• Jan Beyer
    These days Fairy Bricks together with the LEGO House organize a World Record attempt in building the largest mosaic made with building bricks.
    The mosaic consists of almost 2700 32x32 baseplates and measures 12x14 meters.
    It will be build with support by the public as well as LEGO and LEGO House employees and the Guinness Book representatives will measure next Wednesday is the current record has been broken.
    You can find more info on the LEGO House website https://www.legohouse.com/en-gb/whats-on/pinse
    Se attached pictures from the LEGO staff building day (even our CEO Niels came to build a plate).
    Fingers crossed for Wednesday - I will keep you updated!








    Paolo Sbrascini
    Our 3rd spring event “in Vena di Costruzioni” 2018 has just finished and I would talk to you about it.
    It was December 2015 when I was exhibitor at the “Brick and Build” big event in Porto San Giorgio (south zone of Marche Region), at that time organized by Romabrick friends (now by us but this is another story) and we were enjoying together. Our group “Marchebrick” was very young and we have had only a couple of little events driven directly by us and with our forces.
    During the “Brick and Build” we met a woman who worked for a local town administration, impressed by the activities and the large exhibition, contacted us to drive a local event in her Town called Venarotta.
    Venarotta Is a village near Ascoli Piceno (the province chief town), the place Is small but the only 15 kilometres of distance from the main city made us decide for giving our OK for this new event.
    The administration asked us to run a “different” kind of event, giving more focus on free play area for children and organizing challenges using bricks available at the event.
    This was a new kind of event to face, compared to a simple exhibition, with some difficulties we had to buy more than 100 kgs. of new and used bricks from some big shops of central Italy. We were not an RLUG and we had to count only on our own resources to arrange everything.
    The following year we were ready to improve our group’s force! We visited the area (spring 2016) and we found this good theatre perfect for our purpose.
    We arranged with the Town Mayor how to cover our costs and finally the 8th May 2016 we started the 1st “In vena di Costruzioni” event. (the name sounds like “we have gain to build” using a part of the town name).
    The first edition finished with an INCREDIBLE success of public and activities, we were proud to have organized a little but well-done event.

    Here the link to more photos.
    After this amazing “first edition” we decided immediately to accord for the next year (2017) about in the same date…but some unexpected and big problems occurred.
    Venarotta is near the Appennines mountains chain and on August and then on October 2016 some strong earthquakes hit the whole central part of Italy (we live all in that area and believe me in my 41 years I never felt so strong quakes, neither my parents).
    Results: after the fear the whole region had to face to the damages caused by the earthquakes, Venarotta had the historical centre of the town in part collapsed, and also the theatre which we hosted the previous year’s event was damaged so it impossible to be used.
    First days of 2017 the local town contacted us and confirmed the event. They invited us to see the new “location”: a military marquee close to the town stadium and public park. To be specific, in origin a Tornado ariplane mobile hangar, which is not small (20x25 meters) but susceptible to weather changes (cold/hot temperature) and not so "happy" to see, the exterior cover is totally of a “serious” military dark green. We were not discouraged about these problems and, as we were a “new” RLUG we decide to arrange the 2017 edition as a supported event, to have more resources to drive it.
    The event arrived, and we were “stronger” as group that year, with 20 exhibitors and more hands to help, with the event support’s help we can arrange very nice stuffs, based on building sets in the morning and the challenge in the afternoon.

    But two things work against the event: the weather (cold and rainy day) and the sad atmosphere due to the recent the earthquakes…people responded but not as the same way of the first year, and the town administration cannot pay our expenses.
    The event ran OK but no more than 1,000/1,200 people arrive and at the end we are quite disappointed to have consumed association’s resources to drive it. The mayor and the town administration were also not so satisfied, but they still had the desire to make play children again in the next year.
    Here the photo gallery of 2017 edition.
    So we arrive to 2018 edition: more exhibitors, more stunning activities to do as RLUG, more bricks to play with, same military location but a hard work to make it as happiest as possible.




    The weekend starts with clouds, but Sunday arrives with good weather. Good online and local advertising make their effects: people comes again to play with us and it’s fantastic to see again the little town FULL OF CHILDREN and their families. We count again more than 2,000 people, great result for this little place, with people arrived from all over the region, some traveling more than 150 kms to reach us. In the morning speed building activities with activity box bricks for children, afternoon MOCs challenge made with our bricks and free play. Outside the event location: balloons, open air activities (archery, volley, magic tricks, children make-up, food/beverage, gym exhibitions).

    Sunday evening arrives quickly and after the awards, we were tired but satisfied, spending hours to  demount everything and go back home. (for me I was up until 1:30 am).
    What to say? Thank you to all my friends and see you next year Venarotta!
    NB photos of 2018 edition are still not ready on our site, but You can find them on our FB page:
    https://www.facebook.com/marchebrick/?fref=mentions
     
     

    Sara Skahill
    Calling all mech builders, we have a special contest just for you! We want to see your ultimate NEXO KNIGHTS mech – any size, any character, just as long as it fits in the NEXO KNIGHTS Universe.  Show us your most creative, ultimate mech for this contest!
    One grand prize winner will receive:
    •       72001 Lance’s Hover Jouster, 72002 Twinfector, 72003 Berserker Bomber, 72004 Tech Wizard Showdown, 72005 Aaron’s X-bow, 72006 Axl’s Rolling Arsenal, 70357 Knighton Castle 
    •       A $400 USD shopping spree on LEGO.com
    •       A NEXO KNIGHTS poster signed by a LEGO designer
    •       A collection of NEXO KNIGHTS merchandise
    Two runner up winners will also receive 72001 Lance’s Hover Jouster, 72002 Twinfector, 72003 Berserker Bomber, 72004 Tech Wizard Showdown, 72005 Aaron’s X-bow, 72006 Axl’s Rolling Arsenal, 70357 Knighton Castle and a $100 USD shopping spree on LEGO.com.
    The contest is open to those 13 years old or older and runs until June 27th at 10:00 a.m. EST. Learn more and enter at: Rebrick.it/NEXOKNIGHTS
    Please share the contest with your fellow community members!

    What is LEGO Rebrick?
    LEGO Rebrick is a contests platform for LEGO enthusiasts 13 year old or older.  You can take part in LEGO-sponsored contests such as the one mentioned above to win awesome prizes or browse entries from past and current contests. Learn More.

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    MrsBrickKnight
    SydLUG members were among the exhibitors at the recent Sydney Brick Show (April 21-22), Sydney’s premier LEGO fan event. Over 100 displays were presented over two days to more than 5000 visitors to the show.
    Previously held at Sydney Town Hall, this year’s show, held at Penrith Panthers Pavilion, was more accessible to the thousands of families and LEGO fans in greater Western Sydney and raised money for local disability charity, NADO (Nepean Area Disability Organisation).
    Prior to the show SydLUG members set the goal of beating the world record for the most Minifig habitats displayed (1094). 37 members, smashed the record out of the park with a total of 1547 habitats being displayed in an impressive wall configuration. A fitting celebration of the Minifig’s 40th anniversary this year.





    The habitat building proved to be a great bonding experience for the LUG with everyone sharing progress and tips online in the lead-up to the show. The excitement was contagious with several exhibitors outside the LUG asking to bring their own habitats to be part of the display. The LUG found habitat building an excellent way of developing new builders who may not have as many parts at their disposal, allowing them to be creative in a smaller space.
    Another of the highlights of the show this year was a massive galactic frontier themed collaboration (5 x 2 metres) showcasing the work of 12 members of the Sydney LEGO User Group. The show’s mascot, an innocent spaceman named Apollo, finds himself on a distant world where a rare ore named LEGOtonium has been discovered. It’s a tough frontier world with all manner of aliens trying to discover their own plot of LEGOtonium. Creativity and humour collide in this amazing display that included ‘Bacon City’ the city corner where heroes and scum “meat” over the infamous outer rim wings and space hotdogs.
    SydLUG members were among the major award winners at this year’s show, ‘Best in Show’ going to SydLUG husband and wife team, Gavin and Samantha, who created a detailed city themed moc – All Star Arena Precinct, comprising a huge arena, church, playground, park, tennis courts, brick-built roads and modular style buildings. Over 400 minifigs were used to bring the scene alive and the arena was left open at the back to showcase the ice rink where ‘Disney on Ice’ was taking place. Four unique sets for the show were changed out every fifteen minutes and proved a crowd favourite.
    The ‘AFOL’s Choice’ was an impressive moc of the Singaporean apartment complex, The Interlace, by SydLUG builder, Graham. Built using around 95,000 pieces the creation is a beautiful example of an architectural style build in microscale.

    Another SydLUG award recipient was Bradley, with Foster’s Carnival, who received a Highly Commended for his moving parts carnival rides that are amazingly life-like, down to the trucks he has built for them to be ‘transported’ on. SydLUG member, Joel, was recognised for ‘Creative Use of Parts’ for his display, Under the Black Sun, which was set up in a tent with special UV lighting shining on trans LEGO creations to produce a mind-blowing effect.
    Notable Mentions were given to SydLUGgers, Richard and Melissa for their ‘Pirate Cove’ moc; Rohan for his ‘Beatles Turntable’; Kristie for her Beatles mosaic and Michelle, for her mosaic of ‘The Ode.’
    All displays were well-received by the crowd and exhibitors had a very positive show experience, sharing their passion and hard work with the community and catching up with each other to talk bricks and pieces.
     


    The show also boasted a children’s building competition (with winning entries on display on Saturday 21 April), a kids free building area with LEGO graffiti wall, a remote controlled LEGO race track and meet and greets with costumed characters.
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    Nico Mascagni
    For the sixth consecutive year, ToscanaBricks brought LEGO Bricks to Empoli. Six years ago our first members organized, with some help from ItLUG friends, the first edition of "Mattoncini a Palazzo", which was the first event dedicated to LEGO® Bricks in Tuscany. From the third edition, "Mattoncini a Palazzo" joined to "Ludicomix", the other major event of Empoli dedicated to comics and games. This union gave life to "https://www.ludicomix.it/", a bigger and more complete event that involves the whole historical center of Empoli with many activities of various kinds.

    Children's faces blurred in all photos to protect their privacy. 
    Ludicomix Bricks & Kids represents for ToscanaBricks an event, that sees new exhibitors join the group year after year, but also new MOCs and new fans. For this reason we chose to give during this event the new ToscanaBricks Membership Card to our members, made with customized LEGO bricks. For each event, AFOL evening or activity we will create a custom tile to add to the card.


    This year exhibition involved 50 participants from all over Tuscany and ItLUG members from other regions of Italy. The original works exposed ranged from classic themes such as City, Castle, Pirates and Technic to modern themes such as Super Heroes, Star Wars and Ninjago, but we had also original creations of themes such as historical, SCI-FI or fantasy. The City community diorama was the field of a treasure hunt: visitors had to find the 1978 Policeman, hidden for 50 times inside city buildings and vehicles. We give a special numbered brick (from 1 to 50) to who found: one of them won a set (we made a live Facebook extraction). This activity has kept many visitors of all ages with their eyes glued to the diorama and it was greeted with enthusiasm.






    "BrickAction - A StudSystem Wargame" test sessions were held during the event. It is a tabletop game ruleset that allows users to play with LEGO® Minifigures and bricks to shape huge battles and endless adventures, created by our steering group member Fabio with a friend, both gaming world enthusiasts. A complete ruleset will be published for free in the next months. In the game area for children, all visitors could unleash their imagination to build MOCs and participate in the draw of some sets.


    Children's faces blurred in all photos to protect their privacy. 
    On Saturday evening there was the AFOL Party for all the exhibitors. During the dinner we randomly assigned a prize to everyone: none went home empty hands. Among the prizes: polybags, books, sets.
    To thank our exhibitors and our visitors, we created an alternative group photo, inspired by "60 years of LEGO brick" celebration. Our efforts are now, for the most part, directed towards a new edition of our main event "Bricks in Florence Festival" in Florence next November.
    Complete Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toscanabricks/albums/72157690258643060

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    Sara Skahill
    Every month, the AFOL Engagement Team at The LEGO Group gathers for a celebration breakfast, during which we discuss major accomplishments for the prior month and engage in a building activity. April's building activity was to take 31068 LEGO Creator Modular Modern Home and make some simple custom changes to it. Keep in mind that while we work with super talented AFOLs everyday, we lack their talent, although everyone had fun building.



    Someone even added an important room to their modular (although the walls appear to be windows?). 

    In the Enfield and Shanghai office, we naturally couldn't take part in the breakfast (it was set for 2 am EST which is a bit early for me at least), but we did share our models as well. 


    Jacky in Shanghai also took part, building a version of his apartment!


    Looking forward to May's celebration breakfast building challenge!

    Sara Skahill
    We’re very excited to announce a Jurassic WorldTM contest on LEGO Rebrick! We are asking participants create icons which capture the essence of Jurassic World or Jurassic Park – for example a dinosaur eye, the DNA string, claw marks, etc. These iconic builds are relatively simple but speak volumes, we want to see what screams Jurassic World to you!
    The first place prizes for this contest includes:
    •       75926 Pteranodon Chase, 75927 Stygimoloch Breakout, 75928 Blue's Helicopter Pursuit , 75929 Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape, 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate, plus three retailer exclusive products - 75931 Dilophosaurus Outpost Attack, 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase, 75933 T. Rex Transport
    •       Signed Poster from Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard
    •       Jurassic Park DVD Trilogy Set, including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III 
    •       Small customized build by LEGO designer
    •       Winner certificate
    In additional two runner up winners will receive 75926 Pteranodon Chase, 75927 Stygimoloch Breakout, 75928 Blue's Helicopter Pursuit , 75929 Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape, 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate, plus three retailer exclusive products - 75931 Dilophosaurus Outpost Attack, 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase, 75933 T. Rex Transport and a Winner certificate.
    More information including how to enter can be found at:
    http://rebrick.it/iconically
    The contest closes for submissions June 1st at 10:00 a.m. EST. Please share the contest with your fellow community members!

    What is LEGO Rebrick?
    LEGO Rebrick is a contests platform for LEGO enthusiasts 13 year old or older.  You can take part in LEGO-sponsored contests such as the one mentioned above to win awesome prizes or browse entries from past and current contests. Learn more.

    Please remember to follow the blog by clicking the "Follow" button on the Blog main page for more great articles. 
     

    Jan Beyer
    Dear all, safe the date (or already book the ticket) for the upcoming LEGO House AFOL activities I have put together in cooperation with my LEGO House colleagues.
    Tickets do not include admission to the LEGO House experience zone (need to be booked separate if you like to visit before the event) and are distributed first come first serve so please be fast if you like to join!
    Jan
    AFOL Day in LEGO House
    Sept 27, 2018, 9.00-17.30
    Description: Closed Fan event – for AFOLs only
    Booking link distribution ONLY via the Skærbæk Fan Weekend Member Center
    Fan Evening about the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure
    Nov 2, 2018, 16.00-20.00
    Description: We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure. Join us for a cosy fan evening in LEGO House that is especially held for our LEGO Fan Community on Nov. 2, 2018. The evening will consist of a mix of interviews, hands-on building activities and time to chat.
    Booking link:
    Click on this link https://www.legohouse.com/en-gb/whats-on Scroll down the page until you see the section “Event & Tour calendar” and the field where you can select a date Select Nov 2 in the date field Below the field you will see the events on Nov 2. Choose “Fan evening 40th anniversary minifigure” and click on “Book tickets” Select the time 16.00 Choose the amount of people you would like to book a ticket for. Finish the booking and print your ticket  
    Fan Christmas Dinner
    Dec 8, 2018, 16.00-21.00
    Description: Join us for a cozy Christmas event in LEGO House that is especially held for our LEGO Fan Community on Dec 8, 2018. We offer fun LEGO Minifigure builds, After-hour photo opportunities in one of the LEGO House Experience Zones and we will serve traditional Danish Christmas food.
    Booking link:
    Click on this link https://www.legohouse.com/en-gb/whats-on Scroll down the page until you see the section “Event & Tour calendar” and the field where you can select a date Select Dec 8 in the date field Below the field you will see the events on Dec 8. Choose “Christmas dinner” and click on “Book tickets” Select the time 16.00 Choose the amount of people you would like to book a ticket for. Finish the booking and print your ticket

    Stephen Kendall
    Last October 2017, one of the worlds post isolated Cities in the world, had its 4th dedicated Exhibition of models built from LEGO.
    The show is called Bricktober-Perth and is a fun, family friendly weekend that celebrates all things LEGO.
    The show featured 48 locate fans of LEGO exclusively from Western Australia. Some travelling from regional towns to display.
    The event was held in its new venue at Curtin Staduim and this allowed the Exhibitors to be all contained in the one hall consisting of 3 "Pods" of tables to allow the Exhibitors to have maximum interaction with the public.
    In total we had almost 250 desks with displays on them, consisting of many different subjects and themes.
     
    Some high lights included Ryan's Christmas winter display with Santa and his reindeer flying over the town, along with a running water fall, a Christmas train and a fair ground. The display won the peoples choose award, much to Ryan's surprise.
     
    Ben won the presidents Choice award with his suspended train tack from a collection of LEGO cranes, complete with the train running around the track suspended in the air.
    Lots of City and town layouts with a Down Town Disney,  Pokemon, lots of Mosaics, a custom build drilling rig and a computer controlled Bucket Wheel Excavator digging up M&M candies.
     



    Plenty of Star Wars was on display, with some very detailed dioramas representing many scenes from the movies.
     
    Lots of old trains running around old school displays from the 60-70s.
     
    A huge Micropolis group build and our first year of having a Great Ball Contraption.
     

    The show also included Australia's largest privately owned, fully ballasted and brick build road, City/Freinds lay out, Kendallshire.
     
    Bricktober-Perth has always had a large focus on giving children the opportunity to play with LEGO at our show.
    Of the 2400 square meter hall, we allocated over 1/3rd of the floor space to LEGO play, that’s 950 M2 of just LEGO play!!
    We run build competitions, children can have a go at driving a tracked racer, 4x4 LEGO crawler car or operate the Volvo front end loader.
    They can also have a go at being a train driver with one of our LEGO trains.
    Plus we have a Brick Pit with over 30,000 bricks for the children and even some adults to build in what ever they like.


    We added in two extra features at the show, called Build a Racer, children would  build a race car and race it with your friends down our new Race track.
    Plus we had the team from Mindmash come along and run the MINDSTORMS robots where kids programmed the robots to compete against each other in a robot sumo reselling completion.
     
    Our show also has a large outside covered over area where we had some Brick animated films running with lots of LEGO sellers and food for the family to purchase and sit down and enjoy together.
     
    There was lots of LEGO themes treats on sell from our friends at Wheels for Hope Kenwick Rotary, along with lots of Cosplay characters to keep every one entertained.
     We also had lots of Colouring in images for the children to sit and colour in for the opportunity to enter a competition to win LEGO. along with several Guess the numbers of LEGO piecers in the jar competitions.

    Bricktober-Perth is a celebrating of all thinks LEGO with a serious side in that it is a fund raiser for the community.
    Funds from the event are used to help out the communities to make the world a better place.
    The main beneficiaries of the event have been:
    Set up and funding of clubs that offer the “LEGO ® Play Experience” to children.
    We are very proud to donate tubs of LEGO to 23 new LEGO Clubs so far.
    That’s over 230,000 bricks in 23 tubs and 3 Mindstorms kits and a value of over $37,000 all raised through the efforts of Bricktober, Perth’s largest, Fan build LEGO show.

    But the giving back to the community doesn't stop there.
    We have also supported The Arthur Bray Foundation, a fund that assists youth in participating in leadership and development programs.
    Support for The Rotary Foundation that funds the world eradication of Polio.
    In conjunction with The Rotary Club of Ascot, for the last 6 years, together we have developed the supply of fresh drinking water to communities in East Timor Leste.
    This project has been designed and constructed by the local community and has had such a positive effect on the community that it has sparked the local government to invest in new schools in the areas.  
    It really has been an amazing project and event where the local LEGO community can have an opportunity to showcase their love of LEGO while helping raise funds to promote our future children in lighting that spark in a young persons mind, that goes on to develop the next Engineer, Architect, Mechanic, Artist, Film maker, Robot builder or Creative thinker!
    While also helping develop a community less fortunate then ours in giving them the tools to build a system of water supply, that frees their children from collecting water and having more time to play, learn and develop.
    Bricktober-Perth is back again for 2018, with the show running on 6th-7th October again back at Curtin Stadium.
    More information can be found at http://www.bricktober.info and https://www.facebook.com/BricktoberPerth/
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