Every LEGOLAND Discovery Center has its own Master Model Builder. Theyre in charge of all the LEGO models built on site and some people would say they have the best job in the world!
Our Master Model Builder is Daniel Morey, and you can read all about him in his interview below.
Daniel also writes a blog about LEGO building right here on the LEGOLAND Discovery Center site! Its always an interesting read, and if you have a good question for him, or an idea for his next blog, maybe hell write his next one about you!
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How did you get a job as the LEGO Master Model Builder?:
I got my job as a Master Model Builder by winning a build-off competition where I had only one hour to build anything I wanted out of LEGO. I built a McDonalds Happy Meal.
What is the best thing about your job?:
The best thing about my job is passing on my knowledge and love of LEGO to the next generation of builders.
What is the best LEGO model you have ever built?:
My best LEGO model is still in progress. I’m building Harry Caray, famous announcer and icon of the Chicago Cubs.
What is the longest time you have spent building a LEGO model?:
When I am given a large project, I sometimes spend 8-10 hours a day building in my office. The longest I’ve spent so far was about 60 hours designing and building two tombstones for Halloween.
Did you build all of the models at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Chicago?:
I did not build all of the models here, but my Mom tells everyone I did! Everything in Miniland was built at LEGOLAND California and shipped over. Everything else was built in the Czech Republic. Although I have made some small additions, most of the credit goes to the teams in California and Europe.
Being a Master Model Builder must be the best job in the World! But if you could have any other job, what would you do and why?:
Being a Master Model Builder is an amazing job, but if I wasn’t this lucky to have it, I’d want to be a carpenter. I spent many years working as a carpenter before I got my dream job, and if I couldn’t build with LEGO, I’d still want to keep building and designing in another medium.
Do you have a college degree?:
No, I was lucky to have a great job right out of High School, but if I hadn’t, I would have tried for a degree in Architecture.
Got a question of your own?
If you have any questions for the Master Model Builder, or if you would like to ask him for helpful hints on building your LEGO models, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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