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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

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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Gold Coast Brick Event WAS EPIC!!!

Our QLUG exhibitors spent  most of Friday setting up for the biggest show of the year, the Gold Coast Brick Event.
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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.
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We even had an amazing cosplayer dressed up like Benny, the classic blue LEGO space character.   IMG_9791

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 ;)

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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 :)

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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.
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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

You can find all the official event photos here.

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 Sunshine Coast Brick Event

When I first walked into the venue of the Sunshine Coast Brick Event, weeks before the show was to begin, I was in AWE of the size of the space. The lighting was like broad daylight.

I arrived on friday night for setup and I’ve never seen our Lego look so impressive!

We left late that night, the hall full of impressive displays. Some have been developing over the past shows to become more detailed and others were displayed for the very first time.
The morning of March 1st 2014 we somewhat surprised as the line up of visitors started to snake around the corner waiting and we had to open the doors early. The Sunshine Coast locals were wonderfully polite and appreciative, some thanking exhibitors for coming along.

 

We had visits from the Sunshine Coast Daily , Sunny Coast Kids, who made a video and the local Channel 7 News. The local Lifesavers group and Kawana Scouts did a great job catering food and drinks for the event.

We experienced the largest crowds we have ever had at a show, with 8000 people through the doors by closing time on Sunday night. The exhibitors and organisers did an epic job at making this all possible.

 Check our Gallery of photos here :)