LEGO MASTERS USA Season 1 Episode 7: The exit interview

As it is the end of the LEGO MASTERS USA story for one building duo, Brick Fanatics catches up with the latest team to hand in their minifigures

While they managed to craft a storybook build with moving characters and a suitably scary villain, it was not enough to keep Flynn and Richard in the LEGO MASTERS USA competition. The married couple have put plenty of passion into their builds throughout the series.

In an exclusive interview, Brick Fanatics speaks to Flynn and Richard about the LEGO MASTERS highs and lows.

Were you confident going into the LEGO MASTERS auditions?

Richard: I would say I was optimistic going into auditions, but confident might be too strong of a word. I did feel we had a lot to bring and had a good chance.

Flynn: I was very nervous but I felt like we had a pretty good chance. We have won a few awards in the past and people really seemed to enjoy our work.

How did you prepare for the show?

Richard: I built and memorised lots of mechanical assemblies and truss structures. We also did some timed building, I worked several nights on my assembly speed. We also learned the Powered Up system.

Flynn: We did some timed builds at home and I definitely studied some different techniques than I would normally use.

What was it like arriving in the Build Room for the first time?

Richard: I had been thinking about it for so long. Seeing the Brick Pit was outrageous. So many bricks! As a theatrical lighting designer I was awestruck by the lighting design and rigging for the sound stage. The build room was just glowing with amazing LED lighting.

Flynn: It was amazing. I couldn’t believe there was so much to work with It really made me wish I had one at home with that much room and that many bricks.

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

Richard: The clock. The giant looming countdown clock. We take as much as six months to build our big MOCS so having eight, ten or even fourteen hours on a build is so short! And… they wanted us to build big. So that was definitely a balancing act.

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Which was your favourite challenge?

Richard: I enjoyed the half and half challenge the most, but the movie challenge was really inspiring too.

Flynn: I really loved doing the half and half challenge and the Mega City build.

What was the toughest challenge for you?

Flynn: I think the destruction challenge would have to be the most stressful. That one was really hard.

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

Richard: My favorite funny moment was with Will Arnett. I don’t usually fan out but he was with us at our build table and I asked him if he would say “I’m Batman”. He said he couldn’t say it on camera, but would I go down under the build table out of sight. We knelt down and he looked right at me and said in his great, deep voice, “I’m Batman.” It was hilarious and awesome!

What was the best thing about participating in LEGO MASTERS?

Richard: My favourite thing about participating was that I got to make art with nearly unlimited bricks every day all day with my husband, and surrounded by other wonderful talented artists. That is one of my favourite things ever.

Flynn: For me it was being able to create in a supportive environment with other artists and get feedback from professional LEGO designers. The other big takeaway for me was the friendships and bonds we made with the other cast members. We have a LEGO MASTERS family for life.

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

Richard: I learned that I can trust myself creatively and technically under great time pressure. I was intimidated by the clock but managed to always have an idea, and if I did not Flynn would. We built things in hours that would normally take weeks.

Flynn: I learned that I can build faster than I ever thought I could. It definitely taught me to design on my feet! Through experiencing the other contestant’s work, I learned that LEGO building can be taken so much further and truly is a serious art medium.

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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