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Brick 2016 anyone?

Before anyone jumps the gun, this is not an announcement for Brick 2016.

Hello to all, I was just wondering when this years show would be. I mean, there is going to be a show this year? The website changed to 2016 a while ago and there Facebook and Twitter accounts are active. It's just that in my job, I need to book my leave some time before. I don't want to go to book leave and to be told "Sorry, that's taken." Even if no one can give a certain date, an approximation would be handy.

Thanks

PS: I think this post is in the right place, first ever forum post.

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  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 5,804
    edited April 2016
    There are three, the third being Glasgow. I'm not sure if the dates have been finalised/made public yet but they are in October and November.

    PS. Right place, and welcome to the forum. Did we meet lat last year's events?
  • Brickulator93Brickulator93 UKMember Posts: 2
    Thank you. No i don't think we met, but I have been to Brick 2014 in London and Brick 2015 in Birmingham.
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 710
    So there is going to be Glasgow! One of the vendors mentioned it at Edinburgh comicon and we were dubious as we hadn't heard anything until now. Given the response we had from our display there is will be popular.
    Salamalexkiki180703
  • scottwb2010scottwb2010 ScotlandMember Posts: 175
    A Glasgow Brick 2016? Happy days
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,330
    edited April 2016
    ^Honestly, given the date I'll be some what suprised if the glasgow one is particularly good though, especially from an afol perspective. 
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,684
    ^Honestly, given the date I'll be some what suprised if the glasgow one is particularly good though, especially from an afol perspective. 
    Yeah, if it's true that it'll be the weekend after STEAM, I can't see too many of the usual suspects willing to display at it. Personally, I'll probably do London again, and might do Birmingham too, but I've no intention of doing Glasgow as well.
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,154
    However, conversely, many AFOLs in Scotland and the North who do not wish to travel down to Swindon may be very happy indeed to have a show closer to them to display their talents at instead.
    We have seen both here and on Brickish that there is a thriving Scottish AFOL scene (not "the usual suspects" perhaps, but that's not necessarily a bad thing) to help Warren and Co. put on a great show.  And I'm sure the Scottish public will be very happy to get a big Lego show in their country and it will be well attended. 
    Salamalex
  • scottwb2010scottwb2010 ScotlandMember Posts: 175
    Always wanted to go to one of the Brick shows but travelling down to London and/or Birmingham means you either have to travel down day before to make best use of your visit or have one extremely long travel day, so having one in Scotland is ideal for me. Had wondered if Warren would do this one day.
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 710
    I feel the same about the possible lack of afols, hence I was a bit dismissive when I heard about it, but not through here. Needless to say I'm accelerating my first moc plans just in case. It also gives us a push to get the lug sorted :)
    LostInTranslationbandit778Salamalexkiki180703
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    I might volunteer for the Birmingham show again like last year - though I might book annual leave and do a Friday instead of a Saturday... :P
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    Just booked a premium ticket for Thursday 27/Oct/2016 at BRICK LIVE Birmingham NEC. Must remember to book that day off as a holiday and not a sickie! :)

    Are the premium tickets cheaper this year?
    £35 Premium ticket listed price + mandatory £4 booking fee + £1 eTicket fee
    Note the eTicket fee (cheapest option for receiving ticket) is only shown later. Very annoying. They should just list the price as £40.

    Anyway, the Birmingham show which I attended last year was excellent.
    Just remember to budget for all the lego you are likily to buy if you attend :)


  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 300
    Are the premium tickets worth the extra?
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    Are the premium tickets worth the extra?
    I'm not sure. The premium ticket includes a 1 hour preview of what's there before the masses gain entry, a goodie bag with unspecified contents, and last year it allowed access to a small private seating area. However, there didn't seem to be a big difference in price this year so I thought I would give it a try.

    Note the ticket price ended up being insignificant in the scheme of things given the amount i spent on LEGO! :-)
    legomental
  • SamJSamJ West Yorkshire, UK Member Posts: 86
    Never been to any form of Lego show yet but I'm hoping to come to this one after looking at the photos of last years. Do many brickset members go? Would be nice to put some faces to names! 
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    I volunteered on the Sunday at the last one (with an architect on the Architecture range!), so I would recommend going as early as possible.
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    Just a heads-up.

    I'm volunteering on Wednesday & Sunday for set-up/break down, and visiting Thursday and possibly Saturday. As I'm volunteering on two days theoretically I should get 4 tickets, so if anyone wanted to gain free entry either day pm me and we can discuss meet-up arrangements. 
    snowhitie
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    @MattDawson I will be there Thursday but I already have my ticket. Maybe see you there.
  • als-1971als-1971 uk derbyshireMember Posts: 40
    I volunteered last year but this year no reply to my email offer to do same this year
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    Anyone know what deals will be available at Toys R Us store in BRICK LIVE this year? I will be there early tomorrow. I was wondering whether I need to rush down to the store immediately :) Are there any special Bricktober sets this year? Last year's were pretty good, as long as you got them as freebies! Any large sets being discounted perhaps. Last year, London Bridge was being sold at a decent discount.
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    The Bricktober sets were made available/released at Brick NEC last year, so I'd imagine it would be the same this year.

    As a plus the hall is looking fantastic - though as a volunteer I would say that!
    SeanTheCollectorkhmellymel
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    edited October 2016
    Met up with @rdflego at the event, and gave him a bit of an 'insider' perspective. 

    Entered with £50 and some loose change, and left with a little. Meant to go back to BrickDeal and buy some of the masonry bricks (and forgot)...nevermind, might be some left on Sunday when I volunteer again...

    No sign of the Bricktober sets, but they did have the Beatles Submarine in stock (they had 40 in total for the event) and were giving away free polys. I'll upload the photos to Facebook at somepoint...
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    @MattDawson
    Any news on the Dimensions Green Arrow rumour? 

  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    bandit778 said:
    @MattDawson
    Any news on the Dimensions Green Arrow rumour? 

    It IS available in the show, but you've got to do so many things to get one. It actually slipped my mind to try and get one, but then again I don't own a console (and only brought the Portal pack because regular Portal sets are extremely unlikely). 
    bandit778
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    MattDawson said:
    bandit778 said:
    @MattDawson
    Any news on the Dimensions Green Arrow rumour? 

    It IS available in the show, but you've got to do so many things to get one. It actually slipped my mind to try and get one, but then again I don't own a console (and only brought the Portal pack because regular Portal sets are extremely unlikely). 
    Thanks, will have a look on Saturday to see whats involved. 
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    bandit778 said:
    @MattDawson
    Any news on the Dimensions Green Arrow rumour? 

    To get the #71342 "Green Arrow" polybag at the show you need to collect 20 unique dimension cards. These come in random packs of 8. You can get a pack at each of the following:
    • the premium ticket goody bag
    • playing a demo session of the game BUT big queues
    • getting a photo with a dimension mascot
    • attending a 30min session on game at main stage 2pm
    • getting a signed poster 3pm
    the trick is getting the last few to complete your set and it requires you to swap your spares for what you need.

    I managed to complete my set and get the polybag with just 3 packs (goody bag, photo with mascot, and 2pm session at stage). I was in fact queuing for the poster session asking all around me if they had the last card for trade that i needed, B.A. Baracus, when someone actually opened a pack near me with that card and I handed over all my spares, 5 cards for that card! I left the show with an unopened pack :)

    The card hunt did add some fun and stress to the event but I recommend you give it a go. I now have the limited edition supergirl and green arrow but haven't yet played the game! However, after sitting thru a 30 minute demonstration on the stage, I probably will give it a go.
    bandit778
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    @SeanTheCollector
    Man, if only I'd remembered, I could have easily have suffered that much...
    SeanTheCollector
  • als-1971als-1971 uk derbyshireMember Posts: 40
    There was a shortage of the et card. So meny people complained they started opening packs on the stand and letting you look for the ones you needed but still not everyone got one. I was lucky and got one.
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    als-1971 said:
    There was a shortage of the et card. So meny people complained they started opening packs on the stand and letting you look for the ones you needed but still not everyone got one. I was lucky and got one.
    I remember people saying that near the end but I found one in my first 2 packs. I did ask the Dimensions staff about card distribution in the packs and they claimed it was totally random. The AFOL swap desk said they saw the rare cards changing during the day.

    I forgot to mention in my last post that some enterprising AFOLs in the display area were providing a swap service for your last few cards. The idea being that you hand over all your remaining cards to make your set complete. When I visited looking for Sonic and BA, they were the rarest cards on the stand and I didn't have anything that they didn't already have stacks of.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 5,804
    When I looked at about 2pm there were plenty of Bricktober minifig packs but no Submarines.
  • MattDawsonMattDawson Solihull, UKMember Posts: 972
    edited October 2016
    @Huw I was informed there were only 40 provisioned for the entire show... 
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 5,804
    I see, a bit short-sighted then :)
    SprinkleOtterMattDawson
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 456
    Huw said:
    When I looked at about 2pm there were plenty of Bricktober minifig packs but no Submarines.
    I saw plenty of Submarine sets when I visited the store during the preview hour. However, they were selling well. After seeing other Ideas sets (e.g. Dr Who which I paid full price for) being heavily discounted, I'm now reluctant to buy them early.

    I was hoping to pick up a discounted Helicarrier or maybe X Wing but neither were discounted. They were discounting London Bridge again by 20% but not the Opera House which is retiring. I keep umming and arring about the Opera House!

    The Bricktober minifig packs look like rubbish to me! I'm not impressed with Geoffrey either. I do love the buildings they have done in recent years and hope they do something similar again in the future.

    My only Toys R Us purchase at the show this year was #75096 "Sith Infiltrator" which I picked up for £62.99 (rrp £84.99). I got a free Geoffrey, First Order General and another Quinjet with that. The important point was that the box was mint condition without any security labels! I can't see this set lasting much longer. I was surprised to see the box is dated week 42 2015 since it looked like it had just come from the factory. Obviously, Toys R Us ordered a huge stock of these items and they are still trying to sell them!



  • rdflegordflego in a world of his ownMember Posts: 304
    Huw said:
    When I looked at about 2pm there were plenty of Bricktober minifig packs but no Submarines.
    The Bricktober minifig packs look like rubbish to me! I'm not impressed with Geoffrey either. I do love the buildings they have done in recent years and hope they do something similar again in the future.

    I can confim that the unibrowed Geoffrey is not worth the effort unless you want pieces in the interesting yellow-y colour introduced with Wall-e. Middle of day two and the Beatles Submarine is still out of stock.
  • iso3200iso3200 97 miles from Brickset TowersMember Posts: 1,770
    Isn't the Submarine official launch date 1st November? Might be why they have limited amounts. Tescos had sold out by this morning as well.
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    Wife surprised me and brought me a pressie.

    the other 3 reprobates were my winnings from the Fairy Bricks tombola.
    Nice to meet @SirKevbag and pick up my Scarey Bricks T-shirt.
    Built a square of the Fairy Bricks Mosaic, now eating lunch before going back in to see what else I can spend my pennies on.
    MattDawsonstlux
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,330
    I think the three reprobates need some reprobate friends. spend more at Fairy bricks!
    LostInTranslationbandit778MattDawsonSalamalexstlux
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    @cheshirecat
    Been back again, have some more suspect looking minifigs for my displays.
    Now waiting for purple brick 10 to be the only brick left. ;)
    Salamalex
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    bandit778 said:
    Wife surprised me and brought me a pressie.

    the other 3 reprobates were my winnings from the Fairy Bricks tombola.
    Nice to meet @SirKevbag and pick up my Scarey Bricks T-shirt.
    Built a square of the Fairy Bricks Mosaic, now eating lunch before going back in to see what else I can spend my pennies on.
    I sorted out your engraved figure on the left! Was nice to meet you @bandit778

    :)
    bandit778stlux
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    @TheBrickLadd
    Likewise, and thanks for letting me know how the process was done.
  • DeMontesDeMontes North YorkshireMember Posts: 306
    @bandit778 I was over at Firestar Toys...you should have come to say hello
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    @DeMontes ;
    If I had known you were there I most certainly would have done.
    The Firestar stand was extremely busy every time I went past so didn't get much of an opportunity to have much more than a brief look at the merchandise due to the crowds and I like to take my time when spending money (much to the wife's annoyance). :)
  • RedMarkRedMark MacclesfieldMember Posts: 58
    edited October 2016
    I took my wife and kids yesterday. We all had a great time. It was great to speak to some of the exhibitors about their displays/collections. Time seemed to fly by which most likely down to the hunt for the Lego Dimensions cards. The stand for Mini Figs Me was busy but I am happy with my purchase of Zombie Bill Murray. Also picked up the day of the dead minifigure heads from Firestar toys which are excellent. Highly recommended day out
  • JezzatheshedJezzatheshed Member Posts: 143
    Got to be honest I had loads of exercise on Thursday morning as I bagged a Sandcrawler at £199.00 from Toys r us then had to return  to my car with it rather than haul it round all day. The guy running the pop up shop had very limited numbers (3 left when I got there) so it was do or die!. I didn't think it was a massive show but I was still there at 5 as there was plenty to do and see. 
    My Grandson got one pack of cards and got ET and Tina (the two rare cards) in it - he's so lucky- other folks just gave us the rest we needed, that's what I love about Lego it brings out the best in people!
    SeanTheCollector
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,477
    After having a bit of a sort out with the minifigures that were won on the Fairy Bricks tombola I managed to sort out these fine (almost) exames of citizens for my Lego Township.


    Unfortunately,  I had a few bits left over. Not entirely sure what you would call her but I don't  think you should let her hear you regardless. 



    Also wanted to re-state (due to the missing 's' in my earlier post) how nice it was to be introduced to @sirkevbags & @messy at the show and put names to faces.
    Would have been nice to have met more members but in the nicest possible way it was nice to see that they were all too busy manning the stations of the Fairy Bricks stand and keeping the crowds entertained with the spectacular mosaic build to stop for chat.

    @Paperballpark
    I agree that the Easter Rising was a wonderfully put together build, it was a shame that it wasn't displayed so you could see inside the building properly as it had a remarkably detailed interior as well. 
    Loved the train layout by the way, the station canopy has to be seen to be believed. Remarkable work. 
    stluxPaperballparkLegogram
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