An Awesome Look at the Making of The LEGO Movie

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Not long ago, a movie about LEGO seemed ridiculous. The idea that a film about plastic bricks could be anything but a giant commercial was almost laughable. Thankfully, Warner Bros., Phil Lord & Chris Miller, and many talented people believed that a movie about LEGO could not only be good, but it could be awesome! Released in 2014, The LEGO …

Serious Fun: Windy City LUG’s Home On A Hill Project

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While you’re at home spending time with your family during this holiday, take a look at Windy City LUG’s Home On A Hill (HOAH) project. We hope you might even be inspired to build your own! HOAH is a large-scale seed part build that uses any version of the 32×32 canyon baseplate to create a micro-scale structure. Not a lot …

Interview With Brickset Founder Huw Millington

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Need to know what year a set was released? Want an easy way to catalog your collection? Or just looking for the latest in Lego news? Then Brickset is the place! To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Windy City LUG sat down with the site’s founder, AFOL, and generally awesome dude, Huw Millington.Hello Huw, thanks for chatting with us. How long …

Repost: LUGs in the Time of Coronavirus

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Earlier this year, one of our members, Gary Scheppke wrote an article for Brickset about Windy City LUG and what we are doing during the pandemic. We are posting a link to it here for our readers. Lugs in the Time of CoronavirusEarlier this year, one of our members, Gary Scheppke wrote an article for Brickset about Windy City LUG …

More Than Meets the Brick

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Have you ever wanted to build a truck that transforms into a robot, a car that converts into a plane, or a Grandfather Clock that can stand up and walk around? What about a wall with a secret staircase or a hidden doorway built into it? The possibilities are endless and creating these types of transforming Lego builds can be …

Interview With Toy Designer Alex Kubalsky

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Hello readers, today we are joined by Alexander Kubalsky, toy designer and AFOL. Thanks for being here Alex. If you would be so kind, tell our readers a little about yourself and what you do.Hello, thanks for having me. I guess you could say I’m an engineer or inventor working specifically in transformable toys and objects. This can mean working …

Blacklight as an Element of Design

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“A blacklight (or often black light), also referred to as a UV-A light, Wood’s lamp, or ultraviolet light, is a lamp that emits long-wave (UV-A) ultraviolet light and very little visible light.” wikipedia No matter what you call it, people are fascinated by the effect blacklight has on neon and glow-in-the-dark LEGO parts.  At any convention or exhibit, people flock to black light displays.   I am not the first AFOL to display …