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
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!