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ENCORE AND NEW public displays for november

Returning to the St George Brick Fair for the fourth year, members of SydLUG were happy to help raise funds for Hurstville South Public School. Over 20 members displayed on Sunday, November 3, with the debut showing of a Star Wars themed Hoth base and a cluster of medieval buildings. Visitors to the show were also able to get a sneak peek of SydLUG’s collaborative build projects for 2020 – apartments and a new minifig habitat structure.


SydLUG went on to do two first time public displays in November, the first being at the Yarrawarrah Public School 50th anniversary fete on Saturday 16. The second was the Thornleigh West Public School Movie Night held on Saturday November 23. In addition to providing displays SydLUG members judged the children’s building competition.

The year isn’t over for SydLUG yet, with a couple more public shows to see out 2019, including the Hornsby Shire Brick Fair on December 8, raising money for a very worthy cause, Ronald McDonald House.

Did you say Bricktober?

As we near the end of the year SydLUG continues to be busy showcasing their brick building expertise. On the 10thof October members provided a school holiday display at Merrylands Library making this the third Cumberland Libraries event for the year. SydLUG is proud to support the library service and will return in 2020 for more events in the Cumberland Council area.

October 19thsaw SydLUG return to the Oatley Lions Village Festival for the second year. The public support and interest in our hobby was evident with a great local building competition taking place between two local schools, and being judged by the local MP, David Coleman. 

The month drew to a spooky close with a display at the Kingsgrove Bunnings Halloween Family Night on October 31st. Over 100 families were in attendance, including dozens of children in Halloween costumes. The SydLUG display featured a zombie attack, Halloween Vignettes and a brick full of spiders. It was scarily fun! SydLUG will return to Bunnings for the Christmas Family Night on December 5th.

Fathers, Fairs and First Time Events

SydLUG’s first public event for August saw three of our northern members excited to put together the LUG’s first display at the ‘Our Town Model Show’. The event was a scale model exhibition held at the Newcastle Racecourse over the weekend of August 17-18. The impressive train layout was extremely detailed and attracted lots of attention.

A section of the Our Town Model display by SydLUG

On the same Sunday other LUG members took part in another first-time event, the Georges River Brick Fair, raising over $8,000 for Oatley Public School. The family-friendly event was attended by over 1,000 members of the public and received 55 entries in the kids’ building competition.

Entries in the Georges River Kid’s Comp

The second big fundraising event for the month was held on August 25, the Helensburgh Brick Fair and was again, an inaugural brick fair for the area. Crowd numbers were over 1,200, raising over $6,000 enabling the Helensburgh Lions Club to fund projects for local schools: Helensburgh PS, Holy Cross PS, Waterfall PS, Otford PS and Scarborough PS. The success of the event will see SydLUG return to Helensburgh next year.

Crowds enjoy the displays at Helensburgh Brick Fair

The month concluded with a return to the Kingsgrove Bunnings store for their Father’s Day Family Night on August 29. Locals escaped the wet and windy weather with an in-store party for dads including a South Pacific concert band, massages, petting zoo, inflatable games, kid’s crafts, food, and of course our awesome display of brick-built creations!

Displays for Dads at Kingsgrove Bunnings

SydLUG will be back for a Christmas family night later in the year.

Bringing Bricks to the Public

July saw members of SydLUG return to Max Webber Library, Blacktown for the second year, providing a week-long display for the beginning of the school holidays. A new feature at the event was having members working on MOCs live, allowing visitors to engage with the building process. Members were able to share tips on techniques and answer many questions from children and adults alike. The exhibition titled ‘BrickBuilt’ will return to the library in 2020.

Partnerships with local public libraries have become very important to SydLUG in recent years, providing valuable opportunities for our members to share their hobby with an interested audience while at the same time, assisting libraries in cementing their place as a community hub for learning and inspiring creativity and imagination. July 18, during the second week of the school holidays, SydLUG provided a small display for Cumberland Libraries’ Regent’s Park branch. The event included a kids’ building area which was filled with kids from open till close, every inch of the play area taken up with enthusiastic brick building.

SydLUG finished the month with an exciting opportunity to host our biggest brick fair event to date – North Sydney Brick Fair held on 20th-21st July. In partnership with Home HQ Artarmon, the 2-day event attracted over 2,000 visitors and was a great success. The event would not have been possible without the generous support of Home HQ, and we thank the group for providing us with the chance to hold this event.

MOC highlights at the show included the debut of the full series of four stunning Game of Thrones mosaics; a hilarious Game of Thrones Family Feud diorama; 500 minifig habitats; a moving parts fairground with UFO Spinner and Big Drop rides; monochrome towers; a Great Ball Contraption; a large city layout with trains; a highly detailed series of houses; giant locomotive; giant spaceship; aircraft carrier; Dr Who Brickheadz; Pigs Vs Porgs battle diorama with mechs, and a Wild West main street with moving parts.

The kids’ play tables were well utilised over the weekend, and TV’s LEGO Masters contestants Henry and Marielle made appearances to meet and greet eager fans. A fantastic weekend was had by exhibitors and the visiting public.

 

Spreading the Joy of the Brick in June

June was a particularly busy month for SydLUG with a few of our most well established and attended shows taking place.

Engadine Brick Fair celebrated its third year on the 2ndJune, raising over $8,000 for their local Scouts group. SydLUG’s builders were out in force with MOC highlights including the debut showing of Kumamoto Castle and the Mechapede Base, a massive city train layout including five loops, the War Memorial and military maxi-figs.

The June long weekend once again brought the popular Epping Model Railway Show attracting over 7,000 visitors, with SydLUG providing a city train layout for the fifth year.

SydLUG member Matt, who coordinated the SydLUG display said: “This show was the largest SMILS (SydLUG Modular Integrated Landscaping System) based layout so far,  with nine people contributing everything from buildings, train track, roads, vehicles, minifigs, helicopters, trains, trees and a whole lot of other goodies. It was well received by the crowd and SydLUG builder, Hando’s “Bacon City” creation brought smiles to the faces of all who saw it. The layout used our large radius curves for the first time which gave us a chance to sort out a few teething problems and plan improvements for the future.”

It wasn’t all familiar shows for SydLUG this month, with the LUG appearing at pop-culture event, Supanova in Sydney from June 21st-23rd. LUG representatives enjoyed talking with the public about upcoming shows, membership and all things LEGO! The small, but eye-catching display included a teaser of a four panel Game of Thrones mosaic by Kristie and the iconic Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield.

To close out the month SydLUG members were happy to return to one of their favourite shows, the Inner West Brick Fair, held on June 30th. In its fourth year, the show attracted a record crowd of over 3,000 people and showcased builds from over 30 exhibitors. One of the most popular exhibitors was LEGO Masters winner and SydLUG member, Henry, who debuted a wild west main street MOC and brought along the LEGO Masters trophy.

A number of SydLUG builders had new displays for the Inner West show including houses, a mountain temple, baby Groot and a maxi-scale locomotive. Money raised goes to Croydon Public School to help provide valuable resources for its students.

SydLUG hopes to return for each of these events in 2020.

 

MOCS On Display in May

May began with SydLUG attending a new event, the Camden Brick Spectacular held at the Camden Town Hall on May 4 and 5. This inaugural event attracted almost 4,000 people over the weekend, many of whom were excited to meet LEGO Masters winner, Henry who is a proud SydLUG member. Displays were impressive and included the Hungarian Opera House, St Mark’s Bell Tower, WWI dioramas, monochrome towers and a large city layout including trains and airport. There was a large kids’ building area which was busy most of the weekend and given its success, the event plans to return next year.

SydLUG once again helped the Kingsgrove Bunnings store celebrate all the amazing mums in the local area, displaying at the Mother’s Day Family Night on May 9. Displays even included some special Mother’s Day MOCs by SydLUG builder and mum, Kirsten. The event was well attended by locals who enjoyed the variety of activities on offer including roasting marshmallows over a campfire; face painting; a jumping castle; wood fired pizza; a giant Connect 4 game, and petting zoo. SydLUG will return to celebrate dads for Father’s Day later in the year.

Next it was time for a trip up the mountains, with SydLUG once again displaying at the Kurrajong Hobby & Motor Show on May 18 and 19. The SydLUG display was awarded ‘Best Static Display’ for the second year in a row for their impressive city layout. The event was a popular one with over 100 classic cars on display, market stalls and collectibles dealers, and an open fire and BBQ to keep everyone toasty warm. SydLUG are excited to return to the event next year to see if they can score a hat trick!

From Bunnies to Bunnings – April had a bit of everything!

April has always been a month of family fun events for SydLUG with Easter and holiday celebrations to be part of – 2019 was no exception! We kicked off with an Easter Family Night at Kingsgrove Bunnings store on April 11th. MOC highlights included a brick-built version of an actual Bunnings store; Minecraft chickens with Easter eggs; an Easter Bunny maxifig and cube apartment creations.

The event was well-attended by families who enjoyed the other activities on offer including slot cars; video games; clown heads; a jumping castle; crafts and face painting. SydLUG will return to Bunnings for a Mother’s Day family night on May 9th.

SydLUG helped herald the end of the school holidays by appearing at Figtree Anglican Church Fun Day, on April 29th. The MOCs on display were a highlight of the event which had a LEGO® theme.

Over 30 members of SydLUG also joined members of other LUGs to display at the Sydney Brick Show held on the weekend of 6-7th April in Penrith. Three members were among the show’s award recipients:

‘AFOL’s Choice’ – Max for his incredible build ‘Fallout’ Vault and Wasteland

‘Outstanding MOC’ – Sam Wright for his beautifully detailed ‘Destiny 2’ model

‘Outstanding MOC’ – Nigel for his impressive creation Watchtower at Daggerford

Other MOC highlights included the city collaboration, spirographs, Disney Cars and WWII builds.

 

MOCs for the Masses in March

SydLUG members have enjoyed more public show success in March, with around 7,000 members of the public attending the two events we participated in.

The month began with Cherrybrook “Movie under the Stars” on Saturday, March 2nd. This was the fourth time SydLUG has been involved in the event hosted by the 1st Cherrybrook Scouts. MOC highlights included Friends themed minifig habitats and themed chess sets. There was also a LEGO RC track available for young LEGO fans to test out their racing skills.

Over 3,000 people attended the night enjoying the wide range of activities on offer including numerous dance and vocal performances, food stalls, a dunk tank, a treasure hunt climbing wall, jumping castle, and face painting.

March 9thand 10thsaw SydLUG return for the second Illawarra Annual Brick Spectacular held at Kembla Grange Racecourse. Around 4,000 visitors to the show helped raise over $22,000 for the KidzWish Foundation who help children in the Illawarra who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability.

One of the highlights of the show was a massive castle layout debuted by three SydLUG members who had worked in collaboration to make something special for the show. Architecturally impressive were a MOC of Singapore’s Interlace building and the Australia Street MOC showcasing homesteads from different eras. Also popular were the vintage train layout, sci-fi battle scenes and city builds.

 

Something Old and Something New – SydLUG Off to a Flying Start for 2019

2019 promises to be a big year for SydLUG with two public events already done and dusted. The group warmed up for some big events and new shows with a mini exhibition for Cumberland Libraries in January, showcasing some fantastic new MOCs from members. The event formed part of the library’s school holiday entertainment and the LUG members were excited to be sharing their hobby and simultaneously bringing people into the library and reminding them what a fantastic community hub it is. SydLUG have become popular with the Cumberland Libraries, putting on exhibitions across its branches on a regular basis.

The public show muscle flexed, SydLUG went on to be part of the very first Hills Brick Fair, raising much needed funds for Parklea Public School. The event was held on Sunday, 24thFebruary and attracted around 1600 visitors. More than 20 members of SydLUG were involved and the quality of displays was excellent. The show had a ‘mech’ theme and MOC highlights included the ‘Gundam’ and a fellow mech giant, ‘Rogue Nation’, which stands at 85cm tall, has 19 points of articulation and over 12000 pieces. Two creative mech scenes debuted at the show – ‘Pork vs Porg’ (yep, pigs and Star Wars porgs in mech suits battling it out!) and a mecha beach battle.

The show was well-supported by the local community with over 30 entries in the kids’ building competition. Winners were judged by SydLUG’s President and LUG Ambassador who were impressed with the standard of the building.

“It was fantastic to see so many creative builds across all age groups from our next generation of master builders,” said SydLUG President, Gavin Rich.

Show attendees enjoyed a range of activities on the day including a kids’ brick building area, speed building competition, petting zoo, giant slide and jumping castle.

The success of this inaugural Hills Brick Fair guarantees its return in 2020.

The humble plastic brick helps raise over $100k for local communities

As 2018 draws to a close we look back on the year that was for SydLUG, and what a year it was…

 Sydney’s only registered LUG continued to grow its membership, building a vibrant community (both online and in person) for its AFOL members to collaborate and share their passion for LEGO with each other.

2018 was a year full of public displays, allowing SydLUG to make significant contributions to its local communities. SydLUG members took part in 33 events, many of which were organised by LUG members, delighting over 87,000 members of the public and raising over $105,000 for charities, schools and other not for profit groups. SydLUG members are proud to have been able to harness the power of creativity and have such a positive impact on the world around them.

SydLUG members continue to be recognised by the global LEGO community for their inspiring builds, raising the bar for quality and ingenuity. Builds from SydLUG members have been featured on a variety of blogs, fan sites and in magazines. SydLUG president, Gavin Rich, said that 2018 has been a proud year for the LUG.

“Thank you to every member of SydLUG for your collective contributions to the success of the LUG. It has been a pleasure to be part of this group and I’m continually amazed by the creations of our members and the willingness of members to get involved and give back to our local communities,” he said.

More exciting plans are already underway for public shows in 2019 and SydLUG builders have some brilliant ideas for all new builds. Stay tuned for a brick-tastic New Year!