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Brickvention 09 Melbourne Australia
Sorry no witty preamble. Entertain yourself for a change!
About this creation
Allow me to show you around our Australian Lego convention. I tried to take as many good quality photos as I could and also make note of what was made by whom but alas some photos are a little blurry, I missed almost all of the titles of eveyone's mocs but I remembered nearly everyone's names. It was my first Brickvention and I've only just met most of the Melbourne Lego guys so sorry to anyone if I left you out. This is by no means a definitive catalog of our exhibiton but rather my own hurried and nervous account. Despite my beginner's nerves, I did have a blast! Now down to business:


This is the Spirit of Tasmania model built by Aaron Parker. It's a ferry that runs from Melbourne to Launcestan if I remember. (Real thing)





"Brickmania Guarded Church" by Derek Manley.
Produced from instructions by Daniel Siskind.




Next up are a group of moonbase modules made by Matthew Wightwick, Travis Matheson, Paul Baulch and another builder whose name escapes me.





This group of mocs belongs to Troy Walker.





Lego Ambassador Gambort's space selection.




The next group of ships were built by Travis Matheson and Matthew Wightwick.





All of these behemoths belong to Paul Baulch.











My display. The only new mocs are a small spaceship, a new Koala mech and a Zombie Harvester.





Arthur's Taj Mahal, minus the reflecting pool. My biggest regret of the show was having to edit Arthur's creation without obtaining his permission first, due to several mistakes I made.




Aaron Amatnieks's Lego Chess set.



Darren Reid's wife (sorry Mrs Reid; I lost your name!) built a Girl's Paradise townscape with shopping malls, returaunts, colour-coded houses and best of all no men! Except for the servants of course...





Here is Ryan McNaught's massive Eiffel Tower and "The Big Pineapple" which is in Queensland. The Eiffel has a motorised lift.





This very large town and train display all belongs to Phillip Rechner. I had fun exploring for sets I used to have.





Ryan's oil rig. This along with Aaron's Spirit of Tasmania ferry reminded me of the last Lego touring exhibition that I saw as a kid where the theme was "the Ocean".








Motorised Fairground by Richie Dulin (I think)




Abba concert by Hazel Dulin!




Remote control cars by Frances Schroeter











"Temple of the Plastic Stud" by John Boyle





Troy and Tim's trains/vehicles




Lego airliner by Troy, Antonov by Tim and Batwing by Travis.





Damien Saunders' WW1 planes and Taj Mahal set.




Aaron brought his Flinders's Street/Art Centre and Shrine of Rememberence mocs:





As well as a new Eureka Tower one, which won best in show. The real one could be seen ouside on the balcony:





And his Steve Irwin Caveracer. Yeah, we take death very seriously down here in Oz:










Modular apartment display built buy Yokomode01 and Ryan. Yoko built a funeral parlor and modern house and Ryan built a barber shop.




"Chris Phipson Memorial" Star Wars UCS display"






Sue Ann Barber's the head of the Melbourne Lego Group and also a Lego Ambassador. This is her rock concert:






Sculptures. Wanted to get individual shots of each but didn't:















Collaborative Castle diorama, organised by Will, featuring mocs from him, Ryan, Yokomode, Teunis , George and Perter Ogilvy (I think): Ryan had done an amazing job with the interior of the castle but I didn't get any pics of the throneroom, dining hall or armoury. Maybe Yokomode did...






Darren Reid had assembled a town dio that encompassed over 30 years of collecting Lego. It was a great way for parents to show their kids what Lego looked like to them when they were young and to see how much it's changed.





Dragon-Cam:


A huge thanks to Sue Ann, Yokomodeo1 and eveyone else that helped to organise Brickvention. I had a fantastic time and reports were that attendence was double last year.

EDIT: A guy named Heath made a short documentary of the event on his mobile phone. The video is on Youtube if interested.














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Shannon Ocean
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Kai Heffernan
  December 30, 2009
I am going to the next brickvention and was thinking of bringing along one of my MOCs but not sure if bionicles are allowed. Can you please let me know if bionicles can be put on display there. Thanks.
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  September 8, 2009
Looks like fun Shannon. In theory me and a friend (he doesn't have a MOCpages account. Yet.) will be their, with a display next year! Will you? OUrs will be a classic space display, evn though it finished before we were both born!
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  April 13, 2009
WOW, that are a lot of minifigs!!!
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  April 5, 2009
Looks like you had fun! Awesome job documenting this!
  March 21, 2009
You have officially been added to my collection of sigfigs. Watch for your appearance in my S.A.C. Darwin Awards Contest 2009. Lee.
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  February 20, 2009
I'm from Brisbane, I didn't know you were Australian until today.Btw are you going to next years Brickvention?
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  February 2, 2009
Thanks Richie.
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  February 1, 2009
Excellent pics! Yes, the motorised carnival ("Amusementaria") was by me. However, the ABBA concert was by Hazel Dulin.
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  January 31, 2009
Yaaay you posted photos!
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  January 28, 2009
disco stew -> enjoy http://www.flickr.com/photos/30186055@N07/3040161335/ ..... Shannon -> thx for all the photos. I Broke my camera the day before, will have to borrow some (you will be credited :) ) ..... Others, We had over 1000 people come thru on the open day (last year was about 400)
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  January 28, 2009
Sweet! I may not be able to get to Australia anytime soon, but hopefully now that I know when Brickcon is I can make it to Seattle!
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  January 28, 2009
Huh, what? Oh, I have to comment now? Sorry, I was just finishing up entertaining myself from your original suggestion at the top of the page. And what's with the memorial? I'm not dead just yet am I? Yeah... and lastly... for the record, the Steve Irwin thing... That was FUNNY! (and so was your reply). Looks like you had a blast there. Too bad you won't be able to join us for the REAL convention in June. We'll raise a Fosters for ya this year (again) and maybe I'll have SigOcean back by then (not holding breath here or anything) and he can make the return trip! ~ Chris.
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  January 28, 2009
Quoting disco stew the steve irwin one is not funny or clever. grow up. also consider yourself reported.
Haha Disco, obviously you're not Aussie cuz that attitude of yours would've been beaten out of you a while ago :D Also try building some mocs sometime eh? Thanks for the laugh!
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  January 28, 2009
Thanks for sharing this with us, there're really some amazing creations.
Shannon Ocean
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Thomas N
  January 27, 2009
This is all so great, its good of you to post these pics so we'll know what goes on at these conventions that we'll probably never get to go to. Man I wish there was some sort of lego convention here in Minneapolis.
Shannon Ocean
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Heather LEGO Girl
  January 27, 2009
I am going to try desperately to get my hubby to take me there next year. If only to visit the Chris Phipson memorial. (rest his soul) I still say you should make it to Brickworld this year though. Great pics! ~Heatho
  January 27, 2009
the steve irwin one is not funny or clever. grow up. also consider yourself reported.
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  January 27, 2009
Great show, thanks for sharing ! The "Rainbow Ship" by Paul Baulch is totally awesome !
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  January 27, 2009
Dude, I am DIGGING that Brickmania Guarded Church! Other than BrickCon, this would have to be the convention I want to go to the most. Thanks for sharing!
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  January 27, 2009
And now that the jittery rookie season is out of the way, you'll be poised at next year's fest with the calm assurance that comes with having some idea of what to expect. Good stuff there, a lot of names I'm not familiar with. I have seen that great rainbow ship before, nice to be reminded of it. Love that thing. (Another "Shannon" parallel: we each have Lego conventions held in our own backyards, Melbourne and Seattle! Will the weirdness never cease...)
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  January 27, 2009
gosh, I wish something like this happened in Belgium...poor me! Lucky for us we have F.A.C.T.S. you should check the internet for that one!!
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  January 27, 2009
Thanks for sharing the photos - nice coverage. Lee.
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  January 27, 2009
Very impressive! Great work by all. Thank you for the photos and descriptions. Everyone's creations look really good. You all should be very proud. Fantastic.
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  January 27, 2009
I feel so diminished.
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  January 27, 2009
Nice coverage. Looks there was a lot of fun stuff to look at. I like the table skirts that appear to be made from LEGO store bags. I've been saving my old bags, now I have a great use for them. How many people came to look? I like the Big Pineapple. Every town needs a building made in the shape of a fruit, so few have them. What a world. Thanks for the cool coverage. see ya. garth
  January 27, 2009
Superb coverage of the event. I'll never make it to something like Brickvention or to Australia even, so these sort of reports give me a peek, thanks. Now that my rudimentary skills have been sufficiently humbled, I'm off to try to build something . . . Great work!
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  January 27, 2009
A lot of photos posted there, ShanO. Thanks for all of the hard work to give us the tour! Glad to hear the Con was successful and you had a good time. Would've been cool to catch all of the LEGO action first hand. And hey, ABBA in concert! Does it get any better? ..."Dance with ya baby, leeearn a little maybe, dooooes ya mamma know that you're oooouuut!" Oh yeah, that's the good s@*&!
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  January 27, 2009
Melbourne aye its pretty sweet shame we don't do things like this in the Gold Coast. oh well its pretty mad nice photos.
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  January 27, 2009
Oh Thankgod! I was terrified!!!! Aaanyway, Im'a gonna try to it next year, I only heard of it like a week before it was on!
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  January 27, 2009
Quoting Bob the Monkey ! What?! What happen To Phipson?! Please tell me!
Nothing Bob: I should rename it "the Chris Phipson's fashion sense memorial" perhaps...
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  January 27, 2009
What?! What happen To Phipson?! Please tell me!
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  January 27, 2009
yeah yeah... i'll admit it, i was there. :-), but i didn't have anything put in :-( I am in the middle of stuff right now, so i couldn't put anything in. :-( I will be at Brickcon though, so i might see you there. I don't know what you look like, so I couldn't have picked you from the crowd in Melbourne. It was pretty cool there though, first time i have been to something (that big...), hope to see you at Brickcon someday. ~Martin (yeah...i'll be next to my parents most of the time. My dad kinda looks like a fuzzier Brian K, but with black hair, and 7ft 8 in tall.)
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  January 27, 2009
Wow, the amount of effort you put into covering the brickvention is impressive. Looks like a lot of great stuff was on display. I'm confused that so many builders don't have MOCpages accounts (or other MOC displaying website). Don't they crave the praise and relish the warm embrace of the online community? Anyway, I'm still looking forward to you posting some of those new MOCs you haven't posted yet!
 
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