Each year, Bricks by the Bay selects a theme for the convention. This is a word or phrase that serves as inspiration for the attendees building models to display at the convention, as well as the graphic arts and activities at the event.
The theme for Bricks by the Bay 2017 is “California Dreamin’ ”. During the 2016 convention, attendees put their ideas in a suggestion box. The Directors met, went through the entries, and selected the theme. Thanks to all attendees who participated by providing their suggestions.
We encourage all attendees to build models commemorating California Dreamin’ which reflects life in our beautiful state, and we’re excited to see what everyone will bring. Get your imagination going and plan something really awesome!
As always, there will be an overall trophy awarded to the MOC that best reflects the theme. Start planning your California Dreamin’-themed model today!
The themes for previous Bricks by the Bay conventions were:
The Event Kit is a tradition borrowed from other LEGO conventions (sometimes variously called the Commemorative Model or another similar term). It’s a custom-made LEGO set, complete with instructions, that you build. The model is designed by one or more of our core volunteers, and the design typically includes some custom printed parts.
Each attendee is entitled to purchase at most one Event Kit. In addition, Deluxe members receive an Event Kit along with their membership.
The 2017 convention’s theme will be California Dreamin’, which is a tribute to Bricks by the Bay’s home state.
The 2016 theme was “Seven.” The model was a secret agent style sports car designed by Tim Inman that included custom printed license plates with “BBTB007.”
The 2015 event kit was a dragon, designed by Charles Esseltine, inspired by the theme of “Monsters.”
In 2014 we had a a custom built board game (“Brick Traders of the Galaxy”) for our Event Kit, made out of LEGO, where players race to deliver trade goods throughout the galaxy. The game play was designed by Erik Wilson and the model was designed by Li Li. The kit includes a detailed space station and starship and ten planets you visit along your way, and lots of great parts.
Our 2013 event kit was designed by the very talented designer Chris McVeigh and represents an old fashioned television set, with a “test pattern” printed on the screen featuring our logo.
The third year we had a theme of “Green” which had several meanings. Based on the ecological interpretation, we made an Event Kit that was recyclable into three different models. Each of our Board of Directors (Bruce Chamberlain, Loren Merrell, and Bill Ward) designed a model, all of which were built from the same parts.
Our second convention, the first at the Hyatt Regency, shared the hotel with a steampunk convention. The Event Kit this year, designed by Bill Ward, was a San Francisco Cable Car with rocket engines on the sides and antigravity repulsors on the bottom.
For our first convention, the Event Kit was a 16×16 mosaic of the Golden Gate Bridge, similar to our logo, designed by Russell Clark. The white 1×8 bricks were meant to be replaced with bricks from your badge.