BrickCon 2008: Last-minute logistics (and more free stuff)

Apologies for boring 99% of our readers, but this is still the fastest way to communicate with the fairly large number of TBB readers who are attending BrickCon later this week.

Fill out your MOC cards now

MOC (My Own Creation) cards identify your LEGO creations for fellow attendees and the general public. They also help theme organizers like Josh and me plan for how much space is needed (more on how that relates to the zombie display later in this post).

Fill out your MOC cards on A couple quick points:

  • Unless you want to spend the public hours explaining what “SNOT” and “MOC” are to kids and their parents, avoid “AFOL-speak” in your descriptions.
  • Zombie creations go in “Other,” not “Train/Town” (whose organizers I suspect think they’re being invaded at this point; that doesn’t actually happen until Sunday).

Remember, only “registered” LEGO creations (ones with MOC cards) will be eligible for the various awards given out by BrickCon.

Pack your LEGO creations for travel or shipping

Before you stuff your LEGO into your carry-on luggage, consider reading the LUGNET post by Duane Hess and the article by Lenny Hoffman about packing and shipping LEGO.

Wouldn’t you rather spend your time socializing and integrating your pristine creations into the display instead of rebuilding them?

Unload your LEGO at the venue

By now, you should’ve received a message from Daniel Brown with details on when, where, and how to unload your LEGO creations at Seattle Center. The loading dock is only available during the following times:

  • Thursday 8am – noon
  • Thursday 5pm – 9pm
  • Friday 8am – noon
  • Sunday 5pm – midnight

Please only use the loading dock if you have massive amounts to unload. For more details, please see Daniel’s e-mail. If you didn’t get that e-mail, let us know and we’ll post more information here.

(CC-licensed photo of the Space Needle by Chris Blakely.)

Get to and from the airport

I know several of you are looking to share rides between Sea-Tac Airport and the BrickCon venue at Seattle Center (301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109). Transportation options include Shuttle Express, taxis, and rental cars — all available near baggage claim.

If you’d like to share a ride with someone to cut costs, post a comment here with your arrival time, and when two or more of you are interesting in connecting, I’ll put you in touch through e-mail.

Bringing stuff for the draft and Dirty Brickster

Drafting a LEGO set allows you to get parts in large quantities that you might otherwise have to buy individually (from, say, Bricklink). Read more about how the draft works on If you want to participate, the draft set for BrickCon 2008 is 7626 Jungle Cutter.

Dirty Brickster is a LEGO “white elephant” gift exchange. Bring something that would be worth $10-20 to the recipient, wrapped.

Help bring some order to the Great Chaos of the Zombie Apocafest

With so many last-minute, “Oh, I’m so there!” contributions (thanks in no small part to BrickArms’ generosity, I’m sure), we don’t have a very good sense of how many zombified LEGO creations to expect for the Zombie Apocafest.

Filling out a MOC card will help, but could we also get a quick roll-call from readers planning on bringing a building? (Vehicles will be easy enough to incorporate into the display.) I’ll be at the venue nearly all day Thursday to help with setup — Castle and the zombie display in particular.

Build your GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest entries

GO MINIMAN GOIf you haven’t entered our GO MINIMAN GO Photo Contest yet, you can do so right there at BrickCon.

Just swing by The LEGO Group’s table, dig through the bricks, build a vig or dio, have it photographed, and fill out the entry form. Oh, and you get to keep what you build.

Get your Brothers Brick LEGO brick

Last but not least, the first 100 people who come up to Josh, Nannan, or me and say “It’s a brick-built world out there” will get a custom-engraved brick — your choice of “The Brothers Brick” or “”.

Oh yes, this is gonna be the best BrickCon yet! See everybody in a couple of days!

32 comments on “BrickCon 2008: Last-minute logistics (and more free stuff)

  1. wunztwice

    Hey Andrew/Josh! I’ve already let Josh know, and he said he was relaying the info but I’m bringing two 16-wide buildings, and Tom (Remyth) is also bringing a 16-wide. I’ll also have a few psuedo zombie-thwarting vehicles if need be! Oh, and get ready for some chainsaw action ;)

  2. Andrew Post author

    @Cartoondude: I’d forgotten to add the info about MOC cards. Check the top of the post for info on how to do that. Other than registering your giant vehicle, you’re all set.

    @wunztwice: Thanks!

  3. Shannon Young

    Count me in for two 16-wide buildings and one vehicle — and now I guess I’m off to change their MOC card headings from “Town/Train” to “Other” so they’re all nice and legal.

  4. Nathan Proudlove

    Hey Andrew, will there be an appropriate spot for an open-back building? I have a 3-storey office building that would go great along a back wall. 16×32 studs.

  5. Josh

    @Binkmeister – Come find me at the Con and I’ll hook you up.

    @indyjones – Nope, BrickCon is in Seattle, WA, USA.

  6. Dr. X

    I just have 2 small vehicles for the zombie display, but I’m getting to the Con on Friday around noon. I was wondering, can you still bring in a few small things even after the set-up is done?

  7. Andrew Post author

    @Binkmeister: Are you flying in with your posse? If not, I can send one back to you with one of your colleagues.

    @Nathan: Absolutely.

    @Dr. X: Not a problem at all. :)

  8. Lucas

    I’ve got a graveyard (it’s dimensions shamefully escape me while I’m here at work, but it sits on one of the green rectangular base plates) and there’s a possibility that I’ll be able to finish a similarly sized building tonight. I’m also bringing some police cars and various emergency vehicles.

    I can also bring along some panicked town folks and a few zombies. How do we keep track of which figs belong to which person? I was going to either keep a list of what I brought, or mark mine with sharpies on the bottom, or both.

  9. Andrew Post author

    ^ I think we can handle the figs as we do battles in the Castle display. As long as you keep your figs relatively together (on your buildings/vehicles or on specific baseplates), there’s usually no issue with whose is whose.

    I wouldn’t suggest marking your figs, since you may regret doing that later. A list wouldn’t be a bad idea. This will be my fourth LEGO convention, and I have yet to lose a minifig.

  10. ry

    What I’ve done in the past is write my name or initials on a little slip of paper and put it inside the minifig’s torso cavity. It’s not the quickest way of checking whose it is, but it comforted me to know my name was somewhere.

  11. Leigh Holcombe

    I’ll be there when it is open to the public. I suppose it will be too late to get a special engraved brick by then. But how am I supposed to know which of the thousands of people there are Andrew, Josh, or Nannan? Or anybody else for that matter? There needs to be a directory of AFOLs so that we can properly stalk each other at facetime events.

  12. Heather LEGOgirl

    Does it count that I saw you there this morning and in my haste forgot to beat you up and steal my BB brick? You had better still have one for me when I see you or else you’ll be getting a big ole dollhouse over the head. moowahahaha. ;)

  13. Heather LEGOgirl

    I tried to get back last night for the meet and greet but my car died on me right after I got off the ferry. I spent the rest of my evening waiting for my ride home and wishing I were there. Waaa!

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