Category Archives: Shows and displays

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      

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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.
IMG_0887          There were some fan favourite displays and some awesome new stuff to be seen. IMG_0467  

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.

Fantastic Far North QLD Fun at the Cairns Brick Event!

The QLD June/July school holidays meant one thing! It was time for a roadtrip to share the LEGO love with Regional QLD. With the truck loaded up for the long trip, exhibitors readied themselves for early morning wake-ups for the flight to Cairns. We left freezing winter behind arrived to what felt like a warm spring day and sweltered through set up after lunch, only to find that someone had turned off all the fans in the ceiling that were meant to keep us cool.

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The excitement for the show was amazingly high and the local paper came along and did a couple articles, one appeared in the Saturday edition and another after the show ended.
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We were joined by a few enthusiastic AFOLS from Townsville and a bunch of lovely locals from nearby that joined in showing off their creations. It was great catching up with people that I’d met at other shows!

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Our group display looked fabulous, with more blocks added to the Micropolis city. IMG_0851 The creative play area at the show was a big hit with kids and parents building like crazy!   IMG_1156IMG_1157

One family built a really tall tower and begged for it to not be disassembled. Of course a photo had to be taken for posterity. IMG_1011Saturday night, as always was full of fun games, great food and good times. One of the best parts of touring is the time you get together with a great bunch of AFOLS. We played a round of partsies and had an individual tower build challenge with the parts that people picked.

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Big thanks to the LEGO Group for their ongoing support of our group, which has allowed our members to build new things and to bolster the play area activities.   IMG_1138
Here are some of the awesome people who make these shows great. Missing are the many volunteers that helped in the play areas and the exhibitors that couldn’t take time off from their busy work schedules, but still sent along fabulous stuff for the group displays. QLUG admin would like to thank everyone who gave their time and talent to this successful event. Well done!

IMG_1018You can see all the photos from this awesome event here: Cairns Brick Event

Group Displays and Collaborative Projects for QLUG

As a group, we currently have 3 group displaying opportunities established.

They are Minifigure Habitats, Micropolis City and Great Ball Contraption (GBC).

We will also be starting a group Minecraft and a Winter scene build.

Other small individual builds of good quality are always welcome!
(please limit to less than a 32×32 baseplate in size).

If jumping into displaying at events is daunting, joining the group builds is a great way to start!
You don’t need to physically attend events to include your MOC.

Minifigure Habitats

These are built to a standard size and are designed to show case 1 or more minifigures. The original concept was borrowed from TOROLug who have built collectible series habitats. We modified this idea to include ANY minifigure characters, so long as they are built into a scene.

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The Standard:

Dimensions are a 12×12 footprint (base) and it must be exactly 8 bricks high, no higher please (3 plates equals a brick) and preferably the bottom of your build should have 1 brick edging for display consistancy. You may double the width, but not the height. It needs to be structurally sound with your walls interlocked at the corners. Please limit any capping tiles to the first 5 studs at the front as they are stacked cascade style as shown above. Pick your favourite minfig (not just cmf) and get building! Add images of your habitats to the group post on facebook too :)

Micropolis City

(Bricksbane is retired for 2017, though individual blocks may still be displayed)

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MICROPOLIS! Small scaled city modules that click together to form a larger cityscape.

Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2016Each is built to a standard size so they can be added to as we get more people participating. They are very similar in style/scale to the Bricktober exclusives that Toys R US has, but in MOC. We will follow the TwinLug standards, just as they do for the Brickvention Micropolis (one of their group builds) .You can find information about the Micropolis standard here, including LDD files: http://twinlug.com/micropolis-micro-city-standard/ There are heaps of ideas to be found in the Micropolis Flickr group too. https://www.flickr.com/groups/1148237@N21/ So get building! Whether you can only manage a 1/4 block or are inspired to build full city blocks, it all connects to make something AWESOME! We need a mix of larger tall buildings for the CBD, green spaces and recreational blocks, lower density retail blocks, low density housing, and industrial blocks. If you can only make something tiny, there are waterfront blocks that need boats. Please be sure to add photos to the group facebook post too :) Here is a link to our City Directory of blocks.

Great Ball Contraption

The Great Ball Contraption was our very first group build and members are encouraged to join in and make it bigger and better!   Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2016

For those who have never seen this before, a great ball contraption (GBC) is a machine which receives soccer balls or basketballs from one module and passes them to another module, rather like a bucket brigade. Modules built according to the GBC standard can be assembled into a collaborative display without pre-planning or modification. The GBC standard is minimal, permitting the builder great flexibility in designing the mechanism by which balls are moved from the input to the output. The otherwise pointless handling of balls, and the myriad ways this is accomplished, gives great ball contraptions the impression of a Rube Goldberg machine.

Check out this thread in Eurobricks for inspiration.


So get inspired! Get building :) The GBC is AWESOME!!!!

Anyone from outside QLUG is welcome to join us on your QLD holiday, should it align with show dates and location. Just be sure your MOCs are of good quality and meet the standards above. Contact us asap with photos of your completed MOC at admin@qlug.org so we can add you in as an exhibitor.

Upcoming group Collaborative displays

Minecraft
(Retired for 2017)

We will be starting a minecraft theme display in May 2016. If you would like to build something for it, your MOC must be to the scale and style of the current LEGO Minecraft theme sets. You must build something other than a set and preferably include at least 1 LEGO Minecraft character and 1 mob. What we don’t want to see is any non-theme minifigures. This is a PURE Minecraft display. Beyond those simple standards, get creative and have fun!

Winter Theme
(Retired for 2017)

We will start building this hopefully for May 2016. We have a bunch of winter related LEGO to turn into a new scene as a group activity Add your winter themed MOCs to this scene. Please keep to LEGO City scale for this display and try to limit your individual builds to no larger than a 32×32 baseplate.

QLUG Return with the Sunshine Coast Brick Event

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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photo shared with parental consent.


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.

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By Steve and Katey Lilliman

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Build a Wagon activity

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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.

Queensland LEGO User Group Micropolis CityWe still have some of the Minifigure Habitats from last year’s group display challenge on display too. Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2016

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.

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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.

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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!

Media Coverage SC Daily Front Page