18th Annual Mount Cheam Lions Train Show

Well this has been a long time delayed, but better late than never. It has been a busy year for out little LUG so far, a lot of changes and a good bit of growth too. I’ll cover the Brick Can convention in another post though.

Last October we were again excited to display at the Chilliwack Train Show. It is still our biggest display event of the year and we had great fun putting it together. One of our new members, Jason, brought in his collection of 9V track and so we had two lines running most of both days.

Main downtown

Main downtown

The Port

The Port

Peaceful campground

Peaceful campground

We went with a more specifically Town & Train theme this time, with a few portals here and there spewing time-tossed creatures and travelers for a bit of flavour.

IMG_2448

An ancient portal to the land of the dinosaurs

IMG_2457

A mad scientist opening a portal to an epic WWII battle between a Panzer IV and an A30 Challenger

IMG_2461

Summoning a mighty Phoenix

We had a lot more MOCs there which is really exciting to see.

IMG_2469

Santa Fe Super Chief waits at a marvelous train station

IMG_2456

A model of one of our members’ house

IMG_2459

Surrey Museum replica

Custom Modern apartment and Welsh rowhouse flanking the Parisian  Cafe'

Custom Modern apartment and Welsh rowhouse flanking the Parisian Cafe’

And our selection of trains is growing as well.

IMG_2470

BC Rail EMD SD40-2

 

 

IMG_2468

Small port yard with mainline bridges in the background

BC Rail Alco RS18 & BNSF GP20 pull some empty hoppers

BC Rail Alco RS18 & BNSF GP20 pull some empty hoppers

And of course an amazing old west town.

Olde West

Olde West

I was a great show and will be even better next year. We are going to be channeling a bit of Pacific Rim!

 

The Final Display

We found out at the beginning of this year that the monthly display program that had been running at the Lego Store was coming to an end. It was sad news for us, as we shared the monthly Installs with the VLC for the Guildford Town Center store, but the news was softened by the allowance for one final LUG display. And this one would be permanent!

January 2014 display

January 2014 display

Previously we had access to one of the big “picture frame” windows around the store. These were rather tall and it was sometimes a challenge to fill the space effectively. With such prestigious displays we always strove to showcase our best while also giving opportunities for each member who wanted to have a go. I myself was lucky enough to collaborate with other builders on four separate displays.

September 2014 display

September 2014 display

The final display, though, was a little different than these previous ones. Firstly we were to use a “ribbon brand” window which was much shorter, secondly the elements we used would not be returned to us (permanent, right), and thirdly The Lego Company desired us to have a display that had some recognizable local flavour. And then there was the consideration that as the last install the whole LUG should be involved as much as possible.

March 2015 display

March 2015 display

In the end we settled on the Abbotsford International Airshow as a theme and decided to go with a microscale style to maximize the variation. The end result is our best store display ever, and it will hopefully be enjoyed by Lego fans young and old for many years to come. Now I will simply let the pictures do the talking.

 

Just missing a Snowbird

Just missing a Snowbird

 

Shockwave & P-38 Lightning

Shockwave & P-38 Lightning

 

CH-47 Chinook, CL-215 Scooper, & V-22 Osprey

CH-47 Chinook, CL-215 Scooper, & V-22 Osprey

 

LUG members finished the install.

LUG members finished the install.

 

Check out the AbbyLUG group on Flickr for even more great detail shots of these and other displays and shows!

Brick Can 2016

Teaser3Well, the beans are finally spilled. We’ve been giddy with anticipation since the first whisperings of the hint of this event reached our ears (in secret). Now the countdown has officially begun. We have less than a year to go before our first in hopefully a long line of annual Vancouver Lego Conventions takes place.

Hit up the official site for all the particulars, like it on Facebook even, if you are into that sort of thing.

What I know is that we can look forward to 4 amazing days of Lego goodness right here in the valley. 2 Days of public viewing, so bring your MOCs, and 2 days of AFOL oriented goodness. We’ve got such a great group of AFOLs here that this just has to be good. Come on out and see what this community is all about!

 

17th Annual Mount Cheam Lions Train Show

AbbyLUG & VLCThis was the second year of AbbyLUG participation at the long-running Train and Hobby show benefiting the Mount Cheam Lions. We had as much fun as last year getting our displays ready for the viewing public.

Custom ModularsIMG_1074Instead of going strictly in a Lego City direction we branched out to showcase some of our members’ most passionate themes. Castle, Space, Post-apoc, and Christmas Village sections were full of detailed custom models and sets.ArkhamPost-apocManor HouseClassic M-TronChristmas VillageThe two day event attracted thousands of attendees, both young and old and we had a great time talking about our hobby and answering questions. It seems that people are always amazed at the shape Lego bricks can take in the hands of a dedicated builder.Riders of.. the white hand?Who ya gonna call!?Last Minute?Especially popular was the Mad Max section built by our member Lee. Those old enough to recall the movie enjoyed picking out the various details added to the vehicles and characters.So much orange!Well dang!MaxSmaug made a special appearance atop one of the castle keeps, an early glimpse at the famed dragon from the new Hobbit sets.

Smaug the TerribleAnd all in all we had a great time. We will be back next year!

HardsuitsAaaahhhh!

AbbyLUG creation raises funds for Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation

AbbyLUG recently had the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation. AbbyLUG was approached by the SMHF to build a replica of the new Critical Care Tower in Surrey. This amazing Lego creation by Lee Wager was successfully auctioned off for a grand total of $4500! Thanks to Lee for taking the lead on this wonderful project. Read more about the build from the Langley Times here.

60038langleyBuildinglegotower

July 2014 Guildford Lego Store Display

Calling all Lego space fanatics – if you didn’t have the opportunity to check out AbbyLUG’s tribute to Lego space through the decades, now is your chance! See if you can name all of the Lego space themes represented here.

IMG_20140801_210744 IMG_20140801_210732 IMG_20140801_210627  IMG_20140801_210722 IMG_20140801_210707 IMG_20140801_210715IMG_20140801_210645

 

 

If you like this build, look for an even bigger and better space display from AbbyLUG at the Chilliwack Train and Hobby Show coming up in October!

AbbyLUG at BC Homeschool Expo 2014

This was our first year being involved in the BC Homeschool Expo at Tradex in Abbotsford, and it was a great success! We enjoyed being a big part of the Fun Zone, providing kids an opportunity to build Lego creations of their own, as well as displaying many of our own creations and favourite official Lego models. From my informal polling, fan favourites included a Lego Snoopy house by Christian, complete with a brick built Snoopy and Woodstock, a modified Lord of the Rings Pirate Ship Ambush by Adele, and a fabulous Castle MOC by James.

homeschoolexpo1

Free build at BC Home School Expo 2014

homeschoolexpo2

Lego submarine MOC at BC Homeschool Expo 2014

homeschoolexpo3

DUPLO team build at BC Homeschool Expo 2014

The kids really got into the Lego spirit with some impressive teamwork in the Duplo area as well as many creative solo projects at the Lego System free build tables. Thanks to all the participants for their enthusiasm and we hope to see you all again next year!

AbbyLUG Display at Guildford Lego Store

If you get a chance to stop by the Lego store in Guildford Mall during the month of March, be sure to check out the Community Display Window. Fellow AbbyLUG member James and I are proud to present our Legends of Chima themed creation featuring the Croc and Lion tribes preparing to do battle. We had a lot of fun building it and I think it shows! Click the link below for pictures, and keep checking back every month at Guildford Lego Store for a new display.

Guildford Lego Store March Display