My wife and I met our friends at the LEGO Imagination Center (LIC) today, I was expecting to be disappointed in their selection. After we walked in the door, I noticed that one of the LEGO games (#3847 Magma Monster) actually has a orange 16x16 baseplate in it! I picked one up. Then I noticed over by the castle section, that the store had the #7952 Kingdoms Advent Calendar in-stock -- score! Then as we looked across the store & spotted our friends, we notice they had the #8684 Collectable Minifigs, Series 2 in hand... The store upped the limit to 16 per customer, because families were complaining that they weren't able to collect a whole set with 5 per customer. Hurray for the customer!
So it's been a good (now I'm much poorer) LEGO day.
In other news, I've been playing LEGO Universe as a Beta tester on my Mac laptop. I'm very happy with the game play so far -- I've unlocked a few worlds, I've completed a few quests... so far, I'm very happy with how beautiful the artwork is and the story line. However, it is very quirky... with enough quirks, that I hope they can iron them out before the general release in October. I would hate for NetDevil to release something that crashes often, your character pauses for no reason without a way to resume movement, you're prevent from equipping a faction torso to complete a quest, all character names in a world are replaced with strange graphics (happened once so far, the world started out fine, then gradually degraded over time), and switching from chat to game play causes quirky in-game behavior as well... As a consumer, I would NOT be very happy with the product... But then again, it's still in Beta.
I plan to fill out a bunch of bug reports tomorrow for the developers... *sigh*