Well, 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!
This 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.
Instead 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.The 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.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.Smaug made a special appearance atop one of the castle keeps, an early glimpse at the famed dragon from the new Hobbit sets.
And all in all we had a great time. We will be back next year!
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.
Free build at BC Home School Expo 2014
Lego submarine MOC at BC Homeschool Expo 2014
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!
The Lego Movie is out in theatres today, and yesterday I had the privilege of representing AbbyLUG on Breakfast TV in Vancouver to talk about the Lego Movie and the joys of being an Adult Fan of Lego! I was in the distinguished company of Lego Certified Professional Robin Sather and Paul Hetherington, AKA The Brick Baron. We had a great time showcasing our creations!
Make sure to get out and see the Lego Movie – there is plenty for Lego enthusiasts of all stripes to enjoy, particularly all the shout outs to the AFOL community. Enjoy 🙂
Preparations are well underway for the Chilliwack Train & Hobby Show coming mid October. About seven of our members have really come together to collaborate on the main portion of our build, the city center. For many of us this is our first time building the fancy looking facades that LEGO has made popular through their Modular Building line and it is a challenge, but one that we are up to. We have many types of buildings and shops not often seen at these sorts of events, from a sushi restaurant and a brewery, to a bridal store and ice cream parlour. Along the roads we already have a large stable of 6 wide classic cars, a plethora of trucks and other vehicles. Beyond the confines of the city center we are planning a Renaissance fair on castle grounds, as well as a mine in the side of a mountain, an old west town over yonder, and even a haunted forest. Trains are the focus, though, and the layout covers a square at least 20′ by 20′, with a fantastic water feature and a massive switchyard. We will post pictures as we progress, as well as at the event, but to truly take in what we hope is a wonderful display you’ve got to be there in person!
On August 28th the LEGO store in the Guildford Mall opened. It was great to see the displays we built in their cases for everyone to enjoy. It was an extremely busy day for store manager Rachel and her staff. They kept their cool and helped everyone with a smile. You should go and check it out for yourself.
The official Grand Opening for the store will be on September 20th, 21st and 22nd. Come down and see a LEGO Master Builder at work!
A fabulous weekend was enjoyed by all that participated in our club’s first public exhibition at the 32nd Annual Berry Festival, July 6 & 7 in Abbotsford. We were able to talk to lots of adults about AbbyLUG and our passion as AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). If you were one of those adult fans who stopped by to check out our creations we hope to see you at one of our upcoming meetings.
Adica, James, Jonathan, and Jeremy
The LEGO tent had lots of traffic due to the giant DUPLO maze built by Christian on behalf of Brickville DesignWorks. Everyone loved helping to get that completed!
Christian and James build a DUPLO Maze.
Special thanks go to Christian, Ken, James, Jeremy, and Jonathan for lending your creations and sets for display.
Fantastic builds by AbbyLUG members.
The kid’s wouldn’t have enjoyed their time at our build tables without the added help of members Adele and Adica.
The finished displays from the kid’s build table.
Many kids came by and had fun building their own creations.
And all these great photos were contributed by honorary members Jacelyn and Victoria.
We are already looking forward to our next event. Stay tuned for details!