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LEGO Investigations at Changi Airport

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Kaboom T1 Store Front
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For those living in Singapore, returning home to Changi Airport often means picking something up like a bottle of alcohol or some perfume from Duty Free.

But have you considered doing some LEGO shopping as you’re leaving from or returning to Singapore?

This was a question I wanted to answer coming back from a recent trip. I will cover this story in two sections:

  1. Where are the stores and how well stocked are they?
  2. How do their prices compare with the Singapore retail price?

First a little background on Changi Airport for our international readers. This is one of crown jewels of Singapore and has been voted Skytrax World’s Best Airport by travellers for 5 consecutive years.

I seriously think you will be hard-pressed to find an airport with as many attractions (yes there is even a butterfly garden) and shops, that is this clean and run so efficiently. On more than one occasion I have timed how long it took me from disembarking the plane to getting into a taxi headed home. It often takes me less than 15 minutes.

Shopping is really a national pastime in Singapore, so it shouldn’t surprise you that Changi Airport also has an annual $1 million cash prize giveaway for shoppers.

But what we want to know is how does Changi Airport rate as a LEGO destination and should Singaporeans consider buying sets there?

Where are the stores and how well stocked are they are?

There are two chain stores that you can visit within Changi Airport for LEGO:

Kaboom

  • Terminal 1 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), 06:00am – 12:00am
  • Terminal 2 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Near E Gates), 06:00am – 01:00am
  • Terminal 3 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Near B Gates), 06:00am – 01:00am

Kidztime!

  • Terminal 1 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), 06:00am – 12:00am
  • Terminal 3 – Basement 2, public area, 10:00am – 11:00pm

With a total of 5 outlets across the 3 terminals, that means you will definitely have a store regardless of which terminal you are departing from or arriving at. All except one of those outlets are located behind immigration clearance for departures.

Given that the entire airport is also connected by skytrains, you could visit any of these stores with relative ease.

So let’s examine each chain store in greater detail.

Kaboom (Terminal 1 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), 06:00am – 12:00am)

  • This is probably the largest toy store within the airport
  • Look out for the life-size Stormtrooper which is pretty cool
  • LEGO themes are spread across several shelves in the middle of the store
Kaboom T1 Store Front
Kaboom T1 Store Front
Kaboom T1 Shelves
Kaboom T1 Shelves

Kaboom (Terminal 2 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Near E Gates), 06:00am – 01:00am)

  • Most of the LEGO themes are displayed on a wall shelf
  • LEGO Star Wars sets are with the rest of the Star Wars merchandise behind the Optimus Prime statue
Kaboom T2 Store Front
Kaboom T2 Store Front
Kaboom T2 Shelves
Kaboom T2 Shelves

Kaboom (Terminal 3 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Near B Gates), 06:00am – 01:00am)

  • The smaller of the 3 Kaboom outlets
  • All LEGO themes are displayed on a wall shelf
  • This outlet has the most limited range of sets
Kaboom T3 Store Front
Kaboom T3 Store Front
Kaboom T3 Shelves
Kaboom T3 Shelves

KidzTime! (Terminal 1 – Level 2, Departure Lounge (Central), 06:00am – 12:00am)

  • Large store, definitely can rival the Kaboom outlet in the same terminal
  • All LEGO themes are displayed on a wall shelf
Kidztime T1 Store Front
Kidztime T1 Store Front
Kidztime T1 Shelves
Kidztime T1 Shelves

KidzTime! (Terminal 3 – Basement 2, public area, 10:00am – 11:00pm)

  • I opted not to visit this store since they would charge normal retail prices

Each of the stores are very accessible and the range of themes is pretty impressive.

Now I tend to focus on the LEGO Star Wars theme, as you can see from the photos each store tends to be pretty well stocked with the latest sets.

How do their prices compare with the Singapore retail price?

An important detail is to make sure to purchase sets on outgoing trips. If you purchase sets on returning, there will be GST applied.

To start, you won’t find a price difference between the Kaboom and Kidztime. For the price comparison I selected 3 LEGO Star Wars sets. All Singapore retail prices were taken from Bricks World.


Rathtar Escape (75180). SG$9.81 savings!

CHANGI AIRPORT PRICE: SG$140.09 | SINGAPORE RETAIL PRICE: SG$149.90

75180 (Changi Airport)


The Arrowhead (75186). SG$11.77 savings!

CHANGI AIRPORT PRICE: SG$168.13 | SINGAPORE RETAIL PRICE: SG$179.90

75186 (Changi Airport)


Bounty Hunter Speeder Bike Battle Pack (75167). SG$1.96 savings!

CHANGI AIRPORT PRICE: SG$27.94 | SINGAPORE RETAIL PRICE: SG$29.90

75167 (Changi Airport)


So let’s review our investigation of LEGO at Changi Airport:

  • Terminal 1 has the largest stores, but there is a store in every terminal
  • Stores are well stocked from a range of play themes, including the latest sets
  • Enjoy some good savings, but serious bargain hunters are better off shopping online

So the next time you are passing through Changi Airport you might want to pick up a LEGO set or two before heading home.

I hope you enjoyed and found it useful. If you have any feedback, drop me an email or leave a comment below. May the Force be with you!

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