Brick 2015 is a day out designed for LEGO fans of all ages. On at the NEC until Sunday November 1, it then it heads to London in December.
Our first port of call was to try out the new LEGO Dimensions game – this console game has a portal which you use to ‘send’ your characters into the game (in the style of Skylanders and Disney Infinity). The starter pack retails at around £89 and our helper informed us that we could play the whole game simply using the character that came supplied with it.
Small reviewer declared the game a success, loved the graphics compared with other LEGO games and also made a note to put it on his Christmas list!
Around the corner was another treat for video fans – a chance to play the yet-to-be-released LEGO Avengers – due on a console near you in January. This features a number of puzzles that will challenge the slightly older child – and please parents who like to see an educational element in games.
Probably our favourite area of the show was the Guinness World of Records stand, where you could try your hand at beating a LEGO record – building a zigzag tower, most castles built – or quickest tower made out of large bricks – we even saw someone get a world record while we were there!
If you had no luck on the stand, head over to the Minecraft section – build a Minecraft building, character or whatever you like and add it to the diorama – and you could be part of the world record attempt for largest Minecraft Diorama.
There are plenty of opportunities to get creative – vast tables and boxes filled with one-colour bricks – blue, purple, red – and the architecture stand with white bricks along with special pieces for constructing amazing buildings.
Of course no show would be complete without some opportunities to spend your money! The Toys R Us section has all kinds of LEGO on display with freebies available with purchases. There are also stalls selling special pieces and minifigures – or the chance to buy a personalised figure – if you're willing to queue!
Other ‘group’ experiences include creating part of giant LEGO mosaics and recreating your house to put on the map of Great Britain – we missed out on this as they had run out of bricks by about 3pm, so get in early!
The show is not cheap – about £60 for a family of four, but we were there for more than five hours – and LEGO fans of all ages will have a blast.
Brick 2015 is at London's ExCel from December 11-13 – get more info and tickets here.