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ComicGong 2022

On Saturday May 14th, 2022 members from SydLUG exhibited at the pop culture festival presented by Wollongong City Libraries.

ComicGong included stalls, workshops, games, demonstrations, and competitions spread all over the Wollongong Arts Precinct including the Library, Art Gallery, Town Hall, and Crown St Mall, all with free entry.

There were approximately 6000 attendees throughout the day.

SydLUG’s LEGO displays were very popular across all age groups
– on display: Voltron, Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, Star Wars/m-tron mash-ups, ghostbusters HQ with lights, Diagon alley, Darth Vader mosaic, borg cube, Allspark, galaxy eater and companion cubes.

Lockdown Lego brick competition

Lockdown Lego Brick Competition Theme #1 starts 29/8/2021. The theme is "Locked inside"

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Free family fun competition. Adults, children, AFOL's - EVERYONE #legobuild #afol #legocompetition #covidfriendly

Join in the fun. People of all ages are welcome.

At SydLUG we are missing your smiling faces at our shows. So we thought we would swap the show idea around. Would you like to show us what YOU can build. There are three different build themes to choose from. You can enter as many times as you would like.

There are prizes to be given away to the best model in each theme, the winner will be displayed on our Facebook and Instagram sites, and you will receive 4 tickets to our next show.

April was busy for Sydlug with two shows in different locations on the same day!

Helensburgh Brick Fair

Our amazing contributors for the second annual Helensburgh Brick Fair brought a crowd of over 600 across the weekend, earning over $4000 for the Helensburgh Lions Club. This show was a huge success and we look forward to exhibiting at Helensburgh again in 2022. Like and subscribe to our Facebook page for details.

North Sydney Brick Fair

The North Sydney Brick Fair was also very successful and a venue we like to come back to time and again. With a large display space, we offer over 100 builds from club members and guests. There were many new creations to see. Our builders are always creating new models, so our shows are always fresh.

With over 1600 visitors over the two-day event, we are happy to announce that “Everything was awesome” and there were lots of smiling people. More Brick Fairs will be held in North Sydney. You can like and subscribe to our latest news and events.

Oz comic con pop up

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.

SydLUG’s love of LEGO puts over $100k into local communities

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.

Springwood Family Building Challenge

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.

One section of the expansive, award-winning medieval collaboration on display at Brickvention

Don’t miss events near you – follow us on Facebook and visit our website for all our exciting upcoming events. 

ENCORE AND NEW public displays for november

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.

Did you say Bricktober?

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.

Bricks in Bloom

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.

Fathers, Fairs and First Time Events

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.

A section of the Our Town Model display by SydLUG

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.

Entries in the Georges River Kid’s Comp

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.

Crowds enjoy the displays at Helensburgh Brick Fair

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!

Displays for Dads at Kingsgrove Bunnings

SydLUG will be back for a Christmas family night later in the year.

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.