1. BRICK FEST
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.