Monday, May 17, 2010

The Junior Master Model Builder Panel

Willy Wonka doesn't exist -- a fact I've come to terms with over the year. But if he did, he might look something like Alex Bidolak -- the postman-turned-master model builder at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Manchester, England.

And Mr. Bidolak has chosen 16 children to pass on his secret model-building tips -- holy golden ticket, Charlie -- as part of a junior master model builder panel. Could you have any more street cred as a 10-year-old than to be a junior master model builder?

The LEGO equivalent of a police explorer program is likely the closest we come to visiting Wonka's Factory today, but I'll take it. It's a great way to reach out to the kids today that tell me they want to be LEGO set designers. I just wonder what's the age limit on becoming a junior master model builder.

Image via sappymoosetree.


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Denise Hunter said...

Your blog post about your journey into the world of the Adult Fans of LEGO. is very interesting to read! I loved how you described how you felt when you first started building with LEGO. It's always really interesting to read about people's journey into something that many people would consider a hobby. I really like the thermal stress cracking you mentioned, I've always wondered how that happens! Builders Altrincham