Copenhagen LEGO World 2014 – ABC review

A world of LEGO sounds amazing right?
B ricks everywhere – 22 truckloads plus AFOL MOCs and wares for the shop. The
C hicks, yours truly, were of course there.
D uplon troopers (aka. children) and their money machines (aka. parents) outnumbered the AFOLs by far.
E minent MOCs were the main attraction for us;
F antasy realms, Danish countryside, historic landmarks, Copenhagen theme park, Tivoli, and microbuilds.
G eeks when they are most awesome (though some of the exhibitors seemed quite tired of people on this the forth day).
H ours went by exploring the LEGO World – five to be exact.
I n the end we had had enough of Duplon Troopers and they themselves had had enough stimuli for one day, having
Jumped in those tubs of bricks (how do they not hurt their feet when walking on bricks?!)
Kragle was not anywhere to be seen – but the LEGO movie did get some attention, though surprisingly little.
Looking at new individual bricks and bricks new to us was how we spend the majority of our time. It is great MOC inspiration to actually hold the pieces in your hand.
M y future plans for building were definitely altered this day. Less building sets and more MOCs: I will strive to make my city,
N eufalkenburg, neat and unique. We also got our names printed
O n a brick. We took loads of
P hotos and will of course share them with you. Some of them today.
Questions arose: Where do all the bricks at the LEGO World come from – sets or directly from production? What happens with them afterwards?
(Radical idea: Let me have them!)
Seeing bricks being produced, printed and packed was an interesting experience. Your
T wo chicks were quite content, this means content for you, our audience, to see and read.
Under the circumstances – the target group is children – LEGO World was great. I recorded some
V ideos – a couple of them are already on Facebook.
Wouldn’t you like to see bricks being printed live? It’s not
X-rated so go to Facebook, check it out! In conclusion:
Y ou should definitely go to a LEGO World if you get the chance, but
Z ones specifically for AFOLs would make it more attractive to, well, AFOLs.

A LEGO Church and German cathedrals.

LEGO has one thing they always keep their nose out of – religion. And so it should be, they are making toys, and in my opinion they made the right choice in keeping religion out of it.

But that doesn’t stop people from making their own MOCs of churches and other religious symbols, and as long as it is nothing offensive or demeaning I think it’s fine.
I have even considered building a church or cathedral for Autostadt Falkenburg. Not that I’m religious in any way, but I think they are architecturally beautiful. If you have read the book or seen the miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth” you would have learned a little about how much time, blood, sweat and tears a cathedral takes to build. As an Interior Designer, that part interests me very much, and I have spent some of my education learning about the architectural design of buildings.

So I would find it fun to build my own church or cathedral, maybe in microscale, or the scale of the architectural line.

I spent some time wondering what kind of church I would build. I looked at some Danish churches, but they all look the same with their white chalk walls, and almost no decoration, really not that fun to build, an easy, quick build maybe, but not as fun.

Then I saw a microscale of the Kölner Dom – the cathedral of the German town Cologne.
Kölner Dom

Kölner Dom

It inspired me to look at the cathedrals of one of our – the two chicks – favourite countries, Germany. Germany has a mixed past, but one thing that has been enchanting people for centuries are their cathedrals.

With the Kölner Dom as the most famous and extraordinary, there are also the St. Marien Domkirche in Hamburg:
St. Marien Dom

the Regensburger Dom in Regensburg
:

Regensburger Dom

the Katholische Hofkirche in Dredsen, also a very famous church that was destroyed in the bombing of Dredsen and rebuilt in the 1980’s.

katholische-hofkirche-dresden-e358dcdc-2fc0-4cb6-8e80-c235d0adccc6

Then there’s the one I’ve chosen to replicate in LEGO: Sankt-Hedwigs-Katedrale – St. Hedwig’s Cathedral in the centre of Berlin.
Berlin,_Mitte,_Bebelplatz,_Hedwigskathedrale_02

It is a beautiful neoclassical Cathedral built from 1747-1773. It was also destroyed in a bombing raid in World War II, but rebuilt from 1952-1963. Its dome which is a half sphere in beautiful corroded copper will be easy to duplicate in the sandgreen brick color. And then a lot of tan of course.
One of my sisters studied at Humboldt Universität right next to the cathedral, so I’ve seen it many times. And it shares its name with my other sister, so it is really a good architectural addition to Autostadt Falkenburg!

This was just the idea fase, the build will probably take 6 months or so, because it will take me some time and money to get all the bricks. But the project is now started!