Congrats to our QLUG LEGO Raffle Winner!!

Congrats to Diane from the Sunshine Coast for being lucky enough to buy the winning ticket to our awesome Gold Coast raffle. She was truly shocked, after having joked earlier that nobody else should bother buying anymore tickets as she had the winning one already. Little did she know that she was right!
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Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and supported us. Proceeds go towards the running of QLUG each year and all the awesome things we do for our members :)

Wall to Wall LEGO AWESOME at the Gold Coast Brick Event!

Crowds of excited visitors had an amazing time and we had a massively awesome weekend at the Gold Coast Brick Event!

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Bruce Cheung

Everyone had a great time from all accounts. To all that displayed, you did an excellent job as always sharing your creations and the show was wall to wall top quality. We even managed to assemble Bruce’s army in record time ready for his  Gold Coast Bulletin interview thanks to awesome teamwork.

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By Aaron Coghill

To all the volunteers, we couldn’t do this without you either. We hope you found your experience inspiring!

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by Matt O’Brien

We have a lot of people to thank who all did a truckload to get the word out about the show …. Firstly, behind the scenes our ambassador Jeff Snow has been working hard getting this show promoted in addition to all the things us admin do behind the scenes quietly every single day. We have him especially to thank for asking LEGO to post promos for us on the LEGO facebook page.  

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The LEGO Life app ladies :)

LEGO is also owed a massive thanks for all the goodies that we were able to give to our exhibitors thanks to the generous event support that they extend to us as a RLUG.

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by Damian Hinds

Big thanks also goes to Ross Cameron Allen and Glenn Davies who both did promo displays at local libraries, Steven Lilliman who did promo at a local Coles and everyone who did their bit handing out flyers and sharing the event on facebook. To all the guys that did the Kids Expo earlier this year, who also promoted the show and QLUG, big big thanks!

 

We want to also thank the MOST AWESOME Bailey Fullarton who seriously stepped up the group collaborative display efforts with his Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit project that he took from concept, developed and coordinated with endless patience and determination. He designed the elements of the track, set the scene for the entire project and even encouraged kids at the show to get building these little racers.  

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Last but never least, thanks to Brick Events for doing the event management side of things, pulling all the elements together and creating this awesome thing we’ve been doing for 20 shows and 5 years now.
IMG_2633And to Cherie Patrick, we may not thank you often enough, because you are always the one writing these posts thanking everyone else, but thank you! You’ve helped to shape and grow this wonderful group of people and here’s to many more years of LEGO family

Photos of the show are here: Gold Coast Brick Event 2017

News Coverage:

Aaron debuts his Gold Coast G-Link Tram

Don’t forget to tap on and tap off again! Aaron completed his G-Link Tram project just in time for next week’s Gold Coast Brick Event. And doesn’t it look AWESOME!!

He even got featured in the local newspaper. Way to go Aaron!

 

On track for a great long weekend. #gclightrail #legomoc #longweekend #showholiday #lrv

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Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit Meet-up Fun!

QLUG GARC Project by Bailey Fullarton

With the Gold Coast Brick Event quickly approaching, it was GO GO GO!!! time for getting our GARC together. The Bricklink orders were in and the anticipation was high as a group of eager QLUG members got together to create Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit racers and parts of the track.

Bailey was a gracious host, running a speed build competition to get all the checkpoints built and guiding people to make some GARC racers. By all accounts it was a fun time, so much so that it was hard to say goodbye.

Bring on the Gold Coast Brick Event!

Locals LOVE LEGO at the Mackay Brick Event!

The Mackay Brick Event absolutely ROCKED!!! Just like Rockhampton, the crowds were HUGE and the locals were massively enthusiastic about the show. The line up for entry never ended til late in the afternoon each day. Hype for the show was so huge that the local news added it to their “Whats On” in Mackay and the local radio was talking up the show with excitement!

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We even had the army come in and check out the show as there was a never-ending stream of them as our neighbour all weekend on their way to Shoalwater Bay for Talisman Saber. Our LEGO has never been so well guarded as it was with these guys bunked in beside us!  

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I heard nothing but compliments all weekend and everyone involved deserves a big pat on the back for a job well done! As always, everyone pitched in from setup to pack up, supporting each other to make this show great!

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Thanks to all our QLUG members and Townsville LUG members that participated, either by being there, sending stuff to display or simply helping promote the show. It was also awesome seeing one of the local colleges showing off their cool Mindstorms robots.

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Just some of the people involved. Missing are volunteers and exhibitors that couldn’t physically make it to the show.

We were joined by the lovely people from the Camp Quality EsCARpade, fundraising for their awesome cause. They brought along Emmet, who posed for photos with excited LEGO fans.

IMG_2106The local Lions group worked tirelessly to keep everyone well fed, with their fundraising catering. Well done guys! I heard the crowds were so much bigger than anticipated that they ran out of food, oh my! No doubt that $$$ will also go to a great cause.  

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Big thanks of course, goes to The LEGO Group, for providing LEGO gifts for our hardworking exhibitors. I’m sure everyone left inspired and will be creating awesome things.
IMG_2215Last but never least, thanks to Brick Events for handling the event management side of things, so exhibitors can turn up, set up and have a great weekend talking to people about their hobby.   Here’s a live walkthrough of most of the show :)

The Daily Mercury newspaper did a great article on the show Sunday.

Check out all the official photos from the event here:   Mackay Brick Event 2017

Join the 2017 Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit Launching GOLD COAST Brick Event!

18620838_1399973176713214_7737357908102420625_oQLUG Community Collaborative LEGO Project! by Bailey Fullarton

Picture the year 2432, 500 years after the creation of the world’s best toy. Space travel is now recreational, and you are introduced to the new sport taking the galaxy by storm!  

Welcome to the 2017 Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit (GARC), where you are entering your ship into the race hoping to win ultimate intergalactic notoriety! Inspired by the works of many GARC coordinators worldwide.

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So how do you enter this race? Build a ship of course! Your first task is to determine your ship class. Sprinter Craft (SC) are small, agile and sleek. Bulwark Cruisers (BC) are the largest class, but they have it where it counts. Dauntless Vessels (DV) are your all-rounder ship, manoeuvrable and strong.

Next you need to find a seed part. This part will be the detail that will draw interest from the crowd. Think outside the box too, something in a rare colour, a part with a unique shape, you’ll work it out!  

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Your racer must be less than 10 x 10 studs. Inside those bounds, the sky’s the limits. SC’s will naturally be the smallest usually at around 6 studs long excluding extremities. BC’s will take up most of the 10 stud length, and DV’s sit somewhere in the middle. The build can be as simple or complex as possible! A ship made with 5 of the right parts can look just as awesome as a ship with 50. Give your racer a name and you’re ready for sponsors and a fresh livery!

18672999_1399978766712655_7430345186616861192_oThis is where all your unused sticker sheets come in. Given the size of these builds, you want to use parts where the detail is found in the element itself, and enhance these shapes with stickers. Don’t be afraid to cut and overlap stickers either! Exo-Force, Galaxy Quest and Racers are a wealth of good sticker uses. (The bleed lines of stickers make a great racing stripe.)

Lastly, you’ll want some fuel. Most vehicles use old energy crystals, as they are the easiest to come across in the asteroid fields. Whack a big trail of trans-neon green or orange out of your exhaust with some 4L bars, antennas, or 8L whip antennas for the best effect! (Trans-light blue’s fine too.)

– DISPLAY – The race is set up amongst a local asteroid belt, so the track is ever changing. Obstacles and hurtling rocks are constantly on the move. Along the track, there are multiple checkpoint rings which the racers fly through, doing laps and reaching the grand finish line. The best part about this ever changing setup is that each race can have a different layout and size. The fluidity of the display is the great part about it! Your racers stand in situ on the table as a freeze frame of an epic swarming rally.  

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Underneath this display will lay a giant printed space themed banner to serve as a vibrant backdrop for the chaotic event. What’s more spectacular is that there is potential to set up a black-light above to make the racers, checkpoints and finish line glow brightly!

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So there you have it! Build a ship smaller than 10 x 10, give it a class for its size, a name, a sweet energy trail, some awesome decals and a mounting point for a stud or anti-stud underneath for us to attach a stand, and you are on your way to claiming victory in the coolest collaborative display this side of the galaxy! I’ve taken the liberty of adding some inspiration for you to get started! Test your SNOT building capabilities and experiment and finesse your design, but above all, have fun and get creative! GO

 

Share your creations on our Facebook Group and bring your creation to the Gold Coast Brick Event to join this awesome display!

Totally Terrific Toowoomba Brick Event Wows Locals!

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Our intrepid band of exhibitors from the Queensland LEGO User Group hit the road on Friday, driving up the range, through the heavy fog and clouds to set up an awesome show at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. We battled with a venue roof that leaked in places as the skies opened and rained solidly all day. Saturday the fog lifted to show a gloriously sunny day that set the tone for the whole weekend.

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The locals were lovely and some even travelled far and wide (2 hours or more) to come check out the show. Most were shocked that it wasn’t just a handful of local people showing off their LEGO sets. When told most of the group were from Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, they were legitimately wowed by the size, scale and variety of displays.  We had the local news stations and newspaper visit to cover the show too!  

   

Our exhibitors put on a fabulous bunch of displays and talked about their creations with great big smiles and tons of enthusiasm. Great job guys! Having attended every Brick Events show, it’s a great thing to see new people join the ranks of exhibitors and Graeme Page made a fabulous show debut with a sprawling Zoo, with all sorts of LEGO animals!

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Saturday night was filled with LEGO fun, with an individual creative build challenge that saw all sorts of weird and wonderful things created. Everyone got a random bag of mixed LEGO to work with and competition was incredibly hard to call a winner! The tower challenge was extra challenging with a limited range of parts to use from a single set. One group edged out the others by mere inches to create the tallest tower. We rounded out an awesome first day with a BBQ and celebrated Damian’s birthday with candles and cake before the fog drifted in and chased everyone off to their cabins.
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BIG BIG thanks to all the awesomely talented exhibitors, helpers and beautiful supportive family members for all you do before, during and after every event to make sure these shows are fabulous experience for everyone who attends.

Every show that comes and goes, I am reminded at how much this little group has grown into something damn massively awesome over the past 5 years ♥♥♥

Thanks as always to LEGO for all the support they show us throughout the year and all the goodies that we get to pass on to our awesomely talented members to further encourage their creativity.

Last but not least, THANK YOU to the guys from Brick Events, their family and staff members. You take care of all the event management side of things, so all our exhibitors have to do is turn up, setup and have a great time. From my perspective, Toowoomba was a flawless show from setup to bumping out, you should be proud of what you have created here. Here’s to more awesome Brick Events!

Here’s a tour of the Toowoomba Brick Event:

  Check out the whole album of awesome images here: Toowoomba Brick Event 2017

All the FUN had at Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2017!

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Roll up! Roll up! The show’s in town! For the 4th year in a row, Queensland LEGO User Group members tripped to the Sunshine Coast with their AWESOME displays to set up a fabulous high quality LEGO Fan Show for the locals. For some of our lovely AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) that create and share their displays, this is our 5th year of doing shows together as a group and a lot of long lasting friendships have been formed.

This years Sunshine Coast Brick Event was exceptionally high quality with wall to wall MOC (My own creation) goodness! There was the always epic Harry Potter display, with lots of new additions like moving scenes and always more detail. Check out this guided tour by its creator and be sure to book tickets to the GOLD COAST BRICK EVENT to see it up close and personal in September.

The all new Scaryborough, a halloween/monsters scary creation of awesomeness made its first debut. I’ve never seen quite so many scary looking scenes in one diorama before and it was AWESOME!

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Some displays took advantage of the less-than-bright, massively-variable lighting in the Aussie World “The Shed” venue and added extra lighting to their displays.

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More than a couple displays were expanded or completely changed, with Minecraft gaining a whole new overworld and the medieval/castle/dragons themed creation gaining a third table and room for some epic battles! You could spend hours looking at all the displays and still find new little details you never noticed the first time.  

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To all our fabulous members that displayed, thanks for making this a really fun show! We also shared a live video on the QLUG facebook group and a lot of lovely members made the trip to come support our exhibitors because they could see we were all having a great time :)

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This is Aaron, he was a technical advisor for this awesome microscale airport. SWOOSH!

To the guys from Brick Events that host and event manage all the major shows that Queensland LEGO User Group attends formally each year, thank you for all your hard work! I know that organising a new venue this year was challenging, to say the least and you guys take all the stress so our exhibitors can just walk in, set up and know it’s going to be a good experience. Keep up the good work! Your shows have helped nuture some exceptionally great LEGO building talent in our wonderful state of Queensland <3 Check out the album of all the awesome show goodness here      

Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2017

Lismore Brick Event, a Fabulous Regional LEGO Fan Event.

Lismore locals were absolutely fabulous when QLUG roadtripped with Brick Events south of the border. After setting up over the course of the day and into the night on Friday, the show was ready to rock the City Hall!

Check out this show tour in 60 seconds.


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Local kids could be heard exclaiming “WOW!” excitedly as they entered the hall display area.

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We had a great little group of some of our most awesomely friendly exhibitors, it was impossible to pick a stand-out display as they were all were awesome on the detail and the wow factor.
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Big thanks to all of our lovely members that made this a great little event! Regional shows are a bit special as we show and stay together over the course of the weekend. It’s a great way to get to know other members and foster friendships. Special thanks as always to Gary, Ken and Adrian from Brick Events for organising these shows and looking after our exhibitors.

This was a great show to kick off our 5th year of LEGO Fan Shows together.

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You can check out all the photos of the show here on Flickr:  Lismore Brick Event.

Gold Coast Brick Event 2016 LEGO Fan Heaven!

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It’s been a busy year for QLUG with a calendar of shows all up and down Queensland, Gold Coast was set to be our biggest and best show to end off the year.

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With over 100 tables jam-packed with awesomely designed diorama-style displays, massive Great Ball Contraption and vintage goodness it was LEGO Fan heaven!

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There were build walls and play tables for kids big and small. Fun was definitely had by all.

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Thousands of fans flocked to the event to be wowed by the displays, chat to our lovely members, play in the build areas and shop for some must-have LEGO goodness!

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Saturday night was a ton of fun, with awesome LEGO thank you gifts for our exhibitors, a round of partsies in groups and someone even celebrated their 40th birthday with cake!

 

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Here we have a photo of some of the lovely AFOLs who help make Brick Event shows great! Of course, we are always missing a bunch of exhibitors who make things for our group displays, but can’t attend and our volunteer helpers from the next day. We are also missing Bel and Karll who couldn’t stay because of family needs, but were kind enough to set up their Rocks Resort.

To all of our members who give their time and talents, THANK YOU! Without you guys there is no show. I saw such lovely community spirit and friendship all weekend. You should be proud of what you have all achieved.

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Big thanks to The LEGO Group for their support in providing the awesome LEGO event support so we can encourage our members to get more creative and build great things! 

Check out the album of photos below for all the awesome details!

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