It’s been a busy year for QLUG with a calendar of shows all up and down Queensland, Gold Coast was set to be our biggest and best show to end off the year.
With over 100 tables jam-packed with awesomely designed diorama-style displays, massive Great Ball Contraption and vintage goodness it was LEGO Fan heaven!
There were build walls and play tables for kids big and small. Fun was definitely had by all.
Thousands of fans flocked to the event to be wowed by the displays, chat to our lovely members, play in the build areas and shop for some must-have LEGO goodness!
Saturday night was a ton of fun, with awesome LEGO thank you gifts for our exhibitors, a round of partsies in groups and someone even celebrated their 40th birthday with cake!
There was also a hotly contested challenge to build a bridge that had to support the weight of a large truck, using only 2×4 bricks.
Here we have a photo of some of the lovely AFOLs who help make Brick Event shows great! Of course, we are always missing a bunch of exhibitors who make things for our group displays, but can’t attend and our volunteer helpers from the next day. We are also missing Bel and Karll who couldn’t stay because of family needs, but were kind enough to set up their Rocks Resort.
To all of our members who give their time and talents, THANK YOU! Without you guys there is no show. I saw such lovely community spirit and friendship all weekend. You should be proud of what you have all achieved.
Big thanks to The LEGO Group for their support in providing the awesome LEGO event support so we can encourage our members to get more creative and build great things!
Our intrepid band of travelling AFOLS braved the early morning cold to jetset or road-trip off to sunny Central Queensland. Rockhampton certainly turned out to be a fabulous show!
The Rockhampton crowds were full of lovely families. People came from far and wide to get their LEGO Fan Show fix, some travelling more than a few hours to be there. We were joined by a bunch of wonderful local AFOLS who also exhibited with us.
Some of the organisers that run local junior LEGO groups brought along a display.
The play area was a hive of creative building. Popular was the build a train wagon activity, the build walls and the free-build tables. There was even a DUPLO table at toddler height for the littlest master builders in training <3
Saturday night was a ton of fun, with awesome LEGO thankyou gifts for our exhibitors, a quick round of partsies, random LEGO prize draws and a creative build competition. Big thanks to The LEGO Group for their support in providing the awesome LEGO event support so we can encourage our members to get more creative and build great things!
The Brisbane Brick Event was an awesome experience for all our exhibitors, showing alongside some of Ryan McNaught’s iconic builds. Thousands of happy visitors were wowed by the large scaled and micro scaled builds alike.
Our group’s Micropolis City made it’s newly named debut as “Bricksbane” as voted by members of QLUG. It was fabulous seeing the city come together and this project brought together a great mix of experienced and MOC beginner exhibitors, with some trying microscale for the very first time and absolutely NAILING IT! Hopefully we will get some more blocks for future shows and watch the city grow. Our city has a QR code that visitors can scan with an app and see all the details of the different blocks and who made them.
Bricksbane, By QLUG members
We had some very talented first time exhibitors including Classic Space and a very interesting curated history of LEGO.
Exhibitors had a fun night on Saturday, with a dinner and some competitive challenges, including a creative monochrome group build.
Super BIG thanks to The LEGO Group for the very awesome LEGO that our exhibitors got to share and we know much has already been added to displays for future shows.
QLUG Admin would like to thank everyone who helped the Brisbane Brick Event an awesome weekend and thanks to the Brick Events team for looking after our members and making sure they all had a great time! You can find more event photos below:
Our intrepid band of Queensland LEGO User Group members road-tripped south of the border to visit Coffs Harbour for the Brick Event there. We were joined by a local from Rainbow Bricks and set up an awesome little regional show. The crowds came enmasse on Saturday and the displays were all well received by the greatful visitors. Heard time and time again were words of thanks and “nothing like this ever comes to town”. People traveled more than an hour or two to come visit the event. On Saturday night we had a far-too-civilised game of partsies (where a group of people take turns picking pieces out of a set to take home), a build in the bag competition and Chinese takeaway, after our plans for a beach bbq were washed out by an afternoon thunderstorm.
Highlights were. The Faraway Tree, Chess set and Tower of Orthanc MOCs
The dinosaurs that escaped onto other displays that though obviously placed, weren’t always noticed :O
Photo opportunities like “Be a LEGO head” :p
Popular with the kids were the “build your own train wagon”, the graffiti walls and the play tables.
QLUG provided activities for the Bricks on Kids AFOL night. We had a speed build of Emmet’s car and a tower build competition. Some brought along MOCs to share with everyone. Everyone had a great time!
Check out the photo slideshow below.
We had an awesome BBQ and impromptu Queensland Lego User Group meet of exhibitors and volunteers from the show. Thanks all for coming, it was our biggest meet yet!
We had a really seriously contended speed build round before the light faded and the lights wouldn’t work. Unfazed our intrepid AFOLs used mobile phone light to contend the final round.
Congrats to Andrew, Adrian and Donna and Jeremy who came first, second and third respectively. Thanks to Gary from Bricks N Fun for helping organise the fun activity at short notice and thanks to Brick Events for hosting the BBQ for all our hungry exhibitors and volunteers from QLUG and Brisbricks. Everyone had a great time and we headed home for some well earned rest to start all over again on Sunday.
Brick Events toured again this month with a majority of QLUG members (and a couple from Brisbricks) displaying again on the Sunshine Coast at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.
The quality of displays was awesome, with a number of members debuting and doing an amazing job! The existing exhibitors do an awesome job of upping the ante and making their displays better and exciting. Doctor Who photo-bombed the whole show again thanks to Shaun Patrick. We hope to share many more photos of the event in the weeks to come.
Batman display by Yvo Cleyman
Pirates Display by Alistair and Pam.
There was a total of 7500+ paying visitors through the doors and the show took up the whole hall this time. So it was busy, but never felt overly crowded as the build area was on the stage. We even had an amazing cosplaying LEGO superman who roamed about over the weekend for photos with excited kids! The lovely young man behind that mask has since joined our ranks at QLUG.
Our group held a successful raffle won by a lovely local family and proceeds will continue to go towards group activities.
A number of our members created minifigure habitats and other small builds to fill our group display again. Hopefully this collection will grow for our next show in Townsville in June 2015.
Many thanks to everyone who makes these shows possible. You all rock!
The Ipswich Regional meet had a great turnout of members and extended family to celebrate the end of the year. It was a nice change of pace to hand over running the meet to an Ipswich local member.
Star Wars Christmas MOC by Jeremy Brumm
Thanks to Dennis Graham on behalf of the admins here at QLUG for organising our Ipswich meet and doing an awesome job of it thanks to member Tammy Caldwell of Switch Bricks for letting us “play” after hours.
Speed Build Competition
Everyone had an awesome time, well done! We showed off mocs, had a speed build competition and then had a buy/sell/swap at the end.
Nostalgia, building with Fabuland
The kids had fun doing some of the Switch Bricks activities, including an awesome Lego movie themed jumping castle and we didn’t hear a single I’m bored the whole time we were there.
Tammy runs Switch Bricks every school holidays and is a non stop fun session of activities. It gets a two thumbs up from this mum! Hopefully Tammy will have us back next year. It was a fun meet.
Full gallery of the all the fun can be found here.
We had a fantastically relaxed, enjoyable and educational meet up at Paul’s Brew House (formerly Bare Coffee) in Buderim. It was kind of Paul to invite us into his coffee shop after hours and he joined in with us in our meeting. No doubt we will be looking at meeting there another time in future and Paul is keen to learn stuff about LEGO.
A few of our members brought along MOCs to share and I always love seeing what people have made (even if some have been posted in our facebook group), as seeing them in person really gives a better feel of scale and technique. Greg brought along some fantastic vehicles that he has built. Dennis and Tina drove all the way from Ipswich to join us and shared some pretty cool MOCs too. Ollie, our very awesome (unofficial) junior builder that tags along to meetings with his AFOL dad shared some of his batman inspired MOCs. It’s awesome to see the younger generation sticking with their LEGO builds.
Greg shows off his MOC vehicles and talks construction techniques.
New member Ben also introduced himself to the group. We look forward to seeing him in many more meets in future.
We talked about upcoming events and what our regional members would like to achieve next year. As admin I fielded some questions about LEGO terms and passed around a book that covers a lot of what beginner builders need to know. Nurturing and educating our new builders is important if we want more people to build fantastic things in future for shows.
We finished with our blind minifig swap, although I think the person whose minifig I got needs their eyes tested lol as it had teeth marks and his face was wearing off. You know who you are The rules were new or as good as new. Be fair to everyone else next time please. I’m just glad it was me that got it and not one of our new members. Most everyone provided a minfig that the others were happy to receive.
So well done our Sunshine Coast local members, you are an awesome bunch and had yet another successful meet!