Adult fans of Lego have a huge community in Australia.
Adult fans of Lego have a huge community in Australia.

The secret world of adult Lego fans

THE MINECRAFT display was among the most popular Lego creations at the inaugural Lismore Brick Event two-day event at Lismore City Hall, ending Sunday.

Created by Shaun Patrick of Maroochydore, the colourful installation took in three "realms" of the internationally popular computer game, including the "Oval, Nether and End" stages.

"The kids seem to love it," Mr Patrick said. "They come up to it and say 'wow, look, it's Minecraft!'".

Minecraft fan Bodhi M-D.
Minecraft fan Bodhi M-D. Alina Rylko

Next to Mr Patrick's Minecraft display was his wife's Micropolis Micro City creation.

The couple are members of the Adult Fans Of Lego (AFOL) group and devote at least an hour a day building Lego displays to tour around Australia.

"We quite enjoy it, it's turned into a big family affair - my brother-in-law got into it too," Mr Patrick said.

"Me and my wife are on the same wavelength and it came naturally that she would like Lego.

"It's relaxing, and she's into the crafty and colour side of it, while I'm more keen on the technical side.

"So it caters to both interests."

There's about 25,000 AFOL members across Australia and globally there's around 250,000 in the adult Lego community.

A part of the Micropolis Micro City display.
A part of the Micropolis Micro City display. Alina Rylko

The Lismore Brick Event showcased at least 30 other exhibits, built entirely from Lego bricks.

Detailed works featured in excess of 30,000 pieces each, with none glued together.

Shaun Patrick (centre) shows patrons the Minecraft Lego display at the Lismore City Hall on Saturday.
Shaun Patrick (centre) shows patrons the Minecraft Lego display at the Lismore City Hall on Saturday. Alina Rylko

Themes included Space and Star Wars, city (with working trains), ships, robotics, dinosaurs, Wild West and operating Technic vehicles.

All pieces were from the private collections and imaginations of over 30 Lego Master Builders.

Creators spent a minimum of four hours unpacking sectioned pieces before joining them to create final pieces.

Children were also able to build their own Lego creations at play tables.

 

Amber Logan plays with Lego.
Amber Logan plays with Lego. Alina Rylko

Retail outlets offered fans all the latest in Lego products, games, merchandise and jewellery creations.

The total brick count was in excess of one million pieces.

Opening hours for entry to the Brick Event will be Saturday 9am to 3:30pm and Sunday 9am to 3:30pm.

Admission for Adults $14.50, Children (3-15yrs) $9.50, Family (2 Adults & 3 or 4 children) $53.00, Children under 3 free, with tickets available at brickevents.iwannaticket.com.au and at the door with Cash & EFTPOS available.

 

Saturday and Sunday Lismore City Hall hosts the Lismore Brick Event, featuring creations built entirely from Lego.
Saturday and Sunday Lismore City Hall hosts the Lismore Brick Event, featuring creations built entirely from Lego. Alina Rylko

 



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