BrickFair NJ

MBM_displayComing up soon is the first BrickFair in New Jersey! BrickFair is an amazing series of fan-run events (organized by Todd Webb) that promote the creativity and fun of building with LEGO bricks. In addition to the Somerset, NJ event (Nov 1-2, 2014, public hours), there are events in Alabama, New Hampshire, and Chantilly, VA (this Washington, DC area event was the first, remains the largest and is the flagship of the BrickFair events).

Minibricks Madness will be displaying MOCs built entirely from LEGO Modulex bricks and an archive of original LEGO Modulex bricks, packaging, and manuals. Be sure to find us in the vendor area (yes, you can also purchase some of the original collectible bricks for yourself).

At BrickFair NJ, Karyn will be holding a seminar during the AFOL days of the event. The AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) participants spend extra days before the public hours setting up their own creations for the public to view on the weekend, participate in LEGO-themed games, and attend seminars about many LEGO topics.

Karyn’s seminar is about the History Of Modulex:

LEGO Modulex: A History & the New Story

In 1963 LEGO created a smaller, different proportion set of bricks for architects to use. Never sold retail, always marketed for professionals, these bricks were used first for buildings, then floorplans, and finally were moved onto walls for signs and project planning. In the late 1980’s the bricks stopped being made. Until now. The grandson of the LEGO founder purchased the rights and some of the old molds for Modulex bricks and has begun a new business that intends to re-issue the tiny bricks!

Come hear about the original history of these special bricks, how they changed over time and the special unique elements that were created. Then learn about the new re-issue of Modulex bricks, how they will be made, see some of the first new test bricks out of the molds (and some of the old test bricks from 1963 that were painted as they tested colors!) Karyn has been in touch with the new owners and has lots of the backstory to share!

There’s still time to register and room for YOUR LEGO creation to be on display in Somerset, NJ. We hope to see you there!

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Links for LEGO Modulex information

In case you missed it, our sidebar has a list of links that will lead to more information about these amazing tiny bricks

LEGO® Modulex® Info Online

LEGO® Modulex® Parts Catalog
Brick Fetish’s Timeline (history of Modulex®)
Erich Harshbarger’s Modulex® Mosaics
Modulex® Article (PDF) from www.brickish.org
Visual reference of LEGO® Modulex® parts for LDraw
Modulex Photos on Flickr
Lego Wiki
Modulex Color Chart
Saving Modulex” (paper on history of Modulex)

I’ve been scanning many of the original LEGO® Modulex® manuals and promotional materials. I’ll be posting some of those online soon. Stay Tuned!

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Special Edition Mini-Kit for BrickFair: TANKS!

This year tiny tanks with rotating gun turrets will be making their way to BrickFair with me! These are the new-for-BrickFair Special Edition Mini-Kits. The kits include 20 LEGO Modulex pieces, include 2 studless bricks and a rotating turntable!

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GI Joe likes to build with Modulex too!

This MOC was on display at BrickFair 2011 (better late than never in posting it!)

"Joes like bricks too!" by Mike Warsocki (Chantilly, VA). "When he's not in battle, GI Joe likes to build in his free time too!"

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BrickMagic 2012

Yes! It’s that time again already! Come join us this weekend in Raleigh, NC for LEGO fun! MiniBricks Madness will be there displaying some Modulex MOCs and will be in the vendor area for you to see our Modulex history archive and buy some of your very own Modulex (including exclusives that can only be found at the LEGO festivals we participate in)!

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New Mini-Kit for BrickFair 2011: The Penguins are coming!

This little penguin will make its debut at BrickFair 2011 (Aug 4-7). After the event, the minikits will be available here in our webstore.

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My MOC (Doors of Durin) featured on The Brothers Brick blog

I was so excited to find my “Doors of Durin” MOC featured on The Brothers Brick blog. What an honor!

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LEGO® Modulex® Brick House by YVD

Found this terrific Brick House created by YVD with her Modulex® collection. Great job. Notice the profile pieces used for the shutters. She also has a tile floor in the entryway. I am hoping that YVD (I’m just using her online name for now) comes by and gives us some comments about her building. Check out her other Modulex® items on her flickr photostream (a burger restaurant and an ice cream parlour). In addition to Modulex® MOCs, she has some terrific MOCs created with standard LEGO®.

LEGO® Modulex® Brick house built by YVD

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Paper about the History of Modulex

Recently I found a LEGO Modulex fan who goes by the handle SlyOwl (on the Eurobricks forum) who wrote a paper on the history of LEGO Modulex and the demise of the bricks for architecture modeling. He has graciously given me permission to post his paper here. The information in the paper is interesting and I hope it will spark some more people to come out of the woodwork and help us put together more of the timeline and history of the Modulex story. Enjoy!

Download the PDF “Saving Modulex” (1.7 MB due to photos embedded in the paper)

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“Doors of Durin” Modulex Mosaic for BrickMagic 2011

“The Doors of Durin,” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s illustration in The Fellowship of the Ring. This mosaic is made entirely of LEGO Modulex. The black background derives its geometry and texture from both matte and glossy black tiles, sized 1×1 to 4 x 4. The “drawing” is a layer of trans-clear over Pastel Blue. First displayed this weekend (May 5-8) at BrickMagic 2011 (Raleigh, NC)

"The Doors of Durin," from J.R.R. Tolkien's illustration in The Fellowship of the RIng. Made entirely of LEGO Modulex.

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