On a sunny Saturday, October 20 2012 at 10 o'clock, 9th KockeFest – autumn 2012 started as usually at Koseze Primary School in Ljubljana.
At the beginning the visitors were greeted by Pirates of the Caribbean (POTC) display. On blue background the highlights of the display were pirate ships Queen Anne’s Revenge and Black Pearl, accompanied by other smaller sets from the POTC series. Additional accessories such as trading cards and magnets were also included in the display. Next to the pirates were multi-coloured Bionicles, posing and showing off their weapons. Another licensed display was close by. A successful film series Indiana Jones was represented by a lovely display of airport, including vehicles, airplanes and control tower.
A town/city layout is already a compulsory for all KFs. This time it was modified to include a city centre on one side and a zoo on the other. Both parts were surrounded by a railway track and connected with bridges. The city layout included massive skyscrapers, train station, older town buildings and new modular buildings, all creating a busy centre. The main road from the city centre extended over the bridge towards the zoo. However, on this particular weekend the police closed the road for a cheerleader parade with the local band. The zoo was a great attraction and a home to many animal species, including penguins, polar bears, elephants, swordfish, sharks, dolphins, stingray, fish, crocodiles, snakes, birds and owls, monkeys and gorillas, domestic animals and many more. A restaurant and children’s playground were part of the zoo as well.
Further to the left was a display of a colony on a planet outside our solar system with brave astronauts setting up a monorail and a biosphere in which the terraforming process created conditions similar to those on Earth to grow various crops.
Novelties at this KF were buttons on the pillars of safety straps that activated motors in the display. Motorized were the concrete mixer in the city layout, rotating sculptures on a building’s façade, a carrousel, the dolphins in the aquarium and a rotating space station.
A number of medieval displays were included this time. The most impressive was Snežnik Castle in minifigure scale. On the other side of the exhibition hall three smaller medieval displays included dragon attack on a fortress, jousting tournament and a fortified village. All three of them contained many interesting details, noticed only after a thorough examination of each display.
Technical display at KF was in complete motion. Included were a GBC (great ball contraption) modules, shipping balls from one module to another in different ways using NXT and PF Technic motors. The most prominent within the Technic models display were the truck with a trailer, a tank and a gigantic working machine for digging and handling material.
The largest exhibit was displayed in the centre of the exhibition hall - a scale model of the Titanic.
As usual, a DUPLO corner was set up for the youngest visitors of KF. The display included DUPLO modular buildings, a farm and a train that attracted crowds of young fans. The younger crowd was able to relax in the closed section with DUPLO and system bricks, or nearby at the tables colouring sheets of various LEGO models.
In addition to a raffle with every ticket winning a prize, there was a bazaar offering new and used LEGO parts at bargain prices.
Finally, we would like to thank the visitors, exhibitors and sponsors who helped to create a memorable KockeFest.