Gulliver's Travels come to life in Lego

JEREMY SMITH
Last updated 14:39 03/06/2014
Rebekah Smith
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GIANT IMAGINATION: Twelve-year-old Rebekah Smith of Cambridge has won a trip to Florida for four, thanks to a giant Lego model she built based on Gulliver’s Travels.

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She brought one fantasy world to life - now she's won a trip to a fantasy world of another kind.

More than 15,000 Lego pieces, 100 minifigures and almost two weeks of fulltime work resulted in Cambridge's Rebekah Smith, 12, winning the 2014 National Lego Building Competition.

Rebekah, who is home-schooled, built a near six-foot depiction of a scene from Gulliver's Travels entirely out of Lego - beating more than 2000 entries from around the country.

For her efforts, the first-time entrant has earned a prize valued at over $16,000 - a family holiday which includes flights and accommodation for two adults and two children to the Legoland Florida theme park. The prize also includes $1500 spending money. The annual competition is now in its 11th year and is run by Lego New Zealand in conjunction with Toyworld stores.

Rebekah's winning scene based on the classic adventure tale Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift shows Gulliver being tied down on a beach after being shipwrecked on a remote island inhabited by tiny people called Lilliputians.

Around Gulliver, Rebekah created multiple scenes with Lego minifigures - which she named Legoputians.

Every element of Rebekah's creation is made of Lego pieces. It features everything from a sailing ship, a forest full of Lego natives, a Legoputian fight scene, frightened Legoputians tying Gulliver down, and a group of Royal Legoputians watching on.

Rebekah said Gulliver's Travels became her favourite story after her grandmother first gave her a copy of the book a few years ago. She said building her entry was about using her imagination to create what she pictured.

"I really love Lego because when you use your imagination there is no limit to what you can make."

Rebekah's younger sister and brother - Aimee, 10, and Matthew, 7, also entered the competition.

"We're very proud," said mum Michelle.

"As parents, we love to encourage creativity and all our children are very artistic."

They plan to auction Gulliver for charity.

Last year's winner was Stania Klegr from Te Awamutu, who won with a model of a dragon.

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- Waikato Times

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