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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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.
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.