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Hobby show a perfect fit for SydLUG’s LEGO® enthusiasts

Four members of SydLUG were excited to be included in the recent Kurrajong Hobby and Motor Show, giving them an opportunity to showcase what the LEGO hobby is all about. Taking place over two days on the 19thand 20thMay at the East Kurrajong School of Arts, the event attracted around 800 visitors.

The LUG’s display of creations made from LEGO was a popular exhibit, fitting in well with the family-friendly event that incorporated a pet show; classic and vintage vehicles; antique tools and machinery; architectural miniatures; local artists; crafts; jewellery making; woodworking and much more.

The SydLUG exhibit was awarded ‘Best Static Display’ and a great weekend was had by all exhibitors who enjoyed the chance to chat with members of the public about their builds.

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.

 

Illawarra brick show a spectacular success

The weekend of March 10-11 saw Kembla Grange Racecourse transformed into a LEGO lover’s dream, with the inaugural Illawarra Brick Spectacular taking place. Organised by six Illawarra based members of the Sydney LEGO User Group (SydLUG), the event was run to raise much needed funds for the KidzWish Foundation. KidzWish provide support for children across the Illawarra and NSW South Coast who are sick, disadvantaged or disabled.

Chief organiser, Graham Draper, said he came up with the idea for the show eight months ago, and his initial goal was to raise $20,000 for KidzWish. The $21,606 raised not only exceeded his expectations, but completely overwhelmed the foundation.

‘I am very proud to have been able to create an event that so many people believed in, and the smiles on the faces of the people that attended over the weekend was inspiring. Passing over the proceeds of the event to the CEO of the Kidzwish Foundation and seeing her break down in tears when I told her how much we had raised, was an incredibly great feeling and I look forward to doing it bigger and better next year,’ Graham said.

32 exhibitors from SydLUG took part in the show, impressing the crowds with their creativity and building skills. Crowd favourites included the Batman Theme Park, a Western themed MOC, and a technic Rubix Cube solver. Visitors to the show were also able to show off their own LEGO skills at the free building tables; have some fun on the jumping castle; or enjoy lunch from the sausage sizzle. Over 3,800 people visited the exhibition over the weekend reassuring organisers that there is plenty of love for the brick in the Illawarra. The event is set to become an annual exhibition, with KidzWish excited at what the future holds for their charity with such great supporters on board.

‘We are very proud that the Brick Spectacular have chosen to support us. With so many children needing your help, your support is invaluable,’ said Beau Thatcher, Community Events Manager, KidzWish.

Additional funds of $300 were donated by businesses and an extra $2400 was raised by a raffle held at the event. Special thanks were given to the 15 volunteers that made the event possible and ensured both its smooth running and the enjoyment of attendees.

 

Books and Bricks

SydLUG kicked off its first meeting for 2018 by combining it with a mini exhibition for Cumberland Libraries. The group took the opportunity to catch up at the Merrylands Central Library on Sunday 28 January and display some of their recent builds for the local community as the school holidays drew to a close.

Around 300 visitors to the exhibition were excited to see what the group’s AFOL builders could do. Visiting children were also treated to a free building workshop presented by SydLUG member, Pete White. The afternoon was a great success, with many young builders being inspired to enter the upcoming Kids Creation Competition run by the Sydney Brick Show. The show will take place in the April school holidays, April 21-22 at the new venue of Penrith Panthers Pavilion.

SydLUG President, Gavin Rich, said library shows are a great way to reintroduce the community to both LEGO and what their local library offers.

“Lots of people don’t know what their local library has to offer, which is so much more than books these days. Libraries are a real community learning hub and hobbies like LEGO, with so much to offer in terms of creativity, problem solving, strategy and design skills, fits right into this space”.

More shows are planned with Cumberland Libraries this year and a larger show with Blacktown Library in the July school holidays.

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.

Balarang Public Hosts SydLUG’s Brick-Built Creations

Four generous SydLUG builders answered a last-minute call to include LEGO-made creations at the Balarang Public School Spring Fair. This was SydLUG’s final public display for 2017, and exhibitors at Oak Flats were rewarded with the admiration of around 300 members of the school community who were amazed at the skill and ingenuity of the builders.

The small exhibition boasted a wide range of models ranging from pop culture builds such as My Little Pony, Power Puff Girls, and Star Wars to the very unique Rainbow Towers moc. The Spring Fair was a highly successful event for the school, raising just over $10,000 for its school community.

If you are interested in having SydLUG involved in your school’s event in 2018, please email events@sydlug.com

 

SydLUG Creations Impress at Miranda Brick Fair

On Sunday 22 October, ten members of SydLUG participated in the first annual Miranda Brick Fair with proceeds going to Miranda Public School for vital school resources. Members of the school and wider local community enjoyed a variety of displays built from LEGO, some of which had not been publicly displayed before.

Highlights at the show included a wedding cake, working remote controlled lawnmower, map of Westeros (Game of Thrones), medieval castle and a series of chess sets. Exhibitors enjoyed interacting with the public, especially as the exhibition was the first of its kind held in the area.

 

 

It is hoped the event will be repeated annually and continue to grow in popularity.

 

Supporting the school one toy brick at a time at Jannali Public

On Sunday 15 October, eight members of SydLUG created a Toy Brick Extravaganza at Jannali Public School to accompany their market day fundraising event. This is the second year that the LUG has been invited to display at the school and with the crowd number of 1300 doubling that of the previous year, it’s obvious that the display is proving popular.

For new SydLUG member, Max, the show held special significance, presenting his debut exhibit as an official LUG member. Max’s efforts were impressive and received much attention from the crowd. Taking his inspiration from Pokemon he created a detailed Poke ball jewellery box and an extremely accurate representation of Pokemon character, Red Gyarados. Other popular displays included the Domo, (a previous Sydney Brick Show award winner), Bricksburg, a replica of Lord Business’ lair from The LEGO Movie and the winter village build which got everyone thinking about the upcoming festive season.

A successful day was had by all and SydLUG was thrilled to be able to share their creations for the benefit of a worthy cause. Today’s students are tomorrow’s AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) after all!

SydLUG supports Shellharbour Public School

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.