Master Lego builder teaches kids art of creation construction

December 27, 2017 06:56 PM

SCHENECTADY - While some kids are home playing with their new toys after Christmas this week, dozens of them are at MiSci in Schenectady to learn about Legos from a "master builder."

Ian Coffey loves Legos. He has since he was a little kid growing up in Slingerlands. Now at 30 years old, he gets to share that love with kids all over the country.

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"I can interact with children on Lego techniques and what they like to build, kind give them tips and tricks of what they like to build," explained Coffey.

The "Meet the Maker" event Tuesday was at MiSci, where he built a Lego city on display using about half a million blocks.

The boys and girls had a couple hundred thousand Legos to tinker with.

"I want them to go home. I want them to open their Lego sets, rebuild their Lego sets to their own thing -- really showing that you can do anything you want," noted Coffey.

What started in his parents' basement turned into a full-time job. He competed against about 100 other Lego enthusiasts at Boston's LEGOLAND four years ago and won a job as a master model builder.

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"I always hoped that I would be a Lego designer. I mean every kid's parent wants them to be a Lego designer, it would be really cool, but once they go to college and apply for college, there's no 'Lego' to check off as your major," acknowledged Coffey.

So he majored in history instead, but his passion for Legos never wavered and that's what he's hoping the kids see.

"You have to have that creativity. You have to have that. It's not something you can learn. You have to be able to visualize something to say, 'I want to build a building that's five feet tall.' And that dedication -- maybe you can learn how to build a building, but as long as you have that creativity to design it and the will to do it, you can do anything," asserted Coffey.

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