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 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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.