LEGO Masters Australia 2021: fun facts you need to know about the show
Maddy Tyers was a contestant for the popular reality TV show and knows what it takes to be successful on the show… and what you go through to get to the end.
As I sit back and admire the epic builds created by the incredible cast of Season 3 of Lego masters australia, I remember the unique adventure that my husband Jimmy and I embarked on in September 2018.
As the Lego loving husband and wife duo from the first season of LEGO Masters, Jimmy and I have spent the last week fondly recalling the wonderful memories of our participation in the competition.
From a generous Brickpit to lifelong friendships and loads of LEGO lols in between, our time to compete for the title of “LEGO Masters” was pure magic.
Here are 10 facts you didn’t know about your appearance on the hit reality show …
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Maddy knows what it’s like to be a contender in LEGO Masters. Image: provided
1. The hearing process has been divided into three stages
The selection process lasted several months and was divided into three different stages.
First, Jimmy and I had to submit a video app to the casting team where we chatted with the camera about our love for LEGO (including our LEGO-themed wedding) and all of our creative efforts outside of it. of the building. Shortly after submitting our video, we were invited to participate in a ‘construction audition’ where we had three hours to show off our skills and test our skills over time.
Finally, we got to meet the awesome team of producers and tell them why we couldn’t wait to be a part of the show. The day Jimmy and I got the phone call to tell us we were accepted, we will remember forever!
2. We crammed as much LEGO practice as possible before filming started
Prior to being on LEGO Masters, Jimmy and I had never built an MOC (My Own Creation) before and our only experience with LEGO had been collecting and building the store bought sets (and our love for that, well. sure).
Needless to say, we studied hard (thanks YouTube!) And gathered as much LEGO knowledge as possible before filming began. Fortunately, we’re both creative people who love storytelling, which luckily worked in our favor during the series.
Maddy said everyone would practice any luck. Image: provided
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3. We all lived in the same building for three months
I always loved school camp as a kid, so living in the same complex as our fellow LEGO lovers was an absolute hoot! The eight teams traveled from across the country to Melbourne where we shared a building not far from the plateau.
The apartment was equipped with a gym, swimming pool, spa and sauna and was a stone’s throw from the CBD. Living together made the logistics of getting to and from the set each day much easier for the production team and helped us all forge wonderful friendships throughout the three months of filming.
4. The shooting days were long (but not 24 hours)
Every morning, before sunrise, a bus would pick us up from our apartment to take us to the studio. We filled up on a delicious cooked brekky, changed into our outfits and then the cameras started rolling. As we got wrapped up each night it would be nice after sunset and we were all hanging out for a hot shower and our beds comfy.
Yes, the shooting days were long but not as long as many of our construction challenges. Most of the builds were broken down into workable chunks and spread over multiple days. The production crew really took care of us throughout the shoot, especially when it came to delicious lunches, coffee breaks and pizzas!
5. We had toilet breaks (and lots of lollipops) during the construction challenges
Despite building in front of the camera for hours with strict rules set by Brickman, toilet stops were most certainly allowed throughout the challenges. There was one caveat, however: the countdown would not stop! It goes without saying that we were all super fit during the filming period, the race to and from the Brickpit and the toilet block!
6. LEGO injuries are one thing!
Chipped fingernails, back pain, and finger cuts were plentiful throughout the filming process (these are the sacrifices we were happy to make to get by with a stellar build).
LEGO injuries may be a far cry from the ailments of professional athletes, but we were all very proud of our bruises.
7. We weren’t allowed to use our phones on the set.
Of course, internet access and cell phones were not allowed on the set. This was to help us stay focused on the building task at hand and prevent us from using good old Google or YouTube to create ideas, tips, and tricks.
Hamish is back as the host of the current LEGO Masters series. Image: provided
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8. We all went out to dinner together on weekends.
As we spent most of each day filming on set with our teammate focused on construction, it was important to debrief and socialize with the other teams on the weekends.
Post-shoot catch-ups, dinners, hangouts, and game nights were rife throughout filming, and we all became incredibly close over the three months of filming the competition.
9. None of us knew who won the final until it aired.
Although he attended the final, no one (not even the winning team) knew who won the LEGO Masters title until it was announced and aired on TV months later.
To prevent rumors from circulating and secrets from leaking, we filmed three alternate endings. That being the case, the final episode was a cliff hanger for the entire cast!
10. We all keep in touch and are good friends in real life.
Three years later and I can safely say the cast of LEGO Masters Aus (season 1, 2 and 3) have become wonderful lifelong friends of Jimmy and me. We shared a unique experience, many happy memories and a deep love for this funny little plastic brick!
Maddy is an actress, presenter, writer, voice actor and MC. Her first children’s picture story book, “When Anna Came to Stay” is now available for purchase.