What is an AFOL?
AFOL stands for “Adult Fan of LEGO”. On this website it is the distinction between a Convention Attendee and a Exposition Attendee. AFOLs are the groups of people who normally attend these events as Convention Attendees
What is the difference between attending the exposition and attending the convention?
The public exposition is a two day event held Saturday and Sunday where the public can come in for a few hours each day to look at the MOCs that are on display and were built by the Convention attendees.
The Private Builder’s Convention is a four day event held Thursday – Sunday where the registered attendees setup their MOC displays, play games, attend presentations, and generally hang out with other AFOLs.
I'm almost 18. Do I still need a parent or guardian to register and attend with me?
Yes. You won’t need him or her to be with you at all times (which is required for persons under 14), but we need to know that there is someone to make legal-type decisions for you.
I'm not yet 18, but close. Does my parent/guardian have to be right next to me the whole weekend?
No. A parent/guardian does not have to hang on to the under 18 individual the entire weekend. But it is wise for them to be within shouting distance. The parent/guardian needs to be there to provide supervision, personal and legal. It is not legal to have minors at an event (without parental supervision) where adults are in primary attendance.
Why do you discourage children under 14 from attending?
It has been our experience that children younger than 14 tend to become bored and uncomfortable with our presentations, usually resulting in behavior which can become destructive if not controlled. We like to assure our participants that care is being taken by our convention attendees to prevent damage and improper handling of attendees’ MOCs. We would also like to provide the ability of our under age participants to attend the convention during all hours of its operation. However, denial and destructive behavior cannot be tolerated. Please be prepared to exercise responsible behavior while attending the convention to insure your full attendance to the convention.
I will be bringing my 9-year-old, the true LEGO Maniac, do I have to register too?
Yes. We require an adult to register and attend to enable a person under the age of 18 to register and attend. We also suggest that children under the age of 14 may find the convention too intense for them, and recommend that younger children go to the Public Exhibition, not the Convention.
I am interested in registering as an attendee and I am bringing my son. Would I have to pay for him as well so he can attend discussions, etc with me?
I'm bringing a MOC (My Own Creation). Do I need to bring it in at a specific time on Thursday or Friday?
Not really. We are open Thursday in the afternoon. There will be people who can help you locate where your MOC(s) should go. Friday, we’ll be open for setup from when the hall opens until noon. After noon, you will still be able to bring in and set up your MOC, but access and help may be reduced – The Convention will be ON!
Is there any insurance to cover your MOCs at the convention, or do we package all our MOCS up every evening before leaving?
No, there is no insurance provided by Bricks Cascade, and we do not allow you to package up your MOC’s every evening when you leave as this could be a guise for theft of MOCs. This is a good question for first time attendees, as they usually have concerns for safety of their MOCs. These conventions are well attended by people who come to them regularly. They are a community of friends who watch and care for their friend’s items as well as new attendees. In this fashion they would quickly come together to finger any suspicious individuals. And to date, there has never been any full blown MOCs stolen from any LEGO convention. There are occasions where MOCs are broken and minor pieces lost, and two pieces of train track are gathered into the wrong persons pile, but these are incidental cases. By far the rule is that misplaced items are always returned to their owner.
However, you should know to bring your MOC’s at your own risk, or not bring them at the risk of never learning the friendships which care for your items as much as you.
Will there be contests and will I have to pay extra to be in them?
There will be games/contests; you won’t need to pay to play. For a few activities, you will need to bring items to participate. Most building contests will have necessary items provided. Please see the schedule for the list of games and their times.
Does my registration assure me that I'll have my own table to put up my display?
Yes and No. Yes – registering assures that you will be able to bring in and set up your display. No – under very few conditions does anyone get his/her “own table”. We arrange MOCs and displays by similar themes. See the Themes link to view which themes are defined. If what you’re building doesn’t fit within these please contact us.
Should I bring only finished models or can I bring bricks to build with while there?
Both. There will be some space within the Convention Hall to build while visiting with the other attendees. There will be table space in front of the concessions for all to use. But this space will have moments when games or public attendance will require that you not build during those times. Also, it is very common that people bring bricks to trade.
When is setup time and tear down time?
Tables will begin to be set up on Thursday at noon. By mid afternoon on Thursday there should be table space to set MOCs down upon. The main setup time will be starting Friday when the hall opens and will continue through the day and even into the evening. Tear down will begin after the doors close on Sunday and we recommend that you be in the convention hall at this time.
I could not get a vendor table. Can I still sell at Bricks Cascade?
If you are a registered attendee and are willing to sell (or trade) only to other AFOLs – not to the public – and outside public hours or away from the public space (hours not dictated), you are welcome to bring your wares to sell or trade. We will have a dedicated space for “AFOL Special Activities” that will include building, trading and selling.
My wife has informed me that she will attend the public exhibition on Saturday. Do I need to order a public ticket for her?
No. We provide a (limited) number of tickets for the attendees to give to their spouses and family for the Public Exhibition.
What methods can I use to pay for my registration?
We accept credit or debit cards and PayPal.
What can I do to be a sponsor at Bricks Cascade?
If you’d like to help Bricks Cascade with a sponsorship, please contact us to let us know what you’d like to do. Typically, sponsorship come in these forms:
•Direct cash – which we use to buy more LEGO stuff to give away.
•Goody bag inserts – from fliers to cool swag, which we give to each attendee.
•Stuff for the Public – usually in the form of fliers or trinkets – think in Thousands quantity.
•Specific Activity Sponsorship – usually in the form of award prizes.
•General Prizes – which we give out either as awards or as door prizes.
I am 12 years old and I was hoping to be part of the Public Exhibition. I get loads of comments on my creations by everyone including adults. I was upset when I read that you discourage anyone under the age of 14 from attending. Is it possible for me to attend this year's Bricks Cascade as an exhibitor?
Yes. We don’t deny that a person under 14 can attend, but we require that your guardian be monitoring your activities at all times. It will always be the parent’s decision whether anyone under 18 attends (they know their child’s maturity level). People under 18 must have a parent or adult guardian also register, pay and attend to allow them to do so.
Am I able to touch or allow my child to touch MOCs on display around the convention?
No, we request that you not touch other attendees’ MOCs unless they have given you permission to touch their MOC while they are present.
My MOC is too big, or too delicate, to put on a plane as baggage. Can I ship it to Bricks Cascade?
It is possible for you to ship your MOC to us, but circumstances will determine if it is realistic or not. Ultimately we wish to make sure your package can be delivered without it being broken in shipping, but this issue is dependent on your packaging. Please contact us to set up discussions on how this can be accommodated and the risk associated with this method of transport.
Is there going to be a list of events available before the convention starts?
Yes. Look under our Schedule link on our website. This page will be continuously updated as we add more events. Please check this regularly before and during the convention.
Do I have to bring MOCs?
No. There is no requirement to bring anything. We provide numerous activities, games, discussion groups, challenges and other entertainment. However, the public exhibition of attendees’ MOCs is a large part of the convention, so we are providing more chances to win prizes the more that attendees participate in attracting the public to our convention. MOCs are a heavy participation factor in our ability to win prizes at the convention.
Do I have to be at the Public Exhibition with my models the whole time?
No. We try to make sure everyone’s creations remain safe. There has been no reports of items gone missing in previous years. You will certainly not need to babysit your creation throughout the convention. If you’re in the mood to interact with the public regards your creation, please do so – you are not obligated though. If you need a break, there will be places to get away to where it will be relatively quiet. You may come and go throughout Bricks Cascade on your own schedule.
My husband/wife/child only wants to go to one of the sessions we saw in the Detailed Schedule, does she need to be registered for only ONE session?
Yes. Everyone who wants to be inside the private portion of Bricks Cascade convention must register.