Disclosure: we were provided with a press pass for the purpose of blogging about the event.
On Saturday morning we hopped in the car and drove over to the NEC Birmingham to attend the Brick Live show – “built for LEGO fans” – for a day full of building and looking at lots and lots of LEGO models!
There were a LOT of different shows and events happening at the NEC this weekend, so it took us a while to park the car and make our way over to the hall where Brick Live was happening, because of the queues of cars and people – and then parking set us back a whopping £16.00, ouch.
Once we’d picked up our pass and had our hands stamped we headed in and the kids got building almost immediately, creating weird and wonderful buildings and vehicles for the LEGO City.
There is loads to see and do at Brick Live, with Brick Lane full of independent LEGO retailers of all kinds, Fairy Bricks with their charity tombola and mosaic tiles, Bright Bricks’ Mythical Beasts display, the Fan Zone full of amazing models designed and built by LEGO fans, and lots of different construction zones, including Star Wars, Minecraft, Ninjago and Duplo.
The Bright Bricks Mythical Beasts creations were amazing! Colourful huge builds of all types of mythical creatures – Georgie was delighted to spot a gorgeous pegasus, and I loved the collection of little nymphs. The huge minator even had smoke blowing out of it’s nostrils. It was great to see more of the Bright Bricks masterpieces after seeing their amazing animals on display at Twycross Zoo.
Lydia had a great time joining in with the LEGO Friends dancers, while Georgie did some building in the Friends construction zone surrounding the dance floor. Later on, they both joined in with some dancing which was pretty impressive for our shy little girl.
We worked together to build a mosaic tile at the Fairy Bricks area, where each tile gets laid down together to make one amazing large picture – this year it has a Ninjago theme! The girls had a couple of goes on the tombola too, which is great as it is a prize every time, with minifigs, poly bags or Lego sets to be won.
Fairy Bricks are an amazing charity who raise money to donate LEGO to children’s hospitals and hospices. We’ve passed the time by building LEGO before, at our children’s hospital playroom, when Lydia was having tests and having to wait around while eye drops kicked in – and it’s entirely possible their LEGO stash was donated by Fairy Bricks!
We had a good browse of the Brick Lane area, which was full of stands selling all sorts of LEGO, from minifigs all the way up to huge sets. James was particularly taken with TECHBRICK who sell TrixBrix – a range of 3D printed compatible track pieces for LEGO trains. He’s already asked for some for Christmas and his birthday next month.
One toy that caught our eye wasn’t LEGO at all, but a totally different type of construction toy from Japan – LaQ blocks. There are 7 different types of block parts – 2 base (square and triangle) and 5 connectors – which join together to make creations of all shapes and sizes. The girls had fun making a heart and police car in the hands on area, and James may have done some sneaky shopping while the girls were otherwise occupied, having spotted two sets that would allow both of them to make their favourite Sea Life Centre residents.
We picked up a few bargain polybag LEGO sets for the girls as a treat (which of course they then had to build as soon as we got home), and another couple for Christmas surprises, but other than that we were pretty well behaved when it came to shopping in Brick Lane. I did pick up a fridge magnet from the Toys ‘R’ Art stand as a souvenir of our day – I absolutely love her artwork and when we redo our kitchen next year (fingers crossed) I am very tempted to treat ourselves to a set of her place mats for the table.
We spent the afternoon building in various LEGO pits, making pumpkins, houses, trees, and Georgie and some other children were having a LEGO swordfight at one point in a brick pit. We built a treehouse to go down in the Birmingham-ish area of the UK Map, which was full of some slightly weird and wonderful looking buildings.
The Fan Zone had some amazing LEGO builds, with everything from dinosaurs to the world’s largest LEGO ferris wheel – which actually rotates! An aquarium full of LEGO fish and plants was one of my favourites, the girls were very excited to spot a My Little Pony Rainbow Dash, and James spent a while geeking out over the various LEGO trains on display.
We spent a little time in the Show Time area watching some gaming, and then finished off the day with Lydia taking on the Brick Adventure Mountain challenge and scrambling her way (at least part way) up a climbing wall.
As you can tell we had a great day at Brick Live and definitely recommend it to LEGO fans of all ages! They had a huge duplo area for toddlers, rows of computers for kids (and adults) to try out Minecraft, a Nintendo Switch area showcasing all the latest games, and loads of playstations set up for people to try out some different LEGO video games (which I love, by the way), a LEGO graffiti wall, LEGO battle bots with robots battling it out, and a big Architecture building area where you people were making incredible detailed structures.
You can go to Brick Live and build LEGO all day long, play games, shop, ooh and ahh over amazing LEGO models – both official sets (hello, Hogwarts and the huge Millenium Falcon!) and fan made – and generally immerse yourself in the world of LEGO.
The only thing I really missed this year was the large LEGO shop Toys R Us used to provide, where you could browse and buy loads of sets at the retail price, and get fun freebies too. Smyths Toys would have been ideal to replace Toys R Us and I can’t imagine they weren’t approached – so if they turned it down I think they missed a trick, as Toys R Us used to be busy all day long and sell so much LEGO it was ridiculous.
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