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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!