Guess Who Canada?! Can you match the Canadian RLUG (Recognized LEGO® User Group) with the LEGO® model that represents them? Enter the Guess Who Canada contest and you can win a LEGO® prize! All complete submissions have a chance to win the XL-15 Spaceship (76832) from Disney & Pixar’s Lightyear. This awesome set has just under 500 pieces, 3 awesome minifigures (and a cat!), and is worth $64.99 CAD. This is an amazing set with tons of playability and it looks great on display. It even comes with a display stand and UCS-style information placard. In addition to being a great set, we also selected the XL-15 Spaceship because it was designed by Canadian LEGO® Designer, Chris Perron!
Coast to coast collaboration
The Guess Who Canada contest started with the idea to collaborate with all the RLUGs across Canada. Members of my own RLUG, MILUG (Mid Island LEGO® Users Group), wanted to connect with other Canadian RLUGs across our vast country. MILUG has connected with members from other Western Canadian RLUGs, especially at the BrickCan – Canada’s largest Adult LEGO® Fan Convention. However, we don’t often have an opportunity to connect with folks farther East. We came up with the Canadian collaboration project to help us all network a little better! To make it an even greater collaboration, we also decided to connect with our favourite Canadian RLFM – True North Bricks. Subsequently, we decided to go even bigger by connecting with other Canadian LEGO® fans like you! The Canadian Collaboration then grew into the Guess Who Canada contest.
What is a LUG?
If you are wondering what a LEGO® User Group is, you are definitely not alone. When I first found my way into the LEGO® hobby six years ago, I had no idea what a LUG was. LUGs (LEGO® User Groups) are clubs for individuals who share an interest in some aspect of the LEGO® hobby. Interestingly, many LUGs limit their membership to AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO®), while others include TFOLs (Teen Fans of LEGO®) or even KFOLs (Kid Fans of LEGO®). Many LUGs are specific to a particular city, while others cover larger regions, provinces/states, or even an entire country! Other LUGs focus on particular themes or interests such as trains, Ninjago, or LEGO® photography.
Additionally, LUGs are groups that connect mostly in person, even though many might meet online periodically. Any group that exists entirely online is likely a LOC (LEGO® Online Community). Additionally, there are also LFMs (LEGO® Fan Media) that are less of a club and more of an information outlet. All three communities can exist on their own or they can apply to the LEGO® Ambassador Network (LAN) program.
Once a community is accepted into the LEGO® Ambassador Network (LAN) program they become “recognized”. They then become an RLUG (Recognized LEGO® User Group), RLOC (Recognized LEGO® Online Community), or RLFM (Recognized LEGO® Fan Media). True North Bricks is a great example of a Canadian RLFM. Each recognized community has an Ambassador who connects to all the other Ambassadors around the world via the LAN. You might be surprised to find out that there are over 300 recognized communities around the world! In Canada, we have 12 RLUGs spanning from coast to coast:
- NewfoundLUG (Newfoundland)
- QueLUG (Quebec)
- ParLUGment (Ottawa, Ontario)
- ToroLUG (Toronto, Ontario)
- MBLUG (Manitoba)
- SLUG (Saskatchewan)
- NALUG (Northern Alberta)
- SALUG (Southern Alberta)
- CLTC (Calgary LEGO Train Club, Alberta)
- AbbyLUG (Abbotsford, BC)
- VLC (Vancouver, BC)
- MILUG (Vancouver Island, BC)
For this contest, all 12 Canadian RLUGs were assigned to another club at random. First, members had to learn about the other RLUG via their social media sites, website, and even online meetups. Then builders got busy creating custom models that represent some aspect of the club (e.g. specific interest) or the city/region they cover. It is your job to try to match the models to the RLUGs! See the links to each RLUG above to learn more about their location and interests.
How to enter Guess Who Canada?
To enter the Guess Who Canada contest you need to match each Canadian RLUG to the correct LEGO® model. Click here (contest closed) to start guessing!
To enter, you need do a little matching. How to take part:
- Examine the builds. Each RLUG from across Canada has created a build representing some aspect (e.g. specific interest) or the city/region representing another RLUG. To find more images of each build, visit the contest build page.
- Match each LEGO® build below with the RLUG that it represents (not the RLUG who built the model). You need to do a little research here. Find out about each RLUG, their interests, and the city/region they represent in Canada. For links to each RLUG, see above.
- Make sure you fill all the fields in the form. Only complete entries will be accepted.
Contest Rules & Regulations
As with any contest, there are rules and regulations. Take a moment to familiarize yourself and make sure you qualify:
- You do not need to me a member of any RLUGs (though we encourage you to join, it’s great fun).
- You are resident of Canada.
- You are 18+ years old (younger participants are welcome to enter with permission from their legal guardian. The legal guardian’s email address must be used in the form.)
- If you win, you must be willing and able to provide a Canadian shipping address.
- If you win, you must provide a Canadian shipping address within one week of the prize notification being sent. If you do not answer in that timeframe, you forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected.
- You will submit this completed form before Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 11:59:59 pm.
- You agree to have this information about you collected on Google Forms by True North Bricks.
- The prize will be drawn on Monday, September 19, 2022. The winner will be the most correct entry. In the event of multiple correct entries or a tie, a winner will be randomly drawn from the successful entries.
Play well folks and good luck!
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