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Editorial: Why You Should Attend a LEGO Convention


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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 12:35 AM

Posted ImageBrickFair VA 2013 is a few days away, and if you live within a 3 hour drive of any LEGO convention I would argue you should make the trip to visit or attend said nearby convention. Why? Because attending such an event is one of the most fun things you will do with your year! You'll make new friends, get to truly geek out, and grab some exclusive LEGO gear not found in stores. Still need a little convincing on why a day-trip or full-weekend vacation is worth your time? Read on.View the full article
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#2 Offline Gatanui

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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 04:25 AM

[color=#990000;]Yeah...I understand why you are posting this topic, but many people including me who'd love to go to BrickFair live abroad and it would be much more complicated (not to mention expensive) to go there. Though we definitely plan to go to BrickFair sometime, it's not going to happen this year. :([color=#000080;]-Gata Posted Image[/color][/color]
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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 04:34 AM

I would, but unfortunately, I reside an ocean away.

 

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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 04:48 AM

I wish I could, but living where I do (Nova Scotia, Canada) it would be costly to attend most of these conventions. I will attend one year in the near future, but not this year.


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 05:55 AM

Yeah, I read this as "Why I'm having lots of fun this weekend and you aren't!"  :P

 

Though seriously, there are so many Lego conventions popping up all over the place, it's kind of inspiring because it gives other fans a chance to go to one that's more local than BrickFair or BrickWorld.  They might not all be as big, and they certainly won't have as many BZPers as BrickFair, but they're still fun.  (Canada has at least one going, I know a few Lego convention-like events have occured in Australia, and I'm sure there are a few over in Europe.)

 

Anyway, nice article, Ben.  Although you should've cropped that last mosaic picture; the guy's pose on the far left looks really stuuuuuuuuuupid.  B-)

 

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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 08:05 AM

This was an interesting read.  I wish I could go to a convention, and Brickfair is a reasonable distance away, but I'm not sure how to explain this to my parents, etc. or provide a good enough reason for them driving several hours to get there.  Maybe when I'm older.


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 10:22 AM

A good read, for sure. Even though I'm closer to BF than some other members here, California isn't exactly close and it will be a few years before I'm able to make my way over there. That being said, I could have gone this year, but I didn't realize that until literally yesterday.

 

As far as my location is concerned, the only convention in my neck of the woods is Bricks by the Bay, but it's always at a time too inconvenient to go.

 

But yeah, conventions do seem like a really fun time and I look forward to the day when I can attend one.


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 10:25 AM

Quit teasing me! >:( I'll definitely try to go next year! I'd come this year if I wasn't working this weekend!


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 02:52 PM

There isn't any events like Brickfair occurring anywhere near where I live (as far as I know, anyway). But I would really like to attend one someday.


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 03:49 PM

[font="'times new roman', times, serif;"][color=#000080;]Great article, Ben. It's good to see the BZTower is still not forgotten. =P Man, that was fun. I really need to get out to BFair again sometime. [/color][/font]


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 05:35 PM

What if you live in Australia and there are no Lego conventions at all in your area?


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 06:08 PM

Well you guys can expect to see me there on Friday, lugging a box of MOCs along with me. Looking forward to my first LEGO convention and hoping to see some people there!


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 06:19 PM

[font="Palatino;"]tl;dr everybody come to brickfair wooooooooo[/font]
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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 07:53 PM

Will I be seeing you there Sumiki?


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 08:51 PM

Will I be seeing you there Sumiki?

[font="Palatino;"]But of course. I'll likely be off somewhere dreaming of farm animals hats or something (i.e. at the BIONICLE table). I could even show you around a bit if you wanted me to - everyone's first convention is somewhat disorienting.[/font]

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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 08:54 PM

I'll find my way around. I'll probably be hanging out near the BIONICLE stuff too.


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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 09:37 PM

What if you live in Australia and there are no Lego conventions at all in your area?

 

There's Brickvention in Melbourne, Canberra Brick Expo in Canberra, Sydney Brick Show in Sydney, and WA Brick Society Show in Perth.  Granted, some of these are less convention-y and more display-y than BrickFair, and they are focused in the major cities, but its something to look into.  :)

 

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Posted Jul 31 2013 - 10:12 PM

I know of none in my area, and honestly, I don't like events that much anyway.  I suppose I could consider it someday, though.  The main obstacle is lack of transportation, as I certainly wouldn't be making a "3 hour drive" away.  Most of the BZP members I might like to meet wouldn't be the sort to attend a LEGO convention either, I think, even if all of them could.

 

I would be interested in the vendors, but we'd have to see about the rest of it anyway.  :P

 

I respect this article, but I'm hardly about to respond differently to BZP's newfound convention-calling-forth than I have been to any mentions of conventions past.  I've considered going, if not seriously, and will no doubt end up doing whatever I was going to end up doing in the first place.  :shrugs:

 

 

 

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Posted Aug 01 2013 - 04:08 AM

 

What if you live in Australia and there are no Lego conventions at all in your area?

 

There's Brickvention in Melbourne, Canberra Brick Expo in Canberra, Sydney Brick Show in Sydney, and WA Brick Society Show in Perth.  Granted, some of these are less convention-y and more display-y than BrickFair, and they are focused in the major cities, but its something to look into.  :)

 

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Posted Aug 01 2013 - 04:51 AM

I'll have to look for one in Italy next year. Unless my parents can send me back to the states for the summer.


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Posted Aug 02 2013 - 10:03 AM

The point of this article isn't "come to BrickFair no matter how far away you live; haha we're having fun without you," but rather: Look around and find a convention within reasonable driving distance to your location and check it out because you'll have fun."

 

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Posted Aug 02 2013 - 05:28 PM

Going to be there tomorrow or Sunday! Either day I'll go, I'll stop by the table. Woo. :)


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Posted Aug 06 2013 - 09:53 AM

Going to be there tomorrow or Sunday! Either day I'll go, I'll stop by the table. Woo. :)

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Posted Aug 06 2013 - 10:50 AM

Had a blast! I can now vouch for Ben.


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