LEGO MASTERS USA Season 1 Episode 7 “Storybook” review

Children turn up to give the LEGO MASTERS USA challengers a story to build as Nicole Byer drops in to see how the builds are coming together

This week’s episode of LEGO MASTERS USA sees the children get involved, as the remaining teams must build something that lives up to the imaginative story concocted by a panel of pint-sized brick fanatics. Whoever can best capture the story that the little people come up with will win the round, while the last place team will be leaving the LEGO competition.

“Storybook” also features a special guest appearance by Nailed It! host Nicole Byer. She has some fun upstaging Will Arnett, as the series host continues to plough a thoroughly post-modern route through the tradition of televised contest hosting.

Spoilers for LEGO MASTERS Episode 7 ahead.

One of the things that can make LEGO MASTERS USA hard to follow, in terms of how well the teams are doing comparatively, is that each pair of builders comes up with a different concept for each challenge. In this case though, the parameters are much tighter, and each duo is building the exact same story. While that changes following the twist, everyone has a sense of the teams who are succeeding and who is falling short.

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The children are great fun as they enthusiastically enter the show and come up with some wonderful ideas for the story that the builders will be working from. Will Arnett is on great form when interacting with them at the beginning, using his persona to bring intelligent comedy to the show. It is a relief when Tyler and Amy announce their big news, as at one point there seemed to be a danger that they were planning to kidnap one or more of the kids.

While Christian and Aaron’s build is indeed a bit messy, they get some harsh words from the judges that seems slightly excessive. Boone and Mark produce a great model, although the criticism of their space management is legitimate – that they manage to incorporate the twist aspects so successfully is impressive.

Tyler and Amy really do put something awesome together this week, with their clear display of characters working really well on the three platform stand they put together. While the judges choose their build over Sam and Jessica’s, the latter has a bit more style – the touch of having the creature lurking in the trash can is executed really effectively.

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It really is time that Flynn and Richard go home, unfortunately, as their building ability is not quite at the same level as everyone else remaining in the tournament. They have been great fun to watch, wearing their hearts on their sleeve, but despite their build being competent, it was not up the standard of the other models.

With the next week promising collaborations between teams, things could get very interesting indeed – there has been friction within build pairs at times, so changing the dynamic could lead to that escalating. Or everyone might just get along as the contest enters its final stages.

The next episode of LEGO MASTERS will air in FOX in the USA on Wednesday, March 25 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”
Episode 5: “Mega City Block”
Episode 6: “Need for Speed/Super-Bridges”

Exit interviews:
Episode 1: No elimination
Episode 2: “Space Smash Challenge”
Episode 3: “Cut in half”
Episode 4: “Movie Genres”
Episode 5: “Mega City Block”
Episode 6: “Need for Speed/Super-Bridges”

Meet the judges:
Jamie Berard
Amy Corbett

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

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