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March 16, 2019

The Shower You’d Never Want To Get Naked For…

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Of course any posts about our 2016 visit to LEGO World would not be complete with at least one detailed look at one of the pieces.

I am not sure which building this is, but the LEGO builders have not just done an amazing job, they have also put lights inside the model so that the windows are lit, enhancing the features even more.

Then I went on to the Shower, yes, a shower, but it’s not water droplets falling on your head, it’s zillions of tiny pieces of LEGO.

Shower-ees don plastic hooded capes and then walk through the LEGO rain, some of them try and wave to those taking their photograph, others keep their heads down as they get pelted with the plastic pieces.

Smart parents like me sit a safe distance away and use the zoom to try and get pictures of their kids.

Little Mr. held onto the hood of his cape and kept his head down so these were fleeting photographs of a literal moment in time, since the attendants were making sure that the queue kept moving.

Apparently the experience was fun but the LEGO rainstorm hit with more ferocity than expected, those little pellets stung a little on exposed skin.

The verdict was that he happily would do it again but would make sure he kept his head down the whole way, even the idea of looking up into the shower would be a definite no-no.

Once out of the shower the carpet where visitors removed their capes was littered with LEGP pieces that attendants were shovelling back up to be used again in the shower apparatus.

Inspection of the pieces showed that they got warn out and battered from their constant recycling through the shower machinery.

For the LEGO lovers here though, that didn’t matter becuase even if all of these pieces were rather tired looking they were still genuine LEGO parts and the experience was a lot of fun.

We made our way to the car park after that and whilst there I spotted some pigeons taking shelter from the cold on the underside of the bridge.

The bridge itself was also architecturally pleasing, I really liked the design.

Some buskers were parked near the car park and event entrance, our route didn’t take us past them but we had a little music to listen to as we made our way to the car.

Finally, on the way home, we spotted (well they were rather hard to miss) rows and rows and rows of glasshouses, some lit with their glowing yellow fake sunshine and heat to make the vegetables inside grow.

It did at least brighten a grey day, which for us (well especially Little Mr.) were glowing with the tired joy of a day enjoyed and much fun had.

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March 15, 2019

Wheels, Wheels, And Vehicles Of All Styles…

I am unable to explain the deep fascination that the male human being  has with … wheels. Vehicles of all shapes and sizes are sought after and treasured from as soon as the toddler discovers that the item he has in his hand can move along the ground, and continues until advanced age. Himself and Little Mr. know the makes of all the cars we see on the road, even at a distance there will an excited exclamation from the back seat of: “Porsche!”, “Lambo!”, “Old Timer!” (the name given in the Netherlands to vintage cars) and the like. Discussion is entered into if they disagree about what they have seen or if the model is especially interesting. Me? All I see is: “Car”, “Car”, and “another Car”. If you remove the MiniFig models on display and then look at the exhibits in the 2016 LegoWorld  exhibition, a large majority of them are vehicles of one sort or another from massive to small. Cars dominate of course, then there are trucks, fire engines, trains, boats, helicopters etc. Naturally, having these in the exhibition also gives the organisers and builders the chance to automate them, the train went around it’s track at a speed that paid true homage to the fastest trains of Japan and Europe. Even though I don’t have a particular interest in cars, the detail on these vehicles was impressive. Special Kudos to the shipbuilders too… THAT model had everyone in awe.

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March 14, 2019

Just A Few Bricks…

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The 2016 LEGO World exhibition in Utrecht was a serious eye opener for me.

It was my first visit to this annual event and I rather expected rows of completed models, a bit like we had experienced in the Wellington New Zealand exhibit.

Here there were plenty of large scale and complex builds on show, but I was completely taken aback by all of the activity possibilities for the public.

All around the complex were large contained areas filled with blocks that the public could build with.

Forget “Do Not Touch” signs, this was very much a hands on experience.

The areas were separated into themes and styles, so Star Wars, Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Friends, Technics, City, Creator, and of course Duplo building areas were all in their respective “zones”.

In between there appeared to also be several “general” looking building areas so there were areas familiar to builders and also new areas to explore and experiment with.

Parents and kids alike were having lots of fun completing builds, you couldn’t taken them with you afterwards, or even buy the bricks from there areas, it was just fun with the kids.

Actually it was hard to tell if the parents or the kids were having the most fun. Being a commercial event, there was naturally also a very large shopping area, with both box sets of every possible size and loose “pick-a-brick” possibilities.

Several sites around the complex invited visitors to building competitions, other areas were to put completed builds on display so that people could compare and get inspiration from others. This is unlike any other LEGO exhibition I have ever been to. On one hand I like this hands-on approach, on the other I also love the complex and detailed pieces on display that wow with their design, construction and sheer scale. The two styles compliment each other because one showcases for instance a building made up of tens of thousands of pieces, absolutely not the kind of thing Little Mr and I could  make at home, the other gives us practical ideas of things we could design and build at home. I’m impressed.

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(Above): kids build their own Pull-Back cars and then race them…

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(Below): So many building areas…

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I am not sure what this was… possibility a place to trade/buy second hand models??? It was seriously busy even at the beginning of the day before the bulk of the public arrived.

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(Below): Translated the sign says: “Building competition”.  All of these photos were taken early in the day, later the place was so packed it was almost impossible to get photographs.

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(Above and Below): of course Parents were not going to get past this area without some damage to their wallets… Needless to say Little Mr. practically dragged me in here, sadly he did not get his wish to buy the entire shop.

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March 13, 2019

LEGO And The NBA…

Getting photographs of the large sized LEGO “Minifigs” in the LEGO World Exhibition in 2016 proved time consuming because they are natural kid magnets. I had to wait at many of them until children finished hugging them, climbing on them or posing for the photos their parents were taking. Ones that were easy were the basketball players: life-sized LEGO figures of famous basketballers, dressed in real clothing, the shirts and shorts of their team and sporting their player number. I know very little about basketball but assume that one of these has to be Magic Johnson, and others Michael Jordon and Larry Bird. That’s pretty much where my basketball knowledge ends, but I was impressed by how these were made, some of the players even balanced real basketballs in their LEGO hands. Little Mr. quickly checked out any of the figures that had to do with the emergency services and we grinned at the determined kid only about one year old or a little older, who seemed to think he could climb onto the back of the cow. He failed of course, raising his leg as high as he could then toppling over several times but going back determinedly for another go. His parents need to be warned he will be a “climber” and better watch their bookcases and anything he might get into trouble on. These are impressive pieces of building work and were certainly appreciated by the kids.

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March 12, 2019

Truly A LEGO World…

Back in 2016 Little Mr. found out about a large LEGO exhibition in Utrecht. As a fellow LEGO lover I was delighted to go along. We arrived early and waited with the early-bird crowd who gathered waiting for the doors to open. What waited on the other side of the doors was massive beyond my imagination: huge halls and spaces divided into spaces for every conceivable lEGO style and theme. The LEGO exhibits are large and detailed… the lighting is the only tricky thing, it’s a bit darker than I would prefer.

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