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.
On March 30, 2018, eleven members of TexLUG-Houston provided a display of custom models at Texas Children’s Hospital. The display was located on a pedestrian bridge connecting two parts of the hospital; an estimated 2,600 people came through over a period of five hours. Patients, family, and staff all stopped to admire the creations made out of LEGO® bricks. Many patients were brought out of their rooms just to see the display.
Models included a classic space and monorail layout covering three tables; a reproduction of the battle at the Alamo; superheroes, Star Wars, Jurassic Park; a giant mountain jungle; and a rainbow castle.
Many TexLUG-Houston feel this is their favorite place to display, and we expect to entertain everyone at the hospital again in the future.
Once again members of TexLUG-Houston set up a display of models built with LEGO® bricks at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Thousands of visitors to the museum were awed and impressed by the 6′ tall skyscraper, city block with elevated railway, Star Wars-themed builds, and ball contraptions. Six adult members and three teens took part in the display on February 24, 2018. Photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.
There is a lot going in February 2018! This past weekend TexLUG-Houston displayed at Brazcon 2018 on Feb. 3; on the next day a few members had a (first annual?) MF0 Bowl while some football game was going on (photo above by P. Lieber). Also this same weekend, Houston-area AFOLS created a display with Texas Brick Railroad at a model train show.
Later this month we will have a build & play session with kids at a local children’s hospital; a display at the Children’s Museum of Houston, plus our regular monthly meeting. Hopefully we will have time to build something in between all of these activities!
Thirteen TexLUG-Houston members (9 adults and 4 teens) traveled south of Houston to take part in Brazcon on February 3. Displays included builds based on Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and various superheroes. Public attendance was estimated at around 6,000. The LEGO® displays were very popular and attracted crowds most of the day.
Brazcon is an annual free teen-oriented comic-com-type event. It is organized by Brazoria County Public Library and Alvin Intermediate School District. This is the first time TexLUG-Houston participated – it was a great show, and we hope to be back again next year!
Photos of the event are below, credit to TexLUG-Houston members L. Laughlin and P. Myers.
Members of TexLUG-Houston met in January to play Mobile Frame Zero – a miniatures strategy game where all the terrain and units are made with LEGO® parts. Few in the group had played this before .. it’s great to learn new things to do with LEGO®!
Next Mobile Frame Zero session will be Feb. 4. Details are on the Google Group discussion board, click here to view the group or ask permission to join.
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.