This past July I attended the Brickfête 2016 convention in Toronto, Ontario. I reunited with many old friends and made many new ones. We participated in all sorts of various LEGO-related challenges and contests, sold and traded lots of LEGO and had tons of great conversations. Read on for some of my personal highlights from the con (along with a look at all the LEGO I came home with).
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I brought nearly two dozen MOCs to Brickfête this year, most of them Constraction. Most of these creations haven’t been posted online but you should be able to spot a few that might be familiar. The BIONICLE display was one of the few places in the entire convention hall that was closed off and that had chairs, so it turned into the de-facto hangout/rest spot for us during the public days (the AC vent right above us made the place frigidly cold though).
Seen on the far right are some of the creations that Andrew (Black_Six, administrator of BZPower) brought for the BZP/BioniLUG convention circuit. I chatted with Andrew briefly at the beginning of the con, but he was out visiting Toronto during most of the weekend. During the public days I was in the booth chatting to tons of folks about BIONICLE. I even introduced several of them to the Message Boards (not too sure how many actually signed up though).
I also had the chance to hang out with Ryan (@Crezdonn), an awesome fellow BIONICLE fan. He arrived later during the con, but he brought along a crazy amount of 01-04 collectables along with some sweet set revamps.
This year my good friend Dan (501st Lego Trooper) and I decided to do a Star Wars collaborative MOC this year. Together we built 26 vignettes depicting scenes from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie and the first season of the TV show of the same name.
As usual, the cosplayers of the 501st Legion paid us a visit and posed for pics.
I picked up a lot of LEGO over the weekend, here are a few highlights:
I got several MISB sets from a raffle and the local LEGO store.
I picked up many complete sets, most of which are gonna be broken down for parts.
A brief glimpse at a huge lot of G1 parts I got from a fellow AFOL.
Most of the Kanohi/collectables I bought and traded from various folks throughout the convention.
I got all sorts of minifigures (Star Wars, Agents, Fantasy, etc.) that either have cool parts or will be useful for vignettes.
I also got a giant cardboard cut-out of Tahu in a BIONICLE Store Event kit from 2001.
Finally, here’s the YouTube version of the haul (featuring additional items and info).
This year’s Brickfête was fantastic, as usual. I’m glad that I was able to hang out with friends more then previous years. It was great to interact with so many different people from different backgrounds who all had different perspectives on the LEGO hobby. As usual, I highly recommend checking out your nearest LEGO con. You won’t be disappointed.