Aaryin Mills-Crockford, the national Lego champion, with his creation Mixed Up Medieval Castle.
Aaryin Mills-Crockford, the national Lego champion, with his creation Mixed Up Medieval Castle. Jay Cronan

Big dream realised in small model

WHEN Mullumbimby nine-year-old Aaryin Mills-Crockford dreams, he dreams in Lego.

The Durrumbul Primary School student’s special talent for creating imaginary Lego worlds has paid off after he won the National Lego Championship.

And if the glory was not enough, he won an all-expenses paid family holiday to Legoland in California, plus $1500 spending money.

Aaryin subscribes to the Lego Club Magazine and that is where he first read about the competition – “build your dream model,” the ad said.

And that is just what Aaryin did.

He worked on his winning entry – a medieval castle complete with drawbridge and a royal court feasting – for five days during school holidays before photographing it and entering it alongside 3000 other young hopefuls.

Aaryin thought he might win $50 worth of Lego, but he never imagined he would be taking his whole family to America to spend four days in Lego heaven.

Aaryin won two heats, which saw him pocket $2000 worth of prize money, before taking out the top honours.

The judges said Aaryin’s castle showed an attention to detail, a high level of originality and imagination, and they were particularly impressed with its working drawbridge.

Aaryin came to the world of Lego quite late in life.

His dad, Toby, bought him his first box of Lego on eBay about three years ago, and for Aaryin it was love at first sight.

“It’s really fun. I loved it straight away,” he said.

And while his mum, Tracie, acknowledges her son’s talent to “dream something then turn it into Lego”, outdoor activities were important too.

“We try to encourage the right balance of the physical and the creative,” she said.

The family will set off for the US in September and are planning on extending their travel to take in some of the country’s other sights.



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