Hannah Parker reviews the newest Channel 4 show that’s getting our inner-children very excited…
Lego: “a construction toy consisting of interlocking plastic building blocks.”
How can something that sounds so boring be so colourful, fun and imaginative? Well, whether your lego is tucked away in the attic or you chucked it out years ago, Channel 4 has brought the globally popular toy back to the living room.
Being described as “the lego version of The Great British Bake Off”, the first season of Lego Masters consisted of four weekly episodes, 16 contestants and an unimaginable amount of lego blocks. The contestants were in teams of two, and there was no age limit. In fact, the youngest duo was made up of two nine year old lads named Guy and Abraham.
Being described as the lego version of The Great British Bake Off.
Making up the other contestants, there were two teachers, an uncle and nephew, two cousins, a mother and son, a father and son duo, two 21-year-old engineering students and two young best buddies. This added up to some of the most imaginative, creative and intricate builds ever seen on TV.
Although the contestants were different to one another, they all had one pretty important similarity – their love of lego. Once you get past primary school, you’re expected to have grown out of this addictive toy. But, creating lego builds is arguably one of the most therapeutic hobbies. One of the teachers named Steve actually has his own lego room, and uses it to help deal with his daily anxiety.
Also, this is something that’s generally seen as purely made for kids. However, even the engineering students at University of Cambridge struggled during the episodes. You see them become stressed over making sure their builds look interesting, move properly and are finished in time. So, surely lego isn’t as easy as we are led to believe.
The programme highlighted how universal this toy truly is. Not only was the competition packed full of age groups, but also different careers, genders, and even a global reach with one using his Belgium heritage to inspire his final piece.
The programme highlighted how universal this toy truly is.
It’s well known that The Great British Bake Off has moved to Channel 4, but the real exciting newby to the channel has to be Lego Masters. It embraces the inner-child that we all have but are conditioned to hide away in public. It’s making a whole new set of “geeks” cool, with us amateur lego-builders feeling nothing but envy towards their incredible skills. It also teaches us that without imagination, the world looks like a pretty boring place.
One of the final builds actually explores the idea of adulthood being mundane, boring and melancholic, while the child inside all of us is forced only to come out in privacy. God forbid your boss sees that alien you’ve been drawing for the past month, or a family friend sees the book about monsters you’ve been writing for the last year.
Not only is this programme infectious to watch for the pure skill held by the contestants, but it also teaches us to not be so embarrassed by our inner-child. The builds are truly a treat for the eyes and the contestants are all interesting and fun in their own way. The Great British Bake Off is great, but frankly, Lego Masters is even better!