Brick Fanatics speaks to the latest LEGO MASTERS Australia team to leave the show, who couldn’t ignite their artistic spark
After becoming known as the kings of towers, Jay and Stani faced a LEGO MASTERS Australia challenge that stretched them too far. After being asked to build a piece of artwork that went beyond the frame, they did not master the brief to Ryan “Brickman” McNaught’s satisfaction and were sent home.
To mark the end of their LEGO adventure, Jay and Stani exclusively speak to Brick Fanatics about mastering tall towers, creating microscale masterpieces and showing off their LEGO building skills on national television.
What was the trickiest thing to adjust to when building competitively?
Jay: Coming up
with great ideas on the spot. Ideas sometimes come instantly, which is great,
but others are a struggle when under pressure.
Stani: For me it was the cameras and having them over your shoulder, which was something I’ve obviously never had before. And having a timer, working to the clock added a lot more pressure.
Which was your favourite challenge?
Stani: My favourite challenge would have to be the tallest tower because it was fun just playing around like a kid and there was no theme to stick to, it was just stacking bricks .
Jay: Well the tallest tower was super fun. But I think it ended up being the hanging brick, I got to build micro and all of the detail came out great.
What was the toughest challenge for you?
Jay: It would have to be 3D art.
Stani: The toughest challenge was definitely the 3D art because I’ve never been the artistic type.
Are there any particular stand-out moments that made you laugh?
Stani: Watching Andrew and Damian build their pink castle for the fairy tale build. They didn’t want to get sad blowing up something they loved so they made something they didn’t care about but then ended up loving it anyway.
Jay: Well the shark incident was pretty funny – and a good Brick Pit run collision is always entertaining.
What was the best thing about participating in LEGO MASTERS?
Jay: Getting to spend time with Stani building LEGO and really test ourselves to see what we could do.
Stani: Making life long friends and being on set with Hamish and Brickman. Oh, and getting to play in the Brick Pit.
Did you learn anything new, about yourself or about LEGO creativity, through being a part of the show?
Stani: I found myself gaining more self-confidence, which I didn’t think would happen. I also learnt different styles in LEGO building.
The next episode of LEGO MASTERS airs on Nine at 7.30pm, May 4.
More LEGO MASTERS Australia coverage
Interview with host Hamish Blake
Interview with judge Ryan McNaught
Meet the contestants
Summer and Iona
Jackson and Alex
Trent and Josh
Jay and Stani
Jennifer and Jodie
Tim and Danii
Andrew and Damian
Annie and Runa