15 members of SydLUG returned to Shellharbour Public School this year to once again add an extra dimension to their fundraising fete. The event was held on Friday 13 October, and this year was a twilight event attended by around 2000 local community members. SydLUG filled an impressive 40 tables with a wide range of displays raising money for the school through gold coin donations.
Exhibitors enjoyed the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the event and visitors to the fete responded well to the displays, some highlights including: a casino, a desert oasis, the Powerpuff Girls, winter village, Batcoaster and a large Star Wars lenticular.
SydLUG’s official LUG Ambassador to LEGO, Gregg, had the honour of judging the kids building competition, awarding the top 3 places across three categories. Perhaps we will see some of the prize recipients as LUG members in the future!
As always, SydLUG were happy to share their love of LEGO in the name of a great cause, educating the next generation.
Described as Australia’s number one destination for pop culture fans, OzComic-Con has been running since 2012. This year marked the second year that SydLUG has been invited to display, and throughout the weekend the innovative display proved very popular among the 20,000 plus visitors to the convention, held at the new International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour.
The convention, which ran from Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October, was a natural fit for many of our members with their creations mirroring the cosplay outfits of convention visitors. Highlights of the brick built display included the Sentinel, Route 1 (from Pokemon), a mosaic featuring Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine.
SydLUG hopes to be given the opportunity to be part of the action again next year.
This spring school holidays SydLUG was part of a new initiative by Cumberland Council Libraries to offer children an enriching toy brick experience. In a first for both the LUG and the libraries, a small group of SydLUG members displayed creations at Merrylands Central Library on Tuesday 26 September. The library also offered a brick play area and colouring station, attracting many families with children of all ages.
The day was a busy one with a constant stream of visitors to the library – some who had planned their visit specially to see the display, and others who were using the library as per normal and were intrigued by the display. LUG members had an enjoyable day interacting with the public and library staff, all of whom had a variety of questions about our hobby.
SydLUG members were excited to be able to draw people’s attention to the wonderful services the library offers the community, and many of us found it a timely reminder of just what libraries have to offer and the vital role they still play in today’s world.
SydLUG and the library service are working on ideas for future events, across multiple library locations, and have plans to make these events a regular school holiday occurrence.
Spring has arrived and so have school spring fairs! On Friday, September 1st, a handful of SydLUG members displayed models at the Mt Terry Public School Spring Fair in Albion Park. The fair is held every two years for the benefit of over 700 of the school’s students and families, and is also attended by other members of the local community.
Pete, Josh, Graham and Ray represented SydLUG with a diverse range of MOCs set up in the school hall, including the Mos Eisley Cantina; a large AT-AT Walker; Star Wars/M:Tron mash-ups; a baseball stadium; crystal towers; The Powerpuff Girls; chess sets, and assorted vignettes. SydLUG members were also invited to judge the students’ build competition, with a competitive selection the decisions were tough!
The day was an enjoyable one with many visitors to the fair returning to the LEGO displays multiple times to ensure they had seen it all and to grab one last look at their favourites.
The inaugural Engadine Brick Fair was held at St John Bosco Primary School, Engadine on Saturday June 24th.
The event was well supported by locals, attracting a crowd of one thousand, mostly young families with a developing interest in the hobby. There was over 40 entries in the kids building competition, winners judged by SydLUG members, who had a challenging time wading through some very talented builds.
Special thanks goes to the contributing members of SydLUG (and their families in support) for making this event possible, some members travelling all the way from Gosford, Penrith, Campbelltown, and Wollongong just for the day, and also special thanks to the parents of the school for making the day run smoothly and for providing a myriad of sweet treats.
We hope to be back next year with more MOCs and bigger MOCs.
SydLUG members exhibiting at the event were; Pete, Julie, Michael, Mark, Michelle, Clayton, Josh, Josh #2, Martin, Kirsten, and Ray.
On Sunday 18th June, approximately more than 20 SydLUG exhibitors again converged on Croydon Public School for the second Inner West Brick Fair. The 2017 show again featured dozens of unique exhibits surrounding a central collaborative city featuring many active elements such as working Fairground, twin train tracks and a monorail.
Once again, dozens of parent volunteers assisted on the cold winter’s day entertaining approximately 2,500 members of the public and school community. The school P&C continues to be extremely grateful for the kind support of SydLUG and SYDBricks Incorporated. After another successful show the school community is again hoping this will become and remain a popular annual event.
Many parents have spoken fondly of seeing their children inspired to build, and in some cases, save pocket-money to purchase something from our friendly retailers. Other activities such as jumping castles & face-painting complimented the “Brick Pit” and this year the addition of the 5 Minute Speed Build area proved to be popular. The weather was kind (no rain, just a chilly breeze), the enthusiasm obvious and the feedback from exhibitors, school and parents alike was unanimous.
Looking forward to 2018!!
Over the June long weekend 5 members of SydLUG attended the 36th Epping Model railway exhibition which saw thousands of people through the door. The SydLUG LEGO city display was a popular display among all who attended even the seasoned expert scale railway modellers. Extra attention to detail was taken this year with every section of the train track ballasted and a working locomotive turntable.
The layout also included automatic point’s controller by a tablet via the use of sbrick’s. With the use of the sbrick we had 5 points, 2 locos and the turntable all controlled via the tablet and it worked seamlessly over the weekend, and is something that we are going to consider more for future shows.
Various locomotives and rolling stock were run, which pleased not only the crowd but the attending members also. A new addition to the locomotive ranks this year was the QR National 6022 built in 8 studs wide rather than the standard LEGO scale of 6 wide. Late on Monday afternoon just before pack up, we decided to try some train drifting with the new QR National 6022 Locomotive. It was fantastic, people from other displays came to watch and have a laugh.
The display included a number of different buildings ranging from sets, to modifications or sets and a large number of custom builds, it even had a star wars stage show.
We hope to be back next year with a bigger and better display.
More photos can be found here.
The Sydney Brick Show took place in the Sydney Town Hall on the 22 and 23 April and was once more supported by many SydLUG members. The show received thousands of visitors over the two days, raising much needed funds for Bear Cottage, who provide support for the families of children suffering terminal or life-limiting illnesses.
Just under 100 exhibitors took part in this year’s show, from experienced show veterans to first-time exhibitors. The creations on display were representative of a wide variety of building styles and LEGO themes and the visiting public was treated to an inspiring display of talent, creativity, imagination and dedication. Highlights included the massive X-Men Sentinel; Mack from Cars complete with chromed LEGO pieces; a portal collaboration spanning four themes; a huge fairground and city display; a detailed house from the Fallout 4 video game and a replica of Victoria’s Government House. Once again, the winners of the Kids Creation Comp displayed their builds at the show and were excited to be among grownups who share their passion.
This year’s show also featured a display of the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series, complete with a backdrop of twinkling stars and an impressive array of LEGO Minifig habitats that rewarded close viewing with clever details that made many laugh out loud.
The show catered for visitors of all ages, offering children’s building tables and a Duplo pit in addition to a LEGO RC track that proved quite a hit with the crowds.
More photos can be found here.
On the 26th June, approximately 22 SydLUG exhibitors, dozens of parent volunteers and in excess of 2,500 members of the public converged on the Croydon Public School for the inaugural Inner West Brick Fair. Held to raise funds for the school P&C, the event was a huge success and very-much appreciated by the school community.
The extensive participation of club members displaying a wide range of MOCs was a highlight for the local community many of which had not experienced a LUG event previously. A range of activities for the kids combined with a beautiful sunny winter day and plenty of food on offer meant there was something for everyone. The feedback from exhibitors, the school and the general community has been extremely positive and it is hoped the event can become a regular part of the school calendar.
Photos of the event can be found here
Members from SydLUG attended Brickvention in Melbourne this year between the 15th and 17th of January.
It was held again at the Royal Exhibition building in Carlton, which is a fantastic venue with lots of space and natural light.
There were over 400 exhibitors in attendance, and 26000 members of the public attended on the 2 public days.
The Friday was convention day where games were played, talks listened to and prizes awarded. The guest speaker this year was Warren Elsmore who is an author and Lego builder form the UK.
There was alarge variety of retailers who were selling new and used sets and minifigures. Many rare and out of production sets were available, with price tags to match!
Some of the highlights were Ryan Mcnaughts sinking RMS Titanic and BAC Concorde cross section.
More photos can be found here