It’s been a busy year for QLUG with a calendar of shows all up and down Queensland, Gold Coast was set to be our biggest and best show to end off the year.
With over 100 tables jam-packed with awesomely designed diorama-style displays, massive Great Ball Contraption and vintage goodness it was LEGO Fan heaven!
There were build walls and play tables for kids big and small. Fun was definitely had by all.
Thousands of fans flocked to the event to be wowed by the displays, chat to our lovely members, play in the build areas and shop for some must-have LEGO goodness!
Saturday night was a ton of fun, with awesome LEGO thank you gifts for our exhibitors, a round of partsies in groups and someone even celebrated their 40th birthday with cake!
There was also a hotly contested challenge to build a bridge that had to support the weight of a large truck, using only 2×4 bricks.
Here we have a photo of some of the lovely AFOLs who help make Brick Event shows great! Of course, we are always missing a bunch of exhibitors who make things for our group displays, but can’t attend and our volunteer helpers from the next day. We are also missing Bel and Karll who couldn’t stay because of family needs, but were kind enough to set up their Rocks Resort.
To all of our members who give their time and talents, THANK YOU! Without you guys there is no show. I saw such lovely community spirit and friendship all weekend. You should be proud of what you have all achieved.
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!
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.
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.
The Townsville Brick Event was AWESOME! Townsville was friendly and all the kids were amazed by the displays.
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.
Our group table had a fabulous selection of MOCs by members of the group, with some exhibiting for the very first time.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We then had a group partsies session of some Mountain Hut sets. For most this was their first introduction to parting out a kit.
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.
This is a group of Adult Fans of LEGO® , or AFOLs as we are sometimes called, from all over Queensland, Australia. Our main goal is to share our LEGO® hobby with others and in doing so, build great friendships and LEGO® models, but most of all, enjoy ourselves. We do this daily via social media, but also meet in person to build and show together.
Some in our group are from the original Brisbane Lego Train Group or BLTG, a group that has 12 years experience in LEGO® display and shows. Building on their expertise and support we plan to display an ever-evolving LEGO® train layout and show off some amazing LEGO® creations at model train and hobby shows and exhibitions. Also with our association with Brick Events Pty Ltd we will also be involved in the various LEGO® shows they plan to have in the South-East Queensland and possibly elsewhere as well.
Our group meets regularly once a month or so to get together to exchange ideas, have a few laughs, share inspirations and play a few LEGO® related games. Members enjoy building and displaying their own creations called a MOC (My Own Creation) for each other at meetings and public events. We also meet to discuss and plan future events, and do other LEGO® related activities. But our main focus is the sharing and enjoyment of building with little plastic bricks.
You will find most of our members over on our facebook group talking and interacting every day of the week. We share our bargain buys, MOC’s in progress, our build areas, favourite links, building tips and so much more. Social media gives us a platform to connect with members of the AFOL community that are otherwise isolated with their hobby by living in a remote location.
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