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!
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.
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.
In the lead up to Mother’s Day members of SydLUG participated in a special family night at Kingsgrove Bunnings. On Thursday, May 10 the store offered families a fun night out in honour of mums, with a myriad of activities to keep the kids entertained including a Disney jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting (with henna for the mums!) and a range of ‘minute-to-win-it’ games.
Creations made from LEGO and displayed by SydLUG members were a popular addition to the evening, and included an American style farm scene and detailed colourful towers. For the sports fan mums there was a hurdling track and minifig habitats themed around the Commonwealth Games.
The evening had a celebratory atmosphere, enhanced by the musical efforts of the Riverwood Hornets Marching Band.
SydLUG will return to Kingsgrove Bunnings for the store’s Spring Launch event on Saturday, September 8.
After a warm reception at their first ever Bunnings family night last year, SydLUG members were once again invited to display their brick-built masterpieces at the Kingsgrove store. On Thursday 22 March, members of SydLUG put on a mini display at the free community event that formed part of early Easter celebrations.
Around 100 families enjoyed the carnival atmosphere with mechanical pony rides; balloon twisting; face painting; kids crafts, and music from the Riverwood Hornets Marching Band. To add to the festivities an Easter hat parade and egg hunt took place, and amid much excitement, a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself.
With its family-friendly values and emphasis on fun and play, LEGO was right at home on the night – even situated in an appropriately construction themed aisle, surrounded by structural timber and plasterboard! MOCs on display included the ever popular ‘Trans Towers’, some clever optical illusion builds, creatively constructed chess boards and a Minecraft Farm that proved popular with many young gamers.
SydLUG is set to support similar family nights in the future.