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A new LEGO exhibition is opening at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour and it's going to be huge, literally. Life-sized models of vehicles, animals and more will amaze and break records for the tallest and largest in the Southern Hemisphere. They're unique and will have you in awe.
Totalling more than 1.5million bricks and put together over 4,500 hours, this exhibition showcases around 40 models with 38 of them never before seen. By luck, I happened upon one of the models on display at the Christmas market in The Grounds of Alexandria – the Harley Davidson, the only one of its kind. It certainly lives up to the name of the exhibition in that it is awesome and has whet my appetite to see the rest of this collection.
Other transport-related creations include a replica Caterpillar 797 dump truck, Doctor Who's Tardis, the DeLorean from Back to the Future and a NASA SLS rocket that stands at a whopping 7.5metres tall with legendary brickman Ryan McNaught installing a lighting system within it that gives the effect of the rocket blasting off into space – very cool.
LEGO animal creations include an Orca whale designed like it's bursting straight up out of the water, Emperor penguins, a kangaroo, a koala and an Australian saltwater crocodile that weighs 60kgs – just a taste of what you can expect.
Each model will include an information plaque that tells you about the real item as well as behind-the-scenes stories on how it was built. Building stations around the models make this exhibition fully interactive. Children and adults alike can use their brick skills and add to the displays, perhaps another penguin for the colony or your very own time machine to stand next to the Tardis. Two million LEGO bricks are available to play with, so use your imagination and make something awesome.
Ryan and his team are also building a giant snake and need your help. They've built the head and the tail and they want everyone who visits to help build the belly. Help make the longest snake and brag later to your friends of your contribution.
The awesomeness starts on Boxing Day and runs daily through to 4 February. Various session times are available with the first from 9.30am and the last varying between 4pm and 6pm, depending on the day. Allow a good 60-90minutes to view the exhibition.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek with the cost at $35 per adult, $30 for seniors/concession holders and $25 for children (4-16yrs). Littlies under 4 are free. Family rates are also available. Tickets can be bought at the door but if you're wanting a particular session time then it's best to pre-book as this will be a popular event and certain sessions will sell out.
There's a lot to love about this exhibition and it's within easy reach of various modes of transport from ferries and buses to trains and light rail.