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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.

 

SydLUG Finishes the Year on a High

It has been a busy end to the year for SydLUG, with a number of shows and events taking place. On Sunday December 2nd, the inaugural Mudgee brick fair was held by MS-LUG (Mudgee & surrounds) with 8 SydLUG members helping out by taking along displays. The day was a big success attracting over 1300 people and raising $6000 for the Buy-a-Bale charity supporting NSW farmers.

Thursday, December 6th, saw SydLUG represented at two separate Bunnings stores (Kingsgrove & Penrith) for their family Christmas nights. MOC highlights at Kingsgrove included Santa and snowman maxi-figs, a winter village, and Bacon City. The Penrith store highlights included a Bunnings store model, illuminated Christmas vignettes, and a mini city layout. SydLUG has had a successful partnership with Bunnings in 2018 and will return for more events at Bunnings in 2019.

The final SydLUG event for 2018, Roselea Brickparade, was held on Sunday, December 9th. The event raised much appreciated funds for the Roselea Scouts.

While that’s it for SydLUG for 2018, we have a full calendar of events being planned for 2019 with new exhibitors and new models.

SydLUG Put the ‘Fun’ in Fundraiser for Jannali Public School

SydLUG once again offered their support to Jannali Public School’s fundraising efforts by displaying at their Market Day, Fun Fair and Toy Brick Extravaganza on Sunday, 23rd September. It was the third consectutive year the LUG had been involved in the popular local event, which attracted around 1500 people.

Highlights of the Toy Brick Extravaganza included a Venice MOC; Hulk’s Kitchen; Marvel vs DC Sports Field; Pastel Towers and the debut showing of a ‘Colours of Oz’ Australia-themed cube build. The event had a lively spring carnival atmosphere and visitors were kept entertained by rides, stalls, food, games and live music and dancing.

SydLUG were glad of an opportunity to share their hobby and at the same time contribute to vital fundraising efforts for one of Sydney’s public schools.

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.

 

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 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 on Tour

14 members of SydLUG started 2018 with a bang, travelling to Melbourne to take part in Australia’s largest LEGO fan event, Brickvention Australia. The event was held over three days from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January in the impressive, heritage listed, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.

Despite very hot conditions the show was a fantastic experience for all who attended. The massive train layout, complete with Australian themed landscapes and the largest ball contraption in the Southern Hemisphere were highlights. The quality of some of the younger builders was also astounding – the work of some of the teenagers displaying was inspiring and had the AFOLs vowing to lift their game! A number of castle builds were awarded at the show and were indicative of the high quality of builds in this theme.

Two of our own SydLUG members were awarded commendations, Handoko for his Imperial Fairground and Graham for his Hungarian State Opera House. Handoko was also awarded a Kids Choice and his build was certainly a crowd favourite, people clambering frantically to get a good viewpoint of all the moving parts and comical details.

Not content with just one show away from home, a handful of SydLUGgers went on to participate in a community show in Merimbula on the south coast of NSW. The Brickfest was put on by the local Rotary club and raised around $8,000 for a carer’s unit in the local hospital. Crowds were very appreciative of the builds, with a long line of attendees waiting at the doors before opening on the first day. 2,600 people visited over two days and the event looks like being repeated next year.