Passion pays off
‘‘Instead of watching TV, he builds Lego,’’ says Mimi Griffiths of her son Will’s penchant for the infectious building blocks. ‘‘Lego is his TV,’’ she says. And it shows. The Plimmerton seven-year-old’s impressive take on the Titanic passenger liner netted him the top regional prize in the National Lego Building Competition. He won $100 worth of Lego from Porirua Toyworld, which hosted the contest locally, and the Griffiths family will wait to find out this week week how Will faired nationally. A trip to Legoland in Los Angeles is at stake.
Will says it took him about three weeks to build the vessel, which is about 11⁄ metres long, and the only help he received was from watching a YouTube video.
‘‘It maybe has Lego from every set I have, and lots of individual little men. There’s some of dad’s old Lego too.’’
He has been fascinated with the Titanic since he saw a picture of it in the St Theresa’s School library when he was five. He points out to KapiMana News, that just like the real ship, only three of his smoke stacks were designed as functional, ‘‘the fourth is just for decoration – just for fun’’.
Will says he didn’t find the build difficult, because he essentially built his Titanic several times, rethinking and refining as he went, right down to the little details. He opened one of the doors to show us where the lifejackets were. He says Lego is his favourite toy. ‘‘I can put anything together I want.’’ Porirua Toyworld co-owner Alicia Hutchings says they received about 60 entries into the competition.
Lego liner: Will Griffiths’ two passions, Lego and the Titanic, converged to see him crowned local champion in the National Lego Building Competition.