Lego enthusiasts display creations at Brickspo

Nathan Liewicki
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WDM plays host to annual Lego extravaganza

David Yaffe is 41 years old, but according to him, everything he does is “sort of nerdy.”

The Regina resident works with computers, but on Sunday he was planted on the floor of the Western Development Museum (WDM) for the second and final day of Brickspo 2014.

He was building Lego.

A member of the Saskatchewan Lego Users Group (SLUG) for nearly two years, Yaffe was making his second appearance at Brickspo. But unlike most of the other SLUG members, Yaffe displayed – and continued constructing – his Lego creations of planes, trains and automobiles on the floor.

“Last year I noticed lots of kids were lifted up by their parents to look at Lego displays on the tables. So, I decided to build mine on the floor so they could look down at Lego,” he told the Times-Herald.

Yaffe estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 Lego pieces were inside his roped off area at the WDM – all of which came from factory sets.

He said it’s important that children build Lego “the way it comes” from factory sets, the way Yaffe did when he started building Lego at age two.

Clusters of children – some as young as two years old, if not younger – visited the Brickspo exhibition, many of them curious about the constructions they spied with eyes bigger than saucers.

Seven-year-old Andrea Forester was one of those curious children, especially after spotting a Lego configuration of Merida – the main character in Disney’s Brave.

“Look mom! It’s Merida. Her hair is so orange,” Forester exclaimed, as she ran up close to it.

“Merida is my favourite, but I like all the Lego. I even saw a minion from Despicable Me.”

Forester also participated in a Bricks 4 Kidz session, which was a Lego-based education workshop for kids held 12 times over the weekend.

Although children were enamoured by Brickspo, each of SLUG’s members are adults, and they build a variety of Lego structures, including ones related to superheroes, oversize vehicles, space, history and even a chessboard.

Wes Rempel is 63, but estimates he owns 60,000 pieces of Lego.

“I always say my kids were doing this when they were younger and they grew up and I didn't,” said Rempel. “I grew older, but I still love building.”

A part-time trucker, Rempel’s inspiration for many of his Lego creations were generated from lengthy highway trips. He noted all of the trucks he built are courtesy trucks he’s seen while driving –with one exception.

“Mine are all like McDonald's,” Rempel said of his Lego vehicles. “They’re super-sized. Everything has extra axels, wheels, pieces and everything else is built bigger.”

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Western Development Museum, Saskatchewan Lego Users Group, Times-Herald McDonald's

Geographic location: Regina

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