Janey Gunning asked if we could share the following press release in regards to this year’s Brickfête.
This is a call out to all AFOL, LEGO collectors, builders, hobbyists, and enthusiasts within walking, driving or flying distance of Toronto, Canada. The Brickfête Team is looking for exhibitors and would love to see you and what you have built. Join us for some good times completely focused on our beloved obsession with the brick.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! To register for the four days visit our AFOL portion of our site… http://toronto.brickfete.com/toafol/Registration
Our new hotel venue is awesome! Incredible hotel rates have been secured and there is free parking for all Brickfete guests. Time is running out for this super room rate at a 38% savings.
Some families are planning a vacation by taking advantage of the great room rates and the awesome location near exciting venues such as the Science Center or the Toronto Zoo.
Our list of events are being posted and there is something for everyone to get involved with.
Contests and Activities
And more to come…
Display with us and enjoy the company of other AFOLS. We can’t wait to see you on the attendees list and to see what you have built.
Last night I was able to attend a screening of Beyond the Brick at the Seattle International Film Festival. I have to say that I did not have high hopes or expectations. I have found that, at the best of times, they tend to have a skewed view of the fan community, so I wasn’t really looking forward to seeing how a documentary with LEGO’s official stamp of approval would deal with us adult fans. I am glad to say that my misgivings were unjustified. It was good, even (dare I say it?) better than The LEGO Movie itself. Go ahead, stone me in the comments, but everything WAS awesome.
So what exactly is Beyond the Brick?
In a Q&A session after the screening, one of the directors said that their goal was to create a film that not only told the story of LEGO but showed the vast community that has grown up around it. The idea was to delve into what it is about the LEGO brick that touches us and inspires us, how the system of play drives creativity and who are the people who have been changed and/or affected by LEGO. Did they succeed? I think think they did. I have been a fan of LEGO’s products for 35 years and I learned quite a few things about the global LEGO community that I never knew and was reminded of things that I had forgotten. The filmmakers were able to touch on many different aspects of LEGO and the effects it has had over the years and around the globe. Some of these included changes in the art world, new therapies with special needs children, the adult fan phenomenon, crowd-sourcing before it was a buzzword and sending minifigs into Space.
Was everything really awesome about the film?
No film is ever perfect. I felt there were some key members of the fan community who were overlooked and who could have offered insight into the concepts that the filmmakers were wanting to explore. But, in their defense, they couldn’t talk to everyone and they definitely couldn’t fit every detail into 90 minutes. There were only a few omissions that really bothered me, such as leaving out the collaborators of several projects and making it appear that the projects were built by a single person. One example of those was a minor collaboration I took part in at BrickCon. I was in the film, talking about the build but there were actually two of us there. My partner-in-crime was cut out. There were other, more important examples, involving large convention collaborations, that didn’t give full credit to those involved. But really that is my only serious critique of the film. Overall, it is a very well-crafted film that does an excellent job of showing off the LEGO community to the world. You should go see it or get a hold of the DVD when it comes out.
Check out this clip from the film, via The Wall Street Journal (Many thanks to my coworker, Brett, for sending me the link):
BrickCon recently announced their theme for the 2014 convention and it is “Invasion!”. What exactly does that mean? Apparently a little background is required. Over the years it has become tradition for the various themed sections (Castle, Space, Town, etc) to invade the other layouts throughout the convention. This usually entails space marines invading the castle, dragons attacking the moonbase, pink space fungus infecting all the other layouts, Breann’s bionicles eating stuff, various renditions of the Tardis appearing out of nowhere or Space Odyssey monoliths sprouting up like mushrooms after a bad rain.
This year BrickCon is embracing that concept and taking it to a new level. The coordinators of BrickCon are encouraging you to Invade and the more the merrier! Do you have a squad of World War II marines who want to travel back in time? A cadre of Yeti who are anxious to wreak havoc on a modern city? What about a gaggle of Friends ready to rubble with some bug-eyed aliens in the Space layout? Anything goes and the funnier the better. Personally, I’m training up a squad of strawberry bears to conquer BrickCon. What are you going to bring?
Please let the following pictures, courtesy of Sean Edmison, inspire you to new heights! Mash-ups and smack-downs highly encouraged. Batteries not included.
As Star Wars day draws to a close, and fans everywhere safely deactivate and stow away their light sabers until ComicCon, don’t forget that tonight at 8pm FOX will be airing Brick Like Me, the highly anticipated all-LEGO episode of The Simpsons. It’ll give you something to watch while you start poring over the 7000 pages of instructions that came with your new LEGO Sandcrawler.
You can watch the trailer for the Simpsons episode here. Oh, and if you’re East of me then you’ve probably already seen the episode by now. In which case *JEDI MIND TRICK* this isn’t the post you’re looking for …move along!
Image by Karl Westworth.
Once again LEGO® Shop will be celebrating the unofficial Star Wars™ holiday of May the 4th with a number of exclusive promotions over the 3 day span of May 3rd thru 5th. In addition to these great offers, May 3rd marks the launch of the brand new set, 75059 – Sandcrawler™.
All offers valid May 3-5th only. Offers apply both to the Shop At Home website and participating LEGO stores. Also check with your local LEGO store for other exciting Star Wars day events!
- FREE Shipping on all orders of $75 or more.
- FREE Exclusive Darth Revan minifigure with LEGO Star Wars orders of $75 or more. (while supplies last)
- Exclusive LEGO Star Wars Poster with all LEGO Star Wars orders. (while supplies last)
- Dozens of LEGO Star Wars sets also marked down. (while supplies last)
All offers are combinable on qualifying orders. Click any of the links below to get started on your LEGO Star Wars weekend spending spree. And may the fourth be with you!
3 Days Only! LEGO Star Wars Sale and Exclusive Darth Revan Promotion. Valid 5/3/14 thru 5/5/14
As if The LEGO Movie wasn’t already enough cinematic excitement for LEGO fans in one year, watch out, because here comes Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickumentary, a feature-length documentary about LEGO from award winning directors Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson. The documentary covers a lot of ground, from the history of the LEGO company, to the current LEGO fan phenomenon – with a bunch of fan builders and conventions getting the spotlight.
The documentary premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this April, and today it was announced that there will also be screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) in May. Times and locations as follows:
- Friday May 16 4:00 PM – Lincoln Square Cinema, Bellevue
- Saturday May 17 3:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater, Seattle
- Sunday May 18 2:30 PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown Theater, Seattle
Each screening will also be accompanied by a Q&A on stage with the film’s makers and some of the people featured in it. So if you’re a Seattle area LEGO fan, get your tickets now and come see it!
This weekend at The Sydney Brickshow in Australia, LEGO announced the forthcoming Fairground Mixer set. Obviously a followup to 2009′s popular Grand Carousel, the new set features a mobile amusement park ride, complete with trucks to pack the carnival for transportation. LEGO says the set will be available in June. Below is the official press release.
See all of the photos here.
10244 Fairground Mixer
Ages 16+ | 1,746 Pieces
US $149.99 – CA $179.99 – AU $199.99 – DE 129.99€ – UK £119.99 – DK 1,199.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Climb aboard the LEGO® Fairground Mixer and hold onto your hat!
Unfold the awesome Fairground Mixer, turn the crank and see it come to life! The fair has come to town and children and adults alike can’t wait to try the rides. Buy your ticket from the ticket booth and climb aboard the Mixer. Then try reaching the golden bell on the high striker or hit the target to plunge the dunk tank lady into the water. As evening falls, the swirling Mixer ride glows in the darkness, before being folded down onto its own trailer for transportation to the next town. This magical fairground is packed with wonderful details that will capture everyone’s imagination. Includes 12 minifigures: a juggling man on stilts, dunk tank lady, strong man challenger, ticket lady, truck driver/ride operator, 2 women, 2 girls, 2 boys and a queasy man who tried the mixer one too many times.
Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the fairground with the LEGO® Fairground Mixer, packed with exciting features and imaginative details.
• Includes 12 minifigures: a juggling man on stilts, dunk tank lady, strong man challenger, ticket lady, truck driver, ride operator, 2 women, 2 girls, 2 boys and a queasy man who tried the mixer one too many times
• Features working Fairground Mixer ride with crank operation, 2 transport trucks, high striker and dunk tank
• Includes glow-in-the-dark elements
• Mixer truck has opening doors, windshield wipers and removable roof to access interior with bed and TV
• Accessory truck holds ticket booth, high-striker and dunk tank
• Accessories include: ice cream, popsicle, lime green cherries, teddy bear, juggling pins and a large and small mallet for the high-striker
• Easily upgrade the Mixer ride with LEGO® Power Functions motors (not included)
• Enjoy the fun of the fair!
• Includes over 1,700 pieces
• Fairground Mixer ride unfolded measures over 11” (30cm) high, 17” (45cm) long and 12” (31cm) wide
The team behind the incredibly successful Mobile Frame Zero is at it again, this time bringing microscale battles into the void of space.
The original game spawned an entire subcommunity around the competing factions of mecha and has brought a number of new builders into the AFOL community through the fusion of Lego, wargaming, and the timeless appeal of giant robots smashing into each other.
Check out the kickstarter here!
Tim Johnson over at the wonderful blog New Elementary has just published an interesting inside look at the development process of Peter Reid’s Classic Space Exo Suit Cuusoo set. Although the actual design of the suit has yet to be revealed, the logo for the new set has been announced. Reading Tim’s write-up of the extent to which fans have been involved in the development of this particular set has given me great hope that the outcome will live up to the fan community’s very high expectations. The fan involvement for this set reminds me a good deal of my time helping design the original Minecraft set, and it’s heartening to see another Cuusoo project take this route, instead of taking the project to Billund and developing it solely with official product designers, as has been the case with all of the other Cuusoo projects.
Combine the Exo Suit with the forthcoming Benny’s Spaceship Spaceship SPACESHIP set from the LEGO Movie, and it’s looking to be a very good year for Classic Space aficionados.
Read the original post on New Elementary in its entirety here.