If you're headed to LEGOLAND, it's entirely possible you've already heard of the LEGOLAND answer to Disney's pin trading: Minifig trading. The way it works is simple.
Every employee (Model Citizen in LEGOLAND-speak) wears a nametag with a LEGO minifig on it… and every model citizen will trade with you. See an awesome minifig you just HAVE TO HAVE on a ride attendant's nametag? Simply ask them to trade and boom! It's yours.
We brought 10 minifigs specifically for trading; here are some of the best swaps of the day: We turned random Chuck Norris0ish dude into Millhouse from The Simpsons:
Office-worker slash pirate looking minifig turned into Batgirl! Freaking BATGIRL!
I then turned around and exchanged Batgirl for the DJ from The Lego Movie, and I especially love him because I have that same t-shirt.
Minifig trading is a really fun way to engage with the folks at LEGOLAND, and you can end up with some really great collection additions this way.
Here's a tip for minifig trading: Buy a lot of minifigs ahead of time, on eBay or Craigslist. And by a “lot” I don't mean “a lot,” I mean a grouping of them that are sold together… I paid about $11.00 for 10 mix and match minifig pieces, which we used for trading. We ended up with a few pretty crazy ones, like the world's friendliest Darth Vader:
But in exchange, we ended up with this awesome Master & Commander guy:
Max absolutely loved minifig trading, and we ended up with several really cool minifigs that we might not have gotten otherwise. Like I said, we brought 10 to trade, I wish we'd brought 20. We ran out of trade-able minifigs around 2pm, because we'd gotten so many we loved, so we had to stop trading earlier than we wanted to, which was a bummer, so if/when we go back, we'll bring MORE minifigs to trade.