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So as an enticement for me to come to Sydney after Christmas, Mum noted there was a Lego exhibition on at Moore Park.  I suppose that's a good enough excuse ;)

Our first problem (after an easy train and bus ride to Anzac Parade) was finding the damned thing.  The tickets simply said "Entertainment Quarter" with no further detail and NOTHING at the Entertainment Quarter indicating where it was on.  We wandered around for ages.  We asked two different people where to go.  Absolutely abysmal event management!!

Anyways.

Eventually found it.

Lego Logo Mosaic

Lego Cities Logo

This one operated much like the Sydney Icons show I saw a few years back.  Just a few displays (five this time), with Lego to play with.  Last time it was primarily just bricks, but this time there was a mix of bricks and other types of pieces.  Not that I played with any of it heh.

There were five cities - Tokyo, Dubai, London and Sydney, in four corners of the room, with New York in the middle.  Been to all of them except Dubai.

Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Lego Tokyo

Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

Lego Dubai

London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Lego London

Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

Lego Sydney

New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

Lego New York

So that was all pretty cool.

My version of the Lego logo vs Ryan McNaught's

Lego coloured seats

Brickman

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When Neil and I saw there was a Ryan McNaught Lego exhibition coming to Canberra, we bought tickets as soon as they became available.

This was a hint at the mall:

Brickman, Canberra

On the day we'd booked our tickets, our breaker box caught fire.  This caused me no end of stress.  But it all worked out in the end and we got to go see it.

Pro tip:  book tickets for a school day - no annoying kids!!  And no crowds!!!

Sydney Lego mosaic

Giant begonia

Little old lady who lived in a shoe

Lego movie stage

Lego Movie director

Collosseum

Collosseum showing current day ruins, and its heyday

Small sculptures

Hot air balloon in Lego

1961 Ferrari made of Lego

1961 Ferrari made of Lego

The Brickman's Bounty

Walking the plank

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

The Brickman's Bounty

A Roulette

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jetstar Deathstar

Jack and Rose on The Love Boat

The Love Boat in Lego

Shark on The Love Boat

Bridge of The Love Boat

Engine room of The Love Boat

The Love Boat in Lego

The Space Shuttle in Lego

Sean Connery James Bond Lego mosaic

Cartoon character Lego mosaics

Lego X-Wing

All the James Bonds in Lego mosaics

Notice the ring-in above?

Johnny English Lego mosaic

Saturn V rocket in Lego

R2-D2 and C-3PO are going to the moon

Lego Opera House

Lego Opera House

Father and son off to the opera.  With Jabba.

Audience in the Opera House

101 Collins St Melbourne

Elvis the helicopter

Qantas A380 in Lego

I saw a couple of these little green guys around.  Turns out there was a competition to see how many there were.  I counted something like 25 in my photos.  I think.  I forget.

Green spaceman hitching a ride on the A380

Neil and I had a great time, all the more awesome with no kids or crowds.

Lego

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You know how I sorted out Jake's and Zac's Lego?  Today Vic brought over some of his to do the same thing.  So now I have competing priorities - Lego or jigsaw!

Fun times..

Zac's Lego

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Three years ago I got all of Jake's Lego and spent a couple of months sorting it all out.  I had a blast.

In September I got all of Zac's Lego to do the same thing.  Zac had fewer sets (only about fifty five of them) but on average they were bigger sets.  One had something like 1500 pieces!  So all up I think there was quite a bit more Lego to work with.

As with Jake's Lego, I first spent a lot of time sorting out the pieces into the different types (probably at least two weeks), then spent another few weeks assembling all the pieces for each set so that I could build them in front of the tv or at the club or whatever.  

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

When it was all assembled it took over the entire dining room table (I could only just squeeze it all on), and then I took photos of it all.

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

Zac's Lego

And then I spent another few weeks pulling it all apart again :)  It all takes up two big tubs but I haven't returned it all yet.  I figured I could give it all back to him at Christmas and say "there, all your Christmases have come at once!" 

Sydney Icons in Lego

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Waaaay back in January, immediately after seeing Nathan Sawaya's Art of the Brick, I took a train (it was free. and it was hot.) from Central to Circular Quay, had a quick bite to eat, hacked some portals and went to the Museum of Sydney to see Sydney Icons in Lego, by Ryan McNaught.  It was a bit of a strange exhibition in that as well as the Lego displays (which were awesome), there was thousands of Lego bricks to play with. So while each session was an hour, most of the kids took a quick look at the displays then started playing with the Lego.  I just tried to get photos, which sometimes proved difficult with lots of kids heads in the way.  

Museum of Sydney
Museum of Sydney

Opera House in Lego
Opera House in Lego

Opera House in Lego
Opera House in Lego

Front of Opera House
Front of Opera House

Steps of the Opera House
Steps of the Opera House

Interior of the Opera House
Interior of the Opera House

Darth Vader and Chancellor Palpatine attend a show at the Opera House
Darth Vader and Chancellor Palpatine attend a show at the Opera House

Endeavour and Opera House
Endeavour and Opera House

HMS Endeavour in Lego
HMS Endeavour in Lego

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego

Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego
Sydney Harbour Bridge in Lego

Harbour Bridge deck
Harbour Bridge deck

Bridge climbers
Bridge climbers

Reckon that's Paul Hogan painting the Harbour Bridge?
Reckon that's Paul Hogan painting the Harbour Bridge?

Accident in the Harbour Tunnel
Accident in the Harbour Tunnel

Pacific Aria in Lego
Pacific Aria in Lego

Pacific Aria in Lego
Pacific Aria in Lego

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Pacific Aria cutaway
Pacific Aria cutaway

Jack and Rose and some random on the prow of the Pacific Aria
Jack and Rose and some random on the prow of the Pacific Aria

Galley of the Pacific Aria
Galley of the Pacific Aria

Partying on the Pacific Aria
Partying on the Pacific Aria

Swimming on the Pacific Aria
Swimming on the Pacific Aria

Someone having a shower on the Pacific Aria
Someone having a shower on the Pacific Aria

Sydney Harbour yachts
Sydney Harbour yachts

Sydney Harbour yachts
Sydney Harbour yachts

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Luna Park in Lego
Luna Park in Lego

Channel 7 helicopter
Channel 7 helicopter

Bricks!
Bricks!

Waaaaaay back in January I saw another one of Nathan Sawaya's Lego exhibitions in Sydney.  This one had a DC Comics theme, so lots of comics and super heroes.  It was at the Powerhouse Museum, and very nicely they let you take photos.  And they didn't overcrowd each session, so it was possible to get photos without a thousand kids heads in the way.

Nathan's trademark yellow man, done like the Joker
Art of the Brick

Batman
Art of the Brick

Wonder Woman and Superman
Art of the Brick

Justice League of America
Art of the Brick

Action Comics
Art of the Brick

Green Lantern
Art of the Brick

Superman
Art of the Brick

Trident
Art of the Brick

Detail in the trident - fish, starfish and crabs!
Art of the Brick

Flash Forward
Art of the Brick

Cobblepot
Art of the Brick

Superman (I really liked the mosaic that made the mirror)
Art of the Brick

Mosaics of comic book covers, and the original covers

Art of the Brick Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick Art of the Brick

Cowl Collection
Art of the Brick

Joker
Art of the Brick

This completely black sculpture of Batman looked transparent because of the way the light reflected.  A photo doesn't capture this.
Art of the Brick

Next to Batman is a Batman logo
Art of the Brick

Inside the logo is all different kinds of bats and Batman weapons
Art of the Brick

The Batmobile
Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

Check out the detail in the wheels!
Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

BBT

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I'm sure Yvonne would love this - Big Bang Theory Lego!

Big Bang Theory Lego

SPACESHIP!!!!

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Spaceship! Spaceship! SPACESHIP!!!

:)

This was one of my Christmas presents.  I built it yesterday afternoon.

Spaceship

Spaceship

For something that is supposed to be based on 1980s Space Lego, there's very little actual original space lego pieces.  Here's pretty much all there is:

Spaceship

Every time I get a new Lego set, there's always some new piece I've never seen before.  In this set it included little spring loaded laser firing bricks, elbow plates and circular plates with a hole.

Spaceship

Spaceship

Spaceship

Jake's Lego

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So over Christmas/New Year/January I had all of Jake's Lego to sort out and check for completeness.  

First step was sorting out what was there.  I left things assembled that looked like they belonged to a set, then sorted the rest of the pieces into tubs - bricks, plates, technic bits, wings, round bricks/plates, minifig gear, minifig weapons, wheels, misc bits, etc etc etc.  I also separated out any "old" greys and browns from the new style colours so as not to mix them up.  This all took several days.

Jake's Lego sorted

Then I started building things.  I started with smaller sets, thinking that I'd be more likely to complete them, and then only bigger sets would be missing pieces.  This sort of worked, but Lego makes so many different sorts of pieces that even smaller sets could be missing odd pieces.  So the building took several weeks, and when complete, it took up our entire dining table!

Jake's Lego completed

Impressive, huh!  Seventy-eight sets, and four games (not shown).  Twenty Star Wars sets, sixteen town sets, and a smattering of just about every other series of Lego (ok, so not really).

Then I dismantled it all, double checking as I went against Bricklink to make sure sets were complete, and photographing everything as well.  Any missing parts were documented to be bought online if need be.

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

Jake's Lego

I returned it all in three goes - two lots of complete sets, and the last lot of incomplete sets.

So yeah, a super fun couple of months getting to play with heaps of Lego that I didn't have to pay for :)

Lego bird

Lego chicken

Lego flying mummies

Lego ring wraith

Lego droidekas

Lego rancor

Last Sunday afternoon I went along with Nat and Andrew to this year's Lego Brick Expo at the Hellenic Club.

Verdict: the Lego was awesome, the venue was a disaster.

They've learnt from previous years, and now you line up outside the venue where they have staff come along and check tickets.  Then when your allocated time slot comes up you can all just go straight in.  So it was much more efficient getting in.  The problem was that inside things were spread out all over the place in different rooms and in corridors, so people were squeezing in to see the Lego while other people were squeezing past, and it was a rabbit warren of rooms so I was worried about missing a room just because I hadn't seen the entrance to it.

Not to mention the crowds and crowds of people.  They sold 12000 tickets for the two days.  !!  So it was jam packed with little kids that seem to know exactly when you are about to take a photo and stick their heads or hands in the photo.  It was amazingly frustrating.  We did get the last session of the day, so at least at about 5:20pm things were thinning out enough to go back and redo some photos with less crowds.

They really need to get a big room at Epic and be done with it.  I think if they do it at the Hellenic Club again next year I might not even go.

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

Lego Brick Expo 2013

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