BrickSamurai at Ethnologia Galactica 2018

Last few weeks, for me, has been truly crazy busy! Two jobs, apartment renovation, and, most importantly, two big LEGO exhibitions! Hopefully, LEGO will soon start using no-need-to-sleep plastic in all their sets. Getting back on track – we already wrote about the first exhibition, and now it’s time to give you an inside tour of this year’s Ethnologia Galactica.

Ethnologia Galactica is the largest LEGO exhibition in Romania, organized by the largest Romanian RLUG – Brickenburg. It’s held in Cluj-Napoca, the unofficial capital of Transylvania. (you bet we took this chance to visit some castles!) This year was a big jubilee for this exhibition – it became 10 years old, meaning that it has a longer tradition that most. Even thought it’s practically next door, this year was our first time visiting but it definitely won’t be the last.

Ethnologia Galactica - Logo

This exhibition is a bit different than most others I’ve been to. It has a really relaxed schedule, which I enjoyed quite a bit. It lasted a bit over a week (28th May – 3rd June), but you could set up your display at whatever date you choose to. This proved to be a blessing for us, since we weren’t able to come on Monday because we had our own big exhibition on the week before. Others came on different dates but the (huge) exhibition hall never felt empty because members of Brickenburg always had most of the tables/displays filled with their own creations.

Ethnologia Galactica - lower venue hall

Ethnologia Galactica – one of the rooms

During the week we had a lot of free time, which we used mostly to get to know the exhibitors a bit more, but also to explore Cluj a little. Most days had at least one event. On Thursday we meet with a representative from LEGO Office Romania. On Friday we went to visit a LEGO store (I managed to snag Ninjago City Docks!) and also visited Turda Salt Mine, which was, surprisingly fun to visit – never thought a mine could be so interesting! Saturday was reserved for a speedbuilding contest for children, while on Sunday an open air RC car contest was held. Sunday was also when the tear-down happened.

Ethnologia Galactica - Blacktron

Ethnologia Galactica – Blacktron display made by Tony Tocaci

Interestingly enough, each evening had a small AFOL dinner, where we got to talk about non-LEGO related stuff. Of course, there was also the “main” AFOL dinner, held on Saturday – which was also a bit different than the ones I’m used to. All the competitions for AFOLs were held during the dinner, which meant that we had a lot of (non-adult) undistilled fun. The first competition was a team speedbuilding contest, which is 5 times better than a regular speedbuilding contest, and all other exhibitions that have these should consider making theirs team based as well. The other competition was a MOC competition where the goal was to turn a polybag into a MOC. One of my RLUG mates wob this competition, and rightfully so, he’s one of the best MOCers I know.

If you didn’t get it from the tone of my writing – it was a lot of fun. We meet some of the kindest AFOLs around (although it seems AFOLs are universally kind). The builds were amazing and, due to the fact that LEGO released excellent Ninjago Movie sets, a lot of them included Ninjago in one way or another. Sadly, no MOCs (other than the ones we brought) were directly Ninjago-themed. Be that as it may, I definitely saw some very interesting techniques (the MOCs were positively brimming with interesting part usages) that will definitely help me enrich my own works. Certainly – I learned a lot. I even got a chance to practice my Hungarian. Hopefully next year I get to practice my Japanese.

Ethnologia Galactica - the Village

Ethnologia Galactica – Destiny’s Bounty village

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