Monthly Archives: April 2014

Easter School Holiday Lego Fun

Queensland Lego User Group in collaboration with Brick Events and Bricks ‘n Fun have been at Circle on Caville in Surfers Paradise again  these school holidays with some displays by group members and play tables for the kids and adults to get building. ♥

The event runs until the 21st April 10am-4pm daily, more details here.
Closed Good Friday 18 April 2014 and Easter Sunday 20 April 2014

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Challenge Accepted – MAKE IT MICROSCALE

This months challenge is MAKE IT MICROSCALE. Build something NEW this month that is microscale. Open theme – it can be whatever you can make at your skill level that interests you, big or small I want to see something from everyone. Challenge ends 11th May.

Post a photo of your creation here in the comments section or over in our facebook group.

What is microscale? Anything that is built that is smaller than “life size” for a minifigure is considered microscale. You can utilise even the smallest amounts of parts and make a microscaled design.

The tricky bit is getting enough detail to make it recognisable with the restrictive sizes of the smallest lego pieces. So you have to think outside the box a little and be a bit creative.

Simplify what you are creating down to basic shapes and put in just enough detail to give the impression of the whole. Keep what is the essence of what you are building. If you are recreating something, refer back to a picture for scale/shape/form.

There are a lot of interesting shapes that with a little imagination can represent just what you are trying to create. You will learn to love cheese slopes and all those fun oddly shaped technic pieces that you always end up with spares and not always know what to do with them.

Colour is also very important as even the smallest element can have big impact depending on your colour choice. You can use multiples of the same pieces over and over to great effect if you just get a good grasp of how to use colour.

Learn more about microscale here from MicroSquare

You can find some great inspiration over here in the MicroBricks blog

So get building ♥ I can’t wait to see what people come up with!

Relay for Lego – by Phillip Kemp(QLUG member)

Hi my name is Phillip Kemp and i like Lego……. alright who am i kidding i LOVE Lego!

Being an AFOL in a regional town sometimes feels like being the only one left on the planet at times, You have all this cool creativity but no one to share/ show it to! That was me…. until about 3 months ago when i met another AFOL called Keith Faiges. From there we hit it off with conversations that lasted hours on Lego sets that he grew up with (sets from the 80’s) and sets that i grew up with (sets form the 90’s). Discussing sets that were out and sets that were to be released. As long as it was Lego it was on the table for discussion / debate.

Last year i ran in the cancer council’s Relay for life and our team managed to raise $15,000 so we thought that we would give it a go again and up the ante and aim for $20,000.

After a few discussions and many hours poring over Keith’s extensive Lego collection i asked if he wanted to put a Lego display together with me for the cancer council. Keith was on board straight away and was shooting ideas at me quicker than a Lego pirate cannon in the hands of an 8 year old kid!

Now while i am an AFOL I limit my collection to the majority of the CITY line. On the other hand Keith is just Lego nuts! If it has the Lego logo then it’s collected.

With the new Lego movie coming out I thought it a perfect time to host a display as its School holidays and this will be the perfect way to promote the Relay for life and raise some much needed funds.

So with Lego from 3 decades to choose form we thought it best to keep it simple and kit bash so the children could see Lego set that were for sale/ and still are for sale in stores now. With this in mind, we set about planning with the table split into sections ie. mine, harbor, trains, shops etc.

With the plan in place and an idea all we needed was Lego movie sets to add to the display and a venue to host it at. So we approached the library to be met by a Lego enthusiast and needless to say getting approval wasn’t hard.

So we have venue and sets so now to assemble. With well over 30,000 bricks and over 250 figs there is something for everyone in the display. We have on display 30 years of Lego sets releases, ranging from 80’s and 90’s space, city, trains, Harry Potter, DC and Marvel Superheros, Creator and Modular Series, Lego Movie, Toy story, Friends, the Collectible Mini-figs and the list of themes goes on and on.

The interest from the general public on the day that we were setting up the display was great, with kids and adults alike stopping to ask questions and having a look. We have even had one of the committee members from the local show approach us and ask if we will do a display for the local Mount Isa Show saying and I quote “We need a display like this at the show and we want you to help us attract people.”

I built a display at the relay for life event last year and decided to do a can you spot the item activity in the display and this worked well so I have continued that theme this year.

We have a can you find the item sheet that the kids and adults can fill out to go in the draw to win some Lego at the end of the display as well as a line there that gives them some space to supply some feedback on their favourite part so we can improve the display in moving forward.

the display going this well and the interest and support from the local community I can almost say without a doubt that this won’t be the last display that the Mount Isa Lego Owners Group put on.

A special thanks goes out to my Wife for supporting me in my crazy obsession and also to Keith for helping me make the display as great as it is.

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Cafe Modular – Anita Eenink (QLUG member)

When I grow up, I hope to have at least some of the awesome skills of Anita! ♥

You may have seen her awesome Fairy Tales or Zoo MOC’s at the most recent Brick Event at the Sunshine Coast.

Anita embraces the gorgeous colour palette of the Friends sets and makes them even better.

This is a modular based on a Friends Cafe building and I’m LOVING it!

You can see more of Anita’s work on her Flickr here,

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Collectable Minifigures Habitat Display by Simon Liu and DarthNick on Flickr

I LOVE collecting minifigures and to date, mine live in the not-quite-exciting Lego cases with 16 compartments. Not all the different characters fit properly in the space provided. I have thought about borrowing the idea from Brent Waller to use shadow box frames from Ikea to display our series minifigures. Up for the challenge, my hubby Shaun has just started a project to show them off a little more impressively. He spied a stepped brick-built grandstand type display and has set about planning, building and modifying it based on his own ideas. This is by no means a cheap option and we’ve been thwarted by a lack of funds to make it happen. His LDD design is slick and black with a highlight of each series pack colour. Our current moc display is a hodge podge of colours.

Then I stumbled across THIS wonderous creation of moc-tastic-ness (yes that is totally a word!) and I wish I had the bricks and the hours in the day to do something this awesome! Check this out.

Collectable Minifig Series 6 - Habitat

Collectable Minifig Series 6 – Habitat

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Check out the whole series of photos here.

My Dark Ages – By Greg Manning

In most every Adult Fan of LEGO ( AFOL) life there is a period known as their “dark ages”. This is a time when other non LEGO pursuits take precedence over the time spent building with LEGO. For eg: sport, girls, work, travel, etc. This period for me began around the age of 17 and lasted until my early 40’s.

There were periods where LEGO did become part of my life again, but this was mainly through living vicariously through my children. Both of my older boys have played with LEGO since they were small, starting off with DUPLO and working there way up to Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and Star Wars ( SW) sets. My oldest son is now 14 and seems to be entering into a dark ages of his own. He was always a mad LOTR LEGO collector but these sets are boxed away in his cupboard forgotten about as he pursues dreams of being the next Tony Hawk and countless hours “facebooking”. My younger son is very keen on SW LEGO and has several of the Clone Wars Sets ( Arghhhh!!! don’t get me started on a Star Wars rant!!!) along with X Wing 6212 and a few Snow Speeders as his prized possessions. He is 9 and has come out of his “rainbow” building phase and is showing real promise with his MOC building skills.

When I entered my dark ages my LEGO was placed in a few boxes and stored away. When I left home and later travelled and lived Overseas this was stored at my Mother’s and was basically forgotten about for years. When I returned to Australia I collected the possessions I had stored, which included the LEGO along with countless MAD magazines and 2000AD comics. I then proceeded to drag these boxes all over the country, always knowing what was in them but not wanting to open them OR get rid of them. After meeting the love of my life,getting married and having children, these boxes continued to move with us as our family grew. It was not until 12 months ago that I finally relented and allowed my boys to have access to some of the LEGO that was in my boxes.

It had become a running joke about “Dad’s LEGO”in the boxes in the shed. I had always told them that they could have it, providing they showed me that they were mature enough and could show me that they looked after their own LEGO. Well, you can guess how that went, they couldn’t show me they were ready for MY LEGO just yet. Their collection was always all over the place, they lost and ripped up their instructions, lost pieces, blah, blah, blah. Any excuse to hold onto my collection. Prior to my dark ages I was into Technic (vintage studfull designs) with a minor in Space ( Classic Space) along with random bricks. I did relent and the boys did get the random bricks to play with and in moments they were swallowed up into their collection.

I also decided “for old times sake” to bring out my Technic sets: Car Chassis 853, Auto Chassis 8860, Dune Buggy 8845 and Power Truck 8848. In a marathon building session I constructed them all. Little did I know what this was going to be the start of. My first LEGO purchase after emerging from my dark age was the Offroad Power 5893 set. After seeing it in-store at a ridiculous $120 plus I then began my eBay LEGO obsession. I finally purchased it in auction for $63 NIB. I have since purchased a 2nd set of this from eBay, for a lowly sum of $35 but it was 98% complete, missing the mud guards for the quad bike.

Not long after my emergence from my dark ages I was introduced to the wonders of the bulk LEGO lot!! Through a buy/ sell site on Facebook I purchased close to 20kg of LEGO for $250 with close to 30 instruction books included. This more than doubled my collection overnight! I was able to approx. triple this investment with sales on eBay. Most sets were 100% including minifigures. Now, if I ever added up the time it takes to wash, clean, dry, sort, inventory, print instructions, pick, build, photo, list, pack, post the LEGO I would be working for about 17c an hour!! I have been chasing this type of bulk lot ever since and have not come close to again purchasing such a wonderful lot. I now view that 1st lot as a dream come true. If I can cover my costs on a bulk lot these days I am happy as I usually end up with the set/ pieces that I want and sell the remainder.

In 12 short months I have expanded my LEGO collection tenfold. I am now bordering on obsession when it comes to my collection. As it has increased so has the necessity to sort and store it. I have a ever changing storage system. Just as I seem to have it organised I purchase more and the previous system needs updating. As an example: I store my bricks in long plastic containers with plastic dividers creating 4 compartments. One box started with 1x 1, 1×2 in a compartment, then 1x 3, 1×4 next compartment, 1×6, 1x 8 next and 1x 10 plus to finish it off. I now have had to double the amount of space for just my 1x bricks. These boxes are just divided into 2 compartments now. As they say you can NEVER have enough LEGO.

This article started as a discussion on my dark ages but has progressed to be about a lot more. I have had fun writing it and would like to write more about being an unashamedly proud AFOL!

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