And just like that, we’re in Finals Week of LEGO Masters! With only 2 episodes remaining, and the show’s format now familiar to most viewers, the stakes have never been higher.
Tonight’s episode is a celebration of all things Hollywood and the first challenge has all the geeky contestants salivating as Hamish pulls up in an actual Delorean from Back to the Future, complete with his best Marty McFly outfit.
LEGO attracts a suitably geeky crowd, and the teams completely lost it when this symbol of ultimate geeky sci-fi turns out to be the central theme of the challenge – to avoid elimination, teams have to do their best to replicate the Delorean in LEGO form.
One of the most underrated (and most challenging) aspects of LEGO building comes with having to bring a life-sized replica to life, especially things that have unique shapes like the Deloran with its trademark gullwing doors, narrow sloping profile and prism-shaped back.
The teams all get to work, taking extra effort to get their proportions and measurements right.
While most teams opt for a smaller version of the Delorean, Kale and Bilsy embark on an ambitious but ultimately foolish decision to build a mega-sized Delorean.
With only 8 hours, it’s clear that Kale’s call to build an upsized version completely blows up in his face, and the “villain” of the show gets his reckoning as he’s forced to present what is about a quarter of an actual Delorean to the Brickman.
Unsurprisingly, the Brickman tears into the build, however what’s surprising is Kale trying to justify his build, and how it was “different” to the other teams, in which Hamish quickly points out that all the other builds were complete.
At least Bilsy had the sense to admit defeat, as they both head into elimination.
Most of the episode centred around Henry’s giddy excitement about putting the Delorean together. He calls it one of his favourite movies of all time and reveals he’s been obsessed with bringing it to life in LEGO form.
Their model captures all the iconic design elements of the Delorean, complete with the gullwing doors, impressing the judges although the Brickman remarks that the build was a little flat, the back was a little squarish.
David and G’s Delorean included some motorised remote control functions such as moving front wheels and lights, but their design suffered from a blocky shape as a result of having to making enough space for the batteries and motors.
Maddy and Jimmy were once again out of their comfort zone, trying to get the car’s unique shape right, resulting in an armour-plated Delorean that looked like it could survive a grenade or two!
Lastly, we had Jordan and Miller, who initially struggled but managed to get their build off the ground. The Brickman was suitably impressed by the shape of their Delorean, and the fact that they got the prism-shape of the car’s rear just right, which was no simple feat.
Unfortunately, their car lacked working gullwing doors, a crucial element of the Delorean’s design.
Henry and Cade and Jordan and Miller were singled out by The Brickman as the Top Two, with only one tiny but important difference between their models – functioning gullwing doors, which meant that Henry and Cade were crowned winners and were thus safe from elimination.
Next, the elimination challenge as teams were introduced to a challenge – build an iconic movie scene of their choice.
Maddy and Jimmy were thrilled with this challenge, given their unabashed love for all things movies and pop culture.
Here are the final elimination builds.
David and G chose Jaws as their inspiration, producing this amazing diorama of that classic scene where Jaws reveals itself to the fishing boat.
The scale was stunning, and the Brickman was suitably impressed by the shark’s construction, including the teeth and pink roof of its mouth, and the movement captured by the breaking waters.
There’s no better time to go big or go home, which is why Jordan and Miller selected King Kong after much deliberation. The giant ape was a challenge for Miller as he’s never had to build a LEGO ape, but they completely nailed the design as it was unmistakably king kong.
In addition to being massive, The Brickman was also wowed by the greyscale monochrome colour of the build, which paid homage to the 1933 black & white flick. This gamble paid off hansomely for Jordan and Miller, assuring that they were not going home.
Maddy and Jimmy picked the horror movie Exorcist for their scene, and designed this cutout room where the priest encounters the demon-possessed child.
Despite their best efforts incorporating motorised functions into the build in the priest’s running legs, and the demon’s rotating head, the Brickman felt that it made the scene look comical and weren’t quite up to the usual Jimmy and Maddy standards.
Kale and Bilsy chose Rose and Jack’s iconic scene from the Titanic, building a massive boat, sunset backdrop and Kale’s signature figures.
The Brickman felt that the figures faces were too alike to tell them apart, and that the scale was all wrong, but conceded that the scene ultimately captured the moment from the scene perfectly.
Jordan and Miller, much to their surprise walked away with the best build, with The Brickman attributing their bold move to build in greyscale a winning touch.
Predictably, it came down to Jimmy and Maddy and Kale and Bilsy in the bottom two, and much to everyone’s disappointment, Jimmy and Maddy were sent home from LEGO Masters.
I was really sad at this result even though I saw it coming from a mile away. Jimmy and Maddy were one of my favourite teams and I loved their fun, geeky chemistry and their slightly different take on LEGO designs.
Like them, I really loved their devotion to all things pop culture, and their joy of being on a TV show dedicated to building LEGO was infectious.
I will also miss Maddy’s amazing fashion sense – her dress featuring different types of dogs was the MVP of the episode.
Unfortunately, this also means that there were no more women left of the show, which kinda sucks, but hey, I felt like most of the teams with the exception of Kale and Bilsy 100% deserved to be there.
No idea why, but Kale and Bilsy have to be the luckiest team in the competition – with Kale’s terrible decision-making seemingly occurring during non-elimination rounds, and them escaping by the skin of their teeth.
Oh, and during the episode, it was revealed that LEGO Masters would be renewed for Season 2 (yay!) and that casting was now open. If you or someone you’d know would like to apply, head to: https://legocasting.com.au/
- Applications are open to Australian residents or Citizens
- You must be available for one day between early August to early September 2019 for a potential audition with Producers.
- You must be available for approx. 10-12 weeks for the shoot. At this stage, shooting will take place between October and December 2019.
The second last episode airs on Channel 9 at 7:30pm tonight, so don’t miss out!
Thanks again for reading! If you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section on the eliminated team and the judging!
Check out the Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, or Episode 5 Recaps to catch up! Thanks again for reading! If you’ve watched the episode, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section on the eliminated team and the judging!
LEGO Masters Australia is a reality TV series on Channel 9 which pits 8 teams of LEGO builders against each other to test their creativity and design. It airs on Channel 9 on Sundays (7pm), Mondays and Tuesdays (730pm) and you can stream it on 9Now.