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A select few people around the globe are living the ultimate childhood dream: getting paid to play with LEGO.

The company’s 50 or so Master Model Builders spend their days designing and constructing miniature worlds and giant, blocky sculptures for LEGOLAND theme parks and specialty installations.

For two years, Robbie McCarthy was one of three Master Model Builders at LEGOLAND California. “I had been going to the park since I was nine years old,” he says. When he got the job at the age of 23—which tied the record for the youngest Master Model Builder ever—he would “come into work and be refreshed with memories from childhood, from playing here with my mom and dad and my brother as young kids.”

Though you might envision that being a Master Builder means spending all day hunched over, clicking blocks together, the job, he says, was “not always just sitting at a desk building with bricks. Sometimes you’re driving a crane, and you’re lifting the LEGO bricks over a wall, over people’s heads into a construction site. But if you really step back and look at it, you’re playing with toys.” https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/exit-interview-a-lego-master-model-builder
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Most adults have a warm spot in their hearts for LEGOs, the colorful interlocking building toys. The iconic name conjures up images of creative creatures and thought-provoking things built by imagination. But the older you get, surely you realize that you really are just playing with toys...
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Would you play with Legos for a living?
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Wait... So it's true that you can actually become a real Master Builder and work for Lego? That you can have A JOB building Legos all day? That's almost every kid's dream, isn't it?
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Definitely, Sounds like an exciting role that will have you designing, building, removing, installing, and repairing all models at the attraction
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Sounds like fun. It merges with real engineering in the job that supports a LEGO hobby.
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At 44 years old I have built LEGO models for 42 years and bought my own sets for about 36 of those. When you say “play”, I suppose that includes experimenting with pieces to see what they can do. It also includes driving a remote-controlled LEGO vehicle. The rest of the time, “play” can turn into work as you seek to complete bigger projects.
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My current job appears to be helping my kid find Lego pieces as she's building, so that may be as far as I take it professionally.
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Seriously would love that! LEGO is a timeless play. You can play and buy LEGO while you are alive. There are no age limits to it. LEGO is a wonderful way to keep you creative and allow you amazing creations
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If I lived to 120 or more I would still be buying and building legos
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I still play with them at times and enjoy them very much. I make an item for people who are to old to play with toys.
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Seriously now guys... Grow up!
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Yuup! I actually do this for a living. I love my job. Seeing a child's face light up when they play with what I have designed is fantastic! It's what it's all about, making kids happy and promoting their creativity
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It's not child's play (excuse the pun) When scaled up, the bricks allow for exquisite and complex constructions, becoming exact pixels in large structures. It's a huge undertaking to construct those large-scale models.
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