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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.

Public tickets for BrickCon 2019 LEGO Fan Exhibition in Seattle on sale now [News]

Every year the best LEGO builders in the Pacific Northwest gather for BrickCon in Seattle to show off some of their amazing creations. BrickCon is the country’s longest-running LEGO  fan convention. The event is open to the public the weekend of October 5th and 6th at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, and tickets just went on sale. Last year tickets nearly sold out, so if you plan on going we recommend getting yours well ahead of time.

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. 3-6, are available now as well. 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).

We hope to see you in person in October for BrickCon 2019!


The Brothers Brick is an official sponsor of BrickCon.

Astounding LEGO Super Chief train up for charity auction [News]

The Super Chief was the flagship of the Santa Fe Railway. During the 30s and 40s it earned the nickname “The Train of the Stars” by hauling Hollywood celebrities from Chicago to Los Angeles, and becoming almost as famous as its passengers. Tony Sava has put together a formidable LEGO version of this iconic train, and has decided to auction it off for charity at Brickworld 2019 in Chicago. The 8-wide locomotive is a beast, beautifully detailed, fitted with Power Functions motors, and features smart custom stickers to recreate the Santa Fe livery. It’s a lovely model, and a lovely gesture for it to be donated to a charity auction — I hope it raises a caboose-load of cash.

LEGO Santa Fe railway

BrickCan 2019, Canada’s largest LEGO exhibition, is this weekend in Vancouver [News]

Canada’s largest and premier LEGO exhibition, BrickCan, is coming to Vancouver, British Columbia this weekend, May 4 – 5. Builders from all over the world will gather at the River Rock Theater to showcase hundreds of amazing LEGO creations. There will be activities for kids of all ages including play areas, prizes, and food, and they can even help create a giant LEGO mosaic. Vendors will also be selling minifigures, rare LEGO sets, LEGO-themed jewelry, custom gifts, and more. 

Tickets are $15 each (kids 3 and under are free) and are available online. The show floor is open for 2-hour time blocks throughout each day, and tickets have sold out in the past so you will want to get your tickets ahead of time.

Last year, Sarah von Innerebner won BrickCan’s People’s Choice award with her stunning library from Disney’s Beauty & The Beast that we featured on The Brother Brick. What will win at the show this weekend? Come to BrickCan and vote yourself to help chose the winning creation.


The Brothers Brick a proud sponsor of BrickCan. 

EnBlock 2019: Visit Singapore’s first ever LEGO convention this weekend from April 19-21 [News]

For the first time ever, Singapore will be having her first LEGO convention, showcasing never-before-seen creations and models built from LEGO bricks by 80 builders from across 4 countries in the region.

See more about EnBlock 2019

Bricks Cascade 2019, Portland’s premier LEGO convention, is this weekend [News]

Portland’s premier LEGO convention, Bricks Cascade, will be open to the public this weekend, March 2 – 3. Beginning Saturday, builders from around the country will gather at the Oregon Convention Center to showcase thousands of square feet of amazing LEGO creations. There will be activities for kids of all ages including play areas, car racing, photo booths and more. Vendors will also be selling minifigures, rare LEGO sets, LEGO-themed jewelry, custom gifts, and more. 

Tickets are $11 each or a $40 for a family four-pack (kids under 3 are free) and are available either at the door or online. The show hours are 10am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.


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

Bricks LA 2019, Southern California’s premier LEGO convention, is this weekend [News]

Southern California’s premier LEGO convention, Bricks LA, will be open to the public this weekend, January 5-6. 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. 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.

Although online registration has closed, adult builders who wish to display their models and attend panels, participate in LEGO-themed games, and more can still purchase tickets at the door.


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

Bricks LA LEGO convention in California is just 2 weeks away [News]

We’re only 2 weeks away from the start of one of our favorite LEGO conventions, Bricks LA. Open to the public January 5-6 at the Pasadena Convention Center, Bricks LA will showcase amazing LEGO creations from all over the country, along with a hosting a variety of LEGO-themed vendors, a brick play area, and more. Tickets cost just $5, making Bricks LA one of the best-value conventions in the country.

For adult builders interested in a more in-depth LEGO experience, Bricks LA’s Very Important Builder (VIB) convention starts the day before, January 4, and allows access to panels, prizes, displaying your own creations, participating in LEGO-themed games, and more. You can still squeak in a last-minute registration in by visiting the VIB page for tickets, which run $65 for the 3-day convention. Several members of TBB staff will be attending, so we hope to see you there!


The Brothers Brick is an official sponsor of Bricks LA

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