• Guest Blog Post: ToscanaBricks at Ludicomix Bricks & Kids


    Nico Mascagni

    For the sixth consecutive year, ToscanaBricks brought LEGO Bricks to Empoli. Six years ago our first members organized, with some help from ItLUG friends, the first edition of "Mattoncini a Palazzo", which was the first event dedicated to LEGO® Bricks in Tuscany. From the third edition, "Mattoncini a Palazzo" joined to "Ludicomix", the other major event of Empoli dedicated to comics and games. This union gave life to "https://www.ludicomix.it/", a bigger and more complete event that involves the whole historical center of Empoli with many activities of various kinds.
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    Ludicomix Bricks & Kids represents for ToscanaBricks an event, that sees new exhibitors join the group year after year, but also new MOCs and new fans. For this reason we chose to give during this event the new ToscanaBricks Membership Card to our members, made with customized LEGO bricks. For each event, AFOL evening or activity we will create a custom tile to add to the card.

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    This year exhibition involved 50 participants from all over Tuscany and ItLUG members from other regions of Italy. The original works exposed ranged from classic themes such as City, Castle, Pirates and Technic to modern themes such as Super Heroes, Star Wars and Ninjago, but we had also original creations of themes such as historical, SCI-FI or fantasy. The City community diorama was the field of a treasure hunt: visitors had to find the 1978 Policeman, hidden for 50 times inside city buildings and vehicles. We give a special numbered brick (from 1 to 50) to who found: one of them won a set (we made a live Facebook extraction). This activity has kept many visitors of all ages with their eyes glued to the diorama and it was greeted with enthusiasm.

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    "BrickAction - A StudSystem Wargame" test sessions were held during the event. It is a tabletop game ruleset that allows users to play with LEGO® Minifigures and bricks to shape huge battles and endless adventures, created by our steering group member Fabio with a friend, both gaming world enthusiasts. A complete ruleset will be published for free in the next months. In the game area for children, all visitors could unleash their imagination to build MOCs and participate in the draw of some sets.
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    On Saturday evening there was the AFOL Party for all the exhibitors. During the dinner we randomly assigned a prize to everyone: none went home empty hands. Among the prizes: polybags, books, sets.

    To thank our exhibitors and our visitors, we created an alternative group photo, inspired by "60 years of LEGO brick" celebration. Our efforts are now, for the most part, directed towards a new edition of our main event "Bricks in Florence Festival" in Florence next November.

    Complete Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toscanabricks/albums/72157690258643060

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