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Ohio Lego User Group

Community Description

OhioLUG is a group of adults that have (re)discovered the joy of building creations out of the popular LEGO® brand building blocks.

The members of OhioLUG come together at display opportunities, and combine their individual LEGO® creations into an integrated LEGO® experience. These displays feature running trains, little people, medieval castles, skyscrapers, and many more creations both big and small, all made of LEGO® bricks.

The concept of their shows is very similar to the concept of model railroading, except that every single element in the layout is an original LEGO® product. This includes not only buildings, but also the track, train parts, and motors. Unlike model railroading, quite a few of its members do not have a primary interest in just trains. Several members focus on other LEGO® creations to supplement the layouts, and have built 5 foot tall skyscrapers, all sorts of automobiles, and even spaceships.

OhioLUG was founded on February 9, 2003 as Central Ohio LEGO Train Club by five adult fans of LEGO®(AFOL). The non-profit club participates and organizes displays of creations made of the popular LEGO® brand building bricks. Currently, the club has around 35 adult members.

Although the majority of the members reside in the greater Columbus area, the club serves the entire state of Ohio with some current members residing in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton. For each show opportunity, the clubs’ members plan a layout of the creations and the individual members who own the various creations come together to set-up the displays.

OhioLUG’s colorful layouts have been shown throughout the state of Ohio and well beyond. Over the course of the last year, OhioLUG has displayed eleven layouts varying in size from 90 to over 600 square feet. Most of the displays were done as part of train shows, but displays have also been held at a shopping mall, the Cleveland Science Center, COSI Toledo and as far away as Belleville, IL and Washington D.C. Through these shows, OhioLUG has become known for its relatively large and unique LEGO® creations; quite a few of their buildings exceed 5 feet, and took as many as 150 hours to build. The creations by the club members vary from boats to chickens, and from spaceships to forests. A single creation can consist of only a handful of individual pieces to as many as 100,000 bricks. Some of the creations are scaled replicas of existing buildings, while other models are purely fantasy-based. Examples of scaled model replicas range from old steam trains to Columbus skyscrapers such as the LeVeque Tower and the Huntington Banks building that are built in 1:100 scale.

The members of OhioLUG meet about once a month to discuss up-coming shows, plan layouts, share ideas for things to build, share building techniques and talk about other LEGO® related things. Visitors to the club meetings are always welcome.

OhioLUG is not alone, currently there are about 30 organized adult LEGO®clubs in the USA and this number is rapidly increasing. The AFOL community has a large on-line presence. For example, you can find many pictures of LEGO® creations on www.brickshelf.com. There are specific websites for LEGO® related discussion forums ( www.lugnet.com) and even a site (www.bricklink.com) where you can buy LEGO parts and sets on-line, ranging from multiple copies of a set to a single littlebrick.

There are many thousands of adult LEGO® builders in the USA alone and many hundreds meet yearly at several national conventions to share their “passion for the brick”. Most of the AFOL’s played with LEGO® while growing up, and many have rediscovered their passion. There even exists a term for the years that members were less interested in LEGO®: “The Dark Ages”.

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Contact E-mail

OhioLUG@gmail.com

Type

RLUG (User Group)

Region

North America

Established

2003

Languages Spoken

English
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    While still at risk due to COVID-19, OhioLUG is excited to again display at the Champaign County Library. We're back and bigger & better than before! The 2020 display will be ~20% larger than 2019's, and is being tailored specifically to the library. We'll utilize various MOCs from established LEGO themes, like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, as well as MOCs of literary works ranging from Dr Seuss to classics.
  3. We were invited to collaborate with a local school district which hosts a MOC build competition for elementary school-aged children. This is part of a larger in-school art program. That is, LEGO is just one facet of the event. Our LUG will: Meet with & advise the competitors prior to the competition. Each school Setup & staff a display of MOCs, Sets & Minifigs at the event. We'll engage with the broader school community who participate in the art day - even if they don't specifically compete in the LEGO build contest. Judge the competition Edit: Planned rescheduling for the fall. Edit 2: After further thought and planning, we were able to change this to a virtual event for the school district. We think a LEGO build competition will provide a fun, yet beneficial, activity for the students. And, the feedback and judging provides my LUG an activity to do as well. We are planning a series of Zoom meetings to discuss the student's builds.
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    This is the link for this year's show: https://www.columbusmuseum.org/art-exhibitions/arts/think-outside-the-brick/
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    The monthly club meetings consists of officer reports, show planning, building activities, and monthly challenge competition sharing. New members are always welcome. We meet at the Hilliard Public Library in the second floor meeting room.
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    The monthly club meetings consists of officer reports, show planning, building activities, and monthly challenge competition sharing. New members are always welcome. We meet at the Hilliard Public Library in the second floor meeting room.
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    Today’s business meeting will run from 2pm to 3pm. Anyone desiring to contribute to the business portion of the meeting should plan on arriving by 2pm. The remainder of the meeting from 3pm to 5pm, will be available for activities. Adult guests and prospective members are welcome to attend. We meet at the Hilliard Public Library, on the second floor meeting room.
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    This is from last years event....it has not been updated yet. This year will be similar. Our group helps with the day challenges and will setup a large display in 1-2 galleries in the museum. Columbus Museum of Art’s annual holiday celebration of the creative potential of LEGO® bricks returns. Bring your friends and family and celebrate the season by connecting with LEGO® and each other. Think Outside the Brickfeatures an enormous collaboratively-built model of Columbus. You’ll find familiar landmarks and imaginative creations – all constructed by the members of OhioLUG, a group of adults that have (re)discovered the joy of building with LEGO®. New this year, enjoy Ohio State themed Buckeye art. Related Activities and Programs Add a LEGO® Creation to the Imagine the Possibilities Wall Check out our Imagine the Possibilities wall in the Chase Center for Creativity, which is filled with LEGO® sculptures created by CMA visitors. Use the building bricks provided to create your own LEGO® design. Artists are encouraged to post their creations on the Imagine the Possibilities wall and on social media. LEGO® Scavenger Hunt Hidden throughout CMA are a dozen gingerbread LEGO® cookies. Test your eye spy skills and find them all. (Parents – a map of where all the gingerbread cookies are located is available at the admissions desk, just in case.) LEGO Design Challenge Day Compete in fast-paced creative challenges using LEGO® bricks. A new round of competition will be held every 30 minutes between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, and prizes will be awarded to each round’s winning team. Cost of this program is included with general museum admission, no registration requested. Cost of all LEGO® events and programs is included with general museum admission.
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    Our train builders will set up a large train display. Our members will interact with the public through conversation. We also provide a building area for the public to participate. "Traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast"Great Train Expo Columbus is designed for the general public, modelers, hobbyists, families, and the just plain curious. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more.
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    This is the second time we were invited to set up a display and interact with the community with bricks. There will be kick off the first day of the display with 2x4 brick building, challenges, and other activities(to be determined). The moc display will stay up for two weeks.
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    This will be the first time for this event. It is still in the planning stages. The downtown Main Columbus Library wants OhioLUG to host a building event on June 1st to kick off their summer reading program. We will also put up a moc city display that will stay in the library for the month of June.
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    It’s All About That Brick” is a LEGO DESIGN CHALLENGE, presented by Gateway Arts Council. It is a design display that promotes the creative and original use of LEGO bricks. The exhibit will run during June 2019. There will also be a displas in Ron & Nita’s windows in Sidney, OH. OhioLUG will set up a MOC display that will be shown throughout the month. On the first day of the event there will be building challenges and opportunities for the community to get hands on with Lego.
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    The monthly club meetings consists of officer reports, show planning, building activities, and monthly challenge competition sharing. New members are always welcome.
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    The monthly club meetings consists of officer reports, show planning, building activities, and monthly challenge competition sharing. New members are always welcome.
  15. The monthly club meetings consists of officer reports, show planning, building activities, and monthly challenge competition sharing. New members are always welcome.
  16. The monthly club meetings consists of officer reports, show planning, building activities, and monthly challenge competition sharing. New members are always welcome.
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