Lego builders show off their skills at Bricks by the Bay (photos)
Grown-up Lego fans in Northern California come out of their basements and workshops to show off their building skills.
Adult fans of Lego, known as AFOL
This weekend, hundreds of Lego building enthusiasts are gathering for a celebration of Lego as an artistic medium at Bricks by the Bay.
Adult fans of Lego, known as AFOL, in Northern California are gathering for the second year at Bricks by the Bay, where they exchange ideas, challenge each other to building contests, and build with one of the most creative toys ever made.
The event is open to the public this Sunday, March 27, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara at
5101 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara, Calif.
NASA Mobile Launch Platform and Crawler by Carlyle Livingston II, depicts the vehicle which carries the Space Shuttle from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the Launch Pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Ballerina Jewelry Box, made by Laurene Johnson, is made with 1x2 pink slopes and features a motorized spinning ballerina and jewelry built of Lego.
Johnson says she got interested in building with Lego after her two boys got into it.
Eventually, Johnson says, she wanted to find ways to bring more girls into Lego building, and she started exploring more girl friendly designs. That led to Johnson teaching summer building classes for girls.
The Witches of Get were the first to befriend Dragons and initiated a Dragon Riders Order, says builder Arthur Hill, resulting in the Dragon Riders Goddess Temple situated near a dragon lair in the remote Zom River Valley at the edge of civilization.
On Friday afternoon, a builder checks out custom figurines. While many vendors are selling traditional pieces, some are selling custom figures, including historic war figures, Victorian era characters, and creative space figures. Some vendors even offer to put your own face onto a Lego character.