LEGO Big Ugly Tree Trunk piece

AFOLs like their acronyms, so when this piece came out, it soon became known as a BURP (Big Ugly Rock Piece)

This rock panel piece is smaller and became known as a LURP (Little Ugly Rock Piece)

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Well, in our online chat today we were talking about this new piece.

And Sean Jackson and Will Fong have deemed it the Big Ugly Tree Trunk.  So go forth and spread the news!

* This is only meant to be humourous and hopefully no one will take offence of the sometimes juvenile side of the minds of our members. 

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15 of the World’s Most Talented LEGO® Builders Exhibit at LEGO House

Joe Meno from BrickJournal posted this article on their website which includes one of our own, Paul Hetherington.   Please read further in the link below.  Photo is from BrickJournal.

15 of the World’s Most Talented LEGO® Builders Exhibit at LEGO House

 

photo credit: BrickJournal

We Built This City is a colorful celebration of the creative potential locked inside each LEGO Brick.

At the center of the city is a LEGO brick shaped factory that is pumping out colorful LEGO parts. These parts are transported by conveyor belts up to the top of the city where a giant Robot is putting the finishing touches on the one of the buildings with help from the construction minifigs.

The overall look was inspired by the style of graffiti and cartoon line drawings.

We Built This City will be on display at the LEGO House in Billund Denmark from Sept 2019 – Sept 2020.

 

Here’s a link to Paul’s Flickr album to see more of his fabulous creations.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/14964802@N07/albums

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Beyond the Brick interviews at BrickCan 2019

A highlight for many at BrickCan 2019 was the attendance of Beyond the Bricks, Joshua and John Hanlon.  They did interviews with attendees about their MOCs, as seen here.

Sarah Von Innerebner for her Beauty and the Beast Library.

 

The Great Ball Contraption layout

Jurassic Park by SausageLUG

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VLOGs about BrickCan 2019

Thanks to all who came and documented their experiences about BrickCan 2019 in video form.

Vancouver Mermaid & husband Eric

 

LS Motion & Darkest Dusk (jump to 7:43 for BrickCan content)

 

Gadgets Plus More  (jump to 6:15 for BrickCan 2019 content)

 

 

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Thank you for coming to BrickCan 2019!

It was another successful convention and exhibition of BrickCan 2019 for it’s fourth year.   Thanks to all who attended whether it be as an AFOL delegate or as an attendee of the public exhibition.  All of you contribute to making it what it is, a fun time for all full of wonder and merriment of creative endeavours.

One of attractions is the GBC area, or the Great Ball Contraption.   Matt Norman who joined us last year and is a major contributor to this area made two videos for those who couldn’t make it or want to see it in all it’s glory.

One of the fun things to do is to follow a different colour ball through the whole contraption which what the following video does.

Another area where many, including myself, enjoyed spending time for the pure energy and thrill of it was the LEGO BattleBots arena.   Here are some GoPro style videos of some of the matches, courtesy of Will Fong.

 

 

And because it was the May the Fourth weekend and the crossover between LEGO and Star Wars fans is natural, in the Duplo play area, there were some familiar creations to be seen, built after hours by the AFOLs.

Here are some of media coverage from the Vancouver Sun and CTV News

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-s-largest-lego-convention-returns-to-richmond-casino-1.4408610

“We’re adults who love Lego, but we’re also trying to make sure that we inspire the younger generation,” he told CTV News Vancouver. “Play is still fun even as an adult, and if you’ve lost sight of that, then maybe growing up isn’t the most important thing in the world after all” – James Ritzman of SausageLUG

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/lego-builders-of-all-ages-unite-at-convention-in-richmond

Make sure you mark your calendars to attend BrickCan 2020 on May 2nd and 3rd.

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BrickCan 2019 is almost upon us! Have you got your tickets?

I can hardly believe it with all the work that’s been put into World of Wonders at the Museum of Surrey, that we’re just about a week away from the opening of BrickCan 2019!

If you’re looking to purchase tickets, do make sure that you’re buying either through links from the BrickCan website or by entering the URL to the TicketMaster website directly in your browser.  We’ve heard from people who have googled “BrickCan tickets” and been taken to other websites which are charging much more and sometimes in US dollars.  Or worse, they may be sites which just take your money and nothing in return.  

The price is CDN $15 + ticketmaster fees.  Please do your best NOT to purchase resale ticket or from resellers who will charge you more.

The following are the actual links and are what you should see in your browser bar after you click on them. 

http://www.brickcan.com

https://www.ticketmaster.ca/brickcan-lego-exhibit-tickets/artist/2205509

All the best and hope to see you at BrickCan 2019!

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World of Wonders – Museum of Surrey – April 24th to Sept 8th 2019

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It’s been a busy month/year for the VLC, putting the finishing touches on the Museum of Surrey’s latest exhibit installation World of Wonders has been a driving force for a dedicated handful of our very finest builders.   Explore the world in LEGO form choosing from Historical, Natural and Technological.     Some are even out of this world….

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I’ll post more photos in the future, but as admission is free (thanks to the Friends of the Museum and Archives Society),  just grab your family and head out to Cloverdale and see for yourselves the exciting new addition to the Museum of Surrey, located at 17710 56a Ave, Surrey, BC.

Next Up BrickCan 2019!

photos courtesy of Andrew Delbaere

 

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EXO-Friends, a new cross theme by BrickSky

VLC Member, Tyler Sky, has unveiled his newest theme mashup of Exo-Force crossed with Friends. To see more, click through to his Flickr Gallery.

Exo-Friends

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VLC Member Keith Reed Q & A in Squamish Chief Newspaper

It seems that you can’t open a newspaper or turn on a TV lately without seeing a member of the VLC featured.

Photo Credit: https://www.squamishchief.com

The architect behind a number of fantastic MOCs was interviewed by his local newspaper the Squamish Chief about his builds and his love of Lego®

Read the interview here:
https://www.squamishchief.com/community/about-a-grown-up-squamish-lego-builder-1.23644096

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LEGO® Retail Design Team Wants Adult Shopper Insights!

The LEGO® Retail Design team is very excited to hear from adults about their shopping experiences and expectations and how we can make the experience even better! Around the world there are different types of LEGO Stores (LBR and LCS) with the goal of providing an inspiring, interactive, creative and fun experience for kids and adults alike.

Whether you visit a LEGO Store every day or have never even seen one, it is important to know what adults expect and desire from a visit. Your feedback will be considered when designing the future LEGO Store experience.

Working with adult fans of LEGO, the LEGO Retail Design team has created a short survey and with the hope that you can take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Your insights will help to make visiting a LEGO Store a truly memorable event!

Just like a LEGO creation, each person offers a different and unique perspective so, the survey is open to anyone and everyone with the hope that thousands of adults from around the world share their ideas.

SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/33JX7TD

The Survey is anonymous and available in both English and Simplified Chinese. Survey closes March 20, 2019.

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