Clever Lego creations attract thousands in Christchurch video

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The fifth running of the annual Lego show, The Christchurch Brick Show 2017 event staged at Horncastle Arena.

Matthew Bennett will use 65,000 Lego bricks to recreate the Mackenzie Country's Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook.

The Christchurch man spent all weekend at the Christchurch Brick Show building his scaled topographic map of New Zealand's largest mountain and nearby lake.

He begun planning the 3 metre by 80 centimetre exhibit in May and started building it in June. He expected it would still take another two weeks to finish, although he would not be working on it fulltime.

Matthew Bennett works on a Lego scene of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki using official map data at the Christchurch Brick Show ...
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Matthew Bennett works on a Lego scene of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki using official map data at the Christchurch Brick Show at Horncastle Arena on the weekend.

"It'll drive me crazy to do it all day every day."

Bennett was one of 200 exhibitors from all over New Zealand who were showing off their Lego creations at the annual show at Horncastle Arena on Saturday and Sunday.

More than 12,000 people attended the show. 

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A water display featuring floating boats, designed and built by Christchurch woman Treena Aldridge, created a lot of interest at the two-day Christchurch Brick Show at Horncastle Arena at the weekend.

A farm complete with centre pivot irrigation and a rotating dairy shed was on show at The Christchurch Brick Show.

More than 12,000 people viewed about 200 exhibits at the annual Christchurch Brick Show on the weekend.

Children were mesmerised by the Lego displays.

Lego's Heartland City includes a shopping mall, swimming pool, lake and hot air balloon.

Thousands of tiny Lego pieces were used to build this house depicting a scene from The Hobbit.

Nelson man Mike Murray shows off his Star Wars-themed exhibit.

Cain Donovan shows his son Cohen Donovan, 3, a moving Lego exhibit.

Amos Banbury and his children, Harry Banbury, 4, and Mila Banbury, 2, check out a moving train in a city exhibit.

A work in progress by Christchurch man Matthew Bennett, who has spent months planning a scaled version of Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki using map data provided by Land Information New Zealand.

Lego pieces have been used to create these colourful designs.

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Exhibitors, including many family groups, had spent months – and in some cases even years – planning their creations. Children as young as 6 built creations.

There were town scenes, famous city scapes, a talking robot, trains, a pre-historic scene with dinosaurs, castles and the New Brighton Pier. There was also a Lego machine that could solve a jumbled Rubix cube in seconds.

Exhibitor Michael Falls said it had taken him four years to collect enough white bricks to build the Battle of Hoth scene from Star Wars, which he entered with his son Ollie.

More than 12,000 visitors attended the show, which involved more than 200 exhibitors.
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More than 12,000 visitors attended the show, which involved more than 200 exhibitors.

Motukarara man Andrew Dean and his 10-year-old son Avery won first in show with their Victorian steam punk Lego duelling robot, Lord Doolin.

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The talking and moving robot gave people a chance to have a duel using a laser tag gun.

Dean said he built the robot over a week and his son spent another week creating the computer program. 

Lily-Rose Hall, 2, looks at a fantasy castle exhibit annual show.
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Lily-Rose Hall, 2, looks at a fantasy castle exhibit annual show.

They did not have time to fully test it before the show, so had no idea if Lord Doolin would run smoothly. 

"As it happened, everything came together and he's had 800 duels this weekend without a glitch."

It was the second year the pair took out first in show; last year they won for their talking puppets exhibit.

"My son likes to bring things to life."

The People's Choice award went to the Nixon family of Motueka for their city display.

Margaret Nixon said she and her husband Tony and grandson Riley, 10, spent about six months putting the city together. 

"We didn't come down to win people's choice, but all that work we put into it has paid off. Everybody who looked at it, enjoyed it and that's what it's all about."

The event, in its fifth year, is organised by Bug 4/2 Incorporated Society, which operates the Imagination Station in central Christchurch.

 - Stuff

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