LEGOWORLD Utrecht GBC full walkthrough video

There…

Finally the video has completed being uploaded to YouTube.

Enjoy 15 minutes of GBC.

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LEGOWORLD Utrecht Fan Zone

So today I walked the Fan Zone at LEGOWORLD taking pictures of everything.

It was hard to get decent pictures, so I’ve sadly had to delete those that turned out too badly. It’s been a fun day which started off with some regular office work – so I spent a couple of hours going through e-mails and everyday work.

Then I shut down the laptop, left the hotel and headed back to LEGOWORLD for another day of talks with the AFOLs and taking pictures of the many MOCs there. The quality of the LEGO builds there is extremely high and it was a pleasure to dedicate time to take pictures of everything as that allowed me to get a better look at the MOCs.

Thanks to all the AFOLs for spending time to build the MOCs and also for spending more time on showing them to me and the rest of the visitors at LEGOWORLD. Everywhere AFOLs were engaging with the visitors sharing their passion and joy of building as only dedicated fans can.

I’ve uploaded all the images to my flickr account and I will showcase a few below!

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Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet in extreme UCS scale?

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A very nice tan colored castle

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Space Needle

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Rapunzel’s Tower

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Steampunk floating rocks and train track!

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Steampunk Kitty

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Tug boat

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Arjan’s boats

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Houses build with 1×2 plates!

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

A rather impressive train layout

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Fans on tables

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Technic Technic TECHNIC!

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

BNSF

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Trucks

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Bottle builds

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Miss Piggy

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Lucky Luke

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Space and yes, monorail!

LEGOWORLD Utrecht NL Fan Zone 2014

Pirate Ship

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So day one is over, it is actually mid day on day two now.

Lots of impressions from day one and lots of talks with AFOLs from the Dutch AFOL community.

Around 70 of them are part of the Fan Zone at this year’s LEGOWORLD in Utrecht.

The amount of stunning MOCs brought by DeBouwsteen and LowLUG is quite impressive and I am going to do photos of them today as I spend yesterday trying to cover the family side of LEGOWORLD.

(Those pictures can be found in my flickr folder.)

LEGOWORLD NL 2014 Day 1

The Brick Engraver at LEGOWORLD? Really? It seems that guy is everywhere these days!

 

I spend most of Thursday talking to AFOLs and I ended up getting “caught” inside the GBC area which was an eye-opener experience to me as I got to learn a lot on how the modules work, how they DON’T work and I was quite surprised that it is not just about making a module that transports a soccerball from A to B. – It is soo much more – including “on the spot” repairs and keeping everything running smoothly. Plus it seems that those GBC AFOLs have an urge to make any LEGO element work somewhere somehow in a GBC module. I’ve seen ZNAP and Clickits as part of some of the modules! What’s next GALIDOR?

What became quite obvious is that the GBC modules are extremely tough on the Power Function elements and I have included some images in my flickr folder where it is quite noticeable how much wear and tear the modules put the PF elements through.

LEGOWORLD NL 2014 Day 1

Did a round of e-mails this morning and now it is back to the event for more talks and walks!

A great event indeed and it has only just begun!

LEGOWORLD NL 2014 Day 1

LEGOWORLD NL 2014 Day 1

The last LEGO Fan Weekend

The past weekend the last LEGO Fan Weekend was concluded and it was again a great event!
We had 350 AFOLs visiting from 24 different countries around the world!
This was an awesome experience.

Lots of AFOLs showed their fantastic MOCs to each other, many LEGO employees (among the Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and Jørgen Vig Knudstorp) and over 2300 public visitors.

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Here is a little selection of the MOCs.

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On Saturday evening we had a great Party dinner everybody enjoyed and where a very special 10 years LFW anniversary set was given to all participants.

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Friends from all over the World came together to meet and to make new friendships – it was so much fun!

I want to thank you everybody who made this event happen and participated it in the past 10 years!

Lipno Event 2014 – Czech Republic

The past 2 days I was visiting the Lipno Event 2014 in Czech Republic. This event is held in the Lipno Point vacation center right at the shore of Lake Lipno in cooperation with the Czech LUG Kostky.org.

When I arrived Friday afternoon from Prague the over 40 participating AFOLs were eagerly setting up to be ready for the Grand Opening the next morning.

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It all came together in time after a night shift so the event opened at 10am for the public.

You can see awesome MOCs all build by Czech AFOLs. They outpace themselve over and over again!

Here some impressions!

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Yesterday night we held the AFOLs evening with good food, drinks and talks as well as an auction and a voting for the best MOC.

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A SW diorama got the first prize.

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I want to say thank you to all people who made this incredible exhibition happen!
If you want to visit – which I strongly recommend – you have time until September 30th.

Totoro and Me!

So a couple of days back Carlos send me an LDD file of his take on Totoro.

He’d guessed that I am somewhat of a Miyazaki fan and therefore he wanted to share his LEGO version of Totoro.

And finally I got to the point of finding all the needed elements and some spare time in front of the TV last night, so I could build it.

Trust me when I say that printing the html-version of the LDD rendered instructions is a the best temper test there is out there right next to contests as speed build a small racer set or a timed build-in-bag contest.

I did manage in the end and I am proud to share a photo (selfie is the proper word these days, isn’t it?) of Totoro and me at work!

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Thanks Carlos.

(and no, I can’t share the instructions as they are not mine).

 

This week (and some of last week) has been all about getting LUGBULK invoices passed on as the confirmations come in from the element warehouse.

And I also had the chance to do a presentation of the AFOL community and what we do in Community Engagement & Events to the company’s HR department.

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading to the UK for a meeting with LEGO UK and then a meeting with some of the UK AFOLs.

Sadly I’ll be heading back to Billund tomorrow night, so I won’t be able to visit as many of the UK AFOLs and LUGs as I would have liked to.

I do promise to return at some point in the future.