Lego cre­ations large and small en­thrall

Manawatu Standard - - NEWS - KIRSTY LAWRENCE

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.

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