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.
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.
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.
On September 29-30 SydLUG took part in their very first Playworld event. Held in Darling Harbour at the ICC, the 2-day event was designed to spark the imaginations of children and delivered a high energy, engaging, interactive and most importantly, fun event experience.
The brick-built creations of SydLUG members were enjoyed by crowds of around 15,000 people over the weekend and SydLUG President, Gavin Rich, said that “it was heartening to see LEGO holding the interest of the next generation, even when surrounded by high tech games and gadgets.”
MOCs included the ever popular Bacon City with its conveyor belt of doomed piggies, a chronology of console games and colourful creations inspired by children’s TV shows Sesame Street, Scooby Doo and the Beat Bugs.
During the recent July school holidays 21 members of SydLUG treated Western Sydney to a free display of their brick built creations. The display ran over the two week period with builds being changed over that time to give repeat visitors something new to look at. The show, titled ‘BrickBuilt by SydLUG’, was organised with the Max Webber Library, Blacktown who hosted the display and held their own complementary building activities for children – building workshops and competitions with awards judged and presented by a Blacktown City Council architect.
Creations shared by SydLUG during the first week included 400 minifig habitats, a stunning Ode of Remembrance mosaic, monochrome towers, and themed chess sets. Week two saw a new line-up of MOCs including Bricktown Library, a detailed medieval castle, Disney’s Cars and an impressive John Lennon mosaic.
BrickBuilt appealed to the regular patrons of the library as well as attracting young families from around the greater Western Sydney area, introducing them to the limitless creative potential that building with LEGO offers. The display was visited by over 3,000 people during the holidays and is set to return to the library in the same holiday period in 2019.
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.