If you’ve ever been to a LEGO convention before then you’ll know what to expect – a central core with a Great Ball Contraption and a massive train set which combines a number of environment and building themes, surrounded by an endless number of MOC builds and dioramas. If you’ve never been to a LEGO event before think of the playroom you always wanted!
Brickvention didn’t fail to deliver the standard recipe, so no-one would go home disappointed. And I don’t mean that in a bad way; it’s just that there is only so many ways to set up a LEGO convention and when you’re talking about something as delicate and desirable to little hands as LEGO the tried and true method is where it’s at. What made the event really special was the location, and once you are there you know why the UNESCO World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building is the perfect venue. This hall was built to host the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880 and is such an iconic element of the city that it has been included in MINILAND at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne.
While LEGO largely organises its construction sets in to themes, Brickvention decided that a more eclectic arrangement would better suite the crowds. It certainly kept the masses moving and encouraged people to look closely at each table. The gallery level, not open to the public but access was awarded to media pass holders, afforded the best view and gave Son of LEGOscum and I a chance to gain an overview of the event, and from our vantage point we were able to pinpoint a number of Star Wars displays.
The big builds – especially the oversized Death Star playset – were captivating, and crowds were drawn in to gawk at the scale and detail. While the adults fussed over the minutae it was the kids who took in the big picture and enjoyed all the aspects of the MOCs. I overheard one father say to his son “you’ve got enough LEGO to build that” while gesturing to a particularly large diorama. The child denied having that much bricks and excitedly took the opportunity to verbally share his LEGO Star Wars with his dad, rounding off the conversation with a wish list of the sets he was hoping to get.
Motorisation was certainly popular over the weekend, and there was even enough power left over from the massive train set to run a number of LEGO Star Wars displays. The Star Wars fun fair, with its MicroFighter-scale Ferris wheel which overlooked the AAT bumper car ride, Rebel flight school, Imperial dance floor and Hoth merry-go-round, was a major pull.
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Having enjoyed playing with LEGO from his earliest years, Jeremy started collecting LEGO Star Wars in 1999 when the theme was first released. He has shared his thoughts and opinions on LEGO via a number of websites – including starwars.com, rebelscum.com and brickset.com – contributed to the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary series and served the LEGO Ambassador Network as a Recognised LEGO Fan Media representative.