Creating my first big LEGO Display (Part 1)

Last week I was able to create and show off my first LEGO display! Originally, I thought it was going to be a pretty simple process that would take a few days to get sorted – get some sets together, put them on a table, and sit back and enjoy the awesome. Little did I know that this display would take most nights over a month to get sorted. I had the builds (well, most of them) but getting it all together would end up being a pretty epic task! I thought I’d share a few of the things I learnt over the process, for those of you that haven’t done this before, and (like me) want to do it again! There’s a fair bit, so I’ll be spreading it out over the next few days.
Choosing the theme and sets
First steps – what theme do you want? Space? City? Friends? Ninjago? Along with this is another important question – do you want to have the entire display as minifigure scale? Having these questions answered first will help you to choose the most appropriate sets later. For me it was definitely a minifigure scale City theme. This meant that my 10234: Sydney Opera House was out!

Once you’ve done that, it’s time to choose the sets! Below is a list of the sets I chose. The sets with a * were ones I didn’t own, so collaboration was required! This adds a few extra things to consider, which I’ll get into later.

Working with others
Now this step can either happen before you choose your own sets, or after, but it’s good to talk to others to bulk up the scene. I knew I wanted to do a City scene, but I only owned 2 Modulars, so I asked a workmate if she wanted to join in and she said yes, so she was able to fill out the very important part of the buildings! It’s important to let everyone involved know what you’re planning, and what sets you have to contribute. I also didn’t have enough baseplates, so I contacted someone from my local area LUG and someone was able to led me a whole stack of road plates (I’m very thankful – thanks Steve!).
Ok, I leave it there for now. Tomorrow I’ll be continuing this with the layout and MOCs, with the last post on Sunday being about transport, setting it up, and final touches!

I’m pretty new to this, so I’d love to hear from you if you’ve done a display before! What was your process? Do you have any tips? Leave a comment below.

I’ve also created a Flickr album for the display on the BricktasticBlog account, so if you want to have a look at more images, they are all there. I’ve also created one for the MOCs I created for the display. Enjoy!

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