So, I’ve been meaning to share this exciting piece of news for awhile – Jay’s Brick Blog is now officially an Online Recognised LEGO User Group!
Whoa, what does that mean? Well, traditionally, LEGO User Groups (LUGs) have been formalised groups and communities of LEGO enthusiasts who meet regularly to share and interact with other like-minded LEGO fans. Think of them as a LEGO club of sorts.
Recognised LUGs are those that have been officially recognised by LEGO and are part of the LEGO Ambassador Network, which provides all sorts of benefits such as having a designated LEGO Ambassador to represent them within the network, and also qualify for support from LEGO such as activity packs, LUGBulk and also participate in special projects or activities run by the LEGO AFOL Relations Program (ARP).
So an online RLUG is pretty much the same, except of course, since we’re all scattered around the world, we don’t necessarily get to meet up or hold displays BUT we still get to gush over our love of LEGO via the magical powers of the internet.
As an online RLUG, one of the main benefits is having a direct line of communication with LEGO as well as getting support from LEGO such as early review sets (the recent 21305 Ideas Maze review was the first opportunity I was offered) and other forms of support/prizes if any.
I’m mostly excited about access to early review copies, which allows me to compete with the larger LEGO blogs and news sites on a more even footing. Also, the idea that future giveaways and activities might be on the cards is pretty fun too,
There are some limitations now that we’re an official online RLUG such as the fact that I won’t be allowed to share leaked images or set news – which is why I didn’t post about the first LEGO Disney Minifigures leak. Not that I do much of that anyway.
So yeah, exciting news and I’m super honoured to be a LEGO Ambassador! 2016 is shaping up to be an awesome year, and I’m very excited at the opportunities that this will bring. In terms of the blog… there won’t be any huge changes, I’ll still be writing reviews, reporting on interesting news and covering the LEGO scene down under so it’ll be business as usual!
Special thanks to everyone for making this possible. This wouldn’t have happened without all of you and I am forever grateful for all the comments, discussions and conversations! So if you’ve never been part of a LEGO User Group, congratulations, you’re in one now! Thanks for making Jay’s Brick Blog such a thriving community!