Sunday, July 19, 2009

Week TechVideo, 2009 #29 - GBC still rolling

I've heard about some fans fearing that GBC movement may slow down, as some are leaving this area and number of modules displayed in events may decrease. One reason may be the high level of babysitting these modules require to keep them working in the events and the wear they induce on some parts that are heavily stressed in the modules moving parts.

So and because I'm an unconditional fan of GBC displays, I've decided to include here today, two videos from Alban, featuring the last and large GBC display at last Fana'briques event (27-28 June 2009).

GBC is clearly a big public attraction and inspirational to kids and adults. But it only works as a collaborative effort.
Likely just a local US phenomenon and not yet an European concern. Anyway just my two cents, to keep the interest alive.

Next round at BrickFair near Washington DC, end of August.


Jetro said...

Not just US... Fana'Briques is famous for its GBC displays (and is French) and there have been GBC displays at the last PLUG and HispaLUG events as well.

Needless to say I'm a huge fan of GBC myself. And the fact that it only really works if its a collaboration only makes it more interesting.

Enough said. I have to get back to designing my next module... :D

Conchas said...


I meant we may be observing a decreasing of interest, but hopefully not yet in European countries.

To me it looks that Fana'briques GBC displays may have more or less the same size (in modules) between 2008 and 2009.
Some FreeLUG member may correct me if I'm wrong.

Jetro said...

62/63 last year (depending on the source) and 76 this year. I'd say that's a significant increase.

HispaBrick had 3 in 2007 and 21 in 2008. Let's see what happens this year.

Conchas said...


I just remembered that for 2008, Philo was aiming to reach 100 modules, but off course it was an ambitious target.
This way he may reach it by 2010 or 2011. ;D

Conchas said...

62, as I found in a mail from Philo

"...showing 62 modules (some of them, unreliable, were already removed, we had a total of 66 modules)"

Pe-ads said...

I'd really, really like to do GBC, but am stuck using marbles for my own use, as I have about 3 basketballs/footballs. Does anyone know of any good BrickLink sellers or suchlike where I could buy a bulk lot (fairly) cheaply?

Maico said...

At Fanabrique 2008 there were about 20 modules which I had build. At Fanabrique 2009 I brought about 30 modules to the event...

Yes, it is quit difficult to get people building GBC modules. Every one I speak to do like it very much and all are saying they will build a module. In the Netherlands There are also very few GBC builders.

Maico Arts
Member of De Bouwsteen
Member of Belug

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