BLOCKTASTIC: Ken Wilson helped put together the Lego City train layout at the Brick Event at the Ipswich Showgrounds.
BLOCKTASTIC: Ken Wilson helped put together the Lego City train layout at the Brick Event at the Ipswich Showgrounds. Sarah Harvey

Mini-cities, pirate ships and ninja-riding dragons in Ipswich

A BUILDING full of Lego at the Ipswich Showgrounds wasn't just a dream come true for kids who attended, but hundreds of adults as well.

The first Brick Event saw a steady flow of people and dozens of Lego models on show over the weekend.

With pirate ships, X-Wings from Star Wars, castles from Harry Potter, and entire cities - including rail lines and even ninjas riding dragons on show - the Brick Event had something for every Lego fan.

The weekend was run by the Bricks n Fun club, a group of more than 30 Lego enthusiasts from across the south-east.

Exhibitor and club member Ken Wilson said far from just entertainment for children, Lego had captured the hearts and minds of adults across the world.

Steve Newman with some of his and his friends Star Wars lego collection at the Brick Event held at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
Steve Newman with some of his and his friends Star Wars lego collection at the Brick Event held at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey

"Lego is ageless," he said.

"We have members of our club who got into Lego when they were kids. I still have some sets from when I was growing up. I had to fight my brother to keep them.

"Others bought some for their kids and found out how great it could be."

Mr Wilson said the Ipswich Brick Event was set to become an annual event, especially after the support from the public at the weekend.

"This is the first large event like this we've put on and we've just had a great reception.

Tara Anderson with one of her pirate ships.
Tara Anderson with one of her pirate ships.

"We're hoping to put another Brick Event on in the December holidays, probably on the Gold or Sunshine Coast. But we want this to be an annual event here in Ipswich."

While there were plenty of small kits of Lego on sale for children, a number of exhibitors had larger models designed with the adult enthusiast in mind.

A giant Star Destroyer - which retails for about $700 - and Millennium Falcon from the Star Wars universe were on show.

The Brick Event held at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times
The Brick Event held at the Ipswich Showgrounds on Saturday. Photo: Sarah Harvey / The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey


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