LEGO Master Builder Chris Steininger is building an 8-foot Marvel Hulk at Town Center this weekend. But he doesn’t expect to construct this giant green superhero alone.
Kids and adults are invited to help him from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 19 and 20 at the fountain between Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. The build will celebrate the Oct. 11 opening of the nearby LEGO store in Town Center at Boca Raton.
Here’s his take on what to expect if you go:
Q: How will this activity work?
A: Tables will be set up in the event area. They will be full of LEGO bricks and instructions. They [helpers] will build four times the the standard brick’s size. I’ll take the bricks they build and put them into the large model of Hulk.
Q: Will they have to buy the LEGOs?
A: No, this is a free event, entirely to help celebrate the grand opening of the new store. I’m there to inspire kids to go home and build something amazing with their own LEGO bricks.
Q: Is there a minimum age or can anyone do this?
A: It’s recommended for ages 6 and up because tables are set up higher, but younger kids can do this with mom or dad’s help.
Q: Is this timed and do you distribute a certain amount of bricks per helper?
A: This is open ended.
Q: What will happen with the finished Hulk?
A: Models are set up for a weekend. If they want to see the completed Hulk, they can go from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday before the mall closes.
Q: What else do you want to say about the build?
A: The biggest thing is awareness of the new store opening and we’ll be part of the community now. There are monthly activities so they can check in with our store manager and go to the LEGO page for a store calendar. There are monthly model builds.
Q: What do people ask you most about being a LEGO Master Builder?
A: The No. 1 question is, how do you become a LEGO Master Builder? Only seven of us work in our North American headquarters. We are sculptors. We don’t have an engineering background. We’re more three-dimensional artists. We sometimes have postings for a model builder. It’s rare because they hire from within, but it does happen. It’s a lot of fun.
By Marci Shatzman