Over the weekend, we took the kids to the beach in Oceanside which is just outside of San Diego. We had a good time. The beach there is sweet. it even has a little playground if your kids get bored with making sandcastles, playing in the waves, and all the other cool beach stuff.
On the way home, we stopped off in the sleepy town of Hemet, Ca. to do a little LEGO shopping.
There is a store there in Hemet called Bricks and Figs. About 10 years ago, I would probably have never even known a place like this existed. It’s about an hour away from me in a direction that I rarely ever travel. I actually found their Facebook page while looking for LEGO related stuff. I have only ever purchased LEGO from the big chain stores such as Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, or LEGO brand stores. So I was intrigued by the prospect of visiting an actual LEGO hobby shop.
We walked in with the kids and they could’t believe all the LEGO stuff in there. My kids were yelling; “Ninjago!” and “Look Hero Factory!” before we even got in the store! When you walk in, you are greeted by a big table with a ton of licensed and collectible minifigures in their own little plastic cases. They have it all there. Star Wars, Harry Potter, Avatar, Toy Story. There were so many, I stopped trying to keep track of all the themes.
They also have a lot of out of production sets. With themes ranging from the original Batman, to Pirates, even recently out of production themes like Harry Potter, it’s a good bet that your favorite theme is represented here. Even though the store is small, you can spend quite a bit of time looking at all of the LEGO choices that are there. We were even able to get set 5969 Squidman Escape which was the first LEGO set that my son ever bought and had long since disappeared into the loose brick box.
They also have some off the wall stuff like LEGO playing cards and LEGO salt and pepper shakers. I had actually never seen either of these before even at LEGOland!
My favorite part of the store had to be the wall with the base LEGO theme minifigs. You know, the little yellow guys. They had a bunch of cool figs that I haven’t seen in years. All of which were in excellent condition! Blacktron, Forestmen, Pirates, Adventure, Classic Space, Space Police, Western. Again, you name it, they probably have it. They even had a selection of DUPLO animals there. My daughter got a baby giraffe!
Bricks and Figs isn’t just a LEGO store either. They also have some vintage Star Wars figures, World of Warcraft Mega Bloks, Some captain Action Figures, Super Hero toys, and other toys. Heck, they even had a couple vintage Buck Rogers figs! Oh, and don’t let me forget about the Life-size statue of everyone’s favorite Gungan: Jar-Jar Binks!
All in all, it was a nice little side trip on our way home. The atmosphere was friendly. The girl (being the hard hitting journalist that I am I completely forgot to get her name) working there was knowledgeable. She was able to tell me the name of the Johnny Thunder minifig that I bought when I could not remember his name for the life of me! But the most important thing is the selection that they have! It’s a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth checking out.
Also, if Hemet, Ca. is a little too far off of your beaten path, you are in luck! They also have a website. Bricksandfigs.com so you can check out what they have to offer from anywhere in the world!