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!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Local kids could be heard exclaiming “WOW!” excitedly as they entered the hall display area.
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. There were some fan favourite displays and some awesome new stuff to be seen.
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.
You can check out all the photos of the show here on Flickr:
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.
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.
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!
Our group display looked fabulous, with more blocks added to the Micropolis city. The creative play area at the show was a big hit with kids and parents building like crazy!
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. Saturday 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
(Bricksbane is retired for 2017, though individual blocks may still be displayed)
MICROPOLIS! Small scaled city modules that click together to form a larger cityscape.
Each 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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you in as an exhibitor.
Upcoming group Collaborative displays
(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!
(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.
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.
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.
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!
Excitement for some of our members who were accepted as first time exhibitors at Brickvention.
Cherie and Shaun contributed to this awesome Micropolis City with blocks from all over Australia.
For the first Lego Fan show of the Australian calendar, Cherie and her husband Shaun, with a few other QLUG members made their individual ways to Brickvention in Melbourne. Most chose to jet down for a quick visit, while the Bruce and Mel from Down Under Bricks in Far North QLD turned it into more of a family holiday. Tony attended as a vendor, but also brought a small egyptian themed display. From setup to packup it was a fun-filled 4-5 days of meeting AFOLs from all around Australia and from across the world.
Mel and Cherie, meeting in person for the first time at Brickvention
The first day was convention day, where everyone got to have a look around the displays, listen to special guest speakers, shop at the retailers and play some fun games. Everyone received a backpack full of goodies, including a brick badge, small sets and other useful things like a waterbottle. Exhibitors also got a 2016 Brickvention tee.
They were introduced to the gleeful silly fun of “Dirty Brickster” a game that involves plotting/scheming/stealing and eventually going home with something different than what you arrived with.
Day two saw a massive crowd of public visitors and the hall was bombarded with people. The day ended with a LEGO themed wedding and a VIP cocktail event that essentially became a reception afterwards. Some keen party-ers continued on to celebrate in a nearby bar.
Day three saw even more crowds. There was plenty of shopping, special guest speakers to listen to and people to meet. The day ended with a large sprawling photo of all the exhibitors in attendance, before the massive pack up started.There was so much to see, with the largest number of displays that this event has ever seen, so much so it was nearly impossible to see it all in detail even over a number of days. New LEGO friendships were born and much LEGO was bought. It was a challenge for some to fit all their bits and pieces in their luggage for the flight home!
Check out the hundreds of awesome MOCs and fun from the days and nights at Brickvention.
Brick Events are seeking lego displays from local AFOLs in northern NSW for this show in Coffs Harbour in January. As someone who has exhibited at every show with this company, they run an excellent show and really look after the exhibitors. The regional shows where they travel are the most fun too. For more info please email: email@example.com
Right on the tail end of the school holidays and two weeks after our last major show of the Brick Event calendar, a few members exhibited/helped with the Chandler LEGO Fan Expo. It was a three day show over the long weekend and featured a large variety of displays from Brisbricks, Sydlug, Rainbow Bricks and QLUG members.
I loved this TARDIS!
This build was EPIC in size and the number of km’s it travelled to get here.
Old school awesomeness!
All in all, Brisbricks were gracious hosts for our exhibitors. As a volunteer, it was a totally different pace from the go-go-go of setting up and running displays. Most of the day was spent hanging out with exhibitors and chatting to keep them company and occasionally taking over displays so people could have rest breaks. On Saturday night they had a social gathering and auctioned off a wide variety of sets and bags of donated LEGO for charity. They also had a speed build of the seasonal easter set, which everyone got to keep. Prizes for best in show were awarded. Everyone was also given a random bag of LEGO (small random bits and pieces). The other fun part of the show was SHOPPING! I am not responsible for how much LEGO I ended up buying Having a husband who is also an AFOL means nobody to say “Do you really need that?”. I grabbed a few must have things from a few of the stalls. There was a good variety to choose from as always.
Image used with permission of the Brisbricks Commitee. Photo by Bel Stewart.
I would like to extend thanks to the Brisbricks committee for formally inviting our members and doing a great job of hosting the event. From all reports our exhibitors had a great time. Hopefully we will have more collaborations in future.
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.
Twelve of the Sunshine Coast QLUG members (not all pictured) brought along their LEGO displays on July 26th to help fundraise for the scouts going to AJ2016 in Sydney next year. Our exhibitors had a great time with all the kids, even if the turnout was a lot smaller than we had hoped thanks to the Scouts failing to promote the event properly to the wider scouting community.
It was a great chance to try out a few new ideas on our displays and tweak a few things before the big show coming up in September. Because of the small turnout we had a chance to really talk about catchup, so it was more like a QLUG meet with extra guests.
BIG thanks to Ben Pffor for bringing the playtables along for the kids to play with. They were a bit hit with the kids. The lack of crowds also meant that some Autistic children from the local community were able to come and enjoy themselves without being overwhelmed.