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LEGO fans are in for a treat this weekend at an event showcasing weird and wonderful brick displays at Swindon’s Steam museum.
Preparations are well underway for the Great Western Lego Show, which is the biggest of its kind in England.
All of the displays at the two-day event are built by Brickish Association members, who aim to cater for a range of interests and ages.
Most of the newly created super-sized models and displays are being kept under wraps for the show, though the organisers gave a few hints about what is in store.
Ian Surtees, income generation manager for museums and heritage at Swindon Council, said: “We can reveal that we have a giant model in the form of a Rolls Royce jet engine. It’s a half-size replica of the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000, which powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Weighing 677lb and more than 6ft long, the engine shows the complex inner workings of a jet engine and took four people eight weeks to complete.
“It’s certainly an incredible feat and is just one of the many surprises our visitors can expect this year.”
Association president Martin Long started setting up for the event yesterday.
He said: “A whole range of chaos is going to be happening – with bricks everywhere, ahead of the event beginning. I have an awesome team so I’m feeling quite calm about things.
“Most people have finished their designs. Lots of people like to keep their designs a secret, to make it more exciting on the day, but there have been a few teasers.”
There will also be an interactive building where people can help create a giant mosaic from 100,000 bricks.
Children can learn from a host of building workshops presented by experts on the latest Lego news and techniques, which will run throughout the weekend.
Martin said: “Normally by the end of the day it’s the children dragging the adults away rather than the other way round.”
He said the Brickish Association has a lot of Star Wars and Thunderrbirds fans so it is likely a few models will include these characters.
The Lego event is the museum’s largest annual event, with 8,400 visitors attending last year.
Doors open for the show between 10am and 5pm on both days.
Tickets for the Lego Show are available on the day and cost £8.50 for children aged 16 and under, £8.50 for concessions and £10 for adults. Family tickets are available and children under three go free.
There is also a 10 per cent discount for all Steam season ticket holders.