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Lego Masters judge talks about the series

By Tara Whitsed

Former Mooroopna man Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught crowned the winners of new Australian television series Lego Masters this week.

Mr McNaught — the only certified Lego professional in the Southern Hemisphere — appeared on the series, alongside host Hamish Blake, as judge and mentor to the contestants.

Contestants Henry and Cade were crowned Lego Masters on Tuesday night’s episode which saw the pair triumph in a gruelling 28-hour grand finale free build.

‘‘As our most consistent team across the whole series, Henry and Cade exhibited a unique building style and were able to really deliver on some wildly ambitious builds,’’ Mr McNaught said.

‘‘For mine, their builds were of the highest standard, and they really didn’t falter at any of the crazy challenges we threw at them.’’

Throughout the series Mr McNaught guided the pair, along with the other contestants, to complete a range of challenges.

Mr McNaught often reflected the challenges on social media by showcasing images of his own builds, demonstrating the lengthy time needed to construct large Lego creations.

A highlight included Mr McNaught’s own version of one of the challenges which tasked contestants with building a DeLorean vehicle from the Back to the Future movies.

Mr McNaught’s quarter-scale build of the iconic car took an incredible 290 hours to complete.

Earlier this week it was announced the Nine Network had commissioned Lego Masters for a second series after record ratings.

According to the network, each episode attracted a total average national viewing audience of more than 2.2million, including regional audiences, encore screenings and streaming on 9Now.

The second series of Lego Masters will begin production later this year and go to air on Nine next year.

Casting is now open at nine.com.au/legomasters