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Black Friday 2009
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Subtitle: Ruining my daughter's chances at having a college fund.


For those of you that don’t know, the day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday,” is the biggest shopping day of the year. EVERY store goes all out with the best deals that they can offer, and luckily, Lego is included in the sales. Let’s take a look at what I was able to scrape out of the madness that is, Black Friday…






First stop on the Black Friday battle ground was Toys R Us when they opened the doors at midnight last night. Number one, set 8635, Agent Mobile Command Center. Retail 89.99 scored for a mere 53.99!






On the left was my other score from Toys R Us. Set 7623, Crystal Temple Escape. Retail 59.99, mine for only 42.99. Not the BEST deal, but still nothing to sneeze at. On the right is set 7627, The Temple of the Crystal Skull. Retail 89.99, scored at Target this morning for 49.99! They also had the Troll battle Ship at that price, but I figured I’d been greedy enough and I still had the Lego store to hit later.








Some deals that were NOT from Black Friday, but within the week so I’m counting them. The Clone wars pirate tank (retail 39.99) was a birthday gift from my wife so FREE! I didn’t have the heart to tell her I already had the set still unopened. Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter retails for 29.99. It was on sale for 20 bucks plus I had a $5 off coupon so, SCORE $15!








Another “Non-Black Friday” deal. Picked this up last week as a birthday present to myself. Set number 7897 Passenger Train. Retail 99.99. Damaged boxed item and MINE for 63 bucks! Happy Birthday to me! Oh, can somebody PLEASE tell me, at which point did I become a towney/Train guy?






Back to the Black Friday Attack!


Then it was time to hit the LEGO store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg (That would be in Illinois). I had the pleasure of meeting up with MOCpages own Dave Kaleta and the two of us tore into this place like starving men with a package of crackers… OK, not quite, but it was fun! The Lego store didn’t have the best deals, but they gave you the chance to hit lotto on this. With every purchase, you were given a “scratch card” that had either 10, 20 or 50% off your entire purchase. Of course MOST of the cards were 10% which is what both Dave and I ended up with. Better than nothing!






The funniest part of this trip, aside from the geeks in the picture here, is that Dave and I walked out of the store with the EXACT same sets and two PAB cups. Oh, and whatever he tells you happened after we left the store is a TOTAL lie.







Here’s what was scored at the Lego store. Not a whole lot as our scratch cards were only worth 10% off our total purchase. Here we go. Set 8060 Typhoon Turbo Sub. Retail, 24.99 plus set 5982 Space Police, retail 19.99 plus two PAB cubs at 14.49 each, minus 10% is 73 bucks! The thing with the logo on it is for a FREE PAB (a $15 value) cup after Christmas!







So here it is in all its glory! The entire take, the whole enchilada, the big score, the… ummm… yeah, all of it. Anyone want to help me sort?






Fourth Wall Commentary: Ok, let’s do the math quickly here shall we. Total retail value of the entire haul was $498.89 (that’s including the free PAB cup that I’ll get after Christmas). My total cost was $310.97! That’s a total savings of $187.92! See kids, it pays to look for the deals! That’s nearly 200 bucks that can now go for more LEGO!

But I think the coolest thing was getting to meet up with Dave Kaleta. That’s one cool dude. If you ever get the chance to hang with him at say Brickworld or something, do it. Other than that folks, I think I’m DONE buying brick for at least a month… maybe two. Heck, it’s going to take at LEAST that long to sort all this stuff… speaking of which, time to get to it!

Till next time true believers! And if you haven’t gone shopping yet GO NOW!




Comments

  December 13, 2013
MotD? More like PoFYA. (That stands for Purchases of Four Years Ago.)
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  December 13, 2013
Haha, a fitting MOTD for this time of year. ;) The Shaumburg Lego store for the win! That be my store too. Perhaps someday I'll bump into you there. :)
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  December 13, 2013
MOTD! Looks like you guys really scored there! With the Lego, that is.
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  December 13, 2013
congrats on motd Chris!
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  December 13, 2013
63 bucks for a train?! Congratulations on MOTD
  December 13, 2013
Chris Phipson March 18, 2011 Yeap. I live somewhere in the North Western suburbs. Since you live in the area, hope to see you at BrickWorld in June! And can someone tell me how this piece of (bleep) got MOTD?!!? @Chris: Loool, and now it happened the second time XD Greetings, Sven
  December 13, 2013
Funny. But this was 2009. Can we have an update from this year.
  December 13, 2013
Oh if only this was a few Fridays ago. That would have been the most perfect MOTD ever. Still, at least this is still on a Friday.
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  December 13, 2013
Space Police!!! Come baccckkkk... lol
Chris Phipson
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captain Matt anderson
  March 18, 2011
NO WONDER MY STORE WAS OUT! just kidding! nice collection you gathered.
Chris Phipson
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Commander Fed's Pie
  March 18, 2011
YOU'RE RIGGING IT!!!!! XD
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  March 18, 2011
Quoting Garand Thumb Congrats on MOCtD, Chris. You're a fellow Chicagoan, I suspect (from going to Woodfield)?
Yeap. I live somewhere in the North Western suburbs. Since you live in the area, hope to see you at BrickWorld in June! And can someone tell me how this piece of (bleep) got MOTD?!!?
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  March 18, 2011
Congrats on MOCtD, Chris. You're a fellow Chicagoan, I suspect (from going to Woodfield)?
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  March 18, 2011
im scared to go to a mall after watching mall cop. lol xd.
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  March 18, 2011
Wow! I wish I could go to the LEGO store on a Black Friday...and had money to spend...
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  March 18, 2011
Wow! I'll have to visit a LEGO store on Black Friday! Congrats on ANOTHER MOTD!!!
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  March 18, 2011
Black friday seems sick! I wish we had it where I live... $200? That's a lot. It's like... $200!
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  March 18, 2011
Black Friday scares me to death, but after looking at your haul, I'm incredibly tempted to try it out. As a side note, the face of the kid in the main pic is golden; it looks like his brain just when "foom" after looking at all those sweet sets!
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  March 18, 2011
Yeah, make one of MY mocs MOTD!
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  March 18, 2011
Stop getting MOTD, you're making everyone jealous :P congrats
  December 19, 2010
Your daughter must be pretty mad:) lol
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  November 16, 2010
lego stores look so AWESOME!!!!! WHY! OH WHY!!! CANT WE HAVE THEM IN NEW ZEALAND!!!! DX
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  July 17, 2010
WOO! What a haul! Do you know if there is any Lego Grass on a pick a brick wall? Nice buys too!
  January 21, 2010
What were you thinking?! You didn't fill up the empty spots in your PAB cups with tiles or studs!
  January 10, 2010
That looks like the exact same LEGO store that I live by.....I'm scared now.....wait.....THAT IS THE ONE I LIVE BY!
  December 20, 2009
hey that lego store looks like the new one in arundal mills, am i correct? i was gonna go to it with my friend but the line was too dang long. then we were gonna help build the big tree but nooo, the line for that had to be two miles long as well!! i ended up buying a halo action figure and an rc helecopter.
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  December 7, 2009
Wow, I wish I could do that. But I dont have a $300 or whatever dollars to spare :(
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  December 5, 2009
Are the atlantis sets out?! I've been waiting for them forever!
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  December 4, 2009
Wow, great job! I only stayed out front of Toys R Us for the Agents' truck but that is an awesome set!
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  December 4, 2009
this is pretty cool
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  December 3, 2009
Looking for building ideas at this hour? Me too, I have a star wars episode 4 contest due tonight.....
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  December 3, 2009
Heh, price for all those Legos would be in Croatia about 5000kn (700Euro) which is an average payment for one month here.
Chris Phipson
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brandon emmert
  December 2, 2009
not bad, i went toys r us and scored big. i got two atlantis sets, two space police sets and a discount set. i also had a gift card for 20 dollars, so that was a great day for me. it looks like you got a better haul than i did.
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  December 2, 2009
Wow, that's a great haul you got there and quiet a bit of savings too, happy black friday!
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  December 2, 2009
Oh man, I notice some of the other European AFOLs below have the same gripe as me - Your Lego is cheaper than ours is anyway, then you have an enormo-sale on top! My jealousy knows no bounds. Getting a Euro-exclusive Pirates advent calender (which have probably turned up in the US by now anyway) does not make up for paying in £ what you guys pay in $. Roll on christmas, then the infamous January sales (which often start December 26th?) for some bargains hopefully, followed by my birthday on January 3rd (all donations and gifts welcome).
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  December 1, 2009
I've thought for a while now about what I should comment, but all that comes to mind is the word, "win"...
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  December 1, 2009
Nice haul. Don't worry about your daughter's college fund, by then, you'll have enough bricks to build her a university.
Chris Phipson
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Blake Buehl
  November 29, 2009
Oh Yah, and it's Brick Friday.
Chris Phipson
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Jack Bacchus
  November 29, 2009
I was plain lucky once, I found a lego set sitting infront of someones Car, It's mine now =), Sameway I was unlucky, I Was at TOYS'R'US And there was one clone turbo tank left, (I know abit bout' starwars) I went to get my mom at the bratz Ile with my sister When she came it was gone stupid Lego fan, Y'know It might of been Luke-Watkins...Grrrrr.....
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  November 29, 2009
I wish i could have scored so much on legos, my birthday is in early november, so it has the perfect waiting period so people treat it as to separate occasions! but i got a 300$ gift with 25$ of exsesories so my parents made it clear i wasn't getting much for x mas... Still my brother loves legos and i just use his so its like 500$ of stuff for me!
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  November 29, 2009
WOW! You got a ton of loot!
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  November 29, 2009
Now all you have to do is buy some wrapping paper and wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree until Christmas. =)
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  November 29, 2009
Hey I have thought a lot about your advice, and it paid off, as you can see I've improved since you gave your input of my mocs. So it is easy to say my latest moc was inspired by your advice. Thanks!
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  November 29, 2009
Woah bargain! Like Mario Kart Master I would love to build with you!
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  November 29, 2009
D4M YOU CHRIS! the closest legoshop to my place is 300 miles away...AAARGH!! oh, and: you bought a lego train?? how desperate have you become??
  November 29, 2009
I went to the LEGO store on Black Friday too. I got the Advent Calender and the LEGO Chrismas Toy shop set thing.. Also I got 2 Vintage Minifigure sets! (Set 1 and Set 4)
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  November 29, 2009
dude, i wish it was like that in Canada.. :(
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  November 29, 2009
Does Dave support Celtic Football Club? Cos' I do to!
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  November 29, 2009
"Dad. Why can't I go to college?" "Well.. erm... you see there was this lego marketing sale..."
Chris Phipson
Blake Buehl
  November 28, 2009
Ha ha, I wasn't $tupid enough to go, besides, I have $140 saved for a 26 gig nano. @ Mr. Bones: Yah, My cat got into my room at night, and found a ton of lego on the floor, And decided it looked more comfy to go #3 in than his Box. And he sleeps on my Black Shirts. He's White Fured. I think he eats them too, and Plays with them while I'm asleep. Darn Jack, or 'Mr. Jangles' as My sister calls him.
Chris Phipson
Blade Bat
  November 28, 2009
Somthings telling me you and Dave had this planned out. Also you should have saw me at PAB I was going crazy litterly I had to feel all the bricks and make wierd noises of aw, but then again that could just be normal oh but I litterly was to exited to stand on my feet at first.
Chris Phipson
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Mario Kart Master
  November 28, 2009
I know why you got the train. Because it is an RC! Everyone loves RC's and to find one that cheap is a 1 in an 500,000 shot! You are lucky Chris. I wish I had that much LEGO as you, and if I meet you someday (if I ever go to California), I want to build somthing with you. I have LOTS OF THINGS IN MIND and would like to do it because you will be impressed. The LEGO store close enough to me is in Blacksburg VA. The last lime I've been into one is at Disney, in 2000. So I'll keep building and try to make somthing with ALL OF MY LEGOS! Well... the "free pieces" anyways.~M.K.M.
Chris Phipson
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Mario Kart Master
  November 28, 2009
Sorry if I got the place wrong, but I knew it started with a C! Yeah, I live in West Virginia. There's NOTHING LEGO HERE! I mean events. By the way, I'm 20 years younger than you, but I can build like a pro. If you look at my stuff, you may think I'm not a good builder, BUT I AM! I just don't have enough pieces to do the right build. So I have to do small things. I have a pic. of my collection, but it is unorginized to the max! My room is too small to have it orginized and my parents think that I am too old to have LEGOs. I am creative and I NEED them. It keeps me somthing to do. Anyways Chris, you are a good, twice as old as I am, friend. I also have a 10 year old LEGO book and it looks new!?!? It is still in a good shape. I'll put a pic of it on here, because it tells the beginning of LEGO and has very good creations in it. Please comment on all of my things. I love feedback.~M.K.M.
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  November 28, 2009
at 12:00 thanksgiving night went to wranthem village not much good stuff. spent my whole black friday at south shore plaza(mall) bought 5 lego sets and I am very happy with what i bought!
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  November 28, 2009
Guess what? I went to the south shore plaza Lego store and ..... BOUGHT CRAWLER CRANE, ..... SNOW GROOMER,..... SECURITY SMASH, ..... AND FIRE BLASTER .... ALL FOR WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE $150 ... BUT GOT 50% OFF AND WAS $61.99!!!!! AND THE CLERK TIM?GAVE A PICK A BRICK BOX anyway !!!!! AND DAD BOUGHT ME THE LAST MINDSSTORMS NXT 2.0 AND GOT 3 PICK A BRICK BOXES AND 20% OFF!!!!! AHHH! NEW LEGOS!AM I LUCKY OR WHAT? WILL BE POSTING THEM SOON!!!!!
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  November 28, 2009
My black Friday story has some similarity to yours in terms of sets purchased at TRU, Target, etc with one GLARING exception... I could not go to a LEGO store. There is no LEGO store in Michigan. In fact, Michigan is the most populous state in the USA that does not have a LEGO store.
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  November 28, 2009
(wierd laugh)--- I begged my mom to take me to the campsite, also known a Target at 5 in the morning to go roast marshmallows. I really wanted great deals on LEGO at 5 in the morning but I figured out I was out of $$$. Anyway good luck opening those... I could take a few to make it easy on you?
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  November 28, 2009
Of course, I'm too lazy to get up for the fortune saving door busters. But whoa! 200$ in savings?!? I was lucky enough to even FIND the the stuff I wanted. Right now I'm seeing what I can save on uhhh... Gray saturday... Anyway, hope you can get the money back for your daughter's future lol.
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  November 28, 2009
Quoting Mario Kart Master and if I meet you someday (if I ever go to California), I want to build somthing with you.
Yeah, I'd be up for that... but, ummm, I live in Chicago. Brickworld (Held in Chicago every June) might be your best bet at meeting not only myself, but just about all the other AFOLs from around here.
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  November 28, 2009
Quoting Ryan Tyblo Say, if that is the Woodfield one or the Orland Park one, I've been there.
Woodfield.
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  November 28, 2009
Say, if that is the Woodfield one or the Orland Park one, I've been there.
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  November 28, 2009
You're LUCKY mate :-) Here in Europe, Lego are more expensive than in the US, and it's hard to find good prices. It's even hard to find PowerMiners, at least where I live. Oooh anyway... there's still Cracklink lol It's good to have a pile of unopened sets, isn't ? ;-)
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  November 28, 2009
Nice stuff, sadly, theres no lego store in the Netherlands, and we've never had any black friday's (or thanksgivings). The real queston is, what are you going to do with those 200 dollars?!
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  November 28, 2009
Holy god. I sure wish they'd open up a store here (yeah, I'm picky - there's one a few miles across the border). Well, it looks like you sure scored some great stuff! Although I don't know about the passenger train, there aren't many pieces, not many good pieces, and the tracks aren't as good as 9V (in my opinion). 300 bucks spent, eh? You really must get well-paid if it's only gonna take you two months for more LEGO purchases. Good day
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  November 28, 2009
Wow, a Lego store... I am in awe. We don't have anything like that in New Zealand... just a couple of mall shops with a small rack of Lego sets in a dusty corner of the toy section. I have to buy my sets second hand off the internet... with teeth marks and pealed stickers and pieces lost up the vacuum cleaner...
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  November 28, 2009
Rub it in... I didn't do to badly though, yesterday got a pirate's set 6239 for just under $9, and the impulse set for $2!! The deal was but one toy, get the second at %50 off. and because mum paid for it, when I went to pay her back, she said just $10. Score!
Chris Phipson
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Jalecbar Plutark
  November 27, 2009
Very nice loot! I've been waiting to get my hands on a few of those "Atlantis" sets!
Chris Phipson
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Chris Arbizzani
  November 27, 2009
Nice Report of your Black Friday Finds. It was nice to meet you earlier today at the Lego Store!
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  November 27, 2009
I am so JEALOUS! XD out of all that, I only have the Crystal Skull set!
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  November 27, 2009
That's it, rub it in! Sheesh!
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  November 27, 2009
Nice load! Wait, that came out all wrong, do over! Nice Lego Black Friday Haul! Yeah, that's better. I really wish we had a %&%^&% Lego store here, ours closed 2 years ago. Sigh, oh well, I will be in AZ in 2 weeks, and they have one there! (Oh Chris, don't let any animals help you sort, pet hair, chewed pieces, the fact that Legos sound a lot like a litter box, so yeah, no pets.)
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  November 27, 2009
Great haul. You were more ambitious than me goin' out at midnight. I did go out to the Lego store at the Mall of America at 6am. I took the lightrail in case the traffic was heavy, it wasn't, but I got to ride the train for the first time. I was disappointed in the lack of sale sets at LEGO store. I only got 10% on my coupon. I only blew 75 bucks on same Atlantis set, the Crystal Skull plane set, and the small Space police with the green headed alien. Hope you guys used your VIP cards too. Black Friday should be called Happy Nerdsday. see ya. garth
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  November 27, 2009
Nice work, and I guess it's my turn to get jealous. I seriously want that Smash 'n Grab and the Agents truck. Glad you had a great day!
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  November 27, 2009
5/5 for just geting home and beeing able to post this before the next day! it must of been crazy in traffic getting there and vise versa also (what lego store was this at ex. chicago,IL Tampa,FL etc.)
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  November 27, 2009
What, did you moderate my comment Chris? All I said was that I'm not a nice guy at all, don't let anyone tell you differently.
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  November 27, 2009
Quoting Chris Arbizzani Nice Report of your Black Friday Finds. It was nice to meet you earlier today at the Lego Store!
Great meeting you today Chris! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us! Welcome to mocpages!
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  November 27, 2009
My Black Friday haul consisted of 422 minifigs and pretty much nothing else :)
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  November 27, 2009
I woke up at 4:00 am this morning with three goals: 1- get into a mob scene, 2- Get trampled trying to get into the store, and 3- check out the 'buy two get one free' deal at my local K-mart. unfortunately goals 1&2 didnt happen. but i did make off with three $30 lego sets!
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  November 27, 2009
Excellent haul, I can see a lot of great creations from you in the future with all those pieces
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  November 27, 2009
Definitely agree with Steef, and you guys don't even know how lucky you are...
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  November 27, 2009
I hear you have an over 22 pounds cat! When can we see it?
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  November 27, 2009
Wow, looks like you got some good deals. The way that I find to get the best deals (Although this is not very often) is to go to good will or other thrift stores. Accasionaly I will find lego sets there, and it's a thrift store so the prices are really low, but you have to make sure the box is unopend. I have gotten several small lego sets that would normaly be 10$ for only a dollar. But the best deals I ever got was the Anakin's y-wing retail 60$ for only 15$! And the vetnator retail 120$ for only 15$! Best deail ever, but pretty rare. Happy belated thanksgiving! ~ J
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  November 27, 2009
Ok... you inspired me. I went to Target and got one of the troll battleships for $40 off.
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  November 27, 2009
the day is still young, I might go hunting soon.
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  November 27, 2009
Nice deals... you are so lucky... by the way, since it is Black Friday, did you came in during or after the rush?
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  November 27, 2009
I was wondering if the Lego stores had Black Friday.... Who could resist. And maybe Lego gives scholarships to those who spend over $1,000.
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  November 27, 2009
Nice batch of swag there, Phippy! And that fool, Kaleta...he actually posed for a shot with you? Sorry, Dave, there's no denying you've hung with Phipson now. Welcome to the dark side!
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  November 27, 2009
Mad, man! You madman. Doesn't make too much sense... Anyway. I'm going up to the LEGO store for mah first time, (At LEAST 1 PAB cup will be purchased- probably two,) but I live far from it. Either tomorrow or Tuesday. I can't wait! On tuesday you get to make a free craft that has 20 pieces and you take it home, so I'll probably go then. Anyway, enough about me. Awesome loot, I worship you now (as if I didn't before).
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  November 27, 2009
If only my dad would burn his money on Lego sets...
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  November 27, 2009
I think the indiana jones crystal temple is your best find of the bunch. Man, wishing i went to target and scored that. I was too lazy.
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  November 27, 2009
DAYUM! And LEGO is way cheaper over at your side of the pond as it is! I'm guessing you could buy a small car for the equivalent of all that lego over here ;-). Anyway, a good score, and happy building!
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  November 27, 2009
A lovely collection to be sure. I am thoroughly jealous of your retail therapy. Lee.
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  November 27, 2009
Crazy stuff.
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  November 27, 2009
Good haul, I wish those deals existed here, all we get in Colombia is the same price and a "30% off" sticker =(
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  November 27, 2009
I have that tie fighter, My mom bought it with my allowance the day BEFORE Thinksgiving.
 
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