We love doing shows, they are just fun. we get to meet new people, answer questions about the best hobby (Playing with LEGO parts), and seeing peoples delighted faces, especially kids; And we always get lots of questions about us, the club, the hobby, and LEGO product, below is a listing of the most frequently asked questions, and our answers.
It's really a mix, there are some models that The LEGO Group has done so well that we leave them exactly as we purchased them, but most everything you see on the layout is our own creations inspired by life, cartoons, movies, and our own imaginations, that were made form LEGO parts we bought from from many sources.
No, experience has taught us that while other "clone brands" of buildable bricks are cheaper, and there is a reason for that other blocks just don't work as well, they look and feel cheaper, and don't hold together as well either. The savings do not in our opinion justify the pain.
Members of the Utah LEGO User's Group (ULUG) and Great Basin Lego Train Club.
We are two clubs of adults with over 40 active and participating members. We meet monthly to discuss LEGO ideas, share our creations. Six times a year, and we participate in local shows by building a 30' x 40' LEGO Train layout. Though sometimes the layout is smaller, it just depends on our space considerations.
Setup including the tables takes the club 6 to 8 hours to set up. we usually begin setting up the morning of the event opening and Finnish just before the doors open. If that seems quick, it's because it is. Most of our models are pre-assembled by their respective owners, and then transported to the show intact, and placed along side the others, then we spend a good amount of time fixing, and rebuilding the models that have broken or come apart during transit.
No, nothing on the layout is glued. Part of the allure of building with LEGO building is that if you build something, get tired of it, or want to make a change to it, you can easily take it apart and build something completely different out of those same parts.
The LEGO builds are all owned by their respective builders. On our layout, you will notice that there are distinct sections, City, Space, Castle, Pirates, Train, etc. For the most part, everything in each section is owned by the club member who built it. Some areas are more collaborative than others, but generally, there's a separate LEGO owner and builder for each section.
In just the actual LEGO parts, there is easily over $50,000 in our Layouts. If you add in time and creativity, the layout really is hard to put a price on.
In most cases, we are paid a small stipend to help cover our display expenses, but nowhere near enough to cover all of our costs.
Truly, there are a lot of reasons. We like to share our passion with others. Seeing Kids' (and some adults') faces light up really warms the soul. For us, shows are a time to get together in a large venue and build things in ways we could not possibly do in our own homes. They're just not enough room. Plus, each time we do a show, we see what other builders have come up with since our last show.
Many of us have been collecting for 20+ years, so over time, our collections have grown. We also tend to buy in bulk. Instead of going to the store and buying 1 set, we wait till there is a good sale on a LEGO set and then buy multiples. This way, we get a lot of the same pieces. This is important because when your building with LEGO pieces, there is no "bad" piece, but every piece is more useful if you have more of them. If you're looking for some buying tips, you can check our online BUY LEGO page.
It's always great to meet new AFOL's and so ULUG and GBLT&C are open to anyone 16 and older who has a love of LEGO product and materials, and want to meet with other like minded builders, Those under 16 can still attend meetings, but need to be accompanied by an adult. If your interested, talk to anyone of us at one of the shows, or join us online in the forums, and we'll get you started.
Most of us have, for a LEGO Fan, LEGOLAND is "holy" ground, so a trip to LEGOLAND is like a journey to mecca. It's almost a religiousness experience, plus one of the founders of ULUG is now a master builder there, so we like to think we've got an "in"
Sure, we are not picky. If you want to donate, you can contribute directly to the club or buy items online through our affiliates. Additionally, if you want to donate LEGO parts or LEGO related items, we accept those as well.
While we love to do shows, we can't do them all, But we try to do a variety of different shows each year. So try to give us 6 to 12 months advance notice so that we can plan, see what the interest level of the club membership is. Our participation is dependent on the interest of our club members, consequently, there are a few things you can do to increase our member's interest including:
- Plan on a minimum $300 stipend
- Complimentary Parking at the event
- Complimentary or discounted meals
- Send your request to us 6 to 12 months in advance by sending an email to events at utahlug.org. (Note: replace the at with an @ symbol)