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ByCurtis Harding/June 18, 2021 2:08 am EST

When "LEGO Masters"debuted in the U.S. in spring of 2020 (it had started as a British show in 2017), it was a breath of fresh air for American viewers. The series was fun, it was wildly creative, and as the pandemic began and lockdowns took hold, it was an hour of feel-good, creative kindness during one of the scariest times of our lives. It was also an instant hit — so when FOX announced a second season would be airing in 2021, fans were thrilled.

With a sophomore season now under way that might just be even bigger and bolder than the first, "Masters" seems to have uncovered a boundary-pushing formula that takes the fun to another level. Just like a good LEGO build, the WillArnett-hosted show is constantly adapting and evolving, sometimes even as showrunners plan and shoot an episode. There are a lot of moving parts in a series like this (beyond those fueled by Technic motors), so while you may think you're a super fan who knows everything about the FOX hit, here are a few behind-the-scenes secrets that may catch you by surprise.

Build challenges are rigorously tested

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As with any reality show, when "LEGO Masters" teams get a challenge, they're given certain parameters (length of time, stability, appearance) for success. These are not arbitrary — but occasionally they can be wildly inaccurate.

Season 1 winners Amy and Tyler Clites told GeekTyrant that it takes roughly three days to film an episode, between build times and all the extra elements like intros and outros. When it comes to the builds, timing is often the main concern, and here's where things get tricky for the show. If contestants get too much time, the challenges won't be dramatic enough; too little time, and nobody will be able to create anything very impressive. So, the show must test these parameters before dictating them to the brick-wielding teams.

"We did a lot of testing," executive producer Anthony Dominici told Deadline. "There were a few things that we tested that we were really excited about that [we realized], 'Oh, it's hard to do that in this amount of time, or build it in a certain way.' So, we had a whole team of people who were just testing the challenges, making sure that we can deliver."

As "Masters" judge Amy Corbett told, though, there's no way to plan for everything. "No matter how much we test and try out," she said, "there's just such a huge degree of unpredictability as to what the builders will actually come up with and how they will approach the challenge."

Which is how they ended up with an infamous moment during the Season 1 bridge challenge, where Christian and Aaron's bridge was built so solidly that the production simply ran out of weights to further test it.

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Contestants always have the bricks they need

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As any 7+-year-old knows, when it comes to LEGOs, organization is key. Set pieces are split into numbered bags to help you build through the instructions, and a "Brick Separator" is typically included to take bricks apart and rebuild.

With "LEGO Masters," the showrunners know they have to take that organization and scale it ... quite massively. At a behind-the-scenes tour, BrickSet learned that the "Brick Pit" that holds millions of LEGO pieces (5 million this season, to be exact) was just the beginning. The bricks are split into over 150 drawers, with each drawer holding up to 8 different brick elements­. It's a hyper-organized, seemingly endless amount of bricks, but those team builds can really drain the supply.

"After the teams make these epic builds, we have to replenish the bricks," executive producer Anthony Dominici told The Brothers Brick."We have to take apart some things, we have to sort it back to where it goes — and that takes forever."

During the tour, supervising producer Brent Benedetti showed off the inconspicuous-but-essential locale where deconstruction takes place. It doesn't look like much, but inside a tent on the studio lot are a dozen people taking apart the team builds and putting those pieces back into their proper Pit drawers. Those brave souls work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week, pulling LEGOs apart.

As any LEGO fan knows, taking a build apart is an exhaustive process — which is why fans may think the greatest perk of appearing on "Masters" isn't the cash prize to the winners, but having a team of LEGO experts eager to deconstruct and clean up after you're finished.

Non-contestant builds face even more constraints

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Fun fact: Anything not built by contestants on the show is built by consulting producer Nathan Sawaya and his team. Sawaya isn't just a LEGO Master Builder, however; he's an artist whose builds have been featured in galleries and sold to collectors.

"When we get the idea for a challenge, we only have a few days, maybe a week to finish up what we need and get it on set," Sawaya recently told For Season 1, he constructed builds in his Los Angeles studio, then drove the pieces to the set in about 10 minutes (presumably making very soft stops at yellow lights). But then Season 2 of "LEGO Masters" moved across the country, kicking the difficulty level up another notch.

"We shot in Atlanta, the set was in Atlanta, but my studio stayed in Los Angeles," Sawaya explained. "So, we also had to think about packing and shipping, and that timeframe as well, so that really put a burden on us. Plus there was this little thing, the pandemic going on, so it was really just two of us in the shop building the entire season."

So, that massive LEGO Day Parade street in the first episode of Season 2? That was built by two people in a matter of days, then shipped across the country. And you thought your job was stressful.

The show has a psychiatrist to talk to after elimination

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Speaking of stresses, it is well-chronicled how tough being on a reality show can be. Contest pressure can be intense, and having cameras on you all the time can take a huge toll on mental health. This is true even on a show as warm and friendly as "LEGO Masters." So, when contestants get eliminated, there's a ton of emotions to deal with — which is why the show has an on-set psychiatrist to chat with teams after they get the axe.

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"Right afterward, you have to go in and you talk to [the psychiatrist]," Season 1 contestant Kara (who along with teammate Jessie never got to blow up their build because it disintegrated prematurely in front of the judges) told Vulture after her elimination. "Here you are, dying inside, all the cameras come over to you, and I'm like, 'Oh God, please don't let me say a bad word. Please let me look like this is such a fun experience.'"

Season 1 winner Amy Clites kept her pregnancy a secret from her husband

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One of the biggest surprises from Season 1 had nothing to do at all with LEGOs — it was the reveal that the season's eventual winners (newlyweds Amy and Tyler Clites) were going to be parents. If you thought that moment packed a particularly effective emotional punch, that's because Amy's pregnancy was a complete surprise to everyone — even Tyler.

Amy found out the news a few weeks into production of the series. But rather than sharing the news with her husband, she first told the show's producers.

In an interview with The Brothers Brick, Amy explained that the show's gatekeepers took the news in stride, realizing they might have to soften some shocks they had planned for the contestants — because scaring pregnant women isn't always a good idea.

One such surprise involved an appearance by the endearingly-manic Terry Crews. While the show's producers were careful to not give Amy any special information her co-stars didn't also receive, she was the only contestant warned before Crews quite-literally burst onto the set, pecs a-flexing.

"I was hoping maybe we could get [Tyler's] reaction on film, and be able to share it with our baby one day," Amy explained after the season, justifying her decision to notify the show's producers before her hubby. "They were all for that idea. I was able to surprise him in an interview. We had our little sig-figs plus a little baby minifigure, and it was a really special moment."

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Tyler seems to be loving fatherhood, as he takes the occasional break from posting masterful builds on Instagram to give some shout-outs to adorable baby Timothy (nine months old as of April 2021), who seems to have skipped Duplo and gone straight to the same bricks as mom and dad. Here's looking forward to seeing Timothy as a "LEGO Masters" contestant himself, sometime around Season 20.



Did Tyler and Amy have their baby? ›

Tyler and Amy Are Now Parents to a Baby Boy.

What is the relationship between Caleb and Alex on Lego masters? ›

Caleb, 21, and Alex, 25, are LEGO® Masters teammates from New South Wales. He is a Sydney law student who likes to decompress by crafting intricate LEGO masterpieces. His teammate Alex, is a makeup artist and self-confessed nerd with a natural creative flair for LEGO.

How old are Joss and Henry Lego masters? ›

Joss, 23 and Henry, 20. From: NSW

Joss is obsessed with all things LEGO, working at a LEGO store and having one of his builds exhibited at the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery in Denmark.

What happens to the models on Lego masters? ›

Hours and hours of work and skill go into building the models, but sadly they don't go off to a LEGO Masters museum. (Sometimes they get smashed by a bowling ball.) What really happens is each team has a sorter to break down their model after the episode.

Do Lego Masters get paid? ›

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.

Who is the father of Amy's second baby? ›

Amy Childs, 32, is pregnant with twins with her First Dates boyfriend Billy Delbosq.

Do Kirsti and Dan know each other? ›

Dan and Kirsti didn't know each other before the show and were paired together “Whoever was picking them did amazing. Looking back there is no one else I would have wanted to do this with.” There favourite thing to build together was the bridge. “We had so many challenges and builds we are proud of.”

Are Nick and Gene a couple? ›

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.

Are Gabby and Ryan siblings LEGO Masters? ›

Gabby and Ryan might seem like they get along like old friends, but they actually met just before filming on LEGO Masters started. The pair revealed they got along from their very first conversation over Zoom and remain friends today.

Do Lego masters build for 28 hours straight? ›

"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.

Are Joss and Henry related? ›

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.

Are Gabby and Ryan married Lego masters? ›

No, Ryan and Gabby are not married

When the first episode of LEGO Masters aired, Ryan and Gabby made it very clear that they were not the 'married couple' viewers would assume they were. “We're the old married couple… we just happen to be married to other people,” the two joked.

Do LEGO Masters build for 24 hours straight? ›

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.

Do the builders on LEGO Masters get breaks? ›

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.

What is brick man's real name? ›

The Brickman is a team of skilled LEGO® brick artists and craftspeople led by Ryan McNaught, aka “The Brickman” who never really grew up! Well that's not quite true, he has twin sons, but for decades he has been playing with those little plastic bricks called LEGO®.

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!

Does Brad Pitt produce LEGO Masters? ›

Brad Pitt, an executive producer of Fox's Lego Masters since its inception, has yet to make an appearance on the show — until now. In the season 3 trailer of the brick-building competition series, debuting exclusively on EW (below), Pitt makes his debut — as a minifig, naturally.

Do the builders actually build for the whole time in LEGO Masters? ›

So yes, these builds often do take just as long as they say they do — but the contestants aren't expected to build them without any breaks in between, luckily. That being said, with the sheer size and scale of some of these builds, it's likely not an easy process.

Why did Amy and Adam break up? ›

After having a pregnancy scare, Amy realizes she is not happy and starts to question her marriage, admitting she was relieved to find out she wasn't pregnant. Following this incident Amy admits to Glenn that she and Adam decided to separate, though he continues to live in their basement.

Is Parker Jonah's kid? ›

Rather than simply being his girlfriend's kid, the series makes it clear that Jonah sees Parker as his son. Jonah changes his diaper, spends quality time with him, and even goes into "mamma bear" mode when Glenn starts insulting him.

Why did Amy's last name change? ›

Amy's name tag is a running gag on the show. She doesn't like strangers using her name so she wears name tags with a different fake name in nearly every episode.

Is Joss from Lego Masters engaged? ›

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!

Are Rachael and Lexi friends Lego Masters? ›

Rachael, 37, and Lexi, 33, are LEGO® Masters teammates from New South Wales. Rachael is an auditor. In 2015, her second son was born and since then their LEGO collection has exploded as they enjoy building together.

How do Alex and Caleb know each other? ›

Alex and Caleb. How we met: Caleb and I met in kindergarten. We went to a small private school together our entire lives.

Are Nick and Danielle together? ›

June 8, 2021: Danielle Ruhl and Nick Thompson get married

On June 8, 2021, Ruhl and Thompson tied the knot. "This is the last thing I thought would happen. It happened," Ruhl said as they exchanged vows. "We love each other and we care more about each other than we could ever express to anyone."

Do Danielle and Nick make it? ›

They were one of two couples to actually go through with the wedding on the show, but it was revealed by E! News in August that Danielle had filed for divorce.

Who is Crystal from LEGO Masters? ›

Melbourne-based content creator Crystal Wang is an absolute delight. Her style is colourful, her personality is bubbly, and her love of all things Lego is absolutely contagious. But don't be fooled by her appearances – this girl is also a cosplay master and a competitive Lego builder, as seen on Lego Masters Australia.

Does Brickman have a wife? ›

Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught (born 1973), is an Australian Lego designer and Lego Certified Professional. He is one of only twenty one professionals globally and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ryan McNaught
SpouseTracy Britten
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How old is Fleur LEGO Masters? ›

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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Are there any couples on LEGO Masters? ›

Kaitlyn Lee and Miller Keys, the two young LEGO Masters contestants who became a couple after meeting on last year's inaugural season, are still together and as cute as ever.

How much is the brick pit worth? ›

Paddy & Rob Palmer. With season 3 Lego Masters set to premiere this evening, Brickman joined Paddy & Rob Palmer on Triple M to let us know what to expect this season! Revealing that the brick pit has a whopping 2.3 MILLION pieces of Lego "It's roughly half a million bucks worth of lego give or take”.

How long does it take to tape Lego Masters? ›

The series was shot in the spring in Hiram. The challenges on Fox's “Lego Masters” often take 10 to 12 hours.

What Lego takes longest to build? ›

The set with the most number of pieces is Lego Art World Map (11,695 pieces with a building instruction manual that is 159 pages long!). This set also has the longest building time of any set: 33 hours.

Did Caleb and Alex know each other before Lego Masters? ›

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.

Where are Jackson and Alex now? ›

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.

How many votes did Joss and Henry get? ›

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.

Are Gus and David friends? ›

David and Gus have remained friends since filming on LEGO Masters wrapped and plan to do more building together in the future.

Are Zack and Wayne Brothers LEGO Masters? ›

Whether it was parading dragons, exploding aliens, or wearable works of art, Stockton brothers Zack Macasaet, 26, and Wayne Macasaet, 28, built a name for themselves one brick at a time on Season 2 of Fox Network's LEGO Masters.

Are Jess and Anthony LEGO Masters relationship? ›

"It was a weird kind of role between sister/mother-hen/bestie, it was an interesting space to fill." Now that filming on LEGO Masters has finished, Jess and Anthony remain friends and are thinking about doing more builds together. "We still chat now," Jess said.

What does the titanium brick mean in Lego masters? ›

The Titanium Brick will ultimately save one team from elimination. ( Nine) This is a big change from the Gold and Platinum Bricks that have featured in past seasons. Traditionally, these bricks have been won by a team in an early challenge.

What is the titanium brick Lego masters? ›

Challenge 1

Advantage: The winner of the challenge received "The Titanium Brick of Triumph", which they can use to keep them safe from a future Elimination Challenge.

How long do Lego sets stay in circulation? ›

For most sets you will see a period of about 18-24 months that they are still available. This means the sweet spot to make your Lego investment is before it goes out of stock.

Do LEGO Masters get paid? ›

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.

How do they clean up after LEGO Masters? ›

Social distancing has become the norm since the coronavirus pandemic started, but aside from that, and elbow taps instead of hi-fives, there has been one big change to the show. After each build is dismantled, the bricks are washed before being returned to the Brick Pit to make sure they're clean and germ-free.

How much do master Lego builders get paid? ›

How Much Do Professional LEGO Builder Jobs Pay per Year? $29,500 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers. $52,000 is the 75th percentile.

Does Brick man have children? ›

The Brickman is a team of skilled LEGO® brick artists and craftspeople led by Ryan McNaught, aka “The Brickman” who never really grew up! Well that's not quite true, he has twin sons, but for decades he has been playing with those little plastic bricks called LEGO®.

Who is the world's best LEGO builder? ›

Nathan Sawaya is arguably the most well-known LEGO® artist.

How much does Brickman earn a year? ›

Brickman Salaries
Job TitleSalary
Supervisor salaries - 19 salaries reported$56,798/yr
Crew Leader salaries - 12 salaries reported$43,973/yr
Crew Member salaries - 9 salaries reported$35,101/yr
Branch Administrator salaries - 9 salaries reported$48,784/yr
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Did Tyler Joseph have his baby? ›

The Twenty One Pilots frontman and wife Jenna welcomed their second baby together, a daughter, on Friday, April 8, Joseph announced over the weekend. The couple is already parents to 2-year-old daughter Rosie Robert.

Does Amy have another baby? ›

The 1000-lb Sisters couple will be welcoming another baby in July 2022! Amy took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy on January 3. The excited mom posted the sweetest photo of her son, Gage, and let his outfit spread the news. He was all dressed up in a shirt that said "I'm Going To Be A Big Brother 2022!"

Is Ty there when Amy has her baby? ›

Meanwhile, Ty was beside his wife, supporting her and trying to help any way he could. And a while later, Amy and Ty's daughter was born.

Did Amy have her baby on 1000 pound sisters? ›

Congratulations are in order! Amy Slaton from "1000-Lb. Sisters" has welcomed her second child, a boy named Glenn Allen Halterman, with husband Michael. “The wait is finally over...

Are Tyler Joseph and his wife still together? ›

On September 12, 2021, during a performance at the MTV VMA's, Joseph announced that he and his wife were expecting their second child. Their second daughter was born on April 8, 2022.

Why are Tyler Joseph's hands and neck black? ›

The lead singer, more commonly known as Tyler Joseph, paints his neck and hands black when he performs. The reason behind this is that Tyler has created a character in his mind, the character being named Blurryface, and it represents his depression and anxiety.

Why does Tyler Joseph wear a mask? ›

In their latest APTV video, cover stars twenty one pilots dive into the meaning behind their masks. Frontman Tyler Joseph says, “[We're] trying to create something that's a bit more faceless, that can represent a group of people or have people relate to it.” Check out the interview.

Does Amy go blind? ›

Well, after the horrible accident that left Amy blind, she has had to re-learn how to work with horses all over again. And so the road for Amy's healing leads to Zeus, who Amy needed to work with in order to truly overcome her fears. She's the miracle girl, so you know that she did it!

How did Nick get Amy pregnant? ›

However, Amy reveals that she is pregnant, having inseminated herself with a sperm sample that Nick had provided to a fertility clinic years earlier. Nick reacts angrily, but realises he will have to stay with her in order to be part of his child's life.

Is Amy a vampire? ›

Charlie noticed that Amy had already been bitten by Jerry and has already began her transformation. Once Amy has became a vampire, she started ambushing and taunting Charlie after reminding him of his promise he made to her at the dance club.

What episode does Ty and Amy divorce? ›

"Heartland" Divorce Horse (TV Episode 2009) - IMDb.

What episode does Amy cheat on Ty? ›

"Secrets and Lies" was the 125th episode of Heartland.

What is Ty and Amy's daughters name? ›

Well, now that we know Ty & Amy's baby is named Lyndy Marion Borden, say "hi" to Ruby & Emmanuella Spencer, who play her.

What does Amy Slaton's husband do for a living? ›

Michael Halterman is a 39-year-old mill operator at Shamrock Technologies. He hails from Sturgis, Kentucky, and grew up with his four siblings, Angela, Jason, John and Randy.

How much was Amy Slaton's house worth? ›

AMY Slaton has shown off the inside of her new $37K Kentucky home and admits she's still "messy" after facing fan backlash over cockroaches infesting her old house.

Is 1000lb Tammy still alive? ›

"She's okay. She's still alive. She has her life," their other sister, Amy, said, while tearing up.


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