Awesome: Lego loving dad chases the coolest job in the world
MEET the 38-year-old father-of-three whose passion for Lego could land him one of the coolest jobs in Australia.
Pacific Paradise's Troy Firth has applied for the job of Lego master builder at Melbourne's Legoland Discovery Centre.
If he's successful, the former IGA employee will be able to indulge his passion that has become so consuming it's seen his car booted outside to make room for his enviable collection in the garage.
Mr Firth loved Lego as a kid, but it was when his former partner bought him a set a decade ago that he realised there really is no age limit to enjoying the brightly-coloured Danish blocks.
He resigned from his job at the IGA last week and while he has applied for other casual work, everything will be awesome if he lands the job with Lego.
The new Discovery Centre inside Chadstone shopping centre will provide the ultimate indoor Lego playground when it opens in April with more than two million bricks.
There will also be an interactive Lego laser ride, a Merlin's Apprentice ride and a 4D cinema.
The Master Model Builder will get to live in their "special Master Model Builder studio" next to the attraction's creative workshop.
This will be a jump up from the double shed in Mr Firth's backyard that houses his Lego collection, which has an estimated value equal to the deposit on a small home.
"It is worth about $20,000," Mr Firth said.
While Mr Firth's six-year-old son is "starting to get into Lego", dad's impressive collection is for adult's only.
"He is allowed to look and when he comes in it is just 'wow' - I've got nearly everything," he said.
Unlike "Lord Business" in the Lego movie (played by Will Ferrell), Mr Firth does not use glue (or kragle) to put his pieces together permanently.
But he does love building towns and public places and also has three working trains and two planes.
Mr Firth saw the application for Lego Master Builder on Facebook and included a photo of his collection with his application.
Within days, Lego contacted him eager for more details.
Mr Firth said anyone could enjoy Lego.
"I'm 38 and I love it. All my mates come and see my collection and can't believe.
"They call me the Lego Picasso. It's not just about building Lego, it's like town planning."
He is not sure what the job of Lego Master Builder would pay, but is thrilled it would include "free tickets to Lego exhibitions".
"To be paid to do your hobby couldn't be better," he said.
Mr Firth will have to have to compete against other Lego enthusiasts from across the country for the job.
The top 100 most talented applicants will be invited to take part in the Brickfactor Challenge held at Chadstone on February 11 and 1, with the winner crowned the Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne Master Model Builder.
The builder will get to develop new features at Legoland and share their special building skills and techniques with thousands of children and families visiting the centre.
Applications for the job are still being taken at www.merlincareers.com.au .