Meet a Member- Jason Denief

As part of growing our group and local community, we started the Meet a Member initiative on newfoundlug.ca, to feature the people who make up our local LEGO community.  This initiative is 100% voluntary. Each month, we will interview a member of NewfoundLUG to find out how LEGO makes them tick, their passion for the hobby, and other fun facts about their LEGO journey.

This month’s featured member is: Jason Denief!

NewfoundLUG: What is your first LEGO memory?

Jason Denief: My first memory of LEGO was in about 1983 playing with the Crusader Knight minifigures. Remembering those early sets is bittersweet as most of my childhood Lego was passed onto cousins.

NewfoundLUG: Did you have a dark age (a time in your life where you weren’t using LEGO) and if so, what caused you to emerge from it?

JD: After some of my Lego had been given away around my teenage years, I stopped actively collecting. It was never completely out of view as I would occasionally bring my Lego out and play with it.

What reintroduced me to the hobby is after a hand injury at work I experienced around 2015. I was unable to continue with my other hobbies and activities, and Lego was a great outlet that provided both dexterity-improving motions and a pass time.

NewfoundLUG: Which set or theme has been most influential upon you, as a LEGO fan?

JD: The Modulars and Architecture sets appealed to me the most due to the fine building and design techniques used to create obscure angles, shapes, etc. My next step with Modulars is to make one myself at a similar scale and quality as an official set.

When Technic started to get more refined (into the 2000s), it appealed to me much more as well, and is what I’m currently immediately interested in collecting.

NewfoundLUG: What is your favorite part of the hobby?

JD: What began as a reclusive thing has now spun into an interactive medium where I’ve met lots of great people and learned lots from other members.

NewfoundLUG: How do you store your LEGO?

JD: Most of the Lego I own is in the form of assembled sets I have displayed on a variety of shelves and bookcases. Most of my sets are displayed by their theme with their respective figures. Outside of my assembled stuff, my bulk collection is sorted via color.

NewfoundLUG: Do you build MOCs? If so, of what?

JD: Yes I build MOCs. There is no real rhyme or reason to what MOCs I design; I may want to build a tree and make an attempt at a tree MOC. There might be a set I don’t want to buy or can’t afford, and I will make an attempt at building it myself.


NewfoundLUG: Do you have a favorite part?

JD: I was going to say a SNOT brick due to its versatility but there are multiple pieces like the SNOT brick that do achieve the same thing. Turntable pieces, and 2×2 Jumper Plates, also efficiently capture non-angled and non-square shapes.

NewfoundLUG: What theme would you like LEGO to produce?

JD: I would have liked Lego to make a Rick and Morty theme when it was more relevant a couple years ago. I would also have liked Lego to flesh out the Adventure Time theme they did a couple small sets of, especially the Treehouse which had been an Ideas set.

NewfoundLUG: What’s your favorite thing about being a member of a local LEGO club like NewfoundLUG?

JD: My favorite aspect of being part of a registered LUG is inspiring, and being inspired, by other local members with a shared common interest in a great hobby.

NewfoundLUG: As the unofficial photographer of the NewfoundLUG, you have significant experience with high quality photography and Lego. Why do the two hobbies work so well together?

JD: Generally, the hobbies don’t overlap, the enjoyment comes with making it work. With a macro-lens, I can achieve a view from a minifigure scale, and provide a point of view of what it could be like to be there at that level. With clean, close-up shots such as these, more is appreciated and more can be seen. The more you look, the more you see, and the cleaner the images, the more to enjoy.

NewfoundLUG: Anything else you’d like to add?

JD: Lego has been medicine for hard times, which is no more evident than at our Blocks on the Rock event and the reception it received. I hope more members enjoying the hobby in recluse come out of the woodwork and become social like I did!

Meet a Member – Charlie Mudd

As part of growing our group and local community, we started the Meet a Member initiative on newfoundlug.ca, to feature the people who make up our local LEGO community.  This initiative is 100% voluntary. Each month, we will interview a member of NewfoundLUG to find out how LEGO makes them tick, their passion for the hobby, and other fun facts about their LEGO journey.

This month’s featured member is: Charlie Mudd

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LUGBulk 2022

Quick update for LUG Members!

What’s LUGBulk?

it’s a way for NewfoundLUG members to buy bulk LEGO parts for cheap – usually around 25-30% of the list prices for new parts.

How do I participate?

We will be posting a link to a survey, we’d like you to fill it in. You can just PM me your email address and tell me you’d like to participate, but the survey is more useful to us.

Whats the deadline?

We will be submitting our list at the end of October. Any individual that wants to participate needs to be ON THAT LIST. If your name is on the list, you can chose to not participate later, but if your name is not on the list you will NOT be able to participate.

What are the details I need to know, how does this work?

I’ll be hosting a FaceBook live session where I answer questions and talk about the details. I’ll try and schedule it for this week or early next. As always, you can ask an Executive member if you want more info as well!

Next Event- NewfoundLUG at AvEx 7

NewfoundLUG will have a manned display at Avalon Expo 7, Sat-Sun, Sept. 18-19, 2021, Holiday Inn, Portugal Cove Road, St. John’s, NL, Canada. Here are some quick notes:

  • We are being given six (6) tables (likely 2.5 x 6′) to use for display during the event.
  • We are being given up to six (6) event passes. The LUG may provide a couple more, pending interest.
  • We will be limiting each participating member to 1-2 small sets or MOCs, to ensure everyone who wants to participate is able to. 
  • If you are interested in participating, we are asking that you notify an exec member as soon as possible, and we will add you to our Facebook thread for the event.

We have now posted our Table Staff Sign Up Sheet to Google Drive. We ask that any interested/participating LUG members type their name into their preferred time slots for the weekend. This really helps us organize and schedule the event.

Since this will be more of a “shift-work” type event, we would strongly recommend filling out a display card and small write-up on your sets/MOCs so guests can read about your display even if you are not present.

Links to the sign up sheet and display cards posted on our FB page and in our September newsletter.

Reach out with any questions!

LUGBulk Sorting

We’ll be sorting our LUGBulk order on July 11th, starting 11am at the Rabbittown Community Center in St. John’s.

This is NOT a public event – if you are a LUG member able/willing to help, we ask that you reach out to the Executive – we can be reached newfoundlug(AT)gmail.com.

We need:

  • scales that can measure 1/10 of gram
  • Boxes, sized about 30cmx30x30

2021 LUGBulk has shipped

We have shipping confirmation from Fed-Ex that our 2021 LUGBulk is on the way – it’s scheduled to arrive here Wednesday, July 7th.

We are planning on sorting this order for distribution to participants on Sunday, July 11th.  If you are able to help out, please let us know!

  • sorting will be indoors
  • masks will be required
  • social distancing will be maintained
  • If you have a kitchen scale that measures 1/10 of a gram, that would be VERY helpful.