Brick Fanatics is speaking to the LEGO MASTERS USA contestants to find out more about them and their passion for the hobby. Christian reveals his LEGO experience that led to him teaming up with Aaron for the brick-building contest
LEGO MASTERS USA is about to begin. Some of the best builders in the US are competing to see who will receive the title of LEGO MASTERS as they face tough challenges that will push their building ability to the limit.
Brick Fanatics is speaking to the builders who have their sights on the ultimate LEGO prize to get to know them better. Christian and Aaron are known as ‘Clark Kent and Superman’ in the competition.
Unfortunately, Christian was unavailable for interview, but according to the press materials he is an army sergeant who enjoys building vehicles.
In this exclusive interview, Aaron reveals that he was lucky enough to avoid a dark age and that he keeps his modular buildings intact.
What is your LEGO background?
Aaron: I’ve been building with LEGO as long as I can remember. I’m a tactile and spatial person; unsurprisingly, LEGO has always been something I felt a real connection with. Like many folks, I began with DUPLO bricks as a toddler, and moved on to LEGO when I was old enough to not put them in my mouth!
As for a dark age, while I kept my hobby private for a few years in adolescence, I’ve never actually stopped building… if anything, my passion for LEGO has only grown over time.
What are your favourite types of models to build? Where do you do your building?
Aaron: I love to build all sorts of things, from fantasy creatures to famous characters, from architectural replicas to collections of minifigures… whatever strikes my fancy, really. I build from a home studio in my apartment, complete with industrial shelves for my parts, an electric standing desk, and lots of meticulously-sorted elements. It’s my happy place.
Do you collect LEGO sets and/or bricks?
Aaron: Most of my LEGO purchases happen through BrickLink, so I guess I’d say parts. If I buy a set, it’s usually for its useful pieces more than the finished model it produces. I’ll always build a new set when I get it—it’s fun, and a learning experience to get in the mind of another designer — but then usually scrap it afterwards. Some of the only sets spared this treatment are my modular buildings.
Do you have any other creative hobbies?
Aaron: I went to school for musical theatre actually, but that passion of mine has taken a definite backseat to my LEGO obsession. I’ll occasionally design a t-shirt for myself and my family, too.
LEGO MASTERS will premiere on Fox in the USA on Wednesday, February 5 at 9.00pm ET/10.00pm PT.
More LEGO MASTERS USA coverage
Episode 1: No elimination
Episode 2: “Space Smash Challenge”
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