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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!

18620838_1399973176713214_7737357908102420625_oQLUG Community Collaborative LEGO Project! by Bailey Fullarton

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!