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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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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.

  • Kansas CityVFW Post 1000,  1002 E. US Highway 24, Independence, MO  on Sunday, February 8, 2015 – noon to 6pm
  • Oklahoma City, OKAmerican Legion Post 73,  500 SE 24th, Del City, OK  on Monday, February 9, 3 – 8pm
  • Albuquerque, NMVFW Post 41, 2011 Girard Boulevard Southeast, Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, February 10, 3-8pm
  • Flagstaff, AZAmerican Legion Post #3, 204 W. Birch Ave., Flagstaff, AZ on Wednesday, February 11, 3-8pm
  • Las Vegas, NVAmerican Legion Post 40, 425 East Van Wagenen Street, Henderson, NV on Tuesday, February 17, 3-8 pm
  • Provo, UTElks Lodge No. 849, 1000 South University Ave, Provo, UT on Wednesday, February 18, 3-8pm
  • Denver, COVFW Post 2461, 1350 South Broadway Blvd. Denver, CO on Thursday, February 19, 3-8pm
  • Omaha, NEVFW Post 2503, 8904 Military Rd, Omaha, NE on Friday, February 20, 3-8pm and Saturday February 21st, 10-5pm.

Entrance cost is $5.00 per person, Family of 4 or more $20.00 maximum. With each paid admission you will receive a coupon for $5.00 off a $50.00 purchase either that day or through our web store.

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 Northeast 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.