This autumn, the international success LEGO Masters will be shown in Norwegian format for the first time. Eight teams, with 16 unique LEGO talents from all over the country, will compete to become Norway’s first LEGO Masters.
Gets success concept for TV 2
Participants will have to work on different tasks from episode to episode. It can be anything from who manages to build a bridge that can withstand half a ton of weights, to who makes the fastest and nicest car. Here it is only the imagination that sets the limits for what can be created with LEGO.
In the end, we will remain as winners of the LEGO Masters and NOK 500,000.
Watch a small taste of the program in the video window at the top of the case.
– Sky high level
Host Erik Solbakken is very impressed with the level among the enthusiasts in Norway.
– I did not think that so many talented LEGO builders live in this country. This requires rewriting, because it is no longer possible for Norwegian to be good; It is especially Norwegian to be LE … GO, he says to TV 2 in a press release.
Solbakken brings with him toy inventor and LEGO designer Erik Legernes as chip master and judge.
– The builders in Norway maintain a sky-high level, and viewers will be impressed by imagination, technique, appearance and construction speed in the fantastic creations they make, says Legernes.
LEGO Masters premieres on TV 2 on October 15, but already now you can get a little better acquainted with this year’s participants.
Met at audition
Name: Anna Hui Opsahl
Comes from: Nittedal
Name: Erman Bora Atabay
Comes from: Turkey as a child, use Oslo.
Profession: The nightlife industry
Anna and Erman did not know each other before, but meet at an audition for the LEGO Masters.
– I think of it as if we were headhunted and used grew together into a strong team, Erman says to TV 2 in a press release.
Both Anna and Erman spend a lot of time on LEGO, and they can quickly become most other teammates. While Anna likes to build things that can be used using engine, pneumatics and mechanics, Erman prefers to build her own design and be creative.
– We complement each other in different areas. I am the one who is most technical and he is the one who has the most imagination, says Anna.
Became known through Brikkelauget
Name: Shrimp Pytte
Comes from: Hvittingfoss
Profession: Working with IT
Name: Bård Nome
Comes from: Rælingen
Lives in: Sandefjord
Occupation: General practitioner, specialist in general medicine and occupational medicine, seaman’s doctor and petroleum doctor
Bård and Reier’s acquaintance has been made after they met on several occasions through Brikkelauget, the association for adult LEGO enthusiasts in Norway.
– We have met at exhibitions and on trips under the auspices of the association. I therefore asked Reier to join the LEGO-Masters because I thought – and have now been confirmed – that we make up a good team, says Bård.
They think they complement each other well in terms of qualities such as creativity and construction technique, and see it as an advantage that they are the same age.
For Reier, space-LEGO and in general LEGO with functions, both electronics and mechanics, are the favorites. For Bård, the favorite themes are buildings, trains and landscapes.
Searched for partner on Instagram
Name: Kjetil Bergerud Larssen
Comes from: Askim
Profession: Communication manager
Name: Johanne Bruun Edvardsen
Comes from: Oslo
Profession: Student in Service Design
Even though Johanne and Kjetil have known someone for a few years, it was still a coincidence that they ended up in the LEGO Masters together. Because when Johanne used Instagram to search for a partner for the program, it was Kjetil’s wife who tipped Kjetil about it.
– It was such a crazy offer that I could not say no. Suddenly we built LEGO in the studio, sort of, he says and laughs.
Kjetil believes that they will be a good team, but admits that they have some challenges with cooperation as well.
– We both have many ideas and are good at stories, but not so good at technique and how to get where we envision that we are going. I get pretty quiet and focused when I’m stressed, while Johanne gets talkative, so there you have a good mix, he says.
Kjetil grew up building LEGO, and constantly invests his savings in new buildings as a child. Johanne took up LEGO interests again five or six years ago, when she would be interested in sitting down for Christmas. Now she sees it as a sanctuary where she can relax and be creative.
– I love the small miniature universe, because the possibilities to create something fun are endless, Johanne exclaims.
Will contribute to building joy
Name: Lasse Nymoen
Comes from: Lindeberg in Sørum municipality (now Lillestrøm)
Lives: Løvenstad in Rælingen
Occupation: IT operations at Posten
Name: Merete Nilssen
Age: 48 years
Comes from: Sande, Vestfold
Bor: Ridabu, Hamar.
Occupation: Manager / general manager in kindergarten
Lasse and Merete, like Reier and Bård, became known through Brikkelauget.
– Lasse and I met differently at an event several years ago. We have later participated with a joint exhibition, and participated in a large Captain Sabertooth project for Kristiansand Zoo together, says Merete.
The 48-year-old sees LEGO as a break from everyday life, and draws inspiration from meeting other LEGO enthusiasts at an exhibition.
Lasse has been building LEGO since he was a child, and after a few years of hiatus, he returned to his passion when he met other adults at LEGO exhibitions. He hopes to be able to inspire others in the same way that he himself was inspired to start again.
– One of the most fun are exhibitions, both to meet like-minded people, and hopefully inspire children and adults not to let go of the joy of building, says Lasse.
Creative LEGO duo
Name: Jørgen Berg Pedersen
Comes from: Oslo
Profession: Content producer
Name: Rune Jannson Gabrielsen
Comes from: Oslo
Profession: 3D artist
Rune and Jørgen have been friends for 15 years, and became known because their girlfriend is a childhood friend. They have several overlapping interests, and overall they are both happy to create things.
-I played a lot with LEGO as a child and had a comeback as a 31-year-old, when I came across the essence of my childhood wet dream: A “LEGO Millennium Falcon” from Star Wars. Then one set became, to add ten, ten sets to 40 episodes of the LEGO Star Wars miniseries “#EverydayWars” on social media.
Today he likes to both build and tell stories through his creations.
-You can say I have fallen quite far into the LEGO rabbit hole, and thrive well down here, he says.
Partner Rune describes himself as a type and has been all his life.
-I feel at LEGO was the “go to” game throughout childhood. I loved freestyle and building my own things, but have never been particularly happy to build according to a recipe, he explains.
Like Jørgen, I also had some “dark years” – some years without LEGO – but that changed quickly when he had children himself.
Father and son in action
Name: Joakim Wang
Age: 50 years
Comes from: Oslo
Occupation: Event producer
Name: Ebbe Kretzmahr Wang
Age: 15 years
Comes from: Oslo
Occupation: School student
Dad Joakim has done his part to ensure that the love for LEGO lives on for generations. The son Ebbe is LEGO-saved.
– I have, so to speak, been born with LEGO in my hand and have not released it yet. I think that is a big reason why I am who I am today. I have always played with the pieces and challenged myself with construction daily, the 15-year-old explains.
LEGO is a completely natural part of the family’s everyday life. Together, they challenge the different to make their own creations, and count this as both play and quality time.
Joakim believes that their strong relationship will be an advantage in the competition.
– We collaborate and complement each other in a good way, and the job goes quickly and since we know others so well. We love building LEGO together and do it as often as we can, he says.
Brothers who are not brothers
Name: Are Odland
Age: 32 years
Comes from: Sauda, Rogaland
Name: Grzegorz Gorczysński
Comes from: Ustka in Poland
Lives: Etne, Vestland
Occupation: Car mechanic / Industrial mechanic
Are and Grzegorz, nicknamed Gregor, have not been friends for more than a year, but already feel like brothers.
– We are very different personalities, but set ourselves the same goals, and use our differences as a strength to create fine buildings, says Grzegorz.
– Gregor is technique, I am aesthetics and together we are dynamite !, says Are.
Is very excited about LEGO because it makes him creative, and believes that anything can be built. Gregor has been building LEGO all his life, and started collecting in adulthood. He sees LEGO as his most important hobby, and explains he has plans to cultivate his passion for life.
The appearance deceives
Name: Øyvind Vikse Bjelland
Age: 21 years
Comes from: Sveio
Occupation: Certificate as an electrician, but further education
Name: Ole Jakob Vikse Bjelland
Age: 21 years
Comes from: Sveio
Occupation: Certificate as an electrician, but further education.
Øyvind and Ole Jakob are brothers, more specifically triplets, from Haugesund. Even if they ser exactly the same, they believe that the skin deceives.
– We are similar on the outside, but very different on the inside. Øyvind is often considered the logical one by us, while I am considered the creative one, Ole Jakob explains.
Øyvind thinks mostly about construction, functionality and logical solutions, while Ole Jakob spends more time on the visual, representations of scenes and color contrasts.
– This is a perfect combination for building creations that will work well, but at the same time look good!
Watch the premiere of the LEGO Masters on Friday 15. October at 20.00 on TV 2 and TV 2 Play.