Cape Town’s first LEGO store opens in Canal Walk

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Cape Town’s first LEGO Certified Store opened in Century City’s Canal Walk Shopping Centre on 28 September.

Some of our younger community members were at the special pre-opening day event, and the CJC interviewed them: 

Jake Kaimowitz (8)

What was the first thing you wanted to see when you came to the LEGO store opening today? I wanted to see my LEGO set that I built — the giant dinosaur 

How did you get involved with building a LEGO set for the shop front? My dad’s friend Robert [Greenstein, co-founder of the Great Yellow Brick Company and South African license-holders of the LEGO Certified Store concept] is the owner of the LEGO store and he asked my dad if I would be interested and I was.

Which set was it? The giant Jurassic Park dinosaur. 

Was it a challenge to build? Yes, a lot! but my friends Levi and Raphael, my cousins Eli and Maya and my dad helped me. 

Are you a LEGO set builder, or a LEGO free-style builder, or a bit of both? A bit of both. 50% LEGO sets and 50% freestyle. 

If you were a minifigure what would you look like and what would your accessory be? My accessory would be a sniper rifle and I would look like a secret agent 

Aaron Lipschitz (almost 5)

What was the first thing you wanted to see in the store? The latest LEGO ranges 

What kind of LEGO builder are you? Definitely a set builder 

If you were a minifigure what would you look like and what would your accessory be? A superhero with a cape!

Danyel Smith (7)

What was the first thing you wanted to see in the store? I wanted to see all the different types of LEGO they had. I wanted to see all the different builds I hadn’t seen before. I didn’t know what parts there would be to build the men.

Are you a LEGO set builder, or a LEGO free-style builder, or a bit of both? Both.

If you were a minifigure what would you look like and what would your accessory be? I would be a cool alien who is green, he has antennae with two eyes, no ears, with a paint brush and paint palette.

Ruben Levin-Vorster (7)

What was the first thing you wanted to see in the store? The amazing rollercoaster!

Are you a LEGO set builder, or a LEGO free-style builder, or a bit of both? A bit of both. (Dad: he first builds a set and then keeps it for a few weeks and then all pieces become part of his free-play LEGO.)

If you were a minifigure what would you look like and what would your accessory be? Definitely Master Wu! Accessories: A cape and a Master Wu bamboo stick!

Juliana Krupp (4)

What was the first thing you wanted to see in the store?  Well, I wanted to see all the beautiful colours of LEGO cause my favourite is the Frozen LEGO and my baby sister loves the Duplo. There was a talking LEGO policeman, he was sooooo funny!

Are you a LEGO set builder, or a LEGO free-style builder, or a bit of both? My Daddy helps me with the sets, he’s very good at it and I can sometimes do it by myself but only the easy ones. Today, I made a beautiful princess tower and carriage that I got from the LEGO store.

If you were a minifigure what would you look like and what would your accessory be? She must have curly hair like mine and a beautiful rainbow unicorn dress with all the colours of the rainbow.

LEGO Certified Stores are designed by The LEGO Group and are found in just 20 other countries.

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