Brickvention 09 Melbourne Australia . Sorry no witty preamble. Entertain yourself for a change! . 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.
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.