First pictures: Perth’s first Lego store at Karrinyup Shopping Centre
Parents, brace yourselves. Perth’s first Lego store is just hours away and is expected to spark another shopping frenzy at Karrinyup.
Huge crowds are expected to flock to WA’s first Lego-certified store at the redeveloped Karrinyup Shopping Centre, which opens to the public on Thursday.
And in true WA style, customers will be greeted by a Perth icon throughout the store — quokkas made entirely from Lego bricks.
Three brick marsupials surround a Lego tourist, with the entire piece made from 75,667 pieces and taking more than 450 hours to build.
The new 343sqm store, which is the 10th in Australia, is on the ground floor of the $800m Karrinyup redevelopment and will be a marvel for anyone whose ever tried their hand at making a brick house or car.
The Karrinyup store also showcases a large 3D mosaic of the Swan River, which uses 15,681 Lego bricks and took a mammoth 128 hours to build.
Matthew Robertson, acting general manager of Lego certified stores for Australia and New Zealand, said all of its stores draw inspiration from local icons and landmarks, and the Karrinyup store was no different.
“The team felt the quokkas were appropriate, being synonymous with WA and Rottnest Island,” he said.
Like all Lego-certified stores, Karrinyup will also include a signature Lego pick-a-brick wall, where kids and big kids alike will be able to fill cups with their choice of unusual pieces.
Store manager Rebecca Millett, who is supported by a team of 14 Lego enthusiasts, said there were plenty of sets exclusive to Perth available in the new store.
She said most exciting for her was seeing both young children and adults get the same thrill from Lego.
“People have been waiting a long time for this,” Ms Millett said.
Lego has big expansion plans in Perth, with a second and third store potentially being built from next year.
“We’ve been blown away by the passion of WA’s Lego fans so an additional store is definitely under consideration – but these plans are yet to be formalised,” Mr Robertson said.
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