Events

International Women’s Day

Hannah and Emily went to ‘Women in LEGO’ virtual event and here is an overview of what happened. This event was organised by the Vice Chair of Northern Brickworks, Amanda, because their membership wanted something specifically for women and why not do it for International Women’s day. The first organised speaker was Jessica Farrell, of LEGO Masters fame, speaking about how she first got into LEGO. As a 7-year-old girl she loved playing with LEGO…

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Meet the Members

Meet the Ambassador – Nick Amos

Over the next few months we will be introducing you to each member of the GertLUG committee via a series of blog posts on here, and there is no better place to start than with GertLUG’s very own infamous ambassador, Nick Amos! As someone who founded the Bristol Brick Show and has steered the GertLUG ship from the very beginning you will all likely already know the name (you’ve probably even been badgered by him…

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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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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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