Have you ever wondered about the designers behind the LEGO sets you buy? Blocks Issue 21, on sale now, has an interview with Adam Reed Tucker – the man behind LEGO Architecture. Here is a sample of the conversation he had with Blocks magazine that had to be left out because we didn’t have the space.
You will find the interview after the break...
Adam Reed Tucker is living the dream of many – if not most – LEGO fans. Many know that he has designed sets with the LEGO Group and tours exhibitions of his skyscrapers, but as well as that he has been a speaker for LEGO Education, worked on a DK book and contributed to the Master Builder Academy. It’s all in a day’s work for a LEGO Certified Professional.
But one surprising thing about this LCP is the controversial methods he will employ when necessary. He prefers to be a purist – but is willing to bend that rule when he needs to. 100% purist builders should not read any further.
‘The one area I am not a purist in,’ Adam tells Blocks, ‘is that, if it is absolutely necessary, I will cut pieces. There were times when I needed a 1x11 plate for the rollercoaster. There is nothing that I can do. I cannot take a 1x3 and a 1x8, because I can’t splice them. I could glue them, but I’ll just take a 12 and snip a stud off.’
‘The reason I’m okay with that is because that’s an element that LEGO should have made. But they don’t need to because they’re making toys – which are not based on algorithms and pure geometric shapes. When you are doing turning radiuses, you can’t do everything in integers of two.’
The rollercoaster that Adam refers to is the American Eagle Rollercoaster, part of his current exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It uses 14,500 bricks and measures 12 feet long. From the positive feedback coming from those who have visited the MSI, it seems snipping the odd stud has been very much worth it.
To hear much more about Adam’s life in LEGO, with plenty more fascinating anecdotes and insights, pick up the current issue of Blocks – in shops now and online at www.blocksmag.com.
Image credit: Adam Reed Tucker, J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry