BrickFair Virginia, one of the largest AFOL conventions in the United States, is coming up fast (so fast I completely forgot that I should post about this at least a week ahead of time)! To those unfamiliar with the event, BrickFair is a fun convention where LEGO fans showcase their creations, attend seminars, and can purchase cool items from various vendors, all in one place. BrickFair Virginia is the largest BrickFair and the only five-day LEGO fan convention in the States (and in the world if I'm correct). The event is only open to the public for two of those days however, but the other 3 days are full of fun activities for those who have registered ahead of time.
For those who don't already have it in their plans, BrickFair Virginia takes place this Wednesday through Sunday in Chantilly, Virginia. Like I said, the first 3 days are only open to registered attendees, but anyone can come out on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm for a general admission fee of $12. BrickFair is held at 4320 Chantilly Center, Chantilly, VA 20153.
As a bonus to those traveling from out-of-area, the nearest LEGO Brand retail store to the convention is only 16 miles and 22 minutes (give or take depending on traffic) away at Tyson's Corner.
If you want to make plans to attend any of the activities at BrickFair, the schedule of events is available online.
There were 568 entries in our competition to win FireStar Toys' custom Mr Inkredible and all but two got the answer correct, despite there being some debate about the hairstyle's proper name.
Where I come from, it's called a mohican, so answer A was correct. Apparently in the US it's more often called a mohawk. Wikipedia states: "The mohawk (also referred to as a mohican) is a hairstyle in which, in the most common variety, both sides of the head are shaven, leaving a strip of noticeably longer hair in the centre."
Anyway, the winner, drawn at random, is Dan Eaton. Congratulations Dan, I'll be in touch for your address.
Thank you all for entering and for FireStar Toys for providing the prize.
AFOLCON is the LEGO fan convention running alongside Brick 2014 at ExCel, London in November. Here's a latest announcement from the organisers:
AFOLCON is very pleased to announce our first three speakers for 2014:
Alice Finch - Chief Communication Office for Bricklink
Guy Bagley - Chief Model Maker - LEGO Studios Windsor
Keith David Severson - Senior Manager - LEGO CEE
Each of these three great speakers will give AFOLCON attendees a unique perspective into the LEGO community. From the company that creates the bricks that we all love, to the amazing model builders that create the LEGOLAND theme parks, to the website that helps us build our MOCs - there is something for everyone!
Places are still available for the AFOLCON conference, taking part on Wednesday 26th November and throughout the whole weekend of BRICK 2014. For more details and to register, simply go to www.afolcon.com.
What's more - if you register to display your MOC at BRICK 2014 and we accept you, not only will you receive FREE meals and accommodation - your AFOLCON registration will be completely refunded!
MOC registration closes on the 31st August so there's no time to waste if you want to be part of the largest LEGO event in the UK!
This week's classic LEGO article has been contributed by Matthew, The Toymaker:
Classic Town was founded in 1978. Its zenith was during the 1980s when it grew into a sprawling metropolis that continued until its star faded in the late 1990s. It lives on today of course in AFOLs’ attics and cupboards throughout the world and doubtless, in the hearts of countless others.
It was a strange place to live, of course, being dominated by a vast public sector: policemen whose careers were devoted to setting up roadblocks or jailing non-existent criminals (at least until 6398 Central Precinct HQ in 1993); firemen who witnessed neither flames nor cats in trees; paramedics, doctors and nurses. There was little else going on: the dominant industry grew to be motor racing supported by a car repair sector. It’s all in stark contrast to the modern Heartlake City which showcases the rampantly entrepreneurial endeavours of the five girls and their fellow inhabitants opening pet salons, bakeries and riding schools, when they’re not practicing magic, inventing or juicing.
In this series of articles, we’re going to step away from the dominant emergency services sub-themes in Classic Town and focus on some of the all too infrequent other buildings in the city.
The big news to break yesterday whilst I was out was the release of the Argos catalogue in the UK and an update to their website which revealed the full line-up of series 12 minifigs. Although listed on the site, they do not appear to be available to buy as yet.
The full list of figures is as follows:
Battle Goddess, Dino Tracker, Fairytale Princess, Genie Girl, Hun Warrior, Jester, Lifeguard, Piggy Guy, Pizza Delivery Man, Prospector, Rock Star, Space Miner, Spooky Girl, Swashbuckler, Video Game Guy, Wizard.
It's good to get back to a 'random' selection of figures after the two licensed series, isn't it?
I've just got back from Bluewater after an excellent day at the Exo-Suit signing. It was fantastic to see so many of you there, so many in fact that the 50 TLM polybags I had were gone before midday.
I hear there was a queue of people desperate to lay their hands on a set outside the shop at 9am when it opened. I arrived at about 10:15 so didn't see that but already there were a lot of people milling about inside and out.