You're never too old for Lego fun
LEGO was at the top of the Christmas wish list for many kids in 2010, but some Ipswich enthusiasts are proving it's a passion many adults also share.
The toy building system has recently experienced a revival in popularity despite being on the verge of bankruptcy in 2003.
But hardly just a game for kids, there is a thriving international community of adult builders – known as Adult Fans of Lego – with photographs of professional masterpieces shared online.
Redbank Plains resident David Parkin has made scores of trains, spaceships and buildings after rediscovering Lego in 1998.
“After my parts exceeded 10,000 I lost count of how many I have,” Mr Parkin said.
“I do it to relax and also just for the entertainment of it ... and I like the engineering aspect.
“If you get bored with something you pull it apart and make something else.”
Mr Parkin, 35, plans his creations using a computer design program before ordering the required parts for his models which can take months to make.
Fellow Lego enthusiast Benjamin Parsons seeks out second-hand bargains at markets and garage sales to make his models.
Among the many wonders the 23-year-old has created, Mr Parsons has recreated the Redbank fire station and fire engine.
“I'm after a challenge,” Mr Parsons said.
“It's not just making a Lego kit out of a box.”
The largest thing Mr Parsons has made from Lego was a giant swamp complete with alligators.
The friends are members of the Ipswich Heritage Model Railway Club which displays working models at the Workshops Rail Museum.
Lego was originally named Automatic Binding Bricks
All Lego elements are fully compatible
About 19 billion Lego bricks are produced every year