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AFOLCon 2011 - How did it go?
I've provided a link of most of the photos I took:-http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157626508828907/
Arrived at 9.50 on the Sunday and waited for the museum staff to unlock the doors. When they did, there was a mad rush through the museum and up the stairs to stand in line to gain entry to to the exhibition. Whereas what I saw was good - especially the UCS AT-AT, Slave 1, Westminster Abbey and St. Pancras Station, there weren't as many designers attending as I'd expected. In the 'History of Lego' exhibition, they had my Eiffel Tower and Taj on display as well as the Statue of Liberty which made me very jealous since I long for that one. I'm not sure it would have been there for tomorrows visitors had a staff member not been watching over it. :-)
There was a lady displaying her own complete range of POTC. Alongside them were a handful of Alien Conquest sets which had been provided by Lego. Some of the AC sets were incomplete and if tempted to, the POTC lady had been instructed not to open the sealed boxes behind them since they were yet to be released.
The bricklink stores I thought were not so good imo. Minifigforlife wasn't bad - they had a second hand Enzo for £60 or so on my first visit which had gone an hour later :o(. The other store on the other hand had the usual odds and sods but what I couldn't understand was why they were selling current retail sets for 20% over the rrp. Or rather I could understand it - the not so 'LEGO- educated' parents were buying them for their kids....a lot of it too! The same sets were selling in the LEGO store at rrp so I guess the parents would have been miffed had they realised afterwards.
All in all a good day and what I saw impressive, but a little disappointed with the limited number of mocs to view.