Bricks Cascade 2014

Rivendell in Legos
Rivendell (from Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit) in Legos. Please click the image for a larger version.

Over the weekend, I agreed to meet the boys at Bricks Cascade 2014 Public Expo at the Convention Center in Portland. Legos are not a big deal to me, but I was not about to admit that outloud. The convention center hall was filled with people who love Legos. These were geeks with a capital G.

We mainly walked around and looked at what the inspired Lego Geeks had built. There was a superhero section, an insect section, and a train section. There were space ships and imagined planets. There was a whole section dedicated to Old School Lego (I’ll put that photo in for you to see). I am going to post some of what we saw.  Look how super fun and amazing these creations are!

close-up of a portion of Rivendell
close-up of a portion of Rivendell
close-up of a portion of Rivendell
close-up of a portion of Rivendell
The Quidditch pitch at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
The Quidditch pitch at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Close-up of the spectators and players
Close-up of the spectators and players
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery in Bhutan. The builder was kind enough to pose for me.
Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery in Bhutan. The builder was kind enough to pose for me.
One of my favourites: Downtown Portland
One of my favourites: Downtown Portland
Another fave: surfin' Lego Dude
Another fave: surfin’ Lego Dude
One of several battle scenes. Check out the exploding dirt.
One of several battle scenes. Check out the exploding dirt.
Battle scene.
Battle scene in the jungle, on the edge of a sea. (That’s an entire enormous ship down at the other end.)
A different battle scene.
close-up of the battle scene above. I like the 3D trenches.
Plenty of happy scenes were interspersed to cheer us up after the war scenes.
Plenty of happy scenes were interspersed to cheer us up after the war scenes.
If your Lego creation is really awesome and you get an award... what do you guess it's made of?
If your Lego creation is really awesome and you get an award… what do you guess it’s made of?
Notre Dame cathedral. I like the idea of overlapping architecture: How Legos are used to recreate a cathedral that is remarkable for its construction.
Notre Dame cathedral. I like the idea of overlapping architecture: How Legos are used to recreate a cathedral that is remarkable for its construction.

There were a couple of movie theatres. This one has famous patrons.There were a couple of movie theatres. This one has famous patrons.

A temple surrounded by cherry trees.
A temple surrounded by cherry trees.
Old School Legos! I looked at this and all the Legos of my past came back to me.
Old School Legos! I looked at this and all the Legos of my past came back to me.

6 thoughts on “Bricks Cascade 2014

  1. Wow, I can’t believe how many Lego’s you’d need to build some of those displays. Big $$ for those lego sets years ago. My nefew used to love them and I was shocked one Christmas at the price.

    I liked surfer dude too 😀

    1. I thought of that too! I did a little research and found the name of the creator of of the Rivendell display is Alice Finch, who built that elven kingdom with David Frank using 200,000 Lego bricks. Wow!

    1. Looks like 4 months of building, but a total of about 10 months if one considers planning. The builders each have families, so I imagine spouses and kids requested interaction now and then, too! I’m also a big Tolkien fan, and so excited to see the books still loved and alive. When I first read them in the 70s, none of my friends had heard of them, I only got my information from grown ups.

    1. Of course they would, ha ha! There are conventions for everything, I’ll bet. I wish my photo skills were better at capturing how amazing these works were. And no camera could capture how fun it was to be amidst all the very excited kids and parents.

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