Sponsored by Digital Parents Collective – This week I attended the launch for a range of six exclusive Ferrari model LEGO cars. The showpiece of the event was the unveiling of a life-size Ferrari F1 racing car made entirely from LEGO. Having glanced over the invite the words “unveiling 6 foot Italian model draped in red satin” jumped out at me and I was left a little ‘deflated’ when I realised my error. The model was apparently made up of over 200,000 bricks but I checked and only counted 199,999.
One or two of the lovely ladies in attendance seemed to be suitably impressed when Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso showed up to defrock the car, please don’t quote me on this but I may even have heard the unmistakeable twitch of ovaries. Yes they were devilishly handsome, charismatic, talented, rich and powerful men but I would prefer to focus on how small they were, they were jockey small!
Whilst everyone else was pumping the tyres of the two petrol heads dressed in red onesie’s I snuck off to the back of the room in search of my own hero. There he was in all his glory, this man would not be seen dead in a red onesie. This was The Brick Man, not a tradie as such although there is a bricklaying company out there somewhere who must be kicking themselves for not getting in there first. The Brick Man or Ryan McNaught to give him his less exciting name is one of only 13 professional LEGO constructors in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere.
You will never meet a man more happy in his work than Ryan and who can blame him? Imagine being able to introduce yourself at parties as a LEGO professional. Imagine telling your previous employers that you will no longer be clocking on because you will be far too busy ‘playing’ with LEGO. Imagine being in a room of fairly important people and being pestered by an adoring daddy blogger, sorry Ryan there has to be some drawbacks. As well as being a very interesting man to talk to, he was an absolute gent and all-round good guy.
I have always had a love affair with LEGO, it’s such an iconic brand and it’s Danish and everything that comes out of Scandinavian countries is just a little bit cooler than everywhere else. I think my childhood collection amounted to about 6 bricks but I still had an impressive repertoire of damned good walls in my arsenal.
As we were getting ready to leave a little voice in the back of my head started piping up, “take one of the little cars” it said. “No I don’t want to” I said. “Stop being such a wimp and take it” it said. “Okay” I said. Seeing my opportunity I wedged a little red LEGO car into my unusually tight jean pocket. This lent itself to the wonderful line “have you got a LEGO model in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me”. Just to clarify in case anyone did clock it, it absolutely was a LEGO model.
I was then presented with a gift bag by one of the lovely ladies from Shell, crammed full of little red LEGO cars. I was then racked with guilt and proceeded to un-steal the little red LEGO car with about as much grace as I displayed in getting in and out of the full-size Ferrari car. Fortunately when you see a grown man grappling around the crotch area people tend to look away so I got away with it. All in all I had a great time, I stuffed my face with delectable little canapés, got stuck into the media scrum like a seasoned paparazzi and got to put a face to some of the other bloggers that I’ve come across on my travels.
That evening I was able to justify not letting Max build any of the cars because he is too young. Instead I tipped all the pieces out on the rug and pretended my name is Brick Man. Nostalgia washed over me followed by mild frustration as I struggle to construct a simple child’s toy. The cars were a lot of fun and its always nice to embrace your inner child and race little cars around your living room, even with your wife looking on with a mixture of curiosity and pity.
From Monday 18 March, customers will be able to purchase the six exclusive Ferrari model LEGO cars at Shell Coles Express sites across Australia when they make a $40 purchase of fuel. A new model will be available each week for six weeks.