If Buzz Lightyear can go "to infinity and beyond," how far can
an 8-foot-tall Buzz go?
Find out this weekend at Northbrook Court mall, where the LEGO
store is celebrating its grand reopening with a big
From 11 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m.
Sunday, kids of all ages can help build a LEGO brick (or more
than one) that will become part of a monster-sized Buzz Lightyear.
They can also meet LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger, who is
heading up the construction.
Kids can get an idea of what the end result will look like from
a 1/4-sized model displayed in the mall.
Steininger traveled from Massachusetts to be part of the
festivities, and as the project got underway on Friday, he pumped
up the crowd, generously passing out high fives and the slips of
paper that qualify the children to receive a personalized builder
certificate. He even juggled - and occasionally dropped - the
mega-sized bricks before putting them into the model.
"Obviously meeting the kids is the highlight," Steininger says.
"We build these models in our office and don't get feedback. So to
see the kids react when it's done … that's why you do it."
Steininger estimates he will put 25 hours of work into the model
before the end of the weekend.
Jordan Childs, LEGO's marketing manager, says he hopes that
holding the event on a holiday weekend means lots of people will
bring their kids out.
"We want to encapsulate what you can do in the store," Childs
says. "You get a hands-on experience and get to do something you
won't find anywhere else."
Buzz Lightyear probably will not make his permanent residence in
the Northbrook store, but he would be in good company with other
models of space shuttles, sumo wrestlers - even the Tower Bridge in
Childs expects that many of the children who build bricks for
the Buzz Lightyear figure will come back throughout the weekend,
especially for the crowning moment when Steininger places the
preassembled Buzz head on top of his body.
And as for the enthusiastic builders who will see a beloved film
character take shape before their eyes? Perhaps they will realize
that "you can make anything out of LEGO," just as Steininger
Elizabeth Diffin is the senior editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
See more of Elizabeth's stories here.
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