Announcing the GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest [w00t!]

GO MINIMAN GO LogoAugust 25th is the 30th birthday of the LEGO minifigure. Here at The Brothers Brick, the minifig holds a very special place in our hearts — after all, we started out as a tiny little blog highlighting our favorite minifig finds.

To wish the minifig a happy 30th birthday, I’m pleased to announce that The Brothers Brick is hosting the GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest. With awesome prizes like 10185 Green Grocer and four copies of 10190 Market Street, there’s some serious brick to be won. You can build a vignette or diorama and submit it in one of four categories that represent the decades in which minifigs have graced LEGO sets — from the 1970s through today.

The contest is open to everyone in the world who’s 18 years old as of August 1, 2008. You have until October 31, 2008 to submit your entries using our Contact Us page and the GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest group pool on Flickr.

Here’s an example of the sort of scene you could build:

Entries will be judged by a Master Model Builder and Creative Director from LEGO, along with the Editor-in-Chief of The Brothers Brick (that would be me).

There are important rules for where and how to enter your LEGO creations in this contest, so please read the GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest Rules carefully.

To see what else is going on to celebrate the 30th birthday of the LEGO minifig, check out GOMINIMANGO.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is this only open to people over the age of 18?

A: Although we welcome and encourage online participation on The Brothers Brick by anybody over the age of 13, we can’t ask for real names and addresses from people who are not yet adults. This is a legal requirement, and is not intended to discriminate against the talented teenage builders we frequently feature on the blog.

Q: What kind of creations are acceptable in each category?

A: How you interpret the four categories is entirely up to you. Let your imagination run wild! The only requirements are that your entry is a vignette or diorama and that it features a LEGO minifig.

33 comments on “Announcing the GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest [w00t!]

  1. Andrew Post author

    I hear your pain — I really do — but as we say on our About page, “The Brothers Brick is a LEGO blog for adult fans of LEGO.”

    An 18 contest is consistent with how we’ve run contests in the past, and eliminates our liability in requesting real names and addresses from minors.

    Thanks in advance for understanding!

  2. Rocko

    I’m not entirely understanding what kind of dioramas we’re supposed to build. A scene that depicts the 70′s, 80′s, etc. or a scene that represents Lego from those eras? Do we have to use minifigs from those periods?

  3. kris kelvin

    So I have to use minifigs only from one period of time ? From 70`s, 80`s only? I can build castle diorama but I can`t mix Black Falcons and “Crownies”? Could you specify about this ?

  4. Ryan (DeMartinet)

    apple-pie: see Andrew’s comment above.

    Darn. I’m not old enough either, but I’ve got enough to build and photograph anyway…

  5. DARKspawn

    I have to admit I am a little unclear about the catagories too, but this sounds like a great contest! Cheers TBB =D

  6. Andrew Post author

    @ Rocko, Kris, & DARKspawn: How you interpret the four categories is entirely up to you. Let your imagination run wild! The only requirements are that your entry is a vignette or diorama and that it features a LEGO minifig.

    (I’ve added answers to the age and category questions as FAQs in the main post.)

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  9. Spook

    What if you don’t ask for our names or addresses, but we just happen to provide them anyway? ;)

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  12. Andrew Post author

    ^ Although the rules don’t specifically state this, the GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest is a LEGO contest, so I think you’ll be more likely to place higher if the dioramas and vignettes you submit are built from LEGO. ;-)

  13. pe668

    Originality (40%)
    Creative use of the minifig (40%)
    Building techniques, engineering, and detail of design (20%)
    That last 20% sounds like it covers the lego dirorama aspect.
    It would be a shame if it came down to who had the most lego blocks.

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  15. Samuel Chrsitan

    About the time categories- Let’s say you do a diorama about the 80s. Does that mean the minifigs have to be from the 80s, or it has to take place in the 80s?

  16. Andrew Post author

    ^ Either one would be a legitimate interpretation of the category. That said, we wouldn’t expect most people to have a bunch of 20-year-old minifigs lying around. :)

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