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Brickworld 2012
Five days of Lego sensory overload. Met so many awesome people and saw way too many awesome creations. This first pic is, from left to right, myself, Ian Spacek, and Max Pointner in the fried egg shirt. Settle in for the show. There's a hundred pictures in this post.
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Driving to Wheeling.


This is Max. Not me. We look somewhat alike, but please don't mistake me for him in this pic.


Adam Reed Tucker's awesome model of the hotel. It's right in front of the spinning doors which are really fun to get dizzy in.


It's a great venue. Five star hotel.


The opening ceremonies in the Ravinia Ballroom. Note Lee Jones in the corner there with his margarita in a PaB cup.


This is Tormod Danishsomethinerother, the keynote speaker. He's the Lego group's community relations director. He spoke about Rebrick and other new innovations of the company.


The theme this year was "the end of the world," represented nicely by this nuclear contamination symbol in the big brick-built sign.


The Botanic Ballroom where I was displaying along with most of the other MOCpages guys.


Set up.


Here I'm unpacking Relativity. It survived relatively well, unlike Lee Jones' mansion which DHL apparently reduced to rubble.




My display. I just brought my Relativity diorama and my Old Man and the Sea vignette.


Heath Flor's epic Russian cathedral which used enviable amounts of medium blue.


The master himself, whom the facial recognition software on my computer thinks is Emperor Palpatine. Go figure.


Awesome candid camera group shot. Pictured here are Lee Jones, Dave Sterling, Heath Flor, Dave Kaleta, and Chris Phipson.


The VirtuaLUG layout this year was based on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland film.


Kaleta, here rebuilding a scene where Alice falls down the rabbit hole. Dave is a totally awesome guy. I got to talk with him about the Lego classes he teaches.


Chris, who is also a funny fellow. He managed to win the only Duplo set in the door prize raffle.




The fellow with the glasses is Tyler Halliwell who is easy to pick out in a crowd. He's a full head taller than everyone else.


And now, a commercial break. The hotel carpet.


The hotel chandeliers.


The hotel ceiling.


And more hotel ceiling.

Below are some people pictures. Mostly candid shots. I'm terrible at getting prepared photos. I suppose I'm like Eylar that way.


This is Tyler Clites. Quite the talented dude.


And his counterpart Nannan Zhang who is here rebuilding Mirage.


Doctor Jones and his wife with Stacy Sterling here in the foreground. Phipson and Dennis Price in the back.


Adam Reed Tucker.


Dan Church, dismayed at the fact that I'm taking a picture of his display with Nick Jensen behind the table. I got to chat with Dan and Nick a little bit. They're both real neat guys. Nick walked away with the grand raffle prize at the end too.


Nannan again.


A fantastic photo with a good portion of the VirtuaLUG team. Lee was playing with rare earth magnets and came up with this floating brick idea. Expect a lot of floating ships next year.


Some people playing a Lego Settlers of Catan.


This is Tim. He was displaying an awesome Star Trek ship next to me.


Benjamin Caulkins assembling a sweet and curvy Halo ship.


Building the Boeing that took the prize for best aircraft.


A candid shot of Yoshi X, who, though he was displaying right behind me, I didn't recognize until near the end of the con because he didn't have any of his signature heads in his layout.


Max, Ian, and I doing the meta-photographic shot.

Below are all pictures that fit into the "awesome technique" category. I.e. the category of stuff I will steal.


Minimalist fence technique


Frogs and dinosaur as beard and mustache.


Brilliant Adias logo.


Gold-shingled roof. The law of repeated elements strikes again.


Impressionist fish.


Street cleaner brushes as alien plant life.


Dice pieces as cargo.

And now, I shall launch into an overview of some of the highlights of the con.




Dave Kaleta's display. Lovely modern house.


Cool airship with a painted planet as a balloon. I want one.


Now we know where Minas Tirith went. This is Chris Phipson's White Queen's Castle.




Tyler Halliwell's Red Queen's Castle. These guys switched the ordering of these castles on the tables last minute lest they be anachronistic. Artists. We can't help it.


The Alice minifigure (who is also Heather Braaten's sig fig) is the scale to which all the models are built. If Alice is small in the movie, the models are large. If Alice is large in the movie, the models are smaller scale.




Lee's impressive hedge around his mansion.




The first annual Brickworld Derby.






The huge M-Tron layout.


An interesting macro photo of Dave and Stacy Sterling's steam versus diesel punk diorama.








Great idea for a mosaic.


Centipede!














The finished curvy Halo ship.


Andy's room! I finally got to see it in person!


Gigantic Neo-Tron layout with some serious jaw-drop power.


I see somebody else watches The Piano Guys.


Space slug train. Certainly the most creative of them all.






Tie fighter and X-Wing duking it out on the rooftop of this building.


A blurry Mark Larson.


Max Pointner checking out the massive Renaissance layout built by a very talented veterinarian.






Frog paradise... or something like that.


Domino castles. Great idea.




I don't know what it is, but it's cool.


Film crew for the Brickworld DVD.


Public hours begin. The people flood in like the plague.


Smolny Cathedral fully built.


This is only 2,000 minifigs. Lee says his collection is up to 25,000.


The gorgeous victorian doll house.


Some people playing a mech game on Mirage. Tyler just shrugged, "I guess it was meant to be a board game."




The working waterfall over the edge of the Eurobricks table.


Minifig speed build.




There were quite a few of these diagonal mosaics this year. Very unique.


Steampunk Star Wars.


The Catan game again.


And one shot of the World of Lights. They dim the lights in the ballrooms and let the creations speak for themselves.


The first annual Brickworld film festival that everyone was thankful David Pagano was judging, not entering.


And crash. There goes the white castle.


Everyone got in on the consolidation of the parts, but nobody was wishing he was Phipson after the event.


And to end, a group photo. Brickworld was an awesome experience this year, and I hope to come back next. It was great to meet all you MOCpages people and congrats to anyone who made it through the entire post.

Until next time, Soli Deo Gloria!



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  September 11, 2012
D: I am sooooo envious. I would want to go and present, but I have nowhere near the building skills. Maybe if I make some of my creations irl? Anyways, those are awesome! :D
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  September 10, 2012
Looked awesome! :D
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  September 10, 2012
Looks like it was awesome! The "frog paradise" looks suspiciously similar to Hellmurder Island from Homestuck. :P
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  August 22, 2012
Looks like an amazing time!
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  August 21, 2012
Nice coverage, Paul! You got some really great shots of the con, including my contribution the the Alice layout (chessboard). Hopefully I'll get the chance to meet you there one of these years...~H
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  August 21, 2012
And... just how in creation did I miss commenting on this? Seriously, I'm sorry about my lateness here. Great recap and it was great to meet you (and give you donuts)! ~ Chris.
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  August 21, 2012
in answer to yours and Rob question (from how many weeks ago...?) every year it's a tradition that my builds get thrown, however unceramoniously, into some sort of tub for sorting later. We've been doing it for a few years now and I don't think the tradition is going to stop anytime soon. On a different note... Could you shoot me an email at mocieawards@gmail.com please? I have a question for you. ~ Chris.
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  July 6, 2012
This looks so fun! Too bad I'm in Alaska...not too many LEGO cons up here(none, to be precise).
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  June 27, 2012
It was a pleasure meeting you Paul! You caught an excellent pic of me being all serious. How did that happen?! LMAO Your creations are amazing, and I hope to see you again next year!
  June 26, 2012
Do you know who built the M:Tron and Neo-Tron layouts? Those look huge, do you happen to know if there are close-up pics of those 2 somewhere?
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  June 22, 2012
I was there and I LOVED your creation!!!! I am going to send you something in the mail, I think you will like...
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  June 22, 2012
Phipson flipped over the white castle.
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  June 22, 2012
WOW! This looks like a blast! I should probably go within the next few years!
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  June 22, 2012
AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!! WILL I EVER GET THERE!!! (sniff) I've never been there. WWWWHHHAAAAA! ~8(
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  June 21, 2012
Tons of cool creations! Looks like loads of fun
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  June 20, 2012
Quoting Rob W Great pics, thanks for posting them! I'm curious, how did the white castle crash happen?
Thanks for the comment, Rob! Someone, I missed who, shoved it off the table at the end of the con. It's tradition, apparently.
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  June 20, 2012
Wow, looks like a great time!
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  June 19, 2012
Sweet Paul! Nice pictures! The creations there were awesome!!!! That creation at the front of the building, a recreation of the Brickworld building, is incredibly accurate! A very cool event, and I hope I can see you there next year!
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  June 19, 2012
Great to see everybody had a good time! One of these days, I'll make sure I go AWOL and make it to one of these conventions; sure would like to meet you folks!
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  June 19, 2012
:D
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  June 19, 2012
Wow! I wish I was there! To bad they never come near to where I live. BTW, I love your "Star Wars Relativity"!
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  June 19, 2012
WOW! awesome!
  June 19, 2012
All those minifigures.... My favorite would have to be the Civil War sea battle of the iron-clads. -LB Senior
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  June 19, 2012
I really wished I lived in America so I could go to awesome events like these. It looks like a great layout this year! I loved the Alice in Wonderland sets, the moving waterfall is genius and I also loved several of the other pieces! --Blast--
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  June 19, 2012
Nice photos, it was great meeting you!
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  June 19, 2012
Looks like you had fun. Awesome!
  June 19, 2012
Great work - can you please contact me back as I am interested in getting in touch about potentially purchasing/marketing your work! jasonb@thingd.com
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  June 19, 2012
Very nice Paul! It's cool to see stuff from the day's I missed. Heh, I'm sure your glad this is posted now! "Phew, that's outa the way!" Looks great!
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  June 19, 2012
Good thing i packed up my display and left before phipson's display crashed. I would have hated to see that because it was such an amazing MOC.
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  June 19, 2012
Thanks for taking me there.
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  June 19, 2012
Wish I could have been there, looks like there was some awesome creations! Thank you for posting this!
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  June 19, 2012
Incredible! Good presentation too!
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  June 19, 2012
Great pics, thanks for posting them! I'm curious, how did the white castle crash happen?
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  June 19, 2012
Dang, i wish could have gone, looks awesome :)
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  June 19, 2012
Great pictures. Thanks for putting these together. I'll get my own post together one of these years...
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  June 19, 2012
Thanks so much for posting these! :)
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  June 19, 2012
Nice! I love the floating with magnets idea! That train space worm is great! I see some very nice MOCs here, I wish I had come! Can't wait to see the postings of that Alice in Wonderland MOCs. :)
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  June 19, 2012
I made it through the whole post, and man, my fingers are sore from all that scrolling :P It seems like you had an awesome time. I hope to see you there next year.
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  June 19, 2012
Wish I could go to these. The piano guys picture made me laugh so hard.
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  June 19, 2012
Paul, Excellent job recapping the event. Your pictures are wonderful and show details that I missed. It was a pleasure to chat will you and view your brilliant work in person. Until next year, ~Dave
 
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