KZ: Congratulations Alex and Jackson! What previous skills, experience and/or education did you have that gave you unusual LEGO skills or a unique approach to challenges? Do you have any unusual skills or hobbies?
A+J: Jackson has a lot of experience as a painter, illustrator and a tattoo artist, and these skills probably helped us imagine our builds. It was a great help being able to sketch out our builds so that we could get on the same page with what the design should look like. With his engineering background, Alex has a great amount of technical knowledge and is very organised, which helped us focus our ideas and stay on track during the longer builds.
KZ: What do you think were your strengths or weaknesses during the show? What did you have to work on the most in the three judging areas – Storytelling, Technical Ability or Aesthetics?
A+J: All of those areas became much stronger throughout the competition! Each challenge was designed to teach us something about LEGO building and we drew on all of these lessons for our final build. As a team, our strengths were definitely in our storytelling, creativity, brainstorming and communication skills. Individually, Jackson brought a lot of aesthetic ability, while Alex had a strong technical knowledge to bring to the table. We complemented each other really well.
KZ: What advice would you give to K-Zoners who want to become a LEGO Master?
A+J: Just go and do it! Be true to yourself and build whatever you feel like. You can build without instructions, but it’s okay to build with the instructions too – they will teach you a lot about how different LEGO parts go together. And most importantly, practise, practise and more practise!
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