AFTER making a family portrait using Lego bricks, four in a family who call themselves the Legolads, continue to draw admiration for their creativity, uniqueness and likeness.
Comprising Kaleon Rahan, his sons Khairy Arief Kaleon and Eizec Harith Kaleon, and brother Nik Mohamad Sukri, the team is slowly building a name locally for their one-of-a-kind handiwork.
About 20 of their Lego creations were showcased at a first-of-its- kind Lego art exhibition in Malaysia, including their latest two works – the portraits of AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and hip hop star Joe Flizzow.
Most of Legolads’ artworks feature action heroes such as Superman and Spiderman, and Star Wars as well as portraits of local personalities such as Datuk Sheila Majid, Lisa Surihani and Datuk Lee Chong Wei.
The exceptions were Kikkoman – Legolads’ tribute to Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans artwork, and Call to Prayer – their depiction of the Kaabah in Mecca.
The Building Inspiration exhibition was held in conjunction with Blokke’s open day at their store in Citta Mall, Petaling Jaya.
A charity auction included as part of the event raised close to RM10,000 for the National Autism Society of Malaysia (Nasom) and National Cancer Council Malaysia (Makna).
“Through our education arm BlokkeLabs’ work with autistic students, we have witnessed how Lego can be a successful form of therapy to help children with autism regain confidence and find an outlet for creative expression,” said Blokke Kartel Sdn Bhd events and marketing director Sheahnee Iman Lee.
“All profits from the artworks will go to the two beneficiaries.
“Proceeds from the sale of Tony’s portrait will go to the AirAsia-Makna fund, while the remainder will go to Nasom for its programmes,” said Sheahnee.
Other activities held during the open day included Lego building workshops, educational classes, building challenge and playhouse sessions.
The event also marked the soft launch of Blokke TV.
Blokke, which comprises a cafe, playhouse, shop and education arm BlokkeLabs, was founded in April by Sheahnee, Nazrudin Rahman, Nizam Rahman and Ken Lam out of a shared love for Lego.
“Lego was integral in weaning my three children off gadgets and it’s been a key part of people’s lives growing up,” said Sheahnee.
“We aim to tap into that by getting families to bond over a common activity that doesn’t involve gadgets or technological distractions. Besides serving as a tool for bonding, art and education, there are also Lego programmes to teach science, technology and engineering.”
Sheahnee said that Blokke is in the business of using Lego as a medium for activities and programmes to bond families and friends.
“We also make Lego accessible by offering rental of Lego sets and having a free Lego play area. Those who enjoy a challenge will like our BlokkeBox, which encourages people to build something using pre-determined sets of Lego pieces but doesn’t come with instructions.
“It’s amazing to see what children can do with some encouragement and imagination,” she said.
On Blokke TV, Sheahnee said it is the first of its kind in Asia and will feature the latest Lego news and happenings, set reviews, Blokke classes and interviews with set builders.
Eizec Harith revealed that creating a Lego artwork requires a lot of planning and visualisation.
“We have to take a lot of photos as we work, as the pieces are best viewed through a camera lens or as a photo.
“I will usually outline the shape of the figure or main object, then fill in the colour,” said the 18-year-old, who named the Spidey – Venom Symbiote as his most difficult piece to complete due to the challenge in getting the leg proportions correct.
Khairy Arief said the Superman piece was his personal favourite due to the 3D effect from the depth and dimension of the artwork.
“The problem with Lego is that it’s a very tempting toy. People like to steal the mini-figures we’ve stuck on the artworks, such as Stormtrooper mini-figures in the In Search of Leia piece,” said the 19-year-old with a laugh.
Kaleon, 43, said family was the reason for the Legolads’ venture, and that their first project was a family portrait.
“I started encouraging my children when I saw the creative streak in them. Who knows – Lego artworks could be their calling one day,” he said, adding that his two younger children Kalel Elyas, 10, and Eisya Sueraya, eight, are also joining in the fun.
However, Kaleon stressed that the priority for him and his wife is for their children’s education, which is why they are only allowed to work on their creations after they complete their revisions, assignments and exams.
Legolads’ artworks can be viewed via facebook.com/legolads and instagram.com/legolads_official