Kyle Kendall has some time to plan on the expansion coming to his 11-year-old daughter’s Lego city.
It already takes up an entire room in the basement of his Ireland home. He doesn’t have much choice though, the 55 or so sets that now spread across three large Tablex tables — that’s where Kyle works as a graphic designer — will grow by more than half when the 33 new Heartlake City sets being released this year arrive on his doorstep in June.
Right now he’s thinking of running some shelving along a wall but with that many new features being added, he may have to knock a wall out.
You see, his daughter Teagan was just announced as a finalist in an international contest sponsored by the Denmark-based source of the colorful bricks that fuel millions of children’s imaginations – not to mention at least twice as many sore feet.
Teagan’s model of the theatre, which she ended up naming after the local historic treasure, beat out more than 27,800 entries from all over the world to end up on the top ten list of the Heartlake City contest. She submitted four models in all; the theatre, a doctor’s office, an intricate carousel and a theme park log ride.
All four models have a place in Teagan’s Heartlake City in the basement. The expansive plastic municipality is a mixture of models built to Lego’s specifications and some of her own creations. Each one handbuilt by Teagan, dad was only allowed to sort bricks and apply some decals. It all began with a simple car Kyle gave her on Valentine’s Day of 2012. That car is still put together driving around the now expansive town that grew in the basement over the past five years.
The theatre she finally entered in the contest is the second rendition she built. Designing as she went, she added detailed elements like multicolored bricks for popcorn, a soda fountain, film projector and a ticket booth. It is a top class model for a town that doesn’t have a theatre set available from Lego yet.
It fits in the Jasper Middle Schooler’s city just fine but it will remain a one of a kind. The winning entry was set to become a production model this year and unfortunately, Teagan learned today her’s wasn’t chosen. The winner will be announced tomorrow by Lego. It will join the Astra and many others in Teagan’s city when it arrives with the 33 others this summer.
Good luck on the expansion.