5 Things to Know: BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention Returning to Raleigh

This is the sixth year for the event in Raleigh

It’s back, LEGO aficionados: The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention comes to the Triangle for its sixth year with a run at the Raleigh Convention Center. The popular event runs through Saturday and Sunday next week (March 7-8), and below we have five things to know about this year's visit.

1. The Building Zone: This is the spot where thousands and thousands of bricks are ready for attendees to use. A "Big Brick Building" section also gives the younger visitors a chance to play with the bigger Duplo bricks, so no one is left out. The event also says there's a new Spider-Man-themed Building Zone this year. (Retail sections of the event also offer rare and themed sets that you can purchase and take home.)

2. The displays: As always, pre-built pieces show the magic that LEGOs are capable of. This year's convention has an enormous Star Wars presence. Among them are a massive Hoth battle scene and yes, Baby Yoda-inspired mosaics. Visitors can take photos with their favorite displays and characters from the far-reaching franchise.

3. The meet-and-greets: The LEGO community has its own celebrity builders and figures. Special guests include high-profile artists Jonathan Lopes, Rocco Buttliere, Raymond Griffith, and Paul Hetherington. Also appearing is Greyson Beights, the 18-year-old BrickUniverse founder who started the event in 2015 when he was 14.

4. The Challenge Zone: Once again, BrickUniverse gives visitors a chance to go head-to-head with their building talents. Timed challenges give you the chance to show your speed, as well.

5. The details: Tickets run $15 online. Event times are 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (March 7-8). The Raleigh Convention Center is located at S Salisbury St. in Raleigh.

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