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I had an awesome time at CBS2013, Meeting (and re-meeting) Nick V, Chris Yee, Legonardo Davidy, Thoy Bradeley, Leda Kat, and Brickmonkey. (from Flickr)
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So, the Christchurch Brickshow! To say that it was awesome would be an understatement. Infact I doubt any single word could describe it, so I've put together this wrap up of the show.

This was the show's second year, (last year it was called the Lego Annual Brick Show) and my first year of attendance. I meant to go last year, but in the end the combo of flights, accommodation and unemployment got the better of me. (yes, I'm sure I've used that phrase a million times now. But catch lines like that don't come often, you have to make the most of them!) This year I wasn't planning to go, but after exhibiting at the Auckland show, I simply couldnt help myself. The day after getting back from the Auckland show I got online, booked my flight tickets and arranged accommodation with one of the organizers, the awesome Sam Butcher. I was on my way!

Before reading further, please acknowledge that this post is 90 photos long. If you're awesome and interested, read on.

So, it wasn't long before I encountered my first problem. While I was booking tickets, I just thought to go for the cheapest option, which was without a suitcase, just a carry on bag. What I failed to realize was that I had to take Lego down too. DOH!

But with a lot of careful designing, I managed to fit Freebreeze Hold into my tiny backpack, along with five days' clothes. What a legend.

CBS2013 was held at the airforce museum in christchurch. Here are the Skyhawks decorating the end of the hall. The guys actually developed 500 custom lego sets of these, which they sold at the show.

We were honoured to have Australia's only certified pro, Ryan Mcnought, and his 6.1 meter tall Saturn V at the show. He's a really cool guy! Here he is setting up his his rocket.

It goes up...

And up! Sorry about the sideward image, not sure how that happened :/ There's a few of these in here, so be prepared to stand on the wall :)

They guy next to me built a Dal-Ent. LOL!

Ryan hid a whole lot of easter eggs like this in his rocket.

A better shot of the skyhawks, and an information desk. Because everybody loves information desks.

The whole hall.

Having completed my set-up, ( which wasn't very hard :P ) I decided to have a wee look around. You'll notice that there isn't a single time when I went around and took pictures of everything, but instead I did so in fragments. Sorry 'bout that, it makes for a bit of a formless and void recap :/

There's always the big technic collection.

Chris Yee's LUG 4/2 mosaic is lying on the ground. We weren't sure what to do with it, but saturday morning it ended getting set up on the scissor lift.

Really nice road cone.

The eyes! Freaky...

The play area. just realized that I never went in there.

Sam Bouroughs sets up his cool city display.

Some sweeeeeeet guns by Nzlegoly.

More awesomeness.

And here is Brickmonkey's army stuff! Putting the helicopters on glasses was a great idea. Simple, but great.

Chris Yee's (fuzzy) bionicles battle it out.

This one was my favourite. Bad picture though.

This band was so awesome. It played music and flashed lights all over the place. I so should have taken a picture of the box that powered the whole thing, it looked like a bomb.

All the collectible figs. They even had MR Gold, though he isn't in this picture.

Another cool train layout.

And on that note, we shall close the set up day and have brief intermission before the show starts.


Luckily we did manage to get the logo up in the end.

If this picture wasn't sideward, it would be a prefect example of how tall that beauty was.

Nice cars.

The line is piling up...

Now this was awesome. That's a shipwreck underneath - I couldn't get a good shot due to the glass.

Figs for Africa.

Nick's mean (sideward D:< ) bionicle.

And his awesome gun.

And we're open!

Every now and again Ryan would put dry ice in his rocket. It's a pretty nice effect.

Thoy and his sweet futuristic layout. It is yet unposted online, but he's rebuilding it anyway, so feast your eyes on this version in the mean time. It had some pretty sick functionality, but he arrived late Friday and pretty much just had Saturday morning to set up. He hadn't seen it all working together before hand!

The guy next to me plays around with his technic. He built a nice catapult from behind the table. Speaking of which, I didn't actually spend much time behind my MOC, mostly I was hanging with the others...

...And selling Nick's figs! David, Nick Chris and I make a pretty good Minifig identification and selling team. It was pretty hectic on the Saturday! Probably not quite as much as at the Auckland show though...

We got organized with our sorting this time. Opening, identifying and placing on the board under the corresponding name.

Salesman Legonardo Davidy does his thing. The problem is when some kids will take ten minutes choosing which fig they want, only to find that we don't take eftpos. Honestly, do you expect a few TFOLs would have eftpos machines?!

We've now sorted a decent quantity of figs, when suddenly...

A wild scout trooper appears! Chris, David and I jump in to take a photo, but I'm not too good at taking selfies, and Chris & David aren't too good at not getting in each other's way, so thankfully...

...a helpful member of the public appears to take the shot for us. But this time there's no Saturn V in the background! :(

(BTW- they're not actually that short, they're just crouching. Well, Chris is crouching :)

(You're welcome David! :D )

And while we're out of our stall, we checked out some other show attractions, like this thing of which I don't know the name.

Christoph Bartneck's mindstorms driving area.

And now the crowds are thinning, the show is over for Saturday. So before the evening event, I went to check out some more MOCs.

This awesome time travel thing was built by an 11 or something year old and his mum. Really awesome stuff for his age!

Wall decorations.

Haunted house.

And the evening AFOL event kicks of with Ryan's Charity auction. Really, if this guy wasn't a Lego builder, he could be an auctioner, he does the rapid salesman talk like a boss.

"Sells for about $350 here in New Zealand"...

Down to the good stuff.

The AFOL event continued with a competition where we had to build a set with out taking it out of the polybag. You need to try it sometime.

Then we went on to dinner at a pizzeria.

Some of the guys.

It was good pizza. It had to be good pizza, since all I'd eaten all day was a sandwich.

Waking up the next morning, there was a really nice sunrise from Sam's place.

Up and at'em! No last minute set up this morning - we did that yesterday.

So here is yet another time where I go around and take pics of a couple more builds. Next year I'll try to get more organized with my recaps and do this all at the same time.

Centauri's awesome micro (midi?) Christchurch Cathedral.

A medieval custom build/MOC.

Hehe, custom build.

Sam's cathedral. Epic stuff.

The crowds.

Back at the figs. Business wasn't as high today.

Another thing we din't need to do so much today - fig sorting. We finished it on Saturday.

Running low. We sold 350+ figs over the weekend, pretty decent job!

And Sunday was over, time to pack up. The second day is never as long as the first.


Before you see what's coming, admire these to pictures.


And now, you're prepared!

MWUAHAHAHAHAA!!!! There's actually so much satisfaction in smashing your own MOC. As for David, he just smashes everything, he had to destroy a couple of Nick's builds too :P

And that last clip is wonky, I know. I accidentally deleted it, and it took ages to recover. That's why this recap was posted today rather than yesterday.

Cleaning up the debris.

Ryan's rocket was a surprisingly quick pack down.

It all fits in one crate!

This one was already shattered by the time I got the camera out.

Brickmonkey, Thoy and photobombing David.

A whole city in the trailer.

Nick's destroyed MOCs.

And... yeah.

My MOC in it's body bag. It surprisingly took more space destroyed than it did in components.

It was a pretty quick packdown, about an hour and a half.

Thoy's separated MOC.

Ryan's rocket.

And this was Thoy's display. He told us it was "delicate".

And the show is finished! It was an amazing weekend, Meeting MOCPagerians and Flickrese was definately the highlight. It was awesome to spend time with all you amazing people! I didn't speak to some of you as much as I would have liked, but it was great just to meet you anyway :) Until next year epic peoples!

The show's over, but on Monday Chris took us into town to check out Quake City Christchurch. We stopped at Thoy's to pick up Nick and David, and ended up spending four hours at his place. Came up with some awesome techniques, ate some interesting (to say the least) food and watched potato gun videos on Youtube. I can't remember how we got to that.

Here's a couple of shots from the city.

Bridge of Remembrance

Bridge of Remembrance

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral.


And before I wrap this up, let me apologize for the surplus of crappy images in this post. Go easy on me, as all of the above has taken me 4+ hours to upload an write O.o

Thanks for reading this far, you get a virtual cookie!

Chur boy! (that's New Zeleandish for you ignorant foreigners :)


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  August 21, 2013
Cool I'll need to try and make it next year
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  August 15, 2013
Seems everyone had a good time, cool! I'd love to see that rocket fall down to pieces after it was over, that would have been a great video too :D
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  July 26, 2013
Great reap, looks like everyone had a great time, thanks for sharing!
LWC guy
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  July 24, 2013
Haha, "interesting food", cocoa pops and stewed apple mixed together, you gotta try it, but not more than once! Great recap! Till next year or next show. Adios! ~Thoy
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  July 24, 2013
I do love information desks, their always full of interesting facts about things that are pretty useless to know about that I like knowing about anyways. Anyways, its a great recap, enjoyed reading and looking at the displays.
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  July 24, 2013
Fun stuff!
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  July 24, 2013
It was a great weekend thanks for the recap! Loved meeting you and David and seeing Nick, Thoy and Chris again. Can't wait till next year. Hopefully I'll get up to the Auckland show next year too.
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  July 24, 2013
Looks like it was a ton of fun, and I saw some great MOCs in there!
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  July 24, 2013
Great recap! It's interesting to see how you guys do conventions in NZ!
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  July 24, 2013
yeah! what a show! great stuff all around, thanks for the coverage, I ought to do that the next time I get in one, good show!
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  July 24, 2013
Awesome! Looks like a lot of fun!
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  July 24, 2013
looks like it was a lot of fun!
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  July 24, 2013
Quoting david Hensel PS: for those wondering, i am not a crazy psycho whom kills MOCs that aren't mine, nick told me to.
Do not trust this mad man- he will take your MOCs and smash them to pieces D: Awesome recap LWC! I had a fantastic weekend as well, and eagerly look forwards to next year. You has build an amazing MOC, which I didn't realise how well it packed into your travel bag. : D
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  July 24, 2013
And another time where I'm so jelly because I've never heard of a LEGO Show taking place in Florida. Oh, and while it would still take you a long time, have a general idea for your text and upload the photos in chunks starting from the bottom of the page. Obviously each chunk is to be uploaded with it's individual photos in the correct order, but as you know, when you upload more pictures, they appear before the other pictures. This way, there is no moving text all over the place, and perhaps you wouldn't have gotten those weird sideways pictures. After uploading each chunk, copy all the text, hit continue and then select the keep editing button at the buttom and then you don't have to try copying a mega thing into a word document or forget to copy it all during all 2 hours and have it all erased by the dreaded MOCpages Sign In Page.
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  July 24, 2013
excellent recap, thanks, pal! I really wish I could have been there, and its likely I will make it next time! there is so much to see here, thanks!
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  July 24, 2013
Haha great recap, it was a blast, nexct show ill try snap some pics and help out with the recap. I had a mean time, one of the best weekends for a long time, can't weait for next year. PS: for those wondering, i am not a crazy psycho whom kills MOCs that aren't mine, nick told me to.
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  July 23, 2013
Looks like a blast. I wish there were LEGO shows near me.
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  July 23, 2013
Thanks for the cookie bro. I'm pissing myself that I didn't go!!!! Next year hopefully. Nice pictures, me and Anthony read the whole thing :)
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  July 23, 2013
Sweet as pics, man. ^_^
  July 23, 2013
Wow cool I've always wanted to build something for one of these conventions but there isn't any I've heard of near Vancouver :( nice video btw lol
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