If you're wondering what Brickman Wonders of the World entails and whether you should add it to your list of things to do these school holidays, then keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the latest Lego show to hit Perth.
There are 50 incredible exhibits all made from Lego
Q. How expensive is it? A. Wonders of the World is a good deal cheaper than last year's Brickman Experience. Adult tickets are $32, and kids (4-16 years) are $22.50 which is a huge saving on last year's prices ($43 for adults and $27 for kids). Also, if you get in early and buy tickets for weekday sessions before the school holidays start, your early bird session will only cost $20 (plus booking fee). A family ticket (1A 3K or 2A 2K) will set you back $85.
A. This year the Brickman Experience is in the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Pavilion 6 (the very end one). This is very convenient for public transport and there is a carpark underneath (although keep in mind it will cost you almost $6 an hour).
A. Wonders of the World comprises some of mankind's most epic structures and inventions all created in exacting details. The exhibits span from ancient times with The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and Ancient Pyramid, through iconic inventions such as Concorde and a Volkswagon Beetle to modern day marvels such as the International Space Station and the still-under-construction Ryugyong Hotel being built in North Korea. The displays include famous art (including a larger-than-life Mona Lisa), national monuments (A Lego take on Mount Rushmore), awe-inspiring architecture (Golden Gate Bridge) and famous naked men (Michelangelo's David).
In all, there are over 50 displays and even though you may feel underwhelmed when you originally walk through the doors, once you get up close and start exploring the detail on the structures, you will quickly change your mind.
Q. What are the highlights? A. Check out King Kong climbing the Empire State Building, and the dude getting arrested behind the Hollywood Sign. For a fascinating read check out the sign next to the incredible sinking Titanic display and learn about the controversy this particular model created. Don't leave without making your kids do a Christ the Redeemer pose and let the kids discover Eddie the Adventurer sitting on the toilet on Concorde.
For me though, the highlight was being able to recreate a scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Recreate a scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Q. Will it be so busy I can't see the structures? A. We visited on the first-weekend session, so I was expecting long queues. I was pleasantly surprised. There is plenty of space between the structures and since most can be viewed from 360 degrees there is always plenty of space and it never takes long for people to move out the way so you can get your perfect photos.
Q. How long will it take? A. Your session is untimed, but more people come along every half an hour so the organisers seem to be counting on visitors staying for around 90 minutes. It really will depend on the attention span of the youngest person in your group – my five-year-old was ready to head home after less than an hour, but the older two (and my husband) were still happily building Lego when we dragged them out. Keep in mind there are no seats anywhere in the room for tired kids/parents.
The Titanic model took 240 hours to build and comprises almost 134,000 bricks
Q. Are there things to do as well as just looking at models? A. Absolutely, as long as you like building Lego. You can build sea creatures and coral and add it around The Great Barrier Reef, make mini Pyramids, add to a traffic jam around the base of the Arc de Triomphe, build your own racing car and test it against others on the ramps and even make your own creation and add it to the Masterpiece wall.
There is also a screen that continuously runs footage of the models being built in fast-mo, and considering some of the models took over 200 hours to build (the entire exhibition took almost 5,000 hours in total to create) you really appreciate the speeding up of the building process.
Q. Is there food and drink to buy?
A. No, and no food/drink is allowed in the exhibition.
Q. What if we need to go to the toilet?
A. There aren't any toilets in the exhibition itself, but as long as you keep your ticket you can get a pass-out to visit the facilities which are just outside Pavilion 5.
It's not an intimate space but it's full of amazing things