Brick Fanatics is speaking to the LEGO MASTERS USA contestants to find out more about them and their passion for the hobby. Krystle and Amie reveal that their creative talents go way beyond the brick
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. In this exclusive interview, Krystle and Amie – with their team name of ‘The Unicorns’ – explain how they inspire one another when it comes to LEGO building.
What is your LEGO background?
Amie: LEGO has always been my relaxing therapy and a way to figure out problems and different ways to use bricks. It’s been a communication tool. My mother homeschooled me and my brothers, she used LEGO throughout our childhood. I have videos of me explaining how to engineer a bridge with LEGO when I was three years old. I started using LEGO to build costume wearable pieces with gears and motors with LEGO Mindstorms EV3.
Krystle: My first encounter was with a hand me down bag of bricks from my cousin. The bag was filled with odds and ends from Pirates and Islander sets, my favourite pieces were the monkey and palm trees. My first real set in a nice new box was LEGO system 5988 [The Temple of Anubis], I still have it erected in my toy room.
My dark ages were through college… I was honestly kind of embarrassed to be a grown woman playing with bricks. A few years ago I started spending a large part of my cheques on new boxes of LEGO – then I met Amie… She is an enabler!
What are your favourite models to build? Where do you do your building?
Amie: Wearable LEGO pieces, from cosplay armour to props and LEGO Mindstorm EV3 wings. For LEGO MOC (my own creation) builds that have to stay on the table, I love cyberpunk with neon lights and anything unicorn. I have a workshop at my house full of 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, electronics and LEGO.
I also have a few travel cases that I take when I go to Krystle’s house to build, we have tables, but somehow we end up on the floor sorting or getting so excited about the bricks we found or a piece we are building. It’s so amazing to have a LEGO unicorn friend to build with.
Krystle: I like using LEGO in art, but my jam is making tree houses. I loved them as a kid and still love making mini versions as an adult.
Do you collect LEGO sets and/or bricks?
Amie: My wallet wishes I didn’t! I collect so many sets, Monster Fighters, Indiana Jones, Hidden Side, Harry Potter, Scooby Doo, Friends, The LEGO Movie and NINJAGO sets.
Krystle: Both – I was always more of a set girl, but after the show I have probably bought more than 100 lbs (45kg) of brick! After being in the brick pit with 3.3 million bricks, this girl’s LEGO room just wasn’t the same…
Do you have any other creative hobbies?
Amie: 3D printing, cosplay, PCB and electronics, hardware hacking and body hacking. I’m an active advocate for girls in STEM education and have funded and created a scholarship for girls in technology through the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, Texas.
Krystle: I’m into everything! I travel, cosplay, write comic books – I have one coming out this year), video blogger, singer/songwriter… a jack of all trades. I also volunteer with special needs students and hope to create an educational video game for them this year.
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