We love doing shows, they are just fun. we get to meet new people, answer questions about the best hobby (Playing with Lego) and seeing peoples delighted faces, especially kids; And we always get lots of questions about us, the club, the hobby, and Lego, below is a listing of the most frequently asked questions, and our answers.
Q: Did you buy the models from Lego or make them yourselves?
A:It’s really a mix, there are some models that Lego has done so well, that we leave them exactly as we got them, but most everything you see on the layout are our own creations inspired by life, cartoons, movies, and our own imaginations, that were made form parts we bought from Lego.
Q: Do you use anything except Lego?
A: No, experience has taught us that while other “clone brands” of buildable bricks are cheaper, there is a reason for that, and 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.
Q: Who Built this?
A: Members of the Utah Lego User’s Group 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, share our creations, and 6 times a year, 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.
Q: This is Huge, How Long did it take to set up?
A: 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.
Q: Do you glue your models together?
A: No, nothing on the layout is glued, Part of the allure of building with Lego, is that if you build something, get tired of it, or want to make change to it, you can easily take it a part and build something completely different out of those same parts.
Q: Who owns all the Lego, Is it all one Person’s?
A: The Lego is all owned by it’s 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 that section. Some areas are more collaborative than others but generally, there’s a separate Lego owner and builder for each section.
Q: How Much is this worth?
A: In just the actual Lego blocks, 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.
Q: How much do you get paid to do the shows?
A:. 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.
Q: Why do it if you don’t get paid?
A: Truly there are a lot of reason’s. We like to share our passion with others, Seeing Kids’ (and some adults’) faces light up really warms the soul and for us, shows are a time to get together in large venue, and build things in ways we could not possible do in our own homes, there just not enough room. Plus each time we do a show we see what other builders have come up with since our last show.
Q: How do you get so much Lego?
A: 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, there is no “bad” piece, but every piece is more useful if you have more of them. If your looking for some buying tips, you can check our online BUY LEGO page. Note: for those of you not quite that old but aspiring to own lots of Lego, there’s a 3 step plan to acquiring lots of Lego:
Step 1: Stay in School
Step 2: Get a good Job
Step 3: After completing steps 1 and 2 spend all of your extra money on Lego.
Q: How Can I join the Club?
A: 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, 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.
Q: Have you ever been to Legoland?
A: 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”
Q: Can I donate to help support you
A: 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 or Lego related items, we accept those as well.
Q: I am over event XYZ, can I get your club to come to our event?
A: 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 members 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