First Lego exhibition coming to Barber Hall
Lego has had a great resurgence since the recent Lego and Star Wars movies. Founded in Denmark in 1932, it has become the biggest selling toy in the world.
A Palmerston North branch of the Wellington Lego User Group (LUG) has been established this year.
They’re so new they’ve yet to hold their first meeting but, in the meantime, they’re having their first Brick Show at the Barber Hall, on Saturday May 21 from 9-5pm and Sunday May 22 from 9-4pm.
Enthusiast and organiser Brian Cook says about 80 tables of Lego models will be on display at the exhibition.
Some models will be built from official Lego sets while others will be created entirely from a person’s imagination.
‘‘These creations can be anything that Lego enables them to do,’’ Brian says.
The subject matter for the official models ranges from Classic Space, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings to more traditional subjects such as Technic, castles and a city populated with trucks, cars, gas stations, people and trains.
Brain explains that the resurgence in interest is partly due to innovative new models being unveiled such as Dr Who and the London landmarks of Big Ben, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Other famous architecture is the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House.
Brian builds MOC – My Own Creation – and his models include a scaled replica of a spaceship from the TV series, Babylon 5, a space launching vehicle and other huge space replicas.
He sees Lego as a creative and relaxing thing to do. ‘‘It’s good for problem solving and great for team building exercises,’’ Brian says.