carries all retail sets and TRU exclusives (no lifestyle products).  There are 6 outlets scattered all over Singapore. Every 2 months or so there will be selected sets on special offer. Sometimes for members only.
United Square
#02-10/15, 101 Thomson Rd
Tel: 6352 9320

Forum The Shopping Mall
#03-03/25, 583 Orchard Road
Tel: 6235 4322

Paragon
#06-17/18, 290 Orchard Road
Tel: 6836 4865

Tampines Mall
#03-17A, 4 Tampines Central 5
Tel: 6787 0662

Suntec City Mall
Tropics #03-005, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Tel: 6336 3908

VivoCity
#02-183, 1 Harbourfront Walk
Tel: 6273 0986

Membership: Activate Star Card member with S$50 spending. Accumulate 1 point for every $1 spent. 250 points = $10 voucher every 6 months. The Star Card can be used at all Toys”R”Us main Stores in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand to earn Star Points (and vice versa for members from those countries).

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Department Stores

Department stores usually carry only retail range, but is great during sales and their ad-hoc special offers.  

Metro (4 stores)

http://www.metro.com.sg/storefront/ContentDetail/Location.asp?ContentId=11

Comments: Paragon outlet has widest range of sets. A few lifestyle products (magnets and keychains) available. Annual anniversary sale in April gives 20% off retail price. Sales at other times requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

 

Takashimaya

www.takashimaya-sin.com

Comments: Sales usually requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

 

Tangs

http://www.tangs.com.sg

Comments: Sales usually requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

 

Robinsons (2 stores)

http://www.robinsons.com.sg/

Comments: Seldom have sales for Lego. Sales usually requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

 

Isetan (4 stores, but no toys at Wisma Atria branch)

www.isetan.com.sg

Comments: Seldom have sales for Lego. Sales usually requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

 

OG

http://www.og.com.sg/

Comments: Seldom have sales for Lego. Sales usually requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

 

John Little 

http://www.johnlittle.com.sg/

Comments: Marina Square outlet carries Lego sets and lifestyle products like watches and lights. Seldom have sales for Lego. Sales usually requires membership (either in-store or credit card, refer to website for details on how to join).

[Thanks to Shaun for the info!]

 

BHG  

http://www.bhgsingapore.com.sg

Comments: BHG (Bishan and Bugis outlets) do have LEGO, but no sales, not even member discount.

[Thanks to Wongkw for the info!]

 

Carrefour

http://www.carrefour.com.sg/

Comments: Only at Suntec outlet. Occasional battered box clearances (guerilla style, no advertising).

[Thanks to Shaun for the info!]

NTUC Fairprice (Xtra?)

http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StoreLocatorView?langId=-1&storeId=90001&catalogId=10051&Corporate=Y

Comments: Changi Airport T3, Hougang Point and AMK Hub carries them. T3 carries the most among these three outlets.

[Thanks to Shaun for the info!]

 

Other Toy Stores that sell Lego

Kidz Story 

#01-91 Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039596

Tel : 6338 5514

Getting there: Promenade Station, Circle Line

[Thanks to Shaun for the info!]

Gifts Greetings (2 stores)

1. Great World City

#02-37 Kim Seng Promenade
Singapore 237994

Tel: 6887 5069

2. Nex
23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
http://www.nex.com.sg

Tel: ?

Getting there: Serangoon MRT and Bus Interchange

Attic Pals

Comment:

#02-21A Tanglin Mall

163 Tanglin Road

Singapore 247933
Tel : 67325051

Getting there: By taxi?

[Thanks to Wongkw for the info!]

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