Geeky Daddy Visits The Lego Brickworld Fan Exposition

A few of my buddies have been trying to convince me to get involved in building Legos. I keep hearing it is “a relaxing way to mentally decompress” after work and the kids.

So this weekend, the Geeky Family met up with my high school buddy Elon (Lego enthusiast and advocate) and his daughters for the Lego Brickworld show at the Surburban Collection Showcase Center in Novi Michigan.

Lego Men & Lil' G-Man
Lil’ G-Man makes friends everywhere he goes

I was floored at the creativity and skill levels they had on display! (We left our mark on the graffiti wall!)

Geeky Daddy Legos
Geeky Daddy was here.

The world of Legos is so much more vast and complex than the basic solid color blocks I remember it as a kid.

From basic child Lego Duplo blocks to their ultra realistic Architecture collections, Lego has kits and collections for every age, interest or skill level.

Here is just a taste of what we saw. (Please keep in mind that pictures and videos can only do these sets so much justice)

Walking in the door, the first thing you see is a gigantic recreation of the U.S.S. Missouri battleship.

This ship was made famous in 1945 when representatives of the Japanese Empire officially surrendered on its deck, ending World War II.

Lego Missouri 2
I could not tell if MacArthur had his classic corn cob pipe.

But enough with the history lessons.

How about some “Geeky” stuff!

Like a space mining colony!

Lego Space Mining
The work with the LED lights was amazing

One vendor had an amazing set up (over a hundred linear feet) of motorized Lego factory sets linked in unison. Utilizing computers and timing software, they were able to create an assembly line that moved tiny soccer balls along the entire circuit!

How about some cool Lego Star Wars sets! Like the Battle of Jakku!

Or a little more classic Star Wars like the Moon of Endor and the second Death Star from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi!

The Lego sets were not just limited to good Star Wars movies either. There was also a gigantic set depicting a scene from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. (Sorry for the video being horizontal, not sure what happened there)

 

There was lots of local flair as well as the Detroit area was well represented by the Lego creators!

General Motors Renaissance Center

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Lego General Motors Renaissance Center

Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater

Lego Michigan Theater
Lego Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater

Detroit’s Griswold Building

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Lego Detroit’s Griswold Building

Detroit’s Dime Building/ Chrysler House

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Lego Detroit’s Dime Building/ Chrysler House

Detroit’s Guardian Building

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Lego Detroit’s Guardian Building

The Wayne County Building

Lego Wayne County Building
Lego The Wayne County Building

The Renaissance Faire!

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Lego The Renaissance Fair

Even the Grand Hotel on Machinac Island complete with horse poop (thankfully, Legos are not scratch ‘n’ sniff)

But the show wasn’t just for the adults, there were plenty play areas for the kids to do their thing.

Lil G in the Lego pit

Which, for Lil’ G-Man, meant crawling around aimlessly and tossing things on the floor. Just like home.

It was a lot of fun, we met some great people and are looking forward to the next Brickworld event! Thanks Elon!

Lego Graffiti Wall
My friend Elon, his daughter Scarlet, Lil’ G-Man and myself

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