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Philly Brick Fest 2015 LEGO Fan Festival Announcement

I am happy to announce that Philly Brick Fest 2015 will be returning to the Philadelphia Expo Center April 23 – 26, 2015.

As many of you know may or may not know, Philly Brick Fest was the first LEGO convention I ever attended and it was worth the trip. I hope to attend again this year to cover the event, so stay tuned for updates on my travel plans.

LEGO conventions like Philly Brick Fest give FOLs – Fans of LEGO an opportunity to come together as a community under one roof. Convention activities include playing fun LEGO games, learning new building techniques from other builders, and of course seeing the amazing creations.

Some of my favorite games during the private days from last years event included the Minifigure Identification Game, and Bowling for Bricks which was a relay race where we built a LEGO set and played a game of bowling at the same time. There were also seminars from Alice Finch, Kevin Hinkle from the LEGO CEE Team, and Clutch (Chris Byrne) gave a talk about running one of the largest US-based Bricklink stores, Bricks On The Dollar.

Then came the MOCs and collaborative LUG layouts. PennLUG, SteelCityLUG, ColonialLUG, and DelVaLUG each had their own layouts. PennLUG touted the largest train layout in their club’s history and other layouts included a Moonbase, Explorian Fleet, and more. In addition to the collaborative displays, there were also loads of stand-alone creations. Here is the link to my Flickr stream from last years event.

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Philly Brick Fest LEGO Fan Festival Sept 12-14

Philly Brick Fest 2014

On September 12-14, Philly Brick Fest LEGO Fan Festival returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Check out images of what went on at Philly Brick Fest back in April as well as a list of some of the attractions below. Public attendees can get a special ticket offer here while AFOLs/TFOLs can register here.

  • Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down a 35-foot long timed track
  • Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities on display
  • Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Challenge a family member or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena
  • YouTube Celebrities: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show, Your Creative Friends (YCF), and more.
  • Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire!
  • Brick Fest Theater & Trivia: Watch some of the best LEGO brick films and participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome!
  • Build Wall: At Brick Fest, art on the walls is allowed. With over 80-feet of wall space is covered in studs, attendees are encouraged to use bricks to build in three dimensions.
  • Mosaics: Using a colorful variety of 1×1 LEGO bricks, build a piece of art to proudly display for other attendees.
  • The Brick Zone: The Brick Zone is where imaginations run wild as builders are free to create anything they desire. Creativity shines while being surrounded by thousands of LEGO bricks of every shape and size.
  • Shopping: Find new, vintage,
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Philly Brick Fest 2014 Swag

So it’s been a few days since I got back from Philly Brick Fest 2014 and I finally have some time to show off what I got on my trip. Throughout the four days, there were games and activities you could do to win some awesome prizes. The first things I got while I was there was a goodie bag filled with treats and the exclusive Ben Franklin minifigure set.

Philly Brick Fest Swag Bag

Philly Brick Fest Swag - Ben Franklin & Kevin Hinkle

Later after the first day, there was a thing called Bowling for Bricks at Arnold’s Family Fun Center. The first game was sort of a relay where teams had to bowl and build at the same time. One person would bowl and another person would build and the first team to complete the build wins. Unfortunately my team lost that game. The second game was for the highest team score. My team consisted of Chris (Bricks4Chris), Dan (Classy Bricks), Mark, and me. The prize that I got was the LEGO City Auto Transporter (60060) which I had to break down because it wouldn’t fit in my suitcase.

After everyone left the bowling alley, me, Chris, Dan, and Chad had our own little competition for who can bowl the first strike. The prize for this game was the LEGO Racers Race Rig (8162). Somehow I rolled the very first strike but Chris ended up tying me. In the second frame to everyone’s surprise, I rolled another strike while Chris barely missed, hitting 9 out of the 10 pins. I won the cool … Continue

Philly Brick Fest Makes Child’s Wish Come True

Philly Brick Fest 2014

During Philly Brick Fest, I had the privilege to meet a young man named Evan. He was part of the Make-A-Wish program and his wish was to attend Philly Brick Fest. The great staff at PBF made the wish come true for him. Christin took charge and made Evan and his family feel as welcomed as possible during all four days of the event. Evan joined in on many activities that were held including the Brick Fest Derby, the Collectible Minifigures Identification Game and PolyMOCs as well as hanging out at David Hall’s Minifigs4u booth.

At the end of the show, Chad had some wonderful surprises for Evan including a LEGO Storage Head filled with rare minifigure polybags such as the Chrome Darth Vader and White Boba Fett. That wasn’t all. Evan also received the LEGO CUUSOO NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover signed by Stephen Pakbaz.

Overall, the crew at PBF was honored to have Evan and his family attend the festivities and is happy to have made his wish come true. This shows that not only LEGO brings people happiness but also brings families together. Check out all the images of Evan’s time at Philly Brick Fest below.

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Philly Brick Fest LEGO Fan Festival Living Social Deal

After the record-breaking success of Philly Brick Fest this past weekend, fans who didn’t get a chance to go will have another opportunity in September. Tickets for the next event are now available on Living Social. Philly Brick Fest will again be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and this deal gets you a single day ticket and BrickWarriors LEGO minifigure accessories. The fan festival will be held on Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14. Be sure to get your tickets early because the last promotion was sold out.

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Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards aka Rockys

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - The Rocky Awards Ceremony

Day 2 of Philly Brick Fest 2014 came and went and during the day, judges were walking around evaluating a ton of MOCs in various themes which included best Philly MOC, Space, Bionicle, Military/Historical, Most Creative, Train, Steampunk, Building/Structure. Winners of these respective themes will get a custom Rocky trophy designed by Tyler Clites (Legohaulic). There was even a Stanley the Snail Award for best snail MOC.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - The Rocky Awards Ceremony

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - The Rocky Awards Ceremony

The first award given out was an honorary award given to Chris Edwards who was the first person to register as an AFOL and the first person to display his MOCs.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Honorary Rocky Award

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Honorary Rocky Award

The second award given out during the night was the Stanley the Snail Award given to the best snail MOC out of the whole convention. The winner of this award was Nicki Toizer.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Snail

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Snail

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Snail

The second Rocky that was given out was to the best MOC which represented Philly. This award was also given to Nicki Toizer for her Cheesesteak w/ Fries.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Philly

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Philly

The next award was for best Space themed MOC. The winner was Jim Rhoades for Comet Empire.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Space

After that, we had the best Bionicle set which went to Joshua Kunicki for his Flagious MOC.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Bionicle

Up next was the best Military/Historical MOC and the winner was Todd Michels for his Tank vs Helicopter display.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Military/Historical

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Best Military/Historical

The next award that was up for grabs was the Most Creative MOC which went to Richard Chow/BrickFormula for his LEGO Sorter. You can check out how it works here.

Philly Brick Fest 2014 The Rocky Awards Ceremony - Most Creative

The following award that was given out was the best Train. … Continue

Philly Brick Fest 2014 LEGO Event Kit Ben’s Discovery (PBF001) Review

Philly Brick Fest 2014 Ben's Discovery (PBF001)

Today was the first day of AFOL & Exhibitor registration for Philly Brick Fest 2014 and inside my goodie bag was an exclusive LEGO event kit for particular registrants, Ben’s Discovery (PBF001). This minifigure is one of Philadelphia’s finest residents and his work in proving that lightning is electricity, Benjamin Franklin.

He is created from Bilbo Baggins’ torso and Shakespeare’s hair piece. There is also his kite and the key that is attached to the string. He is housed in a clear standard baseball card case. Overall, Ben Franklin is a pretty cool and exclusive minifigure to add to my LEGO collection.

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