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Sydney Brick Show

The Sydney Brick Show was held over 9 days from the 20th April until 28th April and was held at the David Jones Elizabeth St store. The event was a sell out and a complete success with over 25,000 people attending during the 9 days.

As well as displays from local SydLUG members and AFOLs there was displays from Newcastle, Canberra, Melbourne and Tasmania.

Also featured were a number of the displays from “The Brick Man” Ryan McNaught Australia’s LEGO® Certified Professional. Ryan also ran a series of workshop during the event.

Winner from the building Competition were on display over the opening weekend.


The opening day was also the AFOL day with an evening event for those registered AFOL who attended the show.

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On the Friday night (26th April) was the 2013 special charity evening event for the Sydney Brick Show. Proceeds from the night when to Bear Cottage, part of the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.


Over the last weekend there was a Speedorz Challenge with LEGO® designer Craig Callum on hand to help and inspire.


For those who wanted a build after all that could have a build in the Brick Pit! Here some of the samples from just one day.



Bricks at the Bay

This was the third year this event had been run and once again some of the members of SydLUG ventured up the coast to Port Stephens [Salamander] to join with some local builders in providing a display that everyone enjoyed.

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During the Saturday night session the MOC’s were lit up to show them off in a different light.

Held over the first weekend of the school holidays [13th and 14th April] this years event helped to held raise funds for the Hunter Koala Preservation Society.

The April school holidays were a busy time for all with the Sydney Brick Show up next….

Brickvention 19th & 20th 2013

Once more SydLUG had a large group of members head to Brickvention by any means available. The event was held at the new larger venue [The Royal Exhibition Building] which meant more people could visit the event over the two days. Approximately 18,000 looked at the displays.

Special Guest was Lego Designer Mark Stafford there to talk about the new Chima range as well as answer question. Well those he allowed too! 🙂

The SydLUG creations ranged from Friends to Cowboys vs Aliens.

Everyone had a great time and the crowd loved everyones creations.

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SydLUG 2013 Q1 Update

SydLUG has been very busy this year attending Brickvention in January, Trainworks and Rockdale Arts day in March and Tomaree Bay Lego Show and the Sydney Brick Show in April. With various new displays built and on display at each show, we have run out of time to keep the web page updated. For the latest photos please see the SydLUG flickr group.

Up coming shows include the Toy and Game Expo held on the June long weekend at olympic park and Canberra’s Brickexpo in August.

A new webpage format is in the works so stay tuned and keep building!

SydLUG Display at the QVB Toy & Hobby Exhibition

As part of the QVB Toy & Hobby Exhibition, SydLUG are displaying two of their biggest creations!

The layout, titled ‘Twin Bridges’, displays the talents of some of our members and demonstrates different forms of bridge architecture. The light open structure of the iron girder bridge floating ‘lightly’ above the water is juxtaposed with the solid stone construction of the other, which sits ‘obstinately’ in the river landscape. Both bridges show just how adaptive and fun LEGO® can be as a design medium and creative toy.

SydLUG Toy & Hobby Exhibition

The towns at each end of the bridges showcase a remarkable selection of buildings and vehicles, whilst two train lines featuring a variety of different passenger and cargo trains loop around the display.

You’ll find the display on level two of the QVB at the northern end of the building. The exhibition runs until 7th October, 2012. For more information visit–Hobby-Expo





AMRA 2012 – Hexham Swamp by SydLUG Trains

SydLUG has displayed many times at the AMRA Liverpool show. This year, we have focused on the Richmond Vale Railway and surrounding area. The railway closed in 1987 and while the rail corridor has not been built over, it is unlikely the railway will ever cross the hexham flood plain again. More info at

The SydLUG team has worked to capture parts of the local town of Kurri Kurri, the immigrant camp at Greta, the Hexham Swamp and the Richmond Vale Colleiry. The display is circa 1980.

The AMRA Liverpool show is on between 9am-4pm both Sunday 30th Sept and Monday 1st Oct. Come along if you are in Sydney and want a fun day out. More details can be found at

Thismorning the Larmour family presented SydLUG with AMRA’s Wombat Award (The Children’s Most Popular Exhibit) for 2012.

SydLUG Trains AMRA 2012 Hexham Swamp

SLGG layout “Brickston Valley” wins the Public Choice Award at AMRA 2011!

The Sydney L Gauge Group (SLGG), attended the 49th Annual show of the Australian Model Railway Association at Sydney’s Liverpool Leisure Centre. Held of the October long weekend, ths show hosted a variety of layouts with varying gauges. SLGG this year produced our greatest layout thus far – with the public agreeing. The SLGG layout “Brickston Valley” won the Public Choice Award – an award we have aspired to win since Lego has been displayed at the annual AMRA show. The Sydney Lego community has been represented since 2006 by other groups such as the Sydney Lego Train Club and SydLUG. SLGG aims to display high quality model railroads using Lego as the medium of choice.

The display featured a country and city section separated by a wharf with working gantry crane. The country resembled a small English village with Hogsmeade Station, limestone cottages and an Antiques dealer. The wharf incorporated a traction sub station to power all catenery, coast guard base and working crane (rc controlled) loading a Maersk off shore tug.

The city featured many of the official LEGO modular buildings as well as English inspired grand station, tram shed, Pulp fiction inspired Big Kahuna Burger restaurant, Vahalla cinema, and Kiama inspired Post Office. The rear of the city had an industrial area with an English inspired locomotives shunting goods.
Various photos can be found here.

AMRA 2011

SydLUG is excited to confirm that SLGG (Sydney-L-Gauge-Group) will be displaying a layout at this year’s AMRA show at WHITLAM LEISURE CENTRE Memorial Avenue, Liverpool, 1-3 October. SLGG is a division of SydLUG that primarily focuses on model railroad displays, but unlike traditional model railways, uses LEGO as the artistic medium.

This year’s display will consist of a large city, country village and dock area, as well as feature realistic locos and rolling stock. We hope to see many of you there!

A flyer for this event can be found here.

BrickExpo 2011

Last weekend (6th & 7th August) saw SydLUG attend the 2nd annual Canberra Brick Expo. In a more spacious room, thousands of people flocked from all over Australia to see the LEGO creations from 25 exhibitors (including Australia’s very own LEGO Certified Professional Ryan McNaught) and one LEGO designer – Jamie Bernard.

Most people who braved the queues outside were very pleased and astonished by the detail and variety of the Lego creations. SydLUG was proud to contribute and looks forward to next year.

Here are a few links to the BrickExpo Displays;

SydLUG Classic Space       More BrickExpo       BrickExpo 2011

Sydney Aviation Model Show

SydLUG at the Sydney Aviation Model Show
SydLUG at the Sydney Aviation Model Show

The 14/15th May saw SydLUG attend the Sydney Aviation Model Show at Bankstown Airport. The show featured various model aircraft shops, exotic cars and of course, our Lego display. The 9×9 baseplate layout was based on a country airfield in the Asia Pacific region. All who attended were amazed by the amount of Lego and the Easter eggs littered through the layout. How many can you see? (Try to find a soccer ball, Australian WW1 troops, Australian Special Forces, a Star Wars Droid plus many more).