NUSAJAYA: The “Force” was with engineer Denil Oh Sien Hoong when he chose a set of Lego bricks over a game console 20 years ago.
Yesterday, the 30-year-old struck back at his critics with his “May the Force Arise in Legoland” effort, winning the Masters category in the Lego My Own Creation competition.
“Playing with the plastic bricks has honed my creativity and instilled self-confidence over the years.
“My parents gave me the set when I was 10 for doing well in my examinations. But my siblings said I should have opted for the console game.
“Although I stopped playing with the set when I was about 13, I took up the hobby again after I started working,” he said.
The event was held at Legoland Malaysia Theme Park in conjunction with the Lego Star Wars month.
May 4 is widely considered by fans of the films to be Star Wars Day.
Oh’s masterpiece was made up of 10,000 Lego bricks and took about a month to complete.
Twelve-year-old Tan Chen Ping and his sister Ee Xin, seven, won the Junior and Kids categories.
“I have loved playing with Lego since I was five. It took me about a week to finish my model,” said Chen Ping.
Ee Xin said she got into Lego brick-building after being infected by her brother’s enthusiasm for the toy.
Legoland Malaysia general manager Mark Germyn said the winning creations would be displayed at the park until August and that fans could revel in their favourite films at the theme park throughout this month.
“The first 500 fans who turn up dressed as their favourite Star Wars characters will get a special goodie bag worth RM100 of Lego Star Wars figurines and key chains,” he said.
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