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300 kids participated in the Legoland Discovery Center’s Creative Crew Challenge April 8. Now, 12 of them are the new ambassadors.
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If accidentally stepping on a LEGO in bare feet can amount to any good, it would be that your child’s obsession with the colorful blocks lands them an exclusive spot as a LEGO ambassador.

Twelve Arizona kids won a LEGO building challenge this past weekend to become a member of LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Creative Crew. As creative crew members, they will participate in monthly events for a year at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Tempe, including testing new models for displays, assisting kids and answering their questions at the interactive attraction.

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More than 300 kids, ages 6-10, applied to become a creative crew member by mailing in pictures of their creations. LEGOLAND administrators and its Arizona master model builder narrowed the field to 75 to compete. This is the first year for the competition. Last year, the crew was selected from emailed submissions.

The parents and kids selected spent six hours at the Arizona Mills mall in Tempe on Saturday, April 8, competing in two timed challenges.

Parents of LEGO-loving kids already know about commitment. They track down the latest LEGO sets, they pick LEGOS off the floor and some, like Tucson mom Meg Dugan, accept their child’s creations as part of the home decor.

The LEGO creations of her daughter Claire Poisl, 10, are all over their Tucson home. Sometimes her LEGO creations are artful, like the bird scene that sits near her garden-loving mother’s bedside. Sometimes, they’re purposeful, like the smartphone stand Claire built for her sister.

Claire had to choose between two commitments: being the goalie for her soccer team, or competing in the challenge. She chose the challenge because she was hoping to pick up some new skills.

“I am happy that I did win though,” she said. “I think what I’m most excited about is the chance to work with a master builder and learning more.”

The kids were first challenged to build an animal. Claire built a penguin.

Remington Wong, 9, wowed the judges with his Easter bunny. For the final theme, in which he was challenged to build something that reflects his life, Wong built a Titanic model. Or some of it. He had 30 minutes to build, and he was attempting a large-scale model.

“When I heard (the moderator) say two minutes, I was like, ‘Shoot!’” Remington said. He had only the first part of the ship constructed. “I was nervous. I kind of wanted that trophy.”

He earned a spot on the creative crew and the trophy, even though his Titanic wasn’t complete. Remington placed it on a shelf in his room. “The little special place, where I put the real prizes. It’s just for really special things that you’re not supposed to touch.”

At 6 years old, Eli Morales of Queen Creek was among the youngest competitors. But he felt no pressure. The competition was, he said, a chance “to build whatever I want and use my imagination.”

Eli built a wolf for the animal challenge and depicted himself with LEGOS as a master builder surrounded by his LEGO family in the final competition. Eli, who was selected as a member of the creative crew, has three sisters, who were all supportive. Creating with LEGOS, however, is his chance to make his individual mark.

“I have a picture in my mind, and then I build it,” he said.

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