There are a LOT of pics here and I’m only doing one post. Some of the pics I will just be posting without commentary to go along with them. The ones that need it however, will have it. Now then, on with the show!
Thursday morning… June 17th, 2010. A day that will live in infamy!
We gathered in the lobby at around noon and piled into cars for our annual LegoLand Discovery Center outing. Picking out all the faces I can in this shot from left to right, Lee Jones (with his AWESOME kids Maddie and Dano in the front), Mark Kelso, Stacy Sterling and Lee’s wife Danette. In the background are a few others including Dave Sterling and George Kemper.
We arrived at LegoLand about a half hour later. Here’s Kelso, Kemper, Marianne Asu… Asunami? Asuyammi? And Scott and Trina (ARGH! Can’t remember their last name Yeap, They’re all gonna kill me.)
But first, LUNCH! We avoided Chipotle this year for Dennis’ sake and went with a sandwich shop.
Storming the gates!
Kelso kept TRYING to tell me that he dropped that thing by accident.
But we all know the REAL reason. He dropped that thing like 14 times!
“Dr. Feelgood” here doing what he does best. Lee Jones holds the world record for quickest dropped “trou” at .46 seconds.
Inside LegoLand’s first exhibit. A complete recreation of the Chicago Lakefront.
Oh my, who’s that overlooking the city?
Oh never mind, it’s just Dave Kaleta…
Kelso’s reaction when he saw that he was sitting next to me on the dragon ride. Poor guy.
Some of you may think this is a joke, but Lee is actually looking in to purchasing a machine to make Lego brick. For the record… No, this is not a joke and from what he told me MAN are those machines expensive!
We’ve done enough Legoland posts in the past so we’ll move on back to the convention…
Saw this when we got back to the hotel.
Never found out who did it but thought it was funny.
The rest of Thursday was spent with setup. See Heath Flor’s post for a little more coverage on that.
Had a small outing to my house in the morning with Dennis, Kelso and Kaleta to pick up my Communication Universal Networking Transponder (that needed to actually be held on the drive so it didn’t fall apart). Kelso was violated by a genie and we got lunch while we were out so it was a win win for everyone!
Dave Kaleta showing why he’s not allowed back at veterinary conferences anymore. (thanks for help with the repairs Dave!)
George Kemper and Mark talking with Bryan “Eggypop” Hanley! Eggy was only able to make it for Friday, but it was really cool to meet him in person. Hope he can come back and stay longer next year.
Heath’s courthouse… NICE!
Kelso with Joe Meno.
Let me repeat that for the sake of poor Danette who (along with myself and a few others) was forced to put weapons in the hands of nearly every one of them. Six thousand… Two hundred. Dr. Jones has been taking lessons from Nike and Martha Stewart when it comes to sweatshop slave labor.
All the way from Billasomethingorother Australia boys and girls, it’s I Scream Clone! Josh is a WAY cool dude! Will someone get to work on a transporter so the guys that live overseas can get here more often please.
Josh’s (I scream clone) layout.
Dave Sterling being the awesome dude he is.
Project X, the Matrix by George Kemper. I don’t know exactly how many of us contributed to this layout, but it turned out REALLY nicely. And yes, we already have a project X for 2011 in the works that’ll blow this one out of the water!
Welcome, to Jurassic Park.
Quantas has the unique distinction of being the only airline to have never crashed… guess they shoulda told the guys handling this moc that. This moc suffered damage on the trip and had to have a lot of repair work done when they arrived. The good news is not only did they get it fixed, but the guys who built it got free airfare from Australia to here because of it! (just for building it mind you, not because it was damaged… that was an added bonus)
Twin lug layout.
They told me that this maze on the twin lug layout actually has a solution. Feel free to figure it out on your own time, I’m too lazy. Great idea though!
Welcome to the wonderful world of Oz!
The next few pics don’t have words cool enough to describe it. So in a rare occurrence, I’ll just shut up.
Dave Xandegar! And that brownish blur in the background is Legohaulic!
Speaking of Legohaulic… His and Nannan’s award winning layout! Totally deserved it too! I mean… using PAB cups IN your build? Who thinks of stuff like that? Awesome job guys!
Scott and Trina here with their award winning trains! Congrats guys and congrats on the (soon) new FOL addition to the family!
The man, the myth, the legend, the smack that is… Goldman, seen here with the missing man tribute for Nnenn.
And my contribution to the tribute. Rest in peace Nate.
May I present, Dave Kaleta’s “Best Mega Creation” award winning Batcave. The entire inside of the mansion is furnished. Most people didn’t get to see that and it STILL won the award. Just shows how cool this thing really is! Congrats Dave, you TOTALLY deserved it!
For the next few shots, I’ll just let you enjoy some of the creations on display.
Friday night. I had to work on Friday, but they let me out early so I could get to the in store event!
I was still a little late, but thanks to Lee I scored a Grand Emporium (thanks Lee!) and was able to pick up three other sets as well.
Had to drive for an hour through torrential a downpour, but I think it was worth it.
Saturday morning. First public day! To give you an idea of just how MANY people there were, this was the line at about 11am, an hour after they opened the doors.
Adam Tucker’s fully operational roller coaster!
It would be so cool to be minifig scale right now.
An overall shot of the coaster. He’s going to redo this thing for next year bigger and better! Can’t wait Adam!
Ryan Rubino ladies and gentlemen! His name isn’t that big on mocpages anymore but rest assured, this man is Lego Royalty!
Kaleta decided to install interior lighting inside the mansion.
And we did what we could to help. Hey Dave… NICE!
This is probably the ONLY better use for a PAB cup than the one Nannan came up with.
One of these things is not like the other, one of these things is not the same. When I put this fig on Lee’s Matrix layout his reaction was something along the lines of “What the %*#&? What the %* is that thing on my moc?” We got a good giggle out of that one.
This weekend went by WAY too quick. Here I am trying to ward off Lee with an apple. I hear it those work on doctors pretty much the same way garlic works on a vampire. Yes I used that joke before, but it’s still funny dangit!
Open the gates and unleash the public hordes! No Lee, I said horDes... go back to what you were doing.
Kelso: “I seeeee youuuuu…”
Kaleta and Josh (I Scream Clone).
A cheerleader about to take the plunge on my log ride. Insert bad pun joke here.
She was a REAL busy girl. But it made her so happy.
Kaleta and Heath’s lovely wife Amber.
And speaking of Heath… finally got him to stand still long enough to get a pic. Dude… you’re here for a Lego convention, not sightseeing!
Lee’s army became the hangout for much of the convention. Here’s a few of us in the final hour of the show… sniff.
They cleared out the hall at 4 and it was time to start tearing down.
I don’t have the 400,000 part collection of most AFOLs, so for me, I just toss everything in a tub and sort it when I get home. Kelso got the honor of the first toss. Take a wild guess which moc he was most attracted to.
And he even found some creative uses for the wreckage.
Not sure where he was going with this one. I find it safer not to ask.
Kemper throwing in the building I did for his Matrix layout.
Wow, it’s almost like bullet time with this pic. Now all I need to do is figure out how to pan here…
Heath took the next one.
And even after I let him do this, he wouldn’t let me do it with his courthouse. How’s that for gratitude?!??!
Even Dennis’ daughter Kelsey…
…and the good Mr. Price got in on the action.
George took a play out of my book for his own builds.
Stacy was actually scared to join in on this.
I thought the poor girl was going to start crying when she dropped the house I made for their layout in there.
Left to right. Kelso, Kemper, Jones, Stacy in front (wonder why Lee chose THAT spot? Oh right, he was the smart one, forgot), Heath, Dave Sterling, some bum from off the street and Dennis Price.
And you people thought that SigOcean was dead… He’s alive and well and in the hands of Dennis Price (may god have mercy on SigOcean’s soul).
Kaleta accepting his award for the Batcave! I can’t say this enough. Dave, YOU FREAKIN ROCK!
The final shot of the tub. Believe it or not, I’ve already got about half of this sorted!
After tear down, I picked up my wife and daughter and had dinner with the Jones’. Despite herself, my wife ACTUALLY had a good time!
Fourth wall commentary: This post was long enough as it is, so I’ll be brief. It really is like a family reunion at Brickworld. I miss you all terribly already and can’t wait for next year! Take care everyone!
I sent this to the head of
THE BRICK LIFE
today, March 29, 2012
You could be a big help for an American Family whose adult daughter is missing.
She was a top MOC designer.
Please go to this link and read about it.
I'd love to see you post it!
The more coverage the family could get
maybe the quicker HEATHER can be found!
God bless you for your help.
I am childless and a retired teacher!
I am hoping since your is PARENT oriented item
you will both understand and empathize with this sad situation!
I hope she posts it and I hope it helps!
My heart is broken over this, I wanted to be a father so bad my wife and I separated over the fact she could not have any children, being a teacher and taking charge of others' kids you could only imagine how I wanted my own. I feel for her parents and relatives!
Chris, THANK YOU for your nice comments. Can you please read my bio and let me know if you like my ideas under the feedback section. Also do you like the way I illustrated it? Nick
Also let me know if you like my other Alice Stuff!
And the Snow White I worked hard at them!
Also where are you from? I am New York City!
Some of your pics (especially the few in the front) are funny as heck!
Do you think I have stuff I could exhibit?
If so what?
I gotta go to this before I head off to West Point. Anyways, Chris can you check out some of this guys MOCs: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/33451 , he has great creations, but isn't noticed much. Thanks.
I freaked out a the castle, the roller coaster, and the bley and yellow space station. Oh, also at the guys freakin' HUGE army, the Ferris Wheel (Wow...The Grand Carousel is like a dot...), and Nannan Z./Legohaulic's "Containment". I saw the Batcave earlier on MOCpages, and I agree. TOTALLY deserves the award. Where was BrickWorld held?
I actually saw your set up there, And I remember that log riding cheerleader!*mind out of the gutter folks, mind out of the gutter.* You probably don't remember me, but I was one of the tallest ones there:) It was so awesome to be able to see everyones creations, especially I Scream Clone's as I have never seen that freaking much monorail in my life:)
great coverage chris,
it greatly compensate for the fact that
i coul dt be there!
wow that castle was something,was it?
the bat cave also seems too beautifuly detailed
for any picture to give it justice!
wish i could see it for real,in the next convention in montreal!
but it s so small compared with the one you ve showed in your pictures!
maybe 10 lego creations!
hope it ll be better this year!
thanks for sharing!
I am very much interested in your project Avatar, heard you talking about it BW. Wait to next year when I motion to the rotor and add lights and sound to the display - May Day, May Day, Coast Guard Kodiak. You can email me it's on my homepage.
I can't wait until next year when I get to meet all of you! Mr. Phipson, I was wondering if I could be a part of Project Avatar. I feel that I could be a great addition to the build team. And if it's what I think it is, it'll be alot of fun too! Please consider letting me join.
I thought i recognized you guys! I was heading over to Westfield Mall for the Lego Store and PAB..... Anyway, we drove past to see if anything was new there and well, like i said, I thought i saw you guys walking in. This is kinda creepy though right?
Hahaha! Your wife enjoyed herself? That must be the first time, since when, like before she met you? Sorry 'bout the bad joke, but I must say i'm impressed by your ability just to throw everything into a bucket and sort it out later. I could never do that. I honor my lego creations far to much to do that. You did take quite a few excellent pictures, so thanks for sharing them with us.
Wow it seemed like you guys really had a stunning time, that reminds me I should start thinking about a starting a British one some time in the future
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June 25, 2010
Great recap Mr. Phipson. Brickworld 2010 was the best one yet and I know 2011 will be even better. We have a great group together here and hopefully we can get set up similar to this year. It was great to see everyone and sorry if Stacy and I were running around all the time. It was such a busy week with so much to do! Next year we're not brining the whole layout so setup time should be shorter. And yes...we have something else in mind for 2011.
Great coverage matey, not easy to remember all the names and mocs and awards. Can't thank you enough for sharing with the rest of us. It shines through how much fun you guys had there; I'm getting closer on being there in person-nearly made it this time. Here's to 2011! And re: lil' Ocean, BE NICE MR PRICE!
As much as I'd like to throw down the smack, I just can't help myself...gotta actually be serious for a moment here. While the events and the creations are worth going for themselves, it's the people that make this the absolute pinnacle of the year for me. FANTASTIC job with the pics, Chris; reminding us of what a great time we all had with the friends that make this so much more than just a hobby! Here's to all of the BW attendees, and the especially the MOCpages crew!!!
Awesome recap, I know I can count on you to deliver the funniest Brickworld pictures. I see some priceless moments at the discovery center, and I can't believe y'all just threw MOCs in the bin at the end.
Wow, Chris, best shots I've seen from any of the BW coverage. The Neuschwanstein pics were the BEST and it was my favorite creation from everything I saw; amazing accuracy. Your pics of Kelso with SpongeBob had tears in my eyes! The look on his face as he's making the 'drop'...priceless. What a cool bunch of freakazoids!~H
Dang...looked like a blast. I'm surprised at how many people were actually there on the public days was well as the huge amount of fantastic creations. Thanks for the coverage of the event, Chris. -Dylan
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June 24, 2010
This sounds and looks like an enormous amount of fun. I wish I was further north; Houston, TX is about as far south as you can get. Oh well, maybe one year. Thanks for the share Chris
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June 24, 2010
Really, really cool! I might be going next year, a heck of a drive from N.Y. But this was just plain old funny yet awesome. P.S.- Would it be possible for me to put a creation on display at this event? Do you have to be a certain age (I'm 11...) If so, please reply. Please... Oh, and I would love to meet you in real life... you sound cool. No, wait. That was nerdy. Let me try it again. I want to meet you because your stuff is amazing. Done.
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The Lego Man The Lego Man
June 24, 2010
Looks amazing! Wish i could'a been there...ah well i will be at Brickcon in Seattle next time.Will you?
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June 24, 2010
What a great time we had this year! I'm looking forward to next year already. Oh and Chris I will send you some pics of me in a lederhosen on top of the Matterhorn(thats not a joke).-George
Must be nice to have a good group like that and such an event to got to. I'm still kind of in the closet with this hobby, people know I do it, but it's never talked about, hehe, thanx for sharing these great scenes Chris, and Mark, you have quite a sense of humor, especially around questionably shaped lego noses...
wow, public day was packed! good recap. great to see ya'lls stuff in person. i'm still amazed at how big the Neushanstein castle is. Carney must build a lot and fast because he does like 10 of those a year.
It was a good time indeed, seeing old friends and making new ones. It was a pleasure to be there. Too bad for you, ShannO -- I've got the fig now and, well, let's just say I don't intend on being gentle.
God. How old do you have to be to do BrickWorld and stuff with ya guys? I am going 13 in a few months. And man, I just want to hang with you guys, give some laughs, and hang out with Sean Kenney and the bum off the street (and Kelso, he is epic).
What an absolute blast it was to meet Chris, Dave K, Kelso, Lee, Dennis and the rest. I did sit with Kemper as well, but didn't get to introduce myself. Thanks for the Hotdog from Superdawg as well Chris. I encourage anyone who wants to have an awesome Lego filled weekend and drink Rams beer from PAB cups to try to go to BrickWorld next year. Memories for a life time, cheers guys, and you all missed the party on Sunday night too!
I miss all of you guys already - it was a blast and a half. Thanks for the help and hanging out - as well as the lovely dinner and then desert. Until next year my friend, and see you the chat line. Lee.