Brick Lincs 2015

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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.

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Knightcon 2014

Dave Prowse is Darth VaderBrickshire members were out in force on September 6th at Doncaster Racecourse for our display as part of KnightCon: Star Cars & Heroes.

The movie and TV stars and vehicles extravaganza is in its fourth year and Brickshire were invited as part of a move to the impressive facilities at Doncaster Racecourse and just over 4,000 visitors some of the best LEGO creations and impressive retail set displays in the region.
In addition to KITT, Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, stars from film and TV were there with Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and David Prowse (Darth Vader) from Star Wars and Sophie Aldred (Ace) from Doctor Who just a sample. You were never far from a Stormtrooper as the event also attracted cosplayers and costumers from around the region and with the best of them taking part in a light and sound parade on the custom built stage.

Our display opened up with a 2,200 brick Brickshire logo accompanied by some super-sized minifigures. Visitors were then treated to nearly 20 tables full of sets and creations from our members.

Accompanying the events collection of Bat vehicles, Brickshire members more than matched it by bringing together into one display every LEGO bat vehicle ever released, including the impressive new Ultimate Collector Series Tumblr.

From Office towers to burger joints and western forts to farms, visitors were able to see how great builds didn’t need to be big with some excellent creations on show from our micro architecture competition.

A Steampunk airship a, a giant mech and an undersea rock concert were just some of the amazing creations on display while LEGO MOVIE fans were treated to a crowd-stopping custom multi-storey Cloud Cuckoo Land and an incredible display stand for the movie’s collectable minifigures.

The centrepiece of our display was an 18,000 brick mosaic artwork showing an artistic visage of the mask of Darth Vader. In a truly special moment for its creator, David Prowse, the man who played Darth Vader in the original trilogy added the last few bricks and an autograph making it not just a unique creation (pictured), but a unique kind of LEGO creation.

You will be able to see many of the above creations and many more as Brickshire continues to display at various events throughout the rest of 2014 and 2015.

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Harrogate 2014

Blacktron Attacks2014 is shaping up to be a pretty eventful year for all of us here at Brickshire. For our second public display of the year we returned to The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate for the 21st National Model Engineering And Modeling Exhibition. Last year’s show was our first public display and it was great to be invited back with even more space to show off our awesome hobby.

We had some amazing new MOC’s on show such as a selection of different Pokémon, an incredibly detailed Mechanised Espionage Unit holding a Transport Ship as well as a few older ones. We also created a large city which included various MOC’s, retail sets and trains.

Again we ran a “Spot the Minifigure” competition, whereby visitors had to find nine super-heroes, and the letters that they were holding. They then had to solve the anagram in order to be in with a chance of winning some LEGO sets. I can now exclusively reveal that the winning word over the weekend was:

ENGINEERS

And the lucky winner of the sets was:

Molly Rothwell

Congratulations, we’ve been in touch and will be posting out your prize soon!

It was a great 3 days answering loads of questions and meeting lots of possible new members. Thanks to everyone who displayed and helped out over the weekend. It was another great  success.

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YBS a huge success!!!

The queue to get inThe first annual Yorkshire Brick Show has been and gone, and what a show it was. You may have read in some of the local press (Huddersfield Examiner) that we caused a little bit of chaos at the National Coal Mining Museum. When we first booked this show, we were worried that we wouldn’t get the crowds, but we ended up with 6,600 people attending over the weekend.

A huge thank you to everyone that came and made the event such a massive success, and we really do appreciate the patience each and every person that attended and queued for up to 3 hours showed us and the museum staff. We did get some negative feedback on Facebook and Twitter, and we will take what we have learned this year, and make next year even better.

So popular was the event, that the museum had to turn away hundreds of people, as they were unable to accommodate everyone. We are sorry to everyone that couldn’t attend, but it did have a positive affect on local tourism, as other places in Yorkshire saw a boost in attendance from people who couldn’t get into the exhibition.

A busy event hallWe had loads of fantastic models, and the exhibitors spent two days talking to kids, parents and AFOLs alike about their models, and how to get inspiration to build their own MOCs. We had members from three LUGs in attendance; Northern Brickworks, The Brickish Association and Brickshire: The Yorkshire LUG, in what was the largest exhibition of LEGO models that Yorkshire has ever seen. We even had some amazing models from two TFOLs, Jack and Sam, who did a fantastic job dealing with the public.

The Huddersfield based charity, Fairy Bricks, were also in attendance doing a live build of Tower Bridge over the weekend, and raising money so that they could send LEGO sets to local hospitals’ childrens wards. They were able to raise over £1,100 over  the course of the weekend, which is a fantastic boost for them.

Spot the minifigureOver the weekend, we ran a “Spot the Minifigure” competition, whereby visitors had to find nine super-heroes, and the letters that they were holding. They then had to solve the anagram in order to be in with a chance of winning a LEGO or DUPLO set. I can now exclusively reveal that the winning words were:

  • Saturday: MINE SHAFT
  • Sunday: COAL MINER

And the lucky winners of the sets were:

Duplo Panda

  • Katherine Davies
  • Alys (no surname provided)
  • Anya (no surname provided)
  • Elli Querns
  • Daniel Hurdley

Castle Ambush

  • Joshua (no surname provided)
  • Archie (no surname provided)
  • Will Milner

Friends Beach Buggy

  • Bella (no surname provided)
  • Lily Waters
  • Charlotte (no surname provided)

Creator Eagle

  • Mason (no surname provided)

Congratulations to them all, we’ve been in touch and will be posting out your prizes soon!

In addition to that, we also held a competition for our builders to make things a little more exciting for them. There were five categories, and each of the winners received a LEGO prize, and a commemorative LEGO brick to immortalise their win.

The five categories and their winners were:

Thanks again to everyone who came, all of the exhibitors, the vendors and the museum staff. You all made the weekend a huge success. I’ll wrap up now, and point you all in the direction of this lovely gallery of images, and hopefully we’ll see you again this time next year!

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Brickshire LEGO Display @ Wakefield One

Brickshire @ Wakefield One

Brickshire @ Wakefield One

September the 14th came and went in a flash as Brickshire put on their first solo LEGO display at Wakefield One, the home of Wakefield Museum and Libraries. The event also got us some media attention with the Wakefield Express publishing articles on the 13th and 20th September (pictures available at JP Gallery Photography).

We had a fantastic turnout with an estimated 900+ visitors based on hourly head counts by the museum, which we were told was a record number for them, and resulted in the Library gaining lots of additional members, which we are particularly proud of.

Brickshire @ Wakefield One

Waterton Tribute

We had a huge city layout which was made up of MOCs and sets from a number of members, and included a large train loop. We also had some very rare, and very large UCS Star Wars models, and our Charles Waterton tribute models. We also had a few small contributions from a non-member and young builder, who stayed with us all day to man the displays. Pictures from the event can be found in our gallery.

Throughout the course of the day, a couple of small competitions were being run; we had a building competition where children could enter models they had built using the basic bricks we provided for general play.

Brickshire CMF Dioramas

Brickshire CMF Dioramas

We also ran a Spot the Minifigure competition, which involved collecting the letters held by various Superheroes and solving a nine letter anagram in true Countdown fashion.

We had lots of entries to the build competition, and our judges, the glamorous Nicola, and our very own Simon Cowell, Chris, had fun looking through all the entries. Our winners for the build competition were:

  • Sam Wilkinson – Taj Mahal, and;
  • Maxx Lancaster – Brickshire (no bias, we promise!).

Taj Mahal (Winner)

by Sam Wilkinson

Taj Mahal

Brickshire (Runner up)

by Maxx Lancaster

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We also had a great take up on the Spot the Minifigure competition. For anyone who took part, the answer was of course LEGO BRICK. The winners of the Spot the Minifigure competition prize draws were:

  • Mick Stakes – Age 18+ Draw
  • George Allen – Age 13-17 Draw
  • Kian Godbold – Age 8-12 Draw
  • Ethan Godbold – Age 4-7 Draw

Thanks to everyone who visited, and a special thank you to the builders and museum staff without whom this event wouldn’t have been the success that it was.

Brick Street

Architecture

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