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Locals LOVE LEGO at the Mackay Brick Event!

The Mackay Brick Event absolutely ROCKED!!! Just like Rockhampton, the crowds were HUGE and the locals were massively enthusiastic about the show. The line up for entry never ended til late in the afternoon each day. Hype for the show was so huge that the local news added it to their “Whats On” in Mackay and the local radio was talking up the show with excitement!

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We even had the army come in and check out the show as there was a never-ending stream of them as our neighbour all weekend on their way to Shoalwater Bay for Talisman Saber. Our LEGO has never been so well guarded as it was with these guys bunked in beside us!  

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I heard nothing but compliments all weekend and everyone involved deserves a big pat on the back for a job well done! As always, everyone pitched in from setup to pack up, supporting each other to make this show great!

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Thanks to all our QLUG members and Townsville LUG members that participated, either by being there, sending stuff to display or simply helping promote the show. It was also awesome seeing one of the local colleges showing off their cool Mindstorms robots.

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Just some of the people involved. Missing are volunteers and exhibitors that couldn’t physically make it to the show.

We were joined by the lovely people from the Camp Quality EsCARpade, fundraising for their awesome cause. They brought along Emmet, who posed for photos with excited LEGO fans.

IMG_2106The local Lions group worked tirelessly to keep everyone well fed, with their fundraising catering. Well done guys! I heard the crowds were so much bigger than anticipated that they ran out of food, oh my! No doubt that $$$ will also go to a great cause.  

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Big thanks of course, goes to The LEGO Group, for providing LEGO gifts for our hardworking exhibitors. I’m sure everyone left inspired and will be creating awesome things.
IMG_2215Last but never least, thanks to Brick Events for handling the event management side of things, so exhibitors can turn up, set up and have a great weekend talking to people about their hobby.   Here’s a live walkthrough of most of the show :)

The Daily Mercury newspaper did a great article on the show Sunday.

Check out all the official photos from the event here:   Mackay Brick Event 2017

Join the 2017 Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit Launching GOLD COAST Brick Event!

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Picture the year 2432, 500 years after the creation of the world’s best toy. Space travel is now recreational, and you are introduced to the new sport taking the galaxy by storm!  

Welcome to the 2017 Galactic Asteroid Rally Circuit (GARC), where you are entering your ship into the race hoping to win ultimate intergalactic notoriety! Inspired by the works of many GARC coordinators worldwide.

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So how do you enter this race? Build a ship of course! Your first task is to determine your ship class. Sprinter Craft (SC) are small, agile and sleek. Bulwark Cruisers (BC) are the largest class, but they have it where it counts. Dauntless Vessels (DV) are your all-rounder ship, manoeuvrable and strong.

Next you need to find a seed part. This part will be the detail that will draw interest from the crowd. Think outside the box too, something in a rare colour, a part with a unique shape, you’ll work it out!  

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Your racer must be less than 10 x 10 studs. Inside those bounds, the sky’s the limits. SC’s will naturally be the smallest usually at around 6 studs long excluding extremities. BC’s will take up most of the 10 stud length, and DV’s sit somewhere in the middle. The build can be as simple or complex as possible! A ship made with 5 of the right parts can look just as awesome as a ship with 50. Give your racer a name and you’re ready for sponsors and a fresh livery!

18672999_1399978766712655_7430345186616861192_oThis is where all your unused sticker sheets come in. Given the size of these builds, you want to use parts where the detail is found in the element itself, and enhance these shapes with stickers. Don’t be afraid to cut and overlap stickers either! Exo-Force, Galaxy Quest and Racers are a wealth of good sticker uses. (The bleed lines of stickers make a great racing stripe.)

Lastly, you’ll want some fuel. Most vehicles use old energy crystals, as they are the easiest to come across in the asteroid fields. Whack a big trail of trans-neon green or orange out of your exhaust with some 4L bars, antennas, or 8L whip antennas for the best effect! (Trans-light blue’s fine too.)

– DISPLAY – The race is set up amongst a local asteroid belt, so the track is ever changing. Obstacles and hurtling rocks are constantly on the move. Along the track, there are multiple checkpoint rings which the racers fly through, doing laps and reaching the grand finish line. The best part about this ever changing setup is that each race can have a different layout and size. The fluidity of the display is the great part about it! Your racers stand in situ on the table as a freeze frame of an epic swarming rally.  

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Underneath this display will lay a giant printed space themed banner to serve as a vibrant backdrop for the chaotic event. What’s more spectacular is that there is potential to set up a black-light above to make the racers, checkpoints and finish line glow brightly!

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So there you have it! Build a ship smaller than 10 x 10, give it a class for its size, a name, a sweet energy trail, some awesome decals and a mounting point for a stud or anti-stud underneath for us to attach a stand, and you are on your way to claiming victory in the coolest collaborative display this side of the galaxy! I’ve taken the liberty of adding some inspiration for you to get started! Test your SNOT building capabilities and experiment and finesse your design, but above all, have fun and get creative! GO

 

Share your creations on our Facebook Group and bring your creation to the Gold Coast Brick Event to join this awesome display!

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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Gold Coast Brick Event 2016 LEGO Fan Heaven!

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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.

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With over 100 tables jam-packed with awesomely designed diorama-style displays, massive Great Ball Contraption and vintage goodness it was LEGO Fan heaven!

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There were build walls and play tables for kids big and small. Fun was definitely had by all.

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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!

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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. Untitled

 

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.

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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! 

Check out the album of photos below for all the awesome details!

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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

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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