General FAQ's

What is Brickvention?

Brickvention is the premier convention event for the Australian LEGO® Fan Community.

It is a three day event for Adult Fans of LEGO® (AFOLs).  Like other conventions, it offers workshops, presentations, special events and challenges. Two of the three days are allocated to a Public Expo of the models created by the AFOLs.

The event celebrates the coming together of the LEGO fan community which first evolved on the internet in the late 1990s.

Brickvention occurs annually around the third weekend in January.

When is Brickvention?

Brickvention is usually held in January at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton. Dates for our next event can be found on our home page.

Prior to the Public Expo weekend, there will be a convention day aimed at Adult fans of LEGO®. 

For those displaying, set-up will commence on the Thursday prior to the public expo weekend.

What hotels are available near the Royal Exhibition Building?

The following hotels are within a short walking distance of the Royal Exhibition Building. Please book early as the rooms will fill quickly.

Quest Carlton on Finlay

Location: 2-9 Finlay Place, Carlton.

Best Western Travel Inn

Location: 225 Drummond Street, Carlton.

Rydges on Swanston

Location: 701 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Tune Hotel

Location: 609 Swanston Street, Carlton.

Arrow on Swanston

Location: 488 Swanston Street, Carlton.

 

What sort of glue is used to hold the models together?

LEGO bricks are actually designed to stick together really well without glue. For the most part, our model makers prefer not to glue their models. Quite often the bricks are re-used to create other models so it is not convenient to have them glued together. Instead, our model makers spend a lot of time and energy ensuring their models are strong and sturdy.

On the rare occasion that our model makers do use glue, they recommend Elmer’s Instant Krazy Glue which is available from Officeworks. Only a small amount is needed.

Isn’t LEGO just for kids?

No way! LEGO® is perfect for creating detailed models and original pieces of art. Perfect for all ages.

Who or what is Brickventures?

Brickventures is the not-for-profit incorporated body that oversees the running of Brickvention, the Melbourne LEGO User Group (MUGs) and MUGs Junior.

The committee is comprised of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) who are passionate about building with LEGO and sharing their creations with other people.

Members of the Melbourne LEGO User Group are available for LEGO model building commissions, building demonstrations and LEGO displays. Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Can you bring Brickvention to my state/town/school/community group?

Most of the states in Australia have their own LEGO fan group and local display. Contact each group for the specifics of their displays and their availability to display at community events and schools.

See the list below for links to the different organisations and their displays.

VIC

MUGs– Melbourne LEGO User Group

Brickvention– Australia’s Premier LEGO Fan event.

M>LTC– Melbourne LEGO Train Club.

ACT

CLUG – Canberra LEGO User Group.

Brick Expo – LEGO fan display by members of CLUG in Canberra.

NSW

Sydney Brick Show – LEGO fan display by members of SydLUG.

QLD

BrisBricks – Brisbane LEGO User Group.

QLUG – Queensland LEGO User Group.

SA

Southern Bricks – Adelaide-based LEGO User Group.

TAS

Tas-Bricks – Tasmanian-based LEGO User Group.

WA

WA Brick Society – LEGO fan group based in Perth.