Monday, January 11, 2016


How great would it be to have a job where you spent your whole work day building things with LEGO blocks?  Last weekend nearly 100 people battled it out in a two-day LEGO building competition at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, Michigan for just that opportunity. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, which will be opening at the mall later this year, decided to select the attraction's first Master Builder, a full-time employment opportunity, through a contest which pitted candidates for the job against one another in several rounds of timed building competitions. The Master Builder is responsible for maintaining and updating MINILAND models, developing new features and exhibitions and working with the thousands of children expected to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan. 

In the end as contestants were whittled down through each round of the Brick Factor competition there could only be one winner .. and that was Wauseon, Ohio resident Clint Parry.  Parry won over judges with several original LEGO models that he thought of and built on the spot that included a chicken for the first animal-themed round, a water-themed roller coaster for the favorite vacation spot theme of the second round and a computer for the final build, where contestants had to create a LEGO representation of his or her interests.

“I feel very overwhelmed with how amazing this experience has been,” Clint Parry said after being selected as the Master Builder for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan. “I planned to come to the competition to have a great experience, to work with talented LEGO builders and to share my enthusiasm for LEGO with children. To have made it through the end of the competition is truly unbelievable. I have loved building with LEGO bricks for as long as I can remember, and I am so excited to make this passion my career. My hope is to inspire children to build anything they can dream up.”

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan will be a 32,000-square-foot indoor attraction featuring millions of LEGO bricks and themed exhibits including a 4D cinema, two interactive rides, large soft play areas and much more. It is planned to open in the Spring of 2016 at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

“We are thrilled to welcome Clint to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan team,” said LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan’s General Manager Hayley Anderson. “We know that Clint will bring his own brand of creativity and imagination to the role, and have already been impressed with his ability to construct LEGO models against very talented opponents in the Brick Factor competition.

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