Jeremiah Boehr, LEGO® Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City, will be featured in Bricks of Awesome, REACTOR’s June First Friday show, which is bringing the fun of LEGO® bricks into the Crossroads! We did a Q&A with Jeremiah to learn more about his exciting position as Master Model Builder. Read on to find out what he had to say:
How did you become the Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City?
I heard from various friends that there was going to be a contest for the Master Builder position at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and since I’ve always been known as a “LEGO guy” they encouraged me to enter. I knew I had to enter. I competed against 171 other contestants over two days through various building challenges, interviews, and interactions with the public. It was definitely the most unique job interview I’ll likely ever have. When they announced my name as the winner and newest Master Builder, it was pretty amazing and validating as both an artist and lifelong LEGO enthusiast.
What is your favorite build that you have done as Master Model Builder?
As an artist, it’s hard to choose one thing as your favorite. Each model I create contains the memories of the process of designing, building, and long hours of listening to movie scores. Sometimes smaller models are harder to work on because of size and detail limitations. Large models are impressive to look at, but require long hours of tedious gluing. My favorites are probably in the middle of the spectrum; the 4-feet-long Titanic I built for a Union Station display, a life-size Oscar trophy, and a fully transforming Optimus Prime styled from the original 80’s toy.
What is the best/your favorite part about about being LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Master Model Builder?
I have a lot of different responsibilities and duties, from designing and building LEGO models, maintenance of existing models, ordering and maintaining the attractions stock of parts and brick to interacting with our guests and public relations. Out of all those, the designing phase of a model is my favorite part of my job. It can be very stressful and take long hours, but in the end I’m challenging my mind and creativity to come up with a unique model that is both aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound. A close second is the ooohs and ahhs from the kids as they watch me work through my workshop window. Seeing their faces light up at the sight of cool LEGO models is a treat.
REACTOR got to visit his workshop and let’s just say it’s pretty AWESOME!!
If you could chose anything to build, what would it be?
I’m a Star Trek fan, so I have been working on a mini figure scale (1:40) LEGO starship for many years. It’s collecting dust at the moment because I don’t have the time to work on it, but someday I hope to finish and display it!
Can you tell us more about the piece that you are displaying at the Bricks of Awesome show?
Currently I’m designing prizes for our next No Kids Allowed Night, which is Avengers themed. I’m pretty excited about the fully ‘poseable’ Hulk and Ironman mask models that our guests can win that evening. They may even make an appearance for the show, but otherwise everyone will have to wait and see what I come up with next!
Stay tuned for updates on what Jeremiah will display and get ready for an awesome show of EPIC colors, shapes, sizes and dimensions!
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