SydLug announces that our beloved brick-built shows will resume in a Covid safe environment in 2021.
The first show in our super stellar line-up is the North Sydney Brick Fair on 17-18 April, 2021. To be held at Home HQ, 1 Frederick Street, Artarmon 2064 from 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
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Westmead Children’s Hospital was the recipient of a donation of new Lego in February thanks to SydLug in conjunction with Fairy Bricks. Enjoy the Lego Kids. And hope you are well enough to see you at a show soon!
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Members of SydLug were very pleased to exhibit at Oz Comic Con Pop Up event on the weekend of 7 – 8 March 2021. Connecting with their own pop culture passions and enjoying two days of socialising with like-minded fans they were part of the immersive experience that only a Comic Con can deliver.
SydLug members often make the fusion between their love of pop culture references in their brick-builds.
Over the summer holiday period SydLUG has had time to take a breath and reflect on the amazing achievements of our group during 2019. The year was a busy one, full of public displays of all kinds.
SydLUG provided displays for 31 events as follows:
- 3 school fetes
- 5 hobby conventions
- 10 community festivals
- 13 LEGO fan exhibitions
This resulted in over 95,000 people seeing SydLUG’s creations and the incredible amount of over $107,000 being raised for schools, charities and other Not-For-Profit organisations.
2020 is off to a good start for the LUG with two public displays having already taken place. On January 14, SydLUG put on a small display as part of the school holiday activities at Guildford Library, continuing a successful partnership with Cumberland Libraries and expanding to a branch that we had not previously visited. More library events are planned for later in the year, showcasing the skills of the LUG’s members while attracting visitors to an important and valuable community resource centre.
On January 16, SydLUG was involved in a Family Building Challenge for Springwood Anglican Churches in the Blue Mountains. This was a new event for the group, where we provided displays and judges for the build competitions. It proved to be a fantastic day of family friendly fun for the local community.
Members of SydLUG also attended Australia’s largest LEGO fan event, Brickvention, in Melbourne. We were very proud to announce that a medieval castle collaboration by three of our builders – Rod, Gavin and Josh – picked up three awards at the event including People’s Choice and Sponsor’s Choice.
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SydLUG’s final events for 2019 have taken place bringing to an end an extremely busy year for the group.
The LUG once again featured at the Kingsgrove Bunnings Christmas Family Night, held this year on Thursday, December 5th. The event is popular with locals and has a celebratory vibe with activities including music, kid’s crafts, magic show and jumping castle. MOC highlights presented by the LUG included a winter Christmas village and Minecraft-inspired Christmas tree. SydLUG will return for more events with Bunnings in the new year.
The LUG was pleased to see out the year with a final fundraising event on Sunday, December 8th. The inaugural Hornsby Shire Brick Fair was held to raise much needed funds for charity Ronald McDonald House. MOC highlights included a Ghostbusters Stay Puft maxifig, Batcave, squash courts and road train.
Held at a squash centre, other activities included squash demos, an outdoor inflatable squash court, BBQ and cake stall. The hope is for the event to return in 2020.
Returning to the St George Brick Fair for the fourth year, members of SydLUG were happy to help raise funds for Hurstville South Public School. Over 20 members displayed on Sunday, November 3, with the debut showing of a Star Wars themed Hoth base and a cluster of medieval buildings. Visitors to the show were also able to get a sneak peek of SydLUG’s collaborative build projects for 2020 – apartments and a new minifig habitat structure.
SydLUG went on to do two first time public displays in November, the first being at the Yarrawarrah Public School 50th anniversary fete on Saturday 16. The second was the Thornleigh West Public School Movie Night held on Saturday November 23. In addition to providing displays SydLUG members judged the children’s building competition.
The year isn’t over for SydLUG yet, with a couple more public shows to see out 2019, including the Hornsby Shire Brick Fair on December 8, raising money for a very worthy cause, Ronald McDonald House.
As we near the end of the year SydLUG continues to be busy showcasing their brick building expertise. On the 10thof October members provided a school holiday display at Merrylands Library making this the third Cumberland Libraries event for the year. SydLUG is proud to support the library service and will return in 2020 for more events in the Cumberland Council area.
October 19thsaw SydLUG return to the Oatley Lions Village Festival for the second year. The public support and interest in our hobby was evident with a great local building competition taking place between two local schools, and being judged by the local MP, David Coleman.
The month drew to a spooky close with a display at the Kingsgrove Bunnings Halloween Family Night on October 31st. Over 100 families were in attendance, including dozens of children in Halloween costumes. The SydLUG display featured a zombie attack, Halloween Vignettes and a brick full of spiders. It was scarily fun! SydLUG will return to Bunnings for the Christmas Family Night on December 5th.
Spring for SydLUG started with a 2 day pop-culture event at the University of Sydney.
The inaugural PopFest was held on September 11th & 12th across several locations at the Darlington Campus featuring arcade games, table-top games, artist & hobby stalls, cosplayers, photo ops, celebrity talks, and a few MOCs by SydLUG members.
Following was Ryde Brick Fair on September 15th being held for its 2nd year.
The event was again well supported by its local community with 30 entries in the kids building competition and attracting over 2000 attendees with all funds raised going to Ryde East Public School P&C.
MOC highlights were the debut showing of SydLUG member Max’s Red Gyarados diorama featuring his unique cobbled path technique and the city collaborative centrepiece transitioning from airport to train shed to SpongeBob’s Beach.
The month was wrapped up with SydLUG’s largest ever event, South West Sydney Brick Fair held on September 28th & 29th at Crossroads Homemaker Centre.
Featuring over 100 MOCs from detailed dioramas to mosaics to unique mash-ups to scale model vehicles, it was a weekend of great family entertainment to start off the school holidays.
This event was only possible with the generous support of Crossroads Homemaker Centre and we thank them for this opportunity.
SydLUG’s first public event for August saw three of our northern members excited to put together the LUG’s first display at the ‘Our Town Model Show’. The event was a scale model exhibition held at the Newcastle Racecourse over the weekend of August 17-18. The impressive train layout was extremely detailed and attracted lots of attention.
On the same Sunday other LUG members took part in another first-time event, the Georges River Brick Fair, raising over $8,000 for Oatley Public School. The family-friendly event was attended by over 1,000 members of the public and received 55 entries in the kids’ building competition.
The second big fundraising event for the month was held on August 25, the Helensburgh Brick Fair and was again, an inaugural brick fair for the area. Crowd numbers were over 1,200, raising over $6,000 enabling the Helensburgh Lions Club to fund projects for local schools: Helensburgh PS, Holy Cross PS, Waterfall PS, Otford PS and Scarborough PS. The success of the event will see SydLUG return to Helensburgh next year.
The month concluded with a return to the Kingsgrove Bunnings store for their Father’s Day Family Night on August 29. Locals escaped the wet and windy weather with an in-store party for dads including a South Pacific concert band, massages, petting zoo, inflatable games, kid’s crafts, food, and of course our awesome display of brick-built creations!
SydLUG will be back for a Christmas family night later in the year.
July saw members of SydLUG return to Max Webber Library, Blacktown for the second year, providing a week-long display for the beginning of the school holidays. A new feature at the event was having members working on MOCs live, allowing visitors to engage with the building process. Members were able to share tips on techniques and answer many questions from children and adults alike. The exhibition titled ‘BrickBuilt’ will return to the library in 2020.
Partnerships with local public libraries have become very important to SydLUG in recent years, providing valuable opportunities for our members to share their hobby with an interested audience while at the same time, assisting libraries in cementing their place as a community hub for learning and inspiring creativity and imagination. July 18, during the second week of the school holidays, SydLUG provided a small display for Cumberland Libraries’ Regent’s Park branch. The event included a kids’ building area which was filled with kids from open till close, every inch of the play area taken up with enthusiastic brick building.
SydLUG finished the month with an exciting opportunity to host our biggest brick fair event to date – North Sydney Brick Fair held on 20th-21st July. In partnership with Home HQ Artarmon, the 2-day event attracted over 2,000 visitors and was a great success. The event would not have been possible without the generous support of Home HQ, and we thank the group for providing us with the chance to hold this event.
MOC highlights at the show included the debut of the full series of four stunning Game of Thrones mosaics; a hilarious Game of Thrones Family Feud diorama; 500 minifig habitats; a moving parts fairground with UFO Spinner and Big Drop rides; monochrome towers; a Great Ball Contraption; a large city layout with trains; a highly detailed series of houses; giant locomotive; giant spaceship; aircraft carrier; Dr Who Brickheadz; Pigs Vs Porgs battle diorama with mechs, and a Wild West main street with moving parts.
The kids’ play tables were well utilised over the weekend, and TV’s LEGO Masters contestants Henry and Marielle made appearances to meet and greet eager fans. A fantastic weekend was had by exhibitors and the visiting public.