Brick Fiesta 2019

In early July, 26 members of Houston Brick Club went to Austin to participate in the 9th annual Brick Fiesta convention.  The first two days of this event consist of games and activities for the convention members, as well as time spend setting up MOCs.  On Saturday and Sunday the exhibition hall was open to the public to show off the hundreds of custom models on display.

Some of the highlights of the show included:

  • Keynote address by Josh and John Hanlon of Beyond the Brick.
  • Castle Lionheart – a very large MOC with fully detailed interior and exterior;  the owners also ran games of Dungeons and Dragons using their model.
  • 10′ long Classic Space display
  • 8′ long model of the Texas State Capitol built by TexLUG members.
  • Huge detailed train and town layout by Texas Brick Railroad.
  • Charity Auction that raised money for the local children’s hospital;  the item bringing the highest bid was a model of Notre Dame Cathedral designed by Alice Finch and built by Houston Brick Club members.
  • Toy Drive that collected many new LEGO(R) sets for the children’s hospital
  • Largest attendance of any Brick Fiesta convention so far.
  • 6 awards won by Houston Brick Club members.

A few photos from Brick Fiesta are included below.  More can be found here.

Brick Fiesta 2019 was a great show, and everyone enjoyed it thoroughly.  It was organized and run primarily by members of TexLUG.  Brick Fiesta is a annual “Celebration of LEGO(R) in Texas” that rotates around major cities in the state.

Brick Fiesta 2020 will be hosted by Houston Brick Club.  It will be held at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square on July 23-26, 2020.  More information can be found at the Brick Fiesta website and Brick Fiesta on Facebook, as well as other social media.

To join Houston Brick Club and help with Brick Fiesta 2020, please Contact Us for more information!

 

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Comicpalooza 2019

Comicpalooza is the largest annual, multi-genre comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture event in the Southern United States.  It is held each May at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

At Comicpalooza 2019 Houston Brick Club had about 1,200sf of space where members displayed models made from LEGO® bricks.  These models included a 4’x12′ town, an amusement park with multiple working rides, detailed sports cars, a representation of the Alamo, plus other builds based on various pop culture themes.

Public attendees were enthralled by the attention to detail shown by Houston Brick Club members.  They were also able to build their own creations using the provided play brick.

Comicpalooza attracts 50,000 – 60,000 public visitors each year over a three-day weekend.  Houston Brick Club is happy to part of this event, and we look forward to next year’s show!

Photos and models are by members of Houston Brick Club.  Additional photos may be seen in a Facebook album.

 

April at the Children’s Hospital

On April 19 eleven members of Houston Brick Club provided a display of MOCs at a local children’s hospital.  Models were set up on a pedestrian bridge where patients, families, and staff could look at them as they walked by.  Many patients came down from their rooms just to see the displays;  we heard that staff members scheduled “walking meetings” to come here also.

Houston Brick Club does a similar display at this hospital about twice a year;  it is the most rewarding activity many of us do.  We are thrilled to add a little joy in the lives of these patients and families.

A few photos are below; more are in a Facebook album here.  All models and photos are by members of Houston Brick Club.

 

February activities

TexLUG-Houston provided displays at four events in February.

On Feb. 16, four members went to Lobit Middle School in Dickinson for LEViaCon, a comic-con themed event for young teens.  Displays included custom Star Wars® models, a city scene with superheroes, large-scale cars, and a train from the Harry Potter movies. Photos can be found in a Facebook album.

Both days of that same weekend found 8-9 TexLUG-Houston members at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Models included two train/town layouts, an airport, and a historical recreation of the Alamo.  Photos are below.

Models and photos are by members of TexLUG-Houston.

 

The next weekend, Feb. 23, nine members of TexLUG-Houston set up displays at BrazCon, “Brazoria County’s teen comic con and geek-fest!”  This event is run by the Brazoria County Library System and Alvin ISD, and was held at Manvel High School.  Displays included an assortment of models based on comic and superhero themes.

On Feb. 26 two TexLUG-Houston members joined the Needville Middle School Science Night.  MOCs here included a motorized model of an atom, a great ball contraption, and more – see photos below.

 

All models and photos shown here are by members of TexLUG-Houston.

2018 Wrap-up

In mid-December about 30 TexLUG-Houston members of all ages gathered for the annual holiday party at a member’s home in Katy.  There was a large draft of set 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown;  a Dirty Brickster gift exchange;  a holiday ornament exchange;  plus food, drink, and lively conversation.  Photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

In the past year TexLUG-Houston members participated in eight public display events;  held 12 monthly meetings;  and had many play sessions at the children’s hospital.  Active members for the year were 39 adults and 7 teens.  These are all increases over the previous year.  TexLUG-Houston continues to grow; new members and event ideas are always welcome!

Happy Holidays from TexLUG-Houston!

Houston Maker Faire 2018

On October 13 and 14 almost thirty members of TexLUG-Houston participated in this year’s Houston Maker Faire.  In addition to the usual displays of custom models built with LEGO® bricks, we ran speed build contests, organized a scavenger hunt, and built a power wheels race car.

Speed build contests are common at AFOL shows.  Houston Maker Faire is different in that it celebrates Makers of all kinds, not just the ones that love LEGO®.  Most of the public attendees that took part in the speed builds had never done a contest like that before, and they were very excited about it.

The Hidden Bricks scavenger hunt was set up with the help of the Maker Faire staff.  TexLUG-Houston members created 20 small models that were placed in various locations around the whole event, not just in the TexLUG-Houston area.  Using a page with pictures of the models, public attendees visited all the other exhibitors and vendors to locate the models.  Each day a winner was selected from all the correct entries.

Power Wheels racing was a new event at Maker Faire this year.  Thanks to our AFOL car mechanic, TexLUG-Houston won the overall event after a series of races on Saturday and Sunday.  While the vehicle started out fully decorated with LEGO® parts, by the end of the last race it was down to the bare frame.

Displays this year included a large Wild West layout, an amusement park, various Star Wars® builds, detailed sports cars, and Halloween scenes.  In addition, Texas Brick Railroad set up an extensive train and town display.

Houston Maker Faire took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas on Oct. 13-14, 2018.  Public attendance was about 4,500 total for the weekend.  TexLUG-Houston has displayed at this event for at least the last 5 years, and we look forward to continuing the partnership for many years to come.

Models and photos are by members of TexLUG-Houston.  More photos and videos can be seen in our Facebook album.