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+)
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 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!

 

Mar 05

Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show 2012

Success! This was CoWLUG’s first time showing at the Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Judging by the crowds which steadily flowed around the tables, CoWLUG was a welcome contributor. Show organizer, Meghan, extends her appreciation:

Thanks to everyone who joined us over the weekend for the Rocky Mountain Toy Train show!  A special thanks to Duane, Lester, and Reed for spending much of your weekend working the crowd and your invaluable help during set-up on Friday.

Over the course of the weekend, 7500 people came by the show with a steady crowd admiring our layout both Saturday and Sunday.  We’ve been officially invited to return next year–put it on your calendar!  🙂

 

Duane created a new suburban section for this show containing a variety of colorful homes.

The wind turbines were creating an unprecedented vortex, causing cows to walk vertically. Alien visitors slipped in through the wormhole to wreak havoc upon the rural landscape.

A huge thank you to Meghan for pulling the ranks together for a great show!