GUILDFORD — If you build it they will come, or in this case, the exact opposite.
Families and children (young and old) flocked to Guildford Town Centre this past weekend to take part in a community build of an eight-foot-tall rendition of the Incredible Hulk, entirely out of LEGO.
The build was to celebrate the opening of the shopping centre's new LEGO store, and featured a weekend of brick building fun for the many that came out over the three-day event.
Heading the project was LEGO master builder Chris Steininger, whose job it is to travel around North America to host such builds. Steininger is one of just seven LEGO Master Builders in North America.
"So we're here celebrating the launch of the LEGO store," said Steininger Friday afternoon. "We're essentially building an eight-foot-tall Hulk, but it's not just me, the kids are helping to build it."
Using a regular sized model as inspiration, Steininger had several stations set up for the community to build large bricks out of smaller pieces, multiplying the scale by about 10 times.
Two of those helping out with the build were siblings Austyn and Samantha Alison, who drove down from Merritt to take part in the weekend event.
"When we heard this was happening we freed up our schedules and came down," said Samantha on the first day of the build. "My brother took the day off work to come down for the whole weekend to be a part of it and it's been really cool."
Driven by their love of the brick, the pair jumped at the chance to take part in such a big LEGO event and meet a master builder.
"I grew up with it but when I passed my collection along to my brother, I regretted it," said Austyn. "When I moved out, I got into it again and I've been collecting ever since, it's something to do and keeps the mind busy."
For Surrey mother Janet Brown, the build was a chance for her son, Sam, to get his LEGO fix and exercise his mind.
"He is LEGO crazy, he was so excited to get here, he ran home from school to get changed and we came straight here," she said. "As a parent, I love it. It's better than watching TV, it's better than them being on the computer, and they used their minds to build it. Because of it, he's also told us he wants to be an engineer or an architect, and it gets his little mind thinking about these kinds of things."
And while the Incredible Hulk was completed on Sunday and taken down shortly afterwards, Steininger said he was simply happy to have brought the community together with such a project.
"It's a just a great experience for kids and families," he said. "Everyone had fun interacting with the bricks and it's just a good event for the community."
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