PLANNING: Jaylah, 7, and McKenzie, 5, Olivieri, of Richmond Hill, enjoy the Lego Challenge at the Lismore Square over the school holidays.
PLANNING: Jaylah, 7, and McKenzie, 5, Olivieri, of Richmond Hill, enjoy the Lego Challenge at the Lismore Square over the school holidays. Marc Stapelberg

Smiling Lego battlers

THERE will be some furious Lego building at Lismore Shopping Square this week as 120 contestants battle it out in 20-minute sessions to create the most stunning fabrications.

Four heats will take place each day, with customers between the age of 3 and 14 getting their hands on 3500 pieces of Lego, their own board and the chance to win glory and some major Lego prizes.

Northcoast Productions manager Simon Griffiths said anyone could enter for free and it was really about having fun.

“The creativity never ceases to amaze me as there is always something new,” he said.

“One year we had a finalist create a full-size Darth Vader mask, and last week we had something completely new – a dancing strawberry.

“Girls and boys compete equally and it’s anyone’s guess who’s going to make it into the finals.”

The finals on Saturday will consist of 20 participants from the 3-7 age group and 20 participants from the 8-14 age group, all of whom have been triumphant during the week’s heats.

Mr Griffiths calculated that over the 20 years of running the Lego challenge, they would have seen 100,000 children put their creative minds to work, which roughly calculates to one million fingers trawling through the coloured blocks.

But fear not – all children get a dose of hand sanitiser before entering the building area.

There will be $800 worth of prizes handed out during the week and $100 creator sets for the final.

And when it comes to Lego, Mr Griffiths is no idle bystander.

His favourite thing to build is rocket engines and they have occasionally become four foot monoliths.



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