We are pleased to announce that there will be no less than two World War Brick events in 2015:

WWB Anaheim

World War Brick Anaheim, CA - February 13-15:

We will be hosting our first-ever West Coast event at the Embassy Suites Anaheim South. It will follow the same format as our other World War Brick events: Activities for Weekend Pass holders will happen all day Friday through Sunday, with a six-hour public window on Saturday and Sunday only. Weekend Passes will cost $75 and single-day Public Tickets are $10. Of course we will offer a discount spread for people who buy their passes early. For your convenience, we are encouraging guests to stay at the Embassy Suites a have secured a discounted room rate if you book HERE.

Brickmania on Tour:

As part of our preparations for World War Brick Anaheim, the Brickmania team will be driving from Minnesota to California with several of our large displays. We will make stops in four cities on each direction of our trip and set up one-day-only displays to help offset our travel costs. The nominal entrance fee collected at the door will be split 50/50 between travel expenses and the Wounded Warrior Project. Here is the tentative schedule of stops we’re planning to make (venues and times TBA):

  • Kansas City – Sunday, February 8, 2015
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Monday, February 9
  • Albuquerque, NM – Tuesday, February 10
  • Flagstaff, AZ – Wednesday, February 11
  • Las Vegas, NV – Tuesday, February 17
  • Provo, UT – Wednesday, February 18
  • Denver, CO – Thursday, February 19
  • Omaha, NE – Friday, February 20

World War Brick – Minneapolis, MN: June 19-21:

At Brickmania Toyworks, which is a gallery space located in a former WW2-era armaments factory in Northaest Minneapolis and is currently the world headquarters of Brickmania Custom Kits. Weekend Passes will cost $75 and single-day Public Tickets are $10. Of course we will offer a discount spread for people who buy their passes early.

World War Brick 2014 Visitors Survey

Did you attend WWB 2014? If so we’d like your feedback to help make the next events better. Please follow THIS LINK to complete the survey.

World War Brick staff in front of the mosaic built at WWB 2014

World War Brick staff in front of the mosaic built at WWB 2014. Photo by Bill T. 

World War Brick 2014 is unanimously being considered an unqualified success, thanks in large to the effort of our wonderful Weekend Pass holders, volunteers, guests and staff.  What did we do at WWB 2014?  Here’s some highlights:

  • We collectively built a giant mosaic measuring 14 feet across by 9 feet tall
  • We played games such as the Micro Tank Battle and Brikwars
  • Built two massive group dioramas
  • Put 100’s of our own creations on display
  • Had awesome workshops on customizing minifigs, lighting models, decal application and more.
  • Learned how BrickArms “Reloaded” weapons and made and witnessed the release of new BrickArms weapons and a new Brickmania kit.
  • Went for rides in Brickmania’s 2 1/2 ton truck
  • Made new friends and caught up with old ones
Will Chapman about to release a bunch of new BrickArms... Photo by Bill T.

Will about to release a bunch of new BrickArms weapons. Photo by Bill T.

The over-all attendance figures are as follows:

  • Weekend Pass holders, presenters and volunteers: 269
  • Public hours guests: 320
  • Total at WWB: 589
Saturday night Auction and Raffle

Saturday night Auction and Raffle.  Photo by Bill T. 

FUNDRAISING RESULTS

Throughout the weekend we held several raffles and an auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, for which we raised $5487.00.  Thanks to everyone who made this happen, including the sponsors and generous individuals who donated tons of great prizes!

Micro Tank Game Tournament Finals

Micro Tank Game Tournament Finals. Photo by Bill T.

MICRO TANK TOURNAMENT

Tournament winners:

  1. Brett S. (Grand Champion)
  2. Cam W.
  3. Bennet R.
  4. Yisroel K.

King of the Hill:  Andreas B.

Laying a Hero to Rest

Laying a Hero to Rest by Will and David Y. photo by Bill T

MOC AWARDS:

NPU = Nice Parts Usage TIE
MOC # 7 Sith Holocrons? By Aidan D.
MOC # 13 The Battle of Saipan By Seth C.

Most Iconic
Laying a Hero to Rest By Will and David Y.

Most Over the Top
Normandy Invasion: Omaha Beach By Massimo & Christopher S.

Best use of Brick Arms
Warehouse Of Destruction By Andrew W.

Best Special Effects
Normandy Invasion: Omaha Beach By Massimo & Christopher S.

SNOT (Studs Not On Top) Champion
Lenticular Mosaic By Jeremy F.

Public Favorite
Laying a Hero to Rest By Will and David Y.

Black Hawk Down

Yitzy and Dan revealed their Black Hawk Down diorama at WWB 2014. Photo by Bill T.

Flickr Photo Group

If you’d like to see more photos from World War Brick 2014, please see our group on Flickr. Feel free to join in and add your pictures to the group pool!

 

World War Brick 2014 is happening June 20-22 @ Brickmania Toyworks in Minneapolis, MN.

PUBLIC HOURS:

The general public is invited to see all of the cool LEGO creations, demonstrations, and shop for exclusive items. Admission is $5 at the door each day. Public hours are as follows:

  • Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 10am to 4pm

Advance ticket holders will be allowed in up to 30 minutes prior to the opening time. Advance ticket sales are now closed. Public hour attendees are not permitted to bring models into the event.

World War Brick is holding a raffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project with prizes donated by World War Brick sponsors. Raffle tickets cost $1 each and drawings will be held at noon and 3:45 each day. You must be present to win!

WEEKEND PASS HOLDERS HOURS:

For full event registrants (Weekend Pass holders) Hours are:

  • Friday 9am-9pm
  • Saturday 9am to 9pm
  • Sunday 9am to 5pm (or whenever tear down is finished)

A schedule for weekend pass holders is located HERE. Registration for full Weekend Passes is now closed.

LOCATION

Brickmania Toyworks is located at 1620 Central Avenue NE, Suite 170, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Although our building’s address is on Central, our own entrance faces the north side of the building on 18th Avenue NE. For driving directions click here. Brickmania is easy to get to by public transportation and you can find the best route using the Metro Transit Trip Planner

CENTRAL AVENUE CLOSURE

Due to construction, you will not be able to approach the building on Central Ave from the south (Downtown side). If you are approaching Brickmania on Central from downtown, we suggest you follow the detour: take a right turn on Broadway Street, followed by a left turn on NE Fillmore (first light), then a left on 18th Avenue NE (stop sign). Brickmania will 2 1/2 blocks up on your left (look for giant LEGO blocks outside).

We’re just a few days away from the kick-off of World War Brick 2014!  Here’s a few things you should know…

Lets get this MOCs finished!

Lets get those MOCs finished!

Weekend Pass holders, you should be finishing up your MOCs (“My Own Creations”). If you have not already done so, please register your MOCs to be eligible for MOC awards. Tuesday, June 17th at Midnight is the official deadline to register your MOCs and have official pre-printed MOC cards available when you arrive. You can still bring unregistered MOCs (blank MOC cards will be available at the info desk) but they will not be eligible for MOC awards. Only Weekend Pass holders are eligible to display their MOCs at World War Brick.

Trophies

Official WWB 2014 trophies

MOC Awards will be giving out Sunday morning. Each weekend pass holder will be able to vote for their favorite MOCs in the following categories:

  • NPU (Nice Parts Usage)
  • Most Iconic Scene
  • Most Over the Top
  • Best Use of BrickArms
  • Best Special Effects
  • SNOT Champion

There will also be a Public Favorite trophy awarded at the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Weekend Pass holders are welcome to Brickmania Toyworks anytime after 9am on Friday, June 20th. We encourage everyone to show up early as to not miss out on the full day of activities we have planned for Friday. As of this writing there are still and handful of Weekend Passes available. To view the  full event schedule or see other important information, visit the Passholder’s Page.

Luftwaffe

Just one of the many exclusive new releases at WWB 2014!

This year’s mosaic build will start at 9am Friday morning. For each 10×10″ square completed, the participants will be rewarded one of these limited edition sand blue Luftwaffe troopers, designed specifically for use with the Flak 37 event kit. In the unlikely event the mosaic is not completed on Friday, the general public may participate in the mosaic build and also be rewarded the same prize. We will have additional Luftwaffe figures available for purchase.

BAcrates

Come early for rewards – stay for fabulous prizes (raffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project!)

Come early for prizes! We’re rewarding the first 100 public attendees one of these limited edition World War Brick 2014 crates packed with BrickArms weapons. (Weekend Pass  Holders, don’t worry, you’ll find one in your goodie bags, but also packed with a special bonus printed BrickArms weapon, courtesy of GI Brick). If you pre-purchase your public day tickets we will let you in 30 minutes before the 10am start time (thereby increasing your chance to receive one of the free crates). Advance ticket purchaser will also receive one complimentary raffle ticket for the noon drawing (you must be present to win).

T-shirts

World War Brick 2014 T-shirts in production, hand-printed by the Brickmania team!

World War Brick is the ultimate shopping destination for fans of BrickArms, Brickmania and LEGO® military modeling enthusiasts in general. Some of the highlights include:

  • Six brand new production weapons from BrickArms will be announced AND released at WWB
  • New premium “Reloaded” BrickArms weapons will be available for the first time
  • New & rare custom printed minifigures, accessories and decals
  • A new Brickmania kit will be released in a theme that will surely surprise you!
  • Out of production and discontinued Brickmania kits
  • Exclusive hand-painted premium custom figures from Brick Mercenaries
  • New lighting effects products from BrickStuff
  • T-shirts galore from Brickmania, including an expansive bargain section with discontinued styles not available anywhere else
  • The Saturday night charity auction (a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project) will feature the most rare and valuable items. Get a weekend pass to participate!

Weekend Pass

We just sold the 200th Weekend Pass for World War Brick 2014 – officially making us twice as big as last year! We’re going to make the absolute cutoff at 250 passes in order to make sure we have enough display space for everyone.

Flak 37

We’re pleased to show these preview pictures of the 2014 event kit: the German 3.7cm Flak 37 anti-aircraft cannon.  Every Weekend Pass holder will find on of these guns in their goodie bags… But there’s a catch; the minifigs shown will NOT come with the kit!  Instead we are making speciel-edition custom Luftwaffe crewmen for the guns, which you can get in one of two ways: 1.) You can complete a 10×10″ panel of the Cobra King mosaic and get one for FREE our 2.) You will be able to purchase extra crewmen. Some additional kits wand figs will be available for sale at WWB, but they will probably go as fast as last year’s exclusive Jeep kit!

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