My son and I "found" BrickMeUpScottie" when I discovered that a particular (non-Lego) Halloween brick set I had purchased from Amazon last year (Haunted Band) had more component sets than I realized. Couldn't find them online anywhere except one EBay seller who had only one of the components sets listed for an astronomical price.
Finally, via lots of online searching, we came across a few brick blogs that mentioned BrickMeUpScottie, always with positive reviews, and decided to take a chance. I checked out the website and immediately discovered so many cool brick sets - many of which I had either not seen before or had seen at really high markups, and (of course) wanted all of them. They were affordable at Scottie's website!
Scottie's wife Ida was the person who answered my IM query, and was super efficient but also very patient and gracious with all of my questions. I placed a large order. Ida asked if I wanted to have the boxes as well, since the added volume and size would increase the shipping costs for them. I said no, I only needed the instruction books, because I often cut down and collapse brick set boxes myself to save space.
I was quoted what at first seemed like a pricey shipping amount, but when I realized that it was a lot of brick sets and was coming from Hong Kong to California, it began to seem a lot more reasonable!
The sets have arrived, beautifully sorted and packed in a small but heavy package, and we are delighted to note that all the booklets and even many part of the cut down boxes have been included. In fact, the individual packages appear to have expanded now that they are outside of the box and I'm not sure how Scottie managed to get them all packed in the box to begin with – he is a wizard!We haven't put them together yet – but plan to start first thing tomorrow. Based on past reviews and all of my interactions with the company so far, I am sure we will continue to have the same positive experience!Shirleigh B-----------------------------------------------------------"Brick Me Up Scottie is fantastic and super communicative! The shipping was very fast and the cost was minimized by not using boxes (optional), but the benefits were way beyond that. He helped me obtain a set that was a couple years past it's limited production; he found it in his archives and immediately updated his inventory!In addition, he gave me an extra part I was looking for!"Dan Ibeling, Iowa U.S———————————
THANK YOU FOR GETTING MY ROYAL TOYS ,RT - 41 RHKP EMERGENCY UNIT 1970'S SET SENT OUT MY WAY SCOTT AND IDA HUI !!!!!!!! THIS SET IS TOTALLY AWESOME . IT BRINGS BACK A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES ABOUT POP.YOUR GIFT TOTALLY WOWED ME , I HAVE TO ADMIT I GOT A BIT MISTY EYED , MUST BE THE AC IN KENTUCKY . THE SWAT TEAM AND WEAPONRY ARE PERFECT. THANK YOU SCOTTIE FOR THAT VERY AMAZING AND KIND GIFT. MY LEO TEAM IS READY TO BOOGIE !!!!!!! THANK YOU BROTHER . DAN AND I ARE GOING WITH www.brickmeupscottie.comFOR ALL OF OUR CITY / TOWN / SPACE AND MILITARY SETS THAT BIG L WONT DO. THANK YOU BROTHER FOR OWNING SUCH A GREAT SHOP. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND BROTHER. KEEP ON MARCHINGSCOTTIE " BMUS " HUI . IF YOU HIT KY WAY THE PIZZA AND BEER , OR BBQ IS ON US. GOD BLESS YOU AND CLAN HUI .PS : I WILL SEND THE PIC WHEN I BUILD THIS SET. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND IDA AND SCOTTIE !!!!!Updated order:I get word out about the shop for everyone for a few reasons. You know we support Vet owned and Small owned business , that is the two main reasons . The reasons we have beyond the main two are a might more close to home. We remember the days of the 5 and Dime , often ran by a family (or elderly couple ) . These places felt like home , we even knew the owner . The big corpie chain would move in and make it hell for that old home town shop.In supporting these shops we keep that memory and feeling marching forward. It can help a lot when people know that there is a down home family run operation . They do not feel like a number. The more they feel that , the more business they often put forward those businesses. We feel that both You and Ida do care about what you do . That shows in every video .Taking time to get each set packaged right , getting a note in thanking the customer , throwing in a gift with purchase that amazes too. That right there proves the point of why people get the word out. You know the Martino Brothers are about being real and speaking their mind. We are honored to know Clan Hui , working everyday out of FT. HUI , HK.BRUCE MARTINO , KY 😎🇺🇸🤠————————————————
Yes, I can probably find the same sets slightly cheaper elsewhere but I prefer a little extra security and touch of customer service in my online purchases - moreso when it comes to my brick addiction! The personal notes and small gifts that Scottie stuffs into the box are also always welcome!More power to BMUS, Ida and Scottie!Benedict - Philippines————————————————
My Laputa castle in the sky set arrived in pristine condition! BrickMeUpScottie's service and dedicated staff was amazing! Ida helped me out with any questions i asked and didnt hesitate to answer me almost instantly. The set arrived safely to my boyfriend in Switzerland in a very short time period with no damages to it whatsoever, it was also packaged extremely well with a lot of care. I only trust BrickMeUpScottie with online brick orders and I will gladly do business with them again, they definitely earned themselves a return customer!
Jason - Switzerland————————————————
It is easy finding brick sets online. What's not easy to find is people that care that are behind those online stores. That is where BrickMeUpScottie shines. That is where the User Experience is just simply the best. Like all businesses the purpose is to make money and I'm sure it is no different from BrickMeUpScottie but I would go as far as to say that for BrickMeUpScottie the service is as important if not more than the economical success of their business. Brick sets, to them and to us, are not just a product; they are a hobby, a passion and a source of fun and it clearly shows in their service.
On top of that, here are a few key points that make me always go back to BrickMeUpScottie;
Unlike much larger online stores, they accept Paypal
Unlike much larger online stores, they ship very fast. It's not a matter of months before you get your set.
Unlike much larger online stores, they communicate personally with you.
Unlike much larger online stores, they can get more sets than what's on their website; you just have to ask!
For as long as there are brick sets, BrickMeUpScottie will have me as a happy customer :)
Pierre - Canada
I've ordered many products over the past year and never had an issue in regards to shipping. Yes it can take a few days to process and post an order due to seeking the items from their supplier which is completely understandable. In my experience if in stock, it'll ship within hours. Standard HK Post express shipping is very good, on average it would get to me in Australia in a week, sometimes earlier and always arrives in excellent condition. This family run business offers an excellent shopping experience, excellent customer service, Ida especially goes the extra mile to source products that aren't on their store that people request. I highly recommend subscribing to their Brick Me Up Scottie's YouTube channel to Scottie's informative, honest and entertaining reviews on the products they sell.
I highly recommend this store without hesitation to others that appreciate customer service which is important to me, it's not always pricing, I get that feeling of being part of their family, a very honest and trustworthy business. Pricing however is very good, particularly the Chinese branded sets, the larger sets tend to be cheaper than sellers on AliExpress but tends to even out when you add the shipping cost, with the added piece of mind of tracking, faster shipping and additional after sales support in regards with any missing pieces. Most importantly excellent communication which with other sellers can be non existent.
- Nathan, Australia.
BrickMeUpScottie is my preferred store for ordering brick sets from Asia. This is a small, family run business. The owners will go out of their way to get the set you request, if it’s not already listed in their current stock. Ida Hui is especially nice & friendly and always answers your email correspondence. She will even calculate out different shipping methods if you ask her. Their store offers access to brick sets that AliExpress does not. For example, they are official sellers for Oxford Blocks, an absolutely brilliant brick company in S. Korea that has product licenses for recognizable brands in America, Japan, Korea, etc. So the Oxford Blocks sets has real company logos that are legit. They also sell Royal Toys, a company based in Hong Kong that sells accurate and unique brick sets of things you might see if you lived or traveled to Hong Kong, such as taxis, magazine stands, ice cream trucks, etc. (So far, I haven’t seen either of these brands on AliExpress.) Scottie also has a good relationship with the Hong Kong LEGO® store and promotes LEGO® sets, too, if that matters to you. Also, since I started ordering sets from BrickMeUpScottie I never worry anymore about whether or not I will actually receive the set I paid for. This store is reliable and if you ever have missing bricks or stickers, just email them and Ida will make sure to mail them to you. (Scottie also includes a personal thank you note and fun little freebie brick items with your order!) I also like that if Scottie has done a review of a set on YouTube, he includes it on the store’s product page to help you decide if it’s one you really want to buy. He will even take requests and suggestions from his subscribers on sets they would like him to review. In fact, if you haven’t ordered from this store and are wondering if you should take a chance, I suggest that you visit his BrickMeUpScottie YouTube channel to see what he is like and get a sense of his humor and personality. He also takes the time to interact with his viewers and responds to comments. That’s what I did before ordering from the BrickMeUpScottie store. In short, I’ve found that Scottie and Ida are legit, trustworthy, and so is their store! (And, no, I was not paid or recompensed to write this review. I like many brick sets that Asia produces, but finding that trustworthy store to buy from in America isn’t easy. I found this one is 100% reliable and wanted to pass that info on to other brick fans.)
- Hazel, Texas USA.
I was frustrated with getting scammed by sellers on Ebay and Amazon. Found Scottie's first videos and was like, this guy seems cool I can relate. Told him about my struggles and he told me how he was thinking about selling to watchers. So I put an order together and have never looked back. The prices are very competitive. I find the numbers are the same if not sometimes better than what I can find on Ebay. Remember those cheaper sets you find there may be a scam that never arrive. With Scott and Ida you never have to worry about that. I have purchased 3 times from them, most times it arrives in about 1 week (To Canada). Sometimes a little longer all depending on shipping. Of course packages show up undamaged and each order you can tell the care and effort they take into packing the sets. Awesome part too is there is usually a little surprise/gift in there for you. Stickers/Blocks with Scottie logo. And with ordering Ida and Scott work very hard to answer all my questions even when I am not sure and just trying to make a decision. I LOVE this store and the team behind it and I look forward to continue buying my alternative LEGO® brands here.
- Tyler, Canada.
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