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SydLUG Made Tracks to the Epping Model Railway Exhibition

Over the June long weekend, 11 members of SydLUG, joined by two Rainbow Bricks members, took part in the 37th Epping Model Railway Exhibition. Held for the first time in the new venue of the Grand Pavilion at Rosehill Gardens, the event attracted around 5,000 visitors.

This is the third year that a brick-built train display has been included, and this year’s LUG display (Brickslandia) featured extensive use of the SBrick system to control trains and points from an Android tablet. The display included a number of different buildings ranging from sets or modified sets to a large number of custom builds, including an impressive bridge and detailed train shed.

A crowd favourite was the Jurassic Park area of the display, complete with moving parts and many humorous scenes. Dinosaurs and trains proved to be a match made in heaven – though the minifig who ended up as a dino’s spit roast may beg to differ…

LUG members enjoyed sharing their hobby with the model train enthusiasts and the general public, taking time to demonstrate and explain how a LEGO train display works.

It is hoped that this opportunity will be available again next year, giving our builders the chance to collaborate on a grand scale once more.

More photos (courtesy of SydLUG’s Matt Lawrence) from the exhibition can be found here.

 

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.

Minifigs and More for Mother’s Day at Kingsgrove Bunnings

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.

 

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 Promotes Screen-Free Holiday Fun

On Wednesday 18 April, members of SydLUG visited Auburn Library to give kids in Western Sydney a taste of what the big Sydney Brick Show has to offer. 200 minifig habitats were on display, a small portion of the over 1500 that were made by Sydney Brick Show exhibitors to beat the world record for the most displayed.

Around 400 children enjoyed the display at the library, searching the habitats thoroughly for their favourite characters in LEGO. Inspired to build their own creations, the brick play pit was packed all day with kids searching for free space in the library to build, build, build!

SydLUG is proud to be forging a positive partnership with Sydney libraries, joining forces to expand young minds and encourage creative and imaginative play. Many of the young visitors on the day were excited to find that the Sydney Brick Show was coming to a venue near them that weekend.

Watch out Penrith, Sydney Brick Show is coming…

In under a month Penrith Panthers Pavilion will host Sydney’s largest LEGO fan event, the Sydney Brick Show. On Sunday 17 March, members of SydLUG took part in the Annual Penrith CBD Festival to give the locals a taste of what to expect this school holidays.

Sydney Brick Show was featured in the grand parade at midday, showcasing local community and leisure groups, with the LEGO themed float proving a crowd highlight. Homemade brick costumes inspired by the upcoming collectible minifigure series were the envy of many kids in the crowd, and everyone was excited to see LEGO Deadpool and his friends Captain America and Harley Quinn emerging from a giant cardboard brick-built castle.

 

LUG members also manned a small market stall with information about the upcoming show and some new and popular brick-built displays that had festival goers excited to experience everything that the Sydney Brick Show has to offer.

Tickets for the show are on sale now!

http://www.sydneybrickshow.com.au/buy_tickets_sydney_brick_show_2018/

 

 

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.

 

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.

Bunnings + SydLUG + Santa = Festive Family Fun!

Thursday, 7 December saw the first ever SydLUG display for Bunnings. SydLUG stalwarts, Ray and Pete, responded to the Kingsgrove store’s request for a brick built display at their Christmas Family Night, showcasing some of their best builds across eight tables in the timber aisle of the store. (Insert bad construction pun of your choice here!)

The event was well attended with over 100 families from the local community taking part in the free activities which included a jumping castle, henna art, arts and crafts, and of course a visit from the man in red himself…

There were plenty of truly enthusiastic LEGO fans, from kids through to Bunnings staff and members of the SES, who were impressed by the SydLUG display. Pete’s ‘Pasha Bulka’ was a highlight with many fans fascinated by how long such an epic build would take to make.

More Bunnings events are in the works for SydLUG in 2018.

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