All posts by Samantha Rich

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.

 

Hobby show a perfect fit for SydLUG’s LEGO® enthusiasts

Four members of SydLUG were excited to be included in the recent Kurrajong Hobby and Motor Show, giving them an opportunity to showcase what the LEGO hobby is all about. Taking place over two days on the 19thand 20thMay at the East Kurrajong School of Arts, the event attracted around 800 visitors.

The LUG’s display of creations made from LEGO was a popular exhibit, fitting in well with the family-friendly event that incorporated a pet show; classic and vintage vehicles; antique tools and machinery; architectural miniatures; local artists; crafts; jewellery making; woodworking and much more.

The SydLUG exhibit was awarded ‘Best Static Display’ and a great weekend was had by all exhibitors who enjoyed the chance to chat with members of the public about their builds.

Minifigs and More for Mother’s Day at Kingsgrove Bunnings

In the lead up to Mother’s Day members of SydLUG participated in a special family night at Kingsgrove Bunnings. On Thursday, May 10 the store offered families a fun night out in honour of mums, with a myriad of activities to keep the kids entertained including a Disney jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting (with henna for the mums!) and a range of ‘minute-to-win-it’ games.

Creations made from LEGO and displayed by SydLUG members were a popular addition to the evening, and included an American style farm scene and detailed colourful towers. For the sports fan mums there was a hurdling track and minifig habitats themed around the Commonwealth Games.

The evening had a celebratory atmosphere, enhanced by the musical efforts of the Riverwood Hornets Marching Band.

SydLUG will return to Kingsgrove Bunnings for the store’s Spring Launch event on Saturday, September 8.

 

SydLUG shines at the 2018 Sydney Brick Show

SydLUG members were among the exhibitors at the recent Sydney Brick Show (April 21-22), Sydney’s premier LEGO fan event. Over 100 displays were presented over two days to more than 5000 visitors to the show.

For photos from the show see the album on our Facebook page – Sydney Brick Show 2018

Previously held at Sydney Town Hall, this year’s show, held at Penrith Panthers Pavilion, was more accessible to the thousands of LEGO fans and families in greater Western Sydney and raised money for local disability charity, NADO (Nepean Area Disability Organisation).

Prior to the show SydLUG members set the goal of beating the world record for the most Minifig habitats displayed (1090). For the uninitiated, a minifig is what we call a LEGO person/character and the habitat is a diorama or vignette contained within an 8 x 8 stud baseplate. The habitats were oozing with creativity, humour and clever techniques and parts usage, and an excellent inspiration for those wanting to have a go at building something of their own.

37 members, with the help of some non-SydLUG exhibitors,  smashed the record out of the park, with a total of 1547 habitats being displayed in an impressive wall configuration. A fitting celebration of the Minifig’s 40th anniversary this year.

Another of the highlights of the show this year was a massive galactic frontier themed collaboration (5 x 2 metres) showcasing the work of 12 members of the Sydney LEGO User Group. The show’s mascot, an innocent spaceman named Apollo, found himself on a distant world where a rare ore named LEGOtonium had been discovered. It was a tough frontier world with all manner of aliens trying to discover their own plot of LEGOtonium. Creativity and humour collided in this amazing display that included ‘Bacon City’ – the city corner where heroes and scum ‘meat’ over the infamous outer rim wings and space hotdogs.

SydLUG members were among the major award winners at this year’s show, ‘Best in Show’ going to SydLUG husband and wife team, Gavin and Samantha, who created a detailed city themed moc – ‘All Star Arena Precinct’, comprising a huge arena, church, playground, park, tennis courts, brick-built roads and modular style buildings. Over 400 minifigs were used to bring the scene alive and the arena was left open at the back to showcase the ice rink where ‘Disney on Ice’ was taking place. Four unique sets for the show were changed out every fifteen minutes and proved a crowd favourite.

The ‘AFOL’s Choice’ was an impressive moc of the Singaporean apartment complex, The Interlace, by SydLUG builder, Graham. Built using around 95,000 pieces and taking 10 months to complete, the creation is a beautiful example of an architectural style build in microscale.

Another SydLUG award recipient was Bradley, with ‘Foster’s Carnival’, which was Highly Commended. The moving parts carnival rides were amazingly life-like, down to the trucks built for them to be ‘transported’ on. SydLUG member, Joel, was recognised for ‘Creative Use of Parts’ for his display, ‘Under a Black Sun’, which was set up in a tent with special UV lighting shining on trans LEGO creations to produce a mind-blowing effect.

Notable Mentions were given to SydLUGgers, Richard and Melissa for their ‘Pirate Cove’ moc; Rohan for his ‘Beatles Turntable’; Kristie for her Beatles mosaic and Michelle, for her mosaic of ‘The Ode.’

All displays were well-received by the crowd and exhibitors had a very positive show experience, sharing their passion and hard work with the community and catching up with each other to talk bricks and pieces.

The show also boasted a children’s building competition (with winning entries on display on Saturday 21 April), a kids free building area with LEGO graffiti wall, a remote controlled LEGO race track and meet and greets with costumed characters.

 

SydLUG Promotes Screen-Free Holiday Fun

On Wednesday 18 April, members of SydLUG visited Auburn Library to give kids in Western Sydney a taste of what the big Sydney Brick Show has to offer. 200 minifig habitats were on display, a small portion of the over 1500 that were made by Sydney Brick Show exhibitors to beat the world record for the most displayed.

Around 400 children enjoyed the display at the library, searching the habitats thoroughly for their favourite characters in LEGO. Inspired to build their own creations, the brick play pit was packed all day with kids searching for free space in the library to build, build, build!

SydLUG is proud to be forging a positive partnership with Sydney libraries, joining forces to expand young minds and encourage creative and imaginative play. Many of the young visitors on the day were excited to find that the Sydney Brick Show was coming to a venue near them that weekend.

SydLUG Creations a Hit at Bunnings Easter Family Night

After a warm reception at their first ever Bunnings family night last year, SydLUG members were once again invited to display their brick-built masterpieces at the Kingsgrove store. On Thursday 22 March, members of SydLUG put on a mini display at the free community event that formed part of early Easter celebrations.

Around 100 families enjoyed the carnival atmosphere with mechanical pony rides; balloon twisting; face painting; kids crafts, and music from the Riverwood Hornets Marching Band. To add to the festivities an Easter hat parade and egg hunt took place, and amid much excitement, a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself.

With its family-friendly values and emphasis on fun and play, LEGO was right at home on the night – even situated in an appropriately construction themed aisle, surrounded by structural timber and plasterboard! MOCs on display included the ever popular ‘Trans Towers’, some clever optical illusion builds, creatively constructed chess boards and a Minecraft Farm that proved popular with many young gamers.

SydLUG is set to support similar family nights in the future.