The Krog family spent six months creating a Legoland replica inspired by family trips back to Denmark. (ABC Canberra: Michael Black)
If you’ve ever wanted to tick a trip to Legoland off your bucket list, see the Trojan horse, or tour the Death Star, then look no further than the annual Brick Expo in Canberra.
The charity event unites countless weird, wild and wonderful creations under one roof.
Exhibitors spend months painstakingly building their displays out of Lego for the weekend exhibition.
Playful pastime not just for children
The Krog family’s painstakingly crafted Legoland replica took out the Exhibitor’s Choice award.
It’s easy to lose your train of thought along this fantasy rail network which is only limited by the creators’ imagination.
It took over six months to build but could be considered decades in the making.
“It’s essentially a recreation of the theme park in Billund in Denmark, which is having its 50th birthday this year,” Jacob Krog said.
Mr Krog migrated from Denmark and said there was a lot of national pride behind the creation.
He built the replica with his sons Aiden and Tobey while his wife Joanne masterminded the design.
“We wanted to build something that kids would enjoy more-so than just the adult fans,” he said.
“If you don’t know Legoland you might not instantly recognise it.
“One lady had been to all of them, except Florida, and she recognised it straight away.”
Tobey said the months of construction were both difficult and enjoyable for the family.
“A few of the areas move, like the roller coaster, so it was stressful to work out how to make it go,” he said.
“Lots of the areas were really fun because I remember going there when I was little.”
The family just returned from a trip to Denmark where they were able to compare their replica.
“We tried to do our best and I think we’ve done really well,” Tobey said.
“It’s such a passion here and everyone loves Lego so much.”
It took over 30 builders and countless AAA batteries to put together the sprawling train display. (ABC Canberra: Michael Black)
Train-builders form extensive network
Over 30 exhibitors worked together to create an intricate and eclectic train network.
The locomotives ranged from true-to-life freight trains to the fantastical Harry Potter franchise.
Bruce Adbilla said the team coordinated over social media and email to get the right synergy.
His contribution connected 30 carriages and three engines across one single train.
The real-life equivalent would extend over 500 metres and would undoubtedly run on more than the model’s 30 AAA batteries.
During the event a massive train crash derailed the exhibition for some time.
Another exhibitor said capturing the perfect pile-up could earn millions of views and revenue online.
It takes a lot of precision to engineer the perfect train derailment for spectators. (ABC Canberra: Michael Black)
Secretary of the Canberra Lego User Group Mel Bezear said the event’s proceeds would go toward The Canberra Hospital.
Over 150 adults and children built the displays while 40 volunteers helped set up the event.
“All of us meet up around once a month and get a bit nerdy,” she said.
“We have all sorts of things going on with people’s hobbies and habits colliding.
“It’s really amazing the variety you can get.
“They’re all the same pieces but they’re all used in such different ways.”
The Canberra Brick Expo is on at the Hellenic Club of Canberra until 4:30pm Sunday 12 August with tickets available at brickexpo.com.au.
Fandoms of all stripes unite under the same banner at the Brick Expo. (ABC Canberra: Michael Black)