Completed 20' Tall Statue of Liberty Model (Kurt)

A LEGO Filled Weekend (New York Comic Con, a New LEGO Store and a Free Build at TRU)

This past weekend had so many awesome (some of which were free) activities and events for LEGO fans. The following is a review of these events from I LUG NY members who were fortunate to be in attendance at all of these events.

Starting Thursday, October 9th and running through Sunday October 12th was New York Comic Con, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. This event is not just a celebration of comic books but of all things pop culture related as well.

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LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester


Nearly every month LLDC ( has an AFOL night (Adult Fans Of LEGO, 18+) who reminisce about and/or actively enjoy LEGO.  And ILUGNY, a LEGO User Group in the tri-state area, has members who actively enjoy LEGO and who attend these events to meet like-talented adults to share our passion and to participate in the activities.  NOTE: Adults NOT bringing child to LLDC are only allowed to go during an Adult Night, which is good because that’s when it’s an adult-friendly atmosphere!

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Post Card Front

5 Years Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away-I LUG NY Began to Form

         OK, so the Palisades is not a galaxy far, far away but the New York LEGO scene does seem like a different galaxy however. In 2009, there wasn’t a New York Adult Fan of LEGO group active online. Five years ago there was one LEGO Store in New York located in West Nyack. It was at this LEGO Store at the Palisades Center Mall where a change began to take hold for the New York AFoL community. Continue reading

Town Layout and Students

I LUG NY Members Visit Carman Road School

     On August 11th and 12th, members of I LUG NY visited Nassau BOCES at the Carman Road School in Massapequa Park, NY for the purpose of sharing our hobby with the Carman Road School community. LUG members Rick Theroux, Cody Wells and I (Brian Wygand) were on hand to present our LEGO models and interact with the  students and staff of Carman Road. Continue reading


M:Tron Magnet Factory


Check out this incredible MOC by Blake- the M:Tron Magnet Factory. It’s based on the LEGO M:Tron series from 1990-1993. He’s been working on it for a long time and giving us tiny previews here and there. Now we finally get to see it in all its glory.

We were wondering why he was always talking about needing red, tan, and old light gray.

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Opening SLide

I LUG NY Visits Jerusalem Ave School, July 11, 2014

Cody Speaking to Young Builders at Jerusalem Ave School
Cody speaking to young builders at Jerusalem Ave School

 Once again,  I LUG NY visited the young builders at the Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School in Bellmore,  New York. On Friday,  July 11th,  Cody Wells and I (Brian Wygand) were on hand to share our experiences, builds, and the fun we have with the LEGO hobby with 50 children in grades 3-6.

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Entries for our first Seed Part Competition.

Seed Part Challenge: Red Hinge 1×2 Upper Part

Occasionally, the LUG winds up with large numbers of really, really strange parts.  I’m sure this happens to every LUG.

Well, this time we got a whole lot of Element ID 6011464 – aka ‘Bright Red Hinge 1×2 Upper Part’.  This thing:

Element ID 6011464 Design ID 3830 Hinge 1x2 Upper Part Bright Red
Element ID 6011464, Design ID 3830, Hinge 1×2 Upper Part, Bright Red, Pure Evil.

Now, when paired with the other half of the hinge – this is a great part.  One of the older style LEGO hinges still in use today – it first appeared in 1978 according to BrickLink, available in Red in set 590.  This hinge is still in use today in various colors – it’s got some extraordinary staying power.

Unfortunately, without the other half – there’s not a heck of a lot you can do with it.  The pin is not a standard Technic pin, and there’s nothing  “In System” that you can do with it.  We handed out these bricks to anyone that would accept them at our March and April meetings… and only two people dared to MOC with it – with wildly different approaches.  Read on to find out who attacked it head on, and who weaseled out…

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Professional Paranormal Investigators and Eliminators

14155644858_eb49736e89_oJust in time for the release of the excellent LEGO Ideas Ghostbusters Ecto-1; Brian, Cody and Will dropped off some of our custom Ghostbusters MOC’s at the Queens LEGO store.

These MOCs are mostly based on the style of The Real Ghostbusters cartoon & Kenner action figures of our collective childhood – be warned – clicking on either of the two proceeding links may lead to hours of nostalgic rummaging through the Ghostbusters wiki…

Once you’ve gotten your fill of the Ghostbusters Wiki, head on over to flickr for additional pictures – or even better, head on down to the Queens (Elmhurst) LEGO Store to check out the model in person.

15 Years of LEGO Star Wars

Party on Planet Hoth

On Saturday May 4th, ILUGNY dropped off a new model at the Queens LEGO Store.

After 15 years of LEGO Star Wars, it was time for a party!
After 15 years of LEGO Star Wars, it was time for a party!

I’m not going to claim to understand what’s going on, but it sure looks like a lot of fun. Continue reading


Jawas Take a Wrong Turn Into the Old West

d3a2bf4f4f412c5a39689aa95abadfIn honor of May the Fourth, The Palisades Window got a Star Wars-ified section of our new Old West layout for the month of May.

The nice thing about LEGO is that all themes can fit into the same universe, allowing for all kinds of fun crossovers. Perhaps this is a deleted scene from The Lone Ranger movie?



The New York Tri-State Area Lego Users Group