Aaron and Christian Interview (LEGO® Masters)

Episode eight of LEGO® Masters saw the ultimate showdown between good and evil (click here to read more). Aaron and Christian produced a top-notch, clean build. However, with the competition so fierce, the team’s hidden build details certainly set them back. In the aftermath of their elimination, True North Bricks, The Brothers BrickBrickset, and BZPower caught up with the team for an interview. With out further delay, here is the Aaron and Christian interview!

Aaron and Christian interview.
Christian and Aaron (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

How did you know each other before the show and how has your friendship changed since?

Christian: Before the show, we knew of each other’s work through the great social media web of LEGO. When the show came around, we got talking and decided to try and be on the show together. It was a gamble at first. We really hadn’t worked together in person before, but it worked out and was something out of our wildest dreams. Working with Aaron has really both opened my mind engineering and architecturally wise, and we literally are the dynamic duo–both the brain and the brawn.

Aaron: Going into this show, into this experience, it was any LEGO fan’s dream to get to build all day every day with unlimited bricks. For me, the hardest part of adjusting to being on LEGO Masters had nothing to do with taking on that huge amount of building and more to do with the idea of building with somebody else as a team and leaning on them. Those are not things I’m used to doing in my own work. Like many other AFOLs, I usually build alone. It’s something I’m accustomed to. But LEGO Masters is a partner show. Never would I have imagined that the person who was going to be my partner on this show would not just support me creatively, but also support me so fully emotionally in times when I needed it. I never imagined we would build the friendship and the brotherhood that you see on screen, which is real. He and I have really become so close as a result of this show, which is one of the greatest gifts I’m taking away from this whole experience.

Christian: I could not agree more with that!

Aaron and Christian building Dream Park Theme Park.
Building Dream Park Theme Park (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

The show has portrayed you as being very supportive of each other, though you had never built together before. How did that chemistry come together so fast?

Christian: I would say it comes from a love for LEGO, but also a love for your fellow man. We’re both in this competition together. Apart, we will do nothing but fail, but together we will continue to move forward. Me and Aaron are two alphas–

Aaron: I wouldn’t call myself an alpha.

Christian: I call you an alpha, big dog! [laughs] Me and Aaron truly have a love for getting it done. Not necessarily trying to take control, but getting creative, and giving helpful advice that moves the project forward in an effort to complete. We are team players, for lack of a better expression. We’re not guys that will hinder progress. We are the go-getters, guys that’ll get it done.

Aaron: To piggyback off what Christian was saying, the first challenge that we built, the theme park, we did encounter a roadblock that didn’t get shown on air. The initial breakdown of labor that we had was to have two rides: the Ferris wheel and the swing ride. We thought it made sense to have one of us do one, and the other work on the second. We thought that was fair, let’s do that. Midway through the challenge, I saw that Christian needed help. He had basically no experience to this point with working with Power Functions or motors or gears or anything like that in his models. No fault of his own, it’s just not his area of focus. I noticed him getting frustrated and I thought, “We need to reallocate the labor. I need to have his back and have the team’s back by doing what I can do more easily while he works on something that is more suited to his strength.”

So we pow-wowed and I worked on the swing ride and he took the spaceship he’d been working on and turned it into our café. He did the amazing work of populating our theme park, building the rails and shops, and all of the details that really sold the model. Meanwhile I continued to focus on some of the more technical aspects. We were working where our strengths were. That was a realization we had in the first challenge, that we had to approach things more strategically. I think when Christian says we’re alphas, we both believe a lot in ourselves, we know our capabilities, and we had to learn how to be good at asking for help from each other. That’s something we had to learn how to do very quickly. For the rest of the challenges, we had that infrastructure in place to lean on each other. And of course, you know that was never more dramatic than in episode five when I leaned on Christian with my mental health because I couldn’t hold myself up at that point.

Christian: Very well said.

Aaron: He had my back, I had his back, we just embraced that as a necessity of working as a team. I think building that early helped us a lot and also helped cement our bond and allowed us to really grow a beautiful connection while we were on the show.

Aaron and Christian in Dream Park Theme Park.
Christian and Aaron in Dream Park Theme Park (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

How was the experience building under bright lights while wearing suit jackets and tight-fitting shirts for the entire show?

Both: [laughing]

Christian: That’s a GREAT question. Building LEGO in tight shirts was very functional for me. I’m obviously a bodybuilder so tight shirts are what I’m accustomed to. Though I know Aaron got pretty overheated sometimes building in a sport coat and had to take it off!

Aaron: I love my look on the show. I’m very happy with the way wardrobe decided to have me dress myself. I feel like it is true to who I am. I do like to dress up a bit. Obviously, it was heightened on the show–I’m not wearing suit jackets and pants every day, but that’s the kind of thing I would do for this kind of circumstance. That said, there were times when they put me in a sweater and then a suit jacket. When I was in those outfits, I would have to take the jacket off because I was running around all over the place and getting too sweaty. So, I was happy to be displayed that way, and I’m happy with the way the show branded Christian and I in terms of our wardrobe. But yeah, there were sometimes when it got pretty hot and I had to take off the jacket.

Aaron and Christian in Space Smash (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

The show really featured your mishap during the Mega City challenge, especially during ads and teasers. Do you have any comments on how that was presented versus how it really happened?

Aaron: I was surprised and pleased that the show treated that experience honestly and respectfully in the way that they did. For me, that was one of the hardest moments in the whole experience. Obviously, I had a bit of a vulnerable time. I’m really proud of myself for having the vulnerability to love LEGO so much and to have poured so much of myself into a creation that it had that effect on me when it broke. I think the show presented that moment very much in that light, where it’s these people who care so much about LEGO and so much about what they’re working on. The love for this hobby and for this creative means of expression runs so deep, that it’s worth crying about. That’s how the moment felt to me on the show.

As far as what happened, I think we did hit a brick. It must have been that. This was our first time transporting builds that were so tall across the build room. So, there were new hazards that we hadn’t anticipated or prepared for amply and that’s what bit us. It was really bad timing. The show reflected that. It was the last two minutes of the challenge and 40% of our huge tower came toppling down. There’s no good way to have that happen. We scrambled a lot in those two minutes. I held myself together long enough to scrape something up from the floor and slap a roof on the building so we could present something that was finished to the Brick Masters.

When we came back in, when Christian got me to return to the world, he had my back and supported me through that moment. We came back out and the Brick Masters were so generous and so understanding. They said, “You guys managed to present a finished build in spite of what happened and you should be really proud of yourself for that.”

That was something that made me feel like 30% better. Just that one comment from the Brick Masters, because more than anything being on LEGO Masters, I wanted to do my best work and to have the work judged by people with such pedigree. Jamie and Amy are amazing creators and really know what they’re talking about. All you want to do with that level of talent is bring your best game. It broke my heart, the idea of not having done that on the challenge, when I felt like we had something that was so good. It was just amazing luck that with the twist we got to repair it. That was the luckiest turn of our whole experience.

Aaron and Christian in the Cut in Half Challenge.
Building the Cut in Half Challenge (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Most episodes have featured twists from limiting building time to adding a random new task or direction. What was the emotional impact of those “make it or break it” twists?

Christian: Building for that extended period of time, mentally you’re exhausted. So when twists would pop up, everyone would be like, “Oh, here we go.” But definitely, as you said, it’d make or break a challenge. It was a new obstacle to rise to. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it hurts. That was just the game we played.

Aaron: Christian and I experienced both ends of that spectrum. Obviously, in the Mega City challenge, that twist gave us an enormous opportunity that let us get into the top two for that week. But, then the episode directly before that, the twist forced us to pretty much add a third genre to what was already essentially a two genre film. That turned out to be kind of insurmountable for us and we had to use the golden brick. So we experienced both ends of the spectrum in that regard. I think the teams who were able to take a twist and consistently use it to make their builds better were the teams that ended up where they are now.

Aaron and Christian with their finished Cut in Half Build.
Christian and Aaron with their finished Cut in Half build (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

You are one of only two teams that earned the golden brick. Was it actually made of gold or was it more like the chromed gold on LEGO key chains?

Aaron: The golden brick was neither of those things. It was not exactly like the chrome-colored bricks you can get on the key chains, nor was it made out of metal. It was made of plastic like a regular LEGO brick, but I suspect that someone in the prop department painted it gold to work with the cameras on-set.

Do you think you used the golden brick at the right time?

Christian: I would say that we definitely used it at the right time. It didn’t really show on TV, but using the golden brick carries a weight with it. I believe we used it at the right time. When we had our Movie Genres challenge, we built ourselves into a corner. When the twist came, our build really was not cohesive to the Brick Masters. We would have potentially wound up in a spot where the golden brick would have just been taken from us. You lose it if you don’t use it and end up in the bottom two. So, we wanted to essentially go out on our own terms. We would rather have used the golden brick on a build that we were both proud of, but also proud to admit that we perhaps did not do so well on.

Aaron: Brick Master Amy said something to us in terms of using the golden brick during our critique on that episode. She said that our usage of it demonstrated our awareness of our work, and that we both knew we hadn’t put our best foot forward addressing the challenge directly. Essentially, using the golden brick was demonstrating that awareness to the Brick Masters, to ourselves, and to our fellow contestants. Christian and I obviously debated about whether or not to use it in that moment. And at the end of the day, he said to me, “If you’re having doubts, if you’re feeling like this is not the best build we can do, then we should use it.” I appreciated his support on that. He is such a positive person. Of course, we never wanted to use the golden brick, but it just felt like the right time. I’m glad we used it when we did since it kept us building for the next episode where we built something we couldn’t have been prouder of.

The build that cost the golden brick (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

The Brick Masters commented several times that you’re very polished builders and you had technically challenging builds. Which one of your builds are you the most proud of?

Christian: I would say the Mega City challenge by far is my favorite build. Not only is it an amazing phoenix metaphor, but it’s also something out of my childhood. I always wanted to build a giant city block at that scale, but not everybody has that much brick laying around. Through the beauty of LEGO Masters we were finally able to achieve that. And throw in that super crazy cool smoke monster, get out of here! That’s just a recipe for a good time.

Aaron: I agree with Christian wholeheartedly. The Mega City build was my favorite build of the season because it had the most of myself in it. Literally blood, sweat, and tears. Most of the blood coming from the cuts you get from fresh ABS after you pound your hand into a bucket full of 2x4s. [laughs] That’s inevitably going to happen.

Another build that was one of my favorites was the Cut in Half challenge, in episode three. For me, no model that Christian and I did married form and function better like that underwater scene. In terms of the features that we got going on in that build, the scale we achieved, the micro-scale – the Brick Masters said the build was small, and it was, but it was a massive micro-scale build. So, for a micro-scale build it was quite big. The level of detail, the level of polish we got in there, I couldn’t have been prouder of our final product on that one. That was definitely one of my favorites. I think the concept of the challenge was so cool.

Cut in Half by Aaron and Christian (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)
Aaron and Christian’s “massive micro-scale build” (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Is there anything you would have done differently in any of your challenges?

Aaron: Hindsight is 20/20! Obviously, looking back on challenges where we faced more critique, or for example the challenge that sent us home, there are things I would have done differently. There are things that we both would have wanted to do differently knowing what we know now about what the Brick Masters are typically looking for. We could have started off our processes differently, that would have put us on better footing. We could have made better choices that would have led us better. Even the builds that we loved, we think, “We could have done that portion better,” or “That could have been done better.” Ultimately, it’s been important for me in the wake of this process, to say you did the best you could do in the time constraint you’re given, in the atmosphere you’re inhabiting, because there’s no point in beating yourself up on the past, for what has already happened. Regardless of all that, I think Christian and I did a lot of work for which we deserve to be really proud, and I’m very proud of our builds on the show.

What would have been the perfect challenge for you if you could have chosen one?

Aaron: I am bummed because the very next challenge that is coming up is a Star Wars building challenge that had our names all over it! We are huge Star Wars fans, we love minifig scale stuff, and I’m pretty sure there’s a mechanical component that they’ll be exploring in that episode as well. I love to put motion in our builds and design functions! So, that challenge looks like it is going to be really cool. I wish we could have been there for it. The theme park challenge was also clearly right up our alley. We did very well with that build. The Mega City challenge really let Christian and I play to our strengths. That said, we all developed new strengths from being on the show. Everyone was pushed, everyone had to expand their skill set and do things they’ve never done before. I feel like a much more rounded builder after the show.

Building a bromance.
Building a bromance (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

What was the most difficult aspect of the challenges aside from the time limit?

Aaron: Obviously, time was a huge factor, not just on the building, but also on planning on how you build. If you made a mistake or if you’d made a choice that you wish you could take back, there was not time to fix it. I’m sure other contestants have talked about that before.

For me, one of the biggest challenges of LEGO Masters aside from the time in the build room was just the amount of time that we were doing the work. It’s kind of exhausting after a while to be working 12 hours a day, five days a week, and building and creating that much! There was a little bit of burnout I started to experience towards the end. I’d also say that it can be a little bit intimidating or stressful to have cameras and microphones on you at all times. Most of us do LEGO builds in a peaceful secluded space with bricks within an easy reach. That’s much more peaceful than being on a big sound stage with cameras following you as you run across the room. Grab one brick, realize you got the wrong brick, go back again. It’s a much more kinetic experience. I think that poses challenges that I didn’t necessarily expect going into LEGO Masters.

Christian: I would definitely agree with Aaron. The planning phase was something that brought with it a lot of thought process. It really was a lesson on how best to use one’s time as we really did not have a lot of it. You would have 13 hours for example, and it felt like it would go by in two minutes. Not only were you having the time of your life, but you had to keep yourself grounded and stay focused and be careful not to break your creation.

Romance coming together (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

In the most recent episode, you were paired up with Tyler and Amy. How did working with another team change the dynamic of completing a challenge?

Aaron: I was tremendously excited by the opportunity to work with some fresh ideas and fresh perspectives. Tyler and Amy’s work speaks for itself. It’s amazing. I’ve looked up to Tyler’s work for 10 years, getting to build with him was such a delight. There is complexity that arises though, because building with a partner is an experience and I think it took some acclimating for a lot of the teams, Christian and myself included. I think we adjusted pretty quickly. Our learning curve was steep in the first challenge, but we overcame that and succeeded. Four minds working on one build is a lot to juggle, and it poses a different set of challenges. More interpersonal challenges, more group challenges. Everyone has their own vision for what they think they’ll see in any circumstance. It’s easier to reconcile two points of view than four. It was simultaneously thrilling and amazing, cool, and also difficult. I felt like it was a growth experience for me. Overall, it was such a cool opportunity, the kind of thing that can only really happen on LEGO Masters.

What is the best memory of interacting with the other teams that the cameras did not catch?

Aaron: We had a group chat about this last night. Sometimes, due to production mishaps, or things running a little bit over schedule, there were some rare instances where we were building without cameras. There wasn’t enough time during the shooting day, while the crew was there for us to actually do all of the building that needed to be done for the length of the challenge. For instance, during the most recent challenges, we were there for a full hour after everyone else went home. It was just us builders in the studio with these disgusting, LED, halogen, or whatever lights above–none of the pretty lights you see on TV–doing some building catch up time. Just the eight of us in that room building without any of the cameras, without any of the microphones and just getting to enjoy each other’s company. That was a really magical moment. That’s what I think of as being a really special time for getting to the heart of what LEGO Masters was, which is a lot of people who love LEGO building LEGO together.

Christian: I could not agree more with that. Truly a goofy time after all the cameras closed down and everybody was a little “build crazy,” as it were. Yes, we all got a little kooky.

Aaron: There were countless moments of being off-set, waiting in the trailer for them to reset something, or to change out a set-piece, or for the kids to film their bit of the show, or Will to film a promo. Those were the times when we weren’t on the build floor, but we were all confined to this little trailer with a bunch of snacks and each other’s company. Those are the moments that we really bonded.

Christian: There actually was one moment I fell asleep, and they decided to take one of the Jenga games and build it on me. As I woke up the whole thing came crashing down, it was hilarious.

Aaron: That was a good one.

Christian: Oh yeah, most definitely.

Aaron and Christian’s Mega City Block (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Did you have any fun interactions with any guest stars that didn’t air during an episode?

Christian: [laughs] There was a conversation between me and Terry Crews where I’m just gushing about him and having a good time. That was one of my favorite conversations we’d had. There’s another conversation between me and Nicole Byers, where she’s flirting with me and at one point she goes, “How old are you!?” and I reply 23, and she goes, “Well, oooooeeee, I’m not gonna be your person to take out here,” and we both laughed.

Aaron: Will Arnett also made jokes about Christian getting his shirt from from Baby Gap! [laughs] Will is a tremendously funny guy who has very little filter. I think some of the stuff got left on the editing room floor for good reason. He’s really funny, and he’s there to make everybody laugh. But of course, this is a family friendly show so not everything he said made it to TV.

Aaron, Christian, Will, and Terry Crews.
Aaron, Christian. Will Arnett, and Terry Crews (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Going back to that first episode where you saw the Lamborghini, what were your initial thoughts in sizing up the competition?

Christian: I would say when I walked in, I walked in with not a clue in the world. I was very interested to see what we were going up against. I assumed that everybody there was very experienced, very ready to put it all out on the table. So, one could say I went in with the mindset of being ready to compete. You know, this was a competition show. It involved one of my favorite mediums, LEGO, so naturally we came ready to bring our A-game.

Aaron: We had actually met several of the cast who made it onto the final show. There was a casting weekend in L.A. like a month before the show actually started filming. So, we got to not just build alongside many of the people who had become our peers, but also got to hang out with them a bit. That was a really cool gift because when we got to L.A. and to the set, there were familiar names, familiar faces. We were like “Hey, it’s you! You made it! We made it! That’s so cool!” That was a cool experience because there was already a bit of bonding that had happened beforehand, so it made for good connections right from the get-go.

Aaron & Christian’s Cream-Sickle Sledgehammer did not reach the finish line. (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX)

What was your favorite build by another team and why?

Christian: Good question!

Aaron: Oh, that’s a good question! I have to think about that. Christian, you go first.

Christian: I would have to say the Storybook challenge, Tyler and Amy’s giant carrot with the broccoli falling behind it truly was just beautiful. Tyler and Amy have an amazing way of characterizing LEGO in such a lifelike manner that is unique solely to them. That build, I believe, really displayed that. It showed that they could bring a fun element of humor and kookiness. It was beautiful, it really was.

Aaron: I have two. One was Richard and Flynn’s clock for the Cut-in-Half challenge.

Christian: Oh, good one!

Aaron: That build, aside from being polished, technically accurate, and creative, is one of the purest encapsulations of a team’s character in a build that I had ever seen. That build was the best of them. That was exactly who they are as builders, where their forte is, the kind of stories that they tell. It was perfect in that way.

The other one that really comes to my mind and jumps out is Mark and Boone’s Movie Genres challenge build. It was hilarious, the scale was awesome, the functions were great, and the storytelling, above all, was incredibly clear. I think that they took that challenge and really rose to it. Those two are also just such talented builders and everything was done with such great skill on top of those other virtues.

The storybook challenge with Aaron and Christian.
Building a storybook (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

What advice would you give any future LEGO Masters contestants?

Aaron: Christian and I are so pleased to see we’ve inspired a lot of kids to build more and build more creatively. I’ve gotten so many messages in the wake of our elimination, with a lot of parents saying, “Oh my God, my kid was crying when you guys got sent home, they loved you so much, they were really rooting for you!” The thing I always say in response to that is to never stop building. That’s how I got to where I was. Since I was five, I’ve just been building and building and kept building my whole life. That has given me the time and the experience to hone this skill to grow my awareness of LEGO and to absorb so many amazing works from the community. And to grow my LEGO collection.

Really, it takes time to get to the level of the contestants on LEGO Masters. Like all skills, you have to invest your heart, your soul, your creative passion into this for a long time to get to a certain level of a building. LEGO is one of those things that’s always rewarding to put time into because you’re using your time creatively. You’re using it to do something constructive–literally. So my advice would be to never stop. And try to think outside the box. Don’t do what’s expected. Make big bold choices because even if they’re perhaps not the right choices, I think it’s better to make a big choice than to make a small choice.

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What’s your biggest takeaway from being on the show?

Aaron: Use more color.

Christian: [laughs]

Aaron: Brick Master Amy is always saying to use more color. That really stuck with me. So, I’m always thinking more about ways to bring color into my builds somehow.

Christian: I couldn’t agree more. Brick Masters Amy and Jaime both were very astute to make sure that we always introduced a large amount of color into everything we did.

Aaron: Christian and I both tend to build in more “realistic-style” with our personal building. Which means a lot of earth tones, a lot of greys, and a lot of duller hues. But it’s fun to bring more color. LEGO has such an amazing palette, why not exploit it? Why not use it if you can?

The other big takeaway for me is that a build story should tell itself from the first glance at it, which is something I have always strived for. I’ve always wanted to do that in my builds, and a lot of times I think I achieve it. But now I have a higher awareness around that. Storytelling is a huge part of the presentation of any art. It was gratifying to take that lesson away from LEGO Masters. It’s a big thing to think about all the time.

Contestants Aaron and Christian with guest stars Nate, Phoebe, Cash, Catelyn and Noelly in the “Storybook” episode (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

While filming, did you have any problems coming up with ideas for the challenges? After leaving the show, did you experience any creativity blocks when it came to building again?

Christian: We definitely hit our creative blocks, but thanks to the other minds on the team, we were able to recharge and come out with fresh, new and different ideas. And after leaving LEGO Masters, if anything, my build-bug, as I call it, was supercharged. I came home and immediately started tearing into my bricks, reorganizing and getting into my Technic and working with new and different elements. LEGO Masters was this gorgeous competition, not only in the sense that everybody wanted everybody to be the best, but it also reinvigorated your mind. It was like solving 50 different Rubik’s Cubes 50 different ways. I was like, holy cow I didn’t know how to do it that way, or this way, or I have a new idea for this. It truly was creativity at its finest.

Aaron: Coming back from LEGO Masters, there was a bit of a period of rest I needed to take creatively. But, the bounce-back was definitely quickened by sorting, frankly. I had a lot of bricks that I wanted to sort. I reorganized a lot of my collections to break things down even more specifically. For me, sorting is kind of a therapeutic exercise as well as a necessity, as a LEGO builder, because it just helps you to be in that space, to be in that tactile, sensory world without the burden of having to do something “right” or “wrong”. You’re sorting, it’s mechanical and it is letting you know your LEGO collection a little bit better without any of the pressure. Not that I put pressure on myself as a builder normally, except to pressure myself to always do my best. But, that was what I did in the wake of LEGO Masters. Also, I’ve been publishing retrospective mini builds on Instagram that deal with each of the challenges. Getting to revisit our work in a fun and playful way was really helpful for me in terms of just getting some closure on the LEGO Masters experience. As you know, Christian and I left earlier than we wanted to so, there wasn’t as clear of an ending for it for me. I did a little bit of work on the brick to make it feel like more of a capstone on our experience.

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How did you get into LEGO and did you go through a dark age?

Christian: I began my excursion into LEGO at a really young age–like four or five. My mom had gotten me this Jack Stone Fire Rescue set that I vividly remember. We actually still have the figure from it. But that was just the inciting incident, and it was love at first build, if you will. I have gone with it and eventually discovered Flickr, which is a very popular social media site for LEGO people. I connected so much with so many different people and really found a whole new love for the hobby. It’s something to build on your own, but a completely other thing to meet the community behind it. And then I eventually started going to conventions like BrickFair Virginia and created networks of friends. But, I’ve honestly never gone through a dark age.

Aaron: I’ve never gone through a dark age either. There were times in my life where I was a little bit more private with my hobby as a result of the social pressures of middle and high school for instance. But, I’ve never stopped building for my whole life. I’ve pretty much been building since I was old enough to hold a Duplo brick. Like Christian, my fandom has really grown and strengthened by attending conventions and joining the online community, getting see what other people were doing with LEGO bricks. And things like getting to see early set pictures before they came out in the catalogs that I used to carry around with me. I was so obsessed with getting that early access or that complete picture was so appealing to me. So was the community, and all the people and connections, and the role models that I made and found in the LEGO sphere of my life.

First time in the bottom two (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

What are your LEGO collections like at home?

Aaron: I am in my LEGO room right now. I’ve got a couple of industrial shelves full of different sorted boxes. I’ve got all my uniform, transparent storage boxes for different colors and different shapes. It’s technically a guest bedroom, but we call it the LEGO studio [laughs]. It kind of is my little man-cave in its own way. It’s truly important to me to have a space dedicated to creating and I couldn’t be happier with the one that I have. I also have a standing desk, which is very good for your health! I recommend everyone get it.

Christian: It’s funny that you say that, I was actually going to get one of those gorgeous standing desks.

Aaron: [laughs]

Christian: My room is both my LEGO and sleeping area [laughs]. I have some industrial shelving. I wish it was a bit more in-depth, I’m sure Aaron’s is much more fine-tuned than mine. Some of mine is sorted by brick type, others by brick color. Obviously, every LEGO nut would love to have more storage, more space, more organization. It’s a never-ending process! [laughs]

Aaron and Christian’s Storybook challenge (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Do you have a favorite set in your collection?

Aaron: Yes, Ninjago City, period.

Christian: Oh, good one.

Aaron: Just the techniques and the parts. I love it so much. It’s one of the only sets I still have together. Pretty much everything else gets scrapped for parts. That’s really how much I love it.

Christian: My current favorite LEGO set is the Speed Champions Dodge Challenger SRT pack. It comes with the 1970s Dodge Challenger and the more current 2018 Challenger. They are just beautiful symphonies of LEGO. The body and chassis are seamless. I often look at it and am like, “Is this actually LEGO? It literally looks like a Hot Wheels car!” [laughs] They (LEGO) really have nailed the Speed Champions sets.

Aaron: Christian really loves the Speed Champions. He got me the Lamborghinis for my birthday. I have yet to build those, but I’m really looking forward to it.

Christian: Oh Yeah! The fun story off that is the initial “prize” was the Lamborghini. I literally lost my mind at that part. Then they’re like, “It’s actually just the delivery system.” I’m like, “WHAT?!?”

Aaron: [laughs] He complained about not getting that Lamborghini for six weeks.

Building a base for heroes (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Are there any LEGO conventions you are planning on attending in the future if things clear up?

Christian: Yes! I always go to BrickFair Virginia in August. We also have a LEGO Masters reunion planned for Brickworld Chicago too.

Aaron: Yeah, a lot of us will be at Brickworld, so get over there!

Where can people follow you on social media?

Christian: That would probably be best on our Instagrams. Mine is @chris_cowgill.

Aaron: Mine is @aaronbrickdesigner. You can also find really in-depth looks at our builds, including lots of pictures and write-ups behind the builds on my website: aaronbrickdesigner.com.

Final build with Tyler and Amy (©2020 FOX MEDIA LLC. CR: Ray Mickshaw/FOX).

Stay tuned for more!

If I am being honest, I earmarked Aaron and Christian for the final three. While I was not far off, I was was nonetheless surprised to see them go. Their builds were always clean and sophisticated. LEGO Masters returns April 8 on FOX where three teams venture into a galaxy far, far away for a Star Wars challenge! For more on going LEGO Masters coverage, click here.

Until next time,

-Tom

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