Recently, TV had a survey to find the best 25 Aussie Christmas gifts. No prize for guessing what was at Number 1. Yes - Lego of course. It is in homes in every suburb in Australia. We have all had it, got it and/or given it. What kid doesn't love getting Lego as a Chrissy pressie? And some big kids too (husbands who fancy themselves as master builders).
Coffs Harbour is hosting a Brick Event which is a LEGO® fan event for all ages and will be the biggest event of its kind held on the coast and will showcase over 20 different exhibits all made from LEGO® bricks.
Check out the life-size models (image by May Cross)
Themes on display:
Space and Star Wars,
City (with working trains),
Technic vehicles which are operable,
and much more.
The build and play tables along with the creation walls and the build a train play area will be extremely popular with children and the adults of all ages.
Retail outlets will be offering fans all the latest in LEGO® products, games, merchandise and jewellery creations. More detailed works will feature in excess of 30,000 pieces each, and no, none of it is glued (that would be sacrilege apparently). The total brick count will be in excess of 1 million pieces!
Retail outlets will have products for purchase (image by May Cross)
All of this is from the private collections and imaginations of over 20 individuals or in Lego speak – Master Builders. Displays are constantly evolving and expanding. Set up of the individual displays at the Coffs Harbour Showgrounds will be a meticulous process. Creators will spend a minimum of four hours each, delicately unpacking already assembled (but not glued) sectioned pieces before industriously joining them to create final masterpieces.
Build your own masterpiece (image by May Cross)
Opening hours for entry to the Brick Event will be on Saturday 9am to 3:30pm and Sunday 9am to 3:30pm. Admission for Adults is $14.50, Children (3 to15 years) $9.50, Family (2 Adults and up to 3 children) $53.00, Children under 3 are FREE. Tickets are available here and at the door with both cash and EFTPOS payment facilities available.
A Short History of Lego Unless you have been living on another planet, you know that Lego consists of little interlocking plastic bricks plus minifigures and other parts to construct whatever you can dream up. Come to think of it, I'd be surprised if your planet hasn't got lego too. After all, over 600 BILLION Lego parts have been produced! I wish that I had invented it. Lego was invented in Denmark in 1949 and comes from the words "play well" in Danish. It has spawned an enormous subculture which includes movies, games, competitions and six LEGOLAND Amusement Parks. It has become the world's most powerful brand, even beating Ferrari. Do you know the Lego company's motto? Only the best is the best.