November activities

Houston Brick Club started the month with a display at Day of the Dead in The Heights – a free festival near downtown Houston.  Five members entertained the public with themed MOCs.

 

On November 9, 26 Club members held a meeting at the LEGO® Brand Retail Store in the Galleria Mall.  Several of these were attending their first Houston Brick Club meeting – welcome!  Vehicle models of all kinds were brought and displayed.  There was discussion about upcoming events.  A big thank-you to the store staff and manager for letting us in early and treating us well!

Brick Fest Live, Oct. 2019

On October 19-20, twenty Houston Brick Club members participated in Brick Fest Live.  We provided displays of custom builds including: a large classic space layout, a detailed model of the USS Constitution, a realistic Western scene, and several town buildings.

Public attendance was about 8,700 total over the two days.  The visitors were excited about the detailed models and asked many questions.  We also met a group of AFOLs from Lake Jackson that may be interested in participating with Houston Brick Club in the future – we hope to see them again soon!

A few photos are below.  More are in a Facebook album here.

 

Brick Fiesta Virtual Convention

Brick Fiesta will be holding an online virtual convention July 25-26, 2020.  There will be talks, tips & techniques, MOC displays, interactive challenges, and socializing – all of it related to building and collecting LEGO®!  Scheduled presentations include multiple sessions with representatives from The LEGO Group, a presentation about Downtown Houston … in LEGO® bricks!, and much more.  Schedule is subject to change.

E-tickets for Virtual Brick Fiesta are available for $5 per device.  To find more information and buy your e-ticket, visit https://brickfiesta2020.com.

 

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See Downtown Houston modeled in LEGO® bricks!  More information about that project can be found here.

 

Brick Fiesta is a four-day event highlighted by displays of custom models built with LEGO® bricks.  The first two days are a fan convention where AFOLs meet to set up their models, play games, and do LEGO-related activities.  Saturday and Sunday are public exhibition days.

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The Brick Fiesta Public Exhibition is a massive display of custom LEGO® creations by LEGO® enthusiasts, along with LEGO®-related activities and vendors.  At this exhibition you can:

  • View the hundreds of unique LEGO® creations on display.  Photography is encouraged!  A few examples from previous Brick Fiesta events are shown below.
  • Attend LEGO®-themed sessions and events.
  • Learn building tips and tricks.
  • Shop vendors with current, past, and custom LEGO® sets, parts, and minifigs.
  • Experience the scope and diversity of the LEGO® fan community.

More information can be found at Brick Fiesta on Facebook, and the Brick Fiesta website, as well as other social media – search “Brick Fiesta” or “Brick Fiesta 2020.”

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

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Dragon’s Lair

On August 31, five members of Houston Brick Club participated in LairCon at the Dragon’s Lair North Houston store.  We provided various models for display and play, such as a Joker’s Manor with motorized roller coaster and other moving parts, a Mobile Frame Zero game display, manual GBC modules, and powered robotic builds.  This was a “hands-on” event – kids and adults operated and played with almost all the models.

Several members of Houston Brick Club have visited Dragon’s Lair individually since the store opened about a year ago.  This is the first time we have displayed here as a group;  we really enjoyed the experience, and hope to be back soon!

A few photos are below.  More are in a Facebook album here.

Dragon’s Lair Comics and Fantasy(R) Houston-North sells comics, graphic novels, boardgames, role-playing games, miniatures, and much more.  They run events every day of the week ranging from boardgames open play to D&D meet-ups.  Find out more at https://dlair.net/houston-north/

 

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!

 

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!