Mar 22

Superman Mosaic – Life Beyond DCC

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Since its debut at Denver Comic Con in 2013, the super-huge Superman mosaic (Action Comics No.1) collectively created and mounted for display by Mark, Joel and Duane, it has begun a traveling career. From DCC it found its way to The Longmont Museum for 2013′s Build! exhibit and now is heading west!

Arizona’s Heard Museum is currently organizing its own brick exhibit with a similar title, Build! Toy Brick Art at the Heard, scheduled to open in May of this year. Congratulations to Mark, Joel and Duane for the continued enjoyment of their stellar work on this fabulous mosaic. It’s quite possible this is just the beginning of a far-reaching, traveling life for this piece.

Mar 22

LEGO for Montbello Library

Early in January of this year CoWLUG was contacted by a librarian of the Denver Public Library from the Montbello Branch with a request for LEGO donations. Many of the smaller-sized patrons of the library worried about not having the means with which to pull together a collection of LEGO that would enable them to participate fully in the upcoming 2014 LEGO Building Contest – Building Books!

With the help of over a dozen CoWLUG members, a few boxes of LEGO sets and bulk elements were collected during February. Donnie made the final delivery of the donations to the library making it possible for the branch to host it’s first in a series of build days in March.

Library KidsShanna Shadoan, librarian at the Montbello Branch and also the person who initially reached out to CoWLUG for our help, was happy to report that over 70 children and parents attended the first build day. The photograph above shows just how busy the build tables were during the event. With this new “community set” of LEGO available at the branch, there should be many more build events to come. We wish all of the children much luck in the upcoming contest!

A huge thank you goes out to all the CoWLUG members who generously donated from their collections, as well as a special thank you to Donnie for making the special delivery to the library.

 

Feb 16

Rails on the Rockies: Estes Park 2014

Zombies, Toys & Coffee by Meghan

Despite the continued reconstruction of all the highways leading up to Estes Park after last fall’s disastrous flood, there was a solid showing for CoWLUG members participating in this year’s display, organized by Lester. Above a corner of the city showcases buildings by Meghan, Duane and Samantha.

Push Button Amusement Park by Jim M.

Jim M.’s interactive amusement park received continued action by the younger crowds.

Button Pusing

Below, Art created a mountainous backdrop to Jerry’s fort.

Fort by Jerry & Mountain by Art

Grimy Gulch Station by Jeff Market by Lester and other buildings by Duane & Meghan

The mountain’s tunnel spilled out into a very large Western section of the layout with buildings by Lester (Market,) Grimy Gulch station by Jeff, and a multitude of detailed structures by Meghan and Duane populating the action.

Spanish Village by Jerry

A Spanish village by Jerry spanned the length of one side, bringing us to an Indian village by Jim M. and Bent’s fort by Ian.

Indian Village by Jim M. & Bent's Fort by Ian

Hedgehogs vs. Octopus Teddy Bear Army

No one was quite sure exactly what was happening between the hedgehogs, bears and an octopus….

Western by Samantha

Western Detail by Samantha

Samantha’s detailed western structures and scenes were a popular draw, especially with the addition of LEGO Movie references.

Train Wreck fun with Lester & Imagine

There was plenty of train wreck action happening as Lester changed out various trains during the show (the blurry figure lower right behind the tarantula leg) and tested the number of characters that could be added to numerous cars. The crowds looked on, very entertained.

Low Clearance under Tarantula by Imagine

Low clearance under Imagine’s steampunk tarantula contraption from Wild Wild West brought inquisitive looks from onlookers.

Victorian Block by Meghan

Beyond the western area, Meghan’s gorgeously colorful victorian street created a lovely spot to stand and gaze. Lester certainly looks pretty posing behind them. I think the pink house is giving him a rosy glow. :)

Lester Extraordinaire

Lester’s pièce de résistance this year was his addition of the steampunk street scene and various steampunk inspired vehicles and figs.

Steampunk Village by Lester

Steampunk Village & Dirigible by Lester

Steampunk Details by LesterAnd literally bridging the gap between steampunk and city features was Duane’s quadruple bridge, dam and river scene. The underwater and cave features were particularly exciting for the shorter members of the crowd who could peer in at their own eye level.

Dam & Bridge by Duane

Dam & Bridge Crossing by Duane

The city scape continued to grow this year with more buildings (by Stuart, Lester, Duane, Samantha and Meghan,) and activities.

Pizza by Stuart & City by Lester

Ice Cream & Salon by Samantha

LEGO Movie Action by Imagine

And since the LEGO Movie hit theaters, there were of course several relevant action scenes playing out in the streets. Here, Imagine’s redesign of Lord Business’ Lair uses his huge legs to stomp his way through the streets.

Multiple Layers-Monorail by Jim M.

Finally, it wouldn’t be Rails on the Rockies without trains. There were trains of all kinds, moving through every part of the layout all day – thank you train builders: Lester, Duane, Michael & Jim M!  Lester would like to extend his thanks to everyone who took part in building, displaying and tending the show over the weekend. It was a truly fabulous collaboration by all.

Feb 02

Everything is Awesome!! The LEGO Movie Premiere Display

Despite a snowstorm, excitement was high at the Warner Brothers premiere screening event for The LEGO Movie on February 1st. CoWLUG was invited to showcase a display of creative builds in the expansive lobby of the United Artists Colorado Mills Stadium 16 IMAX Movie Theater. Let’s take a walk around the tables of the display. Above, as guests entered, they were greeted by mosaics by Jim W., a museum by Todd P., Bionicle creatures by Jeff and a dramatic Sin City layout by Ian.

Rounding the corner as Imagine, Jeff and Lester discuss LEGO themes between crowd surges, two of Mark’s brick-built figs play chess at the back of the table. In the front corner, Ryan’s builds include his Record Store (which makes a very brief appearance in The LEGO Movie,) his ShopBot, and a SHIP built entirely of Modulex elements.

After rounding the corner, guests were color-blasted with Imagine’s Coliseum scene as he guessed it might look from the scant images glimpsed in The LEGO Movie trailers. Since all CoWLUG members participating in the premiere display were also granted access to the advance screening of the movie, we won’t say just how close he got to the actual structure as depicted in the movie – you’ll have to go see it for yourself! Surrounding the structure on the table are a plethora of Cloud Cuckoo Land floating cloud scenes by Ryan.

After the clouds we come down out of the sky into the city with skyscrapers by Duane and city buildings by Lester. The streets are filled with the city vehicles by several CoWLUG members as well as various “vehicle” sets from The LEGO Movie and the black box micro managers which play a part in the movie as well.

As you can see, some of our smaller guests spent time joyfully studying all the details of the builds as viewed from the opposite side of the tables.

A bit of the action between micro managers and the city residents as viewed in front of Lester’s buildings. The largest micro manager in front of the yellow building is a scaled up custom build by Jessica – lest it be said she only organizes the masses and never has time to build.

As we move down the street/tables, Samantha’s colorful lighting illuminates her salon building and delightfully prepares the eye for a vibrant ice cream shop. The public enjoying a cone can watch on as the last part of the city undergoes demolition and construction – a collaborative effort begun by Derek’s contribution of a crane and soon filled with various members’ additions.

Rounding the next corner, the city gives way to a western landscape filled with detailed western buildings by both Lester and Samantha, all which still stand amidst the Imagine’s steampunk Tarantula.

The western landscape really came together with fabulous details – as represented here in more of Samantha’s buildings.

Creative collaboration abounds as we move down the final display side where Reed’s transparent, crystal castle changes colors with cool LED lighting behind motion filled vignettes of tornados and a wind turbine by Todd E. and various sci-fi vehicles by him as well.

Matthew R.’s SHIP presents a commanding segway into the motion packed amusement park, Riverside Park, by Jim M.

Jim’s Riverside Park blurs with all the motion. See how it all runs and makes the viewer dizzy with the activity in his video here. At the center of the amusement park, Donnie dropped in his Joker’s hideout – a perfect addition to the crazed and colorful! See more detailed shots of the entire display at Jim M.’s Flickr photostream.

Greeting guests at the opposite entrance to the theater, Wil upped the dizzy factor several levels with his spiral train layout running two trains at high speeds. Needless to say, it was great fun, even when derailments caused spectacular wrecks.

Many thanks go out to every single CoWLUG member and their families and friends for pulling together a fabulous display and making the trek out in bad weather. A huge thank you goes out to Warner Brothers for inviting us to be a big part of an exciting premiere. We hope we did the day justice for you and all your guests. Finally, the help of the entire staff at United Artists Colorado Mills Stadium 16 IMAX Movie Theater and Regal Entertainment Group is very much appreciated. Thank you!