Taiwan LEGO Store Visit: BidBuy4uTW

BidBuy4UTW Store

One of the stores that kept coming up in conversations about Taiwan LEGO is one of the oldest dedicated LEGO stores in Taipei, BidBuy4uTW.

As some of you may already know, there isn’t an ‘official‘ LEGO Certified Store in Taiwan and most of these ‘specialty’ stores were borne out of fans for their love of LEGO.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

The store opened it’s doors some six years ago and has since expanded their store in Shi da Road (師大路) in the Da’an (大安區) District from one unit to the current two (they are two different units but located along the same road).

One shop is dedicated to the sale of all the sets ranging from the main line like City, Ninjago and Friends, to the collector sets like Creator Expert and the D2C ones. They also carry some hard to find stuff like the Mini-Volkswagen Beetle and the Star Wars R2-D2 polybag (which had just sold out).

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store
Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW StoreBrickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

Generally, the prices of regular LEGO sets at BidBuy4uTW are comparative to that in Singapore.

The LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen Beetle (10252) is selling for NT3350 which once converted, is only SGD$159.50. The RRP (Recommended Retail Price) for the Volkswagen Beetle in Singapore is SGD$179.90 and after the regular LEGO Certified Store discount, sells for SGD$161.90 which is just a couple of dollars difference.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

They also provide a membership system that you can sign up for with the store that costs NT100 for a year. It gets you a further 10% off the sets and most of the other items in the store like custom minifigures, Pick-A-Brick and other accessories.

You can find a handful of EOL (End of Line) sets at the usual prices that you would see on eBay so finding a cheap deal on stuff like the UCS Millennium Falcon would be quite tough here. Just FYI, that UCS Millennium Falcon (10179) below is listed at SGD$9000.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

The other store is dedicated to the MOC community as that is where the Pick-A-Brick (PAB) and custom printed minifigures and elements are located.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

Their PAB is slightly different from what we are used to with the LCS Pick-A-Brick wall system as they charge by weight instead of by PAB tubs.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW StoreBrickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

Used bricks are charged at NT1 (SGD$0.04) per gram and new ones are charged at NT2 (SGD$0.08) per gram. Technic elements go for NT2.5 (SGD$0.11) per gram and there are other special elements that are listed by colour code which have their own corresponding price.

There is a central trough with all the used bricks which you have to scavenge but it does yield quite a lot of unique and useful parts.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store
Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

Next to the front counter is a section for custom printed minifigures and elements. On top of the ones that they import, they actually produce their own line of custom minifigures in-house.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store
Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

They have a UV-printer within the premises that is able to print pretty much anything you want on most LEGO elements.

Taiwan LEGO Store Visit: BidBuy4uTW

BidBuy4uTW: Office Space

Apart from the custom prints, there are also custom LEGO kits designed by local AFOLs (Adult Fan of LEGO) like the mini-modular series by the Taiwan Mini-Modular Lovers..

Taiwan Mini Modular Lover

One of the unique features of this store is that they also have a studio space in which to do their photography and product videos. There is a room near the back where they have a full brick repository and photography studio.

The studio doubles up as a classroom for Mindstorms lessons which they conduct during the school holidays.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW StoreBrickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

And even if you are just browsing, the stores has quite a number of awesome MOCs by the Taiwanese builders. One highlight would be Zio Creation‘s 1.3m long Avengers Helicarrier which I finally get to ogle in person.

Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store
Brickfinder Goes To BidBuy4UTW Store

This is definitely one stop that you would not want to miss if you are a visiting AFOL to Taiwan. There is a lot to see and buy here so bring a handy amount of cash and they also accept online transfers through PayPal.

Do check out the multitude of photos in the gallery below or you could click here to view them on Flickr.

BidBuy4uTW pikachu


Here are the directions and the map on how to get to the store:

【Directions】

Address: No. 13, Lane 93, Shida Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106 (師大路93巷13號 Taipei, Taiwan)

How to get there: Take the Metro to Taipower Building Station (台電大樓站) on the Green line. Get out at Exit 3 and turn right to walk down Shi Da Road (師大路). Turn right again once you hit Lane 93 and the first store should be a couple of units in from the main road.

2 responses to “Taiwan LEGO Store Visit: BidBuy4uTW”

  1. […] LEGO elements are sold similar to BidBuy4uTW with them separated into old and new bricks. New bricks are sold at NT20 (SGD$0.90) for every 10g […]

  2. […] The prices vary but generally are more expensive than the other local specialty shops like BidBuy4uTW, Gold Bricks, Mr. Gold and Princess […]

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