It is almost two weeks since Brick 2014 opened its doors for the first time, but I have finally managed to whittle the 356 photos I took down to just a sample. The event was larger than anything we have seen in the UK before and was an enormous success as far as I am concerned.
Warren Elsmore and his team have been planning for months but it was well worth it as they provided a fantastic experience in my opinion. Walking through the convention hall on Wednesday was incredibly impressive even before many displays had been set up and the visitors I spoke to seemed to be having a great time. I know I did!
I will run through the convention from the entrance to exit as that seems to be the easiest way to cover everything. There was no specific route placed out, so forgive me if I jump around a bit in my recounting of the layout!
Once you came through the entrance you were met by The Brick Show stand to your right and the LEGO booth to your left. I think it is fair to say that the LEGO booth was a little disappointing as no upcoming sets were on display, only sets from this year which had each (questionably) been labelled 'star product of the year.' However, there were some eye-catching giant boxes including 75054 AT-AT, one of my favourite sets of the year, which were rather impressive.
The Brick Show on YouTube is not to every LEGO fan's taste. Nevertheless, they were great to speak to and it was kind of them to come all the way to London to meet their fans in the UK. We had our photo taken as you can see below and they were very accommodating to people wanting them to sign anything, despite being rather busy. I hope to see them visiting more worldwide events in future!
Just behind The Brick Show stand was the Airigami section. I had not heard of this company before Brick 2014 but their enormous balloon creation (below) absolutely dominated the entire convention hall as you will see in the final overview photo.
After this one came to the Winter area which was filled with food stalls and a white brick pit. I only walked through here once or twice over the four days but must at the very least comment on how nice everything smelt!
The Great Ball Contraption was next. This is the largest GBC I have seen and was a technological marvel from my perspective. I have no idea how some of the modules worked but they were certainly very impressive and there was a nice variety in how the balls were transported.
Behind this was the Brick City exhibition. These models have been showcased in various places around the UK but this was my first time seeing some of them in person. Naturally they are all very impressive and there was plenty of room for visitors to circulate so you could always get a good view. The Brick 2014 mosaic was beside this and although I did not see it completed, it already looked enormous on Friday.
Next up was the Fairy Bricks stand where Kev and his team were on hand ensuring that everybody was having a good time while also raising money for charity. Their impressive mosaic was finished far sooner than they had expected and the tombola always seemed busy with some fantastic sets up for grabs. The FunKids Radio bus and go-kart track were just beside this before one reached what might be considered the best part of any LEGO convention.
The Fan Zone was where many of the incredible AFOL built models were situated and there were plenty of very impressive ones. Below you can see just a selection of what there was to see as there were far too many MOCs to photograph. I will let the images do the talking as I think they speak for themselves and remember, this is just a tiny snippet of the models that were on display.
Beyond these amazing MOCs was the main stage where various shows were put on each day. I have to confess that I did not attend any but if you were there for all four days I am sure you can testify that it felt like we were sat in the front row whenever they started singing. It may be fun once, but after the same LEGO related songs have been repeated ten or more times, it can become fairly tedious!
One of the most popular stands in the entire convention hall was the Minecraft build station, a fact borne out by the number of times people asked me for directions to it. This display was started at AFOLCON and continued throughout Brick 2014, growing hour after hour. I took the photo below on Saturday morning I think, so there was even more added by closing time on Sunday.
Finally we reach the sales area where there were stands selling all kinds of things. This area was naturally fairly busy at peak times and the queues in Toys R Us were enormous. I was stationed on the Blocks Magazine stand for most of the show and we were certainly doing good business, so I imagine the other stalls were too.
With that, you reached the exit. There were building pits of various colours dotted around as well as the large LEGO video games stand which was very popular, as was the DK stall where free minifigures were being given out. As far as I am aware they did not run out at any time, which is a logistical miracle if you ask me!
Needless to say, Brick 2014 was fantastic. There was plenty more to see than I have described in this article, but I hope it gives you a nice overview of this excellent event.
Unfortunately I was rather ill on the Thursday and Friday so missed meeting many of you, but the Brickset members were nevertheless out in force which was great to see. I cannot wait for the next LEGO event and eagerly anticipate Brick 2015!