Better late than never.
I really enjoyed my visit to the annual event Klodsfest with the Danish LUG Byggepladen.
I know I posted from the general assembly and even had a picture of the “new” chairman handing over the Trophy of Recognition, but I also wanted to share some pics of the great MOCs displayed at the event.
And now it is finished. We immediately decided to have more pillars around the office “covered” in DUPLO bricks. A small event/happening that we’re going to do at the future Thursday morning breakfast gatherings with the rest of the office.
So it’s day #2 in Finland and today is a real blast.
So many visitors at Model Expo, which is really amazing considering that Helsinki isn’t that big a major capital compared to other European cities.
I spend a couple of hours checking out the rest of the venue.
At Model Expo you can find anything from hairless cats to baby-gear to remote controlled flying cameras to model trains and of course the 80+ sqm display of LEGO MOCs by the Finnish AFOLs.
I have been trying to do as many photo as possible of the layout, but it’ll have to wait a few days before I can upload them to my flickr folder.
Until then, all of you will have to live with the pictures I’ve taken using the iPad’s built-in camera.
Quite a few very skilled builders around here!
So I’ve arrived in Herning. – Just in time for me to do a short presentation of the CEE team and what we do and how we do it.
After my short presentation and a few questions it was time for Byggepladen to have their annual general assembly. Anne Mette was elected as Chairman – congratulations Anne Mette – looking forward to working with you and the board in 2013.
Then it was time (during the general assembly) to hand out the Byggepladen Annual Prize.
Congratulations Lasse D. well deserved nomination.
Then a few interesting news:
The 10th Anniversary is going to be held in Billund on June 7th.
Make sure to drop by Broby on May 11th for the GWR on the longest non-electric model train track. – Will do, already in my calendar!
Klodsfest 2014 – May 16th -18th in Roskilde.
And then a surprise appearance by Morten Dalermoen from Brikkelauget (Klossmajor=Chairman).
Talking about the Scandinavian LUG cooperation which has been set in motion by some of the chairmen and LEGO Ambassadors from the LUGs in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
They are working on making a social gathering of fans from said countries in Gothenburg. Making it possible for Scandinavian fans to meet, greet and do workshops together.
- That’s going to be interesting to follow.
Svend Erik then gave feedback on LEGOWorld 2013:
New WR – 139 GBC modules in one setup running at the same time.
New WR – 500+ different Star Wars minifigs in one display.
Kudos on a job well done.
And tonight the party is on!
I’ve always been a fan of the good ol’ blue tracks and trains.
In fact my favorite train of all times is the 725. I remember me and my brother spending hours building tracks and setting up the fairly big power supply.
This year the Danish LUG Byggepladen is taking on the World Record and will be featured in the Guiness Book of Records – what an achievement.
Anyways, I am most certainly booking a visit in my calendar to go see it on May 11th.
The track is going to be HUUUGE and I promise to blog from the scene of the record attempt.
The trains are going to be “old school”-powered which means the same supply as the one used today – the battery power thing! It’s going to take some batteries to drive a small train that far.
But I am more than confident that the main author behind all this, Henrik Ludvigsen, is the man to get it done.
And yes, he is the answer as to why Bricklink has a shortage of blue train tracks these days.
On behalf of Byggepladen, the group behind the WR attempt and himself , he sent me and Jan this cute memorial train as a “Thank You!” for the support we’ve given the event.
Best of luck and hope to see you there!
So today we threw ourselves back to work and we started out with a meeting, making use of the fact that we had 3 of the Ambassadors here for the Idea Conference. It was a super meeting in which we discussed the Ambassador Program and future options for the AFOL – CEE cooperation.
I even got me a new mug (thanks Mikael).
And thanks to Svend Erik, Gary and Mikael for taking your time to talk with us.
Ok, so Easter is over and I’ve been working madly to achieve Status Quo in my inbox.
So far it’s going pretty well, some LUGBULK orders have shipped out this week and I’ve been finalizing the LUG support for Europe/Asia and Australia.
During the short Easter vacation I had to spend much time inside because of the winter-like weather. And I spend it the best way possible – building with LEGO bricks.
Mmmm! Lone Ranger!
As we moved from our old office area to the “new” one, we found a glass cabinet that we instantly claimed and now we’ve filled it with all things AFOL related that we had in our drawers and such.
As promised there’s a “close up” of Arjan’s awesome Steamboat Maarten.
We’re quite happy to finally being able to display some of the great stuff that the AFOLs do.
Now all we need is more space to display more MOCs and such!
Plenty of nice stuff there!
Arjan’s great MOC
So Jan and I are both “out of office” today.
He’s on his way to the airport or probably already in the air and I am working from home this cold Tuesday morning.
Plenty of stuff to do though!
Yesterday we packed (most) of our old warehouse onto pallets and the first 4 of them should be arriving at our new “home” tomorrow.
So there’s physical work for me just around the corner, again since Jan, surprisingly, had to travel I guess I’m on my own xD
Today I’ll be doin more Harlem Shakes with the EU/ASIA LUG and Event support which is a lot of work, but definetly worth it as we see it.
And also the first handfulls of LUGBULK orders are shipping out, so there’ll be emails for the lucky first shippers – which is overseas shipments going by boat.
So do not count on getting your LUGBULK order tomorrow.
Now to kick it off with a hot cup of coffee and some emails.
So, yesterday when I got back home from work, there was a pleasant surprise in the mail.
A sweet custom LEGO set had been delivered all the way from Sweden.
It seems that I was to be included amongst the lucky people who got their hands on this ultra special SJ X2000 train designed by CopMike.
Anyway, since the kids wont really leave me alone when I’m building and since this particular set had some shiny pearl silver parts, I decided it would be suitable, that I built it at work.
Which I’ve just done and now it sits on a display shelf behind glass.
- Best lunch break I’ve had in a long time
Now for some images and no, I wont make copies of the instructions nor the inventory. :p
All neatly packed in a box
Printed tile yum yum!
Next to a Gothenburgian Tram
Yep, it’s on display