First Ever Ryde Brick Fair a Huge Success

On Sunday, 16th September, the inaugural Ryde Brick Fair was held at Ryde East Public School. The event was the first of its kind for the local area, and the excitement was evident with over 2000 people visiting the show throughout the day. Katrina Verinder, Ryde East Public School Principal, recognised the social benefits of the fair.

“The Ryde Brick Fair is an opportunity for the whole community to come together to share in their common interest in creating and designing with LEGO.” Ms Verinder said.

Displays were provided by more than 20 members of SydLUG, Sydney’s only registered LEGO User Group, and included a giant city layout with working trains and  moving theme park rides. The event also saw the public debut of one builder’s massive robot, a Japanese Gundam. The event aimed to raise money for essential resources for the school, and Ryde East Public’s P & C President, Chris, was impressed with how well the event went.

“We were so happy with the exhibits. Every adult, child (and childish adult!) was in awe of the detail and creativity displayed in all the work displayed. All the SydLUG exhibitors were very professional, engaged with the audience well and we look forward to hosting them again in the future,” said Chris.

In addition to viewing the displays, fair attendees were able to purchase delicious food such as pulled pork and coleslaw rolls and a variety of home-baked goodies from the cake stall. Children were able to race remote control LEGO racing cars, build a creation of their own at the free building tables or have fun on the jumping castle. Students of the school participated in a building competition in the lead up to the show and the winners were presented with their awards and their creations displayed, on the day.

Photo opportunities abounded with various cosplayers roaming the grounds on the day, from superheroes and villains to Star Wars characters. Kids and grownups alike were excited to snap a selfie with a passing “celebrity”.

SydLUG is looking forward to returning to Ryde East Public School for an event in the future.

It’s Official – Spring is Here!

On Saturday 8 September, SydLUG was back at Bunnings Kingsgrove to officially celebrate the start of spring. The event managed to create a  carnival atmosphere despite the welcome rain outside. SydLUG’s display of brickbuilt MOCs was the main attraction with highlights including a Star Wars themed carnival complete with dancing stormtroopers, a chibi vehicles carousel, and sarlaac tower drop.

An impressive model of the MV Drake (formerly the Pasha Bulker) and a series of illustrated song lyrics were also popular exhibits.

Visitors to the store were treated to popcorn and fairy floss, while the kids could enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos and a petting zoo.

SydLUG will be taking part in the store’s Christmas family night on December 6.

 

Spring in the Air for SydLUG at Roselea Fete

On Saturday, September 1 brick-built displays by SydLUG were among the attractions at the Roselea Public School Biannual Spring Fete. Over 1500 visitors to the event enjoyed a range of food stalls, game stalls, trash and treasure, rides, rock climbing,  and performances by the school band.

In keeping with the spring theme MOCs included a beautiful Japanese garden, by SydLUG builder Joel, who also used the event for the public debut of his impressive Dr Who Brickheadz and crowd favourite, PJ Masks Gekko maxifig.

For one SydLUG member the fete was a blast from the past, seeing him display his creations in a classroom that was his Year  3 classroom in 1967.

 

SydLUG Helps Bunnings Celebrate Dads

On Thursday August 30, members of SydLUG participated in a Father’s Day Family night held at Bunnings, Kingsgrove. The evening was jam-packed with entertainment including snake handling and a dinosaur jumping castle. MOCS on display by SydLUG were a popular inclusion, comprising of light sabers, chess sets, an airport and a dinosaur jungle.

The LUG were happy to join in the community event with groups such as Kingsgrove North High School who organised food and the SES who brought along a boat for people to check out.

SydLUG will return to the store on September 8 for the spring launch event.

 

SydLUG’s Weekend in Review

SydLUG members were kept busy last weekend with two public shows in Northern NSW and the Lake Macquarie area. What better way to beat the winter blues than with LEGO? Running over Saturday and Sunday (25 & 26 August), displays by SydLUG’s Northern NSW members played a small part in attracting record crowds to the Alstonville Craft & Garden Fair, put on by the local Quota Club.

On Sunday (August 26), SydLUG held a Brickparade to raise much needed funds for the Charlestown Scout group. Held at Charlestown Square, the event provided a unique activity for the centre’s regular shoppers. SydLUG builders from Newcastle and Sydney displayed some of their awesome creations and visitors to the event were also able to have some fun of their own in the brick play area and at the LEGO RC track.

SydLUG loves getting out and about and helping out the local community and hopes to return for both events in 2019.

Sydney’s South Struck by Brick Fever

On Sunday 29th July, a crowd of around 1500 visited St John Bosco Catholic Primary for the Engadine Brick Fair. This was the second year for the event, organised by the school’s P and F group in partnership with SydLUG with all proceeds going to the school.

This year’s event was a larger one with more displays attracting more visitors to the fair. Builders travelled from across the state and even interstate to display at the event, with representatives from Sydney; Wollongong; Canberra; Albury; the Central Coast, and Musswellbrook.

MOC (my own creation) highlights included Hulk’s Kitchen, the Lava Pit, a 1.5m tall tower, Escher’s Ascending and Descending, mosaics, several detailed cityscapes and farmlands, and a multitude of trains. Crowds were excited to see several vintage sets from the 60s and 70s on display, taking some of them back to their own childhood LEGO experiences.

In order to encourage creativity and imagination a kids building competition was held and the results were impressive with many entrants across all years from 1 to 6, in addition to several entertaining stop-motion films featuring LEGO. It was clear to see that the younger generation were inspired by the fair with the free building tables packed all day with young brick enthusiasts.

Engadine Brick Fair is set to return in 2019.

 

 

SydLUG – making school holidays awesome!

During the recent July school holidays 21 members of SydLUG treated Western Sydney to a free display of their brick built creations. The display ran over the two week period with builds being changed over that time to give repeat visitors something new to look at. The show, titled ‘BrickBuilt by SydLUG’, was organised with the Max Webber Library, Blacktown who hosted the display and held their own complementary building activities for children – building workshops and competitions with awards judged and presented by a Blacktown City Council architect.

Creations shared by SydLUG during the first week included 400 minifig habitats, a stunning Ode of Remembrance mosaic, monochrome towers, and themed chess sets. Week two saw a new line-up of MOCs including Bricktown Library, a detailed medieval castle, Disney’s Cars and an impressive John Lennon mosaic.

BrickBuilt appealed to the regular patrons of the library as well as attracting young families from around the greater Western Sydney area, introducing them to the limitless creative potential that building with LEGO offers. The display was visited by over 3,000 people during the holidays and is set to return to the library in the same holiday period in 2019.

 

SydLUG Looks to the Stars at University of Sydney’s Astrofest

On Saturday 7thJuly, the University of Sydney hosted their annual Astrofest, an event that aims to foster interest and enthusiasm for astronomy and science. Displaying for the first time at this event, members of SydLUG braved the chilly winter conditions to showcase some of their science-inspired creations made from LEGO.

Free to the public the event attracted around 3,000 visitors and attractions included public lectures with a kids Q&A session; planetarium shows; telescope viewing; astro-quizzes, and a children’s activities room.

LUG members were excited to be part of such a fun and educational event and hope to get the chance to participate again next year.

Inner West Brick Fair – Bigger and Better Every Year!

On Saturday 24 June, the Croydon Public School P&C hosted SydLUG for the third annual Inner West Brick Fair. Enthusiasm for the show has not waned with approximately 2000 visitors enjoying the family day out on a sunny winter’s day. 26 exhibitors transformed the school hall with an exciting assortment of displays, an expanded city collaboration and a range of special retail items. Meanwhile, outside the hall families were able to enjoy a hot lunch prepared by P&C volunteers, tasty baked treats, many of them created in keeping with the toy brick theme, donated from resident amateur bakers or a hot coffee from the local barista. Young fans of LEGO were able to bounce off some of their excitement on the jumping castles, or enjoy the talents of a face painter.

In addition to the featured bricks in the main hall, children were able to enjoy trying their hand building their own models either in the ‘brick pit’ or the ever-popular ‘speed build’ areas, hunt for hidden Lego Minifigure posters, or take a photo with cosplayers dressed as popular comic book heroes and villains.

The event continues to be an annual highlight on the school calendar and serves to provide the community with a fun and reasonably-priced family day. This year the profits also allowed the P&C to buy robotics equipment, Chromebooks and to support the 2 day per week speech pathologist. Students across all grades have benefited from P&C fundraising at this event so having SydLUG supporting their efforts is greatly appreciated by the school.

 

SydLUG Made Tracks to the Epping Model Railway Exhibition

Over the June long weekend, 11 members of SydLUG, joined by two Rainbow Bricks members, took part in the 37th Epping Model Railway Exhibition. Held for the first time in the new venue of the Grand Pavilion at Rosehill Gardens, the event attracted around 5,000 visitors.

This is the third year that a brick-built train display has been included, and this year’s LUG display (Brickslandia) featured extensive use of the SBrick system to control trains and points from an Android tablet. The display included a number of different buildings ranging from sets or modified sets to a large number of custom builds, including an impressive bridge and detailed train shed.

A crowd favourite was the Jurassic Park area of the display, complete with moving parts and many humorous scenes. Dinosaurs and trains proved to be a match made in heaven – though the minifig who ended up as a dino’s spit roast may beg to differ…

LUG members enjoyed sharing their hobby with the model train enthusiasts and the general public, taking time to demonstrate and explain how a LEGO train display works.

It is hoped that this opportunity will be available again next year, giving our builders the chance to collaborate on a grand scale once more.

More photos (courtesy of SydLUG’s Matt Lawrence) from the exhibition can be found here.

 

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