While some other LEGO conventions have individual builders reserve their own table space, BrickCon is all about large-scale collaborative displays. Each year since 2008, The Brothers Brick has sponsored a display, ranging from a highly coordinated zombie apocalypse to our anything-goes celebration of all things Japanese.
Last year, we tried something even more anarchic than a zombie apocalypse — a totally unstructured experiment in planetary colonization — which we think came together fairly well, so we’re going to try it again this year, as “Numereji 2422″.
As we said last year:
Our hope for the Numereji 2421 display at BrickCon 2011 is that the contributors will be free to create their vision of what kind of community would develop from a group of crash survivors isolated for a generation, and how their reconnection with other space travelers would play out.
We worked up quite a backstory and suggested lots of inspiration last year, but many potential contributors said they didn’t really get the concept until they’d seen the actual display at BrickCon (ah, the consequences of an experiment in anarchy!). Here are a few links to help refresh your memory:
- Photos on Flickr
- Basic timeline and planetary backdrop
- Official backstory
- Inspiration and ideas
- Building standards (if you want/need them)
Naturally, there are many other opportunities to contribute to a display in whatever way works best for your building style or preferred theme. Here are a few of our favorites:
|Numereji 2422||The official collaborative display for readers of The Brothers Brick. Do you have space fever? Will you be a peaceful colonist, a rogue smuggler, alien trader, or the long arm of the galactic law? You decide!||Right here, or on Flickr|
|Bricks of Character||The notorious Iain Heath & Tommy Williamson are at it again, bringing together LEGO and all your favorite characters from TV, movies, and video games — as long as they’re not minifig-scale! This year’s Bricks of Character display also includes Heather Braaten’s Darlings, a memorial to a beloved LEGO fan we lost earlier this year.||Info | Discussion|
|Castle||BrickCon is famous for its massive, sprawling, and still somehow well-coordinated castle displays. Each year, LEGO Castle builders up the ante with taller spires, bigger armies, and more integrated motion. I can’t wait to see what Josh and his team pull together this year.||Classic-Castle.com|
|The Dark Side||Most LEGO models are meant to be appreciated in the light. But Roger Hill’s “Dark Side” display brings together all the LEGO models that glow in the dark and blink their lights. Given how hard it is to photograph LEGO in the dark, these are models you’ll definitely want to see in person.||Contact Roger through BrickCon.org|
|Microscale||Coordinator Steve Oakes shared a wonderful vision for the Microscale display at the SEALUG meeting yesterday. In addition to the usual Micropolis modules and mini-trains, this year’s micro display will include a microscale version of BrickCon itself, complete with tables, stanchions, and Miniland-scale attendees! So, build a tiny version of whatever you’re bringing to BrickCon, along with a Miniland version of yourself to admire your own tiny creation. Awesome.||Contact Steve through BrickCon.org|
|Superheroes||With the release of official DC and Marvel Super Heroes sets from LEGO, now’s the time to bring all those LEGO superheroes and supervillains together — LEGO Avengers (and others) assemble! Sean Forbes is coordinating this display, which isn’t just limited to minifig-scale models. Bring your mosaics, statues, vehicles, and anything else inspired by comic books.||Contact Sean through BrickCon.org|
See the full list of themes & collaborations — from Architecture to Town/Train — on BrickCon.org.
Not sure which theme, collaborative display, or category your LEGO creation fits into? For example, does a microscale space fleet go in Microscale or Space? (Probably Space.) Read over the full list, and then just ask us and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.
Important: Regardless of whether you choose to contribute to one of the group builds, it’s still important to register your LEGO models (MOCs — My Own Creations) as well as yourself. Registering all the MOCs you plan to bring ensures that coordinators know how much space we’ll need. You can’t just show up on Thursday morning with a six-foot spaceship! This really wasn’t an issue until last year, but BrickCon has grown to over 500 registered attendees, and only registered MOCs will be guaranteed table space.
The BrickCon 2012 private convention kicks off on Thursday, October 4th — that’s less than a month away!
If you want to guarantee yourself an engraved brick badge, swag bag, and other benefits of pre-opening registration, now’s the time to do it. Registrations after next Saturday, September 15th can’t be guaranteed these goodies.
Still not sure you want to come? BrickCon is our favorite convention because of its relaxed atmosphere, fun (non-LEGO) stuff to do around the venue, and the great people we get to hang out with each year.
Of course, the heart of the convention is the LEGO itself. Be sure to check out the BrickCon photo pool on Flickr to see photos of LEGO models, people, and events from years past, as well as pics of creations you can expect to see there this year.
Register today, and we hope to see you at BrickCon in a few short weeks!
While I’ve dusted off my login credentials I’ll also take a moment to pimp something that’s never happened to me before: a LEGO event in the city I live. So I announce the BrisBricks 2012 show, running here in sunny Brisbane from Sep 29th to Oct 1st. Find more details below the logo.
BrisBricks – LEGO® Fan Expo 2012: Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1 Brisbane [News]
The Brisbane LEGO® Train Group is proud to announce our first Annual LEGO® Fan Expo – BrisBricks!
Our inaugural show will be three fun filled days open to the public across the October long weekend in the sunny South Brisbane suburb of Mt Gravatt.
In addition to some great MOCs, awesome displays and some classic sets we’ll also have specialty LEGO® retailer Bricks n Fun on-site for all your LEGO® needs.
Saturday 29th September 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 30th September 9:00am to 5:00pm
Monday 1st October 9:00am to 4:00pm
Mt. Gravatt Showgrounds
1644 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt QLD
Children: $2.00 (3-15yrs)
Children under 3 Free
If you’re interested in exhibiting, you can drop us a line at [email protected]
Stay tuned for more details about special exhibits and other fun stuff.
Checkout our website at www.brisbricks.org for more details or follow us on Facebook!
I’ve generally avoided news about the 2012 Olympics in London in order to preserve some measure of surprise as I watch the much-delayed — and rightly much-maligned — TV coverage on NBC here in the States. That’s meant that we haven’t really featured much in the way of LEGO Olympics models here over the last couple of weeks. Let’s correct that, as I watch the closing ceremonies, in one fell swoop.
Her Majesty the Bloody Queen stole the show at the opening ceremonies, but didn’t look especially entertained during what was actually quite an amazing show. Iain Heath captures the Queen’s look when she visited the Athletes’ Village the next day.
Warren Elsmore spent 250 hours and 300,000 bricks building a 1:500 scale model of many recognizable Olympic buildings.
The Guardian commissioned a series of brick-by-brick stop-motion videos by Fabian Moritz, showcasing important moments during the Olympics. My favorite was Michael Phelps’ 16th gold medal.
Finally, don’t miss McKayla Maroney’s disapproval in the post right below this one.
LUGPol is streaming their latest exhibition in Krakow from 7/5 to 7/8. Visit their website to see if they’re on air.
This past Sunday concluded this year’s Chicago Brickworld, and I’ve finally recovered and rested up a bit from the trip (and subsequent cold). This was only my second Lego convention, and I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked. The convention space at the Westin hotel was enormous. I’m sure many of you will have already seen the video walk-through that Nannan and I did of the three display rooms, which runs over 45 minutes and still isn’t comprehensive. Evidently they’re looking at moving to an even larger space next year that can accommodate all of the displays in a single room, which would be quite something. Unlike Brickcon, the other convention I’ve attended, the majority of the displays are arranged by builder, and not theme. I think there’s a lot of merit to both ways–while it’s awesome seeing huge tables full of sci-fi MOCs, it’s also quite fun to see all the different sorts of things a single person builds.
It was great fun getting to meet the people behind the avatars of so many great builders, such as fellow TBB’er Nannan and his counterpart in perpetrating unusually large dioramas Tyler Clites, LDM, and Si-MOCs, among many, many others. One of the highlights for me was a Saturday night unscheduled M-Tron building competition (generously organized and judged by a great guy whose name escapes me currently). After looking at so many terrific MOCs for three days straight, I was itching to build, and with 90 minutes and a large and hilariously haphazard collection of pieces, about a dozen of us sat down and pounded some mean MOCs out.
There were too many fantastic MOCs (including the one featured in the previous post) to possibly highlight them all, so I’ll just conclude by saying that you should definitely check out the Brickworld flickr pool, and even better, attend next year and meet lots of other great LEGO fans and see the stuff in person.
A LEGO event for people in and around the Canberra region.
Canberra Brick Expo to start July 14th at The Hellenic Club in Canberra
Thousands of LEGO fans are heading to Canberra this July. The annual Canberra Brick Expo is on from the 14th to 15th July.
At Brick Expo this year:
- See Australia’s tallest LEGO model built by Ryan McNaught, Australia’s LEGO Certified Professional
- Witness an intergalactic Star Wars™ battle, LEGO slot car racing and a vast range of exhibits from around Australia
- Mingle and connect with thousands of LEGO fans
- Specialist authorised LEGO resellers on site with a large range of unique and hard to find LEGO sets
- Catch inspiring LEGO movies in the brick cinema
- Take part in an engaging and inspirational VIP dinner with LEGOLAND master model builder, Gary McIntire
“We have an amazing Brick Expo planned for this year, and are so excited to be able to share the fun and creativity of LEGO with the community, as well as raise money to help kids in need at the Canberra Hospital,” said David Boddy, President of Brick Expo.
Changes have been made to the 2012 event. “After such an overwhelming response in 2011, we have decided to sell tickets online in timed sessions” said Boddy. People wanting tickets should visit www.brickexpo.com.au and follow the link to the ticketing site. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support the purchase of much needed equipment at the Canberra Hospital children’s ward.
Further info at www.brickexpo.com.au
For those who couldn’t make it to Brickworld in Chicago this past weekend, Chris and I shot a video of us walking through the entire exhibit and highlighting some MOCs. Our goal was to bring you as close to the convention as we could, and we welcome your feedback to improve our future coverage of the events. Grab some snacks and enjoy!