Category Archives: MOCs

BrickFair NJ 2014 Wrap-Up (Nov 1st & 2nd)

BrickFair NJ 2014 took place for the first time near NYC in Somerset, NJ at the Garden State Convention Center.  Although it’s a relatively smaller LEGO fan-built event, it still had a great turnout and was a great size for fun exhibitor camaraderie and a great start for our LUG BrickFair newbies (Bert, BG3D, Skaare42) and brand-new LUG members (Marco & John).

ILUGNY, a tri-state LEGO User Group club, turned out with a large table layout of a seamlessly integrated display with 2 trains and 2 monorails.

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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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Joker’s Hideout

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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.

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“Gilded Typewriter” MOC installed at the Rockefeller Center LEGO Store

This was a fun build: inspired by recent visits to antique shops, I LUG NY member Sid built this vintage-looking (and, sadly, non-functioning) typewriter, complete with 2×2 pearl gold round tile keytops, a platen comprising wheel hubs held together with a 32-long Technic axle, and typebars made from 1×12 trans-clear bars.  It’ll be on display at the Rockefeller Center LEGO Store in Manhattan through October.

Caveat: it doesn’t work.

Meet July’s Builder Of The Month, Mike Bader

SOLDIER, TEACHER, AND BUILDER WITH LEGO BRICKS: Mike Bader has done all these things.  Living on a quiet street in New City, Rockland County, Mike’s LEGO collection is a considerable one, with stacks of plastic containers, curio cabinets and various sorts of tables either containing or holding pieces, retail sets, MOCs or whatever the latest large-scale project is underway for I LUG NY.  Besides running a BrickLink store, Mike also teaches brick building classes at nearby Brick U., co-owned by fellow I LUG NYers, and one of his pieces was recently selected for inclusion in world-renowned artist Nathan Sawaya’s Times Square art show.
Mike, a co-founder of I LUG NY, recently took time out from buying and sorting LEGO bricks to answer a few questions.  (Interview by Sid Dinsay with answers edited for clarity and length.)
BOLDLY GONE  Mike's incredibly detailed -- and huge -- space shuttle Columbia
BOLDLY GONE Mike’s incredibly detailed — and huge — space shuttle Columbia