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Complete LEGO Pirates Timeline Display at Bricks Cascade 2024

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I was interviewed by Beyond the Brick for my complete Pirates Timeline display covering the full history of the LEGO Pirates theme from 1989 until today as displayed at the Bricks Cascade convention in Portland, Oregon!

I will have more to post about this fantastic display soon, but for now, please enjoy this great video that Beyond the Brick shot.

 

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Wonderful collection! Great video! :pir-love:

I'm pretty sure my brother and me had some of the audio dramas when we were kids but after 30-35 years i don't remember how many and which ones. The set i remember the best is Forbidden Island actually.

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Love the video @PxChris, seeing (and hearing) how passionate and knowledgeable you and Paul are made this 20+ minute video pass in a blink. Obviously shout out to Beyond the Brick for capturing all that.

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23 hours ago, PxChris said:

I was interviewed by Beyond the Brick for my complete Pirates Timeline display covering the full history of the LEGO Pirates theme from 1989 until today as displayed at the Bricks Cascade convention in Portland, Oregon!

What a fantastic interview... and such an impressive collection!

So how long does it take you to pack, transport, unpack and then setup that display at each convention?

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20 hours ago, Mister Phes said:

What a fantastic interview... and such an impressive collection!

So how long does it take you to pack, transport, unpack and then setup that display at each convention?

Well, the packing process was spread out over a couple weeks. It took a total of 13 of the large/long bankers boxes, plus 1 regular sized box, and a number of additional containers to pack it all in.

Here is where things started:
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The setup process took roughly 12 hours I would say in total, spread out over two days.

I do have a bunch of photos to share, I just haven't had the time/energy yet to get them organized. But, a full post will be coming soon I promise!

And thank you to everyone for the kind comments so far, I really appreciate it!

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2 hours ago, PxChris said:

I do have a bunch of photos to share, I just haven't had the time/energy yet to get them organized. But, a full post will be coming soon I promise!

Aye, we realise this is a huge undertaking so wasn't expecting you to share the photos immediately.

The interview alone is worthy of a topic!

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On 4/4/2024 at 12:49 AM, PxChris said:

I do have a bunch of photos to share

As for the photos you've already shared...

Who else be in this photo and do they have a primary social media account they would like to include with their credit?

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On 4/7/2024 at 9:10 AM, Mister Phes said:

As for the photos you've already shared...

Who else be in this photo and do they have a primary social media account they would like to include with their credit?

I'm on the far left in the yellow shirt, my collaborator Paul is next to me (his Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/kemachoinach/ but I'll forewarn you that it's not a strictly LEGO-based account) and then the other two guy are Josh and John from Beyond the Brick.

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14 hours ago, PxChris said:

I'm on the far left in the yellow shirt, my collaborator Paul is next to me (his Instagram is https://www.instagram.com/kemachoinach/ but I'll forewarn you that it's not a strictly LEGO-based account) and then the other two guy are Josh and John from Beyond the Brick.

That be fine!  Just so long as everyone receives the proper acknowledgement.

You've been incorporated into the slideshow on the homepage.

On desktop, if you mouse-over the photo the names linked to the respective Instagram accounts will appears - Beyond the Brick links to their YouTube channel.

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5 hours ago, Mister Phes said:

That be fine!  Just so long as everyone receives the proper acknowledgement.

You've been incorporated into the slideshow on the homepage.

On desktop, if you mouse-over the photo the names linked to the respective Instagram accounts will appears - Beyond the Brick links to their YouTube channel.

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That's awesome! Thanks @Mister Phes!

I finally got started on sorting through photos. I hope to maybe start getting the ones I want uploaded to Flickr (plus a video or two to YouTube) this week and then I will work on getting a post together. :pir-huzzah2:

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I've now uploaded the full album of photos to my Flickr account:

https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBkWya

Here is a sampling:

2 Pirates Timeline Layout Overview 12 Pirates Timeline Layout Overview 22 Pirates Timeline Layout Overview 32 Pirates Timeline Layout Overview 43 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 13 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 23 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 33 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 43 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 53 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 63 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 73 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 73 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 93 Pirates Timeline Layout Sections 104 Pirates Timeline Layout S9 Pirates Big Figs & Media 15 Pirates Timeline Layout Me 1

 

Additionally, I have some video posted on my YouTube account:

 

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Thanks for sharing, very nice to see together

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On 4/11/2024 at 12:14 AM, PxChris said:

I've now uploaded the full album of photos to my Flickr account:

This is such a sumptuous visual feast! :pir-stareyes:

Do you mind if I ask more questions about Bricks Cascade?

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22 minutes ago, Mister Phes said:

Do you mind if I ask more questions about Bricks Cascade?

Of course!

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1 hour ago, PxChris said:

Of course!

Because I sure do have a lot of questions... :pir-grin:

  • How many Bricks Cascades have you presented this display at? 
  • And what year did you start presenting?
  • And how has display evolved over time?  Is it the same every year?  Or has it grown?

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10 hours ago, Mister Phes said:

Because I sure do have a lot of questions... :pir-grin:

  • How many Bricks Cascades have you presented this display at? 
  • And what year did you start presenting?
  • And how has display evolved over time?  Is it the same every year?  Or has it grown?

Technically this is the very first time I've done this display, at Bricks Cascade or at any other convention.

I had a quite different style of classic Pirates display at Bricks Cascade in 2022, which was of course brilliantly covered by a C-P blog post.
But this was a very different style display with very different intents and purposes.

The purpose of this Timeline display was to cover the entirety of the LEGO Pirates theme in all of it's incarnations from the beginning in 1989 until the present day. So in it we covered the complete classic Pirates theme of 1989-1997, as well as the main two reboots in 2009 and 2015 in full, and the most modern reboot of what is currently ongoing at this present time (PoBB, the Eldorado Fortress remake, etc.). We also covered some of the many incarnations of Pirates outside of those main iterations with the Juniors Pirates of 2004, a token nod to the 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean, and the many "pirate-adjacent" items of the 2010s-2020s such as MetalBeard's Sea Cow from TLM, the Ninjago Sky Pirates, Mixels Pyrratz, Creator Pirates, and Vidiyo Punk Pirate.

My 2022 display was very, very different. First off it only featured classic Pirates and primarily focused on the 1989-91 wave as well as the Islanders. It also featured quite a bit of modifications/additions/MOC work added to the builds to flesh things out. There was a lot of scene work put in, and even lighting.  The focus was on creating a very immersive and engaging display scene. Whereas this Timeline display only featured completely unmodified "pure" sets.

To touch on your other questions though, I've been presenting at Bricks Cascade in some form or another since 2019 (making this my sixth year) although not always Pirates related displays. Last year I didn't do anything related to Pirates (I did a huge Western display) and I certainly won't touch on Pirates again at all next year. Probably not for a couple years again at least. We try to keep things fresh and interesting every year at the convention and don't like to recycle concept very much. 

I hope that helps clarify some.

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Love the display.  But I noticed that the Creator 3-in-1 Treehouse Treasures which was Pirate themed doesn't appear to be included.

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22 hours ago, PxChris said:

I hope that helps clarify some.

That's a brilliant clarification! :pir-thumb:

The background information will help immensely when I get around to writing the blog post.

But, there's still plenty more questions...

  • How did you get involved with Bricks Cascade?
  • Do you have any advice to anyone who may be interested in presenting a LEGO Pirates display at Brickcascade, or just events/conventions in general?

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12 hours ago, Mister Phes said:
  • How did you get involved with Bricks Cascade?
  • Do you have any advice to anyone who may be interested in presenting a LEGO Pirates display at Brickcascade, or just events/conventions in general?

I first started going to Bricks Cascade as a public attendee on the public expo days in 2012 with my son. It took me until 2019 to finally make the jump over to attending the full convention as an AFOL attendee. I've attended every year since. I actually am more involved than ever as this year I was also a coordinator for our theme at the convention which is "Classics". In the Classics section we focus on displaying and showcasing LEGO history and classic (which we loosely define as pre-2000) sets as well as classically-inspired MOCs.

I'm not a huge MOC builder (though I do dabble a little) so the Classic section is definitely where I feel most at home within the convention. Helping to showcase the awesomeness of classic LEGO (be it Pirates or other) is pretty awesome to me.

My only advice to people who might be interested in participating in a LEGO convention, in any capacity, is to just put yourself out there and do it! My struggle (why it took me from 2012 until 2019 to make the jump) was always the feeling of not being "good enough" of a builder to participate. Frankly, that was just a huge bunch of B.S. and completely silly negative self-talk. It doesn't matter what your supposed skill level is, just do it. Like I said, it was really important for me personally to find my "home" at the convention, which is in the Classics area, but whatever your interest is, you just need to do it. It doesn't take some hugely elaborate MOC to be able to attend a convention and get a wonderful experience from it. I know lots and lots of people who only bring one or a few small MOCs, and some people who don't even bring anything at all, just attend for the sake of community and hanging out with fellow AFOLs. In my experience, the LEGO community has always been incredibly friendly and inviting regardless of what type of a builder you are.

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Holy Neptune! That’s a great display! I’m impressed. Thanks for sharing the interview with us! 

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On 4/14/2024 at 1:34 PM, PxChris said:

I had a quite different style of classic Pirates display at Bricks Cascade in 2022, which was of course brilliantly covered by a C-P blog post.

And we hope to cover Bricks Cascade 2024 just as brilliantly! 💯

About your collection...

  • How long have you been building it for?  Are there any sets in there from childhood?  Or has the bulk of them been acquired since you've been an AFOL?
  • And where have you sourced this collection from?  A variety of sources?  Or just an online market place like eBay?

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11 hours ago, Mister Phes said:

And we hope to cover Bricks Cascade 2024 just as brilliantly! 💯

About your collection...

  • How long have you been building it for?  Are there any sets in there from childhood?  Or has the bulk of them been acquired since you've been an AFOL?
  • And where have you sourced this collection from?  A variety of sources?  Or just an online market place like eBay?

I started building my Pirates collection in true earnest in early 2020 with the repurchase of a couple of my childhood sets (6274 and 6276) from some vendors at Bricks Cascade that year. This was right before the pandemic started. 6276 Eldorado Fortress was incomplete, so I worked on piecing the rest of that one together and started buying more and more sets. As with so many other folks, I didn't have a whole lot else going on during the pandemic, so ramping up the collecting was how I filled a lot of time. By the time that the 2022 Bricks Cascade convention came around my Pirates collection was pretty big, but certainly not complete. But I was able to that year display the 1989-91 range of sets, the 1994 Islanders, and a scattering of other sets (mostly ships) from the remainder of the run.
I purchased the last set I needed to complete the classic Pirates theme in around July of 2022. So it took me a little under two and a half years to complete the collection.

I did have some Pirates sets as a kid for sure, with 6274 Caribbean Clipper and 6276 Eldorado Fortress being my firsts which were gifts from my mom and grandma. But I never had a huge collection of Pirates sets back then, I think in total I may have had about 6 or so. Other than some of the pieces and figs, they mostly did not survive intact into my adult years. So pretty much my entire collection now is sets that I acquired as an AFOL.

I did acquire the sets from quite a variety of sources, Bricklink and eBay probably being the biggest two. However I also purchased sets off of Mercari, Facebook Marketplace, Bricks and Minifigs stores, other in-person vendors at LEGO conventions, and other locations as well. I also pieced together a few of the sets.

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Lovely photos that bring back a lot of nostalgia! Rather surprised to say it but the initial wave of Pirates sets from 1989-1990 still look the best, in my humble opinion.

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