Welcome to KC Brick Lab LEGO User Group!
What we are:
We’re a club for Adult Fans of Lego (or teens with an accompanying AFOL). Whether you design your own, or build what’s in the box. Whatever theme you like. If you like Lego, you’re welcome to join.
It all started in January of 2012, as LEGOLAND Discovery Center KC announced that they were looking for a new Master Model Builder in KC, and they were going to hold a Brick Factor contest to select the best person for the job. It was a Job interview of the most unusual kind. Over 170 people entered, with the thought that it would be a dream job. After 3 rounds, Jeremiah Boehr ended up taking the crown!
On March 21st, 2012, the Facebook group, “Lego Fans in Kansas City” was born. A few notices were posted on LEGOLAND Discovery Center KC’s Facebook page, and many of the Brick Factor contestants were contacted, to let them know about the group. Slowly, people started to join.
In only 2 months, we had over 50 members. By that time friendships had begun to form, the LEGO Store Overland Park had opened, and we as a group wanted more. We got in touch with The LEGO Group’s North American Community Coordinator, Kevin Hinkle, and got on his list of LUGs. Then we were finally “Official.”
A few more months went by, and by July we had over 100 members, and finally had our first meeting.
We’re now up to 350 KS/MO members in our private FB group, with 25-35 members showing up to each of our monthly meetings. We normally meet on the second Sunday each month at Union Station at 5pm (in the Innovation Conference Center, lower level by theatre). Our meetings include tutorials, swap meets, contests, theme builds, set drafts, planning our shows, and more. There is no cost or dues to join.
We have two permanent display in the free Model Rail Experience exhibit at Union Station, and design a new 5×8′ layout for the annual Christmas display each year. We have large displays that we put up at Maker Faire KC, Planet Comicon, TopCon, and numerous other shows throughout the year. Looks like the future is bright indeed for LEGO fans in Kansas City!