Lego buff aiming for world record

Lego enthusiast Lilly Sargent (5) at last year's Invercargill Brick Show. Photo: File

A WORLD record attempt, 86 individual builders’ creations and a world-class exhibit – this year’s Invercargill Brick Show at ILT Stadium Southland this weekend, promises to enthral and excite.

LUG South secretary Gavan Evans said exhibitors from Wellington, Nelson, Dunedin and Invercargill would be showcasing their extraordinary builds.

“We’re squeezing them all in.”

The youngest exhibitor was 6 years old and the oldest, well Mr Evans didn’t want to take a guess at their age.

An exhibitor from Wellington would be displaying replicas of trains from the Lumsden Railway Heritage Trust – all made out of bricks.

There would be a mosaic featuring a famous actor as well as Mr Evan’s own creation, the world record attempt at the highest Lego spiral working train tower.

“The previous record is 2.8 metres tall with 22 revolutions or spirals and mine will be 3.25m tall with 25 spirals.”

While confident it would work, the full structure would not be put together until Friday when the exhibitors set up at the stadium, he said.

“We have tested it but we can only test it three levels high, the 25 levels can only be built on set-up day.”

While his own build would use 35,000 bricks, the mosaic was made up of 60,000 individual pieces.

Another piece he was hoping would be finished in time, was a crane with a boom of more than two metres.

“If it comes together it’s going to look like Lofty the crane.”

Mr Evans was pleased this year would see the return of the Lego play area and there would also be a $5 tombola with every entry winning a prize of at least $5.

Money raised from the tombola would be going to the I Am Hope organisation.

“To get Mike King down to talk.”

There were also auction items which could be bid on through a smart phone, he said.

“That’s all thanks to Phil and his team at Back 9 Design.”

Auction prizes included donations from local businesses as well as Lego New Zealand.

The show would be open from 9am to 10am for groups who looked after autistic and disabled children, he said.

If anyone was involved with such a group and would like to arrange an early viewing time, they could contact Mr Evans on

  • The Invercargill Brick Show, ILT Stadium, Invercargill, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is $2 per person.