White Rock Museum and Archives – 100 Years of Toys – June 6th to Oct 12th, 2015

I did say that we were busy.  This is the third event/display that we were working on.  We provided a different classic toy (recreated in LEGO) for each decade of the past 100 years.    Some are so old that they’re new again.  So come and check out the display!

Whether a yoyo, Slinky, Etch-a-Sketch, or XBox, toys have existed for centuries as an essential part of any child’s life. Play teaches everything from motor skills, to engineering, to everyday tasks. Toys allow us to develop our imaginations and creativity, to explore, discover and learn from the world around us.

Join us from June 6th to October 12th as we celebrate some of the most popular toys of the last 100 years. Follow the evolution of handcrafted wood and ceramic toys to factory produced plastics and computer microprocessing.

The exhibit features toy re-creations from members of the Vancouver Lego Club, historic toys from the Museum’s collection, as well as ten interactive toy stations and balloon sculptures by Korki the Clown, Smile Ambassador of the Semiahmoo Peninsula. Make sure to grab your play passport on your way in and test out all the stations in our gallery for a chance to win a 2015 Easy Bake Oven!


With thanks to our exhibit sponsors and partners: City of White RockPeace Arch News (2015 Print Media Sponsor),  Charlie Don’t Surf Restaurant (2015 Reception Sponsor) and Bricks 4 Kidz – Surrey/Delta. Exhibit artwork provided by: Monica Blachnio.

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Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire June 6th and 7th, 2015

We’re back at Vancouver’s Mini-Maker Faire at the PNE this weekend, June 6th and 7th.  Another opportunity for the Lower Mainland to see what we do with LEGO bricks.

Vancouver_MMF_logos_Wordpress990 If you’ve actually been monitoring the VMMF site, you’ll see that we were going to be bringing Paul Hetherington’s Batman Gotham Theatre.  Unfortunately, there was a mishap in transport and it will not be making it’s appearance here (but will make a show in 2016).  He will instead be bringing Poseidon, which is a huge animated mermaid fantasy delight.

In a similar vein, making it’s Vancouver debut is Keith Reed’s Neverland which brings the world of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan fantastic island to LEGO life.

Rounding out the trio will be Jason von Innerebner, great ball contraption (GBC) based on Akiyuki’s Ball Factory design.   Jason is not even a VLC member but we’re happy to have him show this off and cross our fingers that it runs smoothly for a full two days.

So come by and say hi!

Oh yeah… the Makers have asked us to bring some LEGO bricks for you all to play with in their LEGO Lounge.  So kick back and relax and build a creation or five.   Children must attend with a guardian present but hey you love building with LEGO too, right?

You can purchase your tickets to VMMF here.

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LEGO: A Fraser Valley Odyssey opens today at the Surrey Museum

You may have been thinking to yourself, that it’s been a bit quiet around here.   And you would be right, but thing have been hopping backstage with three different displays/events in the next week.

Opening today is LEGO: A Fraser Valley Odyssey at the Surrey Museum (in Cloverdale) and will run till September 16th, 2015.

Admission is sponsored by the friends of the museum which can be read as FREE! but please do support the museum by donation if you enjoy what you see.

Please excuse the Ice Age section of our display, we put a lot of effort into all the other time periods that we didn’t have a lot of time to think this era through.  Frankly, if you think about it there wasn’t a whole lot happening there at the time but we’ll fix that soon.  Check out the rest of the displays and come back in a week or two and recheck the Ice Age then.

Explore the Fraser Valley’s past, present and future in the Surrey Museum’s new ‘LEGO: A Fraser Valley Odyssey’ exhibition. 

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


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….

This one is labeled teaser2.  It does not look like a tasty meal.


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This arrived image arrived in our email….

IMG_4065Anyone have an idea what this is about?

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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!


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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.


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.


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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