Brick Fiesta 2020 wrap-up

The first “virtual” version of Brick Fiesta was held on July 25-26, 2020.  The original in-person convention has been postponed until 2021 as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This event included about 20 sessions total over two days covering building techniques, large MOCs and displays, build activities, social time, and much more.  Brick Fiesta was honored to have four different members of The LEGO Group participate:  Stuart Harris (LEGO® House), Sara Skahill (AFOL Engagement), Oliver Gregory (Set Design), and Helene Teichert (LEGO® Certified Professionals Program).  Thank you very much for your time and energy!

Other special guests included Flynn De Marco and Richard Board teaching lighting;  Daniel Konstanski of Blocks Magazine with a history of the LEGO® Club;  and Alice Finch and Megan Lum of The Women’s Brick Initiative.

In addition to all that, several AFOLs from Houston and elsewhere in Texas ran sessions about Downtown Houston in LEGO®;  a large model of the Alamo;  Star Wars® MOCs; building a Zoom background;  military and historical MOCs;  custom large-scale cars;  and more!

Each day concluded with an online social time in the evening, where 30-50 AFOLs gathered to build and talk.

Brick Fiesta had over 150 registered attendees, and most sessions had 50-70 viewers.  Attendees represented at least 25 states, 20 countries, and 17 LEGO® User Groups.  While this show was a great success, we are all looking forward to meeting in person next year.  Keep checking this website for more information!

Brick Fiesta would like to thank The LEGO Group;  all the various presenters, volunteers, and other helpers;  and the sponsors (seen at the bottom of brickfiesta2020.com ).  Without all of you, this event would not have happened!

 

Brick Fiesta Virtual Convention

Brick Fiesta will be holding an online virtual convention July 25-26, 2020.  There will be talks, tips & techniques, MOC displays, interactive challenges, and socializing – all of it related to building and collecting LEGO®!  Scheduled presentations include multiple sessions with representatives from The LEGO Group, a presentation about Downtown Houston … in LEGO® bricks!, and much more.  Schedule is subject to change.

E-tickets for Virtual Brick Fiesta are available for $5 per device.  To find more information and buy your e-ticket, visit https://brickfiesta2020.com.

 

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See Downtown Houston modeled in LEGO® bricks!  More information about that project can be found here.

 

Brick Fiesta is a four-day event highlighted by displays of custom models built with LEGO® bricks.  The first two days are a fan convention where AFOLs meet to set up their models, play games, and do LEGO-related activities.  Saturday and Sunday are public exhibition days.

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The Brick Fiesta Public Exhibition is a massive display of custom LEGO® creations by LEGO® enthusiasts, along with LEGO®-related activities and vendors.  At this exhibition you can:

  • View the hundreds of unique LEGO® creations on display.  Photography is encouraged!  A few examples from previous Brick Fiesta events are shown below.
  • Attend LEGO®-themed sessions and events.
  • Learn building tips and tricks.
  • Shop vendors with current, past, and custom LEGO® sets, parts, and minifigs.
  • Experience the scope and diversity of the LEGO® fan community.

More information can be found at Brick Fiesta on Facebook, and the Brick Fiesta website, as well as other social media – search “Brick Fiesta” or “Brick Fiesta 2020.”

To join Houston Brick Club and help with Brick Fiesta 2020, please Contact Us for more information!

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iSpark Fest, March 2020

On March 7, twelve members of Houston Brick Club contributed to a display of MOCs at iSpark Fest at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, Texas.  Models included a town with working water fountain, a samurai scene, a variety of trains, and some artistic models.

Our ongoing build of downtown Houston was also present – for the first time, the entire scope of the project was laid out in public.  We also met with various other Makers and talked to the public about Brick Fiesta.

iSpark Fest is organized by Innovation Spark as an event to replace the previous Maker Faire events.  This particular event was held in conjunction with the Greater Houston Hamfest, a gathering of local ham radio operators.  Houston Brick Club would like to thank both Innovation Spark and Houston Hamfest for letting us join them.

Models and photos shown below are by members of Houston Brick Club.

Children’s Museum and BrazCon

Continuing our busy February .. Houston Brick Club members participated in BrazCon (Brazoria County Teen Comic Convention) on Feb. 15, 2020.  About five Club members provided MOCs for display and brick for attendees to build and play with.  This event attracted about 3,200 public attendees.

The next weekend, Houston Brick Club went to the Children’s Museum of Houston to help celebrate National Engineering Day.  Eight members provided MOCs for display.  The highlight was the first public appearance of Dino Falls – a working amusement park using water!  Other displays include a town with monorail, Rainbow Castle, trains, and a large classic space layout.  In addition, the in-progress model of downtown Houston was on display.  The Museum’s attendance for the two days was approximately 5,700 people.

At both events, Club members met with the public, talked about MOCs and building, and promoted Brick Fiesta.  Come see our huge exhibition in Sugar Land this July!

Models and photos below are by members of Houston Brick Club.  More photos and videos can be seen on the Club Facebook page.

 

 

Downtown Houston … in LEGO® bricks!

Houston Brick Club is busy constructing a model of downtown Houston using LEGO® bricks!  Each individual building and lot is being designed and constructed, from the smallest park to the tallest skyscraper.  Also included are landmarks such as George R. Brown Convention Center, Minute Maid Park, and Jones Hall.

Planning for this project started in summer of 2019.  The first buildings were constructed  in early January 2020.  Work is continuing, block by block, just like the real-life construction in downtown Houston!

Donations to this project are welcome, and sponsorships are available.  Sponsors at a certain level will have a building custom designed and built for them on the model!  More information can be found on this GoFundMe page.

Expected completion of this project is summer of 2020.  Come see it at our Brick Fiesta public exhibition, July 23-26 at the Houston Marriott Sugar Land.

You can see more photos, and follow progress of this project, at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/petersbrickhaus/

https://www.instagram.com/petersbrickhaus/

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LEViaCon, February 2020

On February 1, five members of Houston Brick Club displayed models built with LEGO® bricks at LEViaCon.  This event was a pop-culture-themed festival at a middle school in League City, Texas.

Models on display included city buildings, martial arts training, and underwater scene, and builds based on popular movies.  Photos below and the models shown are by members of Houston Brick Club.

 

 

 

Houston Brick Club and LEGO Masters

On January 4, 2020, Houston Brick Club members joined the LEGO® Masters Brick by Brick Tour for a day!

We worked on the initial stages of our downtown Houston model, which we plan to have completed for Brick Fiesta in July.  We also socialized with the public and helped explain about the LEGO® Masters TV show, along with talking about Houston Brick Club and our own activities.  And, we built a small sign for the local TV station!

At FOX’s LEGO® MASTERS: Brick by Brick Tour, LEGO® fans of all ages are invited to take photos in the life-sized LEGO® environment and put their brick-building skills to the test with the spin-the-wheel game.

Additional dates and locations for the Tour are as follows:

  • Jan. 11, San Antonio TX
  • Jan. 18, New Orleans LA
  • Jan. 25, Brandon FL
  • Feb. 8, West Hartford CT

Thank you to FOX and LEGO® Masters for inviting us to their event!

 

Photos below are by Houston Brick Club.

 

 

2019 Holiday Party

In mid-December about 20 members of Houston Brick Club met for our annual Holiday Party.  Once again, this was generously hosted by a member in Katy, just west of Houston.

Several people brought holiday-theme builds;  there was a draft of set 75200;  and a gift exchange with much (permitted) stealing.  One member brought the first builds for Microscale Houston – this is a Club project that we hope to have completed for Brick Fiesta in July 2020.

From all of us at Houston Brick Club – we hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season and a Happy New Year!  Look for us at various events around Houston in 2020, and Play Well!

 

November activities

Houston Brick Club started the month with a display at Day of the Dead in The Heights – a free festival near downtown Houston.  Five members entertained the public with themed MOCs.

 

On November 9, 26 Club members held a meeting at the LEGO® Brand Retail Store in the Galleria Mall.  Several of these were attending their first Houston Brick Club meeting – welcome!  Vehicle models of all kinds were brought and displayed.  There was discussion about upcoming events.  A big thank-you to the store staff and manager for letting us in early and treating us well!

Brick Fest Live, Oct. 2019

On October 19-20, twenty Houston Brick Club members participated in Brick Fest Live.  We provided displays of custom builds including: a large classic space layout, a detailed model of the USS Constitution, a realistic Western scene, and several town buildings.

Public attendance was about 8,700 total over the two days.  The visitors were excited about the detailed models and asked many questions.  We also met a group of AFOLs from Lake Jackson that may be interested in participating with Houston Brick Club in the future – we hope to see them again soon!

A few photos are below.  More are in a Facebook album here.