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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)

  Queensland LEGO User Group Micropolis City
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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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.

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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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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.

Posted by Seven Local News – Townsville on Tuesday, 9 June 2015

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!

My Dark Ages – By Greg Manning

In most every Adult Fan of LEGO ( AFOL) life there is a period known as their “dark ages”. This is a time when other non LEGO pursuits take precedence over the time spent building with LEGO. For eg: sport, girls, work, travel, etc. This period for me began around the age of 17 and lasted until my early 40’s.

There were periods where LEGO did become part of my life again, but this was mainly through living vicariously through my children. Both of my older boys have played with LEGO since they were small, starting off with DUPLO and working there way up to Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and Star Wars ( SW) sets. My oldest son is now 14 and seems to be entering into a dark ages of his own. He was always a mad LOTR LEGO collector but these sets are boxed away in his cupboard forgotten about as he pursues dreams of being the next Tony Hawk and countless hours “facebooking”. My younger son is very keen on SW LEGO and has several of the Clone Wars Sets ( Arghhhh!!! don’t get me started on a Star Wars rant!!!) along with X Wing 6212 and a few Snow Speeders as his prized possessions. He is 9 and has come out of his “rainbow” building phase and is showing real promise with his MOC building skills.

When I entered my dark ages my LEGO was placed in a few boxes and stored away. When I left home and later travelled and lived Overseas this was stored at my Mother’s and was basically forgotten about for years. When I returned to Australia I collected the possessions I had stored, which included the LEGO along with countless MAD magazines and 2000AD comics. I then proceeded to drag these boxes all over the country, always knowing what was in them but not wanting to open them OR get rid of them. After meeting the love of my life,getting married and having children, these boxes continued to move with us as our family grew. It was not until 12 months ago that I finally relented and allowed my boys to have access to some of the LEGO that was in my boxes.

It had become a running joke about “Dad’s LEGO”in the boxes in the shed. I had always told them that they could have it, providing they showed me that they were mature enough and could show me that they looked after their own LEGO. Well, you can guess how that went, they couldn’t show me they were ready for MY LEGO just yet. Their collection was always all over the place, they lost and ripped up their instructions, lost pieces, blah, blah, blah. Any excuse to hold onto my collection. Prior to my dark ages I was into Technic (vintage studfull designs) with a minor in Space ( Classic Space) along with random bricks. I did relent and the boys did get the random bricks to play with and in moments they were swallowed up into their collection.

I also decided “for old times sake” to bring out my Technic sets: Car Chassis 853, Auto Chassis 8860, Dune Buggy 8845 and Power Truck 8848. In a marathon building session I constructed them all. Little did I know what this was going to be the start of. My first LEGO purchase after emerging from my dark age was the Offroad Power 5893 set. After seeing it in-store at a ridiculous $120 plus I then began my eBay LEGO obsession. I finally purchased it in auction for $63 NIB. I have since purchased a 2nd set of this from eBay, for a lowly sum of $35 but it was 98% complete, missing the mud guards for the quad bike.

Not long after my emergence from my dark ages I was introduced to the wonders of the bulk LEGO lot!! Through a buy/ sell site on Facebook I purchased close to 20kg of LEGO for $250 with close to 30 instruction books included. This more than doubled my collection overnight! I was able to approx. triple this investment with sales on eBay. Most sets were 100% including minifigures. Now, if I ever added up the time it takes to wash, clean, dry, sort, inventory, print instructions, pick, build, photo, list, pack, post the LEGO I would be working for about 17c an hour!! I have been chasing this type of bulk lot ever since and have not come close to again purchasing such a wonderful lot. I now view that 1st lot as a dream come true. If I can cover my costs on a bulk lot these days I am happy as I usually end up with the set/ pieces that I want and sell the remainder.

In 12 short months I have expanded my LEGO collection tenfold. I am now bordering on obsession when it comes to my collection. As it has increased so has the necessity to sort and store it. I have a ever changing storage system. Just as I seem to have it organised I purchase more and the previous system needs updating. As an example: I store my bricks in long plastic containers with plastic dividers creating 4 compartments. One box started with 1x 1, 1×2 in a compartment, then 1x 3, 1×4 next compartment, 1×6, 1x 8 next and 1x 10 plus to finish it off. I now have had to double the amount of space for just my 1x bricks. These boxes are just divided into 2 compartments now. As they say you can NEVER have enough LEGO.

This article started as a discussion on my dark ages but has progressed to be about a lot more. I have had fun writing it and would like to write more about being an unashamedly proud AFOL!

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