Creativity on display at Lego users' Brick Show

Riley Paterson (12), of Kaitangata, shows off his collection of Lego, which he has built up over...
Riley Paterson (12), of Kaitangata, shows off his collection of Lego, which he has built up over eight years, at the Balclutha Brick Show on Saturday. PHOTO: SAMUEL WHITE
Balclutha hosted a building exhibition of a different kind at the weekend.

Hundreds of people visited the Balclutha War Memorial Hall to see 17 exhibitors showing off their Lego creations at the Balclutha Brick Show.

Lego Users Group Otago (Lugo) member Jimmy Paton, of Clinton, helped organise the event in conjunction with the Balclutha Inner Wheel Club.

Collectors and exhibitors displayed hundreds and thousands of dollars worth of Lego sets and custom creations over two days.

Some of the Lego sets on display included Star Wars characters, Bionicle, heavy machinery and trucks, city creations and superheroes.

Visitors could explore the different worlds and characters on display, spend time building their own Lego and create a custom Lego man.

Mr Paton (44) has been collecting the toy bricks since he was 8.

Part of the fascination with the toy was that it could be built into anything.

``You can be so creative with it. A brick can be many different things.''

Collector Riley Paterson (12), of Kaitangata, had the entire length of a table with his own collection.

Accumulated over eight years, most of his collection had been gifts for Christmas and birthdays but a few he had saved up for and bought on his own.

Riley said he liked ``just having fun with it'' and seeing how it ended up looking once it was completed.

Balclutha Inner Wheel Club member Carmen Paterson said the event was aimed at raising money for ``distraction packs'' to be distributed to the district's volunteer fire brigades.

Distraction packs are small groups of toys for emergency services to use to help distract or calm down children in difficult or emergency situations.

She had been in contact with all the fire brigades in the district, who were keen on the idea.

The club wanted to eventually be able to distribute the distraction packs to other emergency services too.


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