BrickCan 2018 – Fallout Shelter Collaborative Build

This has just been cut and paste from last year’s entry, so there may be inaccuracies.  For the most current info, https://www.facebook.com/legofalloutshelter/

Are you planning on attending BrickCan April 19-22,  2018? This year the VLC is opening up our collaborative build of the Fallout Shelter to all Registered Con Attendees wishing to participate. (sorry, but this is not open to the general public)

Below are the guidelines required so your incredibly creative room can be included in this collaborative display at BrickCan.

Rooms will need to be registered for the following reasons:

  • Best room will be voted on
  • We want to avoid too many of the same room
  • We need to roughly know how many rooms to expect so we can plan accordingly

REGISTER HEREFallout Shell

 – sample of an empty room that meets the basic requirements.

Background: This collaborative build draws its inspiration from the Fallout mini game designed for mobile devices called “Fallout Shelter”. You do not need to play the game to contribute to this build, but it will provide further insight to the nature of it. If you have any questions regarding the standard please contact:

  • Keith: keithjessica.reed <at> gmail <dot> com
  • Jason: jasonvoni <at> gmail <dot> com
  • Kyler: kylerstorm <at> gmail <dot> com

Guidelines to adhere to when building any room. (Rooms that do not conform to the standard may not be included.)

  • All rooms are 16 studs deep. If you choose to make a shallower room, make sure your floor plate and your top can support and be supported by rooms with a depth of 16 studs.
  • Room widths are in 16 stud increments. Minimum 16 studs, Maximum 48 Studs. Therefore room widths are: Small – 16, Medium – 32 and Large – 48. (Exception only for elevators – 8 studs and “dirt filler” – 8 studs)
  • Room height is EXACTLY 10 bricks. This includes the floor plate all the way to the top tiles.
  • The top of the room will have few studs so rooms lock together however they must be easy to remove after the show (Think Modular Buildings). Tiles on the top of your room are required to properly support the weight of the structure.
    1. It would be helpful if rooms that are wider than 16 studs contain additional supports to support rooms above. (See Blue 1×2 plates in samples below, be creative with the supports.)
  • Rooms will have a 1x4x6 door frame on either adjoining wall, 2 studs back from the front.
  • On all four lower corners facing the adjacent rooms 1×2 technic bricks with single hole will be included for securing the structure.
  • UPDATED: Please see lighting standards on Facebook page as IKEA no longer sells the previous lights.
  • Ceiling fixtures can be included. You may present your room with a top plate to show where the fixtures belong. The top plate will be removed and the fixtures will be attached to the room above. Be sure they don’t obstruct the lighting.

Outside of these guidelines, get creative, there are no color restrictions. We encourage rooms to either hold as incredibly close to the game as possible or to have a certain level of outlandishness. Remember, the time frame that this falls into is around the year 2150, and the world has ended as we know it!

We will consider having some corner rooms (facing 2 sides). If you’d like to make a corner room please submit a request to the email contacts listed at the top of this sheet.

Happy building fellow Overseer!

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2018 – An Exciting Year for the VLC

On March 17, club members will be displaying builds at the Silver Creek Elementary School in Hope. There will also be bricks on hand to allow visitors to create their own masterpieces. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds from the event will go to the construction of a new playground. For more details, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1791334721169483/

Have you purchased your BrickCan tickets yet? It’s coming back to the River Rock Casino and Resort in April. Whether you’re an adult fan of Lego (AFOL) planning to join us for the full conference, or anticipating an awe-inspiring visit to the exhibit hall, remember that the previous two events had sell-outs. Go to www.brickcan.com for information and to get your tickets today.

Looking ahead to the summer, you’ll be able to see one of our club’s large-scale exhibits at the New Westminster Museum. The exhibit will open on July 15, with a transportation theme.

The club meets monthly, so if you’re looking to get involved, please check out the forums on this page, connect with us on Facebook, or email membership@vlc.ca.

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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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