‘Lego Masters’ Host Will Arnett and Producers on How Season 2 Found More Intense, ‘Eccentric’ Builders (2023)

Lego Masters” returns for a second season on Tuesday with a new crop of contestants that once again live up to the show’s title — and perhaps even more so than last year. Season 1 featured impressive builds from some incredibly creative minds — but according to executive producers Anthony Dominici and Michael Heyerman, many of the nation’s most talented Lego builders weren’t ready to compete back then.

Cut to Season 2: Now that they’ve seen the show and verified how legit “Lego Masters” is, everyone wants in. “I would say that we found a lot of the builders that we cast this season were probably the ones who were a little nervous about joining a first season show,” Dominici says. “They didn’t know what the sort of tone of the show would be. A lot of our builders this season were big fans of the first season. They saw that we’re not here to make fun of anyone. Our builders are, I would say, even more incredible than the first season, more diverse and have really great, interesting stories.”

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Like Season 1, “Lego Masters” cast a wide net for contestants, and put together a wildly diverse crop of contestants. Dominici says he’s especially surprised at the number of older Lego geniuses they have found to be on the show: “One of our build teams is a brother and sister, he’s 67 and she’s around 59. He’s a biker, and rides a motorcycle around, and you would never expect this to be a team on a Lego show,” he says. “The builders this season have great stories, incredible builds and personalities.”

Heyerman says there’s a certain amount of eccentric-ness among the Lego experts. “They are very cerebral, they’re very much like an artist, so their personalities come along with that,” he says. “It’s a show that casts unlike any of the others. I really look forward to seeing the tapes as they come in. They’re all just really fun archetypes of personalities.”

That means plenty of interaction between the contestants and host Will Arnett, who Heyerman calls “the funniest person on the planet.” In Season 1, it took some time for the Lego builders to realize they could joke and have fun with Arnett. This season, they’re ready to improvise with him. “I felt like this group really engaged and was really open to the process because they knew it wasn’t going to be mean spirited,” Heyerman says. “When you’re working for 18 hours, and your fingers are being worked to the bone, sometimes you need that in order to bring some levity into the room so that everybody kind of lightens up and realizes we’re just having fun.”

Arnett says he noticed that increased levity as well. “But as much as they were there and kind of goofing around, there were a lot of them who came and meant business,” he says. “These people were practicing at home with each other and getting ready, knowing that they were on the clock. A lot of them came super prepared.”

As with most productions, COVID-19 protocols forced several changes on Season 2 of “Lego Masters”: Most notably, production shifted to Atlanta, where a massive soundstage was located to shoot the show.

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“We had made ‘MasterChef’ in the pandemic, so we had some experience and there was no positive test, so we felt good about us being able to execute that,” Heyerman says. “We started looking for stages that had enough space for our big crew, and to house 5 million bricks. Not only house them but spray them with UV light so that it was safe after every use. We needed an area that could have our big crew spaced apart. That’s when we landed in Atlanta. We owned two huge stages and could literally just kind of spread out.”

Dominici says the goal was to make sure the Lego pit didn’t turn into a “germ pit.” “We worked out all these methods and talked to lots of experts and hired a compliance company that helped figure it out, we tested all these different methods for cleaning the bricks and quickly arrived on the solution. We’re thankful and proud to say that, we had 150 crew roughly on set every day, and during production there was not a single positive COVID case on our on our show, which is incredible.”

For Arnett, moving to Atlanta had another unexpected upside: He wound up renting an apartment in the same building as his “Arrested Development” buddy Jason Bateman, who was in town filming “Ozark.”

“We were also doing our podcast at the same time, which was really fun,” Arnett said. “Atlanta was great because we were kind of sequestered, and there was nowhere else to go you just went from where you were staying to work. It was great being down there and, yeah, I never like to be too far away from Bateman.”

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As for the Lego builds, Dominici says the mantra of Season 2 was “bigger and better. We just took everything and really just blew it up, sometimes literally. We have lots of hours for them to build these incredible projects and I think people are going to really be surprised and in awe of what they can come up with on the spot. To be clear, when Will on the show gives them the assignment of what they’re building this week, that’s the first time they’re ever hearing it. There’s no prep time, there’s no sketching or producing in advance. They are just improv-ing this whole thing, and it’s like, how do you do this? Every week we’re always blown away.”

Dominici does reveal that the contestants are given breaks, and that sometimes the builds take place over a number of days. So when the clock says 14 hours, it’s not consecutive. Yes, there’s time for them to eat and sleep. The finale challenge, for example, ends up taking 24 hours.

Major builds this season include a special Earthquake simulator machine that took the show’s challenge team many hours to build. “Fox wanted things to break, they were like, let’s have some fun,” Heyerman says. “Let’s do more challenges like we did the bridge in Season 1. Let’s do more and put them in the stress test.”

Adds Dominici: “Most of them are not engineers. They’re just Lego building fans, but they’re coming up with these methods. They’re making up their engineering and figuring out what their design philosophy is. It’s really cool to follow along and we’re guessing too. Will that work or that be stronger?”

Due to COVID restrictions, there aren’t as many guest stars this season, but among the show’s visitors are former Kermit the Frog puppeteer Steve Whitmire, who designs a special Will Arnett puppet for Arnett. “The guy’s a master performer and hilarious in his own right, and we just came up with this bit and Will had the most fun on set,” Dominici says.

As for Arnett, whose experience with Lego includes playing with his kids but also as the voice of Lego Batman, he admits this season’s contestants made him question his own building abilities.

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“It’d be like going to play golf and having Tiger Woods tee off,” he says. “We had even more strong builders, and some of the stuff they did was mesmerizing. We had a challenge when they all had to build a castle, coming out of a cliff wall basically, and they could use up to 10 two-stud pieces that were anchored into the wall, to support it. They really far exceeded our expectations of what you could do, purely from an engineering standpoint. We have even more strong builders I think that I think real fans of Lego are going to like it.”

“Lego Masters,” produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesday’s Child and Plan B Entertainment, returns with Season 2 on Tuesday, June 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

Here’s an exclusive first look:

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The season concluded with 12 episodes on September 14, 2021 with brothers Mark & Steven Erikson being crowned the winners. On December 3, 2021, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.

Who are the Lego Master teams? ›

LEGO Masters Teams
  • Branko and Max.
  • Caleb and Alex.
  • Crystal and Andrew.
  • Joss and Henry.
  • Kirsti and Daniel.
  • Lexi and Rachael.
  • Nick and Gene.
  • Paul and Trent.

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Despite the fact that Will Arnett hosts a show centered on building LEGO creations, his salary is naturally much higher than our typical LEGO builder. Yes, being a LEGO master builder is actually a real job.

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LEGO Masters - Season 1

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Yes, Lego Master Builder is a real job with a real salary. So what do they do? Every day is different when you are a Lego Master Builder. Today you might be giving a demonstration at a discovery center, tomorrow you are working on a life sized Batmobile and next week you have to finish up a Minecraft set for next year.

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Since winning, Jackson and Alex have been working with not-for-profit organisation FORM in Western Australia on various projects. Their biggest is an immersive exhibition called Relics: Bricks of the New World, which runs until the end of May at The Goods Shed in WA as part of the Scribblers Festival.

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Lego Masters 2022 is underway and we are already 'blocked' to our screens. Dan and Kirsti have very different building styles but were excited to get into the grove of working together.

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For the Newcastle brothers, winning Lego Masters is all about setting themselves up for the future. "My girlfriend and I recently got engaged, so my share would easily cover the wedding," says Joss. That would leave the other half for Henry to "spend a lot of money increasing the size of my Lego collection", he laughs!

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Lego Ideas (formerly known as Lego Cuusoo) is a website run by Chaordix and The Lego Group, which allows users to submit ideas for Lego products to be turned into potential sets available commercially, with the original designer receiving 1% of the royalties.

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"People keep asking does each episode get filmed for 15 hours straight? And no, not really. It's done over a whole week," he said. "How it works is say it's a 15-hour build, we'll do the build over two days.

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The little boy who grew up playing with the iconic blocks in his bedroom is Australia's Lego Master. And now Joss Woodyard - who took out the title with his younger brother Henry on Monday night, May 16 - says he's one step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a Lego designer in Denmark.

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The duo has continued to collaborate on LEGO builds — including BrickHeadz of Nine Network personalities — and will soon announce a book project they've been working on.

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They're usually around 8–12-hour builds. We were trying to think of something that's really much bigger than we would normally do for these challenges, but also not too big, so we don't run out of time.

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The top two teams were Dave & Emily, and Stephen & Stephen. Stephen & Stephen won the challenge. The bottom two teams were Emily & Liam, and Nick & Stacey. Emily & Liam were eliminated for poor time management, leaving them very little time to get the whole sky in their scene built.

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Alex and Caleb

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Season 3 (2021)
TeamAgesRelationship/ Occupation
Sarah & Fleur45 & 43Mums
Harrison & Michael26 & 25PhD candidate & physiotherapist
Anthony & Jess20 & 30Hotel concierge & science communicator
Amy & Dawei33 & 33Content creator & auditor/wedding photographer
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Lego Star Wars AT-AT: Build

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Joss and Henry are crowned the winners of LEGO Masters Australia Season 4. Joss and Henry are the winners of LEGO® Masters Season 4! The brothers have won the title of Australia's next LEGO Masters and $100,050 prize money after they impressed Brickman and 200 voters with their 'Kaiju Monster vs Mecha Crab' build.

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Glenn Knight (Pahiatua) and Jake Roos - New Zealand's first LEGO Masters.

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After a tense finale build, Joss and Henry have taken out the title of 2022 Lego Masters on Nine, winning $100,050 (the extra $50 thanks to Hamish Blake) in prize money.

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Who won LEGO Masters season 1 and 2? ›

Elimination table
PlaceTeamEpisodes
10
1Tyler & AmyWINNERS
2Boone & MarkRUNNERS-UP
3Samuel & JessicaTHIRD
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Will LEGO Masters return in 2022? ›

Production. Alongside the renewal in December 2021, it was announced that Will Arnett would return to host. The season was originally slated to premiere on May 31, 2022, but was later pushed to the 2022–23 season. On June 6, 2022, it was announced that the third season will premiere on September 21, 2022.

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LEGO Masters exploded onto our screens in 2019 and has cemented itself as one of the most popular shows on TV. In 2023, the feel-good phenomenon is back with an all star cast as the best of the very best return with a new wave of brilliant building and imagination for LEGO Masters: Grand Masters.

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Caleb didn't know Alex prior to the show and they bonded over creating different builds. He said they laughed and had a lot of fun together on the show. Caleb said Lego Masters taught him the value of celebrating other people and creativity.

Do the contestants get a break in Lego Masters? ›

Do they get breaks? They sure do. But there are strict rules about what contestants can and can't do during their breaks.

Do the couples on Lego Masters know each other? ›

Lego Masters 2022 is underway and we are already 'blocked' to our screens. Dan and Kirsti have very different building styles but were excited to get into the grove of working together.

Are Nick and Gene a couple Lego Masters? ›

Video editors Nick and Gene are best friends and lifelong LEGO® lovers. When they realised they shared this passion they became obsessed with what they could create. While Nick tries to bring his sense of humour and creativity into each build, Gene is more focused on getting his builds done as quickly as possible.

Is Lego Masters filmed in one day? ›

All the filming was done at weekends or in school holidays, and as me and Nate were both teachers this suited us perfectly. By the end, to make just 4 hours of TV, we had done 32 days of filming! All the builds were done in the “Build Room” a TV studio, set up with 8 workstations, and around 1 million LEGO Bricks!

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