Welcome one and all to the BrickWorld 2011 recap! Man was it a blast! Every year it just gets better and better. This is a really long post with lots of pics so let's get to it!
Thursday morning. Time to load the car and get over to the Westin for load in.
No, this isn't all mine. Lots of people from our collaborative shipped their mocs to my house since shipping was cheaper and easier than trying to bring it on a plane. Looks nice and neat now huh?...
For those that have seen Kevin Walter's "Barad Dur" post... the build arrived at my house from Germany in two boxes. One looked normal... THIS was the other one. Kinda gives you all a new appreciation for what Kevin went through to get that thing back together so quickly huh?
It was a real trick but I got everything squeezed in the car and only had to take one trip.
Just glad I didn't have any passengers. They woulda had to ride on the roof.
Kevin's psychosis started early as you can see. Good thing we had a doctor in the group to keep us all medicated.
Dennis Price and Leda Kat helping set up my Isengard build.
The layout with the map before we REALLY started filling it in. That map was painted by Master Kelso of course. I really think it was that "finishing touch" that brought the whole thing together. Thank you Mark!
Kevin and Dr. Lee Jones discussing just how far Kevin thinks he can throw this thing.
Things are "starting" to come together at this point but there's still a LONG way to go.
Dave Kaleta, Dennis Price and Dennis' daughter Kelsey reassembling Mr. Bones' (who couldn't make it but shipped his build. THANK YOU BONES!) Osgiliath.
Leda and George Kemper trying to figure out which white piece goes where with Kelso's parts of Minas Tirith.
Tyler Halliwell, Shannon Ocean and Anthony Dunne working on the rock wall for the front of Minas Tirith.
Stacy Sterling, Lee Jones and on the floor there we can see Lee's wife Danette. Not exactly sure what's up with Lee's pelvic thrust there but he IS next to Stacy so... moving on.
Then it was time to get the figs ready... Lee brought about 10,000 but only about 2,000 made it to the final layout (my best guess, Lee might know a more accurate number). Here you can see we enlisted the help of some other MOCpagers as well as Lee's kids and wife and Tyler's Dad.
Shannon Ocean rebuilding the rock face on Minas Tirith. Heck, he did so much work on this thing I'm going to call this a three way collab between myself, Mark and the awesome Ocean! Thanks brother!
Kevin, me and Tyler trying to get together some of the last few hundred orcs before opening the doors. We simply ran out of time as there was still a good few thousand figs not put together and plated for the event.
Lee and his lovely wife Danette. Or shall I say, my extended family.
The doors for the public are opened on Saturday morning and Middle Earth is drawing a lot of attention.
Dennis in a rare moment of "relaxation." Didn't happen much those 4 days so we took advantage when we could.
The Ravina Ball Room. We usually call this the "main room" as it's the largest. The MOCpages gang was mostly in the Botanic room.
Everyone sing along! The loooooove boat! Soon we'll be making another run....
The EuroBricks collaborative. This thing was all kinds of funky cool! I loved it! Great work from our EB brothers!
The BlackTron layout.
Mark Larsen. Always a pleasure to see you man! It's funny though how he always calls me by my full name. "Hi Chris Phipson!" To which I reply of course "Hi Mark Larsen!" Good guy.
I'll just shut up for a few pics here... enjoy!
You all know that I'm not the world's biggest HALO fan but when something's cool, it's just COOL! Nice work on this one!
Nannan and Legohaulic's awesome layout. This thing really has to be seen in person to be appreciated.
Here's the line of public still waiting to get in a good hour and a half after the doors opened. Ya know, for all the people that say we're geeks and nerds there's a WHOLE lot of "normal" people who pay good money to see it.
Here I am with Nathan Ingerson from MOCpages. Great kid and his dad was really nice too. Glad you could make it Nathan and I hope to see you again next year. It was great to meet you!
Dinner time on Saturday night. Let's go around the table clockwise shall we? Kevin Walter, Leda Kat, Dave Kaleta, Shannon Ocean, Anthony Dunne, Kelsey Price, Dennis Price, Mitzi Price (looking away in shame of course. Being married to Dennis will do that to ya), and Heath Flor.
Here I am with Nick Jensen of MOCpages fame! I met so many great people this weekend it was hard to keep track of who was who!
All too soon it was time for tear down. I gave Dave Sterling the honor of kicking my portion of Minas Tirith to the floor and he literally JUMPED (onto the table) at the chance. Usually it's his wife that we want on the tables but hey, beggers can't be choosers.
Annnnd there she goes!
After tear down it was time for our annual Phipson/Jones dinner. There was SO MUCH FOOD! That's my daughter attacking the MASSIVE ice cream that we ordered. You can see my wife on the end there eyeballing the platter of cakes that she and Danette ordered.
Lee's daughter feeding him. Dang Lee, I didn't know your mouth opened THAT wide... oh wait, never mind.
In closing, here's a shot of all the MOCpagers that I could wrangle together at the same time (On Saturday). This 4 days went by so quickly and I can't believe we have to wait another whole year to do it again! ARGH!
Fourth Wall Commentary: I'll keep this short. To all my friends, I love you all and can't wait till next year. To all my new friends, it was great to meet you all and I hope you decide to make a habbit of returning to BrickWorld to hang out with us every year.
Before you ask, I'll be making another post for our collaborative layout.
Quoting The Plague , Mechanical Biohazard
Wow, looks like you had a great time! Ate you gonna come this year? If so, I hope to see you there!
Oh yeah, we'll be there! And we have a whole new collaboration to share with everyone! Come on by and say hi, we love meeting new people and aside from Grumpy Dennis, are usually quite pleasent to be around (Disclaimer:Dennis is one of THE nicest guys I've ever met). See you in a few weeks! ~ Chris.
Have you seen my TRIBUTE TO HEATHER BRAATEN, yet?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/318529 I am working hard at fielding questions and trying to do "damage" control, successfully! I miss being able to see hr work! She was talented, creative and possessed a great imagination!
Love & Peace, Nick (You didn't respond to my invite to a private room I set up so I let the HOLY SPIRIT move me!
cool..:)... thanks for the brickworld tour, I live way to far from these kind of events, so it's neat to see what's happening out there. to answer your question that you left for me: I'm well into my thirties..:(..sigh..;P...where has the time gone..thanks for taking a look at my creations..:)..
Great post, love these kind of things since I've yet to get to a Lego conv, to many other things going on. One thing thought, are you sure that's a Blacktron base? Looks quite a bit more like M-Tron...
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June 22, 2011
I can't wait until I go to BW some day and Chris, Pelvic Thrust are normal-ish.
Great pics Chris, wish I could have made it instead of being at work. Dennis, no worries amigo, I should have sent the pictures that I took and promised to send to Chris, I didn't. You guys did a great job reassembling it! I will never trust UPS and their "Fragile" stickers again.....
Hate to double post and derail the topic here, but Mr. Bones, if and when you read this, Chris has a better picture of the rebuild for comparative purposes -- we had to work from memory to try and get close to your original vision.
Haha, when I saw this, I thought to myself, "Oh, great, now we get to see PHIPSON's report. This will be interesting." You didn't disappoint! The one thing that confuses me is that there are so many out of country MOCists there, but I didn't see a single one at Brickcon! Especially those Aussies, don't they know Seattle's closer? Haha Nice report, it looks like a lot of fun.
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June 21, 2011
Man I missed this! Oh well, there is next year, punishment for living south of Springfield, don't you think! :(
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June 21, 2011
"WhhaaaaaI wanna go to :( " Great post Chris this looked like so much fun. That MOC collaboration looks like so much fun I would have loved to contribute to it oh well next time.....Maybe. What is that guy Nick Jensons MOCpages name?
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June 21, 2011
Thanks for the recap, Chris! It looks fantastic, I wish I could go too...
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June 21, 2011
Great recap Chris. It was so much fun to be a part of this collaboration. Sorry I was absent for so much of the weekend. Balancing coordinator duties with having fun has been a challenge and only promises to get more crazy with my duties for next year. Also, thanks for letting me give Minas Tirith the old-skool-futbol-beat-down. It was fulfilling to literally kick the cr&p out of something you built. :-) Love ya man! xoxoxo
First, we ARE geeks and nerds. Second, maybe someday I'll be able to come to BrickWorld, too. Third, thank you, Chris, for the pictures and explanations. I'va already seen alot BW photos, but most of them without any descriptions.
Every year I see this and think, "Wow, I wish I could go there!" I intend to one day, but until then, I will rely on your wonderful synopsis of Brickworld to catch the highlights each year. Thanks for putting this together for the sake of all of us that can't make it!
Hey thanks for the recap on what was happening on the other side of the building... all us over in the Michigan room missed out on what was happening on your end. You guys pulled it together in a most awesome way! Congratulations.
You the MAN Chris! What these pics don't capture is all the hours of organisation and logistics to make this happen across the globe, so thanks a million to you, Kelso and the rest of the Fellowship. You are an amazing group of people, thank you for this priceless experience :)
Haha! That was SO much fun! I'm glad I finally got to meet you and the gang! Also, I'M IN THE POST!!!! That was a great time... And i think it would also be great if we could meet again next year! Excellency ~Nathan
I'm 11 so I imagine that I wouldn't get much attention their but I'd love to make there but I feel I'll never have a good enough creation to even LOOK AT. So of anybody is looking for somebody to build with. I live in southern Wisconsin and I have a 10 year old fellow MOCer cousin that would love to help just leave a comment on my site to let me know if you want to do it
here is my site address: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/65367
oh man...that looks like an awesome time...I really need to get there someday, or at least join the next collab?! I think I want a saving fund for BW next year for my birthday, Christmas and anything else I can think of...oh man, oh man...
i have only 1 good system moc and well how could a 11 years old boy even get attention there?! but it would be awesome to see all of you in person or at least shake hands! but it would be a 3-day flight to USA but BrickWorld is it in NY right? and could you tell me some info about brick world please? so when i will come i will not be like ????!!! and if i want to bring a moc there can i bring it only if i have a VIP?
I love your recap Chris Phipson....I'll have to go to this next year to truly appreciate the event and the entire culture! Can't wait for the upload on the collaborative of Middle Earth! Great job guys!
Expect detailed feedback on this most excellent adventure through the usual back-channel communications network. Best one yet, and it was you and all my other friend (old and new) that made it that way! Peace to the Fellowship!
It saddens me to know that nothing like this takes place near to where I live, and with Chicago (that is where Brickworld takes place, right?)being halfway around the world, it's impossible for me to be there. Oh well, I can partially revel in the goodness through the pictures. Either way, at least you guys had a good time!
First, that shot of Jonesy and the ice cream looks like it has some Photoshopping in it's future... Wow, what a circus! I absolutely have to be a part of this fiasco in the future, I can't stand just looking at pictures. Thanks for the coverage and I look forward to the collaboration post!~H
Very cool, thanks for sharing this with us! I only go to BrickCon when i can, so unfortunately i don't see many of the Huge Mocpager's there- that being said, there are still a few. Well, thanks again from those of us who couldn't make it!