Adult Lego enthusiasts claim that the return of childhood love for small bricks was a lifesaver and even helped them quit smoking.
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They talked about the power of tiny bricks in preparation for a Lego show where some of Queensland's most iconic locations were recreated in intricate and humorous displays made of millions of Lego bricks.
The Great Barrier Reef, the Story Bridge in Brisbane, the far north of the Queensland Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Birdsville Hotel outback are all featured in the BrisBricks Lego Club exhibition.
The Lego enthusiast and the Brisbane engineer, Nik Wood, 48, contributed to the creation of the Kuranda Scenic Railway display.
Mr. Wood, who builds freeways to live, hired Lego about six years ago to help him quit smoking and said he found it very relaxing.
"It's just a job of love. We spent a year practically."
Nik Wood, Maryann Sword and Alaister Raphael spent months building the Kuranda display at home. (Provided: Nik Wood)
While another member of the club built the model of the railway bridge and the tourist train that ran on a nine-volt track – complete with an aboriginal snake model decorated with the locomotive – Mr Wood and his girlfriend created the surrounding scenery.
He said that around 250,000 Lego bricks were used for the six-foot display that includes a moving Skyrail cable car, the wet tropical rainforest and the crocodiles in the Barron River.
"We tried to take the classic picture of the Barron River where the curved bridge crosses the falls as you head towards Kuranda – this is the iconic aspect we have chosen.
"Getting that curved bridge was a challenge because Lego is quite square and getting those different angles is probably what makes it burst."
Wood visited Kuranda several years ago, so the group searched for images on the Internet for inspiration and included some of their ironic details, including dolphins in the river and a "brick built" cassowade lurking near the picnics .
"We have a lot of funny ornaments in there," he said.
"C & # 39; is a crocodile that feeds from the back of a tourist boat … people who camp in the forest or go kayaking on the waterfall and make selfie with crocodiles in the background."
BrisBricks is a non-profit group for adult Lego fans that raises funds and donates bricks for children's charities through its exhibits.
The Brisbane wheel, Story Bridge and even the XXXX brewery are all part of the display. (Provided: BrisBricks)
Wood said that about 10,000 people were expected to attend this weekend's show in Toowoomba, after which the model would be dismantled forever, after being transported to various shows in south-east Queensland.
"That's what Lego is talking about, building and rebuilding," he said.
"It will all be destroyed and we will start with a clean slate and try something else for the next year to impress the crowd and amaze visitors."
Wood said that Lego brought a lot of joy to him and his family and he is happy that he is becoming popular again.
"He certainly aroused interest in an entire new generation …. 10 years ago he seemed to have a little break, but surely it was a renaissance.
"It stretches for several generations, grandparents and grandchildren are all enjoying themselves."
Emerging from the "dark ages"
BrisBricks founder Judy Friedman and an 81-year-old club member helped create the colorful display of the Great Barrier Reef at the fair.
It took several months to build and includes sea creatures, mermaids, someone being eaten by a shark and coral formations built with Star Wars droid weapons.
Ms. Friedman spent months procuring the parts to create the weird and wonderful sea creatures. (Provided: Judy Friedman)
Brisbane's mother reappropriated Lego about a decade ago, emerging from what fans call "the dark ages" – the years when people stop playing with Lego after childhood – to start a small business out of his garage buying and selling beloved bricks.
"It's obviously a big demand for all of us who are returning from our dark ages to Lego, finishing the sets and finding only pieces," he said.
"We love the idea of recycling it: rebuilding and reusing all the Lego that the children have grown up or are no longer interested in.
"When people have that container that has been pushed into the back of a house or whatever we buy it."
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BrickResales, the Friedman company, buys large amounts of Lego from charities and employs 15 employees who wash, sterilize and select around 40 kilograms of Lego a day.
Host the BrisBricks events where Lego fans can hunt an elusive brick they need for a set or project.
"They have their lists and things come up.
"It's an amazing thing to watch because you'll see people standing around our Lego tubs … talking about & # 39; Oh, what piece are you looking for?" He said.
"We take about 700 or 800 kilograms for each event.
"We don't talk so much about Lego in pounds, we talk about it in tons around here."
Friedman said he loved the way Lego brought together people of all ages from all walks of life.
"I would say that Lego probably saved my life," he said.
"It brings a sense of community and family and brings together like-minded people.
"Our house is full of Lego, our workplace is full of Lego, among the friends of the club we have and the events we do, there is this huge sense of community".
Friedman has developed a thriving business by buying and selling tons of pre-loved Lego bricks. (Provided: Judy Friedman)
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