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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