LEGO MASTERS USA Season 1 Episode 5: The exit interview

Putting together a ‘Mega City Block’ isn’t easy, as one building team found out in LEGO MASTERS USA Episode 5 – Brick Fanatics speaks to the eliminated pair

As LEGO MASTERS USA continues, more talented builders are sent home. “Mega City Block” saw each pair build a city block, with Krystle and Amie building a cyberpunk city section to be proud of. When the twist came though, they struggled to impress the judges and were sent home.

Krystle and Amie answered questions from Brick Fanatics about what it was like to participate in LEGO MASTERS and what it was like to be building competitively against the clock.

Were you confident going into the LEGO MASTERS auditions?

Amie: LEGO MASTERS found me through my Tesla chip implant hack and saw my Twitter profile picture was of me wearing LEGO cosplay armor. I originally said no four times, before I finally told Krystle, “hey… you’re doing this LEGO show thing with me!”

Krystle: I honestly didn’t think they would take Amie and I for many reasons. I was asked by two other friends and told them if they want to win they should ask someone better. Then Amie told me I was going to be her partner – she didn’t ask and I couldn’t say no to that cute face.

How did you prepare for the show?

Amie: With little to no sleep [laughs]. Being the first season of a show is always a challenge. We’re the test group and have no idea what to expect going in. Krystle and I went to our local LEGO Store daily before we left for filming and we also used this magical place called ‘The Internet’ to research and practice build techniques.

Krystle: We spent thousands of dollars on sets to build for practice. It was starting to get out of hand. My house is bursting with bricks!

What was it like arriving in the build room for the first time?

Amie: Is this just a fantasy LEGO dream or real life? There were so many bricks that were presorted by brick and colour.

Krystle: Unreal. I wish I had brick babes to sort my bricks at home. That was by far the best part of being on the show.

What was the trickiest thing to adjust to when building competitively?

Amie: Time, I tend to over engineer a lot of my projects and spend time planning, researching and sourcing parts. Budgeting your time and interpreting what the Brickmasters are looking for is tough with no internet, so reference photos… it’s all in your head.

Krystle: When you build at home you are typically under no pressure and can take as much time as needed. You can use Google search to see photos of things you would like to replicate. Not on LEGO MASTERS… no internet, no photos, no phone… oh and you only have a few hours to get it done! If you’re feeling sick that day… better toughen up kid, or you’re going home.

Which was your favourite challenge?

Amie: Blowing stuff up and breaking your build on purpose is not something you get to do every day – welcome to our lives on LEGO MASTERS. With the help of LEGO Batman himself we smashed, dropped and had a controlled pyro tech help us destroy our build in the most glorious ways possible with high definition slow motion cameras to catch every flying brick.

What was the toughest challenge for you?

Amie: The half and half challenge.

Krystle: The half and half was by far the hardest thing for us.

Are there any particular stand-out moments that made you laugh?

Amie: Will always did his best to make us laugh, telling dad jokes and with his terrible computer robot voice.

Krystle: Boone’s singing always got me. Flynn and Richard always made me laugh when I was feeling low or missing home. Amie and I started making our own language with our facial expressions, hopefully you can see some of those on the show.

What was the best thing about participating in LEGO MASTERS?

Amie: Having Krystle as a build partner. She was my balance in this chaos system, and I don’t think I could have done 18 hours a day building LEGO, in cosplay and running around the brick pit without her. Also all of the other contestants were amazing and supportive, hanging out with LEGO Batman all day wasn’t so bad either (don’t tell Will Arnett I said that).

It really felt like we were at LEGO MASTERS summer camp. Plus we had a team that picked up our bricks and sorted them by piece and color. We often joked that we would be calling them in a few months to come sort our bricks at home – they spoiled us.

Krystle: The people, the cast was absolutely incredible. Amie and I were friends before the show, but now we are closer than ever. She taught me so much about myself as not only a human, but as an artist. She took amazing care of me throughout each day. I am awful with emails and being on set we surprisingly use email often. She is my cyborg companion who helps me in this digital world.

Did you learn anything new, about yourself or about LEGO creativity, through being a part of the show?

Amie: If you want it, you’ll find a way and not an excuse. Trusting your partner through your builds, communicating and supporting each other means you can build anything.

Krystle: I learned a great deal of new building techniques and storytelling, but I believe I learned more about myself and my limits.

The next episode of LEGO MASTERS will air in FOX in the USA on Wednesday, March 11 at 9.00pm ET/10.00pm PT.

More LEGO MASTERS USA coverage

LEGO MASTERS: The road to the USA

Episode reviews:
Episode 1: “Dream Park Theme Park”
Episode 2: “Space Smash Challenge”
Episode 3: “Cut in Half”
Episode 4: “Movie Genres”

Exit interviews:
Episode 1: No elimination
Episode 2: “Space Smash Challenge”
Episode 3: “Cut in Half”
Episode 4: “Movie Genres”

Meet the judges:
Jamie Berard
Amy Corbett

Meet the contestants:
Sam and Jessica
Krystle and Amie
Mel and Jermaine
Flynn and Richard
Boone and Mark
Manny and Nestor
Travis and Corey
Tyler and Amy
Jessie and Kara
Christian and Aaron

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Graham

Graham is the Editor of BrickFanatics.com, with plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. If you would like to get involved with Brick Fanatics, as a builder, writer or photographer – then please contact Graham at graham@brickfanatics.com.

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