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.
June was a particularly busy month for SydLUG with a few of our most well established and attended shows taking place.
Engadine Brick Fair celebrated its third year on the 2ndJune, raising over $8,000 for their local Scouts group. SydLUG’s builders were out in force with MOC highlights including the debut showing of Kumamoto Castle and the Mechapede Base, a massive city train layout including five loops, the War Memorial and military maxi-figs.
The June long weekend once again brought the popular Epping Model Railway Show attracting over 7,000 visitors, with SydLUG providing a city train layout for the fifth year.
SydLUG member Matt, who coordinated the SydLUG display said: “This show was the largest SMILS (SydLUG Modular Integrated Landscaping System) based layout so far, with nine people contributing everything from buildings, train track, roads, vehicles, minifigs, helicopters, trains, trees and a whole lot of other goodies. It was well received by the crowd and SydLUG builder, Hando’s “Bacon City” creation brought smiles to the faces of all who saw it. The layout used our large radius curves for the first time which gave us a chance to sort out a few teething problems and plan improvements for the future.”
It wasn’t all familiar shows for SydLUG this month, with the LUG appearing at pop-culture event, Supanova in Sydney from June 21st-23rd. LUG representatives enjoyed talking with the public about upcoming shows, membership and all things LEGO! The small, but eye-catching display included a teaser of a four panel Game of Thrones mosaic by Kristie and the iconic Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield.
To close out the month SydLUG members were happy to return to one of their favourite shows, the Inner West Brick Fair, held on June 30th. In its fourth year, the show attracted a record crowd of over 3,000 people and showcased builds from over 30 exhibitors. One of the most popular exhibitors was LEGO Masters winner and SydLUG member, Henry, who debuted a wild west main street MOC and brought along the LEGO Masters trophy.
A number of SydLUG builders had new displays for the Inner West show including houses, a mountain temple, baby Groot and a maxi-scale locomotive. Money raised goes to Croydon Public School to help provide valuable resources for its students.
SydLUG hopes to return for each of these events in 2020.
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.
SydLUG members have enjoyed more public show success in March, with around 7,000 members of the public attending the two events we participated in.
The month began with Cherrybrook “Movie under the Stars” on Saturday, March 2nd. This was the fourth time SydLUG has been involved in the event hosted by the 1st Cherrybrook Scouts. MOC highlights included Friends themed minifig habitats and themed chess sets. There was also a LEGO RC track available for young LEGO fans to test out their racing skills.
Over 3,000 people attended the night enjoying the wide range of activities on offer including numerous dance and vocal performances, food stalls, a dunk tank, a treasure hunt climbing wall, jumping castle, and face painting.
March 9thand 10thsaw SydLUG return for the second Illawarra Annual Brick Spectacular held at Kembla Grange Racecourse. Around 4,000 visitors to the show helped raise over $22,000 for the KidzWish Foundation who help children in the Illawarra who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability.
One of the highlights of the show was a massive castle layout debuted by three SydLUG members who had worked in collaboration to make something special for the show. Architecturally impressive were a MOC of Singapore’s Interlace building and the Australia Street MOC showcasing homesteads from different eras. Also popular were the vintage train layout, sci-fi battle scenes and city builds.
2019 promises to be a big year for SydLUG with two public events already done and dusted. The group warmed up for some big events and new shows with a mini exhibition for Cumberland Libraries in January, showcasing some fantastic new MOCs from members. The event formed part of the library’s school holiday entertainment and the LUG members were excited to be sharing their hobby and simultaneously bringing people into the library and reminding them what a fantastic community hub it is. SydLUG have become popular with the Cumberland Libraries, putting on exhibitions across its branches on a regular basis.
The public show muscle flexed, SydLUG went on to be part of the very first Hills Brick Fair, raising much needed funds for Parklea Public School. The event was held on Sunday, 24thFebruary and attracted around 1600 visitors. More than 20 members of SydLUG were involved and the quality of displays was excellent. The show had a ‘mech’ theme and MOC highlights included the ‘Gundam’ and a fellow mech giant, ‘Rogue Nation’, which stands at 85cm tall, has 19 points of articulation and over 12000 pieces. Two creative mech scenes debuted at the show – ‘Pork vs Porg’ (yep, pigs and Star Wars porgs in mech suits battling it out!) and a mecha beach battle.
The show was well-supported by the local community with over 30 entries in the kids’ building competition. Winners were judged by SydLUG’s President and LUG Ambassador who were impressed with the standard of the building.
“It was fantastic to see so many creative builds across all age groups from our next generation of master builders,” said SydLUG President, Gavin Rich.
Show attendees enjoyed a range of activities on the day including a kids’ brick building area, speed building competition, petting zoo, giant slide and jumping castle.
The success of this inaugural Hills Brick Fair guarantees its return in 2020.
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!
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.
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.