Legomaster's Brickfête 2015 Experience

The Brickfête 2015 convention in Toronto, Canada was an absolutely phenomenal time. I saw some breathtaking MOCs, won some pretty cool stuff and most importantly of all had a ton of fun with some awesome people. Here are a few personal highlights:



I went a little crazy this year and brought almost two dozen MOCs to display this year. Granted, most of them were vignettes and small BIONICLE MOCs, but setup was still a pain. Seen above are a few of my Star Wars scenes.


BIONICLE had a much larger presence at this year’s BF then it ever had in the past. This is mainly due to BZPower owner Black_Six who brought along the BZP and BIONILUG convention circuit as well as many of his own creations.

With BZPower present in full force, I decided that another little BIONICLE fansite deserved representation. Pictured above is a simple tribute to the Boards that I put together on the massive mosaic wall that was on display during the weekend.


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(MOC and photography courtesy of Gamma_Raay)

I also met the creator of this beautiful MOC. Some of you may recognise it; the creation won the Eurobricks portion of the Battle for the Golden Masks contest several months back. Its creator (Mitch Phillips) was an absolute blast to hang out with. We talked BIO-MOCing, BIONICLE parts history, Star Wars and more.


BF 2015 was Mitch’s first LEGO con. However, he wasn’t alone in that regard. Benjamin Looby was another first timer whom I befriended during the four day event. As it turned out, we had many common interests: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Karen Travis’ Republic Commando novels and even Skillet. Seen above are some of his sweet minifgure interpretations of various clone and Mando characters from Travis’ books.


I originally met Dan (501st Lego Trooper) at last year’s Brickfête and kept up with him via Skype ever since. But it was only this summer that a saw just how talented the guy is. His massive clone base drew numerous accolades from the public, fellow AFOLs and even the Brickfête organisers. Here’s a slideshow Dan put together showcasing all of the beautifully intricate details that went into the behemoth creation.

Pre-Brickfête, me and Dan worked out a trade that resulted in me acquiring several incomplete Manas crabs. Sweet, eh?


If any of you are well-versed in the North American LEGO convention scene, you’ve no doubt heard of Simon Liu. An extremely prolific and talented builder, Simon has a smile, generosity and good nature that I’ve rarely seen elsewhere. Building Classic Space with Simon, Mitch and several other Spacers was easily a highlight of the convention. And to top things off, Simon was kind enough to let me keep the micro ship I had put together. (I had one heckuva time keeping that darn thing on one piece. Illegal connections can cause quite the headache. :stuck_out_tongue: )


This year I had the good fortune to have many extremely interesting conversations with Kevin Hinkle, the community manager for LEGO Canada. Kevin and I talked about many LEGO-related topics, including BIONICLE 2015 and the online user groups. He, Mitch, Dan, Simon, a couple more AFOLs and I even had the chance to sit down for dinner together and discuss LEGO at length. Mr. Hinkle is a fantastic story-teller, full of a slightly quirky almost dead-pan style of humour that I personally couldn’t get enough of. He opened my eyes to aspects of LEGO’s consumer relations that I never could’ve dreamed of knowing about.


LEGO conventions are chock-full of various group challenges designed to test even the most seasoned FOL’s mastery over the brick. Brickfête was no exception. We had build-in-the-bags, speed-builds, group-builds, alt-builds, group-speed-alt-builds and more. I got a fair bit of free LEGO (some of which is pictured above) but more importantly it was a great opportunity to laugh and have an overall great time with friends.


Of course, it wouldn’t be Brickfête without a near-unhealthy amount of LEGO to take home at the end of it. Here’s a video detailing almost everything I acquired during the con (be sure to check out the description for links to all the builders mentioned in this post). Perhaps most interestingly to you MB crowd, I managed to score another couple pounds of BIONICLE G1 parts (see below). Time to get MOCing!


In closing, I have a hard time putting into words just how much Brickfête has come to mean to me. The atmosphere is friendly, the creations jaw-dropping, the organizers vibrant and the friends made unforgettable. I highly encourage every single LEGO fan who reads this to go and find out about an upcoming convention in your area. You won’t regret it.

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That all honestly sounds awesome. My favorite part is that TTV MB logo you put there. Looks awesome. =P

Maybe I need to start looking into a passport one day... wink Thanks for sharing!

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dang dude, you never cease to be awesome

that message boards logo

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Oh, dang, I missed Brickfête? I live so close...

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Same here. I literally live just half an hour away from Toronto. Too bad I was on vacation...

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Nah, I live so close i'm in toronto.
There are so many canadians on this site... And Eljay offended all of them on the Makutafest stream.

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What? How?

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And I made up for it! I tried asking people to suggest ideas as to how else I could, but the only comments I got were "take off the mask!" and stuff like that! Goodness!

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Nah, it's okay, Eljay. We all know that behind that "Eljay sucks, he's so mean!" thing, you're actually the nicest cast member. smile

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You're too kind. I'm so lucky to have you guys. ;-;

(Send help, the others abuse me)

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Sorry, I'm a little busy...

That event looks like a ton of fun.

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Thanks Eljay!

Oh, thanks man!

Aw darn, hope to see you guys next year!

You have no idea :smile:

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Is Brickête only a Canada thing? Or is there one in US also?
@legomaster1378

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I didn't know Alena was part of TTV now.

-MT

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@helryx Is that from Star Wars Bounty Hunter?(I Frickin love that game)

Eljay is definitely the nicest! He's so cool!
(The money is under the mailbox on Fifth Street, right, Eljay?)

I'm Joking, Eljay
Don't get the blue and red pin whip

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No, it's a blooper from the second prequel movie. It's where he fought Obi Wan.

I do too.

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Oh. Whoopsie.

I just noticed your picture. A Mandolorian standing in front of the Confederate Battle Flag is perhaps one of the coolest things ever.

I'm glad someone else likes Bounty Hunter smiley

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Thanks man!

ahem

Back on topic, @legomaster1378, is the event like a toy fair?

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Yeah...On topic-ness

That's a good haul for G1 parts! How much was all of that?

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It's Canadian. But there are a dizzying amount of BrickFairs, BrickFests, BrickCons, etc. in the US. However, I've heard from seasoned AFOLs that Brickfête is one of the most intimate and friendly cons in North America.

I love how all this faux-Eljay bashing somehow popped up on my topic.

Oh wait, does this mean I'm considered the instigator of all this? Oh dear...

Not at all. Sure, there's some LEGO employees and sometimes they reveal upcoming sets at cons like this, but it's mainly a community-run event for the community. Does that answer your question?

40$ cash plus 60$ of BrickArms and BrickWarriors. I'll try and have a closer look at all the parts within the next month.

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