Exhibitors unloaded their vehicles bright and early for Toy Con N.J. They arranged their tables with shelves, display cases, and banners, some more elaborate than others.
The Police Athletic League building in Parsippany was bustling with anxious exhibitors ripping tape off of boxes and hoping for a good day of sales. It would be just a few hours before the public would be allowed in with their tickets to browse through the collectibles.
In the far right corner of one of the main rooms, there is a large table with a peg board leaning against the wall. The hooks held bagged loose LEGO mini-figures, buttons, toy cars, and trading cards. On the table were bins of more items visitors could shuffle through: bags of miscellaneous LEGO pieces, DVDs, and even pieces of original artwork.
Vincent Delvecchio Jr. stood near the table, allowing his patrons space to browse. He occasionally tossed in a reminder of the smaller items making great stocking stuffers, but never hovered over Toy Con guests. It was their space to find hidden gems between the rows of hanging figures and bins of toys.
He had a few pieces of his own tucked under the table, waiting for the right person to take notice. At this particular Toy Con N.J. on Nov. 12, Delvecchio, a self-taught multimedia artist, brought original marker drawings on canvas and a LEGO mosaic.
Unconventional mediums can be seen at various conventions, including Kristen Cumings’ Jelly Bean artwork (New York Comic Con) and Dan Siskind’s 25-and-a-half-feet long LEGO sculpture of the USS Missouri (Brickfair). Nathan Sawaya’s global touring exhibition “The Art of the Brick” is another example of growing interest in alternative art.
The process of making and designing LEGO mosaics can be tedious, often involving patterns or software for custom creations. “Most of the process is trying to figure out the logistics of how to transfer something into the LEGO world and have it look right and recognizable,” Delvecchio said.
His work with LEGO pieces started three year ago. Since then, Delvecchio said he’s sold several dozen LEGO mosaics. A 40-by-20-inch mosaic of Frankenstein’s monster constructed by Delvecchio sold for $250.
His favorite pieces are a a 12-inch articulated sculpture of Freddy Krueger’s glove, and a 15-by-15-inch mosaic of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ lead character, Rey. Delvecchio said he estimates Rey’s mosaic took six hours to complete.