Brick Fanatics speaks exclusively to Trent and Josh to learn about their journey to the LEGO MASTERS Australia Season 2 final
Coming third in LEGO MASTERS Australia Season 2 is quite the achievement, with Trent and Josh beating out some talented builders to make it all the way to the final.
While their final build came in third, long-time LEGO fans will have enjoyed seeing classic Pirates characters recreated in a larger-than-minifigure-life style, which was this duo’s signature build mode throughout the competition.
In this exclusive interview, Brick Fanatics find out how they made it to the LEGO MASTERS final and what they learned from the unique experience.
What was the trickiest thing to adjust to when building competitively?
Trent: I’d never build LEGO under time pressures before. It had always been a relaxing thing to do. Now, there were lights and cameras everywhere. You could see the other contestants and what they were doing and sometimes that really made you feel really intimidated. Because Brickman gives you feedback mid-build, it could really make you rethink your strategy or story. You learned quickly to think about your work as how to improve it, and this meant having to let go of your ego.
Josh: I’m not one to crack under the pressure of time constraints or all the cameras pointing at us, so for me I think it was trying to figure out exactly what the judge was looking for and how to translate his feedback into a successful build.
Which was your favourite challenge?
Trent: The Star Wars episode was so much fun. As a huge Star Wars fan, building a new Lego spaceship was a dream come true. Also, I loved the second challenge where we got to blow up a movie inspired scene… where the hero walks away from the explosion that goes off behind them, never looking at I – the randomness of that challenge was great.
Josh: I think as a group we always loved the challenges where we knew it wasn’t going to be an elimination. They were always the ones where you could take more risks, enjoy yourself and build with less stress. I particularly loved the explosion challenge though. Blowing up LEGO is something you really can’t do at home, so to be able to do that in the Lego Masters environment and share that experience with all the other contestants was such a thrill.
What was the toughest challenge for you?
Josh: For me the toughest challenge was the semi-final. We were at a point where we were so close to the finale and to fall at the last hurdle would have been very defeating. Nothing really went well for us that build. It took us far too long to come up with a good idea and we weren’t successful in getting some key mechanical elements into the build which I was fully responsible for. I was very concerned we would be going home after that.
Trent: The hanging brick. Everything went wrong. We had no idea how to build from that single hanging Technic brick – I don’t think anyone in the room had ever built like that before.
Are there any particular stand-out moments that made you laugh?
Trent: Lots! There was a moment where everyone was meant to give a ‘gift’ built from LEGO to another team. Jay and Stani sent a rollercoaster, but hidden inside it was a bomb. There was the tower challenge where our tower was shaking and Hamish said something inappropriate and extremely well timed. And there was of course the explosion challenge where the shark took out the bad guy! That was a one in a million shot and it happened – amazing!
Josh: The whole experience is one big laugh if you don’t let the pressure sink too deep. All the people we got to meet and work with were amazing, and the best times were always the fun you had off camera. Just chatting and joking with the host, judge, crew and other contestants behind the scenes made the whole experience so much fun.
What was the best thing about participating in LEGO MASTERS?
Josh: The best thing for me was all the people I got to meet along the way and all the life long friends I have made from the whole experience. They are some truly amazing humans, who are all so different, yet I know will stay connected for along time because of this crazy shared experience we had.
Trent: Without doubt, the friendships I made, both on and off set. That experience we went through bonded us, and we had so much fun together. I will cherish those memories and I can’t wait to catch up with everyone again soon!
Did you learn anything new, about yourself or about LEGO creativity, through being a part of the show?
Trent: I learned that there is so much to be enjoyed from playing, having fun and not taking life too seriously. LEGO gives you endless opportunities to be super creative, so embrace it. I learned that I had probably spent too much time being serious trying to be a grownup… and its better just to be a big kid.
Josh: Being on the show taught me so much about LEGO and what I was truly capable of. I definitely exceeded my own expectations of what I could produce and what Trent and I could collectively put together as a team, given we had only met each other a few days before the competition. I came into it with some confidence but certainly didn’t expect to do as well as we did. I loved that we had some pretty radical ideas and were able to convert them into some truly amazing builds. We did things that I never would have thought were possible.
More LEGO MASTERS Australia coverage
Interview with host Hamish Blake
Interview with judge Ryan McNaught
Episode 11 – The Final
Jackson and Alex
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