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.
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.
On Sunday, 18thNovember, Hurstville South Public School once again hosted popular family event, the St George Brick Fair. After a year’s hiatus the event has only grown in popularity with over 2,000 people visiting the LEGO-themed fair which featured impressive displays from 16 SydLUG builders.
MOC highlights included a Mega City – always a popular display with trains, planes, an automated fairground, Ghostbusters firehouse complete with light-up billboard, a park with ferris wheel and an old fishing village. Other displays of note were a collection of M-Tron themed Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series; a Star Wars Carbon Freeze Chamber and the public debut of a Star Wars Dagobah Scene; along with popular moving parts build Bacon City, which was churning out frankfurts and drumsticks all day long! Another crowd-pleaser was the highly detailed Hulk’s Kitchen, containing over 100 minifigs.
There was something for every interest with video game inspired models, a surf beach, Pokémon, robotics, classic space and more.
The amazing SydLUG creations were the main attraction, supported by LEGO-themed games created and coordinated by the school’s students. Other attractions at the fair included a BBQ, cake stalls, LEGO Free Play area and an amazing display of LEGO minifig inspired artworks made by many of the students using recycled materials.
Proceeds from the day will go towards playground upgrades and student resources at the host 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.
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.
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.