Announcing “WW2 1949” at BrickCon 2016 in Seattle [News]

It’s just four months to BrickCon 2016 in Seattle, and TBB is gearing up for our hometown LEGO convention. For our annual collaboration this year, we’re going to be putting together a dieselpunk display called World War II 1949. With the aircraft, vehicles, and buildings you contribute, you’ll help answer the question, “What if WW2 had not ended in 1945, and technology had continued evolving rapidly through the end of the decade?”

As these fantastic creations by master LEGO dieselpunk builders Jon Hall, Fredo Houben, and Jeff Churill demonstrate, there’s a huge variety in the theme.


Tiinusu Ground Types overview


The great builders I’ve highlighted above aren’t the only place to get your LEGO inspiration, check out our LEGO dieselpunk page and the dieselpunk photo pool on Flickr. While steampunk is notorious for being pretty much brown and gold, dieselpunk provides a huge range of inspiration, including Art Deco architecture, movies like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and video games like Crimson Skies. Even the fantastic world of Maschinen Krieger takes a lot of inspiration from dieselpunk.

We’ll announce more details over the coming weeks, but expect our usual array of prizes and giveaways. Details about the exact layout will come closer to the convention, based on likely contributions from builders like you.

If you’re interested in participating, register as an attendee, join the discussions in our new group on Flickr, and start building!

5 comments on “Announcing “WW2 1949” at BrickCon 2016 in Seattle [News]

  1. Mnemonyx

    I get the idea, and there’ll be some great models resulting, for sure… but I’m really glad WWII ended in 1945.

  2. Andrew Post author

    Heartily agreed. In researching this collaboration, I’ve learned that there are several strains of dieselpunk, including one in which WW2 never happened. Perhaps we’ll do that one another year.

  3. Creative Anarchy

    Do we have a sense of how this will be laid out? Are we just planning to display builds or are we going to try to do a collaborative display?

  4. Andrew Post author

    Definitely prefer to do a solid collaborative layout as we did last year, but haven’t heard a whole lot of commitment yet, so hard to determine what the layout might look like at this point.

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