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.

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