[Lego Worlds]Palmerston North Lego convention could be largest in the world

2021-07-21

  Last year’s convention featured a recreation of the map from the opening credits of Game of Thrones. This year’s creations are expected to be just as impressive.David Unwin/StuffLast year’s convention featured a recreation of the map from the opening credits of Game of Thrones. This year’s creations are expected to be just as impressive.

  Detailed maps of fantasy worlds, rocket ships and lush forests are just some of the creations that crowds have been treated to in the past five years of Brickcon in Palmerston North.

  Brickcon is the biggest Lego show in New Zealand and until the pandemic hit it was part of a worldwide series of events for creative minds to display their most impressive constructions.

  Now other countries have cancelled their shows, Brickcon this weekend had the potential to be the biggest in the world.

  “There’s a lot of international interest in our event, since other countries can’t have it. Even Australia haven’t really had one [recently],” said organiser Al Collis.

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  Collis had been involved in Well-Lug, the south North Island branch of the Lego Ambassador Network, for almost seven years. He said the displays were more intricate every year.

  The 120 exhibitors come from everywhere, from Auckland to Invercargill, and many of them are familiar names.

  “It’s hard to nail [the best ones] down. All models are at a high standard and some take up four-to-five tables.”

  The event is on this Saturday and Sunday at the Arena, Palmerston North.

  Door sales are $10 per person, $30 for a two-adult and three-child family, and children under 3 get in for free.

  “After cost, what we get through the door goes straight to charity,” Collis said.

  Parafed Manawatū, a sports organisation for people with disabilities, has partnered with Brickcon for the second year in a row. Last year $10,000 was raised for the charity.

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