May 11

CoWLUG Celebrates 10 Years!

April 2016 marked 10 years since the founding of the Colorado Wyoming LEGO Users Group. There was a wonderful turnout of CoWLUG members for a special celebration to honor the 10 years CoWLUG has been gathering and displaying unique LEGO MOCs across the Colorado and Wyoming region.

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A huge thank you goes out to Abby for organizing the celebration and reserving space at Rock Bottom Brewery for both reminiscing as well as revelry.
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There were old photos passed around from the years of displays showing some of the younger members growing up, growing better build skills, as well as facial hair. There were memories shared of members no longer with us, either because of moves or their untimely passing. The celebration certainly was not the same without the presence of Jim West – a reminder of how important it is to enjoy the times one has with good friends.

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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.

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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