So you think LEGO is just a kiddie toy, do you? Let me take that idea and put it on its head. Brickfair is a convention of all things LEGO for children and adults alike.
When I think about LEGOs, I get transported to a time when I was a kid and played with them. For Christmas or my birthday, there were few better gifts than a big LEGO set. Fast forward to several years, I’m in my twenties, have a job, and although I haven’t forgotten about my beloved construction toys, I have moved on. Enter Brickfair.
My brother was always more into LEGOs than I was, so it was only logical that if there was a convention dedicated to all things LEGO, he would find it, and find it he did. The Dulles Expo Center, just outside of Washington DC, was the place. I thought I would see interesting designs and stuff like that but when we went in, I was amazed at what I saw.
Everything from the smallest of models to the massive “Obsidian Kingdom” to a scale replica of the “City of Hyrule” from the Legend of Zelda were there, complete with a mini-fig Ganondorf carting Princess Zelda away. There was even a model of the city of Rivendell, with the entire “Fellowship” in tow. I found myself getting pulled in every direction because of the amount of cool stuff there.
The Brickfair staff had organized genres together so that the castle MOCs (stands for My Own Creation) were together and the Steam-punk sets had their place. There were a couple of full (fictional) cities on display complete with people and trains running around.
The Doctor even made an appearance to fend off some Daleks, and with a keen eye, one could even find “Where’s Waldo?”.
Suffice to say, it was a little slice of awesomeness. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time, effort, and creativity these AFOLs (seriously, it’s a real term, it means “Adult Fan of Lego”) put into these works of art. Not to mention the money invested in some of the larger ones. There is an entire grey-market for LEGO bricks. The term “obsession” comes to mind.
I came out of Brickfair with a newfound respect for expression by means of little plastic toy bricks. So next time you are in the DC Metro area in the beginning of August, come check it out.
And as always, Happy Snappin’!
PS. For the Joss Whedon fans, there was a scale replica of the Serenity starship, complete with crew and interior. It weighed in at an impressive 140 pounds and took over 75,000 bricks to complete.