Upcoming VLC Events – A Busy Fall!

As we move into fall, the Lower Mainland’s adult Lego community is getting ready for a busy event schedule. No, we’re not talking the new Ninjago movie or about the Millennium Falcon release, although that set is certainly causing quite a buzz!

Many of our VLC club members make an annual trip to Seattle, Washington for BrickCon, and October 2017 is no exception. We’ll be showing off MOCs, participating in events and games, and connecting with other AFOLs from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. VLC members have a tendency to win big at BrickCon – our builders have won many Best of Show and People’s Choice awards, along with numerous category awards. Want to see what the fuss is all about? Head to the Seattle Center Exhibition Centre, October 7 & 8, to see an amazing array of Lego creations.

Next on the agenda is the Vancouver Train Expo, which takes place November 11 & 12 at the PNE Forum. The VLC display is always a highlight for visitors, and we’re busy preparing another exciting layout for 2017. Come see us, and cast your vote for the best display in the show – we’ve been proud to receive this honour more than once.

In December, we’ve made a tradition of supporting the Children’s Wish Foundation at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden Festival of Lights.  We will again be creating a unique and eye-catching display, which will help generate donations and grant wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. If you visit the Festival of Lights, be sure to check us out in the entrance pavilion.

Want to get involved with any of these events, or find out more about what we do? Connect with us on our Facebook page, or get in touch with our membership director at membership@vlc.ca – we are always happy to expand our community.

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Thanks for coming to BrickCan 2017!

Thank you so much for coming to BrickCan 2017.   Whether you were a full delegate of the four day conference or came to one of the six public exhibition sessions,  we do really appreciate you supporting BrickCan.  With all that goes on in the world, sometimes it’s great to just take a little time out of your day and dive into a world of amazing creations and imagination.  The nostalgia factor may be the initial draw but it is the present and the future that excites us most. 

Although the VLC is not directly involved in the production of BrickCan 2017, many of our members contribute to the success and running of this second year event which we felt was another tremendous success.  Look for photos in the near future, either on our Flickr or Instagram or those associated with BrickCan or ourselves. 

Perhaps, it’s a little early to be thinking about it, but save the date for next year.  Tell your friends and family about it.  Even the big kids at heart loved coming out to see the wonderful creations on display.  Subscribe to their blog/website for future notifications.

 

 

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BrickCan 2017 convention starts today!

For those of you in the know, you’re already registered for BrickCan as a delegate for the full four day conference.  You’re probably putting the finishing touches on your MOCs before heading out to the RiverRock Resort later today.

For most of you though the real fun begins on Saturday and Sunday, when all the hard work done by the attendees comes together and you the viewing public get to come and see  all the creations that builders from around the world have built.  

So if you haven’t got your tickets already, what are you waiting for?  Remember it sold out last year, to the point that people were trying to scalp tickets on Craigslist for exorbitant amounts of money.  (Please don’t support that type of behaviour.) 

To attend the public exhibition please click here http://www.brickcan.com/event/public-exhibition

Due to fire and safety regulations we are limited to the amount of people able to be in the exhibit hall at any time.  You will be signing up for a time slot, so please arrive at least 20 minutes before that to assure you maximize the time inside.   The feedback from last year was that it was a good amount of time, with only a very few expressing that they needed more time.   With young children, attempting to drag this out to a whole day to “maximize” your dollar isn’t worth it.  And if your kids are still itching for more, there’s a “creation station” that they can go to afterwards to extend the visit. 

Have fun and see you there!

 

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LEGO Mount Rushmore MOC by Dave Guedes (rhymes with Lettuce)

Congratulations to Dave Guedes on getting one of his MOCs published in an ebook.

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VLC member, Dave (Brick Lettuce) wrote:

A few months back I was asked if my Mount Rushmore MOC could included in an eBook “Amazing Brick Faces” by JD Keller. At the time he had a website called “The Brick Idea” which now seems to be rebranded as master-builders.com. Anyways, the eBook has finally been released!

The book can be downloaded free for a limited time, although I don’t know how long that limited time will be or how it will be available after that time.

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The Flash TV show episode S03E11 Dead or Alive

Some of you observant people have noticed our favourite toy appear in this week’s episode of The Flash tv show.   Well, as it turns out, two of our members, Dave Guedes and Allan Corbeil were instrumental in it’s creation.   While they couldn’t/wouldn’t tell us anything about it until it aired, you can see it for yourself, now.

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You can catch a repeat of the episode this weekend.

If you’re not familiar with Vancouver, the area of town that it depicts is Victory Square located on the Downtown East Side which is home of the War Memorial Cenotaph.   Even Allan and Dave were kept in the dark about how it would actually be used, except they were told to keep it simpler than they had originally envisioned.   So while it may not win a MOC of the year award, it was never intended to be built that way. 

They did not supply the “astronaut” nor any of the minifigs.  They were just told to keep it as if one of the characters had built it to visually demonstrate what needed to be accomplished. 

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And hey, isn’t that Draco Malfoy?  I mean Tom Felton!   And for those of you who don’t watch the show, yes the actor who plays Barry Allen (The Flash) is the same guy who played the mean Dalton Academy Warbler from Glee. 

I feel that they did a great job in recreating the area to their specifications.  You can compare the real area as it’s seen later in the episode or head to Google Streetview of the area.

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BrickCan 2017 is happening – April 22 & 23rd – Don’t Miss Out again!

A message from the BrickCan team:

Hello, friend!

Remember when we were talking about Lego, and specifically about the awesome Lego exhibition in Richmond last year? Well, it’s happening again, and I don’t want you to miss out!

On April 22 and 23, 2017, the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC will host the second BrickCan exhibition. You will be able to view a huge variety of original LEGO creations, and shop with vendors selling LEGO themed merchandise as well as rare LEGO parts and sets. In the Creation Station, you can try your hand at building, and participate in interactive activities. If you’re bringing kids ages 12 and under, they’ll receive an exclusive, custom-designed BrickCan building kit to take home.

Last year, tickets for BrickCan sold out very quickly. More tickets will be made available this year, but buy your tickets early so you don’t miss out! Tickets for specific, two-hour viewing times are on sale through Ticketmaster right now. Admission for children aged three and under is free. 

Coming from out of town? Consider staying right at the River Rock Casino Resort – you can get a special BrickCan room rate, available for booking until March 1, 2017. Don’t forget to mention BrickCan while making your reservation. 

For more information and details, go to www.brickcan.com. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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And The Evergreen Line is open…..

With much fanfare, in the wee hours of the morning, three of our intrepid VLC members took a model that 11 builders of the VLC had been working on for the past two months, loaded it up in three cars and moved it to LaFarge Lake Douglas Station the terminus for the brand spanking new Evergreen Skytrain Line which opened up at noon today. 

We were asked to build the LaFarge Lake Douglas Station and the neighbouring Evergreen Cultural Centre out of LEGO bricks.  I knew our guys were up to the challenge, but it was tight timeline to accomplish it, on top of completing the delivery of our annual Festival of Lights Display at Van Dusen Gardens for Make A Wish BC & Yukon Foundation which turned out to be the very same week.

Artist Rendering of the LaFarge Lake Douglas Station.

Artist Rendering of the LaFarge Lake Douglas Station.

The builders include Lee Wager, Jason von Innerebner, Allan C, Will F, Tim Tosino, Paul H, Clayton W, Keith Reed, Shane W, Dave Guedes and John Kwok who took two months, over 250 hours and 40,000 LEGO bricks sourced from all over the world to bring this creation to life.  Unfortunately, in a last minute flurry of emails to the graphics department Dave Guedes was missed off the display credits.  This was not intentional and we are working to resolve this.   As well, Tim’s New Flyer bus didn’t make it into the display cabinet before the lid had to be sealed for opening. It will make it’s way into the display in the near future. 

This project will be at LaFarge Lake Douglas Station for the new few days, before moving on to Coquitlam Centre Mall.  In the spring it will move to the Evergreen Cultural Centre for an exhibit, before finding it’s final home at the Coquitlam Library. 

For more photos of the display, please visit our Flickr album.

Some of the builders who were able to attend the Opening Day Festivities. From left to right Tim T, Jason V, Jennifer F (Translink), Lee W and Will F.

Some of the builders who were able to attend the Opening Day Festivities. From left to right Tim T, Jason V, Jennifer F (Translink), Lee W and Will F.

 

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Thanks for coming to Vancouver Train Expo 2016

Thanks so much for coming out the Vancouver Train Expo 2016 at the PNE Forums.  It was an overwhelming success with 4900 people attending over the Saturday and Sunday.

Just in case you missed it, here are a few photos taken by VLC President, Allan.  A Flickr gallery with more photos will be posted soon.  And updated here.

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BrickCan 2017 convention open for registration – April 20-23, 2017

Given that I’ve finally got off my butt and registered, I can safely announce this knowing that I won’t be missing out on the fun in April as the attendance will be capped.  🙂

Please note that this announcement is for the four day Adult Builders conference side of the event.  That is, you intend to build and display your MOC’s for the public exhibition.

Most people reading this will be interested in purchasing tickets for a time slot during the two day Saturday or Sunday public exhibition.  Those tickets will be made available for purchase around January 2017.

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Returning for its second year in 2017, BrickCan is the largest Public Exhibition of incredible LEGO® creations ever held in British Columbia – And it all happens again this coming April 22-23, 2017! BrickCan also hosts Canada’s largest Adult LEGO® Fan Convention.

BrickCan is a four day event, taking place at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, created and produced by local Adult Fans of LEGO, or “AFOLs” for short. Hundreds of LEGO Builders from across North America and around the world will travel to Vancouver, bringing with them amazing models that they have spent countless hours designing and building. Together, all these AFOLs will set up and stage their creations, showcasing a fantastic temporary display of hundreds of incredible models for everyone to marvel at, including the general public. If you would like to attend the full convention as an AFOL, please visit the Adult LEGO Fan Convention page.

The full Fan convention takes place over four days starting Thursday, April 20, 2017, with the final two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017, open to the public to enjoy. We invite everyone to come to the River Rock, walk through the displays, meet some of the builders, and have some LEGO fun! Tickets for various sessions on the two exhibition days will be made available in early 2017!

BrickCan is about old friends, new friends and coming together over our common interest in LEGO. We bring our builds to share with our peers and to display them for the public. We hope to foster friendships and community through our enjoyment of LEGO.

Early Registration is $75 CAD and runs through January 20, 2017.

 

 

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Game of Thrones: The Wall – Beyond the Brick video

Making it’s debut at BrickCan 2016, The Game of Thrones: The Wall, made another appearance at BrickCon 2016 for those who hadn’t ventured into the Great White North.  Joshua Hanlon of Beyond the Brick interviewed one of the creator/builders, David Gagnon, a member of the VLC.

The fellow VLC builders were Keith Reed and Dave Guedes.

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