BLOCK AT A TIME: Boyd Moore from Toyworld Maclean with some of the Lego constructions of the main street by Brendan James. Photo: Adam Hourigan
BLOCK AT A TIME: Boyd Moore from Toyworld Maclean with some of the Lego constructions of the main street by Brendan James. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Maclean in miniature

THE main street of Maclean is being rebuilt, one brick at a time. One Lego brick, that is.

Townsend man and Lego enthusiast Brendan James has been working on the Maclean streetscape for the past month. The first few buildings are on display at Toyworld Maclean.

Mr James said he chose to do the Maclean streetscape because he liked the architecture of the buildings on the main street.

"I notice other people's Lego was similar but no one else has done Maclean," he said.

Mr James's enthusiasm for the building blocks started when he was about eight years old and was reignited about five years ago.

"I stopped and then I had my first child and when he was three we bought him a set," Mr James said.

Mr James said there were times when his passion even out-weighed that of his son.

"Definitely. I get kicked out of his bedroom several nights a week," he said.

"We are working on SPAR at the moment. I do an hour or two every night for about a week and then I'll look back and think 'no I don't like that' and there's an extra hour," he said. "Then one of the kids will pick it up and drop it. That will put me back to square one."

He said he will keep chipping at the Maclean main street, adding more buildings to the display.

After that, who knows; maybe the rest of the Clarence Valley.

Boyd Moore of Toyworld Maclean hopes to get a monthly Lego group up and running, so head to the shop's Facebook page to register your interest.

The collection

 The James family has 200 sets of Lego

 They own roughly 45,000 pieces

 It is sorted into colours and stored in three large tubs

 They also keep all of the Lego boxes



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