BRICKMAN ‘HAMISH’S LEGO SKILLS ARE ON THE RISE’
LEGO MASTERS STARTS SUN. 7PM ON NINE
With kids and parents stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a better time to pull out the LEGO. And if you are looking for some inspiration, you’ll be happy to know the hugely successful series LEGO MASTERS is returning to our screens.
Here, LEGO MASTERS judge Ryan Mcnaught aka Brickman chats to New Idea about what to expect from this season…
Did you expect the show to be so popular?
It’s funny you say that, I have worked with LEGO for a very long time so I have always known how popular it was, but what I didn’t know was how it
“I AM VERY LUCKY WORKING WITH HAMISH BLAKE … WE ARE ALWAYS HAVING A LAUGH”
would translate to television.
But it was refreshing to see that people could enjoy it and see it for what it is, which is a lot of fun.
Why come back for another season?
First off, we obviously had an absolute blast making it and we have never laughed so hard in our lives. Secondly, I almost felt compelled to do it because with LEGO every time you make it there’s always a different result, so seeing what the contestants will do in new and interesting ways is amazing.
You and Hamish Blake have a great rapport. Was it just like picking up things with an old pal when you came back for this season?
It pretty much was, I mean having got to know Hamish and vice versa, we hung out in the off season and we did a bit of stuff together here and there, so it was just a natural progression and it felt good to be back.
I am very lucky working with Hamish Blake. It’s very easy to be relaxed on set, because we are always having a laugh.
Have Hamish’s LEGO skills improved since last season?
They probably have. It’s funny; he had his birthday during filming last year, so we got him some LEGO to build, which he successfully completed without too much trouble. So, I think his skills are on the rise.
How do your sons feel about seeing their dad on TV?
They are like, “Dad you are so lame” or like “why would you say that” or “you picked the wrong team dad”. But that’s normal for fathers and kids, I guess [laughs].
Are your sons also very into LEGO?
I mean, they are; they love LEGO. Particularly at the moment given we are all stuck at home, they are getting into their LEGO a bit more.
What do you think is the most impressive thing you have ever made out of LEGO bricks?
Many years ago, I made the Roman Colosseum out of LEGO and it was really tricky because LEGO bricks are square and rectangular and of course the Colosseum is oval shaped. Making something oval out of square and rectangle bricks is really tricky, so it’s probably that one.