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Brickman Experience On Now In Brisbane

Chances are that a lot of our Brisbane readers are already aware of this, but for those of you who may have missed it - Ryan McNaught’s Brickman Experience show is now on for a limited time at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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The show is on now and runs until December 23rd 2015. Tickets appear to be selling fast, so don’t miss out. You can grab your tickets via Ticketek.

BrisBricks 2014 LEGO® Fan Expo – Photos and Review

BrisBricks 2014

The second half of the year is always lacking in public holidays, so when they do come a long you really need to make the most of them. That is most likely why BrisBricks used the second last long weekend before Christmas to host their 2014 Expo.

Ticketing
Tickets were primarily sold online, with limited tickets also available at the door. Ticketing was based on pre-determined session times to spread the crowds out. BrisBricks stuck with the same online ticketing system they have used for most of their events, and as usual there were no problems getting a ticket. I originally planned to attend the 10:30 AM session on the Sunday, but that had actually sold out before I had a chance to purchase a ticket. I instead opted for the 2:30 PM session, and I am glad I did. While still busy, I was told the morning had been packed.

As is common these days I showed up with my phone in hand and was quickly inside. Despite arriving right when my session kicked off their was no large line. I believe that long lines had formed before the first session on each day, but that is to be expected.

The Venue
This year’s event took place at the same venue as 2013 – The Chandler Arena. The comments I made last year were also true for this year; the venue is spacious, reasonably lit and much cooler inside than out in the sunny spring day.

While I arrived after lunch, there were still several food vendors offering families a variety of choices. There were lots of kids sitting outside having a drink and playing with the LEGO they had purchased.

For Sale
This year’s line-up of retailers was larger than I had seen at previous events. This is certainly something that I appreciate; having a good range of retailers means that fans have a chance to compare prices. I have been to a few events with an exclusive retailer present, and prices there seemed quite high. There was also a good variety of products on sale; common and rare sets, customised items and even bulk parts. I didn’t buy anything myself, but it was difficult to avoid the temptation.

The MOCs
Brisbane has some incredible building talent. Despite going to almost every Brisbane LEGO event I am still blown away every time. It seemed this year that the builders had gone all out to create new displays, as there was heaps I hadn’t seen before.

Here are my top picks:

  • The Friends Ski Lodge – The building was very well designed. (Images 021 – 024)
  • Huge Classic Space Display – This massive display contained a heap of great details, and who doesn’t love classic space? (Images 046 – 069)
  • Winter Village – Another well designed winter themed display. (Images 095 – 101)
  • Master Builder Meeting – This build does a great job of capturing the craziness of Cloud Cuckoo Land. (Image 161)
  • Batcave – This one didn’t turn out great in the photo due to it being quite dark, but it was a great build (Image 203)
  • Star Wars Trench Run – Such a classic scene perfectly captured in brick (Images 269 – 271)
  • Dinosaur Skeletons – These may not be as large as the other displays but they were some of my favourites. I’d love to have these on my desk. (Images 292 – 294)

Be sure to check out the gallery below.

The BrisBrick group just keeps on impressing. The 2014 event was probably their best yet, and they have set a high bar for next year. As a Brisbane LEGO fan I am incredibly spoilt to live in the same city as so many talented builders.

BrisBricks 2014 LEGO Fan Expo October 4-6

October kicks of with a long weekend in Brisbane, and we all know that there is no better way to spend a long weekend than with some LEGO.

Brisbane LEGO group BrisBricks agrees, and are using the three days to host their largest event of the year; the 2014 BrisBricks LEGO Fan Expo.

BrisBricks 2014 HeaderThe event will include a huge collection of LEGO displays, Star Wars characters courtesy of the 501st Legion and plenty of LEGO to buy.

The even will also feature a raffle with a money can’t buy prize; you can win a 21108 Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1 set signed by the LEGO Ideas team and Brent Waller, the Brisbane local who made it happen.

A special Autism Community Session will take place on Sunday 5th October at 09:00 AM

Tickets can be purchased via TryBooking, with limited tickets available at the door.

For more information see http://www.brisbricks.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/BrisBricks

More information can be found on the event page

BrisBricks LEGO® Fan Expo – Photos and Review

BrisBricks 2014

Long weekends are far too rare of a treat, so when they come along you really have to make the most of them. That is something I certainly accomplished by heading to the 2013 BrisBricks Expo.

Ticketing
Tickets were sold online and at the door based on pre-determined session times. The online ticketing system was incredibly straight forward and I didn’t have any problems. I purchased my ticket for the Monday 10:30am session at 11:55pm the night before.

The staff at the event were more than happy to scan the barcode ticket on the screen of a mobile device, which is handy for those of us without easy access to a printer.

The Venue
What a difference a year makes! The venue for last year’s inaugural BrisBricks Expo was a little small, and a little hot. This year, the venue was incredibly spacious and not particularly hot, considering it was a sweltering Brisbane day outside.

It was nice to see a variety of food vendors at the venue, as well as plenty of seating. There were lots of families having a bite to eat after a busy day of LEGO.

For Sale
As is quite common at these events there were a number of LEGO retailers offering bricks to adults and kids who were inspired by the displays. It was nice to see a variety of products on sale; such as sets, customised items and even individual minifigures. I managed to get the Series 11 Female Scientist that had been eluding me so far.

The MOCs
It was great to see some new creations on display at the show. As this was the second BrisBricks event for the year I was concerned that there was going to be very little that I hadn’t seen before. There were certainly some things that I had seen previously but there were also some fantastic new creations.

Some stand outs:

  • The interactive 4WD display. Giving fans a chance to drive RC cars over some tough terrain really showed how much fun Technic can be.
  • Classic sets! As somebody far too young to have seen the original Town Plan set it was nice to be able to see that and other vintage sets on display.
  • Royal Exhibition Building. Very impressive attention to detail and design.
  • Movie Character City. This display very cleverly combined several famous characters into a single city street. Where else can you see the Ghost Busters and Marty McFly together?

Be sure to check out the gallery below.

BrisBricks Brisbane LEGO® Fan Expo – This Long Weekend

Brisbane LEGO fans have a lot to look forward to this weekend with the BrisBricks Brisbane LEGO® Fan Expo running Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There will also be a special session for children with autism.

More details, including ticket prices and session times, can be found on the event page: