As usual, captions refer to the pictures below them.
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It begins with a 6:00 a.m. wake-up and a 9:30 flight out of LAX, which is a very nice airport, staffed by wonderful people.
3:00ish arrival at OíHare, which has this nice colorful tunnel thing that would look amazing if youíre utterly blitzed.
Arrival at the Westin. No brick badges this time; only this lone card on a lanyard, like we're roadies or something.
And then, what do you know: Brickworld. The memories come rushing back: the carpet, the smell of the room (sweat and plastic), the inviting big room.
And hey look, it's Nannan!
Speaking of, the first picture I take is of the Nannan/Legohaulic collaboration Oasis, which is awesome and discouraging. I take more pictures of that than I do any other project; such detail, it's sickening. They should both be killed.
A quick shot of Legohaulic (which I always say in a Scottish accent), who apparently does what I do when a camera points my way. He also wants me to commit harakari in front of him; he said so.
Hey, you know what's big this year? Boats.
Here's the Love Boat, split lengthwise with a full interior.
Here's a submarine.
And here's the Titanic...
...which has some fault line issues.
Chris Edwards' lovely War Machines Strike layout; I meant to say hi to him, but Iím socially retarded.
The Arthur Gugick gallery:
These are Loaded Waffle Fries and they are delicious. Fries, cheese, green onion and bacon, with garlic sour cream. Sinfully tasty and they will kill me early.
After lunch: the MOCpages room.
The Dave Kaleta Kollection:
Hey look, it's Lee "Doctor Love" Jones:
And if Lee is there, then you know an army of minifigs is there.
Cornerstone of the grand MOCpages collaboration. During the War of the Ring, the White City of Gondor was besieged by the forces of nghhhhhhhhhhh I donít care about Lord of the Rings. But quite an impressive build; nicely done.
A few of Shannon Ocean's Ents:
And hey, there's the Ocean man himself. He's not dodging the snapshot; he's scratching his head. It was poorly timed.
The thing is, if the creators traveled by plane, theyíd have to bring all that fake snow along with them, probably in a plastic bag. A Zip-loc bag, full of white powder, in your luggage. Have fun.
A wonderful Micropolis:
And wouldn't you know it, the buildings spell TWINLUG:
The L and G are quite nice, quite nice indeed.
Look, it's that guy from that game I don't play.
And that other game I don't play.
And that other game I don't play.
And that other game I don't play.
And that game I do play.
And the sequel I haven't played yet.
And that show I adore.
Nick D's plane; love it.
This robot machine picks up blocks as they come down the conveyor belt, and sorts them by color. I don't know how it works, but one day it will kill many people. First itís colored blocks, then itís humans.
I don't understand these things.
Interloper in the Indiana Jones display:
Andy's Room; one of my favorites, if not THE favorite. The pictures don't quite do it justice; it's the sheer size of the thing, the level of detail and technique that makes it a masterpiece. Even if he did cut a dog in half.
Howdy howdy howdy.
There were Arrested Development quotes rattling inside my mind for the rest of the day. I kept them to myself to avoid further ostracization.
"You've ruined the act, Gob."
At a certain point I took a seat in the back of the room and relaxed for the first of many times. Pictured are my enormous clown shoes.
One of the more elegant portions of the Great Ball Contraption:
The Prohibition Paradise collaboration. Fun fact: I was (I think) invited to take part in that, but declined because I was traveling light. How people get their builds to Chicago via plane is beyond me.
...and Spider-Pig. Does whatever a Spider-Pig does.
And now, selections from the XandeGarden:
Dave Sterling's lovely air-craftery.
File under: I Disregarded It Because I Thought It Was Real:
Mark Larson (I think) built this enormous castle; each "brick" is made of bricks.
*BRAAAAHHHMMMMM* B R I C K C E P T I O N
Math is for squares.
The UFO display made by a bunch of dirty foreigners.
I don't know what it is or what it does, but it looks pretty:
Nannan putting aesthetic touches on the life-size Halo costume.
And then hey look, as if Oasis wasn't harakari-worthy enough, they also brought Containment back.
The beasts side-by-side:
I also took the time to notice Nannan's and Tyler's shameless self-promotion:
This was also one of my favorite builds:
"Did you hear about that actress that was stabbed? Reese something."
"No, with a knife."
The Indiana Jones display was showing Raiders of the Lost Ark, which I sat and watched for about 20 minutes.
Here's the new set they debuted, which is Star Wars and a lot of gray, so screw it.
A nice floating island...
...which has some wonderful cobblestones:
You know what else is big this year? Gingerbread houses:
A big old M-Tron Space Station, built by a group of people I probably don't know:
This is called The Ricardo: burger, cheese, sliced ham, pulled pork, pickles, and dijon mustard. Perfect after a long night of drinking or right before a catastrophic bout of cardiac arrest. I had two.
Another for I Disregarded It Because I Thought It Was Real:
Apparently Gavin McLeod - who Google tells me was on The Love Boat - stopped by at one point and signed The Love Boat. Thereís video of it here.
There's Legohaulic (the tall one in green) chatting with Nathan the Irishman (the soulless ginger in orange). Great chap; one of the fastest talkers I've ever heard, and quite a good storyteller.
Apparently there's some sort of high-toned and fancy to-do over by the UFO display.
The next day is a cattleyard: public hours. I avoid the crowds for the most part and retreat to my room. I flip through channels and find Inception on HBO and think Well, I'm committed for the next two hours.
Another fantastic lunch: the never-fail French Dip. I drink the au jus like a tequila shot.
My salvation: the buckets of soda. More than a few of my meals were contained in these buckets.
This is the kind of statue your kids would try to convince you is alive, and you don't believe them until the night it kills you in your sleep.
The room goes dark for the World of Lights displays:
A very poor picture of Nannan at his computer, doing Nannan things.
Packages like these are why people think Lego is an addiction:
Go Santa Cruz!
Superman atop the Sears Tower:
Then there was a big brouhaha as the Halo guy walked through the big red circle thing. Cameras were raised above the crowd like cyborg giraffes.
Dave Sterling and I going meta.
And then it was time to tear down and clean up. Everybody packaged away their wares with such care, such attention, like it meant something. Why does nobody use gravity anymore?
The disassembly of Containment and Oasis, which will apparently live forever in storage, like the Ark of the Covenant.
many thanks, for those of us who can only dream of attending such an event, great coverage like this is a must. I'm sure i'll be back time and time again to see if I can pick up on some details.
I like it
July 2, 2011
Wow! So many pictures! And the narrative was great too: "I meant to say hi to him, but Iím socially retarded." (I hope you said it jokingly, because if you didn't then I'm rudely mocking you). The white and black square is a sort of 2D barcode, you can see it on some products. I saw they made a Spaceballs MOC! Do you know who did it?
I like it
July 2, 2011
Excellent job. I couldn't go and now don't mind as much that I wasn't able to attend. I do wish you would have taken more pictures of K.N.I.G.H.T.'s Raxus Prime.
Wow! The big cruiseship is very cool and the toy story house is funny, I watched every picture but there is so much to see! I went a couple years ago to legoworld in Holland and that looked almost like this, it is so cool to be with al these lego builders that are just epic!
So after all that, are you eating celery sticks and drinking water for the next month and a half in an attempt to ditch those doctors and their mechanical heart who think that such delicious food is bad for you? Haha excellent recap, I got to see some great MOCs that others missed. :)
I think that this was my favorite Brickworld recap. The LOTR stuff was very awesome, yes, but I've seen just about nothing else, so it was a pleasure reading through this and seeing everything along with your amusing commentary. Thanks for putting this together.
A beautiful recap. Great detail and a great writeup. I was so bummed that a conflicting schedule kept me from attending this year, but I hope to be there for 2012! As they say after Passover: "Next year in Jerusalem... or Chicago..."
very detailed pics, better then most of the oters, i think you got a shot of nearly every creation in there well done. i maybe go to there next year. it looks alot more better then the brickworld there was in denamrk , where i live. thanks for sharing
Dude, this is the best Brickworld 2011 review I've seen. Not only that there's a lot of pictures, but there's a lot of interesting and funny text. While watching the pictures and reading, I felt like I was there, although I live in Europe. I even felt really sad while watching last pictures. Thank you for great review!
Alex, I can't thank you enough! You've managed to capture models and details that I would've missed even IF I had attended. It's as if I was there myself, and that means the world to me! Fantastic coverage - thank you SO much!!!