You know what I love almost as much as a good Comic Book Convention? A good Lego Convention. Luckily for us we have a great one right here in our backyard, BrickCon. Every October master builders from across the country fly out to show off some of their amazing original creations. This is my 3rd BrickCon in the last 4 years and it was probably the best one. There weren't as many huge show stopper pieces as I've seen in the past (not that there weren't a few) but the originality of the builds and the sheer number of them was really off the charts this year. I took about 70 pictures so as opposed to posting them all here I've linked to an imgur album of all my photos.
The nice thing about BrickCon is that it's pretty cheap. Tickets at the door were $10, I paid more for parking than I had to pay for our tickets (thanks for taking away all the free parking near the Seattle Center Obama). As usual there were some very impressive space ships, the Normandy from Mass Effect was particularly beautiful but this year it felt like Castles Ruled the roost. Given the response this album has generated on reddit, Lego really needs to bring back the Castle line. The people are thirsty for castles.
Logan and I walked away with a cool Lego Atlantis Board Game, which I felt was a steal at $20, and a Lego Harry Potter minifigure (free with purchase!). There were a lot of vendors there of course, and while the prices weren't great they weren't gouging too bad. If you're looking for a deal at a convention you want to keep your eye out for the discontinued and hard to find sets. If you're buying the same Star Wars set you can get at Walmart you're going to pay too much. That's why I was happy to pick up the Lego Board game, they don't make those anymore and are hard to find out in the wild. I keep telling my wife that I'm pretty sure I could put Logan through college buying Lego sets and hoarding them until they go out of print and selling them on e-bay. Someone was asking $2,800 for the Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon, which originally sold for about $400. That's a pretty good return on investment. It's not quite Scrooge McDuck money were talking about but that's like a weeks stay at Legoland.