Events

One Week To Brick Express Event 2021

There is now just one week left until our first event of 2021 and our first event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The return of the Brick Express to the Avon Valley Railway once again includes displays of LEGO models at Bitton station created by members of GertLUG. Tickets for the trains will need to be booked in advance and the model displays will be open all day for ticket holders to look…

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Meet Ups

January 2021 Virtual Meet Up

Tuesday the 19th of January saw the first GertLUG meet up of 2021 and with the continuing pandemic situation, was again held virtually using Zoom. Beginning with quick introductions, we discussed which themes would be our favourite choices for revival from the LEGO Group. Popular among the attending members were the Forestmen, Space Police and Blacktron, Pirates, Adventurers and Trains. Following the brief discussion, we had our first activity of the evening using any loose…

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Member MOCs

Sustainable Squad Project on LEGO World Builder

With the LEGO Group’s focus on sustainabilty over the last few years, with plans to make all products sustainable by 2030, GertLUG member James Brand and David Warner came up with an idea for a LEGO theme featuring sets that focus on this subject. David has supplied us with the below article to tell us about their project. “Before we dive deep into our design, it is paramount that we first talk about LEGO World…

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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

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

September 2020 Virtual Meet Up

As restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to prevent physical meet ups, so too continue our virtual monthly meet ups. While waiting for people to join the meeting, those that were already there had a general chat about any LEGO related topics that came to mind. These included the latest Harry Potter Collectable Minifigures and recently released Diagon Alley set as well as the Super Mario sets. When the meet up officially began, we…

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