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The city of "Bricktropolis", at FAO Schwarz
Sean helped build FAO Schwarz's giant LEGO city display, built with nearly 45,000 pieces. The push-button interactive city was on display from June 2006 to October 2008.
About this creation
FAO Schwarz, New York



Bricktropolis is a one of a kind city that has been designed using 43,500 bricks and built in 314 hours exclusively to entertain and delight the guests of FAO Schwarz.

The LEGO models stretch 8 feet high above your heads as the centerpiece of the LEGO area in the world-famous New York City toy store.






Six push-buttons around the base of the city activate animated features around the city, such as the helicoptor Sean installed on the highrise rooftop (above.)




A subway train runs under the city, seen through clear windows and operated by push-buttons on the side of the display.








Over the course of two days, tourists and FAO customers enjoyed watching the city come together as Sean installed the LEGO city with Nathan and Dan (two other LEGO Certified Professionals) .










The entire city is triangular, 6 feet on each side. This "front" side features several of Sean's buildings and the cool "city life" extras, like parking meters, streetlights, mailboxes, sewer openings, subway entrances, crosswalks, and all the other things you'd expect in a busy LEGO city!




FAO shoppers watch as the city comes together June 2006.






Sean chats with FAO Schwarz CEO, Edward Schmults.






Nathan and Sean fasten one of the taller buildings to the table.




Sean's triangular city park sits on the edge of the city and features a "flapping" American flag, a large statue, as well as plenty of folks picnicing and relaxing.




Who's that handsome model on the billboard atop Sean's building?




This apartment highrise is about 3 feet tall. It is loosely modeled after an apartment building on 6th Avenue in New York. There is a bank at the first floor and a working Helicoptor on the roof.




This two-foot-tall hotel is designed in the style of a late-19th-Century hotel. Sean imagines that the city of Bricktropolis designated it a "landmark building", which is why it was never knocked down for a taller high rise office building... much like the neighboring buildings across the street.




Here is a close up of the hotel entrance. LEGO bricks were turned upright (sideways) to create the doors and the yellow sidewalk curb.







Comments

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  January 25, 2013
Awesome!!! I like the guy walking the shark, I think that's just a funny little addition to the awesome city!
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  August 9, 2012
love the underground train.
Sean Kenney
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Gino Ballan
  April 8, 2011
I'm having this dream, you know... could yo create some of the lego jurassic park stuff? i mean, vehicles, buildings, dinos, and to minifig scale? please
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  December 15, 2010
talk about bricks.....there must be gazzileons of them.....
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  December 15, 2010
...im speechless.
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  August 31, 2010
This is awe inspiring. Do you ever do Star Wars MOCs? Your huge amount of bricks and your skill in building would let you make a diorama as big as my house, or maybe even a whole planet! ~~~$tryke
Sean Kenney
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captain Matt anderson
  June 29, 2010
THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!
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  November 22, 2009
I never Fao had legos sold there! Is your city still there or is it gone?
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  November 13, 2009
nice i cant wait to see it! i am going soon! also there is some guy named ryan galli stealing from sir nadroj look at these http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/165110 http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/52736 he also stole some others...
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  November 12, 2009
WOW!!!!!
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  October 11, 2009
Nice! I think I can see Mary Jane from the spiderman legos.
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  October 7, 2009
HaHaHaHa.No offence to you Shaun, the mocs great , but Blast mate... seriously... Well... if you do I will. I got a couple of years left before GCSE but still.I'm and 2ndary school now.
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  October 7, 2009
Wow! Great job! Amazing details. Do you know how you can become a Lego designer or do a job like yours, because I'm currently 14 and I'm about halfway through most of my GCSE courses, so do you need any qualifications or certain grades in anything? Thanks. Anyway, it's an amazing Moc.
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  September 30, 2009
SWEEEEET
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  September 25, 2009
i saw you on tv news channel 5!!!!!
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  June 13, 2009
Is it still at FAO Schwarz? I'd love to be able to see it in real person. Anyhow, great work
  June 12, 2009
Thanks for the links Sean his work is Very Impressive, some of the shapes i never pictured were possible with lego, have you had the chance to work with him, as i see you are both Lego Certified? He has his own line of products however, that is very impressive, by the looks of things though they are a tad out of a 15 year old's price range. i really like some of these though i aspire to hopefully be able to build like that one day matbe ill try after i finish my Atlantis W.I.P as that eats up almost all my part. I accually want to be an Architect though also i have quite a colllection of architecture books and have taken classes in CAD, Industial design and Architecture, my goal is to get a scholarship for it oneday and go off to study it and hopefully make a living off it. My favorite one by Adam has to be Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright, i reconized it on sight, i might have to buy that one when it comes out in auqust it is one of my favorite examples of Architectual Modernism.
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  June 12, 2009
Quoting Nate . trying to introduce legos into the Architecture and Design class [...] Speaking about Architecutre, have you studied it you seem to be very well versed
Thanks... I'd always wanted to be an architect as a kid (based on my childhood love of LEGO, actually!) but I never studied it. I do enjoy casual reading about architecture and design, though, and I love mimicking real life styles with LEGO. (The old hotel in this model is my favorite, and it's not any particular hotel. But people swear it's The Plaza, or Hotel Pennsylvania, and lots more.) :) Speaking of architecture, have you seen Adam Tucker's LEGO Architecture products? He's here on MOCpages and has released an line of official LEGO products that you might be interested in. http://www.brickstructures.com , http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/4915 , and http://www.lego.com/architecture
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  June 12, 2009
Wow, these are some really great skyscrapers and an excellent example of a lego City. I always like seeing lego skyscrapers and examples of Lego architecture. I accually am trying to introduce legos into the Architecture and Design class as i make small repicas of many of the things i design in that class before i start the intital design. Speaking about Architecutre, have you studied it you seem to be very well versed in how to design buildings and you lego creations definatly display that.
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  May 10, 2009
...Awesomw
  February 8, 2009
Well then, maybe I'll put some of my LEGO funds towards commissioning a city-themed project from you :P. Its good to know your keeping busy though, we wouldn't want you to lose interest in this great hobby we all enjoy!
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  February 8, 2009
Quoting Nick Ennobtown You know I always wonder if Sean ever checks these comments. [...] love to see what kind of city-themed stuff you could come up with now, maybe you could find an hour a week? Maybe a half hour?
Of course I read your comments... every single one. :) (Even if I don't always have time to reply.) Yes, I do love creating city-themed stuff.. it's always been one of my favorites. I love architecture, cars, and the bustling life of people in a city. So whenever I get a project that involves any of those things, I go wild! As for carving out extra time for personal projects... I'm always so busy running my LEGO-based business (day, evening, night, and weekend) that I rarely have time to squeeze anything else in! :(
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  February 8, 2009
You know I always wonder if Sean ever checks these comments. Anyways, this is a brilliant city, one of my favorites ever (one of the others being "Greenwich Village"). The skyscrapers (especially the Apartment Highrise, which I have modeled a building of my own after) are beautiful! The details are, of course, amazingly well done. I love how it looks very LEGO-ey but still looks realistically like the denser parts of big cities (except that no one really walks their pet sharks in real cities). All your stuff is just incredibly well done. I imagine your a very busy man but I'm sure myself and plenty of others would love to see what kind of city-themed stuff you could come up with now, maybe you could find an hour a week? Maybe a half hour? Ah, I'll have to make do with the extensive picture collections here and on brickshelf of this and the Greenwich Village display.
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  February 1, 2009
I went to FAO Schwarz myself and saw it in person, and it is SO COOL!!!! The detail is amazing! Plus these are some of the best LEGO designers in the world that created it, like Nathan Sawaya (www.brickartist.com), and of course, Sean Kennedy. And also, there is a Gold mine under the LEGO city that even has a dinosaur! It is very cool!!
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  January 23, 2009
Woah!! I saw this very creation and would have never knew it was yours! Amazing job and love the shark!
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  January 18, 2009
I can't believe I was in New York - inside FAO even - and missed this! Argh! Genious
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  January 6, 2009
thanks for taking me back to FAO Schwartz. The last time I was there there was a very tall Empire State Bldg (King Kong included I believe) and Statue of Liberty. The time before that I was in my "dark years", and only noticed the Rebel Blockade Runner they had on display. You are the man! And more importantly, thanks for creating such a great online presence for us to partake of. THANK YOU David PS: Please make my 4 foot tall stunningly accurate Hong Kong Bank of China MOC of the day sometime...
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  December 24, 2008
That store must sell a lot of lego, I bet there are many people convinced to buy more lego when they see this, great job
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  December 22, 2008
that's an awesome city!
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  December 2, 2008
Awesome! I like the guy with a pet shark! LOL!
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  October 16, 2008
Very, very nice. I wish I had that many bricks (I probably do) to make that and not feel ashamed to take it apart for another MOC... Man, if LEGO hadn't existed I wouldn't live. I just wouldn't. How do you make such high-class MOCs? What does it take to be a LEGO Emporor?
Sean Kenney
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patrick leon
  August 30, 2008
Sean great MOC. BUT please stop allowing inappropriate ads. The inappropriate Ads are messing up MOCpages. It will make MOCpages not good for kids. So please stop allowing them.
Sean Kenney
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patrick leon
  August 21, 2008
WOW! You made that!!! You are amazing!!! Please leave a comment on one of my mocs I would LOVE IT!!!
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  August 10, 2008
man this thing is sooooooooooooo cool! you pros get all the fun!
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  July 19, 2008
This is so cool! I like the guy taking his land shark for a walk.
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  July 6, 2008
Marcus, FAO Schwarz (in New York City) is still open. This display was set up in 2006 and is still at the store.
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  June 2, 2008
WOE! IT IS AWESOME! make another for FAO schwarts! it ROCKS! YOU ARE THE BEST!
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  May 19, 2008
I am not even going to possibly try to describe thhis MOC except as......................................I'll get back to you when I finish writing my speech.and I HAVE GOT TO KNOW WHY this has only......THIRTEEN REVIEWS??!!It dominates anything emperor lugonious has made and has a fraction of his lowest reviewed MOCs,so what is up with that?I mean his MOCs shouldn't even have pictures compared to yours!
Sean Kenney
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Ian Minchin
  May 18, 2008
I saw that but it broke what happend?
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  April 22, 2008
i cant imagine how long this would take me but you did a great job. plz review my mocs. id be honored.
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  January 14, 2008
rofl at the dead body on the 5th pic
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  October 25, 2007
YOU ARE A LEGO GOD!!!!!!! PRASE SEAN KENNEY!!!
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  August 24, 2007
Amazing. By the way, you mentioned push buttons. Are they by any chance Alan-Bradley push butttons. My team used a couple of them for a high school project and now I'm seeing them everywhere.
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  June 29, 2006
I'm not sure how this display garnered any rating other than 5 happy faces. I invite anyone who has rated this display less than 5 to take another look. The models included here are rich with detail. They capture many of the subtleties of a large city. There are a ton of details to discover that a would be easy to pass over if you are not careful. Notice the fine use of creative connections, discover the appropriate use of color that gives the whole arrangement the depth of interest that it has. After taking a closer look, if you still feel that this setup deserves less than an excellent mark, please take a few moments to enlighten the rest of us as to your reasoning. Be honest. Be bold enough to put a review behind your rating. This IS superlative work. This IS fun. This IS the type of work that we all would love to do.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2006
This is great! But is this in FAO Schwarz right now because I was down in New York city last weekend and it wasn't there. Anyways real nice job guys.
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  June 17, 2006
I have got to see this in person
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  June 17, 2006
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