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KurskGroupBuild

For 2016 we have three new group builds for World War Brick.  Weekend Passholders will have access to three additional sessions of group builds during the World War Brick weekend this year.  That will be six full group build sessions for Weekend Passholders during World War Brick. We hold several group builds during World War Brick hosted by one of our skilled moderators. Using pre-built terrain maps and models, the participants set up an epic scene based on historic battles. Each group build can have up to eight participants and advanced registration is required.  Participants will be able to take pictures of the finished group build at the end of the session so bring a camera. The battles this year are:

  • North Africa: a minifig scale battle set during the battle of El Alamein with Britain vs Germany during 1942.  
  • Pacific:  A minifig scale beach assault based on the battle of Pelileu in 1944.
  • Kursk: A minifig scale battle taking place in 1943 near Kursk (280 mile south-west of Moscow) in the Soviet Union. 

Weekend Passholder Event

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Weekend Pass Holders check out the Friday session on LEGO customization from the owner of Brick Mercenaries.  I’ll let Josh tell you about himself in his own words.

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The Art of Dr. Joshua Baum

I started customizing LEGO Minifigures in 2002, while I was an Undergrad at Truman State University.  At the time, I had not discovered BrickArms and was looking to expand my LEGO Universe to include military and sci-fi themes.  My first creations included a Predator, which did not look as I had envisioned in my mind, and an AK-47 which was as large as a minifigure (I used various LEGO pieces to cut and glue it together).  While my first figures weren’t anywhere near presentation ready, they did introduce me to the art of customizing, or Minifigure Art as I like to call it.  While I am largely self-taught with the various techniques I use on my artistic creations, I have always pursued creativity in my life.  In addition to my painting, I am also a musician.  Actually, I sing opera professionally and have performed across the world including Italy, Greece, and China; and have appeared on the stages of some of the most prestigious opera houses in the US including the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the San Francisco Opera.  

In addition to my art, I also am an educator and teach the arts at a University in Chicago.  Teaching is one of my passions in life, and I definitely incorporate this into my work as a LEGO artist.  Having graduated with my Doctorate in the Arts from Michigan State University in 2011, one of my key philosophies in Education is to foster self-led learning amongst my students, and what better way to inspire young students than through LEGO?  One of my favorite parts of World War Brick, is hearing younger LEGO fans talk about World War 2 (or other military conflicts) with historically accurate information, all of which was researched because of a toy.  My goal is to use the arts, and LEGO of course, to create high-quality, one-of-a-kind artworks that will be the centerpiece of your LEGO collection, and hopefully teach you something new as well!  

 

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WWB Minneapolis Weekend Pass Holders Check your email.  Last night we sent out emails to the registered email addresses of all weekend pass holders for Minneapolis WWB.  So take a moment, read the email carefully and follow it’s directions for registration to the website and then registration for activities.

MOC (My Own Creation) registration is also open.  Weekend Pass Holders can register your MOC’s Here.

If you have not received your email, send your information to konrad@brickmania.com

 

Robotic Challenge

Ticket prices go up on June 1st.  Get your weekend passes to World War Brick Minneapolis if you want to attend the Robo Tank Challenge.  The Robo Tank Challenge is just one of many fun events during the World War Brick Minneapolis weekend.

Test your problem solving skills using your robot or our robot.

The Robo Tank Challenge is a STEM based challenge putting many skills to use. LEGO EV3 Minstorms is the heart of the Robo Tank and you are the mind. Competitors may choose to enter as an individual or team in this time based event. The Robo Tank requires some programing and may be operated by one or more remotes and competitors, and/or through it’s sensors and motors navigating map challenges on its own.

Learn more about the challenge, get access to the course maps, learn tips and on the Robo Tank Challenge Page.

Cobra King

Cobra King Mosaic Build
When: Friday 9am until completed
Location: Main Room
The Battle of the Bulge is one of the main themes of World War Brick 2014 (this being the 70th anniversary) and no image is more iconic than M4A3E2 Jumbo Sherman named Cobra King with it’s inscription “First in Bastogne” after leading the 3rd Army’s relief column into the besieged city. We are recreating this image as a giant mosaic measuring nearly 12 feet wide by 9 feet tall as part of a permanent installation at the Brickmania Toyworks. Participants will build one (or more) 10″ by 10″ sections until all 140 are complete. Participants will be rewarded a special custom-printed minifig for each section completed. If the mosaic is not completed the first day, we will open up participation to the general public on Saturday.

Check out other activities now being added to the Action Page.

IwoJimaMosaic

We’re making a giant mosaic for permanent display at Brickmania Toyworks! Participants will create the mosaic depicting US Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the US flag on Iwo Jima  – the scene that was the basis for Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph and an iconic moment in US history. The mosaic will be constructed on 225 10″x10″ baseplates and cover 156 square feet of wall space and will have and incredible 230,400 studs!  This project will be worked on during the entire duration of World War Brick and wil be open to public participation. Participants will be rewarded a custom US Marine minifig for each 10″ x 10″ baseplate completed.