Lego National Building Competition – 2012 Champion Australia

National-LEGO-Building-Champion 2012My son received his certificate for participating in the Lego National Building Competition yesterday.

He also received a DVD that included the National Geographic Mega Factories documentary where a crew went behind the scenes at Lego to see how a set was made, from design all the way to distribution.

Needless to say he was psyched and we watched the DVD as a family last night – it was fascinating!

Lego also let us know that a winner for the National Competition was announced earlier this month, so congratulations to Riley Guenier from Townsville for his amazing model (pictured at right) and also to all the other kids who put hours and hours into their creations.

Thanks also to Lego and Toyworld for all their efforts in organising this competition – we’re already building up for next year 🙂

MEDIA RELEASE – Sydney, 5 June 2012: LEGO® Australia in conjunction with Toyworld, has announced the winner of the 2012 National LEGO Building Competition from a whopping 4000 entries, eleven year old Riley Guenier from Townsville, Australia. Riley wowed the judges with his flamboyant LEGO masterpiece named ‘Party Street’, taking out first place and winning a family trip to LEGOLAND California®.

Judges took ability, originality, imagination and building skill all into careful consideration when making their decision with lucky Riley coming out on top. LEGO Certified Builder Ryan McNaught was one of the judges who deemed PartyStreet the winning creation.

“Party Street is a unique, impressive and incredibly vibrant creation. The level of detail and effort that Riley took in constructing it was obvious upon firstglance and Riley’s model has been built with a story in mind and a clear passion for LEGO construction.”

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The colourful cream of the crop LEGO creation cleverly encapsulates the essence of its title – a unique celebration bringing with it a myriad of different LEGO sets including LEGO Toy Story, LEGO City and LEGO minifigures. Spanning four stories high this amazing monument took Riley one month to carefully craft,with inspiration being drawn from many different sources.

“I looked at lots of huge city scenes, parades, and modular buildings on the internet for inspiration. I keptlooking all month for new ideas to keep building more.  I usuallyspend around 30 minutes a day researching LEGO, but more during the competition”, said Riley

Now in its third consecutive year, the competition gives Australian children of all ages the opportunity to use their creativity and construction skills to build the LEGO model of their dreams. Building is a great way for children to ignite their imaginations and LEGO bricks encourage thinking outside the box.

Riley encourages kids to enter the competition next year imparting his winning tips on aspiring young LEGO builders.

“Sort your bricks into colours. Make sure each area of your creation is interesting and unusual, not basic.  When you’ve built something, try and see if you can do it again, but this time bigger and better! Place your best features and details, so they can all fit in one photo and build something you want to keep forever!”

2012 is also the 50th Anniversary of the LEGO brick in Australia. Another great reason for kids to start building!

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