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All the FUN had at Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2017!

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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!

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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.

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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.  

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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 :)

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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      

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Fantastic Far North QLD Fun at the Cairns Brick Event!

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.

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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.
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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!

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Our group display looked fabulous, with more blocks added to the Micropolis city. IMG_0851 The creative play area at the show was a big hit with kids and parents building like crazy!   IMG_1156IMG_1157

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. IMG_1011Saturday 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.

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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.   IMG_1138
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!

IMG_1018You can see all the photos from this awesome event here: Cairns Brick Event

Group Displays and Collaborative Projects for QLUG

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.

Minifigure Habitats

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.

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The Standard:

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 :)

Micropolis City

(Bricksbane is retired for 2017, though individual blocks may still be displayed)

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MICROPOLIS! Small scaled city modules that click together to form a larger cityscape.

Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2016Each 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!   Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2016

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.

Check out this thread in Eurobricks for inspiration.


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 admin@qlug.org so we can add you in as an exhibitor.

Upcoming group Collaborative displays

Minecraft
(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!

Winter Theme
(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.

QLUG Return with the Sunshine Coast Brick Event

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.

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By Steve and Katey Lilliman

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Build a Wagon activity

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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.

Queensland LEGO User Group Micropolis CityWe still have some of the Minifigure Habitats from last year’s group display challenge on display too. Sunshine Coast Brick Event 2016

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.

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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.

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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!

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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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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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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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Lego lovers from across the north have united to compare their favourite creations.

It is the first time fans of the colourful brick blocks have come together in Townsville.

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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!

Relay for Lego – by Phillip Kemp(QLUG member)

Hi my name is Phillip Kemp and i like Lego……. alright who am i kidding i LOVE Lego!

Being an AFOL in a regional town sometimes feels like being the only one left on the planet at times, You have all this cool creativity but no one to share/ show it to! That was me…. until about 3 months ago when i met another AFOL called Keith Faiges. From there we hit it off with conversations that lasted hours on Lego sets that he grew up with (sets from the 80’s) and sets that i grew up with (sets form the 90’s). Discussing sets that were out and sets that were to be released. As long as it was Lego it was on the table for discussion / debate.

Last year i ran in the cancer council’s Relay for life and our team managed to raise $15,000 so we thought that we would give it a go again and up the ante and aim for $20,000.

After a few discussions and many hours poring over Keith’s extensive Lego collection i asked if he wanted to put a Lego display together with me for the cancer council. Keith was on board straight away and was shooting ideas at me quicker than a Lego pirate cannon in the hands of an 8 year old kid!

Now while i am an AFOL I limit my collection to the majority of the CITY line. On the other hand Keith is just Lego nuts! If it has the Lego logo then it’s collected.

With the new Lego movie coming out I thought it a perfect time to host a display as its School holidays and this will be the perfect way to promote the Relay for life and raise some much needed funds.

So with Lego from 3 decades to choose form we thought it best to keep it simple and kit bash so the children could see Lego set that were for sale/ and still are for sale in stores now. With this in mind, we set about planning with the table split into sections ie. mine, harbor, trains, shops etc.

With the plan in place and an idea all we needed was Lego movie sets to add to the display and a venue to host it at. So we approached the library to be met by a Lego enthusiast and needless to say getting approval wasn’t hard.

So we have venue and sets so now to assemble. With well over 30,000 bricks and over 250 figs there is something for everyone in the display. We have on display 30 years of Lego sets releases, ranging from 80’s and 90’s space, city, trains, Harry Potter, DC and Marvel Superheros, Creator and Modular Series, Lego Movie, Toy story, Friends, the Collectible Mini-figs and the list of themes goes on and on.

The interest from the general public on the day that we were setting up the display was great, with kids and adults alike stopping to ask questions and having a look. We have even had one of the committee members from the local show approach us and ask if we will do a display for the local Mount Isa Show saying and I quote “We need a display like this at the show and we want you to help us attract people.”

I built a display at the relay for life event last year and decided to do a can you spot the item activity in the display and this worked well so I have continued that theme this year.

We have a can you find the item sheet that the kids and adults can fill out to go in the draw to win some Lego at the end of the display as well as a line there that gives them some space to supply some feedback on their favourite part so we can improve the display in moving forward.

the display going this well and the interest and support from the local community I can almost say without a doubt that this won’t be the last display that the Mount Isa Lego Owners Group put on.

A special thanks goes out to my Wife for supporting me in my crazy obsession and also to Keith for helping me make the display as great as it is.

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