OXFORD AND WARWICK
I have a saying when I see something amazing. I have no idea why I say it but goes something like this. "Holy Crap on a Stick". Well I went to Brickworld but instead I wound up at Jurassic Park. This Lego built world was better than the movie or any ride Universal comes up with. This is what Universal should have build (loser heads). I never wanted to be a minifig more than I did here. I mean there was this nifty jeep thingys, a dolphin show, a movie, a rollercoaster and I can't remember the number of dinosaurs (maybe 80 or 200, it was a lot). Hundreds of minifigs were there too. The park is like 18 feet long (though that's likely not exact). What I do remember is it cost $20,000 U.S. to build this sucker. Did you know Universal wanted to "borrow it". James Burrows (the builder guy) said no way. I mean if they offered him money or something but they didn't. Anyway it will be at the premiere of the film in Tampa (cuz that's where James is from). Did I mention this was my favourite thing at Brickworld?
Now fantastic as it was I had a very, very, very close second. That my friends was.....drum roll please. Yes it's a full mechanised Quidditch match with Harry Potter and his cursed broomstick. What you don't see is the rest of the build so add another couple of tables (and apparently this is 1/2 of what he has). It's the entire Harry Potter Experience. So to the wonderful Eric and Emily Krans, well done you. (See below for my little film).
There were so many great builds but my 3rd favourite was the giant bridge, he won for best building and best light show. The Quidditch March won for best mechanical. My special mention was the diorama from "To Kill A Mockingbird", the full 'How to Train Your Dragon" display and special nod to the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. Then there was a pirate village with ships and stuff which was awesome and then the crazy clown attack of a castle (sooo many clowns).
Brickworld is overwhelming because there are thousands of things to see and classes and stuff. We went to 2 photography classes and a how to build terrain class. Lost of opening/closing ceremonies where they gave out prizes of free sets (expensive sets too). Then there was some nifty auctions and lots of specialty companies that do custom brick signs (I bought a Coke machine) and some fun military stuff from Brickmania (man these guys have some super fun stuff). May I just say I didn't drop over $400 on their stuff. It was more actually. Going to do a whole entire Bessie Coleman (first North American pilot to have an international pilot license and she was a woman and she was black). Take that Amelia Earhart. Bessie's from Chicago too.
Well...we took the early ferry and thought, "Easy peasy" it's a 40 minute border crossing into the U.S at the Peace Arch Crossing. Ha...ha...ha! They lied. It was new staff training day and it took 1 hour and 45 minutes. Headed next to Tulalip Casino where we won about $80 before heading to Seatac and overnight at the Crowne Plaza (have now found my new favourite hotel at Seatac). Next morning it was off to Alaska Air and our flight to Chicago.
Alas we hit Enterprise and they just couldn't seem to combine a car with a GPS and an actual trunk where you can ensure you luggage is safely hidden. After finally finding a portable GPS we were on our way to Shaumburg, Il. It's just about 45 minutes sort of north of Chicago. Stayed at the Homewood Suites which was excellent. Full kitchen, our own apartment, free breakfast and free dinners (Mon-Thurs). We had time to head to the convention centre for our Brickworld Badges, register and set up our wee pirate display which needed some rebuilding after being in our carry on.
We done got ourselves a new Ipad thingy but it didn't let me do my Blog or website so sorry for the delay. Just now have time to get everything put in. So join me on my journey for 5 days at Brickworld (Lego mania and after 5 days I still didn't see everything). That folks is a whole lot of Lego.