It’s been a busy year for Brickshire – starting in February when we packed up our models and headed north for a day at Teeside Unleashed 5, and just a couple of weeks later we reconvened at Sir Edmund Hilary Primary School. April found many of us at YCC7 (Yorkshire Cosplay Con) in Sheffield – a well attended event combining Cosplay with LEGO. May found us at the Yorkshire Brick Show in Wakefield; this was a three day event with builders from three different LUGs and was a great success, raising money for both the National Coal Mining Museum and Fairy Bricks. Mowbray Bricks in July returned for the second year running – bigger and better than before with more AFOLs and consequently a greater range of models on display. August brought Bricktastic to Manchester Central – a brilliant venue with a wealth of excellent models on display and many of us were privileged to take part. In September the third of our Cosplay outings took us back to Magna for Ultracon, another popular event where our Lego displays were very well received.
The final show of the Brickshire year was well attended by both Brickshire builders (17 took part) and the general public. Brick Lincs was held in Lincoln on the first Saturday of half term and that, coupled with the miserable weather, may account for its amazing success. With nearly 2000 visitors though the door the show was busy from beginning to end.
What a great show those Brickshire lads and lasses put on – on display was a lovely collaborative build ‘England in Early Summer’, a countryside scene that might be viewed on any train journey. There were some other awe inspiring MOCs such as Marcin Witkiewicz’s ‘Indian Camp’, Andy Wood’s ‘Medusa’s Temple’, Craig Rushton’s ‘Batcave’ and Sally Mansfield-O’Donnell’s ‘Cloud Cuckoo Land. Andy Veltman’s 40’x6’ city layout, complete with trains, monorail and port was, as usual, a draw for old and young alike.
In addition there was much to do – the Fairy Bricks mosaic was completed over the course of the day, with many families working together on a single tile. The Earthquake testing zone proved very popular with many individuals (adults and children) building and rebuilding their models to get it under the required 600g before testing commenced. Some were indestructible, others were not. Play tables and a Lego Digital Designer area were also available.
In keeping with the time of year a Halloween scene comprising all of the Monster Fighters range, some Ninjago, and Scooby Doo sets was on display as were nine of the most recent CMF series in the form of a ‘Spot the Spooky Minifigure’ competition that was attempted by upwards of 900 participants.