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  1. Sara Skahill

    BrickCon 2019

    On October 3rd- 6th, the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall is transformed into a sea of MOCs and AFOLs for BrickCon! This was the event’s 18th con, with around 500 registered AFOLs in attendance. It was my first time attending, and I was accompanied by four other LEGO employees who flew out from Denmark: Lise Henriksen, head of PMD Integration, Bodgam Ghersim and Nicolai Mendgaard-Johannsen who work on Lead User Lab, and Astrid Mueller from the LEGO House. It was an incredible opportunity to meet ambassadors and AFOLs in person, and of course, check out their displays... They were mind-blowing, as you'd expect! The displays have even attracted local celebrities have come to the event in past years: Al Pacino, Jeff Bezos, and Chrissy Teigen. Unfortunately, none showed up when I was there. Jason Allemann was the special guest Keynote Speaker Saturday night. You might know Jason as JKBrickworks and the LEGO fan designer of no less than TWO LEGO Ideas products, LEGO Ideas 21305 Maze and LEGO Ideas 21315 Pop-up Book. Despite being in a city known for rain, I was fortunate enough not to get rained on during my time in Seattle. Thanks for the good times BrickCon!
  2. From April 5 - 7 Kim and I visited the 2nd edition of Kockice Convention in Zagreb, Croatia. The event welcomed about 100 AFOLs from 13 different countries and 2000 public visitors saw high quality MOCs on display. The social factor of the event is very strong and Ed Petrac and his team took very well care of all and created a very enjoyable program for the participants including several presentations held by AFOLs and LEGO Friends Designer Antica Bracanov, a New Elementary parts festival, a gokart and brick building activity, a visit to the local LEGO Certified Store as well as a nice AFOL dinner and guided tour around beautiful Zagreb. We had a lot of good talks with international AFOLs, great impressions and a lot of fun so I can strongly recommend to add the Kockice Convention to your Event travel list.
  3. It is over! The past weekend the Skærbæk Fan Weekend 2018 took place in Denmark with more AFOLs than ever. 865 AFOLs and TFOLs representing 75 recognized communities from 27 different countries participated and almost 500 MOCs were on display - this is a record and it was so much fun and mind blowing to meet you all, talk to you, see your fantastic creations and get all the input from you - short - it was an awesome but as always way too short weekend. A huge thank you to the SFW steering group and all their helpers - you did so well to welcome all and make everything happen and of course a huge thank you to all of you who displayed MOCs and participated - it could not be done without you. We had an awesome Saturday evening AFOL dinner as well as a great Ambassador meeting with very good discussion and very valued feedback. So if you like to join a weekend full of great fun, networking and great company from all over the world mark you calendar September 27 - 30 2019. See you there!
  4. On the last week-end of July, ItLUG held its main event in the town of Lecco: ItLUG Lecco 2018. It's our biggest and oldest event, its first edition was in 2006 in a nearby town, and since 2014 it's been in the modern local branch of Milan's Politecnico University, with its huge classrooms that are just perfect for a LEGO® exhibition. This year we had more than 200 registered AFOLs, coming from all over the country and also from the rest of Europe: France (LUG'est), Romania (Asociatia Brickenburg), Croatia (Kockicke), Switzerland (SwissLUG), Germany and the Netherlands. I will not a make a list of my favorite MOCs because I'm sure I'd leave something awesome out, the quality of all of them was amazing... just look at the photos! I'll just mention the very big ones... LUG'est's Paris Steampunk 1889, Brickenburg's Advanced Blacktron Spaceship, ItLUG and Toscanabricks' Duomo di Firenze, CLV's Cime di Lavaredo, and ItLUG's Centro Piacentiniano di Bergamo. Besides the exhibition we also had different kinds of activities, for AFOLs and the public: - The Vintage Museum. It has become a tradition for this event to have a section of a classroom dedicated to vintage LEGO wooden toys and early sets, to show how things used to be once; - The AFOL Video Quiz. Just for AFOLs, a quiz where participants had to guess sets and answer questions based on videos and images shown on a screen; - LEGO WeDo workshops for kids. This was a great success last year, so we decided to do it again... and it was again a success! - The Robot Sumo Tournament. Another tradition, every year with more and more teams "fighting" each other to win the tournament; - A LEGO SERIOUS PLAY® seminar for parents and children; - The CreActive contest for children, where children can build something at home and bring it to the event; - The Pick n' Build play area, where children (and adults) can build whatever they want right there at the event; - A GBC layout; - The Divine Brick-Comedy; a photo project recreating Dante's Inferno with BrickHeadz; - A presentation about the history of the 2x4 brick, to celebrate the 60 years of the brick. Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/itlug/albums/72157671853573058
  5. On July 7-8 ItLUG had one of it main events in Italy: ItLUG Borgoricco 2018 - BorgoBrick, in the small town of Borgoricco, near Padua and Venice, in northern-east Italy. This event has been going on for five years now, and this year we were back to its alternative locations, the Civic Center and the Museum of Roman Centuriation, because its "usual" location, the nearby school, is currently closed for renovation. This also meant we had to add two big tents outside to be able to display all the MOCs that had been registered. The event took place during the local town fair, and it being summer and set in a very hot area, on Saturday we opened late in the afternoon and remained open all the evening; this proved to be a smart decision, since we had a lot of people visiting during the whole time we were open to the public. On Sunday we had more "classic" 9-to-6 opening times, but since it was Sunday, that worked great too. 42578068734_1080p.mp4 Complete Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/itlug/albums/72157693061687250 Please remember to follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page for more great articles.
  6. SydLUG members were among the exhibitors at the recent Sydney Brick Show (April 21-22), Sydney’s premier LEGO fan event. Over 100 displays were presented over two days to more than 5000 visitors to the show. Previously held at Sydney Town Hall, this year’s show, held at Penrith Panthers Pavilion, was more accessible to the thousands of families and LEGO fans in greater Western Sydney and raised money for local disability charity, NADO (Nepean Area Disability Organisation). Prior to the show SydLUG members set the goal of beating the world record for the most Minifig habitats displayed (1094). 37 members, smashed the record out of the park with a total of 1547 habitats being displayed in an impressive wall configuration. A fitting celebration of the Minifig’s 40th anniversary this year. The habitat building proved to be a great bonding experience for the LUG with everyone sharing progress and tips online in the lead-up to the show. The excitement was contagious with several exhibitors outside the LUG asking to bring their own habitats to be part of the display. The LUG found habitat building an excellent way of developing new builders who may not have as many parts at their disposal, allowing them to be creative in a smaller space. Another of the highlights of the show this year was a massive galactic frontier themed collaboration (5 x 2 metres) showcasing the work of 12 members of the Sydney LEGO User Group. The show’s mascot, an innocent spaceman named Apollo, finds himself on a distant world where a rare ore named LEGOtonium has been discovered. It’s a tough frontier world with all manner of aliens trying to discover their own plot of LEGOtonium. Creativity and humour collide in this amazing display that included ‘Bacon City’ the city corner where heroes and scum “meat” over the infamous outer rim wings and space hotdogs. SydLUG members were among the major award winners at this year’s show, ‘Best in Show’ going to SydLUG husband and wife team, Gavin and Samantha, who created a detailed city themed moc – All Star Arena Precinct, comprising a huge arena, church, playground, park, tennis courts, brick-built roads and modular style buildings. Over 400 minifigs were used to bring the scene alive and the arena was left open at the back to showcase the ice rink where ‘Disney on Ice’ was taking place. Four unique sets for the show were changed out every fifteen minutes and proved a crowd favourite. The ‘AFOL’s Choice’ was an impressive moc of the Singaporean apartment complex, The Interlace, by SydLUG builder, Graham. Built using around 95,000 pieces the creation is a beautiful example of an architectural style build in microscale. Another SydLUG award recipient was Bradley, with Foster’s Carnival, who received a Highly Commended for his moving parts carnival rides that are amazingly life-like, down to the trucks he has built for them to be ‘transported’ on. SydLUG member, Joel, was recognised for ‘Creative Use of Parts’ for his display, Under the Black Sun, which was set up in a tent with special UV lighting shining on trans LEGO creations to produce a mind-blowing effect. Notable Mentions were given to SydLUGgers, Richard and Melissa for their ‘Pirate Cove’ moc; Rohan for his ‘Beatles Turntable’; Kristie for her Beatles mosaic and Michelle, for her mosaic of ‘The Ode.’ All displays were well-received by the crowd and exhibitors had a very positive show experience, sharing their passion and hard work with the community and catching up with each other to talk bricks and pieces. The show also boasted a children’s building competition (with winning entries on display on Saturday 21 April), a kids free building area with LEGO graffiti wall, a remote controlled LEGO race track and meet and greets with costumed characters. Please remember to follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page for more great articles.
  7. 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. Children's faces blurred in all photos to protect their privacy. 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. 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. "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. Children's faces blurred in all photos to protect their privacy. 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 Please remember to follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page for more great articles.
  8. Last October 2017, one of the worlds post isolated Cities in the world, had its 4th dedicated Exhibition of models built from LEGO. The show is called Bricktober-Perth and is a fun, family friendly weekend that celebrates all things LEGO. The show featured 48 locate fans of LEGO exclusively from Western Australia. Some travelling from regional towns to display. The event was held in its new venue at Curtin Staduim and this allowed the Exhibitors to be all contained in the one hall consisting of 3 "Pods" of tables to allow the Exhibitors to have maximum interaction with the public. In total we had almost 250 desks with displays on them, consisting of many different subjects and themes. Some high lights included Ryan's Christmas winter display with Santa and his reindeer flying over the town, along with a running water fall, a Christmas train and a fair ground. The display won the peoples choose award, much to Ryan's surprise. Ben won the presidents Choice award with his suspended train tack from a collection of LEGO cranes, complete with the train running around the track suspended in the air. Lots of City and town layouts with a Down Town Disney, Pokemon, lots of Mosaics, a custom build drilling rig and a computer controlled Bucket Wheel Excavator digging up M&M candies. Plenty of Star Wars was on display, with some very detailed dioramas representing many scenes from the movies. Lots of old trains running around old school displays from the 60-70s. A huge Micropolis group build and our first year of having a Great Ball Contraption. The show also included Australia's largest privately owned, fully ballasted and brick build road, City/Freinds lay out, Kendallshire. Bricktober-Perth has always had a large focus on giving children the opportunity to play with LEGO at our show. Of the 2400 square meter hall, we allocated over 1/3rd of the floor space to LEGO play, that’s 950 M2 of just LEGO play!! We run build competitions, children can have a go at driving a tracked racer, 4x4 LEGO crawler car or operate the Volvo front end loader. They can also have a go at being a train driver with one of our LEGO trains. Plus we have a Brick Pit with over 30,000 bricks for the children and even some adults to build in what ever they like. We added in two extra features at the show, called Build a Racer, children would build a race car and race it with your friends down our new Race track. Plus we had the team from Mindmash come along and run the MINDSTORMS robots where kids programmed the robots to compete against each other in a robot sumo reselling completion. Our show also has a large outside covered over area where we had some Brick animated films running with lots of LEGO sellers and food for the family to purchase and sit down and enjoy together. There was lots of LEGO themes treats on sell from our friends at Wheels for Hope Kenwick Rotary, along with lots of Cosplay characters to keep every one entertained. We also had lots of Colouring in images for the children to sit and colour in for the opportunity to enter a competition to win LEGO. along with several Guess the numbers of LEGO piecers in the jar competitions. Bricktober-Perth is a celebrating of all thinks LEGO with a serious side in that it is a fund raiser for the community. Funds from the event are used to help out the communities to make the world a better place. The main beneficiaries of the event have been: Set up and funding of clubs that offer the “LEGO ® Play Experience” to children. We are very proud to donate tubs of LEGO to 23 new LEGO Clubs so far. That’s over 230,000 bricks in 23 tubs and 3 Mindstorms kits and a value of over $37,000 all raised through the efforts of Bricktober, Perth’s largest, Fan build LEGO show. But the giving back to the community doesn't stop there. We have also supported The Arthur Bray Foundation, a fund that assists youth in participating in leadership and development programs. Support for The Rotary Foundation that funds the world eradication of Polio. In conjunction with The Rotary Club of Ascot, for the last 6 years, together we have developed the supply of fresh drinking water to communities in East Timor Leste. This project has been designed and constructed by the local community and has had such a positive effect on the community that it has sparked the local government to invest in new schools in the areas. It really has been an amazing project and event where the local LEGO community can have an opportunity to showcase their love of LEGO while helping raise funds to promote our future children in lighting that spark in a young persons mind, that goes on to develop the next Engineer, Architect, Mechanic, Artist, Film maker, Robot builder or Creative thinker! While also helping develop a community less fortunate then ours in giving them the tools to build a system of water supply, that frees their children from collecting water and having more time to play, learn and develop. Bricktober-Perth is back again for 2018, with the show running on 6th-7th October again back at Curtin Stadium. More information can be found at http://www.bricktober.info and https://www.facebook.com/BricktoberPerth/ Please remember to follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page for more great articles.
  9. It was a fantastic weekend with a great atmosphere, and a joy to experience all the support and delight of the local community, the local District Council, and, most of all, the local Lions Club who voluntarily helped with set up, pack up, and throughout the weekend, with a willing 'can do' attitude. With Oamaru being New Zealand's "Steam-punk Capital" we encouraged exhibitors to create something with a Steam-punk flavour, and had the local Steam-punk Society as guest judges, judging "Best Steam-punk Creation" and "Best in Show". Our local mayor, who officially opened the show for us, also gave a "Mayor's Choice" prize, and the exhibitors also voted for "Best of the Rest". We had a total of 1195 visitors through the door, which for a town of 14,000 people, we were very pleased with! Being Oamaru's first ever Brick Show the public had no idea what to expect, in either quality or quantity - many of them expressed a sense of amazement and awe when they came through the doors. And they loved that there were not only amazing exhibits to behold, but also bricks to get hold of and build their own creations with. Our 13 exhibitors came from as far away as Dunedin (one and half hours south), and Christchurch (three and a half hours north) and also included some first-time local Oamrau exhibitors. For a show of only 13 contributors we had an amazing variety of displays, from trains and city to Great Ball Contraptions and Mindstorms, from Steam-punk to sewing machines, Star Wars to street scenes, from the mechanics of hefty Porsches to the magic of Harry Potter. Our local businesses gave wonderful sponsorship support, perhaps something one sees more often in small-town communities. Support included free poster printing and the free provision of pedestrian traffic barriers to protect our displays. We were also able to supply our VIP guests (children with disabilities) with goody bags containing movie vouchers from our local cinema Cinema, lolly bags from the local lolly factory, burger vouchers from Subway, and free LEGO polybags from our local 'The Warehouse' chainstore. Profits from our door sales went to Oamaru Recreation Centre's "Active Kids" Holiday Programme, making their great holiday activities accessible to struggling families. At this stage, we hope to run BRICKTOPIA every second year. Meanwhile keep an eye out for NZ's Southland Brick Show (April 28-29), Christchurch Brick Show (14-15 July), and Dunedin Brick Show (Oct 6-7). Please remember to follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page for more great articles.
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