Massive MOC: Oceanex Connaigra

Over the last year and a half Jon Murphy has been working on a minifigure-scale model of the Oceanex Connaigra. You may have seen portions of it on display at a NewfoundLUG event. Jon recently completed the ship and its shipping containers and was contacted by Beyond the Brick to do an interview and tour of his creation. The story was also picked up by some other LEGO fan media and some local media. Check out the links below for videos and details. Congrats Jon!

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LUGBULK Meeting and Test Order Update

There will be a LUGBULK meeting on Thursday Nov. 28 at 7:00 PM. We’re meeting at Bricks & Minifigs located at 45 Blackmarsh Road, St. John’s. We’ll be finalizing the list of members to be signed up for LUGBULK, and discussing the parts list.

Thanks to everyone who has submitted a Test Order for the LUGBULK program. There’s still time to do so if you haven’t already.

If you have sent a test order, and haven’t gotten a confirmation email, please contact us! There is a signup process with LEGO and we need to send a list of names and ages of everyone planning to order from LUGBULK. We plan to send this list on December 1.

Test orders so far show our members plan to order


LEGO elements from the LUGBULK program! It’s a great chance to get bricks for your collection and custom builds.

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NewfoundLUG Bulk Test Order

Interested in ordering large quantities of LEGO pieces directly from the LEGO Group? LUG members will have an opportunity in Feb-Mar 2020 to order from a list of 85 different pieces at preferred pricing. It’s a great way to get several hundred or thousand parts for your next project!

We’ve put together a test order form with the preliminary parts list for members to plan their purchases. Please fill out the form if you’re interested! Please contact us for the form’s username and password, and follow the link below:

Geek Out at the Library

Geek Out at the Library took place last weekend (Oct. 19) – Thanks to A.C. Hunter Public Library for organizing a great event and giving NewfoundLUG a ton of space to display LEGO. The event also featured cosplay, Newfoundland R2-Builders, D&D sessions, a panel, kids activities and sci-fi themed performances by the NSO‘s Atlantic String Quartet!

Big thanks to our members who took the time to bring in their models and talk to guests at the event. Approximately 450-500 guests attended Geek Out.

As a fan of LEGO, one of the highlights of the event for me was one parent’s story about asking their relatives not to provide gifts of off-brand bricks. It turns out the off-brands are not as strong as LEGO bricks and would often break leaving sharp edges. One more reason to be a fan of LEGO!

Read on for some photos from the event.

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LUGBULK Interest Survey

Once per year, Recognized LEGO User Groups have an opportunity to order large quantities of LEGO bricks directly from The LEGO Company at preferred prices. This program is known as LUGBULK and NewfoundLUG is hoping to participate in the next offering (2020). In planning for this, we would like to hear whether members are interested in participating.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey. If you have any questions on LUGBULK please don’t hesitate to contact us.

SHIPtember – Seriously Huge Investment in Parts

SHIPtember is an online event hosted by Flickr group The Shipyard. From their page:

What is a SHIP? A S.H.I.P. is a Seriously Huge Investment in Parts and is at minimum 100 studs in length. 

One Month. One Hundred (plus) Studs.

What do I do? Simple! Start building your SHIP starting on Sept 1st, and start posting WIP shots as you go so everyone can all praise your guts for building a SHIP in a month!

What is a SHIP? A S.H.I.P. is a Seriously Huge Investment in Parts and is at minimum 100 studs in length. 

The Shipyard

Swoosh Factor, screen name of a NewfoundLUG member, is again taking on the SHIPtember challenge in 2019. Last year, he built the Terra Nova for the challenge and his creation has been featured on promotional material for Bricks in the Six 2019, and at several NewfoundLUG shows.

Follow Swoosh Factor’s progress with this year’s challenge at his Flickr photostream. His retro rocketSHIP creation promises to be equally impressive!

Event: Pints & Planes

Here’s a LEGO-related event being hosted by Landwash Brewery, Bricks & Minifigs and Admiralty House Communications Museum. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Transatlantic Air Race, a LEGO airplane build contest will take place at Landwash Brewery. Entry is $14.00 including a pint and one hour of building with LEGO from Bricks & Minifigs.

The event is on Jul 24 7:30-8:30 PM at Landwash Brewery, 81 Commonwealth Ave, Mount Pearl. See more details at the event page.

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