Review: Bricklive Belfast at the Titanic Exhibition Centre
BELFAST'S Titanic Exhibition Centre has been transformed into a mass Lego warehouse this weekend, as BRICKLIVE arrived in Ireland for the first time.
Like Lego bricks itself, the focus was on simple, straight forward fun through using your imagination to build.
A big hit for Lego fans of all ages was the impressive models made by enthusiasts of Brick.ie, the Irish Association for adult fans of Lego. These included scenes from the streets of Dublin, the Aviva stadium, as well as posters of boxers and musicians, a model of Washington's White House and the recreation of the iconic Hoth scenes from Star Wars Empire Strikes Back.
Younger visitors of course wanted to get building themselves and there were plenty of opportunities, with tables and bricks divided into various zones – Star Wars, Friends, Ninjajo, City, Technic and Minecraft. There were also green, red and Duplo brick pits for little builders.
Visitors could also play Lego City Undercover, Lego Star Wars:The Force Awakens and Lego Marvel's Avengers games – but again just stand-alone PlayStation machines, opposed to any demonstrations or guidance.
I visited with my seven year old son and his nine-year-old twin cousins. In some ways it was refreshing to take the kids somewhere that loud music wasn't blaring, no queues. There were no intricate instruction leaflets – they just had to use their own creativity.
Their favourite thing by far was building their own vehicles out of Lego, racing them down the tracks and then getting their hands on the giant race trophy, made, of course from Lego bricks.
Whilst two of the boys were quite content building, one of them didn't bore more easily and there was a sense there could have been more interaction from the staff. And unlike other BRICKLIVE events in Glasgow and London, there was no stage events or character walkabouts.
:: BRICKLIVE Belfast continues at the Titanic Exhibition Centre until Sunday August 6. Bricklive.co.uk