With a whopping 25,000 attendees last year, South Australia's most exciting LEGO event, Brick-a-laide, is returning to Adelaide from March 25 - 26.
BY SAM SMITH
I begin with a confession: I never really grew out of LEGO. Though my prized pirate ship, Egyptian tomb and Hogwarts Castle now reside in an undisclosed location, somewhere at the back of my parents’ shed, from time to time I still find myself marvelling at the latest LEGO creations.
As it turns out, I’m not alone. Proof that there are many fully-grown LEGO fans out there can be found at Brick-a-laide – Adelaide’s newest and most exciting LEGO fan event. Debuting last year, it attracted a whopping 25,000 attendees. Returning this year on March 25 - 26, round two of Brick-a-laide will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre and is promising to be bigger and better than ever.
Showcasing creations from both local and interstate brickheads, it’s the largest LEGO fan display in South Australia.
LEGO creations, made and photographed by Ben Teoh
Lose yourself in intricate miniature worlds. This year’s highlights include a USS OGEL WW2 Battle Cruiser replica measuring over 4 metres long, a gigantic collaboratively-built space scene and sprawling city display, constructed with the utmost attention to detail.
Star Wars fans will be in heaven, with Empire and Rebels troops running rampant. See battles played-out in front of you with multiple displays including an epic Star Destroyer.
Inspired? You’ll find a range of traders, selling some seriously cool sets.
Brick-a-laide runs in hour-long blocks, so it’s important to book your tickets in advance. Sessions run from 8:30am to 4:30pm on both days. You’ll begin by exploring the exhibition area, before making your way to the games area. This is where you can chat to traders and pick up your own sets. After this head to the Brick Café for a great range of refreshments.
General admission for visitors 16 years and older is $11, children aged 2 to 15 cost $6 and children under 2 are free. Please note, there is a $4.95 booking fee.
For more information and to book tickets, head to the Brick-a-laide website.