Tuesday, October 20, 2015

BrickCon 2015

Micro BrickCon (Collaborative Build)
BrickCon is one of the biggest Lego fan conventions in the USA, and it takes place in Seattle every October.  We wouldn't miss it for the world!  It's a very festive atmosphere, with thousands of Lego enthusiasts streaming through to ooh and ahh at the amazing creations.  An original Lego creation is a MOC (My Own Creation), and this year's theme was MOCking History.  There were tons of historical tableaus, and some were quite silly.  The whole display area is divided into sections based on themes or distinctive building styles.  My favorite creation this year was in the microscale area, where a Micro BrickCon was on display.  The other themes were all depicted lovingly in microscale, along with vendor tables and lots of admiring onlookers.  In the Micro BrickCon, there was even a microscale section with a teensy microscale Micro BrickCon!
Detail from Micro BrickCon (Collaborative Build).
Detail from Micro BrickCon (Collaborative Build).  It reads, "You Are Here".
Detail from Micro BrickCon (Collaborative Build)
Detail from Micro BrickCon (Collaborative Build)
Detail from Micro BrickCon (Collaborative Build)
"Unchain my Heart" by Paul Heatherington in the Steampunk Theme.  It had motorized parts that
whirred and spun, and it won "Best in Show".
"Western Monument Trestle Ltd." by Anu Pehrson, Jon Rasmussen and Tom Rapert, in the Western Theme.  Anu Pehrson
is one of the notable women builders who regularly rock BrickCon. Note the fast moving train rolling over the trestle.
"Out to Sea" by Erik Mattson in the Castle Theme.
Detail from "Teddy Bears vs. Nightmare" by Simon Liu in the Mecha Theme.
Detail from "Widow's Cabin Union Field Hospital" by Ty Keltner in the Civil War Theme.  Part of a huge
collaborative build.
Detail from "Brickburg Hill" by Steven Walker, Civil War Theme, part of a huge collaborative build.
"Brickburg Hill" by Steven Walker, Civil War Theme, part of a huge collaborative build.
Detail from "Oak Knoll Farmhouse" by Nathan Becraft from the Civil War Theme.  
Detail from "The Great Cheesy Moon Landing!" by Eric Wilkinson in the Steampunk Theme.
"The Great Cheesy Moon Landing!" by Eric Wilkinson in the Steampunk Theme.
"Elysian Isles" by Jubal Scharold in the Castle Theme (top).
Detail from "Elysian Isles" by Jubal Scharold in the Castle Theme.
"Hideaway Cove", another epic build by Anu Pehrson, in the Castle Theme.
"Ancient Forest of Mirkwood" by David Gagnon.
Detail from "The Undying Lands" by Andrew Parker in the Castle Theme.
"Song of Ice and Fire" by Sean and Steph Mayo.  "Tubing runs through this dragon, enabling it to breathe real fire."
Detail from "An Altered Fate" by David Frank in the Castle Theme.  David is married to fantasy
author Claire Frank, and he's depicted a scene from one of her books here.
Detail from "The World of Mouse Guard" by ArchLUG (Seattle Architecture Lego User's Group).  There are some notable builders in this LUG, including Alice Finch (eternally famous for her epic Hogwarts).  Alice was there to tell everyone about the build and to share the amazing Mouse Guard graphic novels that inspired it.
Detail from "The World of Mouse Guard" by ArchLUG.
Detail from "Assault on Beach 23" by WACKlug.  More about this build here. It was just unspeakably groovy!
Detail from "Assault on Beach 23" by WACKlug.
Detail from "Assault on Beach 23" by WACKlug.
Detail from "Assault on Beach 23" by WACKlug.
Detail from "Assault on Beach 23" by WACKlug.
Grumpy Cat!!! I'd like to credit the artist but couldn't find the tag for this MOC.
"Princess Bride" by Chris Roberts in the Bricks of Character Theme.

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