Inspiration and Building Techniques

Mecha Models in Official LEGO Sets

Following on from the previous two articles on mecha, GertLUG member YL Tan brings us a third installment. First was an introduction on what mecha are, featuring three mecha MOC-builders of note. Then we had the December MOC of the Month, showcasing the KS22 Keisha mech built by YL Tan himself. And now he’s back once again to talk about the LEGO mecha sets that’ll get our creative engines going, the gateways to mecha MOCs…

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Meet Ups

GertLUG Christmas Party 2020

Saturday the 19th of December 2020 saw the annual GertLUG Christmas party occur. However, this was not just any old physical ‘real-life’ party but perhaps the greatest Virtual LEGO themed Bristol-based Christmas party the world has ever seen! Now, as you can imagine, this year things were a little bit different, a touch more ‘2020’ you could say. As a group we couldn’t meet in a pub like last year and shake hands, hug and…

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Member MOCs

Tribute Mecha Model – The KS22 Keisha

Following on from last week’s article by YL Tan introducing Mecha, we are now featuring his very own mecha MOC in an appropriate month to do so. December 2020 would mark YL’s 15th year as an increasingly-active member of the global community of NF2 fighters and their immediate supporters. NF2 is a genetic disorder caused by a mutation of Chromosome 22 and people born with it live lives fighting to seize the day in spite…

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Meet Ups

November 2020 Virtual Meet Up

The GertLUG meet up for November had one of the largest attendances since we had to move to virtual online meet ups, seeing as many as 20 members for part of the duration. As with the majority of the online meet ups, we had members attending from across the UK to discuss anything LEGO related that came to mind. We started off with the usual introductions, this time describing the last thing we built. These…

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Inspiration and Building Techniques

An Introduction to Mecha

Mecha. Kids love them, adults love them – and LEGO knows this, having come out with mecha-heavy themes like Exo-Force, Ninjago and Nexo Knights. However, what are mecha? How can someone identify them, did LEGO invent them and if someone wants to create their own LEGO mecha, how can they start? GertLUG member YL Tan has provided the below article to explain and provide some inspiration. To answer the first question, “mecha” are generally human…

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Announcements

LEGO Store Bristol Opening Update

It has now been officially announced that the new LEGO Brand retail store that was due to open in Cabot Circus, Bristol during November, will now be opening on Wednesday the 2nd of December at 10am. Here at GertLUG we’re very excited to finally have our own local LEGO Store to plunder, but unfortunately there are still restrictions in place due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with Bristol being placed into tier 3, the highest…

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Member MOCs

The Spooky Road to LEGO Ideas

Here at GertLUG we love to support our members’ LEGO endeavours. This time member Simon Scott has submitted a The Nightmare Before Christmas MOC to the LEGO Ideas platform. For those of you that aren’t aware of LEGO Ideas, it’s a submission program from LEGO where amateur builders can submit their ideas to be voted on over a period of time. As builds secure more votes additional time is added to secure more votes for…

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Member MOCs

LL 928-B Galaxy Explorer – Award Winning Neo Classic Space

A big congratulations are in order to GertLUG member Ben Smith who won the ‘classic! ClAsSiC!! CLASSIC!!!’ award at virtual BrickCon 2020 with his Galaxy Explorer MOC. Ben shared a photo of the trophy that had been awarded to him and gave us a few words about his winning model, the LL 928-B Galaxy Explorer. “BrickCon is the biggest LEGO convention in the world and happens every October in Seattle, Washington – until the Coronavirus…

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History and Collecting

Ghostly Figures

Over the years the LEGO Group have released a large array of different ghosts, ghouls and other spooky themed minifigures. This Halloween, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the different versions of the basic ghost that is typically depicted in cartoons as a white sheet with eyes and a mouth. The first white sheet style of ghost to be released as a LEGO minifigure made it’s initial appearance in 1990…

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Meet Ups

October 2020 Virtual Meet Up

October’s virtual GertLUG meeting was a busy one. It didn’t feel like we were all chatting for over 100 minutes. We had members join us from Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Leeds and Malaysia, as well as people who were on holiday in either the Lake or Peak District (PK gets confused between both of them). With our growing community we had new members join us for the evening. The evening started off with…

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