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.

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!

Dec 29

Wow! Children’s Museum Free Build.

Early in December Todd E. volunteered on behalf of CoWLUG to run an afternoon of free build fun at the Wow! Children’s Museum in Lafayette. Known for its interactive, child-oriented exhibits, the museum was thrilled to have a table of bricks for building during the holiday season.

A huge thanks goes out to Todd E. for running the event and to Ian & Abby for lending the bucket full of basic bricks that have now traveled to several free build events.

Photographs are courtesy of Wow! Children’s Museum. They were so happy with the visitor excitement and interaction with the free build that they’d love to hold another in the future.

Aug 05

Bricks to Rails: LEGO Train Festival

As part of the summer long Build! exhibit at The Longmont Museum, CoWLUG hosted a separate, special weekend layout, bringing custom designed LEGO trains out from the exhibit cases to run on tracks through a multi-layered mountain and town layout. Based on the steady flow of families throughout both days (August 3-4) our builders did not disappoint.

The view from the train yard corner.

The track layout allowed for multiple trains to run at the same time. Additionally, there were amusement park rides which ran and other mechanical creations (by Lester) with interactive buttons to delight kids who were thrilled to operate them.

A fun addition to the layout included road and rail bridges over a multilayered water scene devised by Reed (of both CoWLUG & DENLUG.) Designed to be viewed at toddler eye-level, it was a fun view for children not usually tall enough to see things at table level.

A new surprise made possible by this year’s LEGO LUG support program drew a group of kids around Reed for a chance to answer LEGO trivia and perhaps snatch up a coveted, new LEGO set. Many thanks to LEGO for providing support to CoWLUG so we can offer these giveaways at events.

Another view of the many layers of mesa, mountains and train tracks. There were a number of people who stayed for hours just studying all the details. Many thanks to Art for organizing the weekend event, and to all the builders who came out to participate. The Build! exhibit runs until September 22nd, 2013.