Brick Show lets Lego fans un­leash their cre­ativ­ity

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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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

The hands-on play area at the Palmer­ston north Brick show over the week­end proved a happy place for many.

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