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.

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!