BrickFair, the largest LEGO fan convention in the U.S., is one of those events I always tend to forget about. It's not far from me, over at the Dulles Expo Center, so distance was never a valid excuse. I just never made it a priority, despite my love of LEGOs and models. This year, I had a free day, so I said "Why not?" and drove over. What I discovered was a lot of talent in a very large space. I definitely did not set aside enough time to see everything. Here's a short run through some of the displays.
First stop, Apoca-LEGOs.
The largest model here was a mixture of Mad Max and Miniland USA.
Hidden scenes beneath the surface at different angles.
Another large model of a post-Apocalyptic LEGO wasteland.
A lot of details, but it was difficult to get close enough to capture them. Let's just say I brought the wrong camera.
Space, the final brick frontier.
I was expecting more science non-fiction than science-fiction, but still fun.
A hanger for various spacecraft. Wait... is that?
SPACE LEGO DOMO!
This massive model was the highlight for me. The different segments were connected by an operating LEGO train set.
A sense of scale.
I'm not familiar with the reference, but the squid creature bursting from the building is fun.
There's been an accident.
Thankfully, there are a lot of superheroes hanging around, like Batman toward the center.
Smallest basketball court ever?
A LEGO fairground with working rides.
Nearby, a LEGO forest is on fire.
Crews are on scene to put it out.
As if this model couldn't get weirder (yes, it's all the same model), a small village sits nearby.
And why not add a little bit of winter in the mix?
Tacky hotels? Check.
I really loved this little motor lodge.
I've finally made it all the way around the display.
Over in the TV/Movie section, there were a couple Battle of Hoth models, but this was the best.
A closer look.
An amazing recreation of Rivendell from Lord of the Rings. Lots of talent on display here.
Over in the Castles displays, this builder studied art in the Islamic world and decided to build very detailed mosque.
And toward the front was this fantastic recreation of Serenity from the series Firefly. The drive actually lights up.
The end? I didn't get to see as much as I wanted to. I can't wait until next year.
UPDATE: Here's some video. Enjoy.
Photos by M.Sedlar 2012.