[UK] LEGO Masters series 2 starts tonight

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Series 2 of the 'Bake-off-with-LEGO' starts this evening at 8pm on Channel 4. Here's the programme synopsis:

Melvin Odoom presents a fresh run of the contest to find Britain's best amateur Lego builders, as teams aged nine and up are given access to a room full of the tiny bricks. They are challenged to come up with all manner of builds to put their creativity, construction skills and imaginations to the test. Design executive Matthew Ashton returns to assess their efforts and is joined by new regular judge, engineer Fran Scott, First the eight teams must construct 1.3m-long bridges, with no prior planning, over which Melvin will be driving a weighted remote-controlled dumper truck.

You can read about the teams on the Channel 4 website. Unlike last series there are no prominent AFOLs among them.

 

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad its back on, loved watching it last year.

My only issue with the show it pitting kid teams against adults. We saw it last series where the kids pretty much only went through because of a sympathy vote most weeks, and how the adults were usually, miles ahead in design and technical skills. Same with most of the mixed teams to be honest with the adult doing all the design work and the kids being parts monkeys.

Really, if your going to do this, have separate age bracket contests.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure they did consider having it a a genuine search for talented builders in different age categories, but decided that would make for rubbish telly/ advertising for Lego. By having the mix of ages and groups they keep it a bit more interesting for a wider TV audience.

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By in United Kingdom,

From the rumours in the AFOLs of Facebook group, posted last year by several people who had been through the audition process, it definitely wasn't 'the best amateur Lego builders' who were picked because if they had, the entire show would have been white men between 25 and 50. C4 and the production company wanted a wider spread of representation on gender, colour, age.

Only rumours, but that is what I read and honestly, sounds about right.

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By in Canada,

I didn't realize this show existed! Ahhh--I want it on netflix! but I agree: kids shouldn't be pitted against adults; that just doesn't make much sense.

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By in United States,

Is there any way to watch this in the US?

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By in United Kingdom,

As a serious competition, of course pitting teams of kids against adults is a flawed concept. But (despite the show's title) I think it's best to not treat LEGO Masters as a serious competition. Instead, I think it's a fun programme showcasing what you can do with LEGO and your imagination and in that respect, the younger contestants make it much more lively.

In series one, I also think Channel 4 should be commended for just about keeping it back from being just an unabashed hour-long commercial for LEGO. The fact it highlighted AFOLs, MOCs and so on was incredibly enlightening for prime time British TV and having our hobby brought into the mainstream like that is a great thing, even if it doesn't suit all LEGO enthusiast's tastes.

I'm really looking forward to series two and I hope we see the same level of creativity and mega-builds that we did in series one.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a weekly hour long advert for Lego in the run up to christmas and they don't want to show just a bunch of AFOL's as that would ruin their image as a toy for kids. Hence them getting as wide a range of different people on as they could manage. It changes the publics perception that it's OK for adults to play with Lego and show what can be done with it, but they still need to keep the kids in as that is their biggest market.

From that perspective it's a shame that the only adult female on the show left in episode one, even if it was getting a bit too much how loved up they were.

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By in United Kingdom,

Football was on, so I had to watch that. Have this recorded ready to watch. The flaws for the show for me, are the boring, awful wooden presenter, the lack of being able to share with us, some of the detail behind some building techniques and, if you're going to have younger builders, then you need younger judges to see some of the builds from their perspective. As stated above, it may make boring TV if it was in age brackets, but, a Young Lego Master and Lego Master Builder competition doing the same selection each week, would at least make it a fair comparison. Who knows, may even attract more viewers, and you'd have 2 winners, fairly represented and challenged

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