Houston Brick Club members participated in two activities in August, 2022. On August 6, four members spent the day at Dragon’s Lair, a local comic and gaming store. Club members displayed MOCs and talked with visitors about LEGO®, Houston Brick Club, and Brick Rodeo.
Earlier this year, The LEGO Group sent several thousand 2×4 bricks in assorted colors to LEGO® User Groups around the world. This generous gift was in honor of the company’s 90th anniversary being celebrated this year. Houston Brick Club brought these bricks to the museum where visitors (adults and children) created a wide assortment of builds – flowers, characters, a pyramid and sphinx, and much more. With the guidance of Club members, some visitors built larger bricks from the 2×4 bricks; these larger bricks were then combined into two large towers.
Another activity today was a presentation by Club member and brick artist Tim Hutchings. He talked about his art background and how he uses that to create models such as “Desert Mountain Landscape,” on display at the museum.
The museum had about 400 visitors today, about double their usual Saturday attendance. Attendance for this exhibit of LEGO® artwork and models has far exceeded any summer exhibit they have put on.
Houston Brick Club would like to thank The LEGO Group for their generosity and support, and we would like to thank the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art for the opportunity to share our love of LEGO® bricks with their visitors.
Brick Rodeo was held June 30-July 3 at the Renaisssance Marriott in Austin, Texas. Over 50 Houston Brick Club members attended as full convention members or public visitors.
Many Club members were recognized for their fantastic builds, including Steve Laughlin receiving “Best in Show” for his large Fabuland display. Other Club honorees were Don Seibert, Jason Maggitti, Valerie Maggitti, Brian Costello, Alexander Harber, Peter Myers, Greg Jonason, Robert & Eloise Roche, Patrick Frain, Jeff Schroeder, Ethan Dungan, Noah Sher.
Keynote speakers Richard Board and Flynn DeMarco (“Tricky Bricks” on social media, and contestants on season 1 of the LEGO® Masters TV show) talked about their brick-building journey over the last few years. They also met with the public and led an exciting building challenge game.
Brick Rodeo featured 12,000 square feet of custom-built models made from LEGO® bricks. Many vendors were present to sell a variety of parts, minifigures, new and used sets, and other related merchandise. Convention members spent Thursday and Friday setting up displays, playing games, attending workshops, and socializing. Public visitors arrived on Saturday and Sunday.
Next year’s Brick Rodeo will be July 6-9, 2023, at the Houston Marriott Sugar Land. Sign up for email newsletter at brickrodeo.com, and follow Brick Rodeo on social media for information.
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.
Members of TexLUG-Houston again provided models built of LEGO® bricks at the Comicpalooza convention in Houston. There were 22 adult members and 1 teen member participating during the 3-day show. MOCs on display represented Star Wars, Ninjago, Jurassic Park, Avengers, classic space, a working carnival, and more. Comicpalooza organizers estimated attendance at about 60,000 people total for the weekend. Setup and display were well-organized, and we hope to be back again next year!
Photos and models are by members of TexLUG-Houston.
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.
Brick Fiesta was July 7-10, 2016, at the Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas. A non-profit, family-friendly convention celebrating LEGO(R) in Texas!
We had a large turnout of LEGO fans and builders from Houston, other parts of Texas, even the Pacific Northwest and Canada! There were over 200 unique LEGO models, plus a large train/city layout by Texas Brick Railroad.
Thanks to our fantastic guest speaker, Alice Finch, for an entertaining presentation. Also thanks to Kevin Hinkle and Paul Striefler, representatives from The LEGO Group, who attended the show and provided many insightful comments.
Next year’s Brick Fiesta will be in the Dallas / Fort Worth area, dates to be determined. Check back here, or follow the Brick Fiesta website, for more information.