So we have designed the new banner for this years Sheffield Brickfest and as you can see it highlights the other LEGO Fan communities that we have invited to take part in this years event.
We are great believers in cooperation and collaboration in order to put the absolute best displays and activities together for the public to enjoy and this year we have really excelled in this.
Each year we try to forge new relationships as well as strengthen existing ones and we like to think this shows in the calibre of events we organise.
The old LUGmeets that we used to have at the scout hut in Chapeletown are back on and now they are even better because we are collaborating with the Northern Brickworks LUG to allow even more AFOLs to join in with the fun and games.
If you're interested in coming along to one of the meets to say hello, show off a MOC, find out more about the LUG or for whatever other reason just check out the EVENTS TAB on our Facebook page for details of upcoming LUGmeets.
The good people over at Bricksanity have sent us this amazing custom printed LEGO Minifigure to review.
Anyone who has seen the film Deadpool 2 ( and if you haven't then go watch it now (18+ only!!)) will recognise this 'The Trainee' minifigure immediately. Here we have 'The Merc with a Mouth' wearing his X-men uniform.
The genuine LEGO pieces used for the minifigure are all brand new so great condition while the design and quality of the UV printing are the excellent standard we have come to expect from Bricksanity.
If you're wanting a Deadpool minifigure then this is an excellent way to get one without having to pay through the nose for the old one.
To buy this item you can follow the link HERE
To win one for free, along with a bundle of other goodies check out our draw HERE
The lovely people over at One More Brick (OMB) have sent us this awesome custom set to review and then use in one of our giveaways.
This was the first OMB set I'd opened so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the thing. It all came packaged in a heavyweight gripseal bag within which was the hi-res instruction sheet, which was printed on gloss light card stock. The parts were also packed in the same bag.
OMB make a point of advertising that all their custom sets are made from genuine LEGO parts and I'm happy to say this is true! What did impress me though was the quality of the parts. They were not only new but of such high quality it's like they had just come off the production line.
A recent innovation of OMB is the inclusion of custom printed parts and this set included two such parts. One tile for the top of the hive and, my favourite, a printed honey jar.
Overall I'd say this is a delightful little set and I'd be happy to include it in any garden MOC of mine.
If you'd like to purchase this set you can find it via THIS LINK
To win a copy for free alongside other goodies check out our July Birthday Club HERE
LEGO® CON IS COMING!
Get ready for the first LEGO® CON | June 26, 2021
Want to get closer to the LEGO world? We’re excited to let you in...
That’s why LEGO are hosting their first ever LEGO CON, the online experience for LEGO fans everywhere!
Join us for 90 minutes of live entertainment, world-first reveals, behind-the-scenes access and never-tried-before build attempts.
It’s something new. It’s something fresh. And it’s all online.
It’ll be going live from LEGO House (The Home of the Brick) in Billund, Denmark to bring you the latest news, world-first set reveals and some very special guests...
Plus, you’ll be able to VOTE, share your own builds throughout the show and connect with an awesome community who share your passion for the brick.
Livestream the event right here, for free...
12PM NEW YORK
9AM LOS ANGELES
LEGO house is your house.
Are you in?
For this years 'May The LUGs Be With You' event we have gathered together the might of 6 LEGO User Groups from around the world to take part in a build challenge to celebrate Star Wars Day on May the 4th.
The event is online and Free so you are more than welcome to check it out and to take part in the voting on the entries HERE.
May The Force Be With You. Always.
As part of our ongoing mission to engage with other LEGO communities in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration we’ve teamed up with Brick by Brick - A LEGO Building Community (BBB) to feature their build challenges over here - hopefully to encourage a few of you to tip out those bricks & come up with some creations to share here with your fellow sluggers. BBB run three regular challenges during the week - A 24 Hour Build Challenge with a different theme each week, A 48 Hour Minifigure Vignette Challenge with varying themes and baseplate size and The Dirty Dozen - A 12 piece weekly mini build challenge. Themes & results will be posted in both groups with a voting poll in place over on BBB.
Brick By Brick’s own values and beliefs are aligned with SLUG as a family friendly online LEGO community so we hope some of them will join us here to grow the LUG further. A few SLUG members are already part of BBB too so we know SLUG members will receive a warm welcome at BBB should they wish to join - just like new members here can expect when they join us. We look forward to help, encourage & support each other together going forward.
How do you prepare to build?
Some old school types might tip all the parts at once into a pile and just rummage through them for each step.
Whilst that prolongs your build and can give satisfaction when you find the part you're looking for it can also cause frustration for other builders.
I find most people tend to open the numbered bags on larger builds one at a time to avoid being overwhelmed and this seems to work for them.
Then there is 'knolling'. The art of laying out all the parts in a set on the table in a pattern before starting to put anything together. I'd heard of this technique before but never actually known anyone do it so I thought I'd give it a try with a relatively small set, Creator 3in1 31112.
You can see the results in the picture below. It was kind of satisfying to create it and it looks kind of cool now. I imagine it's going to make building quicker but the time taken to sort the parts beforehand probably negates that.
In summary, whilst I enjoyed giving it a go I wouldn't dream of doing this for a larger set, not least because it would take up an enormous amount of space, and I think I'll probably just stick to pouring the bags out in my building tray and having a rummage for the parts as usual. And then after searching for 3 or 4 times for one small part I'll go back to the bags to find it still stuck in the corner of one of them. Always.
Our public group over on Facebook has seen some fantastic growth and engagement over the last 7 days.
Active members are up. Posts, comments and engagements are up. I put this down to the influx of new members we've just had and them learning what a fun, friendly bunch we are.
Building a community is more than just providing a space for people to come together. You have to fill that space with quality content and activity that they will want to interact with. You need to make the space a safe, inclusive one, one where they will feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas as well as being able to openly comment on others posts.
I'm proud of the community we are building here at Sheffield LUG and I'd like you to be a part of it. You don't need to be a member to be a part of our Facebook group: it's open to all so pop over and take a look.
Sheffield LEGO User Group public Facebook Group