Toowoomba Lego fans taking on country's best builders
MATT Cramb has his grandmother Lyn to thank for his love of Lego.
The Concordia Lutheran College graduate was first introduced to the versatile plastic bricks as a reward while toilet training.
He still has the truck he earnt piece by piece as a toddler, which began his Lego obsession.
Now Matt and Lyn, a retired nurse, are putting their building skills to the test in the new reality series Lego Masters.
Hosted by funny man Hamish Blake, the series pits eight teams of adult Lego fans against each other in super-sized challenges limited only by their imaginations.
"We'd never built on that scale at all before," Matt told the Chronicle.
"The largest thing we'd done together as a family was a Lego stop-motion movie, but even that was nowhere near the level we were building at on the show."
At 17 and 71, the grandmother and grandson book end the diverse range of contestants in the competition, which has a $100,000 grand prize. Detail-oriented Matt, who has a collection of 20,000-30,000 Lego bricks, is the team's creative driver while Lyn assists with the practical side of their builds.
"As a Lego fan, to walk into a room dedicated to every single Lego piece you'd ever need is pretty cool," Matt said.
"But it's definitely a difficult environment. If I'm working on a Lego thing at home it will take me days and days. I'm very much a perfectionist with my builds, but if you want to build something big and there's a time pressure then you don't have the time to get every detail right."
The filming process brought them even closer together, with Matt moving in with Lyn in Brisbane earlier this year to begin his studies at QUT.
"I was really, really pleased I got to do it with my grandma," Matt said. "We've got a great relationship and she really cracks me up."
Lego Masters premieres on Sunday, April 28 at 7pm on Nine.