The Osaka-based KLUG (Kansai Lego User Group) and Canadian Academy successfully held the annual Japan Brickfest in Rokkō Kobe Island, Japan last weekend on the 10th-11th of June. In its third year running, the largest fan event in Asia featured 270 builders from 11 countries, including Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and even as far away as Germany.
Japan Brickfest consists of three event halls, and is a charity event with a portion of the ticket sales donated to various children’s charities. Here are some of the highlights of the event. Continue reading
Brick Fiesta is an annual Lego convention taking place in cities throughout Texas since 2010. This year’s event is happening in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex from June 29 – July 2 at the Mesquite Convention Center. The theme is Automation, featuring Great Ball Contraptions and motorized gizmos at the center of display amidst over 35,000 sq. ft. of convention floor space. Register early by May 31 for $55 or thereafter for $65. Visit the convention’s website for more info.
If this is your first time attending a fan event, please check out our Attending LEGO fan conventions series!
Registration is now open for BrickCon 2017. This longest-running of LEGO fan conventions takes place in Seattle, Washington from Thursday October 5th thru Sunday October 8th. Early Bird registration is available until August 1st and costs $65. This will be the 16th BrickCon event, and the theme this year is “Brick to Old School”!
Like last year, there will be an exclusive “friends and family” night on the Friday from 8:30pm to 10pm. And new for this year, Thursday is now a full convention day! Table space, badges and goody bags will be available from 8am that day. Opening ceremonies have been moved to Thursday and there is also a “surprise game” on that day.
As a reminder, you must be registered in order to display your creations, and attendees ages 14-17 must be accompanied and supervised by a registered adult.
For those coming from out of town, the main hotel is the Maxell, located one block across from the Exhibition Hall. Special room rates have been arranged for convention attendees at both the Maxwell and nearby Hampton Suites.
BrickCon is the “home” convention of The Brothers Brick and we’re excited to see faces both old and new there this October!
Following a successful first year, BrickCan returns to Vancouver, British Columbia for another LEGO convention and public exhibition. Next weekend, Saturday and Sunday April 22-23, hundreds of LEGO builders will converge on the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond (right outside of Vancouver) with creations big and small for an incredible LEGO exhibition everyone can enjoy. Tickets are selling fast, so purchase yours ahead of time online through Ticketmaster for $15 CAD.
Along with the full convention for builders, the general public can select a two-hour block to see everything that is on display, build their own creation, or shop among the many vendors for that one rare set or minifig accessory you’ve always wanted. Plus, all children 12 and under will receive an exclusive custom-designed BrickCan LEGO kit to take home.
The Brothers Brick will be on-site, scouring the builds for the next amazing LEGO creation to showcase, like this collaborative build Fallout Shelter from last year among many more exciting things. We hope to see you there!
This week we headed up to our great neighbor to the north to track down Tim Schwalfenberg. Tim lives in Canada, is 21 years old and is currently studying Materials Engineering at his local university. He also likes to publicly smash his LEGO builds too, but more about that later.
TBB: Hi Tim! Can you tell us a little about yourself and your relationship with the Brick?
Tim: Sure! I have found LEGO to be a great creative outlet when I need a break from all my calculus or physics courses. While I’ve been building almost as long as I can remember, it wasn’t until my first year of university that I started to look at LEGO with the intention of making anything beyond the rainbow-warrior spaceships of my earlier years. Through a combination of some inspiring creations I stumbled upon through MOCpages and finding myself with too much free time on my hands, I decided that to try out this LEGO thing more seriously. Thousands of pieces and hundreds of creations later the LEGO hobby has become an incredibly important part of my life. The itch to build has become a constant companion that is easily rewarded by long hours tinkering away on a table-scrap covered table.
For the past 6 years, The Brothers Brick has joined with several LEGO clubs in the Pacific Northwest to put on a huge display of pop culture-themed creations at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, which will be taking place at the Washington State Convention Center next week, March 2-5.
Most ECCC tickets are sold out at this point, but if you’re among the tens of thousands of people who’ll be there over the course of the 4-day event, be sure to check out Brick Nation located the lower level across the street from the main WSCC entrance, featuring creations by many of your favorite TBB contributors. The Brick Nation display will be bigger than ever this year, with over 3,000 square feet of LEGO creations, other LEGO-themed activities, life-sized Star Wars sculptures and more.
The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention is coming to the Kentucky Exposition Center this weekend, January 7 & 8. Check out the press release below.
BrickUniverse is building on the amazing popularity and ingenuity of LEGO with awesome attractions all centered around everybody’s favorite plastic building blocks.
Read the full BrickUniverse press release
Registration for Brickworld Chicago 2017 is now open. Brickworld Chicago will be held June 14-18, 2017, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.
Learn more about BrickWorld 2017
Registration is now open for BrickCan in Vancouver, BC. The event will be at the River Rock Casino Resort April 20-23, 2017.
Early Registration is $75 CAD and runs through January 20, 2017.
For more BrickCan information, click here!
Registration is open for Bricks LA, held in Pasadena, CA January 27-29, 2017. Registration is $60 USD.
Click here for more info on Bricks LA!
It must be love! The original Brick Nerd Tommy Williamson has built this fine LEGO facsimile of a classic album cover. But there is a method to Tommy’s, erm, madness. The theme of this year’s BrickCon is Madness and as life long Ska fans, Tommy and I are very excited that the organizers have decided to honor one of our favorite bands in this fashion. To celebrate, this year’s Bricks of Character display will be suitably themed, from the trophies, to the badge bricks, and maybe even our outfits. So come visit our house, in the middle of the Con, and prepare for a cardiac arrest!
BrickCon 2016 in Seattle 3 days away! The convention begins Thursday, Sept 30 and runs until Sunday, Oct 2. The public is invited to come see everything on Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 9am – 3pm.
Thinking about visiting during Public Hours, but haven’t gotten tickets yet? You’re in luck! The Brothers Brick is giving away a family pack of four tickets, good for entry on either Saturday or Sunday, at any time!
The contest runs today, 9/27, and ends at 11:59pm on Thursday, 9/29. We’ll do the drawing Friday morning and notify the winners. Winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the Exhibition Center beginning Saturday Morning!
To enter the contest, click here!
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