zaterdag 19 november 2016

Brick Mania Antwerpen 2016: pictures and video roundup

It has been a week since Brick Mania Antwerp took place, and it was a busy edition.

And it could be seen on the local ATV television channel

The official visitor counted ended at 8704 visitors!

Thanks to all the participants, volunteers, the organisers and of course the visitors to make this such a huge succes!

I did my usual call-out for picture material to complement my own personal report, and here is what I received so far:

Roger's Google album
Peter Van Wijk's Facebook album
Yuthana Saenen's Facebook album
David Verrezen's Facebook album
Silverflame Pictures on Flick'r
Legostone's album

TyGO Play made an oversight video on YouTube

As did lego mocs passion
And Maico Arts

Hope you enjoy this small overview, and until the next event!

If anything is send in from now on, I`ll edit this post and add the relevant albums of course.

dinsdag 15 november 2016

The Beluga sailing ship

During the clubday, a workshop was given on How to Build sailing ships, a project initiated by Maxim Illegems and friends.

The ship was "sponsored" for parts by BeLUG as such, and wouldbe on display at the huge Pirate lay-out of Brick Mania Antwerpen 2016. 

This lay-out, containing a lot of participants from different countries, had heaps of participants and a lot of Brethren of the Brick Seas "celebrities".

Here you can see the lay-out in it`s whole:

And here Rick is giving some words of explanation on the lay-out:

But now, back to the ship itself, and I`ll quote Maxim on the whole project as such:

What happens when some of the best builders in the world decide to build a fregate together?
I asked myself this question 6 months ago as I wanted to do something original for the BELUG (Belgian Lego User Group) Clubday in September. Why not a workshop on "how to make a fregate"? As Belug has some legendary shipbuilders in it rangs (CGH, Sebeus, Bonaparte and maybe one day I may say myself), this should not be that difficult... 

Well, it is... As I had to order all  parts from scratch (requested by Belug), it was a difficult task as every ship is different. It is nearly impossible to say in advance how many bricks you need and what type of bricks you need...
Anyway, a succesfull clubday and a few additional meetings later (with the necessary food and beer), she was ready to be showed at Brickmania Antwerp.
So here she is, the "Beluga":
A class 5HA, sailing under the flag of MAESTRO

Thanks a lot to everyone involved in this project!

maandag 14 november 2016

Brick Mania Antwerpen 2016

Brick Mania Antwerp, the final event we organise in 2016, has come to pass

And it was a blast, with a lot of people visiting the show this year, topping our entrance number of last year.  

I don`t have the official numbers, but I`m sure the BeLUG board will communicate these as soon as they are known, but let`s have a look at the event itself then!


Of course, no show can be held without the volunteers that set up the whole venue.  So on friday, two dozen people where present to put down all the tables, add the decorations, and well, set everything up.

And we are a go!

After the early arrivals on saturdays of both traders and exhibitors, teh doors opened at 10 o`clock for two days of bricky fun.  And it was a rush from the word "go" as people streamed into the Waagnatie, and this would continue for two whole days.

Here you have a small movieclip of the crowd on a "lazy sunday afternoon"... 

MOC`s, plenty of MOC`s!

The heart of any convention are of course the builds by the members, and there was a lot to see once again this year.

There was a Pirate lay-out of 100 square meters, with contributions of a dozen builders from all over Europe

A great looking Fabuland city including moving train

City and Trains where present as well, to be seen over a variety of tables.  Maybe an idea for all those train fans to combine in one HUGE lay out next year?

The Great Ball Contraption remains an eyecatcher, as thousands of little balls moved all over the circuitcourse.

Technic remains a popular theme to build in, and all those moving builds are always wildly appreciated by visitors young and old.

Two of our resident `sculpture builders`, Dirk and Koen, had their work on display.

LEGO Certified Professional Dirk Denoyelle and his company Amazings had real pieces of art on display, as well as some of the great sets they`ve build for clients.

The Star Wars fans had collaborated in presenting their builds all together, so you could emerge in the franchise as you marvelled at the works.

But there was so much more to see, ranging from a Space lay-out all the way to mosaics.


No event is complete without the opportunity to add some sets to your collection, and there was plenty of choice to buy from.


During the day, there where workshops for the children to learn how to build alternate models from small Creator 3 in 1 sets.

As well as two trading moments every day for exchanging minifigures and polybags.

The evening!

After the first day, an excellent buffet was served to feed the hungry.  Once the inner person had been satisfied, the evening event commenced.  It had a boardgame adapted to LEGO, Quarto, and the winner took home a small prize.

The clubraffle was also present, as was the auction, and then we could go home for a good night sleep after a long and eventful day, before facing an even busier sunday.

The sunday breakdown... 

As the sunday progressed as a true festival, we had various regional and national press making their appearance.  From the local ATV to the national VTM and radio 2, our members and staff duly answered every question they had.

Our friends from OLBC came along as well to say "hi" and a little chat.

And then, the weekend had gone by, and it was time for the breakdown... including the demolition of my part of the Pirate lay-out, recycling it into other projects for 2017.

We like to thank all the participants and visitors of the event, for it was a truly magnificent 2016 edition!