Pop Culture

Brick Fiesta: Where LEGO Becomes a Lifestyle

Though I've been a LEGO fan since I was a kid, I didn't really realize just how widespread a community was encompassed by the little plastic bricks until I ran across an unbelievable cityscape that the Texas LEGO User Group (LUG) had on display at the 2011 Comicpalooza. Longer than Jaws and consisting of six figures worth of bricks, it was an awe-inspiring testament to the enduring legacy of the product. Even then, I wasn't really impressed until Imagine Rigney busted out a build representing Rapture from BioShock. Now, he's building Cthulhu.

If that's not enough to get you interested then nothing is, so I relished to chance for a backstage pass to the Brick Fiesta convention here in Houston. TLUG member TJ Avery was kind enough to introduce me around to the huge room full of imaginative creations and let me tour through the fine things users had brought.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
Contact: Jef Rouner