Sep 01

Brick Fest Live! 2015 Denver

Potentially our largest display this year, Brick Fest Live! 2015 was a great success! With about 30 CoWLUG members displaying creations and supplying parts for the displays (including new members, Steven Lopez and Kathy Nicolai), we spread the LEGO love over 1180 square feet….that’s 59 8’x30” tables!!

IMG_8213Up front we had the Modular Town, featuring Buildings from Myself and Jim West, as well as railyards by Ralph and Chris Hembree.

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…flanked by a forest fire thanks to Ralph and “Friend’s Town” courtesy of Cynde.

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Around the bend, We travel through Jim’s Amusement Park….

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…and into Lester’s Steampunk and Old West towns…

On the Other side of the Display, we had Jason’s Airport, Jerry’s train station and mountain…and a super keen arctic scene from Ralph!

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Adjacent to the cities, we had MOC’s from Todd and Cynde, Ralph’s Minecraft Display, and some awesome trains from Wil Hata as well as MechTech thanks to Dan Wray.

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Our “Middle Table” featured an epic Pirate assault on Reed’s Hope Castle.

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Alas, This ended up being the only effective cannon against the castle…

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Finally, in our “Third section” we had Jeremy’s Collection of MOC’s, including this one, which was my favorite!

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An awesome USS Enterprise from Steven Lopez

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and the Infamous GBC (Great Ball Contraption) thanks to Ian, Abby, Jim West, Serena, Todd and numerous others.

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Along with the “bumper car arena” from Ralph, Annette and Darin, among others.

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Though this Brick Fest Live! Event was mainly an event geared towards the “kids and parents” crowd, we did meet several new potential AFOL members. The event featured 4-hour sessions with numerous interactive mosaic and free building stations and a “build / race your LEGO car” area, featuring some spectacular crashes as well as an array of LEGO video games on Xbox 360s.

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As well as a mix of Various LEGO themed vendors….

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…a couple of which supplied, Lester, Dan and myself with some awesome new gear and guns!

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However, perhaps the biggest news from the event is it’s desire to grow and be a full blown 3-day LEGO AFOL convention, here in Denver….potentially as soon as next year!

Thanks, once again, to all that helped out and displayed…we could not have done any of this without you.

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Photographs, story and event organization by Christopher Briggs.

Jul 14

If CoWLUG had a summer camp!

CoWLUG doesn’t have a summer camp. But if we did, this month’s meeting had just about everything we’d all want – a case of LEGO sets, build challenges (including alt builds and blind building,) set drafts, pizza, lugbulk, part swapping, moc sharing, plenty of friendly jibing, and loads of builders who play well together.

First of all, a huge thank you goes out to Christian for organizing the gathering and providing the awesome space that is hobbyDB. Thank you to the LEGO CEE team for providing a case of sets for the evening’s building events and to Joel for making the drive to bring them in for everyone. Finally, thank you to Ian and Abby for running LUGBULK once again and sorting every single order for all participating members so all they needed to do was show up to pick up their brand new brick! This is no small feat, so if you haven’t thanked Ian and Abby profusely, do so immediately!

In case you missed ‘camp’ this summer. Here’s a taste of how it unfolded.
Husband, wife alt buildHusband & wife team alt build (above.)

PizzaPizza! Also provided by Ian and Abby!

Sets

Sets provided for the build events. We’re such devoted builders, we build with the sets before we even open them.

Blind build round one

Blind build round one. Thank you once again to Ian and Abby for the blind build setup!

Blind builder hands

Builder hands doing their best to figure out parts and part placement.

Blind build round two

Blind build round two!

Blind Build results

Blind build results. Interestingly, every single builder ended up with a minifig head as the lamp light.

Alt building, individual

Individual alt builders utilizing open space on the ping pong table.

Alt building, team

More team alt builders (above & below.)

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Alt Builds

And a sampling of some of the results.

Set DraftLastly, anyone who wanted to use their set for the set draft had time to disassemble and sort for the draft. Future meetings will be scheduled every other month and held at hobbyDB in Boulder. There will be more set drafts (probably one every meeting,) so stay tuned to the CoWLUG group email for those details. There is also a full calendar of displays planned this year on into 2016. Check the email list for information on those as well and reply directly to each display’s organizer if you’d like to participate.

May 25

Denver Comic Con 2015!

DCC has grown substantially from it’s first launch several years ago. So has CoWLUG! Just six members displayed LEGO builds on six small tables at that first event in 2012. This year there are over 20 members exhibiting work across dozens of tables arranged in configurations across enough floor space that one can no longer photograph the entire display in one photo frame.

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Lester is one of the original six to display at DCC. His steampunk builds and costumes are a favorite.

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At the other end of the spectrum, both Alex & Cy represent some of our newest members. Affectionately dubbed ‘the Bionicle boyz’ by a few members, they and their expansive Bionicle display is a very entertaining addition to the CoWLUG family.

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This is also the second year of collaboration at DCC between CoWLUG & DENLUG. Combining forces and brick makes for beautifully detailed displays. Ralph overlooks his cityscape as members finish with setup.

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Derek’s robot and building (top, above) create a transition to spaceships by Joe (bottom, above.)

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Jim’s ever-expanding, interactive amusement park is kept busy during all hours of the con.

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Members who participate in the display work hard from start to finish, building, setting up, and speaking to fans. There is a little time for play. And of course for capturing some of the amazing cosplayers on the floor of the exhibit hall.

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Inside Ian & Abby’s build area, there appear all kinds of miniature versions of the adult cosplayers. It’s not every day little Leia sits down with miniature Batman. LEGO makes it possible!

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Ian works at getting more interactive aspects of the display up and running. His organization brought an unwieldy group of builders together into a brilliant display. From the beginning of our first invitation to DCC, it’s been a display that takes careful planning and dedication. I would personally like to thank Ian for taking the event to the next level for CoWLUG.

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It’s not possible to photograph all three sections of the display unless one had access to a lift to hoist the camera up above the madness. From this vantage point, you can however see a bit of the expanse.

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Theme builds of all sorts are popular at the event. Donnie does it up right and in vibrant color!

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Imagine gets a visit from a live Songbird in front of his Bioshock build (above.) And the pilot for Sazabi stopped by to claim his mech (below,) also built by Imagine.

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No one, however, seemed overly concerned about this guy showing up next to the LEGO. (Lord Business & the Kragle, below.)

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Speaking of The LEGO Movie, Imagine chats with some enthusiastic fans marveling over the submarine brought to life from the film.

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Enthusiasm is not limited to fans attending DCC. Nick, of ChiLUG (above), came to town with Alyssa (mosaic & table below) to share his expertly built weapons from various popular video games. The intricately detailed builds beg to be flaunted, of course.

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The popularity of LEGO crosses over into several fandoms when one sees their favorite thing built out of the bricks. Before the exhibit hall opens, interviews are held for various media outlets. Jim, Imagine, Ian, Derek and Lester were snagged for the task.

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The best part of Denver Comic Con is getting to hang out with fans of LEGO from the very smallest (top photo) to the most costume coordinated (bottom photo.) So if you didn’t get a chance to build for the event this year, or volunteer to interact with the visitors and with you had, put it on your calendar for next year and come join us. It’s sure to be a good time.

Mar 20

MOCs & Elves Parts Draft @ CoWLUG Member’s Meeting

If you’re lurking on the CoWLUG YahooGroups list and wonder what happens at the meetings, here’s a little sampling of activity around the MOCs table from the March 2015 meeting. Lots of great stuff being built and planned by members who have been with CoWLUG for years, but also by a slew of brand new members. The Elves parts draft was an intense and crowded event. If you want to see what that’s all about, come to the next meeting with the selected set, ready to sort!

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