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!

Apr 22

Colorado Mills MOCs Show 2012

We’re in the last couple hours of the Colorado Mills MOCs Show scheduled to celebrate the grand re-opening of the LEGO store here at the mall. As you can see, there are a variety of builds on display by a handful of members who came out to participate – including a new member showing for the first time! Yay!

A small monorail display and practice run-through is up and running, thanks to Mark, Ryan and Imagine. Thank you to Shawn for bringing his large Statue of Liberty, snagged at the last minute to support the tracks! Ian’s train drag races are also up and running for hours of programming and racing fun.

Once setup was complete, members have been taking turns building from bins of brick Mark provided, to complete some items for the Make-A-Wish Foundation build. Thanks to everyone for dedicating some time to helping out! Finally, a huge thank you to John for organizing the show and for being a part of CoWLUG. We’re going to miss you after you move.

 

Mar 27

Creation Nation – Colorado Mills 2012

CoWLUG members volunteered March 23-25, 2012 for the LEGO Creation Nation free build event at Colorado Mills Mall. The event marked the grand re-opening of the larger LEGO store at the mall. Plenty of fans showed up to build with a nice selection of bricks and plates on small baseplates. Creations were placed within the larger “nation” on the floor. A special thanks goes out to all members who showed up to volunteer and to the LEGO store for providing snacks, drinks and some fun rewards for our time. John will be organizing the next event at Colorado Mills on April 22nd, a MOCs based show consisting solely of creations built by CoWLUG participating members.

Feb 26

Brand Ribbon Build

Nearly twenty CoWLUG members shared a LEGO-fied day at Mark’s house for the Colorado Mills LEGO store’s Brand Ribbon Build. For those who have never participated in this type of event, it’s basically a marathon, all-day build of LEGO master builder designed sets which are used for the display cases in the LEGO store. There is plenty of time for LEGO related chat during the session, as well as admiration (or in some cases – confusion) over how a build is designed. Thank you to everyone who stopped in to participate and a huge heap of gratitude to Mark and his family for hosting the event!