Oct 11

NoCo MiniMaker Faire: 2015

NoCo Mini-Maker Faire 2015

About 10 builders made the trek up to Loveland for the NoCo Mini Maker Faire over the October 10th and 11th weekend. The display was filled with a large variety of builds. Being a Mini Maker Faire, creativity and making things was full on with the builds not only from CoWLUG but the rest of the event. It was a fun event for the builders as well. 

12088490_1099989543354081_5023588736951208732_nLester brought some of his finds, a 2001 remote control Bionicle called Manas.  

12105778_1099988123354223_4251575649928876169_nJeff made his I-Rex from Bionicle parts and did a pretty nice job too. 

12107068_1099988200020882_1178855251732586665_nLester’s steam punk AT-AT is always a crowd pleaser. 

12107080_1099988266687542_2671269194927629640_nChris bringing some Star Wars fun to the build with a base of operations. 

12143070_1099988676687501_7791443254631318072_nBionicles and Bionicles. Each creation have an individual look for their characters. 

12116013_1099988660020836_7798996118225756367_nEric’s buildings. Each building is getting better and the details are fun to look at while trying to figure out the technique used. 

DSCN0488Joe and Doug’s fantasy area. They finish building it as the days go on. Need some lanscaping ideas, look closely.

12072728_1099988723354163_8003649267969260335_nDonnie has a few things going on. First on the left is an X-Men -vs- Sentinels battle, then a Star Wars Imperial Hanger. Off to the right, the Joker -vs- Batman scene. 

12115850_1099989686687400_5746544513110328671_nOh look, Jim’s amusement park operated by pushbuttons. The train has camera on it that gives a view of riding the rails around the park. 

12108988_1099988610020841_5959673959619595783_nRyan has a collected the various colors of LEGO parts used over the years. It’s neat to see them all together in one place. 

DSCN0510A cool battle scene, the landscaping and scenery are quite impressive and should be looked at to see what can be done.

Thanks to Doug for organizing the display. Photos courtesy of Eric Neuman and Doug Cloud. Thanks guys.

Oct 04

Loveland BrickBuilder Expo – The First!

A Brick Expo in Loveland, Colorado! Certainly. With the enthusiasm of John Metcalf and a dozen CoWLUG members, behold the first annual BrickBuilder Expo. Held in conjunction with the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, now in its second year, the emphasis for all is on making things. For the LEGO part, team builds for the public are a huge highlight (below.)

Build Contest

For the AFOL among us, chatting about LEGO elements, colors and build techniques is on the agenda for the afternoon. (Imagine, Stefano & Ryan below.)

Color Discussions

And of course there has to be a gathering of creations for all to see and share. (Dan’s Steampunk Dragonfly & Mech Diorama below.)

Dan Dan's Mechs

Newer members to CoWLUG, Doug (left) Joe (right) and Kieran (not pictured), collaborate on a fantastic build loaded with details. And cute goats! Joe is also the organizer for the event, connecting members to the Expo, making sure all activities run smoothly. Thanks Joe!

Doug & Joe Doug, Joe & Keiran Collab

Closer details of Joe’s spaceships (below.)

Joe's Ships Being in the same space as the NoCo Mini Maker Faire, makes for some great interaction – among mechs and droids, mechs and kids.

Droid in Love Fans That’s Imagine’s giant anime mech by the way, alongside his floating Bank of the Prophet from Bioshock Infinite (below.)
Imagine's Table Mech in Progress

Speaking of the Maker Faire – there’s all that too! Giant robots breathing fire, human foosball, cardboard cities, air cannons, swords – did I mention giant robots?!
Maker Faire 2014

Displays cover all themes, as shown by Collin’s Star Wars mash up (below.)

Eric Jake covered dungeon/castle, island & spaceship themes (below.)
Jake Jeff always does some amazing things with Bionicle (below.)

Jeff's Bionicle Jim’s button pushing crazy carnival rides are a super hit with all ages and do not dissapoint.
Jim's ParkJohn, the Brickbuilder instigator and new CoWLUG member, presents Loveland in micro scale. It’s a lovely tribute to the town of the same name.
John's Micro Loveland The LEGO Movie submarine, executed in brick by Imagine, is a hit among new LEGO fans, and sidles up along Ryan’s Tardis (which does NOT open) and spaceships of the real and imagined sort.
Lego Movie Sub & Ryan's Work

There’s a record store by Ryan (which you should go support on LEGO Ideas if you haven’t already,) Modulex built items (also LEGO if you didn’t know,) and headphones entirely out of LEGO – all built by Ryan too!Ryan's Store & Ships

Reference materials? You say you want a chart of LEGO colors? Well we have that too! Or at least Ryan does. If you can’t see it in person, check out his Brick Colorstream Flickr page for the most excellent and up to date reference on LEGO colors.
Ryan's Color ChartWhat? No trains? Of course not! Where there is LEGO, there are bound to be trains somewhere. Stefanos has his modern train station running a train provided by another newer member, Chris (below.) I might also add that if you scroll back up to Jeff’s Bionicle, you will see a very clever Bionicle train too. Did you miss it? Well, go back up and look.

Stefanos & Christopher Station & Train

Dec 10

A Loveland Holiday with Lester!

CoWLUG can boast about its many fine LEGO® builders, but Lester’s enthusiasm and devotion to continuing with enhancements for his builds goes above and beyond. Recently he pulled out all the stops for a one-man show in his hometown at Loveland’s First United Methodist Church.

The overall layout encompassed five tables with three train loops, one with a full time running train and the other two activated by push buttons for the kids to run.

Other button operated items included a steam plant and an ATM. “I also had a ball contraption which ran when a quarter was dropped into it, with all the funds from it donated to one of the missions that our church sponsors.” Said Lester.

Children from the church were invited to construct a building, a scene, or a vehicle to add into the display.

The event ran both Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 23-24) with enthusiastic crowds there for craft events as well. Lester explains how the build bug can hit anyone at any time. “On Saturday, one of the visitors talked to me about his LEGO® collection and his small home layout. On Sunday, he came back with a Galloping Goose that his son made for him. We ran that on the layout for awhile. The next day, I started to build my own version of the Goose.”

All photographs are courtesy of Lester.

Mar 20

Loveland Rialto Show 2012

Star Wars & LEGO. Can there ever be a more perfect combination? The Rialto Theater in Loveland featured two screenings of Return of the Jedi for a packed theater on Sunday, March 18th. How does a theater in Loveland Colorado get it’s hands on the film you ask? Turns out Rosanne, Rialto organizer, used to play pinball with George Lucas. CoWLUG was luckily asked to participate in the extravaganza by displaying Star Wars LEGO sets and MOCs for the crowds. Hundreds showed, some in costume, to spend time with CoWLUG members and the 501st Legion Mountain Garrison.

CoWLUG organizer for the show, Reed, extends his thanks to participating members:

“I want to thank those members who were able to come up to the Loveland Star Wars show. We had about 10 members bringing sets and MOCs. It was a good show, even though it was only 7 hours long, possibly our shortest show this year.”

Star Wars cookies provided to participating CoWLUG members by a devoted fan. Thanks!

Art went all out with an impressive display – and this photo was taken when he was only about halfway through setup!