Manawatu Lego lovers set up for Brick Show

Manawatu Lego lovers set up for Brick Show

Monday, May 23, 2016

A group of Lego lovers painstakingly set up intricate displays in Barber Hall on Friday in preparation for the first
Palmerston North Brick Show.

Almost every kind of Lego theme will be represented from Star Wars and Batman to classic sets and people's own
creations.

Event spokesman Dylan Thomsen said proceeds from the event will be donated to Kids Can and Arohanui
Hospice.

The Brick Show is run by the city's newlyestablished branch of the Wellington Lego User Group, and will have 40
exhibitors with over 60 tables of displays.

Thomsen said the whole thing was down to a bunch of local lego lovers wanting to share their passion and check
out what other people could come up with.

There were people taking part in the event who had been collecting Lego for decades, he said.

"Some had to hire a truck just to get their Lego here."

The majority of the displays were built at home, but some people were putting the pieces together in the hall on
Friday.

"When you've built it at home the trick is not to break it on the way in. It's a nerveracking
drive, especially if you're coming from Wellington, keeping it nice and smooth, slow and steady."

While most of the Lego enthusiasts came from the city, Manawatu, Horowhenua and Wellington, Michael Howell
has driven from Auckland.

"The guys running this show came up and supported us in Auckland, it's only fair to return the favour," he said
His Lego replica of the Batcave came out a bit bigger than he first intended. He had to separate it into three pieces
to get it out of the house.

Howell's Batcave has two levels, with a stately Wayne Manor on top, and he estimated there were 3040,000
Lego pieces used.

It ended up taking him 10 months to complete.

"My wife won't let me build there anymore."