Lego creations large and small enthrall
There was something for big and little kids at the Lego exhibition with thousands pouring through the door to eye the plastic pastime in its large–scale glory.
The show at Barber Hall attracted more than 4000 people over the weekend to study the toy building blocks in both massive and minute detail.
Gwynne Coralde-mata and her daughter Sienna Coralde-mata, 6, headed along as Sienna was a big Lego fan. It was their first year attending the event and Coraldemata said they were enjoying it.
‘‘I didn’t expect there would be this much variety of Lego.’’
Event organiser Chris Lepper said they were really happy with how the weekend went.
This was the second year in a row the display had been held in Palmerston North, and the fifth show the Wellington-based Legogroup, Well-lug, had organised.
He said venue staff had told them the show had the highest turnout of any event hosted at the hall in 2016, leading to the show taking a second room.
With more space they were able to show more builds and have a larger play area for kids.
Lepper believed Lego was so popular because it appealed to both young and old. That it was a creative outlet was a bonus.
Brydon Broadley had exhibitions on display including a driveable Lego digger. He got back into Lego about three years ago when his mum fell ill and they were working out what to do with their childhood possessions.
‘‘We went back and made up all our own sets and I got the bug.’’
His mum came to the Lego show in 2016 and he promised her he would make a display the following year.
‘‘She passed away last year in October, so it’s quite emotional being here for this.’’
Money raised from the exhibition would go towards food charity Just Zilch.