Brick Fanatics is speaking to the LEGO MASTERS Australia Season 2 contestants to find out more about them and their passion for the hobby. LEGO fans Jennifer and Jodie reveal how their journey led to the ultimate brick contest
LEGO MASTERS Australia is about to return with Season 2, with eight teams ready to compete to see who will be crowned brick-building champions and win the $100,000 prize. Each episode will see the LEGO builders taking on new challenges to show off their creativity.
In this exclusive interview, Brick Fanatics finds out more about Jennifer and Jodie.
What is your LEGO background?
Jen: We couldn’t really afford much LEGO growing up so much of what we had was second hand or passed down, so we had a very eclectic collection. This meant that you had to be more creative and work with what you had!
I probably then had a dark age while I was in high school and during my undergraduate degree at uni, but then I started getting back into minifigures and usually had a small collection on my work desk, which moved with me over the years through different jobs. Getting into larger Creator Experts sets taught me a lot about different technical skills.
Jodie: I had LEGO as a child but then stopped in primary school, I got back into LEGO as an adult when I had my own children – it was my eldest son’s obsession, he has autism, so that’s why I got back into it.
What are your favourite types of models to build? Where do you do your building?
Jodie: I like to create my own MOCs – I love the freedom and I build wherever there is a spare space.
Jen: At the moment my LEGO building happens on the work desk when I need a bit of chill time or on the kitchen table. I love building trees and natural things as well as pirate-themed builds and ships, so my favourite thing to build is pirate ship tree houses!
Do you collect LEGO sets and/or bricks?
Jen: I like to collect Creator
Expert and Ideas sets. Ideas sets are often unique or feature some of my pop
culture favs and I love architecture, so the Architecture series or the landmark
sets like Sydney Opera House and London Bridge. And of course lots of minifigures.
Jodie: I collect parts from Bricklink, but not sets.
Do you have any other creative hobbies?
Jen: I have been knitting furiously since I was six years old, sometimes I even knit LEGO bricks. I also like crafting things from recycled materials, “Jengineering” them into new objects. Sometimes I write things and sometimes I do science experiments in my kitchen.
Jodie: I like to draw, paint and make dreamcatchers.
Were you confident going into the LEGO MASTERS auditions?
Jen: Not very confident at all, I love building LEGO and I love having fun so I went into the audition just to play LEGO and have fun really, I never thought I’d make it onto the actual show so it all seemed like a dream.
Jodie: No, I was terrified!
How did you prepare for the show?
Jen: Yikes, I didn’t prepare as much as I should have. Most of my preparation before the show went into rearranging my life for filming, in hindsight some building time in there would have been really handy. I wish I learnt how to use Technic before the show.
Jodie: I didn’t know what to expect so I tried a few different techniques at home first.
What was it like stepping into the build room for the first time?
Jen: Surreal! The first time we were allowed into the brick pit was like seeing the inside of my brain on the outside, all that colour and enthusiasm as we burst into the room!
Jodie: It was a pinch myself moment, it felt so surreal, but incredibly exciting.
The second episode of LEGO MASTERS Season 2 will air on Nine in Australia on Monday, April 20 at 7.30pm.