Lego X Factor: Master model builder wins job
Tuesday 22 December 2009
Legoland Discovery Centre has filled the post of master model builder at its new centre in Manchester after holding X Factor-style auditions to find the most talented amatuer Lego builder around.
Postman Alex Bidolak, aged 25 from Oldham, won the coveted job after coming top in two gruelling rounds of the “Brick Factor” competition judged by six-year-old George Brown, 12-year-old Josh McNelly, model building expert Marcel Kloos, and a host of local children.
“This is the toughest job interview I have ever had, but it has all been worth it as now I get to play with Lego all day long!” Bidolak said.
Eight contestants took part in the finals going head-to-head to produce animal models in under fifteen minutes. They produced a range of creatures from birds through to whales.
Alex’s model of a goose impressed the judges most. He said he had been inspired by being attacked by a goose during his postal rounds that week which he saw as “a good omen”.
For the second round the contestants had to make portraits of celebrities in under an hour. The judges’ attention was caught by impressive models of author Terry Pratchett, The Stone Roses singer Ian Brown and Homer Simpson, but Alex’s sculpture of footballer Ryan Giggs won the day.
Alex will start his new job on the 4th January, three months before the Discovery Centre is due to open in March 2010, and will perfect his skills creating seasonal models and repairing existing ones.
Life & Style blogs
What do the emojis on Snapchat mean?
A nap a day could save your life
Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
The antidote to Tinder? Majority of dating app users want relationship, rather than hook-ups, study finds
The truth behind who really buys sex dolls, from the man who makes the most realistic ones you can buy
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says jobless migrants should be banned from entering the UK
- 1 Barbarians vs Samoa interrupted by sprinklers as fans criticise lack of Wi-Fi and poor seating at West Ham's Olympic Stadium
- 2 Caitlyn Jenner car crash: Driver who died in collision sued by surviving passengers for $18.5m
- 3 Watch the Supermoon live: How to see the brightest Moon of the year tonight
- 4 Hulk Hogan wants to be Donald Trump's running mate in the US Presidential election
- 5 Blood Moon and Supermoon: September to bring brightest – and dimmest – full Moon of the year on same night
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT provider for the educat...
£20000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leader in the e-cigarette ...
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With extensive experience and a...