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Gets 2015

NALUG had another stellar showing at the Great Edmonton Train Show this year, with some new additions such as an expanded theme park section and the return of the high level bridge among others. The entire layout came together, as always, with a flurry of ast minute adjustments and sighs of releif, but we managed not to lose too many Lego bricks in the process. Check out the photos below or our full gallery for some great pictures of the event!

 

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  • Comic Expo 2015

    NALUG returned once again this year to the Edmonton Comic and Pop Culture show joining world renowned guest such as Stan Lee and Jenna Coleman for a fun filled weekend of geekiness with a bit of Lego thrown in. Our hoth display was expanded this year, with a new AT-AT dominating the snowscape of Hoth and the sister display of the Jakku scrapyard from the new Star Wars movie was a hit as well. With a couple other spaceships in there from Battlestar Galactica to Firefly along with the ever-popular "where's waldo" display athe entire show was a great success (and we actually succeeded in not completely blocking a hallway thanks to our new location). Over the course of the weekend some of our members also participated in a short panel discussion entitled "The brick Strikes Back: Coming Out of Your Dark Ages", which we'll have a video of up shortly. In the meantime, feel free to check out our full gallery of Expo pictures or peruse the selected ones below!

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  • Northern Bricks 2015

    Well the craziness is over, the frantic hours of setup and teardown are passed, the crowds of people were more than pleased and all in all we had a blast! All of the members of NALUG pulled together to bring about the first lego convention in Western Canada full of games, crazy creations and much more. Throughout the weekend, we had the opportunity to participate and help run many activities such as blind builds, speed builds and purely creative ones. A big shoutout to Eric Mcallum who took the time to cooridnate all of the games and activities as well as bring down some huge Lego statues - they were awesome! We also had the chance to welcome a few members of SLUG (Saskatchewan Lego Users Group) who were all great guys to hang out with and had some serious lego skills to boot. As for displays, ther ewas everything from castle, to trains to space and steampunk and mosaics that were impressive all around. Check out the pictures below and make sure to visit our gallery for more (with more photos still to come)!

      

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  • Community Display Window

    NALUG recently had the opportunity to instal a permanent display at our local Edmonton Lego store, and it looks fantastic! Special thanks to Ron who put together the largest portion of the display and thanks to the rest of the club for pitching in and getting it all to come together. The display features a hockey rink with the oilers and calgary flames in a heated contest in Cananda's greatest sport. Take a look!

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  • All Aboard Model Train Show 2015

    In February- prairie railroad workshop hosted their 31st annual All Aboard Train Show. Some of the members of NALUG went down for the weekend where Andrew, Drew and Kris represented Edmonton for the non-scale category in the Train show. The members arrived on the Friday afternoon and they quickly began construction of the layout- from 3pm til 10pm. We had to get it done in time for Saturday! When morning arrived, it was early, with our team heading to the show two hours early to place the finishing touches... or at least get the trains running. It was a lot of work, but we managed to have everything set up. Of course, since we’re all perfectionists, there was continuous “improvement” of the display during the show. 

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  • The turnout for the show was incredible with hundreds of people showing up to see our display booth. During the show- we met the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group who also had a non-scale train display for the show. SLUG's layout had an amazing mash-up of themes looked fantastic. After the show, there was a celebration dinner along with an award ceremony where NALUG won runner-up in the non-scale category! After dinner, SLUG's invited our members to a friendly get-together. 

    Sunday, quickly rolled along and it was by far one of the longest days and by the end most of the members were burned out. But before we knew it, it was tear down. Tearing down is always easier than setting up, and after a few hours we were on our way back to Edmonton for a timely arrival around midnight.

    Overall, it was amazing experience. Despite the weather and road conditions, our members had fun; They got chance to see other LUG's in Canada and meet amazing builders. It's definitely something to look forward to again next year.

    For more photos, please visit our gallery

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