Lego men’s collection is worth an ‘Auckland home depot’
MARK TAYLOR / Tips
Waihī Lego man ‘Stewart’ Spike ‘Milligan makes sure trains run on time in his Lego museum.
When Stewart ‘Spike’ Milligan was a child, he never had a Lego.
He has more than made up for that since.
Milligan, or Spike as he is called, is the man behind the “ Spike’s Bricks & Models Museum ” in Waihī, the home since 2017 for its more than 700 Lego kits.
It’s an obsession that first struck the old dairy, then the beef farmer, 34 years ago when he gave his young son his first Lego kit.
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“I helped him set it up, and next time he bought something for the son and something for me.
As Spike takes Thing While visiting his museum, he explains that as the collection grew over time, setting up a place to exhibit it was the next logical step.
In addition, he retired “far too early” and therefore needed something to do with his time.
“If you have a collection, why not show it?”
His passion for plastic bricks and more sophisticated Technics kits becomes clear as he discusses various items spread throughout the rooms.
His first Technics kit, a jeep, is described as “a great little Technics kit, which contains everything Technics related”.
He is able to speak lyrical about the start of the Lego company in Denmark and throws weird facts about the popular toy.
“Who makes the most tires of any company?”
Yes, it’s Lego.
Milligan said he assembled almost all of the museum’s items and it was a dizzying array.
There are trains, trucks, backhoes, cars, planes, boats, helicopters, the Great Wall of China, Tower Bridge, Colosseum, and countless sets related to Hollywood movies and TV shows.
The Lego Colosseum alone took four weeks to assemble.
It highlights a set of three ships modeled on the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
“Collectibles now, worth $ 1,200.”
He points to another kit he originally paid $ 300 for.
“Seven cents for sale now, in a box, more than a big one.”
When asked how much the entire collection would be worth, he will simply admit “a deposit in an Auckland house”.
“I maintain that my collection is worth what I paid for,” he says.
Spike said he spent another two to three hours each night putting together his final kits, describing it as “therapy.”
“We will continue to grow because there is always something more,” he said.
“You have to keep a little wow factor going.”
He said the kids loved coming to view the collection and especially being able to play with a set of four rc vehicles, but admits that they are sometimes more difficult to manage than the cows of his time on the farm.
Is he a little obsessed with Lego?
“Just say that.”