There are just 13 Lego Certified Professionals (LCPs) in the world—hobbyists who have turned their passion for building and creating with Lego bricks into their profession. And we have one right here in Hong Kong: Andy Hung. He’s built a miniature model o
HK Magazine: So, how did you become an LCP?
Andy Hung: I became a fan of Lego around 10 years ago, and through events and competitions I got acquainted with the
Hong Kong Lego marketing team. Lego later saw a need for an LCP in the Greater China region, so they reached out to the marketing team and asked if they had anyone in mind. At first I was reluctant to apply, because I thought it would be impossible to become a Lego designer—I believed those jobs were typically reserved for foreigners. But with some encouragement, in 2013, I formed a company—Legend Creative Enterprise— dedicated to creating models with Lego bricks for projects and exhibitions, just so I could apply for certification.
HK: So is it all about selling the brand?
AH: The model of Mong Kok I did for the Lego store is unique; we made the whole thing from scratch. I wanted to show people how they can express their creativity using Lego bricks. I enjoy including eastern elements in my Lego creations, particularly since it’s a western toy. My favorite model is one of the Forbidden City. It’s a 3.5 x 2.7-meter replica of the three main structures; it’s on display at the Macau Museum of Art.
HK: What was your first Lego set?
AH: My parents divorced when I was very young, so my maternal grandparents raised me. My mom had another family to take care of and my dad was also busy with work, so they tried to make it up to me by buying me Lego. I got my first set when I was 6—it was an airport box set. Lego was really popular back in the mid-80s and you could even get it from Mannings and Watsons. HK: How did you first get into stockbroking? AH: At 12, my grandpa fell ill and was hospitalized. He soon passed away because we were turned down by a public hospital for not having enough money for the fees. Some time later my grandma passed away too,
so I had to live with my mom. She worked really hard to support my younger sister and me. I saw how much our lives depended on money. As I grew up, stockbroking seemed like the most practical way I could earn big money quickly. I stopped playing with Lego during my teens but picked it up again in the early 2000s just to help me cope with the monotony of stockbroking. HK: Has life changed since you became an LCP?
AH: For the first 10 years, stockbroking was enjoyable. Eventually I became an analyst— then it got tiring: I just couldn’t keep up with the fluctuating market. Stockbroking is about making immediate decisions, but I was slowing down. Plus, it was too much of a gamble with a family to take care of. I destressed with Lego back then, but nowadays, I avoid Lego bricks when I get home. HK: Are you feeling more chilled out now?
AH: I’m actually busier now than when I was a stockbroker. I sometimes have to stay up all night to meet a deadline. But at least I’m not worrying about losing my entire fortune at the press of a button—I’ve become much calmer. I have less to lose now, though I’m still a risk-taker. Stockbroking was a gamble, but so is running a business—I’m putting my future on the line with everything I do.
Hung’s replica of Mong Kok at the Lego store
See more of Hung’s creations on facebook.com/AndyHungLegoPro, or at Shop 01, L12, Langham Place, Mong Kok.