Twenty-two members of ConnLUG gathered at the Keller Williams Realty offices in Glastonbury on Saturday, 16 March for the March Monthly Meeting. Current members introduced themselves and spoke about their own history with LEGO, their likes, and dislikes in some cases – you know who you are Jack Stone fans – and mentioned where they hail from. We had three guests as well, including the parents of a very new AFOL in training, who enjoyed the NEXO KNIGHTS wheels as much as any of us!
We reviewed club business, including the adoption of our new website, registration, and our chosen chat platform Discord, as well as events, both upcoming and past. Our LEGO Ambassador Stephen Struble expressed his appreciation for our members who participated in the Community Build Event at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford on 9 March. Stephen reminded the LUG that another great event is coming up this Thursday at the Middlebury Public Library from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Our Monthly Build Challenge for March was to take any $20.00 LEGO set and create a MOC, or My Own Creation, using just the pieces in the set. Twelve ConnLUG members wowed meeting attendees with their creative builds, which were more than up to the challenge. Photos below.
Another fun event during the March Meeting was the Monthly Set Review, by ConnLUG member Brian Bizon. For this month’s review, Brian built the impressive LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083. Brian discussed the build process, portions that were enjoyable as well as challenging, the features of the set, including the brick-built key that raises and lowers the wing, and also some of the more interesting facts about the vehicle itself.
After the review, we dimmed the lights and watched the LEGO video about the life size Bugatti Chiron made out of LEGO Technic parts and motors. All members enjoyed learning about this amazing vehicle, and the even more impressive rolling life-size LEGO Technic set. The full video can be seen here: Life-size Bugatti Chiron
Our final event for the March Meeting was a special LUG Build Challenge involving most of the members present. Each member was invited to select 25 parts from a large parts bin, filled with various pieces of all types, shapes, and sizes. Members were then paired up, and asked to count off by 1’s and 2’s respectively. After some math-related shenanigans, the real surprise was revealed when ConnLUG VP Camille Panczak asked all the members to switch partners and parts! What followed was nothing short of hilarity as members attempted to rationalize why the other had chosen the parts that they had. The challenge then was to build something together from the two sets of 25 parts that represented the Spring theme. Fortunately for some, the parts chosen were highly diverse, but for others this was a real challenge!
The winners of our event were Tiffy Smead and Evan Milewski who used their parts to create this awesome scene from the “Alien Olympics”. The winners were crowned based upon their unique back story and awesome brick-built Olympians. As this was a parts-based challenge, both victors were rewarded handsomely with parts bags to keep.
As you can see from our Monthly Meeting, much fun was had by all. Like this, and all events that ConnLUG members participate in, we seek to foster creativity through building and imagination. We always enjoy building together, talking about our shared passion in the adult LEGO hobby, and welcoming new members to join us in the fun! Learn more about ConnLUG on our About page and check out all of the photos from our March Monthly Meeting here: March Pics.