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BrickWorld Chicago 2013 Recap

June 25, 2013

Okay I know I’ve totally been MIA for the last couple of weeks and I apologize for that. BrickWorld was fun, amazing and totally exhausting! I’m still not fully recovered from the trip. That’s what happens when you only sleep 2-4 hours every night. πŸ˜€

So BrickWorld this year started out with a bang, literally. I happened to fly in just before a major storm that actually had torrential rains, lightning, thunder, and even tornado warnings. I only really experienced it while riding in the shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. Even though it went on all night, and lots of flights were canceled, once I was in the hotel / convention center I rarely looked outside as I was busy setting things up, talking with friends, and starting on all the LEGO Convention fun.

This year’s theme was Heros and Villians
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There was a set unveiling — the Sydney Opera House
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It looks really good in person and all that dark tan! Also there’s a 48×48 stud baseplate in blue!
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And they also showed what the next Cusoo set will be
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There were awesome models, here’s some of my favorites:

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I think this was my favorite micro scale model
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There was a lot of buzz about the new roller coaster LEGO compatible parts. I was going to get one, but I didn’t have any room in my suitcase, so I’ll be ordering one instead. πŸ˜‰
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And this was rather random but cool — tiles and flowers making a “glove”
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What it looked like during Public hours
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I have tons more photos on my Flickr photostream although I know I didn’t get pictures of everything.

It was a great show and I look forward to next year. Now on to planning for BrickFair Virginia and Bricks by the Bay — back to back weekends I might add and cross country for me. But I’ll be at both. πŸ˜‰

Bricks by the Bay 2011 Recap

April 1, 2011

As I mentioned in an earlier post I was preparing for Bricks by the Bay so my posts would be spotty. I really am sorry I’ve been so bad at posting lately, I was pretty tired after I got back from this last LEGO convention and I’ve been fighting a cold for about two weeks, not fun! So I should be much more on the ball with posting from now on.

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So Bricks by the Bay. This year was an excellent improvement on top of an already great convention from last year. Most notable was the venue change. Having the convention in a larger hotel and convention space allowed for a much roomier feeling convention, as well as lending to growth in the future.

There were a lot of awesome creations this year, including several new-to-me builders. My brother Mike (somewhat of a closet AFOL) even came along to his first LEGO Con ever. Not only did he come and help me out with my vendor table, but he also brought along a couple MOCs of his own.

Here you can see the set of Chameleons that he crafted for the Art section. He actually ended up winning “Best Little Thing” in the Art category. πŸ™‚
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He also brought along his Incredible Hulk
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And he even participated in the Catapult Launch
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I brought along a new mosaic that I decided to make the week before the convention, my Pac Man Mosaic
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Fun Fact: The Pac Man Mosaic took 20 hours to build and the score is the day and year that Pac Man was introduced in Japan. πŸ˜‰

One of the largest and most impressive displays was created by Roninlug and friends that had all kinds of lights and sound effects
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The really interesting thing was that there was a Steampunk convention going on at the same time. So, naturally some of our resident LEGO steampunkers Guy Himber and Iain Heath just had to join in πŸ™‚
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There are many more pictures on my Flickr photostream.

BrickCon 2010

August 28, 2010

Anybody Excited? Photo by Adam Hally

There is only about a month before BrickCon 2010 starts and just about two weeks left to register online as an attendee.

Now is the time to register for BrickCon 2010. This year’s Theme is “Tales of the Brick!” Build your Tale and tell (and show) it to the world!

We return to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall and have added the Rainier Room (Northwest Rooms) to our venue space. We’ll be using the Rainier Room (6,000 sq ft) for all of our Convention Activities including the Thursday Meet and Greet and our General Assemblies, seminars and contests.

Registering now will guarantee you’ll receive a customized engraved name badge you can wear proudly to the entire three day (four if you count Thursday – and we do!) event. Included with your registration will be a great Goody Bag, a Free Luncheon on Friday. And, if you’re old enough, you can attend our Thursday Meet and Greet get together where mixed drinks, beer and wine will be available ($4 per drink – cash only) along with free Mexican fare (snacks).

BrickCon 2010 now has three definitions of Attendee:

Adult (21+)($65) – For our Thursday Night Meet-and-Greet, where alcohol will be available and under 21’s will not be allowed.
Adult (18-21)($60) – All other AFOLs
Teen (13-18)($60) – TFOLs – TFOL Registrations cannot be purchased separately and require a second registration of a Parent/Guardian, (Adult 21+ $65)
We recommend that children under 14 attend BrickCon as guests at our Public Exhibition. Although there are some activities younger persons may enjoy, most of our Convention events are meant for more mature persons, primarily adults.

If you procrastinate too long, September 15th is the “deadline”, we cannot guarantee the terrific Goody Bag and custom badge. Registration will close September 28th. Then registration will only be at the door at the Exhibition Hall

I am still not sure if I’ll be attending this year, although I’m really hoping to. When I attended in 2008 I had a wonderful time and made lots of new friends.

If you are on the fence about going, my recommendation — go! Seattle is lovely, the AFOL’s are great, and there are all kinds of fun events to join in. πŸ™‚

Lino’s Lionfish Starship

July 19, 2010

Lino Martins, no slouch when it comes to model building, is currently going head-to-head with equally talented builder Guy Himber in what can only be called Iron Builder (naturally). πŸ˜‰

Just like Iron Chef there are secret ingredient pieces that must be used in clever and interesting ways. They are building these for a Builder’s Lounge challenge.

Not to be out done Guy created this Urchin

It all started with a simple CubeDude version of Lino:

Cube Dude Lino was concerned as to what fate V&A Steamworks had planned for him.

He should be VERY afraid……….

Another creation by Guy with the same mystery part is this:

I don’t know exactly how they will tell who wins this competition, but I will keep an eye on both of their photostreams on Flickr.

Can you guess what the mystery part is? Hint — its white and curved. πŸ˜‰

Mini Patio and Swiss Guard Mecha

July 10, 2010

Kevin Heckel certainly has a different take when it comes to LEGO building and this model immediately caught my eye on how un-LEGO-like it looks. The colors, the smoothness, and the seemingly simplistic model design are all deceptive in hiding how cool this model is. πŸ™‚

On the other hand, his Swiss Guard Mecha is and entirely different type of model but still all kinds of cool.

The only thing that is modified a bit “taboo” is that he painted the blue barrels partially yellow are the yellow stickers on the blue barrels for the sleeves and pant legs. I personally don’t see anything wrong with this, especially when it is done so well. πŸ˜‰

Bricks by the Bay Day 1 Recap

April 11, 2010

Hi guys, I’m back! Well in the virtual world that is, I’m actually hundreds of miles away from home up at Bricks by the Bay in Freemont, California. I would have posted sooner but with so much to do and lack of sleep for the past week or so it just didn’t end up working out. πŸ™‚

I will be posting about my big commission soon, but I felt that as I am actually at a LEGO convention, I should talk about that in this post.

So, where to begin? After a long, but fun late night drive up with my friend and fellow SandLUG (San Diego LEGO Users Group) member Tiffeny Nervig we arrived at the Freemont Marriott where Bricks by the Bay is being held. First we set up our models. Mine were relatively simple, even if my LEGO Batman Video Game mosaic did end up breaking into multiple pieces. Tiffeny’s very impressive Booty Bay had a little more work.

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It was brought in three sections, with a table to display it on, along with all my models, and all our other stuff in her very small Honda Fit. Now with all the LEGO we bought at the “ding and dent” sale on Friday night, I’m not sure how we are going to get it all into the car and back home. πŸ˜•

There were several panel discussions and round table presentations going on, but I ended up checking out all the cool MOCs (My Own Creations) that people had made and meeting new friends and some internet friends for the first time.

One of the cool things at any LEGO event is the new LEGO sets that LEGO brings to display. This year LEGO didn’t disappoint, giving us our first look at a couple of the new LEGO Toy Story 3 sets
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Finally seeing Rex and Hamm in person, and actually getting to hold them was really cool. I’m really looking forward to these sets when they come out.

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One of the cool new vendors and friends I met at this convention was Ann Bartling of ToyRobott.

After much chatting, picture taking and vendor shopping we all went to the Valley Fair Mall to go LEGO shopping. πŸ˜€

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For those of you who have never been to a LEGO convention a “ding and dent” sale is a special shopping night held only for full attendees of a LEGO convention. Not only does the LEGO store give you a discount on everything in the store for the entire weekend (up to 20% depending on how much you spend), but they also have dented or other wise damaged LEGO product available for 30-50% off! And its not just the little stuff people, the Grand Carousel, the Death Star, and even the new Grand Emporium (which is what I managed to snag) were all 50% off! πŸ™‚

I got a rather impressive hull, the Emporium, several Star Wars sets and a Miniturus Game for 50% off, plus a Fire Brigade for 20% off when it was all said and done. It was a pretty eventful day that didn’t end till around 1:30 am. I hadn’t planned on spending so much, but as it will soon be my birthday, I figured it was just an early present to myself. πŸ˜‰

I will add more pictures and more goings on in the next post. You can also see my entire photo set on Flickr.com There is also a very cool audio and picture slide show at cnet.com

BrickCon 2009 the first Images

October 3, 2009


Photo Credit: Aaron Mathews

From the looks of all the pictures I’m seeing, BrickCon looks like its bigger and better than last year. πŸ™‚ They opened up the entire floor hall this year and it looks like they filled it in well.

It looks like there is a great turnout for the Public Hours.

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I’ll just have to wait and see what my friends who are there have to say about this weekend.

BrickCon 2009 has begun

October 2, 2009

Well even without me BrickCon 09 has started (like I’m that important). πŸ˜‰

Here we see Steve Witt — official LEGO Fan liaison — who, according to Mark Sandlin is holding a “New Pirate Ship” and that will be available January 2010 for $180.00. If that’s true, that’s a pretty sweet model. Even if it’s not true, its still sweet. πŸ˜€

Without actually being there, it will be hard to really report much about the events and what not, so I’ll have to rely on others’ pictures and my friends from The Brothers Brick too keep all of us non-attendees up to date. I’ll try my best to troll Flickr to find the best representations of BrickCon 09.

For those of you who have never attended a LEGO convention, it truly is a wonderful experience. To have so many like-minded individuals in one place and to be able to share your creations in real life with people who will appreciate them for what they are (including all the intricate details that the non-LEGO fans would miss) is absolutely enjoyable. πŸ˜€

The next LEGO Convention that I know of in the States is Bricks by the Bay which will be held on April 9-11, 2010 in San Francisco. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend, but that’s still months away, so we’ll see.

I also really hope that I can attend BrickCon next year, since I’m really bummed that I’m missing such a fun weekend with so many of my friends. 😦

So, everyone that is at BrickCon 09 and reads this blog, have fun for me! πŸ™‚

World’s First actual LEGO Book

August 18, 2009

I’ve been waiting for the final result of V&A Steamworks (Guy Himber’s) latest project — an actual LEGO book! πŸ˜€

This has been one of those projects that I just couldn’t put down.

All LEGO, with a fully functional spine, cover and pages.

The ‘pages’ are printed on vinyl and feature some of my favorite personal LEGO Steampunk builds

It truly is stunningly original! πŸ™‚

I also couldn’t pass by one of his other really cool models, the Clockwork Jellyfish.

Great job Guy!

Undersea Steam Explorers

August 2, 2009

When writing my blog I like to look for models that truly inspire and take builders to the creative edge. Tyler’s (aka Legohaulic) Under Steam Explorers does just that.

When looking at the entire scene, its hard to focus on each individual component of the model. Fortunately Tyler broke it down a little, so we can fully appreciate his genius. πŸ™‚

Even the Steam Diver is cool. I love how he uses the Clear 2×2 round tile as a helmet. πŸ˜€

What I think most interesting is Tyler’s own comments on his MOC (My Own Creation):

Overall, I’m not too incredibly pleased with the way it turned out. It’s more-or-less a combination of several different MOCs. I created the diver out of boredom, then made the sub. I was doodling with the white half spheres and made the nautilus. Enjoy, but if not…I won’t get my feelings hurt πŸ˜‰

Tyler may not like it, but I do and I hope you do too. πŸ˜‰