Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 8:39pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
If feels like just yesterday that it was summertime and we were all having fun at BrickFair Virginia 2013. In what has become all-to-typical, I'm just now finishing editing my photos of that event to share with you all. We're trying something new though! The pictures are on Flickr and you'll be able to see them all in slideshow format or head over there to browse through them at your leisure. So what are you waiting for? Click on 'More' and see my thoughts on the displays!
Bionicle Bionicle once again had an incredible turnout. You wouldn't even think the line had been canceled several years ago. Creations were stacked up to four deep in places, which made it hard to photograph at times, but it was a very impressive display. Thanks everyone who sent in MOCs or brought them in person. (Plug: if you want to send your MOCs to 2014 conventions, check out this topic.)
Military, Apocalego, Steampunk Military was well-represented this year, with a wide variety of historical, modern, and imagined war machines. Steampunk had a decent turnout as well, with some nice, large dioramas. Apocalego featured the impressive BroLUG collaboration - when they weren't skating around on their decks they managed to make a very cool Blade Runner-esque skyscraper. It was definitely a convention standout.
Movie, TV, & Book All sorts of different creations found their way into this theme. There were a lot of Star Wars dioramas and custom figures, but some of my favorites were the two Edoras MOCs and a map of Middle Earth. The Looney Toons models were also notable just for being able to stand up in addition to their excellent detailing. There were plenty of other pop culture references to be found here as well.
Space and Mecha The awesome space shuttle stole this section in my opinion. There were a lot of other great MOCs though, including the Mars Curiosity Rover MOC that will be turned into an upcoming LEGO Cuusoo set!
Birds BrickFair's theme this year was birds, so there were a lot of great creations that fit that bill. Some of them certainly ruffled my feathers with their great building techniques or interesting concepts - be sure to checkout the robin dressed up as Robin!
Castle Castle had an impressive setup this year, with three separate sections getting filled up. There were a lot of impressive creations on display, but the Obsidian Fortress and Erebor stole the show. It was great that they were right in front so all the public guests could see them immediately. I loved the details in the kingdom carved into the Lonely Mountain, complete with the village of Dale.
Sculpture, Mosaic, and Microscale There was so much variety in this theme it's hard to pick out favorites. There were a bunch of micro space creations, as well as a full-fledged micropolis. Some of the mosaics were really eye-catching too like the Cortana one that lit up and moved.
Battle of Gettysburg and Pharaoh's Labyrinth I'm not sure what these two have to do with each other, but they were right next to each other at BrickFair. The Battle of Gettysburg was really just a bunch of Civil War MOCs - all well done for sure, but not grouped into a diorama. The Pharaoh's Labyrinth, on the other hand, was a collaborative diorama that channeled the old Adventurers theme with Johnny Thunder or perhaps a bit of Indiana Jones. It was pretty impressive and had a lot of cool details!
Great Ball Contraption and Mindstorms The things these people think up never cease to amaze. From pinball machines to drawing robots to very complicated ways of getting a ball from one place to another, the Technic and Mindstorms crowd loves to showcase ingenuity and creativity in droves. I can't wait to see what they come up with next year.
Town and Street There was a little bit of everything in Town and Street, from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to a custom-built monorail.
I LUG NY In addition to having a LUG name that isn't a bunch of letters in front of the word, 'LUG,' these builders from New York put on an awesome display. Each section had its own unique flair but it was all tied together by trains and monorail. The Stark Tower was very impressive, though personally I was more a fan of Jurassic Park.
NCLTC, NGLTC, GFLUG, and WamaLTC I'm sure if you asked these guys, they'd say their four groups each had their own individual displays. But from the outside looking in it all seemed like one impressive town and train display, with lots of skyscrapers and hidden details.
PennLug and DelVaLUG Another couple of LUGs had nice town and train displays. The attention to detail they manage is always baffling, and you need to make sure you look really closely to see all the hidden secrets the builders sneak in.
Mixed Some creations defy categorization. They end up in the Mixed group.