2017 Holiday Party

TexLUG-Houston wrapped up the year with a holiday party at a member’s home.  Various activities were enjoyed by 22 AFOLs, 2 TFOLs, and 3 younger kids.

There was a draft, an exchange of brick-built ornaments, a Dirty Brickster gift swap, a build-in-bag contest, and sharing of loose parts.  Plus food, socializing, and more food.  Photos are included below.

Once again, TexLUG-Houston increased membership and activities for the year.  In 2017 we had 36 adults and 5 teens as active members.  The group had 10 meetings and 6 public events this year, plus an assortment of library displays and children’s hospital sessions.  We plan to continue (and hopefully expand) these activities in the coming years.

Play Well!





Maker Faire 2017

On October 21 and 22, 2017, TexLUG-Houston joined host Texas Brick Railroad to provide displays at Houston Maker Faire.  Centered in the space was a large train and town layout with 5(!) tracks crossing bridges.  An assortment of trains ran throughout the show, including a Princess Train and a Galveston Island Trolley.

One TexLUG-Houston member set up a large classic space display with three monorail loops, custom space ships, aliens, and more.  In addition, there were Star Wars models, a pirate/medieval collaboration, and a highly detailed scene with an Asian temple, jungle, and waterfall.  Four tables of play brick allowed kids and adults to use their own creativity.

Participation included 16 AFOLs and 3 TFOLs (combined totals for both LUGs).  Public attendance was approximately 7,000 total for two days.  TexLUG-Houston would like to thank Innovation Spark for once again inviting us to be a part of Maker Faire.

Visit our Events page for more information about past and upcoming events.


Photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

Brick Fiesta 2017

Several TexLUG-Houston members (and many of their families) journeyed to the Dallas area to participate in Brick Fiesta 2017.  The event was held June 29-July 2 at the Mesquite Convention Center, and included two days of private activities plus two days of public exhibition.

LEGO(R) fans from all over Texas and several other states (and Canada!) came to Brick Fiesta.  MOCs of all sizes and themes were displayed.  Show members participated in speed builds, blind builds, drafts, and many other activities.

TexLUG-Houston members won awards for Technic, GBC (Great Ball Contraption), Land Vehicle, and Automation.  In addition, another member came in 2nd place in the Master Builder competition.

TexLUG-Houston participation included (17) AFOLs and (5) TFOLs.  Public attendance was approximately 2,500 total for two days.

In 2018 Brick Fiesta will be held in San Antonio, Texas – exact dates and location to be announced at a later date.  Continue to watch this website and brickfiesta.com for more information.


Comicpalooza 2017

TexLUG-Houston provided displays and play brick as part of the Maker Space at Comicpalooza, May 12-14 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.  About 20 AFOLs and 2 TFOLs brought MOCs including classic space, train/town, Star Wars, Ninjago, castle, and more.  Public attendees were awed and thrilled by the detail and variety in all the models.  Comicpalooza attracted approximately 40,000 visitors over three days.

More photos are available on our Facebook page, the TexLUG Facebook page, and member Flickr pages here and here.

TexLUG-Houston would like to thank Innovation Spark, the organization behind Houston Maker Faire, for inviting us to join the Maker Space at Comicpalooza.



April Meeting

Fourteen members met at the Galleria Saturday morning.  There was a draft of 70349 Ruina’s Lock and Roller .. review of MOCs .. discussion of Comicpalooza plans .. and shopping at the LEGO store!  Much enjoyment was had by all.

More info and photos can be found at the TexLUG-Houston Facebook page, here.

March activities

On St. Patrick’s Day members of TexLUG-Houston brought an assortment of models to a local children’s hospital for a one-day display.  Patients, families, and staff were all thrilled to see a space layout with monorail .. a samurai scene .. a train and town .. an Indiana Jones Death Star .. and more!

This has turned into a favorite event for many of us.  Kids in a hospital usually aren’t having much fun – it’s incredibly fulfilling for us to be able to bring a little unexpected joy into their lives.  We look forward to visiting the hospital again this summer.

TexLUG participation included (8) AFOLs.  Public visitors were estimate at approximately 1,500-2,000.



A week later we had our March meeting.  About 15 members showed up to sort and share parts.  Two “spring” theme MOCs were brought .. the Star Wars beach scene was a one-vote winner!

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Children’s Museum of Houston

On February 25 and 26, 2017, members of TexLUG-Houston worked together to provide a large display at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  The LEGO(R) models included a classic space layout, a town and train area (incorporating an elevated train track), the USS Constitution, BB-8 from Star Wars Episode VII, and much more.

Thousands of kids and family visited the museum each day.  Young and old were all fascinated by the overall size of the display, by the intricate details, and by the surprises throughout.  Who would have expected to see Disco Batman sitting on the lawn with a moose?

TexLUG-Houston usually displays at the Children’s Museum two or three times a year.  Check out our Events page to see where we will be next.  For more information about the museum, you can visit their website at www.cmhouston.org.

A few photos of the display can be found below.  For many more photos, you can view members’ Flickr albums here and here .  Participation included (17) AFOLs and (3) TFOLs;  public attendance was about 6,500 total for the two days.

We don’t have a good answer to the question, “How many parts is all this?” .. but we do know that the amount of smiles this weekend was even greater.



Store Displays

Recently members of TexLUG-Houston gathered to build new displays to be installed in local LEGO(R) Brand Retail Stores.  The first one is .. a model of a LEGO Brand Retail Store! It has been set up in a display window at the store in The Woodlands Mall, north of Houston.

TexLUG-Houston would like to thank the managers and employees of all three Houston-area LEGO Brand Retail Stores for their support and encouragement of the local AFOL community!  LEGO Brand Retail Stores may be found around Houston at The Woodlands Mall, the Galleria, and Baybrook Mall.



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All photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

Happy New Year!

2017 has begun .. what will it bring?  For TexLUG-Houston, there will be displays (museums, hospitals, faires, and more!), meetings (drafts, build contests, oh my!), and the occasional brick convention.  Plus the usual group shopping trips, part swapping, collaborative builds, and whatever else we come up with.

Our Events page has a current list of our activities.  This will be updated as we schedule more events, so please check back!  If you have questions, want to invite us to your event, or want to be a member yourself – please use the Contact Us page.

Thank you for visiting the TexLUG-Houston website, and Play Well!