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.

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.

IMG_5429Families of cosplayers abound throughout the exhibit hall. Here they happily look out over the expansive city and train display.

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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.

May 31

Denver Comic Con 2013!

The CoWLUG display at this year’s DCC is got plenty of attention on just the first night. Above is the finished Action #1 Mosaic, brought to life by Mark, Mia, Joel & Duane.

Everyone had to “love” the LEGO! But if you didn’t have a chance to see the mosaic at DCC, it’s on display all summer at The Longmont Museum’s BUILD! The Amazing World of LEGO exhibit, which CoWLUG is also a part of.

Costumed crowds filtered in and around the DC/Marvel display looking for themselves amongst the minifigs.

The entire DC/Marvel layout was fabulously designed by Lester, with buildings contributed by Duane, Matthew R. & Donnie. And check out how awesome that banner turned out behind Lester. Thanks again Marand – of M Works Design.

Several builders contributed to the fantastic cityscape. Skyscrapers by Duane and Joker’s “hideout” by Donnie.

The build area was visited by this sweet boy, happily showing off his work.

Alysa’s Dalek took aim at Ryan’s TARDIS, attracting many Dr. Who fans.

Imagine filled out a table with Bioshock builds, a Mass Effect Reaper & and a popular Cthulhu build, delighting the video gaming crowd – including Booker & Elizabeth cosplayers from Bioshock Infinite. (below)

Though I think the club favorite was Galactus stopping by to attack the city.

Ian’s fabulous Sin City table-sized vignette drew people in with captivating black & white buildings in multi layers and key color highlights.

Who is that man behind the curtain?! During the afternoon on the last day of DCC, we heard a booming voice erupt from behind the CoWLUG display area where the Comic Book Classroom stage was positioned. William Shatner made an unscheduled appearance, reading Where the Wild Things Are to the children. We already had a great view, even though we had to sneak peaks from between the drapes of our backdrop.

For the most part, this is what our area looked like for the weekend. We’d like to thank Denver Comic Con organizers for inviting us again this year. We were happy to kick it up a notch and present a LEGO nerd showcase for attendees.

Dan presented an explosion of mechs lined up ready for action.

The Saga mosaic enjoyed it’s premiere location at the Fiona Staples booth. Joel, Duane & Mark pulled off this beautiful blend of some gorgeous colors. You really have to see it in person.

So what are you waiting for! Mark your calendars for next year’s Denver Comic Con (June 13-15, 2014) and come out to join the fun!

May 22

History Colorado Center LEGO-rado Exhibit Opens!

Opening on Saturday, May 26, this 700-foot display features a train track circling four themed sections that showcase Colorado stories from particular places and times; past and future! LEGO-rado will be on display through Colorado Day – August 1, 2012.

The four themed LEGO-rado sections include: Geological Colorado, featuring landscapes and an archaeological dig; Old Town Colorado, highlighting Bent’s Fort, a river basin and prairies; Contemporary Colorado, which looks at small town and suburban Colorado with comical twists; and Future Colorado, a fantastical vision of future Denver filled with extraterrestrials and flying vehicles.

The display took 12 of our builders over two months to build and install – all on their own time. Above is a little teaser photo from the Future Denver section just to give you a glimpse – you really need to come down and see for yourself!

History Colorado Center is also offering LEGO building workshops lead by our CoWLUG members. Workshops are $45 ($40 for History Colorado members) and include a small LEGO set to take home. Space is limited; pre-registration required. Registration information can be found at History Colorado Center or call (303) 866-2394. Workshop dates, times and age groups are as follows:

  • Saturday, June 9: 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (for ages 5 to 9, adult required)
  • Sunday, June 24: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (for ages 10+)
  • Saturday, July 14: 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (for ages 5 to 9, adult required)
  • Sunday, July 29: 1p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (for ages 10+)