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General FAQs

What is Brickvention?

Brickvention is the premier convention event for the Australian LEGO® Fan Community.

It is a three day event for Adult Fans of LEGO® (AFOLs).  Like other conventions, it offers workshops, presentations, special events and challenges. Two of the three days are allocated to a Public Expo of the models created by the AFOLs.

The event celebrates the coming together of the LEGO fan community which first evolved on the internet in the late 1990s.

Brickvention occurs annually around the third weekend in January.

When is Brickvention 2017?

The Brickvention 2017 Public Expo will be held on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of January, 2017. Both the Saturday and Sunday are display days and are open to the public. Tickets will be available from our website from the first week in October, 2017.

Prior to the Public Expo there will be a convention day aimed at Adult fans of LEGO®. This will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017.

For those displaying, set-up will commence at about noon on Wednesday, January 11 and will continue on Thursday, January 12.

What hotels are available near the Royal Exhibition Building?

Brickventures Inc. has negotiated special rates with the following hotels in and around the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. Please book early as the rooms will fill quickly. We cannot guarantee a room will be available at your preferred hotel at the special rate.

Quest Carlton on Finlay 

Location: 2-9 Finlay Place, Carlton.


1. Studio Apartment: 1 x Queen (2 people) - $183 per night.

2. One Bedroom Apartment: 1 x Queen (2 people) - $193 per night.

3. Two Bedroom Apartment:  Either 1 x Queen & 2 x Singles or 2 x Queen (4 people) - $263.

Complimentary wifi. Breakfast additional.

Either phone the reception team on (03) 8341 4777 or send them an email  and quote "2017 Brickvention" to gain access to the discounted rates. The rates apply from January 13, 2017 to January15,2017 and are subject to availability.

Best Western Travel Inn

Location: 225 Drummond Street, Carlton.


1. Single - $150 per room.

2. Twin/Double - $160 per room.

3. Triple - $190 per room.

Rate includes bed and cooked breakfast. Mention either "Brickvention" or "reservation number 322359" when making a booking.

Downtowner on Lygon

Location: 66 Lygon Street, Carlton.

Rates: Standard King room, room only $164.

Complimentary wifi. Breakfast additional.

Please quote "Brickvention 2017" when making reservations. 

Rydges on Swanston

Location: 701 Swanston Street, Melbourne.


(Minimum two night stay)

1. Executive Queen Room - $150.

2. King Park View Rooms - $165.

3. Queen Twin Rooms - $170.

Full buffet breakfast for $19. Complimentary wifi.

Other hotels in the area include:

Tune Hotel

Location: 609 Swanston Street, Carlton.

Arrow on Swanston

Location: 488 Swanston Street, Carlton.

Discovery Melbourne

Location: 167 Franklin Street, Melbourne.

What sort of glue is used to hold the models together?

LEGO bricks are actually designed to stick together really well without glue. For the most part, our model makers prefer not to glue their models. Quite often the bricks are re-used to create other models so it is not convenient to have them glued together. Instead, our model makers spend a lot of time and energy ensuring their models are strong and sturdy.

On the rare occasion that our model makers do use glue, they recommend Elmer's Instant Krazy Glue which is available from Officeworks. Only a small amount is needed.

Isn't LEGO just for kids?

No way! LEGO® is perfect for creating detailed models and original pieces of art. Perfect for all ages.

Who or what is Brickventures?

Brickventures is the not-for-profit incorporated body that oversees the running of Brickvention, the Melbourne LEGO User Group (MUGs) and MUGs Junior.

The committee is comprised of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) who are passionate about building with LEGO and sharing their creations with other people.

Members of the Melbourne LEGO User Group are available for LEGO model building commissions, building demonstrations and LEGO displays. Please contact us at info@brickventures.com if you have any further questions.

Can you bring Brickvention to my state/town/school/community group?

Most of the states in Australia have their own LEGO fan group and local display. Contact each group for the specifics of their displays and their availability to display at community events and schools.

See the list below for links to the different organisations and their displays.


MUGs - see tab on this page.

Brickvention - Australia's Premier LEGO Fan event.

M>LTC - Melbourne LEGO Train Club.

Queenscliffe Bricks - a charity event on behalf of Rotary Club.


CLUG - Canberra LEGO User Group.

Brick Expo - LEGO fan display by members of CLUG in Canberra.


Sydney Brick Show - LEGO fan display by members of SydLUG.


BrisBricks - Brisbane LEGO User Group.

QLUG - Queensland LEGO User Group.


Southern Bricks - Adelaide-based LEGO User Group.


Taz-Bricks - Tasmanian-based LEGO User Group.


WA Brick Society - LEGO fan group based in Perth.

Brickvention Convention

What is the Convention Day part of Brickvention?

The Brickvention Convention Day is held on the day prior to the Public Expo. It is primarily aimed at Adult Fans of Lego but children are welcome if supervised by a parent or guardian. It's a fun and informative way to learn more about LEGO and to meet and interact with LEGO Fans from all parts of Australia.

The day consists of guest speakers, competitions and LEGO-related activities. Competitions may include: Build in the Bag, Speed Sort, Speed Build, Tower Build or Blind Build. In the past, guest speakers have included LEGO designers, representatives of the LEGO CEE Team, LEGO Certified Professionals, LEGO Ambassadors and representatives from LEGO Australia.

In the evening there is a Dirty Brickster competition which is always lots of fun and entertaining.

If you are an exhibitor at Brickvention, convention registration is free. If you are not an exhibitor, then you will need to purchase a Convention Day membership. Convention Day memberships also grant you free entry to the Public Expo on the Saturday and Sunday.

Registration for the Brickvention 2017 Convention Day will be available later in 2016.

Will I be able to buy a convention membership at the door?

Brickvention 2017 has a limited number of convention memberships available. We are expecting to sell out of these prior to the start of the convention. To this end, we will not be selling memberships at the door. All memberships must be purchased prior to the event so we can ensure your brick badge is available and that we have adequate supply of other convention items.

Convention memberships are not yet available for Brickvention 2017.

What do I actually get for my convention registration fee?

Although it varies from year-to-year, this is what you might expect for your registration fee:

  • Entry to the convention day of Brickvention. You can only attend this day if you are a registered member. This includes competitions and exclusive presentations by LEGO professionals.
  • The Brickvention Model for the year. In 2014, it was a model of the Shrine of Remembrance (please note this is not the limited edition collector model).
  • An exclusive mini-figure commemorating the event.
  • The Brickvention Year brick.
  • A name brick (optional if you already have one).
  • A recent issue of Brickjournal.
  • The Build-in-the-bag competition set.
  • A Brickvention t-shirt.
  • Any other special bits and pieces we can find for you.

How do I become a merchandise seller at Brickvention?

General Information

Merchandise sellers applications are now open for those who wish to sell LEGO and LEGO related merchandise at Brickvention 2017.

If you are interested in finding out more about merchandise seller opportunities at Brickvention 2017, send an email to sellers2017@brickventures.com.

Applications for merchandise sellers at Brickvention 2017 close on August 31, 2016.

Other Information

We do not require merchandise sellers to register as convention participants, however, you will not be entitled to a convention show bag or to participate in any convention activities. If you wish to also exhibit you will need to register as an exhibitor, or, if you wish to be a convention participant only you will need to register as a convention member.

The expected attendance for Brickvention 2017 is in excess of 25,000 people.

The tables are 8’ or 2.4m long.

What sort of things can I expect in the convention showbag?

The showbag is only available to people attending the convention on the Friday. The Friday convention is a special event for the Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) who are responsible for the actual display and other AFOLs who wish to be part of the fun but have nothing to display.

The content of the convention day showbag changes from year-to-year. Listed below are some of the items that may be included:

  1. The Brickvention Model for the year. In 2014, it was a model of The Shrine of Remembrance. (please note this is not the limited edition collector model).
  2. An exclusive mini-figure commemorating the event.
  3. The Brickvention Year brick.
  4. A name brick (optional if you already have one).
  5. A recent issue of Brickjournal.
  6. The Build-in-the-bag competition set.
  7. A Brickvention t-shirt.
  8. Any other special bits and pieces we can find for you.

Convention membership also grants you access to the Public Expo at no additional cost.

Cost of a convention membership (for non-exhibitors): $100
Cost of the convention membership (for exhibitors): free.

Can I bring something along to exhibit if I'm not a registered member?

Unfortunately not. Our display space is very limited and is allocated to those who are registered attendees. You may bring along items to show the model makers but there will be no space available to put it on display.

If you wish to become an exhibitor, applications are available from the menu on the left-hand side of this website.

Are there any rules for displaying MOCs?

Here are some things to consider if you wish to display a MOC at Brickvention:

  1. ‍You must be a registered member.
  2. Your MOC must be family-friendly and not offensive to anyone.
  3. You must not claim the work of others as your own.
  4. If your MOC includes water, sand or smoke, it needs to be cleared with the committee prior to being displayed.

How big are the display spaces?

Exhibitors are allocated space to display their MOCs. Your display space is as big as you need it to be for your creations. The tables are all 750mm x 2400mm (8 foot), but you do not need to restrict your MOC to these dimensions.

If you are planning on bringing a MOC, make sure you have measured its size and allowed room around the display for easy viewing and access. Please provide your dimensions in length, width and height.

What is Build in the Bag?

Build in the Bag

Build in the Bag is one of the most popular competitions at the Brickvention convention. It involves trying to be the fastest person to build a LEGO® set inside a sealed bag.


  1. Each contestant will be provided with a sealed plastic bag containing all the parts required to build a LEGO® set, along with the instructions to build it.
  2. Upon commencement, each contestant endeavours to build their model as quickly as possible without opening, tearing, or otherwise damaging the bag containing the parts.
  3. The winner(s) is the fastest person to complete their model.

Important information

  • All sets chosen for this competition will have been tested to ensure construction is possible under these rules.
  • Sets chosen may not have originally come with all the parts in a single bag. It is quite conceivable that a set may have been selected which contains parts in more than one bag, and which has had all parts required sealed into a new bag.
  • Where stickers are shown in instructions, these do NOT have to be attached, although it would be interesting to see someone attempt to apply these through the small holes in the bags.

Previous LEGO models used

Note: Illustrated models have no connection with actual models used in the upcoming event. You have been warned!

What is Speed Build?

Speed Build 

Speed Build is a challenging game where you test your skill as a speed builder of a LEGO® set against other competitors.

How it works

Operating throughout the Friday convention day, anyone who wishes to have a go can attempt to build the set (or part of the set) while being timed. A prize will be awarded to the fastest people to build the set.

Previous sets used

Fastest time: Nine minutes and 45 seconds.

What is Dirty Brickster?

Dirty Brickster 

Dirty Brickster is a kind of a white elephant gift exchange game and is somewhat similar to Kris Kringle.


Each participant brings exactly one wrapped gift. Each gift should be LEGO® or LEGO®-related, cost and be worth $40. Hence, no "junk" (clones, bag of useless parts, worn parts, etc.), no stationery, no clothing or watches or open collectable mini-figs.

When the Dirty Brickster begins, a typical scenario may be:

  1. Participants sit in a circle with the gifts piled in the centre and draw numbers.
  2. In the order of the numbers, each participant chooses a gift by either (1) unwrapping one or (2) by stealing a non-locked gift.
  3. In the event that a participant's gift is stolen, he has the same choices, except that he may not steal back the gift that was just stolen from him.
  4. Gifts are automatically locked after being stolen for the third time.
  5. After the participant with the last number chooses a gift, all gifts have been unwrapped.

The participant with number one may at that time elect to steal any non-locked gift, beginning a new round of theft. After that, the Dirty Brickster is over.


  • Participants should not shake or unnecessarily handle a wrapped gift until they have chosen to unwrap it.
  • When a participant steals a gift, those assembled generally chant "Dirty Brickster! Dirty Brickster! Dirty Brickster!" to the delight of all.
  • Non-locked gifts should be held on the participant's lap, in plain view of all.
  • Locked gifts should be kept beneath or behind the participant's chair (unless you don't mind it being stolen).

What is Timed Sort?

Timed Sort is a great competition to test your ability to quickly sort various colours of 1x1 square plates.

Each incorrectly sorted plate results in a time penalty. The winner is the person who has sorted the plates in the fastest time.

There will be a Timed Sort competition as part of the Brickvention convention day.

What is Brikwars?


Brikwars is a LEGO® based war-game, in which participants take turns to try and eradicate their opponents in the most entertaining manner possible.

More information on this enjoyable pastime can be found by clicking on the link below.  

What is the 6000 Ideas Book Collaborative Build?

The 6000 Ideas Book Collaborative Build is a new concept for Brickvention. It involves creating a city out of the building suggestions and ideas featured in the Ideas Book which was first issued in 1980. 

If you don't have a copy of the Ideas Book to use as inspiration, a scan of the pages can be found here.

What is Micropolis?

Micropolis is a micro-scaled city. It's a challenging build style that involves using pieces in non-traditional ways.

Our standard for Micropolis at Brickvention is based on the standard created by TwinLUG

For Brickvention, we prefer that participants aim to create at least one "City Block" (eg: four modules) rather than an individual module. A City Block is the same size as a 32 x 32 baseplate. If you find you can only create an individual module or two, please inform the exhibitor co-ordinator so arrangements can be made to build extra modules to fill out the city.

We are happy to include City Blocks that have previously been displayed at Brickvention as it adds to the feel of it being a growing city. 

What is Mini-con?

Mini-con is reasonably new collaborative build which was started in 2012 at BrickCon in the US. It features a Miniland scale representation of sections of the actual event at which the Minicon appears. There was a small version displayed at Brickvention in 2015. 

To participate, you need to create a micro-scale version of your display and a Miniland version of yourself. Brickvention will provide the parts for the 'tables'.

There is a general Facebook group for this style of collaborative build which may give you some ideas. It is not directly connected to the Brickvention Mini-con but they are more than happy to offer assistance.

What is the M-Tron Collaborative Build?

The M-Tron Collaborative Build features a collection of M-Tron themed sets and original creations presented in a futuristic diorama.

There is a Facebook group to discuss the details of the build. Join the group to find out how you can contribute.

What is a Moonbase Collaborative Build?

The Moonbase Collaborative Build involves participants each creating one or more 'modules' of a Moonbase which are then put together to create a futuristic lunar landscape.

Here is a wiki featuring information on creating a Moonbase module.

Jon Palmer's Flickr page contains detailed pictures of how to create the different components of the Moonbase modules.

What is the Great Ball Contraption (GBC)?

The Great Ball Contraption (GBC) is a collaborative build that transports small LEGO balls from one section to another. It may use a combination of regular or Technic pieces, power functions, motors and Mindstorms to create the movement between each module.

Here is a video of a large GBC from North America.

Here is a video of a GBC from the LEGO Fan Weekend in Denmark

This wiki page provides information about the standards used in the modules.

There is also a Facebook group to discuss the design of the Brickvention 2017 GBC.

How do I become an Exhibitor at Brickvention 2017?

If you wish to apply to be an Exhibitor at Brickvention 2017, please click on this link or on the menu item on the left-hand side of the website.

Applications close on November1, 2016.

When will Convention Memberships be available for Brickvention 2017?

Convention Memberships will become available in the last quarter of 2016.

Follow our Facebook page or join our Facebook Group for more information.

Brickvention Public Expo

I have lost or misplaced or deleted my tickets. What do I do?

If you have lost or misplaced or deleted your tickets and need to replace them, click here to arrange replacement tickets.

Do I need to book tickets for the Saturday or Sunday?


Tickets are only available online. We recommend booking your tickets as soon as possible as they are likely to sell out.

Tickets will be available from the first week in October, 2016.

Make sure you bring along your printed tickets to the event.

How much does it cost to attend the Public Expo days?

The Public Expo days are Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of January, 2017, from 9.30am to  5.30pm.

At the Public Expo you'll be able to speak to the LEGO Builders, view the fantastic creations, purchase LEGO products and build something in the play zone. Food and drinks are available from the cafe.

All tickets are pre-purchase only - there will be no tickets at the door.

Adults - $16*      

Children - $8*  

Children under 3 are free

*plus booking fee 

Tickets will be available from the first week of October, 2016. To purchase tickets, click on the link on the left-hand side of this page.

How can I buy tickets if I don't have a credit or debit card?

Australia Post offers a Prepaid Visa card that can be used for all online purchases. These can be loaded with an amount of your choice and used to pay for anything for which you would normally use a credit or debit card. Even if you are unable to obtain a regular credit card, you can purchase a Load&Go card from Australia Post. Details of the Load&Go card can be found at: Australia Post Load&Go.

If you choose this option for payment, please ensure that you allow for the booking fee when loading money onto your card.

Can I pay by money order or cheque?

Due to the overwhelming response for tickets and long queues at Brickvention 2011, we have moved to an online pre-sale ticketing system which can only accept credit cards as payment.

To this end, we are unable to accept money orders or cheques as payment. If you do not have access to a credit card, Visa debit card or similar, we recommend the use of the Australia Post Load&Go card which can be used for online purchases. Details of this card can be found at the Australia Post website.

Can I pay cash at the door?

Tickets for Brickvention 2017 are only available online prior to the event. This is to prevent the long queues that were created by the heavy demand for Brickvention 2011.

We anticipate that tickets will sell out prior to the start of the event. To this end, we encourage everyone to purchase their tickets online to avoid disappointment.

There will be no ticket sales at the door.

Are tickets available at the door?

Previous Brickvention Public Expos have SOLD OUT prior to the start of the event.

Even though we have increased the number of tickets available, we expect Brickvention 2017 to also sell out before the event. To this end, there will not be any tickets available at the door.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

I can't make it on the Saturday or Sunday, can I look at the displays on the Friday?

Unfortunately, no.

The displays are still being set up, refined and checked on the Friday and it becomes problematic for our model makers to have people wandering around while this is happening. In between setting up, our model makers are attending conference sessions and participating in activities and will not be available to answer any questions.

We have extended our Public Expo hours for 2017 in the hope of enabling more people to attend. Our display hours on the Saturday and Sunday are now from 9am to 5.30pm.

Will there be pass-outs for the Public Expo days?


There will indeed be pass outs for the Saturday and Sunday Public Expo days. You will receive a hand stamp upon request when you exit. This will enable you have lunch or visit other parts of city before returning to the display.

Will there be LEGO available to buy?

Yes, there will be.

There will be lots of different sellers selling new and vintage LEGO. You'll be able to buy sets, mini-figs, LEGO parts, books, jewellery and many other LEGO themed products.

Look out for our special Brickvention Merchandise stand.

Will there be food and drink available at the venue?

During the Public Expo days on the Saturday and Sunday there will be a kiosk inside the Exhibition Building, selling food and drink. If you wish to have something more substantial, you are invited to obtain a pass-out so you can enjoy the many cafes/restaurants located near the venue. We request that no external food be brought into the venue.

Where will Brickvention be held?

Brickvention will be located at: The Royal Exhibition BuildingNicholson StreetCarlton, Victoria.


Who can come?

Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of January, 2017, are the Public Expo days, allowing the general public of all ages to watch LEGO fan builders at work and view LEGO fan creations and displays. Registration is not required for the Public Expo but you will need to pre-purchase ticketsSee the box on the left-hand side of the screen to purchase tickets.

Friday, January 15 includes sessions intended for AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) 18-years-of-age or older. Younger convention attendees are welcome to attend with a registered adult, but keep in mind many of the activities outside of the Public Expo Days are targeted toward adults. There is an additional cost to attend this event if you are not displaying.

When does the Public Expo start?

The Public Expo days will run from 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of January, 2017.

Will EFTPOS be available?

Although a number of the vendors will have EFTPOS machines available, we recommend bringing cash as a number of the smaller merchandise sellers will not have EFTPOS available.

There is an ATM onsite at the Royal Exhibition Building as well as one near the gift shop in the nearby Museum.

Do I need to buy a ticket if I have a Companion or Carer's Card?

Brickventures Inc. supports the use of the Companion or Carer's Card.

Purchase a ticket for the person you are accompanying. If you have a Companion Card or a Carer's Card, you do not need to purchase a ticket to gain access to our Public Expo. Please present your card with the purchased ticket for free access to the Public Expo.

How do the session times work? What if I miss my session?

In response to requests from Brickvention 2011, we have introduced entry sessions for Brickvention. This allows us to stagger the entry to avoid over-crowding and to give everyone a chance to see the display.

If possible, we would prefer people to arrive within 20 minutes of their session time. If you miss your session entry time, we will arrange entry as soon as it is convenient.

You will need to bring the print out of your ticket to gain entry to the venue. Pass-outs are available.

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