By drdesignz on 13th Aug, 2016
It was nice to see I LUG NY, WamaLTC, HARDLUG, and PennLUG again, along with many other familiar faces, as well as meeting a handful of new people. It took me quite a while to get all this together, but I finally have some pictures and video to share.
Our Lewis Ginter model made the trip up, in many pieces, but was reasonably easy to put back together. Here it is next to Suzanne Eaton's castle. If you don't already know, she is the co-founder of LUGNET.
I also made sure to build a Mini-Con version:
And here are the models I brought:
I'm proud to have been nominated for Best Sculpture this year. That's a pretty big deal, considering the vast amount of creations and talent at this show.
By pure coincidence, Suzanne's other creation, a Friends and Elves -themed chess set (built together with her husband, Todd Lehman, the other co-founder of LUGNET), was next to me here as well:
On the other side, I was happy to be next to Tony Sties this year:
I met Bob from the Fig Factory for the first time last year, and it was nice to see him again this year. This time he attended as a vendor, so I bought this great Hannibal Lecter minifigure, which makes clever use of the pre-1978 minifigure torso:
This year, I met Martin Harris, who made this beautiful minifigure-scale Quidditch model, from the Harry Potter movies, along with his son. You can read more about it on the Brothers Brick website, or see a video by Beyond the Brick. Martin was kind enough to donate an awesome (smaller) model of Sequoia National Park to the charity auction, which I was lucky enough to be the highest bidder on.
All the way from the Netherlands, I also met Ralph Savelsberg, known as Mad physicist on Flickr. He rebuilt and brought his Tomcat for the show, which won Best Aircraft:
I saw Kevin Hinkle, former community manager for North America, again and met Kim Thomsen, community manager for Europe.
I LUG NY brought this giant recreation of the Lego Architecture model New York City 21028:
Part of PennLUG's display included this cool winter village:
GFLUG also had quite the impressive display:
Be sure to check out the video below for this crazy roller coaster:
It's hard to choose favorites, but this would be one of them. Springfield from the Simpsons modeled in Lego:
I was also lucky enough to see the now-famous Imperial Star Destroyer Tyrant by Matthew Bowman in person.
Father Bob Simon from Pennsylvania was back again with this 14-foot long replica of St. Peter’s Basilica, which originally premiered at last year's Brickfair VA.
And finally, I have a video showing some of the models in motion:
It's impossible to describe and capture the entire event in one post here, and these are certainly not the only creations worth mentioning, so if you want to see a little more, I have uploaded an album with over 700 pictures here. Beyond the Brick has also created a guided tour video here. Hope you enjoy. See you next year.