BrickCon moves online for 2020

The annual LEGO fan event, BrickCon, has moved online and will welcome builders around the world from October 2 until October 4.

With coronavirus having disrupted live events around the world, BrickCon 2020 will be held virtually, from October 2 until October 4. All of the staples that fans are used to will still be on the agenda, with awards, classes, workshops, prizes and vendors.

“Based on the current status of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. and to help protect people’s health, we have decided to change course with BrickCon 2020 and shift the convention to being fully online,” says Steven Walker, Director of BrickCon. “This means we are actually scaling up the convention to be the biggest simultaneous gathering of LEGO fans ever assembled online. We are translating the entire in-person BrickCon experience to a digital format.”

BrickCon 2020 Hindsight logo

Here is an excerpt from the press release explaining how this digital edition of the event will work:

For BrickCon 2020, adult LEGO builders can expect an online version of the MOC exhibition featuring photos and video submissions. Awards will be given for LEGO creations in each theme like BrickCon classics Space, Town and Castle among others as well as the Best of Show award voted on by fellow builders. The People’s Choice award will be voted on by the general public who will be able to purchase tickets to the online exhibition portion presenting the LEGO creations. The theme of BrickCon 2020 is “Hindsight” which offers builders poignant inspiration for their creations this year. The online convention will also accept digital creation submissions, allowing photorealistic renders from 3D modeling software.

For adult convention attendees, BrickCon 2020 will also offer its annual keynote, several new games, building challenges, an awards ceremony, two days of LEGO-related classes and workshops as well as numerous social events to meet and catch up with the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community. If you are interested in either speaking at BrickCon 2020, organizing a workshop, or coordinating a group meetup online, please submit your request by using the BrickCon Idea Submission Form by September 1.

“Because you can’t come to us this year, we are bringing BrickCon 2020 to you,” said Walker. “We are offering a variety of ‘BrickCon Bundle’ convention packages that will be mailed ahead of time which will include our traditional engraved bricks, an exclusive t-shirt, access to prizes, and other surprises. We will also ship a limited number of our exclusive ‘Con Model’ LEGO kits which will be available for purchase and are appropriately themed for an online convention in this day and age.”

Adult builder prices start at $25 for a bare-bones registration, with more expensive packages available that include physical swag. Registration opens on August 1 at 9.00am PDT. Public tickets will go on sale from September 1.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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