BUILDING BLOCKS: Eight-year-old Thomas Tuppen loves pirate Lego at the Ipswich Brick Event at the Ipswich Civic Centre.
BUILDING BLOCKS: Eight-year-old Thomas Tuppen loves pirate Lego at the Ipswich Brick Event at the Ipswich Civic Centre. Kate Czerny

FOR Tony Baker, Lego started out as a toy, and has ended up as a creative outlet for his whole family.

After playing with them with his grandchildren he began to build with his daughter and her husband, Sarah and Ben Neil.

Mr Baker, an accountant, displayed elaborate Lego exhibits alongside his son-in-law and daughter at the Brick event at the Ipswich Civic Centre at the weekend.

"I guess the grandkids got me into and I realised how much I enjoyed it," he said.

His creations are now a family affair with three generations helping to build six tables full of Lego models and constructions.

"We like to create what we call MOCs, 'My Own Creations'."

Mr Baker said building Lego with his family was good for himself and for his family as a whole.

"I'm an accountant. I'm not meant to be creative, but I found a way somehow and Lego became a great outlet for me and something for my family to do together," he said.

Mr Baker had on display a large fantasy battle scene including armies, dragons, castles and navies, all of which he and his grandson Oliver had made.

"You adapt things from sets to build part of your own designs," he said pointing to an Ewok tree village he had converted into an Elven fortress.

"You don't need things to be perfect or exact. People's imaginations will do a lot of the work for you most of the time."

Mr Baker was one of a number of exhibitors who showed off their Lego creations at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

Hundreds of people from across the south east made their way to the event to see Star Wars, pirate, space, model trains and custom-made scene's like Mr Bakers' all made out of hundreds of pieces of Lego.

While eight-year-old Thomas Tuppen came with his father and their city with working train exhibit, he only had eyes from the pirate ships located across the aisle from him.

While the pre-made exhibits from members of Lego clubs from the south east were popular, for many kids in attendance the chance to play with a giant collection of Lego on the Civic Centre stage proved the biggest draw card.

The Build corner was packed full of children from the start of the event until the end with everything from colourful pyramids, to characters from the video game Minecraft being built.

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