LEGO BrickFair offered a mini world of fun

Posted 2/9/18

How do you fit a battleship inside the BJCC? Make it out of LEGOs, of course.

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LEGO BrickFair offered a mini world of fun


How do you fit a battleship inside the BJCC? Make it out of LEGOs, of course.

A replica of the Nagato, the Japanese battleship that served as the flagship of Admiral Yamamoto during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was one of the many original LEGO creations my family and I saw at BrickFair Alabama this weekend.

Most of the MOCs (shorthand for My Own Creations) were built by adult fans of LEGO (who have their own acronym, AFOL). The Nagato, however, was built by 15-year-old Evan Goodsell of Columbus, Georgia.

Other World War II-themed LEGOs on display included the USS Intrepid and a B-24 Liberator bomber.

The latter was named the Strawberry Brick and included a sticker of a red-headed mini figure suspended in a rather risque pose. Its real-life counterpart, which now resides at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, was christened with another B name inappropriate for family-friendly events and newspapers.

Unfortunately, we did not get to see the Attack on Pearl Harbor Timeline MOC from last year’s BrickFair. However, a great video that includes builder Matthew Greene giving a tour of the layout is available on YouTube.

While the ships, planes and tanks were impressive, none packed an emotional punch like the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

The model stretched the length of two tables. At the apex, where visitors can read the names of the first and last American soldiers to die in Vietnam, a mini figure dressed in green appeared to be saluting fallen comrades.

Several panels down, a woman knelt before a list of names. I don’t know how he did it, but somehow the builder posed her in such a way that it was possible to believe this little plastic person was in mourning.

Another impressive MOC was the replica of the McWane Science Center built by Wesley Higgins, a LEGO fan and Alabama Power employee. Before tackling McWane, Higgins built the Alabama Power Corporate Headquarters, the Alabama Theatre and the Monroe County Courthouse out of LEGOs.

Of course, there were lots of Star Wars MOCs at this year’s BrickFair Alabama.

Wyatt’s favorite was a replica of Ahch-To Island, the beautiful locale featured prominently in “The Force Awakens and “The Last Jedi.” The model shows a mini Rey intruding upon the privacy of gray-haired Luke Skywalker for the first time.

While I certainly appreciate the draw of Star Wars scenes recreated in tabletop form, my favorite MOCs were of the landscapes and city scenes.

Mt. Lego National Park seemed like a great place for a vacation.

Moonbase came complete with a working shuttle system, a Waffle House and a McDonald’s that offered convenient fly-thru service.

On the LEGO West Side, I found Scooby Doo and the Mystery Machine gang sneaking away from White Castle and the Village People performing in front of a 7 Eleven.

Across town, the Ghostbusters wagon was making its way across Knoxville’s Henley Street Bridge.

I spent over an hour taking photos of everything BrickFair had to offer. After careful consideration, my award for most unique MOC went to Andrew Bulthaupt of Maryland for his artificial heart.

As soon as we got home, Zac starting sorting the thousands of LEGO pieces in our house by color with the goal of creating his own MOC in the coming months. I’m afraid that a castle and a dragon might be involved.

For photos of these and other LEGO creations, see BrickFair LEGO Fan Festivals on Facebook and Twitter.

Jennifer Cohron is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s features editor.