The Movie Genres challenge saw the credits roll on the LEGO MASTERS USA journey for one team. Brick Fanatics catches up with them to find out more about the experience
It is the end of the LEGO MASTERS USA competition for Mannie and Nestor, the father and son who bonded over the LEGO brick each week. In “Movie Genres”, they first had to build a western scene – but when tasked with adding a fantasy element to the build, they struggled to live up to the judges’ expectations.
In this exclusive interview, Mannie and Nestor discuss their LEGO MASTERS experience with Brick Fanatics.
Were you confident going into the LEGO MASTERS auditions?
Mannie: I must say, starting, applying and doing the interviews I did develop a confidence in myself to achieve this and finish what I was signing up too, so it was all a process. Making it on the show, all throughout the show, I was happy and words cannot describe the experience.
How did you prepare for the show?
Mannie: Me and my dad got together as much as possible going through ideas and different techniques that we could use but the show kept us busy every week with different challenges to do that we had to submit. As a father and son we have that relationship and a bond, we get along – so we prepared and helped each other grow to do better and challenge our own selves to do things we never thought possible.
What was it like arriving in the build room for the first time?
Mannie: I remember walking in and my jaw dropping. I have never seen so many LEGO bricks! The minifigure wall was amazing… I was very excited and amazed at being there and being a part of it all.
Nestor: I was very impressed and excited being on LEGO MASTERS with my son, I felt very proud getting the chance to build LEGO creations with my son.
What was the trickiest thing to adjust to when building competitively?
Mannie: Me and my dad agree that the toughest part on every competition was the time limit. So it was taking time out in planning what we were going to build and what pieces to use, then balancing that in building whatever it is we were building… super tricky.
Which was your favourite challenge?
Mannie and Nestor: All of them!
What was the toughest challenge for you?
Mannie and Nestor: The toughest challenge for us was to not lose ourselves and to keep focused on our relationship, in our bond as father and son. It was all about growth for us.
Are there any particular stand-out moments that made you laugh
Mannie: A few times Will Arnett, the host, made jokes on stage – he was the funniest and the best.
What was the best thing about participating in LEGO MASTERS?
Nestor: The best thing about participating in LEGO MASTERS was us experiencing all of it with each other as father and son.
Did you learn anything new, about yourself or about LEGO creativity, through being a part of the show?
Mannie: We learned new things about each other and what we are able to accomplish as a father and son team. We gained new friendships and new knowledge of different LEGO techniques and part usage. We are not camera shy and it was definitely the best and most memorable experience in our lifetime – we are happy we did it together as father and son.
The next episode of LEGO MASTERS will air in FOX in the USA on Wednesday, March 4 at 9.00pm ET/10.00pm PT.
More LEGO MASTERS USA coverage
Episode 1: No elimination
Episode 2: “Space Smash Challenge”
Episode 3: “Cut in Half”
Meet the judges:
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