Greetings MOCpages! And welcome to my coverage of BrickWorld 2015 from Schaumberg Il.
As many of you know, there's a new baby in the Phipson household so I was unable to make it for much of the load in on Thursday and Friday. I WAS able to make it in the evening on both of those days but I'd like to put out a formal and public apology to my VLUG brothers and sisters who had to do load in without me able to help. I'm sorry guys!
Anyway, let's get started on this year's coverage shall we?
Friday night and our annual VLUG meeting.
After the meeting it was time to head upstairs for the charity auction. Here's Matt Rowntree, Tyler's dad, Dennis Price and Betsy Sandberg.
After the auction it was time to head back downstairs and get back to work. Here's Matt and myself with fellow MOCpager Jared .
No collaborative display is truly complete without Cthulu showing up to cause havoc.
One side of our "Around the World in 80 Days" display.
The next few shots are of the classic space collaborative display.
It consisted of myself, Lee Jones, Dave Sterling, Adam Reed Tucker and a couple other members of VLUG (who I can't remember right now and will totally kick me in the (bleep) for not remembering them...
My contribution was the big building in the center. I had a whole backstory worked out about how it was the Moon Governor's mansion and how he SWEARS that the construction of his new home was in no way connected with the recent 40% tax hikes... can you TELL I live in Chicago?
It's not a party until Jones is on the table on all fours...
Just finishing off the final pieces of the build.. or that drink... either way, we're good!
Moving on to our Smurfs collab. This one was put together by Lee Jones, Adam Reed Tucker, Kevin Lauer, Tyler Halliwell and myself.
My contribution to the collab was Gargamel's house. I built it in a matter of hours (as stated above... new baby at home... no time for ANYTHING). I also built it to be shown from the front. Little did I realize that it would be seen primarily from the side... you know, the side that wasn't finished off too well? Oh well, we're going to redo the build a bit to show it again at Brickcon in Seattle so... here's to hoping I can (massively) improve on the original design for our next showing.
We didn't let Matt out too often... he started to get a little ripe by Saturday.
On Saturday we had a visit from Tucker Smurf! And yes... he totally had this suit made so he could walk around and do the meet and greet to promote the Smurfs build.
I'll shut up a bit and let you enjoy the pics I took on Saturday night.
This MASSIVE Rivendell model was... well... awesome's not really a big enough word but you get the idea.
Isengard... Hadn't ever seen one bigger than mine (phrasing?). The detail in here was just... wow.
It was done in a cross section style with the back half open.
It's all in the details kids.
ToroLUG's "My First Duplo Bar."
Yes, you read that right. A full sized BAR. Nice work guys!
Here's Jared posing with his layout.
Hey Nick! Get your finger OFF the trigger!
On Saturday afternoon I headed out to lunch with Adam and Lee and the families. Word of advice, when ever Tucker is driving... wear a seatbelt and get REAL friendly with whatever god you pray to.
Lee and Danette putting together Lee's spam build on Saturday night. I helped them put them all together and then a few of us walked the entire convention floor spamming every build we could with Lee's apes from "2001 A Space Odyssey".
Then I decided to go and watch the "Drunken Buildster Challenge." Here's Dave Sterling (or is that Rarity? I always get those two confused) getting ready.
And in the back corner, Matt Rowntree and Heath Flor.
And here's Stacy's "Malort face." I think my favorite line from her the entire week was after she tried a shot, made a series of faces like this one and said in a cute little voice "You guys suck."
And to answer your obvious questions, yes Tyler REALLY is that tall.
And it's a "threepeat" everyone! VLUG wins again! That's 4 out of the last 5 years that our group of amazingly talented builders (who just happen to let me tag along) have won best group collaborative build at BrickWorld! Way to go everyone!
Sunday afternoon came WAY too quickly as always. Bryan (BrickWorld coordinator/head honcho) had pretty much lost his voice by the end of the weekend and asked me to step in and take care of closing ceremonies for him. I was happy to oblige (but was unable to get any pictures of it for obvious reasons. Oh well, maybe someone else has one somewhere, but I doubt it. Anyway...
Here's Danette and I tearing down while Lee ran off somewhere to hide while his wife did all the hard work.
Getting close to being done!
Annnd, that's a wrap people! To think that only a few short hours before this, the entire hall was filled with hundreds of people and MILLIONS of bricks... sigh...
And now, the LONG wait until next June! Forget Christmas, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year! (you know you sang it in your head when you read it).
Thank you SO MUCH to all of my FAMILY in VirtuaLUG and all of our friends who make this THE greatest conglomeration of nerds in the country! I miss you all already!
Thanks for stopping by!
Till next time true believers!
Always great to see your re-cap Chris, for those of us who can't make it out there it's a real boon. I'll be perusing this page more later, and likely leaving a more suitable comment, but in the meantime I was wondering if you could check this out: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=2600&topicid=102000 And maybe give Sean Kenney a ring. Looks like the MOCpages activity bar and time stamp is on the fritz a bit.
Quoting 9000 Toasters
Just out of curiosity, how exactly do you ship your models to and from the convention? And if you ship them intact, how do you keep them from falling apart during the shipping process?
I'm lucky in that I only live about 7 minutes from the convention hall and am able to just pop my builds in the car and drive over. As for shipping... Do yourself a favor and click through past BrickWorld behind the scenes posts that I've done to see some of the wins (and fails!) of past shipping adventures. ~ Chris.
Mrs. Super Phipson? The Godly Phipson? I think we all know who the REAL genius and mastermind behind V-lug is.... ;)
Haha, no worries Chris. If it's any consolation, I was so tired when I got back that I forgot the names of half my co-workers and mixed up the names of the other half. These are people I've known for over a year, too. On that note, I cannot begin to describe how excited my friend Justin is at having that metroid display in his name ;)
Cheers Chris, and to a great next year!!
Quoting Jared .
Alright, I've always wanted the name Justin!!
Dude! I could give you a long, drawn out excuse about being tired or drunk (which I never was actually) but to be honest... I'm HORRIBLE with names. Seriously, just ask my wife umm... wait... what's her name again? Starts with a....
I am nearly finished sorting out all the builds that went to BW in eight boxes but came home in three. Once again, I vowed to carefully repack everything for a slow parts cannibalization process over the winter and I didn't keep it. One day I shall learn . . . good convention, great friends, and too much fun! Thanks for the lifts "home" those nights -- hope that burger wasn't too cold when you got around to eating! My girls just got back from Cali around 4 a.m., so rest and relaxation is the order of the day for them. Me? I'm still trying to recover from seeing Jones on that table . . .
I echo what everyone else is saying and hope I can go next year, but inquiring minds want to know if any of the VLUG went to the B-Link round table and what, if any, thoughts regarding what they are trying to do in our community?
Fantastic layouts and builds to all of the above! Are all these builders MOCPagers?!? That Rivendell layout was by Ben Pitchford here on MOCpages am I right!? Lego who doesn't love Lego's!? Thanks for sharing this!
Always appreciate you taking the time to get some shots and give us the dime tour, bro! It was a lot of fun seeing the smaller collabs - love the classic space, in particular. I was also glad to hear everything went together pretty smoothly (compared to some of the chaos of years past). Hope you had a great time, and here's wishing you and the family the best!
Great seeing ya Chris (brief as our greeting was, heh, heh). Congratulations on championing another "best group layout" award with your fellow V-Luggers! You guys are on a roll. I just hope Justi-I MEAN JARED is a forgiving person. ;) Take care!
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June 29, 2015
An amazing year! Im trying to get to go next year. Where is it?
YES! NEXT YEAR! I have a certain ambivalence toward this post. On one hand, I'm happy to see such a comprehensive review of what went down this year at what really is like Christmas for us LEGO nerds, (nice comparison, Chris). On the other, this post is rubbing in my face the fact that I wasn't there to partake in the festivities. VLUG's collab this year was definitely impressive and deserves its long streak of accolades. I especially like that CS display. And to top it off, you were able to capture actual footage of a Matt Rowntree in its natural habitat. I hope he didn't growl at too many onlookers this year;) Remember, a steady diet of alcohol and verbal lashing and you can have a happy, healthy Matt Rowntree for many years. Nice work, Chris, and congrats on the new addition to your family. Definitely not a better excuse out there for missing the hard work at the beginning. See you next year!
Alright, I've always wanted the name Justin!! ^_^
Chris, it was SO SUPER AWESOME to meet you and (hang out with, albeit sadly very briefly) the gang of hard-knock misfits, and an absolute blast seeing your "Around the World" build!
As Matt suggested, next year I gotta have something to drink before the charity auction, then we'll see what crazy madness ensues. ;)
'Til next year my Phipson friend!