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Great Western LEGO Show @ Swindon, UK, 6-7 Oct 2012

paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
edited September 2012 in Community and Events
Anyone else here going to this year's LEGO show in Swindon? I'm looking forward to it.

It's at the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon - 6th-7th October 2012.
(If you're into real trains as well as Lego, this could be the closest you'll get to heaven whilst still alive)

http://www.greatwesternlegoshow.com/

Comments

  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    edited September 2012
    You'll find there are quite a few UK-based AFOLS going to STEAM - many of them here are exhibitors as well a visitors. I'm the show coordinator.

    I'm always interested to hear who's coming and whether there's one thing we can do to make the show a little better each year.

    Martin
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    I went to the show a couple of years ago, but I think it's fair to say I had not quite emerged from my dark ages at that time... but someone there had an #8043 Motorized Excavator on display next to a big crane, which made me decide I just had to get one. I've since bought a few hundred Lego sets, and I think it's it's entirely accurate to blame your show for that :)
  • augenaugen Worcester, UKMember Posts: 317
    Martin said:


    I'm always interested to hear who's coming and whether there's one thing we can do to make the show a little better each year.

    I'll be there for the third year running as I've really enjoyed the last two years.

    @Martin will there be a major model there this year like the St. Pancras Station and Westminster Abbey in previous years?
  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    @augen not sure they are quite on the same scale but we'll have a few high-profile Olympic-themed models as well as one or two large collaborations, a bit like the Harry Potter display last year.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,893
    edited September 2012
    Even I'll be building something, for the large train layout again.

    While on the subject, we (Brickset management) are proposing to provide badges for Brickset members so we can identify each other on the day. They'll be available from somewhere in the show so you can collect when there, and we'll probably provide a template should you wish to print one, to include your avatar, beforehand.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,640
    Yep - there'll be quite a few familiar faces at STEAM, or names at least...

    ;-)
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    I for one have never met anyone here, so the badges gets my vote :)
  • atkinsaratkinsar Member Posts: 4,272
    I'll be there, 4th year in a row, my favourite Lego show bar none :-)
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,640
    ^ Likewise !
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    First time for me. Please be gentle.
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    Hopefully going, depending on wether new baby has arrived or not. :)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    I'll be there, second time for me!
    Badges sound cool :-)
  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    I will be attending again... Handy it's round the corner from me ;o) Lool forward to meeting some fellow Bricksetters!!
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    Anyone know if you can buy tickets on the day, or do you have to pre-buy? ta.
  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    On the day, there are ticket pre sales but everyone buys on the day. It's just general admission to the STEAM museum not specifically the GW Lego Show.
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    Thanks @kempo81

    I'm only a junction away down the motorway. I'm hoping baby isn't early!
  • luckyrussluckyruss UKMember Posts: 872
    edited September 2012
    I will hopefully be able to attend this year - haven't made it to one before either.

    Another vote for badges, @Huw! Printed bricks??
  • cavegodcavegod Member Posts: 806
    I'll be there 3rd year in a row now.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,893
    ^^ I have some left from AFOLCON that I'll give to the first people that ask for one that don't already have them.
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    @Huw, will you have a badge on as ill be on the lookout :)
  • LegopantsLegopants GermanyMember Posts: 2,090
    I'll be there too! Will be flying over specially from Germany. It will be my first ever Lego show. Really looking forward to it and maybe bumping into some of you there :-)
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    Wow, that's dedication!
  • kempo81kempo81 Wiltshire, UKMember Posts: 961
    @legopants hope you enjoy the show!!
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    ^ Seconded. Looking forward to meeting the pair of you.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,893
    Look out for an announcement about Brickset people at GWLS tomorrow...
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    ^ exciting stuff.
  • trax_3trax_3 Member Posts: 64
    will be there for the 3rd year running
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    I'll be there, I'm thinking of bringing the little olympians and paralympians too
  • simongoodall1simongoodall1 Member Posts: 41
    I'll be there too. just a 30 minute walk away for me. Really looking forward to it.
  • morezonemorezone Member Posts: 207
    Any one from Manchester going? I'm undecided yet and I was thinking if there were a few of us, we could car pool.
  • bricksanbricksan Member Posts: 566
    I am going down from Sheffield :-)
  • woodstockwoodstock Member Posts: 31
    Is there much difference between this and The Lego Show in Manchester? Will it just be the same things on show? Any comments and comparisons will be greatly appreciated.
  • MartinMartin Member Posts: 375
    Definitely not the same things on show. We have far more Brickish members displaying at STEAM than in Manchester. Overall, the venue is smaller but we pack an awful lot in, hence it can get busy.

    I know there's lots of stuff being built for the show - Huw has started blogging on the show website already. Many of our visitors come back year after year because they know it's different each time.

    Manchester was very different to GWLS last year. I'd be keen to hear other people's views though.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,943
    Two hour train journey but im coming. Looking forward to it.
  • alijoezacalijoezac UK, NottinghamMember Posts: 533
    Me too, just booked a hotel in Swindon for Saturday night
  • TyoSoloTyoSolo Member Posts: 539
    After some negotiation with my Wife, we will be attending. I've booked a B&B just around the corner for Saturday night, so if anyone fancies meeting up for a beverage or several on Saturday night, let me know.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    I won't be there since I inadvertently promised to go to my Nephews birthday party before I realised it was on THIS weekend. Ho hum :(
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,893
    @Everyone, make sure you register for a Brickset badge!

    http://www.brickset.com/miscellaneous/gwls/

    30 people have already. Lucy, I see you haven't done so yet!
  • richoricho Member Posts: 3,830
    31!
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    Named and shamed! :-(
    I'll try and remember to do it today :-)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    @Huw, I filled in the form yesterday :-)
    Only 9 days to go!! :-)))
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    Excited/terrified! @lostintranslation - so glad we're working together! What days are you going to be there? Will you be keeping us company? If you need any more work to do, got plenty of ideas for little mocs to display the minifigs! ;-)
  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,594
    @savage_steel - yeah, excited/terrified/panicked probably sums it up! The model is getting there, waiting on delivery of tiles from the lovely Julia at Stratford and need to add some finishing touches. Plus I have one big stumbling block which I'm going to start a Help!!! thread for soon :-)
    I'll be there Saturday and Sunday (plus I'll see you on the Friday in Maidenhead I think? :-)). I'm going as a visitor so I can wander round lots both days but I might find time to keep you company for a while :-)
    PM me what your other ideas are in case I have some time on my hands :-) I have some more ideas for minifigs too.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    edited September 2012
    @Huw - completed my form. Thank you for this.

    @Savage_Steel and @LostInTranslation - looking forward to STEAM.....and of course Friday (building the "fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!") ;o)
  • TyoSoloTyoSolo Member Posts: 539
    So what is there to do in Swindon of an evening?
  • TheBrickLaddTheBrickLadd Chippenham, Wilts, UK.Member Posts: 844
    TyoSolo said:

    So what is there to do in Swindon of an evening?

    Not much mate, pub, cinema, bowling usual stuff.

  • cavegodcavegod Member Posts: 806
    Check out my flickr for a dr dave challenge!
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    ^ Lol, if it's what I think it is, I pulled up at the traffic lights outside the mall as I began my journey home, and who should walk right across the front of my car? Not @DrDave. Or was it?
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,966
    I didn't go today, so see y'all tomorrow...
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