HARTFORD – It’s cool to see a whole bunch of Legos.
In normal life, it’s impossible to see creations involving tens of thousands of
Legos, but this weekend’s first-ever Lego Kidsfest at the Connecticut Convention Center
offered more than a kid can imagine.
Mark Twain, in Legos.
The event was “cool and nice and creative,” said Louis Campbell, 12, of Horal
Park, New York.
Livnette Negron, 15, of London, Connecticut, who came with her family, said the
festival was “pretty good” and she liked the big sculptures.
She said she didn’t have a favorite from among the many Lego displays because
she liked everything she saw.
Though the festival included an excess of advertising and merchandising that had
nothing to do with Legos – and too crowded and loud, too -- the stuff involving
the famous plastic bricks proved it could please the crowd.
They packed the railings Sunday to see a cityscape made from Legos that included
cars, trees, trains, skyscrapers and more.
Another cityscape had four trains and an Eiffel Tower. Beside them were three
wind turbines made of Legos – one of them with a tiny Abraham Lincoln on top.
It was astonishing to see all the moving parts involved.
Others made, an entire set of Harry Potter characters out of Lego bricks,
including Hagrid, as well as a life-size Santa Claus, Batman, many Star Wars
favorites, a Chinese dragon and even a random guy sitting on a bench with bird’s
nest on his head.
A Lego version of Boston's historic Fenway Park.
At the Lego zoo, they had Lego dogs, a Lego crocodile and more. A sign, also
made from Legos, warned visitors not to feed the animals.
Most of the youngsters attending the fair were probably in elementary school.
They generally appeared to be having fun.
Some, though, were crying to get some cotton candy.
A little boy was eating a Lego.
They had a Lego cake in one area. Nobody tried to eat it.
Among the many booths where vendors tried to make some money, someone had real
butterflies and another, advertising a magician, had a real bunny.
A lot of free stuff was lying around, like magazines and samples.
One of the freebies was a Bionicle coloring book whose writer, Greg Farshtey,
Farshtey, who lives in Connecticut, said that when he writes a comic book, the
dialogue is the easiest thing to get right.
One of the hardest things is to do, he said, is to describe to the artist who
draws the pictures exactly what is happening in the scenes that need
Farshtey, who’s been writing the Bionicle comic book since its inception in
2001, said he’s done every issue. It’s an ongoing saga, he said, that is on its
fifth story. Each story usually takes two or three years worth of issues to
Because of the popularity of the Bionicle line of toys, Farshtey may be the
world’s most circulated comic book writer. He works for the Enfield, Conn.-based