The “beans are spilled….. Vancouver’s getting a LEGO Fan Convention, BrickCan 2016

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We’re spilling ALL the beans about BrickCan 2016, western Canada’s first and largest major LEGO Fan Convention and Exhibit, which will happen less than a year from today.  Mark your calendars now – April 21 – 24, 2016 – at the River Rock Resort in Richmond, British Columbia, just minutes from downtown Vancouver, and easily accessed whether your’re planning to drive, train, or fly in.

Families and LEGO Fans of all ages – Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 is all about coming and checking out the hundreds of cool creations built by expert builders from all over North America.  There will lots of other cool things to see, fun LEGO activities, and awesome LEGO-related and exclusive merchandise to buy and take home.

Adult LEGO fans – Plan to attend all four days, April 21 – 24, 2016.  Better yet, plan to come earlier and stay later.  The local crew will be planning some before and after activities and fun for you to enjoy your Vancouver experience even more.

Anything CAN Happen!

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And another odd image arrives….

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This arrived image arrived in our email….

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LEGO Artistry is Awesome!

Lego artist Paul Hetherington works on his piece Mouse Guard at his North Vancouver home. Photograph by: Mike Wakefield , North Shore News

Lego artist Paul Hetherington works on his piece Mouse Guard at his North Vancouver home.
Photograph by: Mike Wakefield , North Shore News

One of our amazing LEGO artists, Paul, was recently interviewed by Jane Seyd from the North Shore News. It’s a fantastic article and certainly worth a read. Congratulations Paul!

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Lego+artistry+awesome/10872002/story.html

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Beyond the Brick ep.141 – John Langrish

John Langrish was recently interviewed by Joshua Hanlon and Matthew Kay of Beyond the Brick.   John, a member of VicLUG, the VLC and AbbyLUG  talks about some of his castle builds, his history in the LEGO community and shares a little something special at about the 30 minute mark.

Streamed live on Dec 10, 2014

John’s Flickr albums can be found here.


Previous Beyond the Brick interview with VLC member Paul Hetherington (BrickBaron) can be found here.

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[MOC] Wheels in the 20s – Allan Corbeil

VLC past president Allan Corbeil has been on this 1920’s – 1930’s kick for a while now and has been wanting to build plains, trains and automobiles from that era.   For more photos head to Allan’s Flickr account

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Hoth for the Holidays – BC & Yukon Make A Wish Foundation – Van Dusen Gardens Festival of Lights

Two years ago, the BC & Yukon Make A Wish Foundation reached out to the VLC to help build a display that would attract more people to the Van Dusen Gardens Festival of Lights.

Years ago my five year old niece had an operation to remove a cancerous muscle tumour located in her brain.  A year and a half later, after rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, she got the all clear and was granted her wish to go to Disneyworld with her family.  She is all better now and about to turn 15.

So it seemed serendipitous to be able to give back to that same organization and help other children to have their wishes granted.   Over the past two years enough money was raised during the Festival of Lights to grant fifteen children their wishes.

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From December 10th to January 4th (excluding Dec 25th) from 4:30pm till 9pm (10pm some nights), please do go visit our display and bring some extra money to donate and help support the BC & Yukon Make A Wish Foundation.  Making a donation (suggested $5) for a glow star necklace allows them to send kids who have had life threatening illnesses be granted a wish.   Also check out their serenely beautiful Candle Grotto.

As for the Hoth for the Holidays display, you’ll see Boba Fett taking a toboggan ride on an unusual sled.   The festive AT-ATs repurposed by Lego Friends, Santa’s workshop, the Rotator from Highway From Hell towing a Snowspeeder, Emmett in bit of trouble being rescued by Wildstyle and a whole lot more.

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If for some reason, you’re unable to go see the Hoth for the Holidays display for yourself, please feel free to check out our Flickr page.

For more information on the Van Dusen Festival of Lights please visit their website.

Experience the Festival of Lights, a frozen winter wonderland with over one million lights decorating VanDusen Garden.

Stroll with friends and family through themed areas and enjoy the Dancing Lights show on Livingstone Lake, the gnome performance, and the shadow puppet show. Have photos taken with Santa, savour holiday treats, and delight in much more!

Take in the magic from Wednesday, December 10, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015. The Festival of Lights is closed on Thursday, December 25 for Christmas.

 

 

 

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Menorah Build 2014 at Congregation Beth Israel

This past weekend, our VLC team was called into help over 200 kids and parents build a really, really large LEGO Menorah for the beginning of Hanukkah.  It topped out at around 15.5 feet.  Everyone had a lot of fun!

Check out the photos on our Flickr page.

 

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It will be on display till the end of Hanukkah at beautiful new hall the Congregation Beth Israel located at 989 West 28th, by Children’s Hospital.

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AFOL Community Survey by The LEGO Group

To learn more about the adult LEGO fan community, TLG distributes a survey 2 times a year. The surveys help them understand what you and your fellow AFOLs are engaged in, what you think of your LEGO hobby, and how you perceive the LEGO brand. Survey results guide their team at the LEGO Group as they work to better support the fan community.  As such, the surveys help us decide where to spend our time and money.

http://lego.fluidsurveys.com/s/Q4_2014/

The findings will then be shared broadly with the adult LEGO fan community. Please note that the survey will only be accessible until December 17th.

Thank you very much for your help!

 

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Jamie Davis’ Western Star Rotator Tow Truck – Highway Thru Hell – Tim Tosino

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Check out more photos at Tim’s Flickr account

As seen at Trains 2014, a lot of people recognized the above MOC from the Discovery Channel (Canada) television show Highway Thru Hell. A rotator is the heaviest tow truck on the road, in fact it is so heavy its actual towing capacity is very limited. Its main function is a highly mobile boom lift arm that can lift whole wrecks up vertically.

Some things Tim will add in the future are a 3rd winch line on the deck, visors for the front windscreen and getting more parts in yellow for the boom arm.  Tim hopes to have the whole heavy rescue fleet (HR 52 and HR- 120) built in time for Surrey 2015.

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