Street Talk

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

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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 face­­goPro, or at Shop 01, L12, Lang­ham Place, Mong Kok.

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