BrickFair 2013 Alabama Wrapup
Friday, February 8th, 2013 at 4:33pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
Back in January I had the always-awesome opportunity to attend a BrickFair - their second Alabama event in Birmingham. I had a total blast hanging out with Watashi Wa, Kevin Hinkle, and others and am already looking forward to next year. If you read on, I'll share some pictures of the creations that were displayed and helped make it a unique experience.
The Bionicle section this year was infinitely larger than it was last year, in large part in thanks to BZPower members. Special callouts go to our Bionicle coordinator Watashi Wa as well as Obsessionist, Brickthing, Great being Velika, Imatron, and Banjax2077 for sending in some great MOCs. A couple younger fans who spent most of their time at the Technic section built some things too, which made the display even better. I hope next year we have more members attend and even more people send in MOCs!
There were a few impressive military MOCs built by the guys at Brickmania, but other than that, the theme wasn't as large as it tends to be at other events.
The big standout here (and for the whole show, if you ask me) was the giant Imperial Star Destroyer. It makes the old UCS set look almost tiny and has a ridiculous level of detail. There were also great MOCs from Pokemon, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, and other pop culture icons.
There were some very awesome castle MOCs on display, including a very large Helms Deep (and I thought the set I built was big!). By a strange coincidence, there were two Black Pearl MOCs - both were well done even if one was a bit bigger. And perennial favorite Mr. Red was on hand with his Viking display.
This section had a wide variety of creations - the highlight being a BCS National Championship trophy made out of a LOT of transparent-clear bricks. Apparently people in Alabama really like their college football. Oh, and the necklaces utilizing Bionicle parts were rather unique as well.
The giant crane made it down this year and was a real crowd pleaser. The giant chess set also tends to blow people's minds.
Great Ball Contraption
I unfortunately never got over to see the GBC while it was running, but they definitely had an interesting setup this year.
There were some cool town creations this year, with a lot of attention to detail in some of the buildings. I love the modular aspect many people incorporate.
Tennessee Valley LEGO Train Club
TVLTC put on a great display, complete with a superhero flyby. I'm not sure where that monorail takes you, but it sure looks like a fun ride.
North Georgia LEGO Train Club/Greater Florida LEGO Train Club
NGLTC and GFLTC pooled their talents to assemble a great layout, complete with a coal mine, the Georgia Dome, and a Znap bridge. And everyone said those parts were useless.
Space seemed oddly under-represented at BrickFair Alabama. There were a couple fantastic creations but not much else, which is shocking considering NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is only a few hours to the north.
Some MOCs defy categorization. You can find them here. Personally, the Ninjago MOC looked great with its smooth lines and clearcut shapes.
Vendors and Such
There were some other things there too that I took pictures of, but does anyone really care about them?
All in all, BrickFair Alabama 2013 was fantastic. There were more MOCs, more people, and more fun. I look forward to returning next year and hope to see some of you there when I do!
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