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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
The weather was picture perfect on the Sunshine Coast as members of the Queensland LEGO User Group set up an awesome show in the Lake Kawana Community Centre.
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There were heaps of displays (many with “spot” the character challenges), photo ops with our Spaceman cosplayer, loads of playtables, grafitti wall and build your own train wagon activity.
By Steve and Katey Lilliman
Build a Wagon activity
The group’s Micropolis city display doubled in size with blocks added from more group members. Hopefully come next show there will be much more. More details on how to participate are in the pinned post at the top of our Facebook Group.
We still have some of the Minifigure Habitats from last year’s group display challenge on display too.
One of the favourites was the Great Ball Contraption, where individual sections are built by different people in the group and come together at showtime. The aim being for the contraption to move little LEGO balls around in different and interesting ways in an endless loop. This year the GBC gained a massive boost from the addition of modules from Alan Burchill.
All exhibitors received a Creator Deli Corner and a massive bag of mixed LEGO to assist with their future builds, much thanks to The LEGO Group and their support of us as a RLUG.
On Saturday night we made the most of the lovely weather and had a BBQ meet at Bokarina overlooking the lake. Members swapped LEGO parts, participated in a game of partsies with the Minecraft Desert Outpost and played a frantic version of tower build with our 2 tubs of 2×4 red and green bricks, with the game not ending til the tubs were empty. It led to some very interesting strategy played!
Unfortunately due to dead phone/camera batteries no photos were taken, though all had an awesome time.
As always, many thanks goes to the hard work of Brick Events in managing all the event management side of things so members can turn up, set up and have a great weekend.
Big thanks also goes to our group volunteers who assist with our group displays and raffle.
You can see more photos of the Sunshine Coast Brick Event here
We even made the front page of the newspaper on monday morning, how cool is that!
With our year of travelling shows complete for 2015, it was time to catch up and have a show debrief. Brick Events hosted the meeting at Bricks n Fun ans we ended the official proceedings with a bit of a competition. Lets just say there were some pretty serious game faces going on when they were all challenged to build a train carriage to test out a new activity for next year’s shows.
And of course there were prizes! Thanks to Bricks N Fun. Best design was taken out by Adam and Emma. All the other carriages that survived going around the track without derailing also got given a small prize. All in all it was a fun activity and we trust that the kids will enjoy creating and watching their creations go around the track.
Our QLUG exhibitors spent most of Friday setting up for the biggest show of the year, the Gold Coast Brick Event. We had some very talented first time exhibitors and were joined by some Brisbricks members too.
Over 9000 paying visitors came through the doors over the course of the weekend. At some points the show was so popular that the lineup snaked through the next hall to ease foyer congestion.
By all accounts, our members and guest exhibitors had a great experience sharing their displays with the crowds.
We even had an amazing cosplayer dressed up like Benny, the classic blue LEGO space character.
As a RLUG, we applied and received event support from LEGO and on friday night we had a mad partsies session (in hindsight we really needed bigger tables) and everyone took home some useful pieces to add to their displays. Matter of fact, I am sure that some pieces were promptly added to displays afterwards
On Saturday night after the show every exhibitor received a set for participating and their participation incentives from Brick Events. There were smiles all round
Then more than 20 of us met up at Jupiters to have a fun dinner night together at Food Fantasy.
Sunday was just as busy and the day flew by and before we knew it, it was time to pack up and go home. One notable event on Sunday was when some kid decided it would be cool to turn off all the light switches. Suddenly you could see just how many displays actually had lights incorporated in their designs. I wish I’d been able to take a photo, but all the WOW! exclamations from the crowds spelt it out that it was amazing it was to see while the lights took a little while to power back up properly.
We also ran a raffle over the weekend with an awesome prize pack of PIRATES themed LEGO which was won by a very excited local family. Congrats! Our Admin team member Jeff was happy to deliver this awesome prize to this awesome family.
Thanks to all our exhibitors for all your hard work this year, thanks to Brick Events for being the most excellent hosts in looking after us all and last but not least, thanks to LEGO for all their support to help us reward our hard working exhibitors and members. We build what we love and it’s nice to get a little pat on the back too <3
And here is an awesome video by a couple of little LEGO fans and their mum that shows what it’s like to go into one of our shows.
We look forward to returning next year, maybe in a much better venue nearby *wink wink* with better parking options and lots of space for the show to be bigger and better. Til then keep your eyes on the Brick Events page for announcements of upcoming events.
Kawana Scouts (QLD, Sunshine Coast, Australia) are having a family fun day to raise funds for their scouts to go to Australian Jamboree 2016 in Sydney next year. Please share this around if you are local. The Queensland LEGO User Group is volunteering their time and expertise to make this fundraiser possible.
We took the opportunity to have a combined meet with our touring exhibitors from Queensland LEGO User Group and some of the members of the newly formed Townsville LEGO User Group while we were in Townsville. Thanks to the awesome support of The LEGO Group, we had some LEGO Event support to have fun with.
There was a team tower build competition where one group tower crashed in spectacular fashion with a minute to go. Our winners were Owen, Christian and Andrew who each won an Easter set.
We then had a group partsies session of some Mountain Hut sets. For most this was their first introduction to parting out a kit.
Throughout this time random names were drawn and every AFOL attending got a random gift of Lego ranging from a set to random bags of LEGO. The night ended with everyone picking pieces from the tower build LEGO piles to be used in future displays.
Out local Sunshine Coast members got together and had a meet in a brand new park in the Sunshine Cove estate in Maroochydore. After some very wild weather threatened on the days leading up to the meet, perfect blue skies greeted us Saturday morning. We had a great turnout with some brand new faces and one member road-tripped from Harvey Bay to join us.
We had a MOC competition with the theme “STRUCTURES” and we had some impressive builds including a miniland scale garage. Thanks to group support from LEGO, we had awesome prizes to award. Check out our happy winners! 1st and 2nd place were very close, with only one point between them. Congrats to Lee, Greg and Dianne.
Owen showed off his Technic Volvo Loader.
Members had a fun time making some very random LEGO minifigs with parts that were provided as a part of our group support from LEGO. I was quite impressed with what some members managed to create.
Members who attended also got given a lucky dip bag of LEGO that was provided by The LEGO Group as a part of our group support. QLUG Admin would like to thank LEGO for their support of our group. You brought some very big smiles to our local members.
We had a fabulous turnout for the April Meet in Ipswich! Lots of new faces and we had a fun night. Many thanks to local Dennis, who organised this meet and Tammy of SwitchBricks for kindly hosting us again.
Hotly contested was the MOC competition, the theme was “SPACE” and we had spaceships, mechs, aliens and all sorts of wonderful creations.
Thanks to our group support from LEGO, we were able to give some awesome prizes. Given that we had so many wonderful entries we gave a first second and third place.
Josh didn’t have a space build to share, so he brought along one of his Modular MOCs to show
We had a Wacky Racers build competition, which was a fun challenge!
All the members that came along also got a wonderful lucky dip of LEGO goodies as a part of our LUG support from LEGO. I have heard that much has already been put to good use for future MOC displays. The Admin of QLUG would like to thank The LEGO Group for their support.
To see all the photos from this meet, check out the gallery here.
Our Sunshine Coast members met up this time at Cotton Tree Park for a family-friendly social meet. We had a few members that made the trek up from Brisbane to join us and we had a great time!
First up was a group icebreaker challenge. Each group was given a random selection of LEGO on a tray. They had 10 minutes to start building with that, then they had 10 minutes to raid the leftovers bin, then 5 minutes to raid other team’s trays for parts. The end results had to be something recognisable and each team had to explain what they had built. Creativity was stretched and the challenge was indeed challenging!
We got a fish and chip shop, an adventure park, a farming themed moc with tractor and a motorbike track with segway course.
A couple of members brought along builds to share.
We brought along resources to share in the form of books, magazines and catalogues that everyone had a good look at for inspiration.
We finished up the meet by looking at some of the new Minecraft LEGO sets and discussed them. Our honourary junior (we don’t have a kids club) Ollie had a ball building with the selection of bricks in one of the Minecraft sets. We also talked a bit more about the upcoming Brick Event local to us and I fielded questions from a number of new exhibitors.
I’m excited and proud of our local members who have stepped up and created their very first displays that will be debuting at Lake Kawana next month.