Bricktastic 2018 saw a number of fantastic builds by AFOLs displayed. In this article I’ll be taking a look at builds both big and small from the event. The event, which helps to raise money for Fairy Bricks, has proven to be extremely popular with both visitors and builders. With Bricktastic 2018 once again providing an impressive collection of builds. I was unfortunately unable to spot labels crediting some of the creators whose builds are featured in this article. If you are the talented person behind any of these builds, let us know in the comments below and I will be sure to update the article with your credit.
LNUR – LEGO Northern UK Railway
The incredibly skilled group of builders from the LEGO Northern UK Railway brought a fantastic display to Bricktastic. The layout featured lots of fantastic train models, both official sets and MOCs, set amongst fantastic representations of the British countryside.
A particular highlight was the work of Richard Carter, best known as @BricksMcGee on Twitter, who never fails to impress with his large builds and landscape work. Standing proudly at one end of the several metre layout was his Minifigure-ised Angel of the North.
The tourists gathered around her feet added wonderful life and vibrancy to the scene. In fact, with hundreds of Minifigures spread across the display and numerous hidden characters, the LNUR team did a fantastic job making their little world engaging for every visitor!
A particular treat for the bookworms in the crowd was the large display based around the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ novels. In addition to a huge motorised depiction of the Discworld (atop four elephants, themselves carried by The Great A’Tuin, a gigantic space-faring turtle), was a slice of the great city of Ankh-Morpork, recreated in LEGO.
The twisting streets and towering buildings featured nods to many of Pratchett’s novels, from witches and trolls to wizards of The Unseen University (the large and prominent tower).
To Boldly Go…
Tucked away in the back corner of the hall was a small assortment of Star Trek models, presented with fantastic simplicity, allowing the centrepiece, a fantastic recreation of the USS Enterprise 1701-A, to stand out. These along with the Tron Lightcycles above and the Bat-bus below were all created by Rhys Knight.
Also featured were Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock represented as BrickHeadz and life-sized models of props from the Original Series, a Phaser and a Tricorder (the essential tools of any Starfleet Officer on an away-mission).
Continuing the theme of Star Trek, I paid a visit to the Minifigs.me stand to see their new range of Star Trek minifigures, debuting at Bricktastic after an announcement a few days earlier. They have produced the full main crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, with plans to produce further sets based on other series. I had a long conversation with the team and, let’s just say that Star Trek fans have a lot to look forward to from Minifigs.me in the next few months!
Some rather fierce and bitey models stood ranged along the central aisle, each set in a little scene. The Jurassic (and Cretaceous etc.) citizens were masterfully recreated with LEGO elements, making ingenious use of elements across both the creatures and squares of scenery. Each tableau was also very helpfully labelled with the name of the subject. I commend the builder for including this detail, especially for the younger visitors. I admit that even I wouldn’t have been able to name an Archaeopteryx from memory!
The event also saw a number of incredibly talented builders take on the challenge of presenting their own spin on the LEGO Creator Expert London Bus. These small buses managed to pack in so much creativity and ingenious design and part usage that I was rendered speechless at the event. We’ve already shone a spotlight on Gary Davies’ fantastic Fairy Bricks bus, but I must show off the other double-decker masterpieces. I would choose a favourite, but between Luc Byard’s R2-B2, Rhys Knight’s Bat Bus and Chris Adams’ Marvel Bus, I simply want them all!
If you can, definitely head to Manchester next year for Bricktastic 2019, it is a truly unforgettable experience, packed with the best builds from the best creators around!