Nerdarchy decided to hang out at the Philly BrickFest this past weekend and here’s what went down. First off a whole lot off Lego’s went down as one would expect there to be when attending a Lego Convention. Our resident Nerdarchist Ted is huge into Lego’s as is my 13 yr old son. The two of them hit BrickFair over the summer and plan to visit it again when it comes to New Jersey in November.
Here is an excerpt from the Lego BrickFair page-
BrickFair NJ 2014 7 months away
Nov 1st & Nov 2nd, 2014
11:00am – 4:00pm
Join us at the Garden State Expo Center in Somerset, NJ.
LEGO models, displays and winding trains sprawled out over 58,000 square feet.
BrickFair brings together adult fans of LEGO from across the USA (and Canada, and a few other countries) to show off their projects, great and small, and to share their passion for LEGO – the most awesome toy – ever.
LEGO fan festivals like BrickFair are great fun for the whole family!
Join in a game or two – maybe win a LEGO set.
Vendors will be offering all things LEGO, including shirts, hats, mini-figures, custom-molded weapons, unique models, keychains and… really… everything you never imagined.
Here is the link to more information- BrickFair website
There are always many master builders in attendance at these Lego events. You can find everything from historical events to scenes taken right out of your favorite Sci-Fi movie all depicted in Lego form at events like the BrickFest and BrickFair.
Now I enjoy Legos as much as the next guy or at least I thought I did until going to my first Lego event. These folks are very passionate about their Lego’s and you can find a sampling of people from all walks of life at one of these conventions.
It’s rather amazing the industry that has sprung up around this little toy that came from such humble beginnings from a Denmark carpenter’s workshop in 1891.
The craze over Lego minifigs is pure madness. There are companies that are forming over just that alone. I saw minifigs being sold from $5 to $25 while wondering around at the fest.
In addition there were companies at the Philly event doing custom minifigs from popular TV shows, movies, and books and those can be quite pricey, but hey you want what you want.
Now from what both my son David and Nerdarchist Ted has told me they enjoyed Brick Fair more so over Brick Fest. For one The Lego Company had a presence at Brick Fair which was absent in Philadelphia for this past Brick Fest, but who knows that could change at future events.
Personally I plan to find out for myself in November when I head up the New Jersey Turnpike to Northern New Jersey for some more Lego goodness.
One of the things our veteran Lego Convention goers Ted and David kept going back to was The Serenity space ship from the TV series FireFly. This Lego construct measured seven feet long and was very impressive according to them.
It appears if there is an interest out there someone, somewhere will express it in Lego form eventually. There are even board games built around using Lego pieces. One of my favorites is the Indie board game “Chains To Champions” put out by Brick Warriors.
This game revolves around you building and training a gladiator then battling your opponents to the death in the arena. It takes a bit of set up, but it’s a whole lot of fun to play. Brick Warrior also offers a lot Lego Mini accessories for building those warrior minifigs from the fantasy to the Sci-Fi genres.
If there is one thing I took away from my first Lego Convention is you are never to old for Lego’s. Feel enticed to start your own Lego Legacy you can get started here.