The BAM Blog

The BAM Blog

Minifigure Stories, LEGO Reviews, Events, and more!

Dealing in used bulk LEGO and minifigures, we often get customers looking for specific LEGO parts to complete a set or personal creation. We also sometimes receive bags of sorted or semi-sorted parts as part of a used bulk purchase.

Bulk LEGO in our stores is mixed in tables and customers (sometimes with our cheerful help, as time allows) search for LEGO components there. It's a fun treasure hunt, but not everyone has the time to...

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Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday Thoughts – We hope you enjoy them!

We have been working pretty hard on our pull-back race cars this month in both the stores. We are so excited to have these kits in store and for birthday parties in Concord. As such, we wanted to take a bit to look at the official LEGO pull-back motors and to give you some ideas for your own MOCs!

How do the pull-back motors work?

These pull-back...

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Hi Friends!

We hope you all are having a great start to your month! We are so excited about so many things that are happening in the stores this month!

Bulk Sale!

We are “Slipping into Spring” with a fantastic bulk sale! These bulk buckets hold $30 worth of bulk and make for a great value buy! Purchase the bucket and fill it to the brim with bulk for just $20. Plus, to make it even better – bring the bucket...

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It may have been raining outside, but it couldn’t break Jay’s focus. He was about to set the high score on ‘Ninja Hero IV - Hero Mode!’ and nothing could distract him… except for his door slamming open.

“Awww, I was so close! So close,” Jay whined.

“Um, have you been up all night,” Cole asked.

“Of course I’ve been up all night! How else do you think I got so close?!” Jay sighed, put down his controller and yawned. “What do...

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Welcome back to Jason's monthly blog post about LEGO and family.

I love my LEGO Family!

Both the Concord and Manteca stores have some regular customers that to me feel a bit like the grandchildren I do not yet have. I refer to some of these customers as “Number One Customers.” Over time I have learned their names and gotten to know a bit about them and their families. “Number One Customers” are all different ages and come from...

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Happy Tuesday Friends!

We hope you are all having a wonderful start to the week and looking forward to at least one of the upcoming holidays! I mean, really, how many holidays can we smash into one week? Whichever holiday you are gearing up for this weekend – we have the perfect addition and LEGO celebration ideas! Check it out.

This Friday, February 12 is Lincoln’s Birthday – although maybe you observed that yesterday with the...

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The storm dissipated with the rising of the sun. Monstrous waves had swept over the island all night leaving the sandy beaches smooth.

Slowly crawling out from under a rock, an orange hermit crab scuttled into the sun. His shell was cracked, and it was time to find a new one.

Maybe something useful washed ashore. The crab began to scuttle along the beach, using its claws to tap shells hoping to find a new home. A lot of...

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LEGO is still a fully family owned business and so are Bricks and Minifigs Concord and Manteca. In fact for me it is ALL ABOUT FAMILY. I have loved the adventure that is owning this business together with my wife Kristen and our family.

These past few months I have had the pleasure of turning over ownership of the Manteca store to my Daughter Kailin and Son-In-Law Matt. They are working hard to make sure they continue growing not only...

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Hi friends!

Can you believe that 2020 is almost over?! We sure can’t! This year has been one roller coaster of a ride to say the least. Lately, we have been taking our own Self Care Sunday advice – so this week are looking back and then looking forward here on the blog!

Looking Back

While this year has brought with it a multitude of challenges – we have also seen a lot of exciting things happening. We took a...

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It was 2 nights before Christmas, December 23rd to be precise,

And up in the north pole things were covered in ice

Everyone was inside, with the windows boarded up tight

And good old St. Nick knew that something was not right.

“The reindeer can’t fly in a storm this sick.”

“Sir,” said an elf, “I think the reindeer are sick.

The cold was so bad, and their practice, much worse.

If things don’t get...

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Hi Friends! We hope you all are having a great December so far! As we come up on the holiday break for many of the kiddos in our communities - we thought we might use our Tuesday Thoughts Blog post to chat about some holiday LEGO fun!

We have sooo many fun things to choose from this holiday season! If you are looking for stress free and put together kits we have several of those available for you in store!

One of our favorites...

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Hi Friends! Happy Tuesday and we are so excited to have you here on our Tuesday Thoughts Blog! This week we are chatting more in-depth about our monthly MOC (My Own Creation) Contest!

Every month we host a MOC Contest. The rules are pretty simple and there are only 4 of them!

  1. All ages welcome! There will be three age groups, 9 and under, 10-17 and 18 and older
  2. All creations must fit on a 10in square base
  3. One...
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Happy December LEGO Friends! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving - and now it is time for some Holiday fun! Have you started your holiday shopping? We have a HUGE list of our favorite holiday gifts this season - at all price points and in all types of LEGO!

Mario!

Mario has been a huge hit this past season for kids of all ages. We love this set because it is easy and quick to put together and then...

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“I can’t believe Lord Garmadon is coming to Thanksgiving dinner,” Jay complained.

“What about this is unbelievable,” Zane asked. “Everyone’s family has been invited. Your parents will be coming. Cole’s dad, and even P.I.X.A.L. will be coming.”

“Yeah, but he’s Lord Garmadon. ‘The Underworld King’? The guy who’s tried to take over all of Ninjago, like, a hundred times! Why is he coming to thanksgiving dinner,” Jay...

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A quick COVID-19 Update for our customers before we jump into the Cantina!

We are aware the the county has moved back to purple - being in the purple tier does not close our stores down at either location, however, it does limit our capacity to 25%. With this in mind, we do suggest shopping during the week if you are able so that we can keep our numbers under the 25%.

We are keeping a close eye on all things COVID-19 and doing...

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Happy November friends!

We wanted to start this month off by giving you all a COVID-19 update! We know there is a lot happening and a lot of changes still - and we want you to know that your family and health are important to us! With that in mind we are making a few changes to our Holiday Specials this year to promote social distancing.

This month - instead of one Block Friday and Small Business Saturday at the end we are...

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Happy Tuesday Friends! October is almost over, so we thought we would take the time to talk about Spooky! And what could be spookier than ghosts?! Did you know that there are 31 different minifigures with the word “ghost” in there name? Of those 31 minifigures – there are 9 versions of the stereotypical ghost – which is what we will be talking about today! Check them all out.

The Original (1990 - 1995)

The...

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Today we are welcoming back Matt with the beginning of his Through the Eyes of a Minifigure blog post - featuring Rogue from Series 16.

Zwip. Zwip. Zwip. Thunk-Thunk-Thunk!

Three arrows, three perfect shots. He had honed his archery skill by spending years out here in the forest. His green hood and leather vest marked him as a man of the forests, and here among the trees he felt at home.

Yet Archer was not his name. Neither...

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Hi Friends!

Do you love Halloween as much as we do?! Do you have an idea of what you might want to be for Halloween? We didn’t either… so we looked to LEGO minifigures for some ideas! And guess what…. There are sooo many options in the numbered series alone! Today we are taking a look at what we consider to be truly Halloween – the Monsters! If you are missing any of these minifigures – check out our online store or come visit – maybe...

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Happy October Friends!

How excited are you for the new month?! We are so excited about October and everything it has to offer! I mean, how can you not love a month that marks the coming of fall (and cooler weather), a school break, and Halloween! We here at Bricks and Minifigs are super excited for this month and the new store “theme” of “Get your Spooky On!” We may love Halloween a little too much… nah, there is no such...

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Hi Friends!

This month of September our MOC contest was to “Games! Games! Games!” – building a LEGO game (including the marble maze we talked about earlier!). There is still time to send your MOC builds or mazes to Manteca@bricksandminifigs.com to enter into our MOC contest for a chance to win some bulk!

We wanted to use this last blog...

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Hi Friends!

I am so excited to share with you a new blog series that we will be starting here on the BAM Blog called "Through the Eyes of a Minifigure". While I usually write most of the blog posts, I am excited to get to take a break and hand the keyboard over to Matt from our Manteca Store! This week he is introducing himself and giving a quick overview of the series. You can catch the stories from him on the 3rd Tuesday of every...

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Hi Friends! We hope you all are loving the time your spending with LEGO lately - we think it makes for the perfect entertainment during these COVID-19 and smoky air times we are in since California is on fire once again.

Anyways.... We have the perfect activity for you and your kids! A LEGO maze!

First - lets start with why we think it is the perfect activity! Building a maze with LEGO is so much fun - I mean really, when isn't...

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Hi Friends!

We have some of the new ART theme LEGO sets in store! Have you seen them?! If so, we want to hear your thoughts on them! But first - here are some of ours!

LEGO invites you to "Discover the pleasure of a different LEGO® building experience" celebrating some iconic pop culture references. There is something pretty fun about being able to re-create your very own famous pieces of art. We particularly like that there are...

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Hi Friends!

Can you believe that we are coming up on 2 years as owners of Bricks and Minifigs in Concord and Manteca?! We certainly can't! Time sure does fly when you are having fun - and boy have we been having fun!

These stores continue to be family owned and operated and we as a family have had so much fun learning everything! When owner Jason started in Bricks and Minifigs - he had never owned a LEGO set before - which meant...

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Bricks and Minifigs Concord and Manteca is a family owned business! But, did you know, that same family didn't grow up with LEGO as a staple in their house?! How crazy is that! The family does love LEGO now though - and here are some reasons why!

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Hi Friends! We hope you all are having a wonderful Summer so far - keeping busy and enjoying life! We are so excited about our Summer Workshops being held every Monday!

Joining our Workshops is super easy and super fun! Go to our "Join a Camp" page and select the product you would like to create! All products on this page are custom kits and able to be purchased for our workshops OR as take home kits! Once you have chosen your product...

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The new Series 20 Minifigures are now in stock and they are very cool. Our favorites are the Pinata Boy and the Llama girl costume. There are other great ones this time as well. Take a look. They will be gone fast.

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We are pleased to announce the grand opening of our Bricks and Minifigs online store. We have discussed this idea for months, but it was never a priority. Now with the recent closure of our two brick and mortar locations in Northern California due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we finally have the time and the need to pursue this course of action.

Our retail shops are all about the experience: seeing sets from your childhood, exploring...

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