1. BRICK FEST

The Tribune (NZ) - - WELCOME -

The Bar­ber Hall be­comes an Aladdin’s Cave of Lego this Satur­day and Sun­day for the city’s first Lego Brick­show.

Fol­low the yel­low brick road? Colour doesn’t re­ally cut it in this case. These small plas­tic bricks come in any shade. Brian Cook, or­gan­iser of Manawatu’s first Lego Brick­show reck­ons lo­cal Lego lovers won’t ever have seen bricks like it.

Forty ex­cep­tional Lego builders will be dis­play­ing their tal­ents this week­end in the Bar­ber Hall for Palmer­ston North’s first Lego Brick­show. For Brian, the stars of the show will be the unique ‘My Own Cre­ations’ (or MOCs in Lego lingo) where builders let their imag­i­na­tion run wild and con­struct mind-blow­ing cre­ations.

Builders can spend months putting these MOCs to­gether and the show this will in­clude space ships, marae, haunted houses, and build­ings that turn the small plas­tic bricks into works of art.

‘‘Peo­ple who come to the show are go­ing to see Lego like they never have be­fore. From kids to adults, whether you are into themes like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings or unique cre­ations, any­one with an in­ter­est in Lego will find things to amaze them.’’

Only a few New Zealand ci­ties have hosted Lego shows be­fore. Last year Welling­ton’s first show at­tracted more than 8000 peo­ple.

The ex­hibitors are mainly Lego fa­nat­ics from the wider Manawatu and Welling­ton re­gion, who range in age from young chil­dren to peo­ple that have been col­lect­ing for decades.

Frank Avares from Waikawa Beach in Horowhenua can re­mem­ber his fam­ily bring­ing in sets from the UK in the 1960s when it was vir­tu­ally un­known in New Zealand. For Frank it is the cre­ativ­ity, va­ri­ety and qual­ity of Lego that is the key to its ap­peal, and he has passed his life-long pas­sion on to his daugh­ter.

‘‘She had no choice but to be into it,’’ he says.

One of the cre­ations he will be ex­hibit­ing is a haunted house – com­plete with smoke ma­chine.

Along with the dis­plays, there will also be a Lego pit full of pieces where kids can build their own cre­ations.

Spon­sored by Toy­world, the Lego Brick­show, open in the Bar­ber Hall from 9am – 5pm on Satur­day and 9am – 4pm on Sun­day, will be rais­ing money for Kids Can and Aro­hanui Hos­pice. En­try is $2 per per­son and free for chil­dren un­der 3.

Horowhenua Lego lovers Frank Averes, his daugh­ter An­to­nia, 13, and Tane Thom­sen, 6, will be among the ex­hibitors at Manawatu’s first Lego Brick­show.

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