Over the weekend, Robin Sather from Brickville in Vancouver came over to do the Tillicum Lego Mania event, now in it’s third year. Our local Lego club, VicLUG, was there to help Robin wherever needed.
This year we made the Bay Street Armoury, a military compound built in 1915 and still in active use. It’s quite close to downtown Victoria and is a well recognized landmark. Using photo reference (1) and Google satellite/streetmap info, Robin was able to figure out the dimensions of the structure and build it over the course of the weekend. It has about 26,000 pieces and is almost 50/50 Duplo vs Lego.
The club had a display table of mocs and a street scene with a Where’s Waldo fig find ( which I was on point for ). There was a very successful kids contest with a silly amount of wonderful entries and registration for it was filled within 4 days. We had a kid build area ( not pictured ) that was divided between baby/toddler and older kids as well.
This is a huge event for our club since it’s the only one we do over the year that is purely Lego, everything else is another event in which we participate such as a train, game or hobby show. We also participate in a Lego exhibit at Sidney Museum but there is no connection between us and the audience there and this is a great way for us to meet kids, parents and fans!
Some pictures I took over the weekend, all link to embiggified versions:
Article on the Times Colonist:
Article on Saanich News:
Great article on scrimporsplurge.ca that is very knowledgeable about everyone involved:
John Langrish’s photoset on flickr of the event: