Brickvention 2017

Things have been pretty quiet around here for the last couple of months. One big reason for that is that Kristal and I have been away on vacation, traveling through Australia for the last month. We were invited to attend Brickvention, Australia’s premier LEGO fan convention, and decided to take the opportunity to escape the Canadian winter for a while as well.

The entire trip was amazing, full of good weather, awesome wildlife sightings, sweet ocean side rock climbing and a weekend hanging out with great LEGO fans. I won’t go into much detail about the rest of the trip, but thought I would share some of the highlights of the event itself.

To begin with, Brickvention is held in probably one of the coolest venues for any LEGO event I have attended: the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. It is a beautiful heritage building with a lot of character and history.

Royal Exhibition Building

The event is set up on the main floor, but we were lucky enough to get a tour through the rest of the building.

Brickvention

As with any LEGO convention, the space was filled with all manner of fantastic LEGO models and, as the special guests this year, Kristal and I were given the unenviable task of selecting winners for the various awards. We actually didn’t take all that many pictures, so here are just a few of the awesome models that were on display.

Street Machine by Kieran Chamberlain. This model is a marvel of LEGO engineering and style, with a working engine and some exquisite detail work, which we awarded best in show.

Street Machine

Terra Astronavis by Ben Andrews.

Terra Astronovis

Railway Museum by Alexander McCooke.

Railway Museum

Oh, Mickey! by Claire Geddes and Bad Moon Rising by Tracee Geddes.

A really cool collaborative micropolis city.

Micropolis

U.S.S. Enterprise by Michael Peebles

Enterprise

For our part, Kristal and I didn’t bring that much to display, but it turned out we didn’t have to. When we arrived at the venue, we were blown away by three tables full of our models, built by many of the other participants in the event. I can’t express how flattered and humbled we were to see all these models, especially the different variations, re-interpretations and expansions people made to them. A huge, huge thanks to all those who built them!

JK Brickworks Table

The highlight of the event for me was interacting with all of our fans who showed up during the event. It was surreal to pose for pictures, sign autographs and just see how excited some people were to meet us. Thanks so much to the organizers of the event for inviting us!

I’m not sure we’ll make it back to Australia anytime soon, given it’s so far away, but I can wholeheartedly recommend it as a fantastic place to escape the winter. And, if you are a LEGO fan, be sure to add Brickvention to your list of shows to attend!