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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Allan’s LEGO Red Rocket Truck Stop on Beyond the Brick

An interview by Beyond the Brick on VLC member Allan Corbeil’s LEGO version of Red Rocket Truck Stop from Fallout 4. Displayed at BrickCon 2018.

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VLC member’s LEGO set design is available for pre order at Bricklink until April 15th

Hey everyone.

Just spreading the word that my original LEGO set design is available for pre order now at bricklink.com

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I would really appreciate any support over the next two and half months to try and get this set funded. It would just be super cool to have it produced! :lol:

Cheers!

Paul 

https://www.bricklink.com/v3/crowdfunding/designer-sets-for-adult-fans-of-lego/62728/Imagine-it!-Build-it!

 

Description

So much creative potential lies within the iconic LEGO® brick, and this design gives the builder a taste of the limitless ideas just waiting to burst out. At the center of the design is a poseable anime character with your choice of heads. Micro models of different themes that surround the character include a: quaint castle, cargo ship with lighthouse, futuristic skyscraper, a cute parrot, and many more! Display this design with your favorite LEGO sets in your collection to inspire creativity. If you can imagine it, you can build it!

Designer’s notes

I would like people to notice the individual micro-builds in the set. The steam locomotive, parrot, and castle in particular, showcase some interesting building techniques. There are also some fun and complex connections used within the structure of the character’s anime head. I think people will enjoy building the diverse styles used within this set. There is something for everybody!

Design inspiration

The inspiration to build Imagine it! Build it! came from my desire to try and visually represent the creative power that is present in the LEGO brick. Celebrating the creativity in the LEGO brick seemed like the ideal subject for a joint BrickLink and LEGO set.

 

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BrickCan 2019 – Ninjago City Collaboration

The VLC will be hosting a public collaborative display of Ninjago City open to any full convention attendees. Please see the below instructions with guidelines and how to participate.

Full credit to The Brothers Brick for much of the text and specifications.

THE LOOK     –     The idea is there were old buildings at the bottom and people kept building on top of what was there

The visual style of Ninjago City, of the official sets and the movie, is of a vertically stacked city that’s an eclectic blend of traditional and modern architecture. The lower levels of the city are a bit run-down, or simply older, wood construction. Earth tones and simple, de-saturated colors, worn sidewalks, and plenty of vegetation set the scene. As we work our way up to the second level (there are generally two floors or stories for each level) the city is cleaner and newer, with brighter colors and plenty of shops and advertising. The third level, which not every block needs to have, can continue the aesthetic of the second level, or start to shift towards a more futuristic vibe.

Ninjago City is comprised of many skyscrapers, featuring billboards for advertising businesses. Within the city are small shops, lively subway systems, small arcades, schools, large banks, parks, cafes, and a vast sewer system.

The layers of the model show a city that has been built upon itself over the years. The city is broken up into three levels, known as the Old World, the Street and the High-rise.

  • The “ground floor” of the city is the oldest occupied section.
  • The street level boasts affordable shops and restaurants
  • The upper level is home to some of the more exclusive restaurants and living spaces.

THE PLAN     –     Baseplates are all 32 x 32, in any color.

We will display our own version of the iconic setting of Ninjago City, based on the official set, with three baseplate templates for contributors to choose from, and adapt to create city “blocks” on 32×32 baseplates.

 

Light blue = foundation
Medium blue = water
City block has 3 studs of water at the front, and 8 studs of water in the back. Water is composed of 1 plate + 1 tile. Levels are the same as standard above.

City block consists of at least 2 main levels:

Level 1 – (Lower city) 2 bricks + 1 plate from baseplate, with a 4 stud deep sidewalk.
Level 1 sidewalk can and should have some variation of height to a minimum of 1 brick + 1 plate, as long as they match up to standard 2 brick + 1 plate on any end that connects to an adjoining base. Also, a mixture of plate, tile, vegetation, as well as use the silver ingot tile, are encouraged to create the weathered and worn look of the official set.

Level 2 – 12 bricks + 1 plate above level 1 standard, also with a 4 stud deep minimum sidewalk.
Level 2 sidewalk is 1 brick + 2 plates, and this sidewalk should be much more even, and in better condition. Beyond the two standard levels, any additional sidewalks, bridges or platforms are entirely up the individual builder.

 

 

Placement of technic pin holes critical!
Important Note:
Any construction like roof details, balconies, or other overhang are permitted, however, there can be no overhang beyond the left and right sides of the block, where joining to another baseplate. Rather, an overhang on either side needs to be set back from the edge of the baseplate. Overhangs beyond the edge of the block are permitted only in front, or back, where the building faces the water.

Major departures from this standard should be discussed beforehand, so as not to clash too much with the rest of the city. Front and back should be complete (no facades) as the block may be seen primarily from the back depending on final layout.
For the back of a straight block, filling in the water area in part or in full is an option, however, the back should either shift to 8 studs of water at either end, where the block joins with another baseplate, or show a finished edge along the visible side, so that when joined to a base with the water at the back, this will not look incomplete (as in, bright colors, or gaps).

Want to get social? Visit the Flickr group to check out what others are working on, and ask questions!

Some real-life inspiration for you from VLC member Joanna Mong’s recent trip to Japan:

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