Houston Brick Club

Houston Brick Club is the new name for the group formerly known as TexLUG-Houston!

Same people, same displays and activities, new simpler name.  This change will be updated throughout the website soon.  Feel free to use the Contact Us page if you have any questions or comments.

Play Well!

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.

Maker Faire Preparations

Once again TexLUG-Houston will be participating in the Houston Maker Faire.  This year it will be held on October 13-14 at George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.  Maker Faire is a showcase for “makers” of all kinds, a place to show off hobbies, experiments, and projects.  There may be everything from quilting to robotics, crafts to drones at this event.

In mid-September about 17 TexLUG-Houston members met to discuss Maker Faire and other upcoming activities.  The meeting was held at the LEGO® Brand Retail Store in the Galleria Mall.  TexLUG-Houston’s participation at Maker Faire will likely include large Space and Wild West displays, many individual models, loose brick for free builds, and some building competitions.  There will also be a train/town display by Texas Brick Railroad.  Many thanks to the LEGO® Store for allowing us to meet there ahead of regular business hours.

About a week later a few members met to decorate the Power Wheels racer that TexLUG-Houston is working on.  Maker Faire is encouraging these projects, and will provide a track for the cars to be run on.  TexLUG-Houston’s racer, named “The Highly Sophisticated Interlocking Vehicle System,” is fully operational and ready to go!

Come on out to Houston Maker Faire, stop at the TexLUG-Houston area, and see all the other makers and their projects!

https://houston.makerfaire.com

Photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

Children’s Hospital display, August

On August 3, 2018, seven TexLUG-Houston members visited a local children’s hospital.  Brick-built models of all kinds were displayed – castles, monorail, city and beach scenes, a tree full of owls, a Star-Wars themed train.  There was also a collection of small hospital-themed scenes that members had built just for this event.   About 2,000 hospital patients, families, and staff passed through the display area over five hours.  The models brought many smiles to the faces of both children and adults.

TexLUG-Houston does a display like this at the hospital about twice a year.  These are some of the most rewarding activities for out members.

Models and photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

 

 

Brick Fiesta 2018

In early July about 20 members of TexLUG-Houston spent a long weekend attending Brick Fiesta 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.  Many of the members brought custom models they had built with LEGO® bricks.  Models were judged in about 20 categories by convention attendees and public visitors.  At least eight awards were given to TexLUG-Houston members.

Convention attendees also participated in a variety of build contests and games.  There were presentations on subjects such as lighting and stop-motion animation.  Many vendors were onsite to provide fans with opportunities to purchase unique or rare parts, sets, minifigures, t-shirts, and other gear.

Brick Fiesta is an annual event described as “A Celebration of LEGO® in Texas” – a fan convention with public exhibition.  It rotates through four major cities in the state;  in 2019, Brick Fiesta will be held in Austin.  www.brickfiesta.com

Primary models in the photos were built by members of TexLUG-Houston.  Photos were taken by members of TexLUG-Houston.  All copyrights are retained by their respective owners.  Please do not reproduce models or photographs without providing credit to TexLUG-Houston.  More photos can be found at the TexLUG-Houston Facebook group.