Kids ex­cited to cre­ate toys

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The ex­pres­sions on chil­dren’s faces as box af­ter box of Lego was tipped on to the floor at Toy­world in Porirua last week were price­less.

More than 70 chil­dren aged be­tween 2 and 12 spent a few hours of their school hol­i­days in a creative build­ing com­pe­ti­tion on Thurs­day. The win­ners were not an­nounced un­til af­ter Kapi-mana News went to press, with the big prize of a Nin­jago set to be awarded.

Max We­in­stein had spent the whole day gear­ing up for the com­pe­ti­tion by prac­tis­ing at home, his mum said. Ethan Jones, mean­while, was get­ting into the spirit of the event, us­ing many dif­fer­ent pieces and fig­ures to cre­ate a space sta­tion.

‘‘It’s cool, I en­joy be­ing able to build what I like,’’ he said.

Di­nosaurs, houses, trans­porters, space boats and bat­tle­ships were among the creative en­tries.

Along with school hol­i­day pro­mo­tions, Lego is also hold­ing a na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion to find the best model-builder, with $100 Lego prizes and a fam­ily trip to Le­goland in Cal­i­for­nia up for grabs.

Re­gional sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive An­nie Bai­ley says plenty of kids in 2012 have par­ents who grew up with Lego, so the nov­elty re­mains strong.

‘‘Some­times I see par­ents who are more ex­cited at these com­pe­ti­tions than their chil­dren. I think Lego helps kids be creative and while there are new mod­els that are pop­u­lar, there still seems to be a fo­cus on the loose bricks.’’

For de­tails on the na­tional build­ing com­pe­ti­tion, go to toy­world.co.nz. En­tries close April 30.

Model stu­dent: Ethan Jones, from Ti­tahi Bay, got creative at Toy­world last week.

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