Brick Live 2019 - Birmingham

Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel UKMember Posts: 545
Early bird tickets for this year's Brick Live event at the NEC in Birmingham (31st October to 3rd November) are now available:

In a strange departure from previous years, they have done away with VIP and general entry tickets and now the day is split into morning and afternoon sessions, with the option to upgrade to a full day for an extra fiver. Now, having been twice before, it's certainly doable in half a day, but this seriously reduces flexibility in terms of travel times, as you are limited to certain arrival times if you want to make the most of the session.


  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 881
    At Glasgow last year everyone moaned about the vip contents, and those who wanted in early to get access to 'rare' sets from the retailers got a fright so dropping it is sensible.  Splitting the times up makes sense, lowers expectations of time spent as long as priced accordingly.  

    I'm happy it appears they aren't doing Glasgow, less time off work for me and means our Glasgow show is the only one in town, a fact I will be taking advantage of!
  • SeanTheCollectorSeanTheCollector BirminghamMember Posts: 752
    The VIP benefits were rubbish last year. The whole experience was that much poorer without a major lego retailer there offering interesting freebies, i.e. Brickoctober sets.
  • Th1nDieselTh1nDiesel UKMember Posts: 545
    I agree that the VIP package was pretty naff, and it wasn't much better when I went back in 2015. The main reason we went VIP last year was for the early access, as with two young kids it's nice to get there early, before the crowds get too big. Obviously, that won't be possible this year, but I expect the afternoon sessions will be much busier than the mornings, so if we go again we'll go first thing. Though to speed things up, I'm tempted to leave the kids at home!!
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,439
    Apparently there won't be an AFOL zone at all at this year's event. 
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,214
    Really? So is it just activities aimed at kids this time? 
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,439
    Yes, pretty much.
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 881
    ^oh the irony. 
  • Lego_StarLego_Star ... in a galaxy far, far away.Member Posts: 2,124
    No AFOL displays? Really? That's the best part of Brick.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    Presumably it would be like a trip to the Lego store, only with an expensive entry fee.  Cant understand that.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,214
    I think that they are focusing on the hands on activities - which makes sense when you consider they were always more in the market for the family day out than AFOLs who want to see what other AFOLs have made. 
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 881
    Lego_Star said:
    No AFOL displays? Really? That's the best part of Brick.
    This is BrickLive though, not Brick.  Different people.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,702
    Will be interesting.  I'm wondering how hands-on it can be?  The last hands on I saw had a large bucket of 2x4s to play with, an RC Technic set to whizz around (slowly) and a group of PS4s hooked up to play LEGO Batman.  Oh, and the marketplace and food hall, if you can call them hands-on
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,445
    edited May 27
    BrickLive has been geared much more towards kids and 'family day out' for at least a year now. I did two of them last year - Basel, which had about 5 AFOLs displaying (seriously), and Glasgow, which maybe had a dozen?

    At both it was clear that the AFOL content was secondary (if that) to the main experience. I'm very confident in saying that if you have a kid who loves Lego, you could easily be there the whole day.

    Yes it's 'just' hands-on activities, but there's loads of them - multiple brick pits including Duplo, Star Wars building tables, Minecraft building tables, City building tables, Architecture (white bricks) building tables, building map, and probably other stuff I've forgotten.

    And if they get fed up of building, there's dozens of games consoles for them to play Lego (and other) games, and Bright Bricks usually take their Warriorbots arena along, oh and Bright Bricks usually have a 'build a huge hippo' activity to do as well.

    To put it bluntly, they don't need AFOL content. It just isn't what the show is about. The show is about entertaining your kids for the day, and the kids are entertained plenty without needing AFOL models. 

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. AFOLs aren't the target market for BrickLive. Kids are. And the kids don't care about seeing AFOL content when there is so much Lego to play with.

    If you're a parent, all you really care about is if your kid has a good time. If your kid is happy, you're happy.
  • dmcc0dmcc0 Nae far fae AberdeenMember Posts: 736
    A second BrickLive just announced for Aberdeen in September too.  Normally would be all over an event on my doorstep, but reading some of the comments above might not bother.  My kids maybe a little older than target audience for this, although my nieces and nephew would probably love it.
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