Happy 5th Birthday to the Sydney Brickshow!
We’ve attended four out of the five shows in Sydney; Sinister won a place as a Junior Builder in 2013.
Each year the show is an absolute hit with the kids AND the bigger kids. It’s a huge exhibition for Lego fans to show off their designs. This is not an official Lego show; these are fans who create displays that combine sets with free play – just like every spawnling dreams!
Check out the beach scene – you won’t find this as a set in any store. You’re going to have to cannibalise whatever you have at home.
But it’s not just a flat Lego scene. Look at the barrel in that wave! The use of the linked bricks! And they move! That’s an added level of creativity.
Sometimes the fans just want to build their fandoms, whether or not Lego has released a set.
This year had a stand-out Pokemon display. Not only were the Pokeballs impressive (see above), the complete layout for the original opening route was equal parts nostalgic and inspiring.
That’s the secret weapon of these local exhibition shows – not Lego itself, but the ability to inspire you to go home and create.
I overheard one parent comparing the Sydney Brickshow to the other hot Lego ticket in town, Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick: DC.
Both exhibitions are designed to inspire; both show the endless creativity available with Lego as a medium.
But while I love Nathan’s ability to show play as an art form, I also love the approachable nature of local exhibitions.
For me, the star of the show (for this and ALL the Sydney Brickshows I have attended) was this guy: Henry Pinto.
He just started this year – won Best Newcomer for 2016. Built the above chess set for his son to learn how to play, as well as a very cool collection of Bat-vehicles.
But the real reason I would give him the title of Evil Genius Lego Builder is because of this:
Not only was Henry willing to show how he made his chess set, he actively encouraged the kids to recognise the pieces they may have at home. He is interacting with his audience and showing them how to do it too. He is sharing stories with them! He knows about being a Lego fan and shares that. This all happened so quick and so naturally, I’m lucky to have caught it at all!
While we love all the exhibits and will definitely be back next year (maybe junior builders again?), Henry is the guy I will be looking for.
All photos from our visit will be posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. No sponsorship – happily paid for our family tickets as the money supports a fantastic charity, Bear Cottage.