Brickset news archive: Events (USA)
By all accounts, the antics of LEGO at SDCC were a shambles that have done nothing but bring the company into disrepute and cause disruption at the event itself.
The distribution of highly desirable minifigures in such small quantities causes frustration for those that that couldn't get to the event and also those who queued for hours to get a ticket only to find they didn't win one.
Now, to make matters worse, it's alleged that LEGO rigged the distribution of tickets, giving pre-determined winning tickets to kids. FBTB has run a story on this where you can read how it was allegedly done.
If this is true, it is shocking and unacceptable, and I hope LEGO considers how it handles such promotions in the future in light of these revelations. It may have been their attempt to prevent the scalpers from getting them but how would you feel if you weren't a scalper and you'd queued for hours to get a ticket only to find out later that you had no chance of winning?
I personally think now would be a good time to stop these promotions altogether, or make them less desirable. I'm not saying that as a collector, since I stopped collecting Super Heroes figures ages ago (because of promotions like this) but because they are damaging the brand and the company's reputation.
What's your view?
BrickSlopes will be the first LEGO fan event in the Rocky Mountain region of the USA, taking place 1st - 4th May, 2014, in Salt lake City, Utah.
There's a great event lined up already, with games, a meet and greet, and an excellent keynote speaker. The missing ingredient is YOU and the the rest of the LEGO fan community!
If you want to get involved or find out more, check out the event website.
Rebrick37112 has just written in with the following:
Lego and SDCC sent out a survey asking us to rate the experience at the booth this year. I provided honest feedback on how the experience was poor and that the spirit is gone. The raffle attracts scalpers to the Lego area so they can sell on ebay for profits. On Thursday, they shut down the Lego area due to the raffle and asked kids to leave who were playing with Lego in the interior play area. On Friday, I observed scalpers with up to 15 tickets gained by going through the raffle line multiple times to increase their chances of winning. On Sunday, I won the raffle and felt attacked after picking up the Green Arrow figure. When I walked away from the booth, at least 10 people came up to me asking to purchase the figure. I thought the reason why Lego was there was to promote new and upcoming products, experience the product, and interact with the employees. The Lego employees do not promote the product; they just answer questions about where the raffle is located. I love that Lego participates at SDCC but the spirit is lost due to scalping. I am fine with them selling exclusives like the Back to the Future, Hobbit and Star Wars this past year but the raffle is out of control.
Here is the link to the survey - Let's make a change:
It's certainly refreshing to see LEGO are taking an interest in what people think, and I hope that the results from this survey, along with the complete fiasco that was the SDCC LEGO raffle might provoke them to change the way that future giveaways are handled...
Brick Fiesta 2013 is currently underway this weekend. It is the Third Brick Fiesta and is unique in that it is the only Lego Convention in the Americas that is operated by a LUG. Additionally, it is the only traveling convention in the Americas. It started in Austin Tx, then moved to Houston, and this year it is in Dallas.
It is a young con so it is still evolving but Huw gave me permission to share some content from the con with you guys this week.
The YourCreativeFriends team, best known for their YouTube video reviews, is launching a brand new LEGO event in Philadelphia, USA next year. Called Philly Brick Fest, it will be held April 24-27th at the Philly Expo Center and, like many similar events, will feature both AFOL and public days.
The event is being supported by LEGO and I suspect the organisers are now looking for exhibitors, so if you're interested in finding out more, head on over to the website or Facebook page, or read more about the event at The Brick Fan.
In the USA, BrickCon, one of the largest events in the country, will once again be held in Seattle, WA, 4-7th October.
BrickCon is a four-day convention for adult fans, collectors and builders of LEGO. Attendees from around the country and around the world come together to share friendships, show their LEGO creations, learn from each other, and meet new friends. The first two days are AFOL-only, then the event is opened to the public over the weekend. There's still a few days left to register as an attendee of the AFOL event to guarantee an engraved brick badge, swag bag and other benefits. Find out more at the official BrickCon website.
If you are interested in the public exhibition only, be sure to visit Chowren Toys' Facebook page for a chance to get a pair of free tickets. As one of the sponsors of BrickCon 2012, Chowren Toys is giving away 5 pairs of tickets: all you need to do is visit their Facebook page to find out how you can get them.
Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA, Aug 4th & Aug 5th, 2012, 11:00am - 4:00pm.
LEGO models, displays and winding trains sprawled out over 100,000 square feet.
BrickFair brings together adult fans of LEGO from across the USA (and Canada, and a few other countries) to show off their projects, great and small, and to share their passion for LEGO - the most awesome toy - ever.
LEGO fan festivals like BrickFair are great fun for the whole family! Join in a game or two - maybe win a LEGO set.
Vendors will be offering all things LEGO, including shirts, hats, minifigures, custom-molded weapons, unique models, keychains and... really... everything you never imagined.
Along with news on upcoming sets and shows, ign.com has revealed the LEGO Booth calendar for this year's San Diego Comic-Con as well as the Exclusive LEGO Giveaways. LEGO is giving away 4 promotional figures this year: Marvel Venom, Marvel Phoenix, DC Shazam and DC Bizarro. There will be 1,000 of each figure available and winners will also qualify for a chance to win other special prizes such as LEGO Batcaves autographed by (my favorite comic book artist ever) Jim Lee!
Here are some other great tidbits that jumped out at me:
- A whole line of Hobbit sets will be released in December
- Visitors to SDCC12 will get a sneak peek at one of these new Hobbit sets
- Visitors to SDCC12 will be able to build their own Bilbo Baggins minifigure via a scavenger hunt
- Cartoon Network will be airing LEGO Lord of the Rings short videos
- Visitors to SDCC12 will get a preview of the 2013 DC and MARVEL Superheroes minifigures
- Visitors to SDCC12 will get a sneak peek of a new 2013 Star Wars set....THE RANCOR PIT!
- There will be 20 new Star Wars sets for 2013
- Ninjago is noted as being, "one of the most successful LEGO play themes ever"
Am I the only one kicking myself for not attending this year? I just don't think my wallet can handle any more great LEGO news. :o)
Update: Our friends over at FBTB have the entire LEGO Press Release posted for the San Diego 2012 Comic Con. Additionally, FBTB will be attending the show and posting pictures so keep checking back!
Update 2: LEGO has released a picture of The Rancor Pit! Thanks to Forum user jawapez for the link.
As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, here is the first glimpse of some of the new Hobbit minifigures. From left: Gandalf, Dwalin, Bombur, Bofur, Bilbo and Balin. Per the article, the Hobbit set(s) will release in mid December here in the U.S. Though I haven't read the Hobbit yet, I think these figures really look splendid and are a great followup to those in the first LotR wave of sets. What do you think?
Thanks to Forum user Graysmith for the heads up!
- Meet LEGO Senior Designer Jamie Berard (best known for designing the modular building series). He will be hosting a presentation and a Q/A Session!
- As if that was not enough, LEGO will be unveiling an exclusive set at the event. This is a must-see!
- We have more than double the display space since last year.
- We are a small walking distance to the LEGO Store. Lego will have a special sale event with discounts for full BF2012 members!
- Jared Burks (fineclonier) will be at the event holding free minifigure workshops both days! In these classes attendees will Receive free figures and learn the basics to customizing a LEGO minifigure.
- Participate on a range of games that are sure to be a hit including the SUMOBot battles and a Heroica Tournament.
- Enjoy a great rate with the Westin Galleria, so this is a great chance to have a family vacation in a first-class location.
- Advance Westin Hotel registration prize drawing, ending 3/31/2012
- Advance Brick Fiesta membership prize drawing, ending 4/15/2012
The LEGO CEC team has asked me to tell you about an event in San Francisco this coming weekend to benefit the Toys For Tots charity:
"San Francisco Bay Area Families are invited to Help LEGO® Master Builders Construct a 12-foot tall by 10-foot wide LEGO® Star Wars™ Santa Yoda out of LEGO bricks.
"It's a three-day community build where families will help LEGO Master Builders to create a 12-foot tall by 10-foot wide LEGO Star War Santa Yoda made entirely of LEGO bricks to kick-off a countdown to the holidays found at www.legosantayoda.com. Children and parents will be invited to build a portion of Santa Yoda which LEGO Master Builders will then add to the larger than life model"
It's taking place on Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th, 10am-6pm daily (or until completed) at Union Square (next to the seasonal ice skating rink), San Francisco.
If you're in the area head on down and let us know how you get on!
Talking about public events, it's a little over a week now until BrickCon 2011. The public facing side of the event is a 2 day public exhibition (Saturday October 1st & Sunday October 2nd) at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Details on pricing, travel, etc., available here.
This event has a reputation of being one of the premier exhibition events in the LEGO fan calendar, with many amazing models on display. It's also a great opportunity to meet many of the US & Canada-based builders those work you see featured on the MOC-oriented sites like Brothers Brick.
If you're lucky enough to have registered for it, there is a private 'convention'-style event proceeding the public show - details here.
As mentioned a few posts again, we're heading into a fairly concentrated period of AFOL-organised events; we reported on Brick Fiesta a while back when it was first announced, but there's now only three weeks to go!
This event is organised by TexLUG, the Texas fan group, and is the usual style of event - the first couple of days are an AFOL-only 'convention', followed by a public exhibition over the weekend. You can find the full information here - http://brickfiesta.com
This is sure to be a great event, as Texans are known for their hospitality, so make sure y'all visit if you possibly can!
Just a reminder that Brickworld Chicago starts next week; Wednesday 15th through Friday 17th are the 'conference' days, open to pre-registered attendees only, whilst Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th are the 'public' exhibition days, with tickets available at the door.
You can get the full info on the website here, including the very full looking program of events - http://www.brickworld.us/chicago/
Are you planning to attend, either for the full AFOL experience, or just for the public days? Let us know!
It's not for a few months yet, but a brand new event called Brick Fiesta has just been announced - this combo-style event will be running 30th June until 3rd July 2011, with the first two days (Thursday 30th & Friday 1st) being an AFOL convention & the last two days (Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd) being a public exhibition. It will be taking place at the Omni Hotel Austin at Southpark, in Austin, Texas, USA.
You can find out more details at the link here, where you can also book tickets for the convention and reserve hotel rooms. Full event tickets cost $50US each and will need to be booked in advance; tickets for the public days will be sold on the day at the door and will cost $10US each (or $20US for a family pass - 2 adults & 2 children).
This is a new event for the LEGO fan's calendar, and the first major fan event in Texas, & we wish the team behind it the best of luck!
BrickFair, a LEGO Fan Festival in the United States, is a blast for the whole family! Held each August near Washington, D.C., BrickFair hosts the most dedicated adult LEGO builders and features fantastic LEGO creations great and small.
- WHEN: August 7th and August 8th, 2010 (11:00am - 4:00pm)
- WHERE: Dulles Expo Center in Northern Virginia