Brickvention Bound! The Great Lego Fan Adventure to Melbourne.

Excitement for some of our members who were accepted as first time exhibitors at Brickvention.

Brickvention Melbourne Micropolis display January 2016. Created with blocks from exhibitors from all over Australia.

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.

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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.  

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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.

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AFOL Night @ Bricks on Kids

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.

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QLUG Exhibitors Meet @ Bricks N Fun Capalaba

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.
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IMG_3885   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.

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Here’s a video of the last wagons standing :)

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Roadtrip! Coffs Harbour here we come! Locals come join us :)

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: events@brickevents.com.au

 

 
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Brisbricks LEGO Fan Expo 3-5th October 2015

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.
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I loved this TARDIS!

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Old school awesomeness!

 

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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.
IMG_3739On 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.  

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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. :)

More photos can be found here.

Gold Coast Brick Event WAS EPIC!!!

Our QLUG exhibitors spent  most of Friday setting up for the biggest show of the year, the Gold Coast Brick Event.
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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.
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We even had an amazing cosplayer dressed up like Benny, the classic blue LEGO space character.   IMG_9791

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 ;)

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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 :)

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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.
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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

You can find all the official event photos here.

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.

Bricks 4 Scouts – QLUG/ Scouts Fundraiser

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.

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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.
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You can find more photos here.

Bricks 4 Scouts – QLUG

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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.

Townsville Brick Event, an AWESOME show!

The Townsville Brick Event was AWESOME! Townsville was friendly and all the kids were amazed by the displays.
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As the attending QLUG admin I would like to thank Brick Events for organising a great regional show. The QLUG exhibitors all had a great experience.

The local Townsville LUG did a great job for their very first exhibits (the bar is pretty high after a couple years of Brick Events). Thanks especially to Michael Considine for being the TLUG liason.
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Our group table had a fabulous selection of MOCs by members of the group, with some exhibiting for the very first time.
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A new addition to this show was the added bonus of LEGO Event Support for the first time, which meant that exhibitors received a thank you set. We had some fun activities at an AFOL night for the exhibitors and volunteers on Saturday night with lots of LEGO to go around. It was a lovely bonus and I would like to extend a HUGE thanks to The LEGO Group!
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Last but not least, thanks to all our QLUG exhibitors that have done such a fabulous job of representing our group, building wonderful displays and talking to the public. This was my second regional show and it is an awesome team bonding experience to travel and stay together for an out of town show.

Photos of the event can be found here.

I trust that everyone had a great time and ask that anyone who has photos of the event, to please add them to our flickr group too. https://www.flickr.com/groups/qlug/pool/

 

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QLUG Regional Meet/AFOL BBQ Night Townsville

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.
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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.
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We then had a group partsies session of some Mountain Hut sets. For most this was their first introduction to parting out a kit.
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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.
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Thanks LEGO for our fun night!