Pas­sion pays off

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

‘‘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.

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