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LEGO conventions happen all over the world, and there’s a LEGO convention happening somewhere just about year-round. Though we can’t cover all of them, we’ll do our best to bring you highlights from BrickCon, Brickworld, Bricks by the Bay, AFOLCON, LEGO Fanwelt, Brick Fiesta, and all the rest.

UK-based LEGO-building business Bright Bricks bought for £8.5m [News]

Last weekend saw Live Company Group, owner and operator of BRICKLIVE exhibitions, announce their acquisition of Bright Bricks, the UK-based LEGO-building business, in a deal worth £8.5m {$11.1m). This is a significant investment in the business of LEGO shows, and highlights Live Group’s ambitions for their BRICKLIVE brand of events and touring exhibits. They have previously stated their aims of expanding and increasing the number of BRICKLIVE shows across the world, with a particular emphasis on Asia and the US.

Bright Bricks bought by Live Group

You can read the press release about the announcement here, but we wanted to know more. We spoke with Ed Diment, one of the directors of Bright Bricks, to find out more about the deal, the ambitions of the new business, and what this might mean for the world of LEGO shows.

Click here to read our interview with Ed Diment

Just 1 week to BrickCon 2018 [News]

There’s just 1 week left to one of our favorite LEGO conventions, BrickCon. Located in the heart of the Northwest at the foot of Seattle’s famous Space Needle in the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, the event is open to the public Oct. 6-7. You can get your tickets here. Last year tickets sold out, so if you plan on going we recommend not delaying any longer.

If you’re an adult builder who would like to attend the full, 4-day convention (which starts Thursday) with panels, prizes, and more, online registration has closed but you can still register at the door.

The Brothers Brick will be there with a large layout of Ninjago City, a collaborative project we’re hosting with our readers. You can read more about the collaboration and even see some of our building progress.


The Brothers Brick is an official sponsor of BrickCon.

Win tickets to the BrickCon 2018 Public Exhibition in Seattle [Giveaway]

BrickCon 2018 in Seattle is about two weeks away, and we are giving away tickets to the public exhibition! Come see the amazing LEGO creations that builders from all around the world have brought to BrickCon. (You may even see some of your favorite writers from The Brothers Brick roaming around in our bright green shirts or hanging around the massive Ninjago City we are building!)

The BrickCon 2018 Public Exhibition is open Saturday Oct. 6 and Sunday Oct. 7 from 10am to 4pm, located at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. You can get your tickets online now, but they will sell out soon.

The Brothers Brick is giving away three family packs of four tickets each, good for entry on either Saturday or Sunday at any time. The contest runs from today for a week until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sep. 26. Leave a comment below about what you are most excited to see at BrickCon 2018 to enter.

We’ll randomly select three entries Thursday morning and then notify the winners. Winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the will call window at the BrickCon Exhibition Hall beginning Saturday morning when the exhibition opens to the public.


The Brothers Brick is an official sponsor of BrickCon.

BrickCon 2018 LEGO convention in Seattle is now just one month away [News]

We’re now just one month from BrickCon 2018, the country’s longest-running LEGO convention. Each year LEGO fans flock to Seattle the first weekend in October to view more than 30,000 square feet of custom LEGO models, along with vendors featuring everything from custom-engraved bricks to vintage sets. The event is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7, and tickets can be purchased online, with prices ranging from $11-$17 depending on entry time. Last year tickets sold out in advance, so don’t wait to get yours.

Adult fans who wish to get the all-access treatment can sign up for the full four-day experience, which includes the ability to display their own custom LEGO models, along with workshops, prizes, games, drafts, access to the friends-and-family night, and more. Signups for the full adult fan convention, which runs Oct. 4-7, can be found on the BrickCon builder site. Tickets for the full event are $75 if purchased before Sept. 18. After that, you’ll need to pay the late registration price of $100 or sign up at the door if any space is available (though that will cost even more).

The Brothers Brick is sponsoring a Ninjago City collaborative build at this year’s BrickCon, featuring creations from our staff and readers like you. Click the image below to learn more about how you can get involved.


The Brothers Brick is an official sponsor of BrickCon.

Brickfair Virginia: fourteen builders from six countries collaborate to commemorate the Vietnam War [Feature]

Last year, after Brickfair Virginia 2017, over a few drinks Magnus Lauglo, Aleksander Stein and I had a discussion on what to bring for 2018. The three of us have been attending BrickFair for years and have often admired the large collaborative displays at the event, with builders creating something together. Because of this we figured it would be nice for us to collaborate too rather than bringing our own stand-alone models. We soon agreed to build scenes from the Vietnam War.

I suspect that most ideas that come out of conversations in bars lead nowhere and that is probably a good thing. However, earlier this year we found that we were still pretty excited about this idea and we found that more people wanted to get involved. Ultimately, eleven more builders contributed (in no particular order): Peter Dornbach, Stijn van der LaanMatt Hacker, Dean Roberts, Eínon, Evan Melick, Casey Mungle, Corvin, Yasser Mohran, Bret Harris and Brian Carter. Corvin, Aleksander and I are the only builders who don’t live in the US or Canada to regularly attend the Virginia event, but our Vietnam group turned out to be a pretty international crowd. We had builders who live in six different countries: the US, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, Norway and the Netherlands.

We picked Vietnam as the subject because we all watched classic Vietnam War movies when growing up, it is largely novel for most of us and it is far less common for military builds than models from, say, WW2. We considered building a single collaborative battle diorama, but chose to build separate scenes instead. It is hard to find a single battle that is actually interesting to build, as there is usually just a lot of terrain involved and multiple copies of trees, bunkers or vehicles. Separate scenes have the advantage of allowing different builders to give the subject their own twist. I was excited to see what the other guys came up with. The Vietnam War offers a lot of scope for building interesting military hardware, but we could also show some of the history, including the aftermath. Given the wide range of different models on display, we nailed it.

See more details and a gallery of the builds

BrickCon 2018 Public Exhibition tickets on sale now [News]

Every year the best LEGO builders in the Pacific Northwest gather for BrickCon to show off some of their amazing creations. BrickCon 2018 will happen on the weekend of October 6 and 7 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, and tickets just went on sale. Last year tickets sold out, so if you plan on going we recommend getting yours well ahead of time.

The theme of BrickCon 2018 is Hidden Worlds, and to celebrate, The Brothers Brick will be there with a gigantic model of Ninjago City, a collaboration of work from builders all over the country. You can read more about the collaboration and even see some of our building progress.

Click to see some photos from last year’s BrickCon

Take a 12 foot high ride on the Worlds largest Lego Ferris Wheel [Video]

While LEGO’s own official Ferris Wheel set stands at a measly  23 inches (60cm) high, this World record holding LEGO Ferris Wheel is a whopping 12 feet (365cm) high. Built by Tomáš Kašpařík, the same builder as brought us the amazing wooden-style LEGO rollercoaster, this creation contains over 40,000 parts and took around 300 hours to build. Amazingly, the ferris wheel is powered by 2 small LEGO Power Functions motors.

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Click here to see a video of this huge ferris wheel in action

Registration for the Paredes de Coura Fan Weekend closes in 4 weeks [News]

Portugal’s premier LEGO fan event Paredes de Coura is now celebrating it’s 3rd year. The show is from June 8th through 10th, with setup on the 7th. Slots for AFOL attendees are filling up fast and registration closes on February 28th, so don’t delay! The registration fee of €100 includes 3 nights of boarding house accommodation and 3 meals per day for all 4 days. For an additional €25 you can also attend a special AFOL dinner on Saturday night.

From reports we’ve heard from fans who have attended this event previously, it’s not to be missed, not only because of all the great benefits included in the registration price, the amazing food and glorious location, but also the amazing club house with it’s own communal LEGO collection! I’m looking forward to my first visit there this summer and to meeting you all there.

Bricks LA, Southern California’s premier LEGO convention, happening this weekend [News]

Southern California’s premier LEGO convention, Bricks LA, will be open to the public this weekend, January 6-7. Beginning Saturday, builders from around the country will gather at the Pasadena Convention Center to showcase more than 13,000 square feet of amazing creations to eager LEGO fans of all ages, and vendors will be selling vintage LEGO sets, LEGO-themed jewelry, custom gifts, and more. Tickets are only $5, with kids under 5 free, and are available online.

The show hours are 9-5 on Saturday, and 9-4 on Sunday.


The Brothers Brick is proud to be a sponsor of Bricks LA. 

Only 10 days to Bricks LA, Southern California’s premier LEGO convention, Jan 6-7 [News]

Bricks LA is Southern California’s premier LEGO convention, open to the public January 6-7. Builders from around the country will gather at the Pasadena Convention Center to showcase more than 13,000 square feet of amazing creations to eager LEGO fans of all ages. Vendors will be selling vintage LEGO sets, LEGO-themed jewelry, custom gifts, and more. Tickets are only $5, with kids under 5 free, and are available online.

Bricks LA also offers a special experience for adult LEGO fans, beginning January 5. Participants will enjoy LEGO-related games, panels, prizes, and more, as well as be able to display their custom creations for the public. For more information, click here.


The Brothers Brick is proud to be a sponsor of Bricks LA. 

Win tickets to the BrickCon 2017 Public Exhibition in Seattle [Giveaway]

BrickCon 2017 in Seattle is about a week away, and we are giving away tickets to the public exhibition! Come see the amazing creations that builders from all around the world have brought to BrickCon. (You may even see some of your favorite writers from The Brothers Brick roaming around in our bright green shirts!)

The BrickCon 2017 Public Exhibition is open Saturday Oct, 7 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, Oct. 8 from 10am to 3pm, located at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

You can get your tickets online now, but if they sell out you can try to win some from The Brothers Brick! We are giving away three family packs of four tickets each, good for entry on either Saturday or Sunday at any time.

The contest runs from today until 11:59 on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Leave a comment below about what you are most excited about seeing at BrickCon 2017. We’ll randomly select three entries Thursday morning and then notify the winners. Winners will be able to pick up their tickets at the will call window at the BrickCon Exhibition Hall beginning Saturday morning.


(For builders attending the convention, check out these last minute reminders to register your creations and sign up for games before the deadline at the end of the week.)

Japan Brickfest 2017 – Kobe Fan Weekend report [News]

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