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The LEGO fan community is filled with genres, subgenres, niches and fads. The post-apocalyptic genre of LEGO first really took off with a creation by Tyler Clites, grabbing LEGO fans with simple but innovative techniques such as a jagged base (rather than the traditional square embraced by the LEGO company), and catching the larger wave of apocalyptic entertainment at its rise. This led to an immediate fad of apocalyptic LEGO builds which has since stabilized into a less prolific subgenre that has attracted a number of established, well known builders, such as Catsy (sample photo) and Mainman (sample photo), as well as many younger fans who are relatively new to the LEGO scene.


The central resource for this subgenre would undoubtedly be the ApocaLEGO Flickr group, with nearly 1,000 members and a photo pool just shy of 4,000 builds, ranging from simple vignettes to massive dioramas. On the east coast, many of the most talented post-apocalyptic builders take part in the BrickFair ApocaLEGO Collaborative Display, which will see it’s third consecutive year this coming weekend.


Brickfair 2010


I’ve been a fan of post- apocalyptic fiction since I


discovered it, so the leap from reading about the apocalypse to depicting it with LEGO was a natural one. There’s an inherent subversiveness in using a toy that’s designed to construct to create scenes of destruction - the challenge comes in making the deterioration convincing.


Years ago, long before I entered the adult LEGO community, I tried making a ruined building - the


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