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The humble plastic brick helps raise over $100k for local communities

As 2018 draws to a close we look back on the year that was for SydLUG, and what a year it was…

 Sydney’s only registered LUG continued to grow its membership, building a vibrant community (both online and in person) for its AFOL members to collaborate and share their passion for LEGO with each other.

2018 was a year full of public displays, allowing SydLUG to make significant contributions to its local communities. SydLUG members took part in 33 events, many of which were organised by LUG members, delighting over 87,000 members of the public and raising over $105,000 for charities, schools and other not for profit groups. SydLUG members are proud to have been able to harness the power of creativity and have such a positive impact on the world around them.

SydLUG members continue to be recognised by the global LEGO community for their inspiring builds, raising the bar for quality and ingenuity. Builds from SydLUG members have been featured on a variety of blogs, fan sites and in magazines. SydLUG president, Gavin Rich, said that 2018 has been a proud year for the LUG.

“Thank you to every member of SydLUG for your collective contributions to the success of the LUG. It has been a pleasure to be part of this group and I’m continually amazed by the creations of our members and the willingness of members to get involved and give back to our local communities,” he said.

More exciting plans are already underway for public shows in 2019 and SydLUG builders have some brilliant ideas for all new builds. Stay tuned for a brick-tastic New Year!

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.

St George Brick Fair – Back and Bigger Than Ever!

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.

 

 

Live Music, a Pig on a Spit and a SydLUG display – What a Day!

On Saturday 20thOctober SydLUG joined the festivities at the 41stOatley Lions Village Festival, a vibrant community event that attracts over 15,000 people every year.

SydLUG displays ranged from brick-built statuettes to artistic structures to mini dioramas and some robotics. SydLUG members also cosplayed as Aussie Deadpool and Emma Frost, entertaining festival goers with their creative outfits and introducing kids to the world of cosplay.

A popular part of the LEGO-related activities was a primary school kids building competition that comprised an individual build competition for each age group: K-2, 3-4, 5-6; and a team building competition across two age groups; Junior (Yrs 3-4), Senior (Yrs 5-6). Participating schools were Oatley Public, West Oatley Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary, Oatley.

Oatley Public won the junior competition with certificates awarded by the Mayor of Georges River Council, Kevin Greene. The senior competition was taken out by West Oatley Primary School with certificates awarded by state Liberal MP, Mark Coure.

This year’s festival included 180 stalls offering a wide variety of merchandise and food, spread across Frederick St and the Oatley Memorial Gardens. Two stages featured live bands and dance performances all day.

The event also hosted the ‘McGrath Foundation Pink Quilt Competition’ in the Oatley Uniting Church.

SydLUG Events Coordinator, Ray, said SydLUG enjoyed contributing to the Oatley Village Festival and will be back.

‘We are looking forward to bringing more LEGO inspiration to next year’s event,” he said.

Three shows in three days for SydLUG!

October came to a busy conclusion for SydLUG this year with the LUG supporting three separate school-based events over the course of one weekend. Some members attended all three shows, which was a massive effort and greatly appreciated by the schools involved.

The weekend kicked off with the Shellharbour Twilight Fete on Friday, 26th October. This is the sixth year members of SydLUG have supported Shellharbour Public School with their fundraising by providing their creations for display, including the public debut of a Sentinel vs Wolverine build. This year’s kids building competition ‘Build a Scene for Your Minifig’ was the biggest yet, with over 40 entries.

Around 2,000 people visited the fete which also included stalls, rides, food trucks, and an ice rink.

On Saturday 27thOctober, the Ringrose Public School Fete featured a SydLUG display for the first time and the 2,000 attendees were excited by the new attraction which featured alongside stalls, rides, a silent auction, KindiFarm and chocolate wheel. MOCs included the massive All Star Arena and Precinct and the ever popular Bacon City. The school also ran a kids building competition with finalists being awarded by the Mayor of Cumberland Council, Greg Cummings.

To conclude the weekend SydLUG displayed at the Sutherland Brick Fair, where hundreds of visitors were treated to debut public showings of a Red Rocket MOC from Fallout and a Micro Manager Battle. The show was in support of Miranda Public School.

SydLUG was proud to support public education and assist these schools in raising much needed funds.

 

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.

Spring in the Air for SydLUG at Roselea Fete

On Saturday, September 1 brick-built displays by SydLUG were among the attractions at the Roselea Public School Biannual Spring Fete. Over 1500 visitors to the event enjoyed a range of food stalls, game stalls, trash and treasure, rides, rock climbing,  and performances by the school band.

In keeping with the spring theme MOCs included a beautiful Japanese garden, by SydLUG builder Joel, who also used the event for the public debut of his impressive Dr Who Brickheadz and crowd favourite, PJ Masks Gekko maxifig.

For one SydLUG member the fete was a blast from the past, seeing him display his creations in a classroom that was his Year  3 classroom in 1967.

 

SydLUG’s Weekend in Review

SydLUG members were kept busy last weekend with two public shows in Northern NSW and the Lake Macquarie area. What better way to beat the winter blues than with LEGO? Running over Saturday and Sunday (25 & 26 August), displays by SydLUG’s Northern NSW members played a small part in attracting record crowds to the Alstonville Craft & Garden Fair, put on by the local Quota Club.

On Sunday (August 26), SydLUG held a Brickparade to raise much needed funds for the Charlestown Scout group. Held at Charlestown Square, the event provided a unique activity for the centre’s regular shoppers. SydLUG builders from Newcastle and Sydney displayed some of their awesome creations and visitors to the event were also able to have some fun of their own in the brick play area and at the LEGO RC track.

SydLUG loves getting out and about and helping out the local community and hopes to return for both events in 2019.

Sydney’s South Struck by Brick Fever

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.

 

 

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.