Here we are, back from the second Brick Mania convention of the year with my completely point of view and subjective event report.
Liege was shifted in our calendar this year, so after 7 months we found ourselves back in the city of the greatest soccer team in the world.
I also want to credit fellow BeLUG member Zwits for allowing me to add her pictures to the report.
It was 9.30 when I jumped in Hans`s car and we left for Liege, about an hour and a quarter drive. Cheratte is a suburb of Liege, and it`s skyline is dominated by an abandoned factory of the mining industry.
It was also the making aquintance with what they call a "sandwich", half a meter of bread filled to the crams... you wouldn`t leave hungry.
The first day of the event, and we had about 700 visitors, not bad considering the excellent weather, a village festival one click further and the fact our national soccer team played at 1600 hours.
The final set ups where made and then we where ready to get the show on the road... after we had breakfast of course.
This is also the day I made tour of the venue, so let`s go and see what was happening this year.
The Time Traveller and the Cubes clubprojects where both present.
Some of the Star Wars UCS sets
Gaetan Burm selling the BOC range, a series of modular expansion sets.
The Moon of Endor.
Lovely city life and winter village scenes by the people behind Brick Event
A large city layout with amusement parc
A small christmas scene, as well as the artic range.
Daniel selling bits and pieces.
A lot of Star Wars figures from Deborah.
JeanMi`s Firebrigade layout.
Three of our Star Wars builders displayed together, resulting in a true plethora of vessels and scenes.
Though one did jump out "just a little"
A city layout of the Modulars and Tower Bridge being prominently featured.
Christophe`s 1978 - 1987 time evolution layout
David brought some of his gorgeous architecture works, and some sets to sell.
Another very impressive city lay out.
Bert was assuring me he would be ready right on time with his cool classic sets.
Our other german parts trader, Thorsten.
Gorrilaz by Hans
The traffic game system, where children could get their Lego driver`s license if they completed the circuit sans faute...
Michael`s Technic machinery whirring away
Kris and his team brought along their GBC circuit.
The natives where getting ready to repel the Conquistadores.
The historically accurate train station, which even featured a live build on the saturday morning.
Ghostbusters HQ was there to admire as well.
More Technic and Star Wars models, including a nice Tattooine styled display
This trader saved my buddy, as he had a Snowspeeder on sale, which i had to get for him if I came across one.
A city layout with a central park full of life.
This was my personal favorite display, a full city of Paradisa, as you don`t happen to see those a lot at conventions.
Can you find Ally?
More of Maarten`s awesome creations
And then... the doors opened and the crowd started to enter.
There where also activities of course, like a heap of building bricks which where enjoyed by the young
And the old.
Something we did for the first time was an exchange of Minifigures and Polybags. Needless to say, the Mannschaft where highly sought after, but there was even that other very sought after guy...
The Workshops where run by Michel, in which children received a small Creator set and then learned how to build something completely different with them
And for the innerperson, there was my beloved onion soup, as well as these freshly barbequed "pain saucisse". Absolutely fabulous!
The Evening Event
This year, there where four parts in the evening event, the first of course being a very nice buffet, while the mix bags of parts where distributed to all present.
Then we moved on to a minifigure game, in which 18 CMF`s where shown and you needed to identify 9 who didn`t have the correct accessories. I know zilch of those CMF series, yet somehow I managed to guess all nine correctly AND got lucky on the shifting question, so I came out second. And won a Wall-E, an Ideas set I still wanted to get.
But the big winner was Zwits, who won the Brick Bank Modular. Congratulations! (picture credited to the Club president)
The final day, and it was a busy one, doubling the numbers we had on saturday.
The event was a great success, clocking out at 1700 visitors and once more being a very cozy and family focussed event. The amount of children was immense, and we saw a lot of happy faces, so I would say Mission Accomplished and onwards to 2017!
Well, I did get some small things apart from the pieces of loot inserted in the above report.
But most are actually for the kid...
Like this set of 3 figures, the Qui-Gon and the C-3PO are for him, the Sebulba is a figure for my future builds.
I also bought some fleshy heads for my Star Trek projects, as well as hairpieces, and a lightsaber to go with Qui-Gon above.
This set I bought because I liked the cartoon, and it`s hard to find these days.
Both on saturday and on sunday I played the clubb raffle, costing 1 euro a ticket, for 2 euro each day. The saturday granted me a box set and a Friends polybag, the sunday another polybag, not a bad return at all.
But the most important loot for me is the event brick, a memento of yet another great event, and an expansion to my brick badge for 2016.
Don’t play the saxophone – let it play you
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