Brick Show lets Lego fans unleash their creativity
Forget ‘just another brick in the wall’ – Lego is about so much more. Forty Lego aficionados had their talents on display in the Barber Hall at the weekend for Palmerston North’s first Brick Show
Elaborate constructions of everything from spaceships to a marae kept the crowd of more than 3500 Lego nuts happy.
Event spokesman Dylan Thomsen says the event was devised by Lego lovers who simply wanted to share their passion and check out the creative ideas that other people had come up with.
There were people taking part, he says, who had been collecting Lego for decades.
Only a few New Zealand cities had so far held Brick Shows, but their popularity ensures they will become regular events around the country.
Exhibitor Frank Avere from Horowhenua was one of those. Frank’s ghost train packed with Lego figures of popular characters from TV and movies, which ran between an intricately detailed mansion and pirate shanty town, was one of the most popular exhibits.
When he hit a button smoke would billow from the train, much to the delight of anyone passing by.
While there were all kinds of official sets on display, most attention was paid to the original creations or MOCs – Legospeak for My Own Creations – such as the ghost train and Frank’s scale model of a marae.
‘‘That’s what Lego is about, being able to create anything,’’ he says.
‘‘That marae is unique, people seemed truly amazed by it. I even got to display it at the Festival of Elements in Porirua [on Waitangi Day].’’
Another model that attracted attention was a lay-out of Palmerston North’s Square, including the clock tower.
Another popular place to be was the Lego pit – an area full of Lego pieces where kids of all ages could construct their own creations.
Organiser and exhibitor Brian Cook says proceeds from the expo are to be donated to Kids Can and Arohanui Hospice.
The hands-on play area at the Palmerston north Brick show over the weekend proved a happy place for many.