In a few weeks time, on the 5th and 6th October 2013, people will once again have a reason to visit Swindon: The Brickish Association will once again be taking over STEAM for the Great Western LEGO Show. STEAM is the biggest LEGO fan event in the UK, and is easily high on UK-based AFOLs’ calendars – as usual it’s set to be two days of LEGO overload.
It’s also going to be my first time as a STEAM exhibitor, and I’ve been panicking over several months about what I’m going to be displaying, given that I’ve been focused on other things for most of the year. I’ve released a couple of pictures on Flickr of a couple of models I’ll be building…
But my main exhibit, which most of my time and energy (and anxiety) has gone into, is being kept a secret until the main event. Nobody knows what I’ll be doing this time around, and the only clues I’ve given are that it’s remotely space-related, and involves a lot of Black, White and Grey parts. Make sure you get yourself, your family and anyone remotely interested in LEGO some tickets if you want to find out what it is!
Or perhaps you’d be far more interested in the contributors of a new LEGO book released just yesterday, of which seven of them will be present at STEAM. The book is simply called LEGO® Play Book, published by Dorling Kindersley (DK), and is in the same vein as their infamous The LEGO® Ideas Book. My homies and fan favourites Peter Reid (who has another book out later this year) and Tim Johnson (the The New Elementary guy) were both involved with the book, and if you ask nicely they may even sign your copy. There’ll be all kinds of famous AFOLs at the event.
There are also going to be some more talks, at present unconfirmed, which I’ll hopefully be on hand to film for anyone who misses them or can’t make it. And of course, you’ll be able to buy all kinds of LEGO from your favourite sellers, including an official LEGO store stall (if I remember correctly).
In any case: I’ve been looking forward to STEAM since visiting last year, and can’t wait to see how it all goes down as an exhibitor this time. Look out for a sheepish-looking black dude, most likely wearing a crisp hoodie.
Visit the Great Western LEGO Show web site for more [relevant] information and to purchase tickets.