The Brick Man Experience is billed as Australia’s biggest exhibition of Lego works and there is indeed an array of impressive constructions on show. Held under a big top tent at Perth’s new Elizabeth Quay development it is an event that kids of all ages were clambering to get a ticket to.
Primary builder Ryan McNaught and his team have put together a range of individual displays presenting not only McNaught’s skill and technique in the build but also his amazing imagination in Lego dreamscapes. There are cruise liners and pirate ships, over-sized helicopters and alien inspired airports, fantastic animals, a Colosseum, James Bond portraits, the world’s largest Lego begonia flower and much much more, all collectively assembled from over 5 million Lego bricks with most presented in a bustling scene frozen in time. One of my favourite creations is the extremely impressive 50,000 piece 1961 Ferrari 250 GT as seen in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
It is not just the pre-built displays on offer however. The Brick Man Experience also features interactive kids zones where inspired young builders can realise their own creations and a Lego Movie photo throne in which to record your visit. There is an offer to contribute to the build of an over-sized Lego mosaic and also a challenge to find green astronauts hidden throughout the displays which keeps kids of all ages easily amused for the 90 minute walkthrough.
Ryan McNaught is one of only thirteen Lego certified build professionals in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. The skill of his constructs showcase the reason why he was selected by the multi-generational kids toy manufacturer to promote their product and no doubt has kick-started the ambition of many young Australian Lego enthusiasts to try and replicate his successes, and indeed passion for, the small plastic brick in the future. Just a word of warning however beware the gift shop at the exit. It will prove hard to escape.
The Brick Man Experience will be showcasing in Perth in April 2016. See ticketmaster.com.au for tickets.