One week left until “A Billion Bricks: LEGO® T-Rex, Turtles & Trains“ opens at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center! Here are a few behind-the-scenes teaser images to show you how things are shaping up.
Monday marked the first day of set-up for our annual show at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, CT. This is our largest and longest-running show.
The first step is also the hardest- we have to set up several dozen tables based on the digital layout we make for each display. These tables are custom-made to fit a certain number of 10×10 inch LEGO baseplates so everything ends up square and neat. The tables are arranged and then we have to attach the legs. The legs are simple PVC piping and can be cut to any size. This layout has four dropped tables at the back for an coastline area. Once the tables are arranged, we make sure they are all level so they can be screwed together. They are pretty rock-solid once attached.
Check back for more updates as we get closer to the opening.
Yesterday Bill P and Rick swapped out the LUG Showcase window display at the Westchester NY LEGO Store. For November, it’s a fall-themed seasonal diorama featuring a roadside cider stand, a corn maze, a nature hike area with fall-colored trees, and a family home complete with Thanksgiving meal vignette inside. And of course, a couple of turkeys. The window is in the back left corner of the store, right by the Pick-a-Brick wall.
Over the weekend of October 18-20, members of I LUG NY set up a collaborative display in the Children’s Room at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library in Montrose, NY. The 300-square-foot display featured three train lines, two monorails, and various minifigure-scaled MOCs. There were many new elements to this display.
Mike and Brett debuted their waterfront complete with cargo ships, cranes, a warehouse, a pier, a ferris wheel, and a fleet of pirate ships.
The Space section saw a new Alien structure by Will, which features a humidifier that generates wisps of fog.
Other areas were returning favorites, such as the modular city, soccer stadium, Jurassic Park, and quarry were all updated with new MOCs and details.
There was also a “Seek and Find” challenge, where kids were given a sheet of clues to find various things hidden in the display. The Library also held a raffle for various LEGO gift baskets.
More photos and a video will be coming soon!
Bert, Bill P, Mike, and Rick visited the LEGO Store at the Westchester Mall in White Plains, NY and swapped out the LUG Showcase Window for the month of October. The Haunted Manor comes just in time for the Halloween season and features two 10228 Haunted Houses to form a double-wide mansion by Bill P. It sits on a landscaped base by Mike. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area. Happy Halloween!
Set-up has begun for our next show. The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is hosting a city layout this Saturday and Sunday, October 19-20. Advance tickets are $5. Be sure to come check out a bustling city complete with harbor, rock mine, space monorail, and lots of trains!
Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road
Montrose, NY 10548
Last night I LUG NY made its first official appearance at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Yonkers, NY during its monthly “No-Kids Night.” October was Star Wars-themed. A dozen members of the LUG showed up, and we got to meet other AFOLs in the area who made it to the event. Several business cards were handed out and we may have even recruited a new member or two.
We had a display table with Star Wars MOCs by Bill M, Brett, Cody, Mike, and Rick. Most of the custom models were publicly displayed for the first time!
Attendees were able to browse the Discovery Center and participate in many of its rides and attractions., including the LEGO® Legends of Chima™ 4D Movie Experience, MINILAND®, the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, and a mini Snowspeeder building class with Xavier. The highlight of the evening was the 15-minute speed build competition where around 20 AFOLs attempted to build the best starfighter. Members of the local 501st chapter helped David judge the entries and select the winners. Blake and Brett got honorable mentions for their ships. Blake built a SHIP ( AFOL lingo for a Significantly Huge Investment in Parts, a very large LEGO creation), and Brett built a “Last Starfighter” ship complete with Italian color scheme.
The top three starfighters got a custom trophy based on one of the original trilogy Star Wars films. First place got a micro Death Star Trench, second place got a Hoth Echo Base, and thirs place got a Sarlaac Pit. Rick won the Sarlaac with his Z-95 and Bill M won the Death Star trench with his E-Wing.
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester has a No-Kids Night once a month for AFOLs. We want to thank David, the LDC master model builder, for inviting us to display and organizing our participation in the night.
Yesterday Cody dropped off this beautiful MOC titled “Beetlejuice Halloween” and what a great model to transition into the month of October! On the top floor is a graveyard/cemetary with a purist custom rendtion of Mr. Juice himself beckoning from behind the iron gates. The use of the palm tree base element is a great way to support the flying witch on her broom. Below ground is a room showing various LEGO Monsters and to the left of that is a Skeleton Hallway and to the right a sewer drain with blood flowing towards the viewer.
Check out this model in person at the Rockefeller Center LEGO Store through the end of the month.
Bill P and Rick visited the Westchester NY LEGO store and swapped out the Portal display for a Batman one.
The Laffco Building/ Joker’s Hideout will be on display through the month of September. It is it’s first public appearance since its debut at Brickfair Virginia back in August. It was completely rebuilt from the ground up and now features a loading bay and Harley Quinn’s delivery truck. Rounding out the display are Clayface (an old Rock Raiders rock monster), some Joker’s gang thugs, and Bane’s Tumbler and the Batpod from “the Dark Knight Rises.”
Also new is the prototype LUG Showcase Window base, which adds some height to displayed MOCS as well as prominently features the I LUG NY logo. The idea shows promise, and we’re likely going to build more of them to place in all of the local windows handled by the LUG.