Like the previous year, BrisBricks participated in the Stormtrooper weekend in Dreamworld 23-24 May. The big attraction was the 501st Legion Redback Garrison alongside their associated Star Wars cosplay fan clubs such as the Rebel Legion – Tatooine Base, but BrisBricks added some LEGO love to it all. We displayed a number of Star Wars models and a themepark (Screamworld) complete with motorised rides and a parade of Star Wars minifigs.
A LEGO model of the Star Wars parade in Dreamworld as shown during the event.
Soon after, it was time for BrisBricks Pine Rivers LEGO Fan Expo, our first major Expo of 2015. Over the two days 13-14 June, more than 5000 visitors came along to Strathpine to see the amazing displays and try some of the interactive stands: Build your own racer, LEGO Mindstorm Sumo Wrestling and the ever popular track for remote controlled 4WD LEGO cars. There was also a large selection of LEGO speciality retailers selling old and new LEGO sets, minifigs, loose bricks and LEGO jewellery.
The LEGO City Train scenery attracted a lot of attention at our Expo in Strathpine.
More pictures of the two events can be found on our new gallery page.
Now we are busy preparing for the next events – firstly displaying our large LEGO train display at the miniature train show at the Gold Coast in July, but our biggest Expo of the year, our LEGO Fan Expo in Chandler 3-5 October is not far away. It will feature more displays and more retailers. Ticket sales will start soon.
The weekend 9-10 May, BrisBricks displayed its new train layout at the Brisbane Model Train Show – one of the largest model train shows in Australia. Covering an amazing total of 288 baseplates (each 32×32 studs) it featured a variety of Queensland scenes, from a SEQ theme park (called Screamworld), a vibrant city, heavy industry (steel mill), a country-side village bordered by agricultural land and forestry and finally a mining site in a mountainous area.
More than 9000 visitors saw it. Did you miss it? Don’t worry, it will be displayed again at our Pine Rivers LEGO Fan Expo in June. See the “Tickets” page for more information.
But before that, BrisBricks will display LEGO at the Stormtrooper Weekend at Dreamworld, 23-24 May. We hope to see you there. May the force be with you…
2014 has come to an end, and what an awesome year for Brisbricks.
It started all the way back in January, where the club took its large LEGO train display (from the 2013 Brisbane Expo’s) all the way to Brickvention in Melbourne. It was great to be at Australia’s largest LEGO event and gave us many ideas for improving our own Expo’s here in Brisbane.
Brisbricks displayed at Brickvention in January 2014.
In Brisbane, we held two major LEGO Fan Expos, with the last one at Chandler having more than 11,000 visitors breaking all our existing records.
Brisbricks also participated in a number of smaller events, such as the Star Wars days at Dreamworld (May the Fourth Be With You), Brisbane Model Train Show and assisted as usual with Ryan MacNaught’s LEGO display at the Ekka giving thousands an opportunity to play with LEGO.
2014 also saw a great involvement with the community with contributions to school fairs, library displays and a total of $40,000 given away to local charities!
Goodbye wonderful 2014 and welcome 2015. May you get even better…
(information about the 2015 expo’s will be coming shortly)
Earlier this year, LEGO announced it was going to produce the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set. This set was an adaptation of an original design proposed by BrisBricks member Brent Waller through the LEGO Ideas website (previously known as LEGO Cuusoo).
Brent Waller with his original Ecto-1 design submitted to LEGO.
The Ecto-1 set (with set No 20118) has now been available for a couple of months and Brent Waller has managed to secure one of these sets from LEGO in Denmark that has been signed by himself, the LEGO Ideas team and the LEGO designers who came up with set 20118 as per the list below:
- Brent Waller – LEGO Ideas Project Creator
- Marcos Bessa – Set Designer
- Adam Corbally – Minifigure Designer/Graphic Artist
- Tim Courtney – LEGO Ideas community Manager
- Sara Moore – Online Community Specialist
- Daiva Staneikaite Naldal – Senior Business Manager
- Peter Espersen – Online Community Lead
BrisBricks has made a raffle with this set being the first prize. This is a true collectors item. Also, the winner will receive an unsigned set to build as well. The 2nd – 4th prizes are similar sets No 20118 signed by Brent Waller.
There are 1000 raffle tickets each costing $5. Tickets will be sold at BrisBricks 2014 LEGO Fan Expo at Chandler 4-6 October. If you are interested in buying tickets early (they may sell out quickly – or maybe you are unable to attend the Expo), you can contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange purchase.
Please note that the draw will take place on 8 November 2014.
In Brisbane and other cities in Australia, Adult Fans of LEGO are busy finalising new, stunning displays for Brisbricks LEGO Fan Expo 2014 at the Sleemans Arena, Chandler, which is held in the long weekend with Labour day, 4-6 October.
Tickets are now for sale using this link. Buy the tickets early as your favourite session might be sold out otherwise.
On Saturday the 8th, it’s Ekka time again in Brisbane. Once again the show ground is packed with animals, show bag stalls and wild rides. Brisbricks will be there too joining up with Australia’s only LEGO Certified professional Ryan McNaught to display awesome LEGO models and man the LEGO play area.
The general theme will be the LEGO Movie.
Ryan McNaught will bring this huge model to Ekka this year
Come along and meet us there at the Courier Mail Learning Fun Pavilion and hear about our huge upcoming LEGO Expo at the Chandler Arena, 4-6 October 2014.
The dome in Cloud Cuckooland will be at Ekka too.
A big thank you to the thousands of visitors to our LEGO Fan Expo. It was wonderful to see so many happy, smiling faces enjoying the wonderful creations on display.
The Expo was well visited
Congratulations to all of the exhibitors, retailers, canteen people, sponsors, volunteers and local Lions Club for all of your hard work. Plus thank you to all those I missed.
We are looking forward to seeing you with new exciting displays at our LEGO Fan Expo in Chandler 4-6 October 2014. We will announce here and on our Facebook page when ticket sales start.
BrisBricks Strathpine LEGO Fan Expo starts in only a few weeks time. We are busy preparing some great displays for the event, including this Star Wars scene: “The Battle of Endor”.
The Battle of Endor
Have you bought your tickets yet? These can be pre-booked through our tickets side saving you both money and time in the queue.
Also note the Creative Builder photo competition. Entries must be submitted by email ahead of the show. See further details in the post below.
Only two months left till 7th – 9th June 2014! We are very excited, and busy building some brand new cool displays for you to see.
Tickets are now available for sale through our tickets side.
As the last couple of Expo’s, we will be running our Creative Builder competition. Build your own awesome creation, but rather than handing in your photo at the Expo, a photo of your creations this time have to be submitted by email to email@example.com by Saturday 31st May. The winning entries will be displayed at the Expo–how cool is that! And there will be prizes too of course.
Apart from your photo, the email need to provide:
Name or description of your creation
6 – 9 yrs
10 – 12 yrs
Parental consent is needed for your child’s photo to be displayed, solely for the purposes of this competition.
Also note that your creation should be small enough that it can be transported and displayed at the Expo, should you be the winner of your age group (so no entire towns!).
So get building all LEGO Master Builders out there…