For my son, trains are like kiddie crack, so yesterday we took him to this model train expo convention.



But first I had to get the Prestin menfolk (Tom, Erik and my emo dog Ajax) off off the damn couch before we could go.
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To be honest, at first the expo was kinda boring for me. I admit that model trains aren't really my thing but Erik was having a good time looking at all the trains when he wasn't whining for us to buy him something.

There was this weird mix of people. Half of the crowd was full of hard core train nerds, who tended to be older gentlemen and seemed to take their models as serious business. The other half of the crowd were people like me and my husband - parents who were desperate to find some inexpensive indoor entertainment for their cooped up kids (gah... I am so ready for winter to be over). The train nerds who ran the booths seemed to be trying to take advantage of desperate parents by putting things like super breakable model train engines right at the front of their table with a price tag of $300 bucks and a sign that informed us if our kid breaks it, we have to pay for the freaking thing. While I have to admire their evil genius, we managed to navigate that minefield and found something much more kid friendly.

Race cars. Which for Erik actually trumps trains for sheer awesome.
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Since we're suckers, we forked over the $3 bucks so Erik could drive one with help from tom.
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Me, I was just glad to have a chair to sit down on. In case you're wondering, the super round pregnant lady in desperate need of a haircut is me.
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So that was cool. We walked around the expo some more, looking at some of the actual models that were set up to run on tracks but then, we found something truly kickass.

We stumbled on entire city and train scape made from Legos.


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Sadly, this picture doesn't do justice to the scale and scope of this huge thing. It had to be around 20 feet by 30 feet. The train track ran around the outside of the cityscape. Five lego nerds members of this local Lego club was responsible for building this whole thing.

Some close up shots of some of the cool stuff.

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This little woodland valley area with campers was one of my favorite parts. It was just so cute looking. Also, even though you can't see it in this shot, there are little lego Wookies that are living on the hill in those trees.
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My favorite thing about the lighthouse area was the way they used different Lego parts to make it look like people were swimming in the water.
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Apparently the skyscrapers were built by one particular super nerd. One of the nerd's wives informed us that he was single which was how he could afford to build these huge ass buildings. Both of these buildings are in downtown Detroit. The brown one is the David Stott Building and the white one is the Penobscot Building.

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and guarding it on top is... Lego Batman.
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This Lego city was some kind of fascist state apparently because there were armed guards with machine guns, cops and military dudes spread out all over the place.
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This picture shows how deep the city goes. There was a lot of really neat stuff on the inside that we really couldn't get that good of a look at.
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And last, but not least, a Lego Guns-n-Roses concert.
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Someone asked if they glued the Legos to keep them all together while transporting them to the show. I wish I'd had quicker reflexes because the sheer shock and horror amongst the Lego nerd's faces was absolutely priceless. Apparently gluing Legos together is considered blasphemous.

I wish I was a better photographer, because these pictures really didn't do it justice and there was a ton of stuff that I missed or couldn't get a good shot of. Anyway, that was something pretty kickass to stumble on, and since these nerds are local, I'm hoping to see more of their stuff around.

From: [identity profile] kitbug.livejournal.com


OMG. That Lego city is way too awesome. I used to be such a Legos fanatic when I was younger. Now I totally want to go dig up all my old sets and mishmash them together into something totally epic. It's a shame they're in a box in the black hole that is the attic at home, but maybe I'll get bored over spring break in a couple weeks.

Your spawn is adorable, when's the next one due? :3

From: [identity profile] prisoner--24601.livejournal.com


Yeah I'm getting the same urge to try and build something epic myself with my son's Legos, lol. I'm not sure I actually have the patience to do it though. Maybe I'll start with something small like one of the houses. I think I could maybe do that (and plus it's cheaper... the big giant buildings apparently cost between $1500 and $2500 to make).

Heh the baby is due at the end of April (the 29th I think - but that's really an estimate). I'm so freaking huge now, I'm afraid of what I'm going to look like in ten weeks. *facepalm*

From: [identity profile] plutospawn.livejournal.com


Despite what the lego nerds may say about the water and the people "swimming" they can't fool me for what it really is. Hacked up lego people parts. Heads floating in the water! There's something sinister in Lego City and Batman needs to pick up some serious slack.

From: [identity profile] prisoner--24601.livejournal.com


Agreed. Lego Batman needs to find out if it's the Wookies living in the forest tearing the infidel humans apart or if it's the fascists that run the Lego government disposing of their opposition.

From: [identity profile] siujerkjai.livejournal.com


Lego Batman! The swimmers and the GNR show are beyond awesome.

And wow! Erik has gotten so big! What a cutie.

From: [identity profile] prisoner--24601.livejournal.com


Heh, yeah he has gotten really big. I didn't realize how much he'd grown until I saw the toddlers at the preschool all wobble on by the other day. It's amazing how kids grow like weeds.

From: [identity profile] mizanchan.livejournal.com


Wow, this looks awesome, Pris! And your kiddo looks so cute!

(And you look awesome, too. If I look half as good as you do when I finally start having kids, I'll thank whatever Creator there is for it.)

From: [identity profile] prisoner--24601.livejournal.com


Heh, that's very kind of you. I think I look like some kind of cue ball or something rofl.

From: [identity profile] athenaprime.livejournal.com


Such a big boy! The big train expo came to Cincy a few years back and we scored major cool points with D-man when we took him. Do not mess with train nerds, for their ways are deep and obscure. We have Lego Nerds that show up at Marcon and had Columbus, with "Snakes on a Plane" characters, and Columbus being invaded by the 501st.

At the cincy museum they had a lego cincy, with the clamshell (Union Terminal) and trains running through.

Legos+Trains=Massive. Preschool. WIN.

From: [identity profile] prisoner--24601.livejournal.com


Legos+Trains=Massive. Preschool. WIN.

Oh yes. Especially in winter when you need something for the little dudes to do. Give them some Legos and they are occupied for hours. This is especially useful when you get desperate and want to do things like bathe, nap and control the chaos that's erupted in the kitchen.

(Fancy preschool was on break this week, so when I say desperate... it's actually an understatement, lol.)

From: [identity profile] nivenus.livejournal.com

Ha! Reminds me of me


When I was a little peepsqueak that is... which wasn't soooo long ago. But yeah... I was a total lego and train freak (just like every other little boy I knew).

From: [identity profile] prisoner--24601.livejournal.com

Re: Ha! Reminds me of me


I think it must be genetically hardwired into most little boys to love that stuff - because I don't think I've ever met a boy that age that wasn't obsessed with legos and at least one mechanical thing (cars, planes, trains, robots, rockets). It's kind of weird because we didn't do anything to encourage this - his toys were all pretty generic baby toys, and gradually he started gravitating to the blocks and legos and ignoring the stuffed animals and people all on his own.

From: [identity profile] kitbug.livejournal.com

Re: Ha! Reminds me of me


I loved Legos and Hotwheels when I was a tyke. I blame my twin brother. His toys were so much more fun than my Barbies. XD
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