Vancouver is Awesome – An article about Will Fong’s LEGO Public Transit and Trains recreations

One of our VLC members, Will Fong, was interviewed about his LEGO creations which meticulously recreate local public transit.   The following is gratuitously cut and paste from the VancouverIsAwesome website.  And the article can be found at the following link:


This Vancouver man’s elaborate Lego creations will blow your mind (PHOTOS)

“In total, the model ended up being 3500 pieces.”


Photo: Will Fong

A highlight of Expo ’86, Vancouver’s SkyTrain opened on Dec. 11, 1985, but a local man is giving the transportation system a new pint-sized Lego look. 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Will Fong’s detailed transportation creations may look like the fruit of a lifelong passion. However, he tells Vancouver Is Awesome that he’s only been building Lego for about four years.

“My objective is to keep my models as accurate to life as possible,” he notes. “I try to replicate everything, from the graphic design to the interiors.”

In total, Fong reports that he’s built six unique Vancouver-based models, including ten duplicate vehicles of those which are still in his possession. He explains how his process for each project begins with hours of research, which includes hours of reading as well as photo and video research.

“That can include books, documentary and video footage or even scouring someone’s Flickr stream for source material,” he adds.

Following the research step, Fong says he moves into preliminary design, which involves building a digital model.

“It begins as a rough sketch, trying to figure out what elements of the subject matter I can incorporate,” he describes. “When it gets to be about 75% complete, I begin to build some portions physically. That allows me to have a hands on approach to figuring out how to get around some of the geometrical problems a medium like Lego can create.”

will-fong-digital-modelPhoto: Will Fong

After the digital model is complete, Fong compiles it into an excel sheet to determine which Lego parts he’ll need to order to finish the project. He notes that, “Unlike some other people in the community, I do not have an infinite collection of Lego.”

While he’s waiting for his final parts to be delivered, Fong collects the graphics he’ll want to include in the model. He highlights that, “This can range from the stripes, to the numbering, down to The Buzzer magazine boxes and license plates. I then get them professionally printed.”

After putting the pieces together, Fong’s final touches include wiring up the electronics and soldering dozens of LEDs into place. 

Fong’s first creations were the Mk II Skytrain cars. He notes that they were first displayed at Brickcan 2016 – Vancouver’s first Lego convention.

will-train-2Photo: Will Fong

After these, he describes how between November 2015 and April 2016, “I revamped it and ended up with a model that I can run on train layouts and has all exterior and interior lights.”

“In total, the model ended up being 3500 pieces.”

will-inside-trainPhoto: Will Fong

Fong currently has a miniature SkyTrain on display at Science World in Towers of Tomorrow Exhibit.

will-science-worldPhoto: Will Fong

Have a look at some more of Fong’s work. 


victoria-transitPhoto: Will Fong


will-skytrainPhoto: Will Fong


will-north-vancouver-trolleyPhoto: Will Fong


will-inside-train-2Photo: Will Fong
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Richmond Teen’s Lego Kits shared locally, globally – Richmond News

This is the kind of feel good story that we like to read in the morning.

Copied from the Richmond News website link below:

Story and photograph by Maria Rantanen of the Richmond News

Caleb Wu, 15, has combined two big parts of his life – Lego and a light box – into a hobby that is bringing a constructive pastime to many struggling kids.


The Richmond teen has been going to BC Children’s Hospital three times a week since he was three years old to spend a few minutes at a time in an ultra-violet light box to treat his lymphoma, which manifests on his skin.

As a small boy, the short time he spent in the box felt like “forever.” As he got older, he realized other kids were spending much longer periods of time at the hospital in Vancouver for treatment, and he imagined their frustration and boredom.


“I can’t imagine someone in a bed for six hours doing nothing,” he said.


 That’s when he started making small Lego kits for his fellow patients – mini-racers – out of his own Lego that he’d been playing with since he was small.

He made seven kits at first – and they were a huge hit. He next created the Lightbox Raptors kit, which is a fighter jet.

The challenge was to find enough of the same pieces to create several kits of each design.

When he ran out of his own supply, he started buying Lego with the money earned working at Dave’s Fish & Chips in Steveston.

One of his sets went to a 16-year-old with autism who had to stay at BC Children’s for long-term care, during which he was “super anxious and nervous.” He later heard that this set kept him occupied and help him through his stay.

“It was my Lego set and instructions that kept him calm,” Caleb said. When he heard this story, it was “really touching,” he said, and he couldn’t wait to create more Lego kits for other kids.

Caleb has dubbed his initiative “Project Lightbox,” and, this fall, he won $2,500 prize in Coast Capital Savings’ “Power of Youth” contest. He estimates this will keep him supplied for about three years to make up to 500 kits.

Caleb was one of the four winners of the “Power of Youth” contest. Amanda Welschlau with Coast Capital Savings said they were looking for passionate young people who were doing simple acts that could have a large impact. Caleb’s Project Lightbox fit this to a T.

When Caleb’s family was planning a missions trip to a girls’ orphanage India this summer, he decided to create Lego kits to take along to give to the girls living there.

His first idea was to design a Lego snake that several girls could add on to, but that was deemed too frightening and maybe overwhelming in its complexity for kids who hadn’t had any exposure to Lego. His next idea was a fairly simple design called Lightbox Flowerbeds – this was a smash hit and he watched as the older girls at the orphanage in Pune, India, taught the younger girls how to build them.

After his trip to India, he started noticing that there is also poverty around him here in Canada, and he reached out to the YMCA where one in five kids comes from a home in financial need. As a result, he will be making kits for their kids programs as well.

Caleb creates his own designs out of pieces he has, and once he has the prototype, he draws the instructions using Lego Digital Designer, and then he starts searching for and collecting pieces to assemble the kits.

Anyone who wants to donate Lego pieces or Lego gift cards to Project Lightbox can contact Caleb at

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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)


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.

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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

“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

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.

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


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….


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.


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