Sheffield Block Con LEGO Show 2017

20 February 2017

LEGO Olympic Swimming pool MOC by a Sheffield LUG member

Yesterday saw Sheffield’s first LEGO show, Sheffield Block Con, held at Bramall Lane Stadium, home of Sheffield United Football Club.

Sheffield Block Con 2017 was Sheffield’s first LEGO show, organised by Stackable Events in conjunction with Sheffield LEGO User Group, and featured LEGO displays across a wide variety of themes, as well as a good choice of LEGO traders and stalls – I found a particularly good bargain on a Jurassic World set I was after, which made the show for me!

A great one-day LEGO show

The event was well-attended by AFOLs from around the area and further afield, with many displaying for the day. Some of my personal favourite LEGO displays from the day are below.

LEGO Avatar landscape

This LEGO Avatar landscape caught a lot of visitors’ imaginations, with a pretty instantly recognisable mix of landscaping and characters for those who had seen the film. I think much more landscaping is to come, so I’m looking forward to seeing this appear again with even denser foliage!

LEGO Toy Story

LEGO Toy Story display - Block Con Sheffield 2017

Iestyn Pocock’s Toy Story LEGO display has become a familiar sight at LEGO shows, and with good reason – I love the mix of Western and Space here (and the LEGO train, of course!).

My Ambridge layout

LEGO Ambridge Railway station on display at Sheffield Block Con 2017

I also had my Ambridge LEGO railway station on display, with a few additions and improvements since previous shows, including rebuilt platforms and bridge supports, as well as a change of trains! I’ve displayed this quite a bit over the last year or so, so will be working on a new display for shows later this year, all going to plan.

Collaborative LEGO Micropolis

All exhibitors at Sheffield Block Con were invited to contribute a Micropolis module (based on the TwinLUG Micropolis standard), which was great fun. I contributed a little taste of the North East of England with my LEGO Angel of the North model, adapted to the micropolis standard. It garnered a lot of positive feedback from visitors on the day, which was great!

LEGO Angel of the North

Honourable mention should go to the LEGO Wacky Races display, which I seemed to have missed when photographing the displays (sorry!). Even more impressive to me was a small LEGO train layout featuring a steam locomotive and Sheffield Super Tram, built by a KFOL (Kid Fan of Lego) who attended with a parent! The Olympic swimming pool and gym in LEGO (see article’s lead image), built by a Central Brick LUG┬ámember, was also fantastic – some really nice detailing there.

LEGO Sheffield Super Tram

You can see most, if not all, of the LEGO displays on show at Sheffield Block Con 2017 in my Flickr album. I’ve tried to credit original builders here, but didn’t manage to catch everyone’s name – if your MOC is listed above, let me know and I’ll update the article!

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