Is the event 2 days long? Or 4 days?
Exhibitor's event is 4 days long, starting Thursday, May 4th 2017 and ending Sunday, May 7th 2017.
Public hours are only Saturday and Sunday. Publications (including magazine ads, the BrickFair.com home page, etc) advertise directly to the public, listing only the Sat/Sun hours, so as not to confuse the public visitors.
What's the fee to display my MOC?
It's included in your registration. Every registrant is entitled to show off MOCs. We cram in or spread out based on MOC turnout.
It is not uncommon for us to display MOCs 2- and sometimes 3-deep. We strive for fairness, but please be prepared to share space.
Where do I set up my MOC?
BrickFair NE 2017 is divided up by Themes. Aim for your theme. A map is located on the back cover of your
Program Guide (in your goodie bag when you check-in).
It may be necessary to touch or move others' MOCs when placing your own. Be gentle. Treat others' LEGO better than you treat your own.
When do I set up my MOC?
Set up your MOC anytime from noon on opening day until midnight Friday. Larger MOCs should arrive earlier. As the setup days pass, space becomes a premium. Regardless if you arrive earlier or later, be prepared to move/shuffle MOCs as needed to accommodate others. Theme Leaders may move your MOC if needed.
It's easier for us to set large MOCs first and to situate smaller MOCs around them than vice versa. There is room for everyone, regardless of when MOCs were registered.
Where do I set up if I have multiple MOCs from various themes?
It's your choice to show them together (in the Mixed area, so you can keep an eye on them) or to place each in its own respective theme. If showing them together, find a spot to call your own. Use common sense, don't infringe on other themes or other group's areas.
Where do I sit?
Chairs are provided behind the MOC tables. You'll hang out, watch your MOC, show off to the public, and hopefully make friends with your neighbors.
Must I babysit my MOC?
Generally, we take turns. During public hours someone should be nearby watching.
Does my mom have to register with me?
Yes, your mom must also register and pay. There are no free or discounted admissions. If you're 15-years-old or younger, you must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian (18+).
Must we register our kids who are being dragged along with us?
Yes, your kids must also register. There are no free or discounted admissions.
My son is the real LEGO fan. Must we pay for our daughter who is just tagging along?
Yes, your daughter must register. There are no free or discounted admissions.
What's the deadline?
There is no deadline to register. You may walk in at the last minute and register on the spot.
The following amenities require pre-registration and pre-payment:
Only the first 150 paid registrants will receive a complete goodie bag. After 150, the goodie bags may "shrink" based on supplies.
Is there an age limit?
Registrants must either A) Be 16, or B) Attend with another registrant who is over 18. All must pay the registration fee.
What Can't My Kid Do?
Should I bring LEGO?
Registrants are exhibitors. Yes, bring a LEGO creation to show. That's the whole fun!
Public visitors are not permitted to bring MOCs.
What should I bring?
Bring any LEGO-built creation you dreamt up and built yourself. Build and bring what makes you happy.
BrickFair is divided into
Themes but don't pigeon-hole yourself. Build what you like and we'll make a place for you.
What shouldn't I bring?
Don't bring official LEGO sets - that won't impress anyone.
A creation not suitable for family viewing may be removed to where only adults can see it (ie: our staff breakroom) - and you wouldn't be the first.
How much should I bring?
Bring it all.
Am I required to bring a MOC?
Well, no. If you come empty-handed, you won't be the only one. But the glue that holds BrickFair together is MOCs.
When do we set up?
Setting up should take place Thursday afternoon (see the schedule) and continue through Friday evening. If bringing a large display, you'll want to arrive early to secure a spot. As more MOCs arrive and tables fill up it becomes increasingly difficult to jostle for larger MOCs.
See the schedule of events. Note: the full registrants' weekend runs Thursday afternoon through Sunday night. Set-up hours are considered half the fun!
I need to activate my account. Where's my activation code?
Wear comfortable shoes.
The Royal Plaza Trade Center is all concrete floors.
Seriously, register and pay ahead of time. It will make your weekend and ours so much more enjoyable.
Register your MOCs as soon as possible -- at bare minimum 7 days prior to BrickFair. Last-minute MOC cards will not be printed.
Brick badges and brick badge parts are not given to anyone paid after the brick badge deadline (Friday, Apr 21st 2017). Even when offering to pay for them, requests for engraved badge parts, to BrickFair staff or to engravers, will be denied.
Take Friday off.
Hell, take Thursday off too.
Most people treat BrickFair as a vacation destination, not a weekend diversion. Most take time off work to be there. Seminars are scheduled throughout the day Friday and some on Thursday.
Read the Program Guide.
As soon as you check-in, make yourself comfortable, open your goodie bag, and read the
Program Guide. It's where we try to stick all the important information.
Where are my MOC cards?
If you registered your MOCs on time, MOC cards are in your goodie bag waiting for you when you check-in.
Inspect your online name badge.
Once registered, inspect your name badge online! It is engraved just as you spelled it, including CAPitalization and misspellings.
Once paid, your name badge may be engraved at any time. Once engraved, your badge (and on-screen name) cannot be modified.
Inspect your online MOC cards.
Your MOC cards allow more text than might appear on the actual card. Click the
[MOC Card] link to inspect your MOC card. This is how your MOC card will actually appear when printed!
BrickFair has a no-stroller policy for the public. This does not apply to you, the exhibitors.
You'll have room behind your MOC tables to park your stroller.
Bring a MOC.
Registrants are exhibitors. You should build something (your own original creation) to show off.
"A lot of the social scene revolves around talking about what you've built, how you've built it, and what you're going to build. Without something you've created, you can't have those discussions." Jonathan Bender,
LEGO: A Love Story
We have volunteer positions for traffic-control, cashiers, door guards, etc. You can plop into a position for just an hour and then leave.
You may find yourself on a group trek to our local LEGO store (in Natick, 21 miles and 30 minutes away). Plus there's vendors within BrickFair selling all sorts of fun stuff. You'll spend more than you plan.
Where shall I sleep?
See the travel info page.
How do I participate in "collaborative displays?"
Individuals build units following a standard's guidelines. When these AFOLs arrive at BrickFair, all their MOCs come together smoothly in one elegant display.
Expect to see these, and possibly others:
My wife is joining me just for the seminar.
No she's not. If your wife wishes to attend a seminar, she must register. There are no free or discounted admissions.
I'd like to register once for both my boys, bringing only one at a time.
Well now that's just cheating. The simple act of walking into the expo is partaking in the event. And participation requires registration. There are no free or discounted admissions.
What is "TLG?"
The LEGO Group. Refering to the company as
TLG eliminates confusion when using just "LEGO" in a sentence.
What is "PAB?"
Pick-A-Brick. A fairly recent addition to LEGO stores whereby customers may purchase bulk quantities of just one piece. Lately TLG is bringing PAB to the festivals too.
Can I ship my MOC ahead of me?
Yes. Ship your MOC to BrickFair's mailing address.
Package must arrive by Thursday, Apr 27th; on Friday, Apr 28th Todd moves to BrickFair, and does not return home. Write the recipient's name on the outside of the box. We won't open it; we'll simply deliver it to the person.
What's in the BrickFair goodie bag?
Only registrants get a goodie bag. It will include: a Program Guide, your Name Badge, and some LEGO pieces.
Is non-LEGO string okay?
A quote from our Program Guide:
Can I take my MOC and leave on Saturday?
It's your party. You are welcome to come and go as you wish.
But the rest of us find that odd. Most people treat BrickFair as a vacation destination. It's a 4-day party.
May I place a small card next to my MOC promoting my online store?
No. The only business advertising permitted within BrickFair are at vendor tables. All other spaces are ad-free zones. No exceptions. We are all here for fun, and nobody likes spam.
Permitted signage includes: LUGs and LTCs and a small card for personal sites such as BrickShelf, YouTube and Flickr. No "stacks" of anything. Excessive signage and signs directing to selling sites may be immediately removed by BF staff.
Can I drive my car into the expo hall?
No. All items must be carried or carted into the hall. Loading docks are as close as your car will get.
Does BrickFair provide carts for moving?
No. We have 2 pallet jacks that can be borrowed, but this is probably overkill for your needs Your best option is to bring your own cart.